Asia,  Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia: The Beaches

BALI, INDONESIA – The fact is that we didn’t have a lot of time to sit down by the beach and stare at the sea during our Indonesia trip. Unfortunately, our 4 days 3 nights stay just isn’t enough for a full Bali experience (which, if you’ve heard people talking about Bali, is supposedly filled with water-involved activities).¬†Nevertheless, we were able to briefly visit and even have lunch in some of them.

Kuta Beach

Kuta is supposedly one of the most popular beach destinations in Bali. Being a beach lover, I was excited to go to this tourist destination the guides keep on talking about. I imagined it to be something like Boracay, with lots of tourists and undeniably white sand. To be frank, I was kind of disappointed with what I saw.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it is ugly (although some of the reviews at Trip Advisor say such), but at the time that we went, it was really just average. Quickly googling it and looking at its photos will show you a much, much different version of Kuta – one which, apparently, we missed when we went there in 2011.

While it is true that there were bars and possibly good resorts in its wide stretch of sand, there were also quite a lot of trash. It kind of reminds me when a party is over and nobody has decided to clean up yet.

See the buildings at the back are resorts.

The sand is brown and moderately rocky.

Also, it’s firm enough to bike on. (maybe it’s the season?)

Pasir Putih Beach

After one of our tours post-sunset, we decided to pass by Pasir Putih. It’s one of those “secret beaches” near Royal Bali Beach Resort, where we stayed.

This place is much more serene and secluded than Kuta. I just wish I got to visit it while the sun was still up. It’s not too near the main road so it took a bit of time to reach it.

Coming from the Philippines – which has, arguably, some of the best beaches in the world – I was not really impressed with the beaches we went to. This doesn’t mean at all that their beaches aren’t good enough in general. In fact, this makes me want to go back to see “the real thing” – the Palawans and the Calaguases of Bali.

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