One of East Bali’s new discoveries, Pasir Putih – the imaginatively named White Sand Beach is one place you really need to spend a day or two. No hotels, no shops, a couple of quiet hawkers who will leave you alone if you require and a line of warungs selling delicious seafood amd more. It is the place for relaxation and enjoyment.

It is one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches. Located between Candidasa and Amlapura, the entrance to the beach road is well hidden, unless you receive specific instructions. A kilometer or so after the hamlet of Bugbug, in the village of Perasi you will see a small sign denoting”virgin Beach”. Although it may not be what you think.

Than a kilometre or two down a still rickety track (although the road is improving) through some lush and lavish countyside, of small villages and beautiful temples, beings you to a stand where you buy a ticket for 5000 rupiah to enter the beach. This is a local treasure and the local people need to make the best of it! It is all a bit of adventure but well worth all the trouble when you get there.

A strip of white sands leads to a brilliant blue sea. White umbrellas and loungers await guests and the atmosphere is tropical paradise.

No hotels mar the perfect peace of this 500 meter long beach. The water are clear blue and the coconut palms provide shade and picturesque factor. At the southern end, a line of fishing outriggers (jukung) show that this is still a working beach but left to the devices of the tourists for the best part of the day.

A few simple thatched warungs (small local restaurants) offer guests cold soft drinks and icy bintang beer. You can dine on freshly caught fish or river prawns barbequed on coconut husk fires served with rice and vegetables. There are also simple dishes available like fried rice, cap chai all carefully prepared. Take a walk along the beach and find which one appeals. Than spend an hour or two gazing at the turquoise sea while relaxing over a satisfying meal.


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