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Thousand islands – Semak Daun is another nautical getaway in a cluster of thousand islands. The remote area isn’t as widely popular as its neighborhoods due to lack of hospitality services, but it is still an attractive island for those who seeks true tranquility and untouched beauty. Nature enthusiasts find it perfect for camping spot.

Where is it and how to get there
Macan Island is part of Kepulauan Seribu. The journey begins when you All of the thousand islands clusters can be reached from Muara Angke, North Jakarta or Marina, Ancol. The boat moves like a snail, slowly, and makes a stop at Pramuka island after 2.5 hour trip, before continuing to SemakDaun. That´s 3-hour trip in total.

What to see and do

  • Snorkeling
    Visitors can start the day with snorkeling in this tropical water and spot familiar fishes down there.
  • Fishing
    Fishing is one of the possible activitiesin SemakDaun as the water is relatively calm. Early in the morning or in the afternoon, locals gather on the dock to fish while enjoying the breathtaking scenery. You can also bring your rod and hire a boat to get to the middle of the ocean and try your luck with the hook.
  • Sunrise watching
    This particular activity can only be done if you stay at SemakDaun. Most visitors would wait for the glorious sunrise view at the dock.
  • Island hopping
    Not far from SemakDaun island, a hawksbill turtle conservation nestled in Pramuka island. Kids (and adults) would definitely find this place interesting as it showcases rare creature. Visitors can also learn the effort to preserve this critically endangered animal. 

Where to stay

Semak Daun hasn’t yet been developed. At night, the strip of its beach is a place where groups of backpackers build tents and camp in, or play at the beach before waking up early to watch sunrise at the dock on the next day. It´s best to have fun near your tent to make sure that your valuable stuffs are safe.It gets pretty dark at night since there´s no proper lighting at the beach so it´s recommended to do a day trip tour and stay on a more developed area like Macan or Pari island.

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A quick getaway from concrete jungle Jakarta is what every urban dweller needs. PulauMacan is that friendly tropical neighborhood, 2 hours boat ride from the city. Thanks to social media, the beauty of Macan island hadn’t been discovered since 3 years ago. Visitors are limited to 40 persons per day as it is a private resort, which makes it feels almost like your private island. From here, you can explore the nearby islands or simply open your favorite book and relax! The next island on our Thousand islands bucket list is Macan island.

Where is it and how to get there
Macan Island is part of Kepulauan Seribu. The journey begins when you reach Ancol. Head to Marina pier 17 and take a boat ride that costs IDR 45,000 to 85,000. It takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, so a day trip tour is likely possible. Or, you can book a private boat from the resort and have them arrange the schedule for you.

What to see and do

  • Snorkeling and island hopping
    Island hopping is the most favorite activity to do in Macan Island. With a few remote islands nearby, you can hop on your boat and prepare yourself to enjoy the bustling and colorful life under water. The water is crystal clear you can see fishes swimming by the corals even with naked eyes. There´s no need to bring goggles or fins because everything can be rented on the site.
  • Lazying on in a open air hut
    Macan Island is an eco village concept accommodation, where you can cozy up in one of the huts. An open air hut has a great view of the ocean and is perfect to spend your afternoon enjoying the spectacular sunset.
  • Seafood feast
    Of course, tasting that fresh seafood is a must. The restaurant provides delectable courses in a private setting or in the communal area. Grilled fish with dark soy sauce and piquant sambal matah, with the ocean as the backdrop? Bon appetit!
  • Coral planting
    Children can conveniently enjoy their stay as there are many activities to do including coral planting. You can learn how natural coral reef grow and contribute in a fun way to help create shelters for our ecosystem.
  • Kayaking
    As time moves very slow in Macan island, you might start to paddle up your boat and see where it takes you. Kayaking or canoeing has never been this fun. The clear blue ocean lets you peep into the deep without having to get down from your boat. But who can resist dipping their feet?
  • Trekking
    The uninhabited island has exotic pathways for you to trek. It will be an easy journey and you won´t get lost!

Where to stay

The only accommodation available in the island is Tiger Islands Village and Eco Resort with huts, cabins and tents to choose from. The cheapest room is the island Tent that costs about IDR 2,000,000 per pax. But don’t imagine a humble camp – these tents have a full facilities of a hotel. A bed and a clean sheet on top of it. The cabin type lets you have your own comfy bed with shared bathroom but if you come in group, you can book one of the huts that accommodates up to 5 persons.

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Bali’s most beautiful and stunning beaches

The beaches of Bali are known all over the world and they attract millions of visitors each year. To make sure you don’t miss any of these stunning beaches we wrote this guide. Feel free to drop a comment and share your idea’s with us.

1. Melasti beach

Melasti beach lies in Ungasan and has a unique topography. Upon entering the beach, there´s high chasm- limestone cliff that quickly becomes one of the landmark´s interests. Melastiactually means ceremony and there are quite a lot of times when the beach is packed with Balineses on special occasions like before Nyepi.

Where to find it and how to get there?

Melasti Beach is situated in Ungasan Village, on the southern coast of Bali. Approximately 18 km from Ngurah Rai Airport, or 34 minute-ride away passing Jimbaran intersection and Garuda WisnuKencana. The closest beach to Melasti is the Green Bowl beach so if you´re staying somewhere in Uluwatu, it should be easy to reach the beach.

No.8, Gg. VIII, Ungasan, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80234
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What to do and see?

There are two spots to enjoy the scenery. One is from the hill before going down to the beach. At the northern part of the area, a small hill overlooks the blue sea is a great place to mesmerize! The second spot is of course, from its powdery white sand beach.
This beautiful beach is perfect for swimmers. Come early in the morning and you have the ocean for yourself. Melastiis relatively calm and the shoreline is small. You can also go deeper to watch the underwater scenery by snorkeling.

2. Green bowl

Green Bowl beach is a secluded paradise that needs your full stamina to reach. There are approximately 300 steps (75m) down you need to deal with, before finally arriving in this exotic beach. The 30m coastal area is relatively quiet with less crowd to spot. It´s called the Green Bowl probably because of its similarity to bowl shape. The green color is unlike any other beach, thanks to the seaweed colonies that bring emerald shade!

Green Bowl beach @Bali, Indonesia
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Where to find it and how to get there?

Green Bowl beach is located at the bottom of the hill in Ungasan village. It´s a stop after Melasti beach – one hour from Canggu.
There are easy ways to get to Green Bowl. If you happen to visit Nyang-Nyang Beach, Green bowl is just 20-minute bike ride from there.
Just head to Jalan Pura BatuPageh that directs to Bali Cliff Resort. From here, you need to go down the dozensstone stairs.

Ungasan, South Kuta, Badung Regency
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What to do and see?

It´s no wonder that the beach is highlighted as one of the best surf spots in Bali. The sea owns great waves, making it perfect for pro surfers. Strong currents and sharp rocks are not for beginners.

The crystal clear water and the coarse sands make anyone wants to swim but apparently the current is a bit strong for snorkel. Many tourists prefer to sunbath and read book by the beach.

There are not many food hawkers in the beach so having your lunch packed and enjoyed under the sunny weather is definitely a to-do list! Once you reach the beach, there´s a small cave at the right side where you can sit and have a refreshing picnic.

3. Pandawa

Pandawa beach is one of the Bali´s beautiful beach collections. It is perfectly surrounded by huge limestones cliffs with impeccable view of the waves from Indian ocean. What´s unique about this spot is the manmade limestone that becomes the welcome gate upon entering Pandawa.

Pandawa beach @Bali, Indonesia
Pandawa beach @Bali, Indonesia

Where to find it and how to get there?

Pandawa is situated in South Kuta district, Pandawa Beach is 3km from Nusa Dua area. But a tortuous road that leads to Pandawa beach makes the trip longer than it should. The road to Pandawa beach is smoothly paved. From Ngurah Rai airport, go uphill to Kutuh village by car or motorcycle. It takes about an hour with 18km distance. Watch out for traffic jam especially in Jimbaran area, so it´s best to come early before anyone else does.

Darmawangsa St. | Kutuh Village, Kuta
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What to do and see?

Pandawa beach is for pro surfers because the currents are unpredictable and relatively strong but because of its increasing popularity, Surfing Pandawa beach might be tricky these days since this area could be jam packed with tourists at times, in and out of the water.

Other activities include canoeing and getting a nice traditional massage by the beach.

The blue sea under the blue sky is quite a view. But if you´re not into surfing, walking along at the impressive terrain will surely leave you in awe. Some of the features are high walls, slopes and cliffs that naturally form beauty.

There are a few arches that depict characters from Mahabharata, Pandawa Lima. This is why the beach itself is called Pandawa. And not to forget, plenty of bean bags to spend your lazy day under the sun.

4. Geger beach

For surfers who want some serious swells, go further to the middle of the sea. The waves at Geger beach are big and more often powerful than not. It´s definitely not ideal for those who are still learning. Advanced surfers would love it though. Always watch out for strong currents because it would be difficult to paddle back in.

Visitors can also swim near the beach as it´s relatively shallow. Not as crowded as the other popular beaches, the environment is enjoyable for all type of travelers whether you´re here for honeymoon or family getaway. Geger has sands as fine as powder. It somehow beckons you to lie back on the sundeck and enjoy the view.

Geger beach @Bali, Indonesia
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Where to find it and how to get there?

Geger Beach is situated in AdatPeminge Village, Nusa Dua. It´s approximately 20 km from Ngurah Rai international airport. It somehow becomes a private beach since the beach is surrounded by luxury hotels. Thus, you will need to pay a certain amount of ticket fee to enter it from one of these resorts. However, you can still enter the area from a cheaperaccess located next to the Mulia Resort, Nusa Dua.

The beach entrance is located next to Mulia Resort Nusa Dua and near Dreamland beach. Thus, it is easier to find the direction to the resort first. To reach Geger beach, head to Bali Mandara Toll road and continue to By Pass Ngurah Rai and then take Siligita street.

DesaAdatPeminge, Sawangan | jlGiriPuspa D 1no12 Mumbul, Nusa Dua 80363
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5. Nyangnyang beach

From paragliding to surfing, NyangNyang beach has 1.5 km coast line with coarse sands. Walking along the stretch is like asoothing therapy for your feet. The beach can be busy during the day as many watersports are available. Thanks to the hundreds of staircases the place is less touristy due to the difficulty in reaching the beach down the hill.

Where to find it and how to get there?

NyangNyang beach is an hour ride from Pura LuhurUluwatu. There are two routes that can take you to NyangNyang Beach. If your location is close to GunungPayung Beach, head to Dharmawangsa road and continue to UluwatuPecatu until you reach BatuNunggalan street on the left.

As NyangNyang beach is fairly close to Pura Uluwatu, we recommend to also include it on your bucket list as you visit the temple at the cliff. It´s a perfect getaway during summer, because rainy days cause the stairs to be slippery.

Jl. Uluwatu, Br. DinasKarangBoma, Pecatu, KutaBadung, Bali 80364. Click here for location

What to do and see?

NyangNyang is not friendly to swimmers. The current can be strong so it´s best not to have any snorkeling activity. Paragliding is one of the attraction highlights. Start off from the cliff and pass by Peninsula hill before landing on the beach. The view is pretty amazing! Other activities that visitors do include sunbathing and collecting shells.

6. Sawangan beach 

Sawangan beach offers a great outdoor ambience with plenty of things to do. It is a kid-friendly beach with calm sea and shallow depth. The golden sandy beach makes any day a great time to build a sand castle with family. For surfers, come early in the morning and you get the best waves.

Where to find it and how to get there?

If you´re staying somewhere in Nusa Dua, you can rent a bike to Sawangan beach. Sawangan beach is 40 minute car ride from Kuta. Getting to Sawangan Beach requires you to take by pass Ngurah Rai Jimbaran and take right turn to Hotel Nikko direction. The beach is not far from there.

Jl. Gn. Payung I, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali.
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What to do and see?

You´ll spot tourists sunbathing or just having a nice long walk by the beach. There´s a fee for bench and deck because they belong to the respective restaurants. The beach has a relaxing atmosphere far from any surfing tense, thus, is ideal for swimming. 
Take a picture of a desert-like environment while riding a camel! This is another popular activity at Sawangan. The camel back riding is provided by Bali Camel Safari at Nikko Hotel.
The sunrise at Sawangan is magical. In the morning, it´s a surfer´s playground. If you´re curious about how the locals cultivate seaweed, then this is the right place to experience the activity of harvesting seaweed.

7. Balangan beach

Another incredible beach bordered by limestone cliffs – Balangan beach is home to world-class waves.

Balangan beach @Bali, Indonesia
Balangan beach @Bali, Indonesia

Where to find it and how to get there?

The signages are clear and getting to Balangan beach is not as hard as going down the hundreds of steps from the cliff. Balangan beach is accessible from south or west. You can take taxi or motorcycle from South Kuta to Jimbaran passing Garuda Wisn Kencana (GWK). Continue your journey to Uluwatu and turn right at the sign of Balangan beach. From Ngurah Rai airport, it takes about 60 minutes car-ride. The road is smooth but the closer you are to the beach, the narrower the road.

Jl. Pantai Balangan Kab. Badung Bali. Click here for location

What to do and see?

Everyone agrees that Balangan has the most dramatic sunset view. It´s even prettier from above the cliff as the sun meets the ocean creating scenic picturesque. We don’t recommend swimming in Balangan although there is no restriction, but given the many surfers enjoying the sea, it would not be difficult for you to bump into one or two of them.

If surfing is not your thing, you can still enjoy the panoramic view and dip your feet in the soft white sands. There are several food hawkers selling traditional foods and coconut water for refreshments. Beds and parasols are available for rent.

8. Bias tugel

Bias Tugel is dominated by foreign travelers as domestic tourists only visit on public holidays. The beach itself is a made of peppery sand from volcanic cliffs and golden soft sand.

Where to find it and how to get there?

If you happen to visit Padang Bai, then you shouldn’t miss Bias Tugel. Situated in Mimba village, the access road to Bias Tugel beach is not that difficult as the sign posts fill guide you. There´s a cross road inside Padang Bai harbor. Turn right at this intersection and continue straight. But the hard part is once you reach the entrance, you need to continue your journey on foot. Track can be muddy and slippery during wet season

Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80871. Click here for location.

What to do and see?

Rent goggles and dip into the sea for early morning snorkeling. The clear blue sea lets you spot corals, turtles and fishes. The strip is filled with warungs and stalls that sell refreshment from ice tea to cold beer. Some activities include beach massage or seafood feast. Overall, the bay offers a relaxing ambience but apparently it´s quite dirty as trashes are seen everywhere.

If you have plenty of time, the Blue Lagoon beach is another hidden gem worth to visit and is not far from Bias Tugel around 7 minute bike ride.

9. Gunung Payung beach

Not many people know this place, which is why it´s a true hidden gem. You can sense the peaceful atmosphere once you step on the white powdery beach. The clear blue water is very inviting for surfers or swimmers.

Gunung Payung beach @Bali, Indonesia
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Where to find it and how to get there?

You need to drive towards Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai which leads to the south.Follow along the road to the south until past Udayana University and head to Jalan Goa Gong. After that, turn left to Dharmawangsa. At the Warung 86 Banyuwangi T-junction, go straight to Jalan GunungPayung. If you depart from the PandawaKutuh beach, the distance is around 4.5 kilometers with a travel time of 20 minutes to the east.

The road to the beach is on asphalt, but the road closest to the beach is still undeveloped but you can still pass by using vehicles. At the end of the road, this is where you can park the vehicle, but to get to the shoreline, you have to go down the stairs about three hundreds of them that have been bordered by iron fences. Getting down is easy, but climbing up again? It takes a lot of energy!

Kutuh, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali. Click here for location

What to do and see?

Near the location, precisely on the left side, there is a temple called GunungPayung temple. It is strongly believed that the beach is named after the Pura.

There´s a cave nearby that you can use to chill out once you finish sunbathing. Most tourists come for swimming and surfing. It´s the least crowded beach and the short strip seems to look like a little private island.

10. Tegalwangi

There´s something different about Tegal Wangi. It has its own unique charm with lush green cliffs overlooking the sea. You´ll quickly in love with everything about this beach – the ocean, the white soft sands,the exotic scenery and breezy air. You need to prepare your energy to go down to the steep footpath but once you conquer this, the paradise is all yours to see. Remember to put on your non-slippery gear while climbing down and up the stairs.

Where to find it and how to get there?

The road to Tegal Wangi is accessible by vehicles. It´s quite a long trip from Ngurah Rai Airport about 14 km distance or half an hour bike ride up to Jimbaran area. From South Kuta, take Bypass Ngurah Rai directing to Nusa Dua and then continue to Jimbaran street, Bukit Permai Street and past Four Season hotel at Karang Mas street. You will spot Tegalwangi temple, a landmark that hints that it wont be far from there.

Tegal Wangi Beach, Jl. Tegal Wangi, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali. Click here for location

What to do and see?

You can immediately feel the serenity of this place once you finish climbing down through those tiring steps. The sound of waves crashing the cliffs is somewhat calming. There´s no hawkers or souvenir sellers that bother you so it´s definitely a place to chill.

Take a walk or a swim as the sun goes down – it´s a charming moment no one wants to miss. However, there is no coast guard in this area so it is best to keep an eye on your children when they swim.

When it´s low tide, the reefs create small pools, making it natural jacuzzi with the water comes directly from the sea. Occasionally, some couples do wedding photoshoot with the cliffs as the backdrop.

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Thousand islands – Pari island

Thousand islands – Pari island is one of the majestic Thousand islands but unlike Macan island, Pari has a more humble nuance due to the fact that it is a tourism village run by the locals. This particular destination is ideal for backpackers. Whether you´re here for a day trip or two, the sweet escape offers a great unforgettable experience.

Where is it and how to get there?

Pari island is the closest one to Jakarta. There are two ways you can reach Pari. First, all you need to do is take Taxi, online transportation or bus to MuaraAngke in Kaliadem port. Public ferries and traditional boats take 2 hours to reach Pari and it costs IDR 45,000. However, they have no fix schedule so add a little buffer time to your schedule.

Don’t like that idea? You still have a second, more expensive choice if you board from Marina, Ancol. The fast boat costs IDR 125,000 per person (excluding Ancol entrance fee) and the trip normally lasts an hour but please note that this is also a public transportation that might make a few stops on the other islands to take passengers as it carries 180 persons maximum. Consider this as a mini tour around the archipelago!

What to see and do?

  • Snorkeling and island hopping
    The calm sea has an inviting atmosphere. During the day, tourists would flock the beach. This is the perfect time to snorkel and have the best underwater adventure. With the excellent water visibility, the biodiversity in Pari island is amazing!
  • Biking
    Rent a bike and circle the island for the whole day (IDR 20,000 per 24 hours). This could be your transport to anywhere within the island.
  • Leisure walk
    It´s pretty convenient to walk around. During low tide, you can even cross the sea to the neighboring islands, such as Star beach and Virgin beach.
  • Taste the local food
    From squid pickles to breadfruit chips – some of the unfamiliar foods that surprisingly taste good! Some warungs offer local cuisines such as Gado-Gado, Ketoprak, Fried chicken and Indonesia´s famous instant noodle, Indomie. Some dots of cart by the beach sell traditional snacks, too. The taste aren´t special but you are free to bring food from home.
  • Sunset watching
    In case you miss the sunsets lately, the unspoiled beach has breathtaking kaleidoscopic sunset. This is one of the most favorite things to do in Pari island.
  • Camping
    At night, the beach turns to a camp ground. Local visitors would camp on rented tents. Each tent costs about IDR 100,000 and each person is charged IDR 35,000.

Where to stay ?

Pari island is one of the most affordable vacations in PulauSeribu. Most of the accommodations are provided by the locals. So don’t be surprised when your hostel is a room in their home. The cheapest homestay is around IDR 200,000 but nothing goes above IDR 600,000.

Sadly, Pari Island does not have any ATM center. So bring extra cash with you.

“Traveling is never a matter of money, but of courage” – Paulo Coelho

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