WHERE IS BALANGAN BEACH, BALI
Balangan Beach is found on the far east of Bali in the Bukit Peninsula, more commonly known as Uluwatu.
Famous for its gorgeous white sandy shores and towering cliffs, Balangan Beach sure lives up to the high reputation that this region is famous for.
Balangan Beach, otherwise known as Pantai Balangan, will always hold a special place in my heart. I first visited the area on a day trip a few years ago.
Back then, the road leading to Balangan Beach was not paved and there was no cell reception. There were no hotels and no convenience stores nearby.
Fast forward a few years and I returned to Balangan Beach – I hardly recognized the place!
And whilst the area around Balangan Beach is developing (much like the rest of Bali), it still has that authentic touch and isn’t overrun with tourists – yet. Hence I still conder it a hidden gem in Bali!
There are cows roaming the fields, chickens running all over, and vast areas of land with no development. It isn’t overcrowded and there are convenient stores dotted along the road. The local food here is some of the best I’ve had in Indonesia, and certainly the most affordable.
I love Balangan Beach and I hope this post convinces you to pop over to my favorite area in Bali and explore it for yourself.
Pantai Balangan tops my list of best beaches in Uluwatu. One of the main reasons for this is because it hasn’t yet seen the drastic rise in development as you’ll find with the more popular beaches in the Bukit Peninsula.
The sand is soft and white. It’s a great swimming beach and is the perfect place to learn to surf. Check the tides before visiting though! Bali is notorious for its dramatic tides and if you head to Balangan Beach on a low tide, there won’t be much of a swimming area to enjoy!
The Balangan Beach sunsets are also spectacular so try to hang around to witness them.
I’m not a surfer, but I try! And after visiting all the beaches in Uluwatu, I can safely say that Balangan Beach offers the best break for beginners.
Many people seem to agree with me on this one as the sea is often lined with rows of beginners on their longboards, all vying to catch that perfect wave.
If you’re learning to surf, only visit Balangan Beach when the swell and tides are right. Be sure to check this prior to arriving as you’ll be disappointed when you get there only to find the exposed reef which can be extremely dangerous for beginners.
Toward the far end of Balangan Beach, on the opposite side of the viewpoint, is a long, left break that is better suited for more experienced surfers.