Minggu, 08 Maret 2009

Bali beaches

Candi Dasa Beach
Candidasa is the name of a temple complex on a lagoon by the edge of the sea. Set at the foot of Mount Agung, the white sandy beach of the temple is only visible when the tide is out but the grassy foreshore and beach are great places to catch the sun. Started in the early 1980s this romantic area, also called Candidasa became the developing tourist destination, though it still offers an escape from the hassles of the more populated tourist areas. Candi Dasa is an excellent base for daytrips around Eastern Bali. Tenganan, Goa Lawah, Amlapura and Padangbai are all within easy reach. And good diving is available a little further afield at Tulamben, where a US ship sunk during World War-II and may be viewed in its underwater resting-place. You can also hire boats for a day's snorkeling. Diving equipment is available for rental at reasonable prices.

Kuta Beach
Once a lonely village on the road from Denpasar toward the Bukit Peninsula, Kuta is now a thriving tourist resort, popular mainly among the young. It is a popular beach for surfing although currents make it less suitable for swimming. Coast guards, however, are on constant duty during the day. Kuta faces toward the west offering beautiful sunsets. Accommodation ranges from international hotels to home stays. The village abounds with restaurants, shops, discotheques and other tourist facilities. It is easier to find regular performances of Balinese music and dance in Kuta, staged specially for tourists, than anywhere else in Bali. Some performances are staged nightly. The village is ideal for meeting and mixing with other people, locals as well as visitors from abroad.

Lovina Beach
A restful tourist area west of Singaraja on the northern coast. This area is relaxed and hassle-free. The beaches are of black volcanic sand and a reef keeps any surf at bay. Or you can diving and snorkeling in the mirror smooth seas, and the dolphins that often race with the tour boats. The beach area consists of several small villages that seem to start where the last one finished, although they are all spread quite thinly along the long beach strip. You can also make day trips to the hot springs of Banjar, the West Bali National Park, to temples and various craft centers.

Pantai Seseh
Start the beach walk of your life just south of Tanah Lot. Pantai Seseh is a quiet beach of black volcanic sand that is mainly visited by local fishermen. Quiet, rough, and close to nature, this beach is simply unforgettable.

Sanur Beach
With its white sand on the south and black sand on the north part, Sanur beach is a popular recreation site not far from Denpasar. Sanur is protected from the force of the ocean waves by a coral reef offshore, so the waves on the shore are rather small and gentle. This makes it an ideal place for a quiet family swim, wind surfing, boating and water sports. Its traditional culture is very strong, but it wears modern dress (except, of course, on ritual occasions). Among the Balinese, Sanur has a reputation for sorcery of a high degree, both "white" and "black". Sanur is famous for its white coral temples (Pura Segara, Pura Merta Sari). There are many small ones hidden away along the south beach. In December and January, watch the huge processions to the sea with purification ceremonies on the beach. There are often gamelan rehearsals in the evenings at the various banjar.
2.Sanur beach has long been a popular recreation site for people from Denpasar and elsewhere. The palm-lined beach curves from the Bali Beach Hotel toward the south, facing the Indian Ocean to wards the east. Sanur offers many good hotels, restaurants, shops and other tourist facilities. It is only a shot distance from Denpasar public transportation to and from the city are easily available until well into night. Offshore reefs protect the beach against the waves and make it popular for windsurfing, boating and other watersports.

Tegal Besar Beach
There are further beautiful beaches in Bali besides those of Sanur and Kuta. One of these beaches is located in Klungkung regency near Banjarangkan village, known as Tegal Besar beach.
Black sands are a particular characteristic to this beach. Because of its beauty and natural atmosphere, the beach lures visitors to come there. Several fishing boats stationed here add to the beauty of the panorama.
Looking westward from the beach, another beach is visible. This is the Lebih village beach belonging to the regency of Gianyar, with Nusa Penida island to the south Klungkung’s beach is preparing to be developed into a tourist object.
One of the forerunners is already renovating his restaurant there. Small stalls have been also prepared to serve customers. In the morning fishermen go out to sea to catch fish.

The road there is good. From Denpasar to Banjarangkan village you can go by car or motorbike for a distance of about30 km. Then it is just ten minutes to the beach.

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