The Bali beach that is worth your visit is not only Kuta. Next time you travel to Bali, you should go beyond this famous beach. I recommend that you go to Balangan Beach, a beach located less than twenty minutes to the south from Kuta. Although this beach’s name is rather alien to your ears, you will not be disappointed. Part of the reasons for the obscure presence of this beach is that it is literally hidden. While you can have a horizontal view of the other beaches in Bali, it is not the case with this beach.
Balangan Beach is a unique Bali beach as it stretches under a cliff and therefore you cannot see it from a horizontal line. Only when you stand on the top of the cliff then you can see the beach and the swelling waves of the great Indian Ocean as well as the unique, tidy lines of several coconut palm trees. Furthermore, this beach requires you to do a little effort if you want to enjoy this tranquil-looking beach. You must descend through the hundreds of stone stairs to lay your feet on the light brown sands below. In short, you should have really strong lungs to go there.
Once you are in the beach area, Balangan Beach gives you an ideal, tranquil beach to yourself. There are not many tourists on this Bali beach. What you will find here are, mostly, tourists who are looking for a really quiet beach and, of course, the surfers. The big swells and waves in this beach are indeed very inviting for hardcore surfers. As they are so big, beginners are not recommended to have some fun here. If you are a novice surfer yet stubborn enough and then down there, just be ready with the rocks that will leave obvious marks or bruises on your forehead.
Balangan Beach is actually easy to reach. From Kuta, you should follow the route heading to Uluwatu at the south, passing Jimbaran Bay and Dreamland Beach on your way. Once you have reached a T-intersection right after the Garuda Wishnu Kencana monument, take the turn to the right and follow the road sign that leads to this Bali beach. As public transports are rare in this area, it is wise to rent a motorbike to go here. Accommodations are also only basic in the beach area so the wisest decision is that you should sleep elsewhere and only visit the beach during the day.