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The Light Beach in South Bali

The Light Beach in South Bali
In addition to the beaches that are commonly used as tourist destinations such as Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Sanur, Bali also has exotic hidden beaches. These beaches are not very publicly exposed and only spread by word of mouth among the backpacker community. One of these beaches is Padang-padang Beach. Although his reputation has recently been lifted by the film Eat, Pray, Love, starring senior actress Julia Roberts, this beach still offers exclusive comfort that is difficult to obtain on popular beaches such as Kuta.

Padang-padang Beach is at the westernmost tip of the Uluwatu Peninsula, approximately one hour's drive from Denpasar. Access to the beach is at the end of Jalan Raya Uluwatu, right on the right (north) from the entrance to Uluwatu Temple. From the main road, travel to the parking area approximately 1 kilometer. From the parking area, visitors must walk approximately 500 meters down the hill, past souvenir stalls, until they reach a rocky crevice with cement ladders leading to a coastal section sheltered by giant cliffs.

The Light Beach in South Bali
From under this gap, the road to the beach area was split into two lanes. The left lane penetrates the coral aisle. Through this route, visitors will find an open coastal section. Here, foreign tourists usually spend time sunbathing on the beach or surfing enjoying the waves.

Meanwhile, if you walk through the right lane, visitors will find a more shady coastal section. The beach on this side is protected by towering cliff walls. This beach segment is often used as a place to surf or swim. When dusk approaches, this beach side is a good place to enjoy the sunset panorama.

The Light Beach in South Bali
The Light Beach in South Bali
Because the flow of visitors is not too crowded and dominated by foreign tourists, this beach provides a sensation as if on a private beach. There are no stalls or kiosks that damage the natural scenery that this beach has to offer. The white sand and relatively maintained from the trash adds to the beauty of this beach.

On the cliffs that surround the beach, there are several cafes that can be a place to unwind after swimming or surfing. The cafes offer stunning views, especially at sunset. For photography enthusiasts, this is a great place to produce beautiful images.