Dotted with limestone cliffs, glittering beaches, and impossibly clear waters the Bukit Peninsula—where the Conrad Bali sits—begs to be explored. Set aside a few hours to beach hop. Start at Pandawa, an under-the-radar swath ideal for sunrises, swimming, and sandcastle building. Previously reached only by boat or steep hike, a road has recently been carved out of the mountain making it easier to access this “secret beach”. The five carved stone Hindu statues of the big brothers of the Mahabharata (after which the beach is named) however, are impossible to miss. Cruise 30 minutes across the island to the Western coast to reach surfer hotspot Padang Padang. Rent a stand up paddle board, or learn to surf with the pros (look into Bali Surf Camp for lessons). Need provisions? Swing by one of the bamboo warungs (Bali’s answer to the corner store). Hit this hotspot by 11 a.m. for a crowd-free frolick before the tour buses roll in. Finally, point the car north towards Balangan Beach, which draws surfers in for its long left-handed breaks. High tide is the best for swimmers, and this laid-back beach has no shortage of sun loungers for rent or warungs for snacks, so plan to set up camp.
Rent a car for half a day to reach all three beaches. Each beach is about 20 to 30 minutes drive from one another.
PANDAWA BEACH: Darmawangsa Street, Kutuh Village, Kuta, Bali; 15,000 rupiah entry fee
PADANG PADANG: Jalan Labuansait No.73, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia; 10,000 rupiah entry fee
BALI SURF CAMP: Jl Labuan Sait, Pecatu; +62 81 999 283549; balisurfingcamp.com/
BALANGAN BEACH: Jalan Pantai Balangan, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia; no entry fee