Sunday, 7 September 2014

Hidden beaches of Indonesia

Indonesia is such a rich and diverse location for secretly hidden beaches. The white sand and turquoise, warm water with an array of sea creatures and corals. Even better, most of the time you get to enjoy them alone. Here are some of my favourite beaches on the islands of Indonesia that I have visited.

Nusa Lembongan 

This beach is located to the right of Mushroom Beach, Nusa Lembongan Island. As you can see it is abandoned, and yes it is b-e-a-utiful. The main thing that I love about this quiet little beach is that it can only be accessed at certain times of the day. This is because you need to climb under a rock to get to it and the tide is usually covering this crack under the cliff during the first half of the day. The water is warm, the sun is bright and the good vibes are high.

Gili Trawangan

High tide.

Low tide.

This is by far my most favourite beach in Indonesia. Located on Gili Trawangan, an island just off Lombok, this beach transforms from morning to afternoon due to the tides going out. In the morning you can see the turquoise waters hiding the aquatic life, and by the afternoon it is a jungle of tiny pools and metallic water. Me and my friend Lisa visited this beach almost every day whilst we were in Gili Trawangan due to its purity, quietness and isolation. It honestly does not get much better than this. Whilst enjoying a swim you are able to see the mountains of the Lomok island in the background, creating an amazing scenery. We would bring our yummy treats and fresh juice form the bakery down the road and sit and observe the beauty of mother nature. The sunset in the evening casts a beautiful reflection on the pools of water with starfish and tiny crabs inhabiting them. It is just a short bike ride from our hotel, Vila Ombak, stumbling upon it on an afternoon ride. 

Uluwatu, Bali

This is less of a beach and more of a secret haven formed by a ditch within the rocks. This place has such a cute surfy vibe to it that makes anyone feel like a explorer. I had come here first with my family and then bought my friends here the following year as I wanted to share its beauty with them. This is the opening that surfers use to swim out to the main surf break at Uluwatu. You can only go swimming in the shallow waters of this small beach however as the waves against he rocks do get quite rough. It is just a small walk from Blue Point hotel, travelling through the markets and down steep stairs to get to it, a small adventure with a beautiful outcome. 

I could go on forever talking about the other beautiful beaches that I love throughout Indonesia but I could honestly be here all day, so I just listed my favourites. Hopefully the ones that couldn't be mentioned here will be mentioned in the future.

Hope you enjoyed! 


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