Bali is a regular occurrence on many traveler’s bucket lists who are after white tropical beaches.
I’d been warned to stay away from Kuta in Bali which I’d heard is an Aussie party destination and not much more. We did visit Kuta beach once and were unimpressed, it’s not the sort of beach you’d want to lie on all day. Although Bali does have some lovely beaches, there are much nicer ones just a stone’s throw away.
Next to Bali is an island called Lombok and if you’re really after some underdeveloped, white sandy beaches, it’s here you’ll want to come to. Lombok’s airport has barely been open and there was talk of a big increase in tourism because of this but it hasn’t really happened yet.
Maybe it’s because Lombok can’t offer the nightlife of Bali or perhaps it’s because it’s just still relatively unknown. Whatever it is, I am not complaining! It’s a rare thing to find beaches like this with a handful of people on them and not a building in sight!
Just a few wooden shacks line these beaches which make them all the more perfect. We stayed in Kuta which is the nearest village to the beaches. Kuta has a few home stays and restaurants but nothing fancy. Most of the accommodation is aimed at surfers who seem to be the only ones visiting Kuta at the moment.
It’s not possible to walk to any of the nicer beaches but renting a moped or hiring a driver is easy and cheap. We stayed at Yuli’s home stay which was the best home stay we’ve found so far, if you can call it that. The grounds are lovely with two swimming pools and kitchens with free water refills. The rooms are spacious, cool and all newly built.
It seems bizarre to me that people flock to Bali when this is right next door. It might take a bit more of an effort to access these beaches but they’re definitely worth it.