Bali Flashback: The Secret Beach – Pantai Putih, East Bali


mini-mini-photo-087There aren’t many places left that I haven’t set foot on, walked along, climbed, trekked or explored on the island of Bali. As I reflected on this last night, it occurred to me that so many of these ‘virgin’ places I had come across on my travels over the decades in Bali would by now been overrun with masses of warungs, losmens or the ilk to please the many travellers to the island. It appears to me that virtually every square inch of Bali has been exploited in one way for financial gain and this is fair enough providing it is done in an environmentally friendly way without robbing the place of its aestheticism. One place that came to mind that I haven’t returned to since I first visited it in 2003 is the ‘secret beach’ or Pantai Putih. Then, it was a pristine stretch of beach with crystal clear waters lapping on the shoreline and no other westerners in sight; a very small warung sold warm drinks, and fishing boats graced the white sand.

mini-photo-093

Six years is a lot of time and I can well imagine that the place has been inundated with various buildings to appease tourists. At the time I first visited the secret beach it was with an old friend, Nick O’Neil, and after finally finding the narrow ‘gang’ that leads to the beach, thanks to a very small sign that said ‘Virgin Beach’, the beauty of the place took my breath away. Most of the day was spent enjoying the warm waters, walking along the beach and talking to fishermen. I can recall thinking back then that it wouldn’t be long and the beautiful place would be lost to mass tourism. If on your travels to the east coast of Bali you want to visit Pantai Putih then just after passing through Candi Dasa you will see the sign on the right-hand side of the road. No doubt the sign will now be much bigger! If anyone has visited Pantai Putih recently then I would really like to know what it looks like now.

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE TRAVEL GUIDES

mini-photo-096

mini-photo-103

mini-photo-082


11 thoughts on “Bali Flashback: The Secret Beach – Pantai Putih, East Bali

  • daniel

    a little more far is the village KLOTOK ….. not really a beach but so pure beachfront with the century old pura and just fields …. the vi;;age is at 500m from the water line …. plus the free views on Mount Agung and the islands

  • daniel

    Pantai Putih …. or in english the white sand beach has changed a lot the recent 3 years ….. from what could once have been the ‘white’ sand, now it is just sand ….. plus the whole area has been bought by a Korean development company and with some bad luck, only a big hotel complex will be there ……. oh yeah, still as till today, the first electricity plug is 3 km away from the beach …. just pure life

  • gabybali

    YUP! Pantai Pasir Putih more precisely or White Sandy Beach in Prasi Village, Karangasem is just awesome, too awesome, I didn’t want to reveal the name, location on my blog, just because I don’t really want jakarta tourists ‘attack’ this place just like they did to Dreamland

    You’re welcome to read my 2 related posts here :
    http://www.beeamazing.com/my-5-favorite-beaches-in-bali/
    and
    http://www.beeamazing.com/reasons-why-i-dislike-dreamland-beach-in-bali/

    Thanks, Bali Blog for the post!!

  • Frank Bibby

    Hi

    Pantai Putih is still great. In some ways better than “yesteryear’ as there are now maybe a dozen warungs selling fish dishes etc etc and provding beach lounges chairs. You can still bargain as many of the warungs will be empty as people congregate in front ofjust a few. Your unlucky if you arrive and there are more tha 20 people there at any one time.the beach is good the water and waves great. Still a magic place in the Sun. Have heard that big development is planned as has happened in Padangbai so move quickly before “Paradise” is no more

    Frank

  • Frank Bibby

    Hi

    Pantai Putih is still great. In some ways better than “yesteryear’ as there are now maybe a dozen warungs selling fish dishes etc etc and provding beach lounges chairs. You can still bargain as many of the warungs will be empty as people congregate in front ofjust a few. Your unlucky if you arrive and there are more tha 20 people there at any one time.the beach is good the water and waves great. Still a magic place in the Sun. Have heard that big development is planned as has happened in Padangbai so move quickly before “Paradise” is no more

    Frank

  • Liz of Perth

    Our driver, Dono, took us to a beautiful bay which must be the same one… But I know it as Pasir Putih? When I was last there, over a year ago, it was still picture perfect. (But with a few more warungs). Still a divine spot. Great snorkelling, fish lunch cooked on the beach, and the beautiful view of the fishing boats heading out one after another in the mid afternoon……

  • east coast beaches

    Near to a soft white beach and secluded in fragrant foliage, nestles one of Bali’s most intimate and exclusive resorts, Amanusa. Offering panoramic views of the indigo-hued Indian Ocean and unparalleled access to one of the region’s finest golf courses, Amanusa is also within easy reach of Sanur, Legian and Seminyak, Bali’s premier shopping and nightlife areas. Serene and breezy, Amanusa provides a plethora of tranquil spots for relaxation, and those who wish to unwind in nature’s spendour can while away their days at the Beach Club, in the shade of bougainvillea at the pool, or on the manicured greens of the golf course.

  • Cruise

    Have you been dreaming about your ideal vacation spot for years? The sunny beaches of Hawaii, the busy streets of Paris, the quaint villages of Italy? A romantic Caribbean cruise or guys-only fishing expedition? Perhaps you long to revisit the honeymoon spot that you remember so fondly from years ago. Maybe you keep saying someday you will go there, but someday never comes and the years pass slowly as your dream never seems to become reality.

Comments are closed.