Pasir Putih beach: East Bali

by Nick on November 10, 2006

by Nick | November 10th, 2006  

Of all the beaches in Bali, the one that fullfills the vision of a tropical beach the best, is Pasir Putih in East Bali. Guide books are starting to mention it, but in 2003, when I first visited, there were virtually no other tourists.


What Pasir Putih offers is an almost pristine white sand beach, with little development, in a tropical setting. Here’s the nuts and bolts.

Pasir Putih
Where is it?
Its located off of the main road in Perasi, East Bali.
How do you get there?
Drive East from Kuta towards Sanur. Take the Kusamba Bypass to East Bali. Follow the coastal road past Candi Dasa. When you come to Perasi, slow down and ask locals for ‘Pasir Putih’.
Driving time fm Kuta: 2.5 hours.
Access:
Good driving up to the access road. When you find the narrow lane, between a row of shops, that leads towards the beach, the road quickly gets worse. Follow the paved road to a toll booth and pay a few thousand rp for entry. Keep going down healily rutted dirt track, keeping to the right side. After 10 minutes you will arrive at the beach.
Parking:
Yes, at the beach.
Shade:
Yes. Plenty of trees behind the beach. On the beach you have to sit over to the left side, in the sahade of the cliff, or use one of the umbrellas that have recently been installed.
Facilities:
Until a year or so go there was only one shack selling drinks / nasi goreng. Now there are more.
What else is on the beach?
The beach is a village fishing beach. Boats are parked over on the right of the beach.
How big is the beach?
The beach is about 400 meters wide.
Can you swim there?
Yes.
Any other water sports?
You might try snorkeling from a boat.
Dangers & annoyances:
Currents can be strong. Be careful if you go swimming alone. The few beach vendor will sit next to you, wherever you go.
Closest accommodation:
The closest is the small collection of guest houses in Jasri, to the east, which include Kangkung Cottages. Keep going east to Ujung and you will find another string of guest houses along the coast, including Seraya Shores.

If you head west from Pasir Putih you have a wide selection of places to stay in Candi Dasa.
Who is Pasir Putih good for?
Pasir Putih is good for people who are looking for the perfect beach. People who want tropical relaxation, and who have time on their hands. Good for families, couples, adventurous people.
Who is Pasir Putih not good for?
Pasir Putih is not good for people in a hurry, people who don’t like leaving the Kuta area, people who like shopping, a selection of foods, and creatures comforts.

{ 5 comments }

Lex Speir November 12, 2006 at 11:02 pm
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I found snorkeling very easy right from the beach. Like Candi Dasa,the water is generally much calmer in the mornings. Also, another way to go to Pasir Putih is to rent a fisherman and canoe from Candi Dasa. A great trip past beautiful scenery. Have about 5000 rupiah on hand to pay for the locals to help \

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Lex Speir November 12, 2006 at 11:05 pm
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My last sentence was savaged. Have about 5000 rupiah for the locals to help “land” the canoe. Pasir Putih was my favorite beach when I visited Bali in 2003. Hopefully it will never be overdeveloped.

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RICH March 18, 2007 at 7:18 am
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Yes, the best beach on Bali (but Bali’s beaches aren’t the greatest). No one there charging entry fees in Feb. 07, and only a dozen or so touristos. Maybe best to leave your car at the temple just above the final access road, which is pretty rough. It’s only a 5 minute walk. The first little warung as you come down the access road was the most popular. Maybe spread the cash around a bit, drink at one place, eat at another.

Be nice to this beach! It’s off the beaten track as Nick notes but that’s it’s charm. I did notice a new access road going around the point to the next rocky beach (towards Candi) and was told a big resort might go up there.

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RICH February 20, 2008 at 2:50 pm
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As of Feb. 2008 there were 8 warungs, though things were still quiet–tourists seemed to be those driven there from bigger hotels; entry fee was RP5000 for 2 people in a car. Rough seas, strong swimmers only. Still the best beach on Bali, and the tough access route is a good thing in my opinion.

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AJ April 14, 2008 at 4:06 am
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We went to Pasir Putih yesterday (April 13 2008) and were very sad to see a large group of Korean developers in suits with blueprints under arms, about to kick out the local villagers and warungs and develop a 5-star exclusive resort spanning 200 Ha (according to one local) on this pristine, very accessible, fantastically lovely little beach. Is anyone thinking about doing anything to help the villagers and micro-businesses at this beach either relocate or advocate on their behalf?
Pasir putih provided more than we could have asked for on a quite morning.

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