Bali’s most famous beaches can be found in Badung Regency. From Uluwatu to Seminyak, Canggu to Kuta, Badung Regency’s beaches are internationally acclaimed.
Head a little further west, and tourists will stumble upon the stunning secret black sand beaches of Tabanan Regency.
Tabanan Regency is best known to tourists as being home to Tanah Lot Temple and Mount Batu Karu.
While Tanah Lot Temple sits on a rocky outcrop on the Tabanan coast, tourists don’t tend to visit the region for its beaches, choosing Tabanan for more of a cultural immersion.
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Yet, to overlook the black sand beaches of Tabanan means tourists are missing out on breathtaking ocean panoramas, a laid-back coastal vibe, and none of the crowds.
That’s right, if you’re looking for an incredible beach vacation, none of the crowds, and access to the very essence of Bali, Tabanan may just be the place for you.
The first port of call in a tour of Tabanan’s beaches should be Yeh Gangga Beach. Local leaders are on a mission to level up the tourism offering on the beach, not in such a way that the area becomes a full-blown resort, but rather that all visitors have access to those home comforts and tourism essentials.
Pantai Yeh Gangga is a picturesque surfing spot, ideal for both experienced and novice wave catchers.
The Head of the Yeh Gangga Traditional Village, I Ketut Dolio, along with the support of the village leaders from Banjar Yeh Gangga Kangin and Banjar Yeh Gang Kawan, is seeking to develop tourism in the area, especially for the traveling surfing community.
Yeh Gangga Beach is one of the few beaches in the Tabanan area where turtles still come to lay their eggs.
Local leaders are hopeful that they can develop an eco-tourism initiative inspired by those on Seranagan Island and Kuta so that tourism can help conserve these endangered marine creatures.
At the moment, many of the turtles who lay their eggs on Yeh Gangga Beach have their nests raided by stray and community dogs.
Dolio is seeking the support of tourism revenue to help create a sustainable conservation initiative that helps the turtles, boosts the local economy, and, of course, levels up the experiences of a getaway on Yeh Gangga for visitors.
One of the most popular hangout spots at the beach is Yeh Gangga Beach Club. The laid-back beachfront hangout is frequented by surfers, backpackers, and long-time Bali lovers who are looking for a sense of the Bali of old.
Yeh Gangga Beach Club has its own beachfront pool, restaurant, and bar and often hosts live music nights. It is as laid back as it gets, and the staff is super welcoming.
It’s the kind of place where tourists can hang out all day (entry is free!) and not feel rushed to eat up and get out. The menu caters to every taste and is so reasonably priced.
A wrapped chicken kebab is IDR 45,000, and a classic Balinese Crispy Ocean Fish with sambal match is just IDR 55,000.
There are some great value accommodation options in and around Yeh Gang Beach. Bali Beach Glamping is a luxurious 3-star escape boasting posh beachfront clamping tents, a traditional Balinese spa, and a wonderful in-house restaurant.
These are no pop-up festival-style tents; these are full-blown canvas houses, much like you’d find at top safari lodges in Southern Africa.
For those who want to sleep surrounded by solid walls, look no further than WakaGangga. The rustic yet refined resort offered guests private villas overlooking the beachfront.
The restaurant offers open-air dining, and there is a range of cultural activities to take part in for the real Bali experiences.
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