Bali lovers are always on the lookout for the next hidden gem or trending destination on the island.
It looks like a top contender is already in the mix for 2024, and that is none other than Gunung Payung Beach in Kutuh Village.
Tucked away on the southeastern tip of the Bukit Peninsula, Gunung Payung Beach is fast becoming the destination of choice for travelers looking to enjoy the coastal wonders of Bali.
Giving the surfy vibe of Uluwatu with the relaxed retreat atmosphere of Nusa Dua, and nestled between the two, Gunung Payung Beach is a gem.
Over the festive season visits to Gunung Payung Beach increased over 70%, with many domestic tourists from around Indonesia making it their top beach restart for the end of 2023.
In 2024, it is clear that Gunung Payung Beach will attract more visitors than ever…which is still not too many compared to the busy and bustling beaches of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and especially Canggu.
Speaking to reporters about the sudden surge in interest in Gunung Payung Beach, the Head of Public Relations and Promotion for Bumda Kutuh, I Putu Gede Surya Diarta, said that the highest number of visits in the last month occurred on New Year’s Day when there were 1,180 tourists visited the stretch of coastline.
The majority of tourists hailed from Central and East Java, with the beach still remaining something of a hidden gem for international visitors who tend to opt to visit better known Nusa Dua Beach or the beaches of Uluwatu further along the coast.
To make this hidden gem even more interesting tourists must be sure to take a little walk around the coastline to find the hidden cave at Gunung Payung Beach.
The cave has been featured in dozens of viral videos on social media but very few people realize that this cave is not in Uluwatu, but rather in Gunung Payung Beach in Kutuh.
Diarta explained, “Our hope in 2024 is of course that there will be an increase in tourist visits to Pandawa or Mount Payung, or at least the visits will remain consistent.”
He added that tourists are welcome to make the most of all the facilities available at the beach including the shuttle service from the clifftop as well as rental canoes, beach umbrellas, and sun loungers.
Tourists looking to stay close to Gunung Payung Beach have split for choice with accommodation options and other attractions in the area.
The beachfront is just a 20-minute drive from the must-visit GWK Cultural Park and a 17-minute drive from the breathtakingly beautiful viewpoint of the Southernmost Point Of Bali.
The Bukit Peninsula, the pearl drop at the southern tip of the island, is fast becoming the destination of choice for international and domestic tourists.
While the beaches of Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak have dominated tourist’s interest for over a decade, the emergence of Uluwatu as a leading tourism resort has also resulted in tourists exploring more of the Bukit Peninsula itself.
Both Melasti Beach and Pandawa Beach saw a huge surge in demand by visitors in 2023. So much so that officials are rezoning Pandawa Beach to ensure that all visitors have a conformable and memorable experience.
Back in the day, the Bukit Peninsula was a destination almost exclusively visited by intrepid surfers looking to catch the big waves off the coast of Uluwatu. But now tourists are exploring much more of the landscape.
Padang Padang Beach is one of the most popular spots in the area, and the long stairway walk down to the shoreline is certainly worth the effort.
Similarly for those tourists feeling fit and strong a visit to Green Bowl Beach, and the even steeper stairway is one of the most rewarding mini missions to embark upon in the Uluwatu area.
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