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Family-Friendly Off Path Bali Beach Welcomes More Tourists

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Bali tourists always seek a crowd-free beach, picturesque soft sandy expanses, and crustal clear waters.

With Bali’s coastline running for a total of 593 km, there are so many beaches to explore. There is one family-friendly escape that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

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Bali’s Karangasem Regency is perhaps best known for the Gates of Heaven Temple and the dive resorts of Amed and Tulamben.

Yet this area of east Bali has so, so much to offer for travelers of every kind.

Whether a solo explorer looking for something a little different in Bali, a couple planning a relaxed retreat, or a family on the lookout for a destination that’ll tick all the right boxes for all the gang, Karangasem’s Virgin Beach may just be the hidden gem you were after. 

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Tourism managers at Virgin Beach have been delighted to welcome a fresh influx of families during the Nyepi Holiday and the start of Ramadan.

They hope this will attract more tourists to the area, as there is more than enough room for everyone!

The beach is safe and relaxed and is visited mostly by young local families and tourists seeking off-the-beaten-path adventures. 

Speaking to reporters, local resident I Made Sumer explained that visitors can enjoy everything from snorkeling to beach swings, hire beach umbrellas and loungers, or enjoy beach swimming pools and massage therapy services on the beachfront.

There are plenty of local souvenir stalls and locally run restaurants serving up family-friendly culinary delights.

For those seeking a little shade, the beach is backed by the perfect picnic area dotted with coconut palms, intaran trees, and acacias. 

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Virgin Beach is really picture perfect; there are white sands that roll on as far as the eye can see and gentle lapping bright blue and super clear waters, whatever the weather.

Virgin Beach is enclosed in a wide bay, which means that visitors don’t get windswept and can totally relax in this secluded spot.

While busy on weekends and holidays, Virgin Beach is quite possible for tourists to enjoy pretty much to themselves, something that is almost unheard of in Badung Regency. 

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The beach got its English name after tourists discovered the virgin white and untouched sands of the shoreline. Locally, the beach is known as Pantai Perasi.

Though there has been a little bit of development on the beachfront, tourists love the rustic feel of the beach, and for old-timer Bali lovers, there is a feel of 1980s Kuta about the beach and emerging tourist village.

Tourists must pay a small fee to enter Virgin Beach, which is just IDR 15,000 per person. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to pay IDR 2,000 to park a car or motorcycle, too. 

Tourists can enjoy Virgin Beach on a day trip from Central or Southern Bali, though with so much to explore in Karangasem Regency, specifically the Candidasa area, tourists would be wise to schedule a few days to explore all that East Bali to show off. 


Virgin Beach sits a 2-hour drive from Kuta and Nusa Dua and around 1.5 hours from Ubud, traffic dependent.

The dive resort of Amed, famous for the shipwrecks and black sand beaches, can be reached in just under an hour. 


Tourists eager to see a really authentic Balinese Village will love to take a wander around neighboring Bugbug Village.

The narrow alleyways, known locally as gangs, weave between the village homes, local shops, and temples.

This isn’t a village set up for tourism but is a community used to seeing tourists stop by to see for themselves how Balinese life plays out.


Stop by a local warung for a kopi Bali, watch the world go by, and see where the day takes you next. If you’re traveling with little ones, be sure to visit Bali Chocolate Factory, which sits a quick 18-minute drive from Virgin Beach. 

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Wednesday 20th of March 2024

Virgin Beach; another public area taken over by unpleasant local preman.

Tourists cannot visit any public areas anymore without being approached by impolite and thuggish locals demanding money for nothing.

You pay for "parking", still helmet get stolen? You pay for access to public beach full of trash and continuously pestered by touts wanting to sell something?

Not much relaxation.


Thursday 21st of March 2024


Not my experience. Have you been there recently?


Wednesday 20th of March 2024

Safe? Quite strong currents here. Hati2.


Thursday 21st of March 2024

@Tom, Yes. Beach visitors need to be aware of the strong tidal currents in the Lombok strait. There should be information banners put up for the affected beaches.