This is the perfect beach for surfers and sunbathers who are looking for a complete break from the hustle and bustle of south Bali. Balian beach on the west coast of Bali is a 90 min drive from the airport and located right at the mouth of the Balian River. Be aware: the last 20 minutes of the trip will be on an almost invisible, winding road with potholes.
Balian is a small village surrounded by rice fields. There were no visitors until surfers discovered the powerful swells and strong rip. It quickly developed into a popular spot for surf fanatics although there are a lot fewer surfers than in Kuta or the Bukit. The best time for surfing is in the dry season as the ocean gets murky on rainy days. There are several shops offering surfer gear for sale and rent. Another exciting popular activity in Balian is Kite Surfing which is spectacular in the windy month of August.
Restaurants mostly offer affordable Indonesian food, and there are several hostels, small hotels and villas you can rent.
For non-surfers, the black sand beach is the perfect place to sunbathe, read a book and nap without being hassled by people trying to sell you sarongs.
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