Serangan was once an island that was only accessible by boat. This changed when a massive resort was planned for the area, and the surrounding reefs were ground up and made into a road connecting the island to the mainland. The resort project then fell through, and a garbage dump was built near the entrance instead. Luckily, after all of this destruction, the island became a wildlife sanctuary, in order to protect its large population of turtles.
Today, visitors to Serangan must pass through security checkpoints to access its main beach, followed by a drive down a bumpy, deserted limestone road. The beach itself is white sand and coral, with a rock jetty at one end. Little beach warungs line the coast, serving food and drinks at basic tables and sun loungers. There are not many vendors here, but they can be aggressive. If you are not interested in buying anything, make that clear and don’t start up a long conversation. Massages are also available, with prices negotiable.
The beach here is in a little bay, so swimming close to shore is very safe. Just be aware that where the sand ends, the ocean floor is a sharp reef with many sea urchins. The reef is very shallow and sticks out of the water at low tides. Serangan is most popular for surfing as there is a very consistent wave that can be easy to handle. When the wind is out of the west, surf schools tend to come here, making it rather crowded. Surfboard rentals are available for those who want to give it a go.