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Palm trees at Balangan Beach, Bali

Balangan is one of the lesser known beaches but one of the nicest. Balangan is located in the south of the island before Bingin, and is the most ‘European’ looking of all the beaches. By this we mean it has a nice stretch of soft, gently shelving sand and is lined with palm trees. You can lie on a sun lounger outside one of the beach bars and sip on a banana smoothie whilst watching the surfers riding waves out on the water. When the tide is out you can climb on the reef and walk out to get a closer glimpse of the surfing, or swim in one of the many natural rock pools. Each Warung serves classic Indonesian food and the people here are very friendly.

Getting to Balangan: To get to Balangan from the bypass you turn right at the McDonalds junction signposted Uluwatu. You will follow the road towards Uluwatu for about 10-15 minutes and eventually come to a crossroads with a right turn signposted ‘Balangan’. Drive through the pretty Balinese countryside for another 10 minutes until you arrive at a car park. You will have to pay for parking if there is someone attending it.

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