Known for its pristine collection of beaches, Bali is home to world-class surf paradise, long stretches of idyllic shores, beautiful beach-scapes, and more. From white sandy beaches to strips of onyx black seasides, each of this jewel often comes with a side of gorgeous panorama, melodic waves and wonderful soul-soothing effects.
But, here’s the catch: Since B is for 'beaches' in Bali, a lot of these beaches can get pretty crowded. Rubbing shoulders or fighting for suntanning spot is not exactly the definition of perfect tropical holiday, that’s why we’re always on a hunt for the next less-travelled places in Bali to search for the next diamonds in the rough. So without further ado, let’s head straight to these 5 hidden beaches for your secret getaway!
Located in Pecatu Village of Badung, Nyang-Nyang made the headlines as one of the best beaches in the world and a must-visit spot back in 2018. Still, this beach is still relatively hidden and not as crowded compared to other more famous ones in South of Kuta.
The best time to visit Nyang-Nyang beach is May to October when it’s sunny. Otherwise the rain will pose more challenge to the quite tricky and slippery route, which probably explains why it’s not as packed. But once you get there, the flawless sand, green towering cliff and crystal clear water will make it all worthwhile.
The million dollar view of Indian Ocean, romantic vibes during sunset and glorious waves, these are all the winning features that make Balangan Beach another must-visit in Bali. Located in the white stone hill area of Pecatu, this beach is quite popular for surfers, both local and foreign travelers. Still, non-surfers can also enjoy this beach with scenic view and soft sand. Don’t forget to stay for the dramatic sunset while taking a walk along the coastline.
Bias Tugel probably doesn’t sound familiar, but is slowly gaining popularity as a unique beach destination one simply has to witness in Bali. Just a quick fact about the name, Bias means sand and Tugel a part, so the this local beach translates to “a small part of beach”.
You don’t want to underestimate the size though, because this special beach comes with its own lagoon that doubles up as nature’s best swimming pool. To get here, you will need to climb down and find the location in the back of the hills. With few visitors and quiet atmosphere, enjoy your slice of paradise to your heart’s content.
Get your stamina ready, because Green Bowl Beach requires quite some work to enjoy! Named after the color of the moss-covered cliffs that mimic the shape of a bowl, this secret beach is not only quite far from the center of South Bali, but is also placed about more than 300 steps down the stairs.
The visitors of Green Bowl are mostly locals who go there to fish or surfers who are looking to ride the magnificent waves. Chilling or swimming is recommended here when the tide is low, and another must- do is explore the beachside caves. With hundreds of sleeping bats during noon, it’s going to be a thrilling adventure you won’t forget.
Located not far from the famous Pandawa beach, this secluded beach boasts crystal clear water, white sandy beach and mesmerizing exotic view. Part of the reason why Gunung Payung remains untouched is the lack of modern infrastructure, but it is still highly explorable, surprisingly clean and easily accessible from main road.
Surrounded by hills and cliffs, it is the perfect location for photoshoot, water sports, relaxing, and more. Just grab a book, your sunblock, other beach essentials, and we promise you will soon get lost in the world of natural beauty unlike any other.
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Back in early 2001, Maritoni Fernandez, a Philippine cinematic gem, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. At the time, Maritoni was very busy with her acting career and during a brief visit to the US to get a second opinion for her mom’s medical condition, Maritoni was surprised to find out that a lump she had noticed years prior, which she thought was benign, turn out to be positive for cancer. It’s 20 years later and she still tears up when she recalls the moment that turned her life upside down. But as surprising as the diagnosis was, her year-long struggle with a disease that could have taken her life, soon came to an end with her on top. Feeling very strongly about paying-it-forward, she’s been an iCanServe member for 19 years and has made sharing her story a personal advocacy; “The day I stop sharing my story is the day I’m no longer brave and I hope that never happens.”, she says.
Maritoni grants us an afternoon to share her inspiring story with the hopes that it gives others, going through the same experience, strength to overcome it.
Looking back, she feels blessed that she followed her instincts to have herself checked again despite getting initial medical advice that she had nothing to worry about. Admittedly, she was hesitant to bring it up again as having the thought of a possible sickness is something she didn’t want to verbalize. Being the strong and determined person that she is, soon after confirming her diagnosis, Maritoni set her mind to overcome the biggest hurdle in her life. “In hindsight, it felt like a wild roller coaster ride. It’s also a test of patience and grit.,” said Maritoni. She decided to create a relationship with her cancer to help prepare her for the long journey she had ahead of her.
During treatment, she went through 4 Chemotherapy sessions followed by 26 sessions of radiation therapy. She was then put on oral medication and was instructed to stay on it for 5 years but with the help of her medication complemented by natural supplements, her body recovered in just 3 years and was blessed with a miracle of being pregnant with her second child.
Despite the terrifying experience, her faith got her through the ordeal. She says “I knew the fight was not mine. I physically had to fight it, but the fight was really HIS. I was allowed to get sick because a lot of people are gonna learn from it. “ Her lovely daughter, Lexi shares the same sentiment saying that “The world can get to me but having faith keeps me grounded. And this is something I’ve learned from my mom’s journey.”
Ever since she was declared cancer-free, Maritoni has taken it upon herself to share her experience and inspire people to keep the faith and to not look at cancer as the end of one’s journey. Her advice to those who’ve been diagnosed? “Have faith, don’t lose hope, and pray as God is a mighty healer. Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. Follow what your doctors tell you to do but don’t be scared to get a second opinion before getting aggressive treatment. At the same time, don’t just leave your prognosis to your doctors. Do something about it and research. Keep your chin up, keep going, and find something to live for everyday - for me it was my daughter Lexi. If you do get healed by the grace of God, pay it forward.”
For this shoot, Maritoni prepares for a charity ball which she supports. She believes this is worth remembering because she attended with her daughter and SweetEscape is the perfect partner to capture this moment in this warrior’s life.
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