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Surprise secret: Bali’s ‘other’ beaches


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THERE’S more to Bali beach life than Kuta bars and traffic jams. Sample some of these quieter shores, a reminder that Bali can still be blissful.

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Drive west from Seminyak for 90 minutes on the trunk road that heads to Java. You’ll run a gauntlet of motorcycles, temple processions, buses, trucks and handcarts — welcome to “the real Bali”.

Having survived the highway, you turn off at the river-mouth village of Balian to find yourself in rural Bali, with black sand beaches, rice paddies and palms, plus gado-gado for breakfast. For those looking for cigar bars, day spas and mall-to-mall shopping — nothing to see here. It’s a one-street, surf-oriented village, with long, rolling right- and left-hand waves that break in front of a river mouth.

The crowds aren’t too dense and the vibe is friendly. There are plenty of warung-style eateries and a few restaurants. Not an “eat, love, pray” Bali, more like “…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/asia/best-bali-beaches-off-the-beaten-track/news-story/d29682ac04422c18ab5ad33439b07e21

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