Surprise secret: Bali’s ‘other’ beaches
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 â€” 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 “…