The Indonesian-language monthly magazine Spice, part of the MRA publishing group, listed what it considers to be Bali's best 5 "off the beaten track" beaches in its June 2006 edition. Bypassing Bali's more well known beach side resorts at Sanur, Kuta and Nusa Dua – the popular style and fashion monthly presented its list of five beaches on Bali often otherwise overlooked by visiting sun worshipers.
The five beaches making it to the Spice list are:
• Dreamland Beach - Westward facing and recommended for its sunsets, Dreamland is surrounded by the limestone cliffs of the Island's Ungasan peninsula. While visiting this special white-sand beach, be sure to include a visit to Bali's nearby Ulawatu temple.
• Geger Beach - The thousands of people who stay in the luxurious hotels within the Nusa Dua Complex and Tanjung Benoa are largely unaware of the large white sand beach just minutes away on Bali's southernmost beach. Geger is accessed via a dirt track to the left on the road leading to The Balè and the Nikko Bali Resort. Look for the “Geger Beach” sign.
• Padang-padang - One of Bali's popular surfing beaches, Padang-padang is a slight detour on the road to Uluwatu temple whose entrance is marked by a large bridge. Park near the bridge and walk the short distance to the beach. A great place to surf or sit and admire the daring-do of locals and foreign surfers.
• Blue Ocean Sunset - Also known as Double Six Beach because of the famous beach-side night spot located on this beach, this beach offers swimming, surf and a wonderful selection of trendy restaurants and bars to while away the sunny days and tropical nights. Take the road to "Double Six" and park in the lot just opposite the wide, sandy beach.
• Padang Bai - A number of picturesque and surprisingly private beaches are located in the areas adjacent to the busy ferry terminal connecting Bali to Lombok. Blue lagoons, inexpensive beachside eateries, and local jukung boats to take you on snorkeling forays are just some of the many charms of this collection of beaches just a 1.5 hour drive from Kuta.
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