Want to explore more about the real Bali? Here are some of our favourite hidden gems to add to your list of must-see spots while you’re here. Take a few extra days after BATIC event and walk Bali like a local.
Green Bowl Beach is one of Bali’s most secluded beaches – a 30-metre coastal strip with coarse white sand, found at the bottom of a 75-metre-tall cliff. The steep descent down hundreds of steps is part of the appeal, attracting only adventurous weekenders and die-hard surfers favouring its uncrowded waves and exotic location.
Also among the features at Green Bowl Beach are 2 large limestone caves that enclose small rock shrines, and which also provide shade and shelter for beachgoers and surfers paddling in from their fun and thrills out on the waves.
There are many stories of how the beach got its unique name. As with many beaches and surf spots along the Bukit peninsula’s coast, surfers are usually responsible for their nicknames. The most likely inspiration for ‘Green Bowl Beach’ is the colour and curvature of the cliff that looms over the beach itself, and perhaps also the emerald patches of seaweed in its clear waters. Locals call the beach Pantai Pura Batu Pageh, after the temple.
The green cliffs and the densely forested flight of over 300 steps are home to hordes of grey long-tailed macaques, which are less cheeky than their neighbours in Uluwatu, next door. They’ll remain timid unless you deliberately hand them food, which is not advisable. The steep descent may be physically demanding for casual weekenders, but what you’ll find upon reaching the base will make it worth the effort. There are no lifeguards on duty here, so swim, snorkel and surf with caution.
Address: Jalan Bali Cliff, Ungasan, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia