Bias Tugel Beach in Bali is a picturesque stretch of bay set East of the Island. It is often considered a secret beach or hidden beach by locals. And so naturally we were curious to discover the beach for ourselves.
As Bali attracts more and more visitors each year, it is growing more difficult to find a peaceful beach on the island. And while Bias Tugel didn’t quite live up to its reputation of being a secret beach, it was tranquil in comparison to others on the island.
In this guide, we advise what you can expect at Bias Tugel Beach, so you can decide whether it is worthy of your Bali itinerary.
Bias Tugel Beach Bali – A Guide to Secret Beach
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How to get to Bias Tugel Beach in Bali
Bias Tugel Beach in Bali is located East of the island, and easily accessible from Ubud or Caangu via scooter or taxi. We drove a scooter from Ubud and the journey was just 1 hour each way. There are also some small guesthouses nearby if you wanted to stay local.
To rent a scooter in Bali is around 60,000 IDR per day. Alternatively, you can use a local taxi or Grab Taxi. The latter tends to be the cheaper option.
Around the corner from Bias Tugel Beach in Bali, is Padang Bai port. From here, ferries charter tourists over to Lombok, the Gilis, or the Nusa Islands. So you could potentially combine your visit to Bias Tugel Beach accordingly.
Bias Tugel Beach in Bali – Map
What to Expect at Bias Tugel Beach in Bali
- Entrance Fee – Free.
- Parking Fee – 10,000 IDR/vehicle.
- A relatively quiet beach compared to others in Bali.
- A clean beach with golden sand and azure waters
- Generally clear visibility and calm water
- Amazing snorkelling conditions
- Suitable for families; however, the hike to the beach might be tricky with a pushchair or for the elderly.
- Warungs and Bars dotted along the beach.
- Sun Loungers and Umbrellas available to rent for 50,000 IDR/pax
- Feeling adventurous? Find the hidden beaches and abandoned building nearby!
Our Experience at Bias Tugel Beach in Bali
Upon arriving at Bias Tugel Beach in Bali, we were surprised to find several cars and scooters already in the parking area. Not so secret, after all, we thought; however, we paid the 10,000 IDR parking fee and followed the signs to the beach.
The trek to the beach is relatively easy, and accessible for anybody of a reasonable fitness level. To make our way from the top down took no more than 10 minutes. At the bottom, we were welcomed by the azure waters that Indonesia is oh so famous for. Encompassed by beautiful; golden sand and rugged black rocks, it is truly a sight to behold.
Although we found the bay to be largely dominated by warungs and sun loungers, the beach was far quieter than most in Bali. You can enjoy a fun and relaxing day here with the clear, calm, waters boasting epic snorkelling conditions.
The best snorkelling spots can be found East of Bias Tugel Beach where there are some cool rock pools and flourishing coral reefs. We recommend you bring your own snorkelling gear as we didn’t spot anywhere on the beach where you could rent them. And be careful not to swim too far out from the shore, where the currents can get quite strong.
Discovering An Actual Secret Beach in Bali
After taking a dip and enjoying a beer at the not so secret beach, we decided we would not give up our search for a secluded spot. Ironically, as we hiked back to the parking area, we came across a pathway that appeared to weave endlessly around the cliff edge.
Naturally, we followed it. The first thing to catch our eye was the abandoned hotel straddling the cliff edge up ahead. We contemplated following the path to see if it would lead us there; however, it was already quite late and so we decided against it. But if you’re keen on an urban adventure, we recommend giving it a try!
At the same time, we approached a stairway that disappeared beneath the cliff. We followed it down curiously, only to find two hidden beaches. We couldn’t believe our luck!
The first of the 2 can only be described as extraordinary. Nestled beneath the cliff, the only light to be seen, is what creeps through the opening out to the ocean. To add to the eerie atmosphere, two mysterious caves disappear beneath the multi-coloured rock.
We loved this spot. We spent hours taking photos and simply appreciating the wonders of nature; however, it’s not an ideal spot for sunbathing. More like a spot for vampires, but anyway, this is where the other beach comes in.
A small opening in the rock face will lead you to the second idyllic spot. The cove opens up directly onto the ocean; although, you will want to arrive in the morning to catch the sunlight. By the time we arrived in the afternoon, the entire bay was already in shade. Still, it was a nice spot to kick back and allow the tranquillity of the ocean wash over us.
In conclusion, Bias Tugel – The not so secret beach in Bali, is the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. It is also, in our opinion, one of the most peaceful and beautiful beaches in Bali. We highly recommend visiting if you find yourself in this part of the island.
Other Attractions near Bias Tugel Beach Bali
If you want to tie in your visit to Bias Tugel Beach with some other attractions, here are some nearby hotspots worth checking out.
Blue Lagoon Beach
Blue Lagoon Beach is located just 10 minutes North of Bias Tugel and is also a popular spot for snorkelling.
Padang Bai Port
This laid-back town is one of our favourite spots on the island. Here you can enjoy some of the best diving and snorkelling in all of Bali, as well as an extraordinary black sand beach.
Where to Stay in Ubud
Hostel – Puji Hostel and Bungalow – Set just a short 10-minute walk away from Ubud market, Puji Hostel and Bungalow offer comfortable dorm-style rooms in a picturesque location. The onsite swimming pool overlooks sweeping rice fields, while guests can also enjoy the on-site restaurant and common area.
Budget Private – Gatra Ubud Inn – Located in the heart of Ubud, Gatra Ubud Inn is a traditional Balinese style property boasting a beautiful garden and comfortable rooms. All rooms are equipped with a private room and wifi is available throughout the property.
Luxury – Element by Westin Bali – After spending 4 nights at Element Westin Bali, we can highly recommend this stunning hotel Ubud if you seek a touch of luxury.
For more places to stay in Ubud you can check the latest prices here.
It should go without saying; however, when enjoying your time at the beach, it’s important to be mindful of the environment. It is no secret that our fragile ecosystems are at risk of extinction. And it is our duty as travellers, to reduce our footprint where we can.
There are many small steps you can take to becoming a responsible traveller, and you can check out the Eco-Travel essentials here. In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind when visiting any beach.
- Be careful with any rubbish that it doesn’t fly away. Keep it secure until you can dispose of it properly.
- Do not leave anything on the beach, or take anything away – unless you’ve purchased it from a local supplier.
- Wear Reef Safe Sunscreen.
- Try to avoid touching anything underwater.
Well, that concludes our guide to Double Six Beach in Bali (Secret beach). If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below.
Stay Adventurous and Happy Travels!
Charlotte & Natalie x
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Last Updated on October 22, 2020 by Our Taste For Life