Tanjung Benoa is a small town located in the southeast of Bali and a few minutes away from Nusa Dua which is home to the first class hotels and resorts. It is about 30 minutes drive from the International airport and now one of the most exclusive areas in Bali. It is less developed than Nusa Dua but quieter and more private than the super busy Kuta Beach and famous for its water sports. Tanjung Benoa is also home to some luxury hotels like Aston Bali Beach Resort & Spa, Novotel Bali Benoa, Melia Benoa Resort and many more.
So if you want an area away from the busy and crowded Kuta, you should try this place. When you research about Tanjung Benoa you will get an impression that this place exudes luxury. For the resorts, yes it is, but we got an affordable price for our hotel, expect me to blog about it soon. But the beach is a downer, I did not enjoy Kuta Beach because it's a surfer's haven, but Tanjung is something else, the beach is simply not suitable for swimming!
|at Tanjung Benoa beach, this guy is harvesting something, which is weird. But I guess it is because this area is an old mangrove swamp|
|sorry, this shot is so poor, but you can see a lot of garbage here, which is so sad, it took the hotel crew so late to clean the beach front, it was so disappointing to walk around|
We went out of the hotel so early in the morning and so excited to go to the beach for an early swim, but we were so disappointed because like I mentioned, the beach is just not suitable for swimming. The lady you can see walking from the above photo is my friend, she's looking for a place to swim.. but sorry for her, the beach is so muddy, and there are sharp stuff in the water, probably because it's an old mangrove swamp which makes it difficult to walk around and even walking so far the water doesn't go deep enough to swim.
Nusa Dua is just 15 minutes walk from Tanjung Benoa so I asked some locals if Nusa Dua beach is better, but they said it is the same as Tanjung Benoa. We don't want to waste our time walking there and seeing the same thing so we just tried to enjoy the beach the best way we can. Despite the fact that we can't enjoy the beach for swimming, the view is still amazing.
After enjoying the view and taking a few pictures we end up enjoying our resort's swimming pool and decided an activity to go to Ubud for the day.
Like what I mentioned in my previous blog about Kuta Beach, Bali for me as I discovered from my trips is not famous for its beaches. There are a lot of activities in Bali, and don't miss exploring Ubud and their famous Tanah Lot. Will blog about them soon...
Next time I will come back to Bali, I still prefer to stay in Tanjung Benoa than Kuta area, but will surely arrange activities to explore Bali as a whole. So if you are planning on visiting Bali, don't limit your itinerary to their beach, look for something else to do and don't forget to enjoy!
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