Nyang Nyang Beach
Despite only being a kilometre or two along the coast from Uluwatu Temple, Nyang Nyang beach has a surprisingly remote feel about it. This is the far south of Bali and this particular corner of the Bukit Peninsula is largely undeveloped. The result is a 1.5km long stretch of pristine white sand and clear blue waters backed by sloping grasslands and limestone cliffs.
Facing due south, directly into a huge fetch of ocean means this coastline is more exposed to the swells. Much of the beach is protected from the often powerful waves by coral reef but we wouldn’t recommend swimming on all but the calmest of days as there are no lifeguards. Some days you will see the odd surfer out here, but it isn’t one for the beginners.
Nyang Nyang is always quiet, if you go early there’s a good chance you’ll have it to yourself. A big reason for this is it is one of the hardest beaches to reach; the road isn’t great and then there is the path down the cliff. Although it only takes around twenty minutes it is steep in places and there are over 500 steps.
There is an easier way, but only if you are a guest at the Bubble Hotel at the western end of the beach. As far as I know they will also allow access if you stop off in the restaurant.
Whilst you might have read you’ll need to bring your own food to Nyang Nyang there are a few places to eat these days. At the western end there’s a small beach bar and café along with a few warungs serving the usual fresh coconuts and snacks dotted along the beach.
One of the sights of Nyang Nyang beach is the shipwreck. Although technically this is located on Nunggalan beach, they are really one long stretch. The heavily graffitied chunk of ship makes for a great Instagram opportunity with a dramatic backdrop.
There’s also actually a plane at Nyang Nyang – yes and aeroplane. Some bright spark thought it was appropriate to park a retired Boeing 737 at the top of the cliff as a tourist attraction / accommodation. Probably a sign that you should visit Nyang Nyang beach sooner rather than later before the developers do…
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