Located in Padang Bai in the Karangasem regency, Bias Tugel Beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali!
If you are looking for a relaxing beach day during your next Bali trip and want to get away from the massive crowds, head straight to Bias Tugel Beach – you won’t be disappointed! Read on to learn everything you need to know to discover this enchanting hidden beach in Padang Bai Bali and create an unforgettable beach trip!
Why Visit Bias Tugel Beach?
Bias Tugel Beach, also known as Pantai Bias Tugel (Pantai means “beach” in Bahasa Indonesia) is located near Padang Bai Harbour where thousands of visitors make their way daily to escape to the paradise haven of the neighboring islands.
But there lies a pristine white sand beach within walking minutes from the pier!
Bias Tugel was once a secret beach but still remains a fairly unknown destination compared to the nearby white sand beaches of Blue Lagoon Beach and Virgin Beach Bali.
The sand at Bias Tugel is fine and powdery, and the beach stretches for about 120 meters long, protected by black volcanic boulders on both ends that have been eroded over time by the waves. The water is a stunning turquoise that is guaranteed to take your breath away.
Unlike other Bali beaches that require a 25-minute trek down a cliff, Bias Tugel is easily accessible.
Even though I have visited beaches along every coast on the island, I found Bias Tugel to be one of the nicest beaches in Bali for a relaxing day of sunbathing and splashing around in crystal clear waters.
Where is Bias Tugel Beach
Bias Tugel is situated between Amed beach to the north and Sanur beach to the south on East Bali. The beach is located just south of Padang Bai Port where you can catch fast boat ferries to the Nusa islands (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan), Lombok or Gili islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno).
Padang Bai is about 1.5-hour drive from Bali’s International Airport (Denpasar Ngurah Rai) or 1-hour drive from Ubud.
Padang Bai can be a fantastic destination in it of itself (more on things to do in Padang Bai below), or a great stopover before hopping on the ferry to nearby paradise islands.
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How to Get to Bias Tugel Beach
There are a few transportation options to get to Padang Bai:
If you are based somewhere in Bali and want to head to Bias Tugel for a beach day, the cheapest option may be to rent a scooter. But if you have never been on a motorcycle or uncomfortable driving one, you can hire a driver to drop you off from anywhere on the island.
There is also a budget-option of taking a Peramas Shuttle Bus. For IDR 75,000 per person each way, you can book a seat on a shuttle bus to Padangbai from major Bali cities such as Sanur, Ubud, Kuta, and Tulamben. From Lovina, a one-way fare per person is IDR 175,000.
You can click on this link to review routes and schedules.
To find the beach: Once you are in Padang Bai town center, find the main road Jalan Pelabuhan Padang Bai. Turn right onto Jalan Penataran Agung, and you will see a sign that reads “white sand beach” about 100 meters on your left. If you are on a scooter, there is a tiny parking space for about 3 scooters. There is no parking fee, but the lady who owns a souvenir shack at the entrance will ask you if you want to buy some bananas or a sarong for your trip to the beach.
From the entrance, you will hike about 10 minutes over a slight hill before you land on the white sand beach. The hike is not strenuous and doable for just about anyone.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Entrance to Bias Tugel is FREE!
- There are beach chairs with umbrellas for rent, for IDR 50,000 per person. The sun in Bali is intense, and there are no shades on the beach – so renting a shade will be the only option if you want to avoid turning into a lobster.
- You will find about 5 beach warungs (snack shacks) lined up lined up along the beach where you can buy drinks and light food like nasi goring (fried rice), mie goring (fried noodles), burgers and fries. I have never bought food on the beach, but I got a fresh coconut for IDR 25,000.
- If you want alcoholic beverages, there is a “bar” at the north end of the beach where you can buy beer and spirit drinks.
- There are no changing rooms or fresh water shower at Bias Tugel beach, but there is a toilet you can use for a fee. Or, you can use the “natural toilet” ;-))
- Even though Bias Tugel does not get overly crowded, traffic picks up after about 1 pm. When I arrived around 11 am, there were only a handful of people, but by the time I left at 2 pm, about 40 people were enjoying the sun and the waves on the beach.
- Waves here can be tricky – some days are calm, yet other days see big, powerful waves slamming down on shore. Know your limits, and enter the water at your own risk.
What to Do in Padang Bai
Even though you can snorkel at Bias Tugel (when the water is calm), the best area to snorkel in Padang Bai is Blue Lagoon. The bay at Blue Lagoon is more sheltered, which means that you will have less surge and waves, and better overall snorkeling experience.
You can explore beautiful corals and fish life at Blue Lagoon in shallow reefs around 5 meters deep. You can find anything from clownfish, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, damselfish, angelfish, to triggerfish close to the shore. If you’re lucky, you can find turtles around here too!
Since the boats go in and out of the bay carrying scuba divers, I’d caution you to be alert of your surroundings and pay attention to the boat movements around you.
If you prefer a guided snorkeling tour with someone who is familiar with the lay of the land and the local marine life, you can sign up here!
Even though most scuba divers who visit Bali head to more popular dive destinations such as Tulamben for the USAT Liberty shipwreck and Nusa Lembongan for the manta rays and mola-molas, Padang Bai offers some incredible diving!
If you are a certified diver, you will love the reef dives around Jepun, Drop-Off, and Temple dive sites. You can find both hard and soft corals in Padangbai, including gorgonians, staghorn, mushroom corals, and table corals just to name a few. The reefs are home to residents such as moray eels, orangutan crabs, nudibranchs, cuttlefish, turtles and much more.
There is also an amazing macro life particularly around the dive site called the Jetty. It is one of my favorite dive sites in all of Bali! I have seen anything from reef sharks, rhinopias, frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, and a ton of colorful nudis including flabellinas.
If you are critter hunter, make sure you inquire about the Jetty!
The great thing about diving in Padang Bai is that most of the dive site are within 15-minute boat ride so you can easily squeeze in 2 dives in the morning, leaving you with the rest of the afternoon to relax on the beach!
Not yet a scuba diver? Padang Bai’s fantastic visibility and shallow reefs make great underwater conditions to learn to scuba dive! Take a plunge at Padang Bai and sign up for a Discover Scuba Dive!
Discover other beaches in the area
Even though Bias Tugel beach is my favorite, there are alternative beaches you can enjoy such as the other Padang Bai beach at Blue Lagoon or Virgin Beach which is about 45 minutes north.
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Where to Stay: Padangbai Hotels
One of my go-to Padangbai accommodation is Ok Divers Resort & Spa. The resort offers various types of rooms to cater to all kinds of travelers from singles, couples to families. If you are a diver, you get an extra perk with on-site dive center and a top notch dive team.
The entire resort is beautiful with mindful details like the Seahorse Room which was built for guests in wheelchairs or with physical disabilities. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything like it elsewhere in Bali.
If you want simple yet comfortable and clean rooms within walking distance to Padangbai beaches, you have to check out Bay View House.
The house is a bi-level building with just two rooms, in the middle of the town center. Conveniently located within walking distance to the harbor and nearby restaurants, Bay View House is a steal for the price! This one books fast so be sure to get your reservation in early.
Other Visit-Worthy Bali Beaches
If you are anything like me, you live for the tropical climate, putting on your bathing suit and sipping on some coconuts while listening to your favorite podcast or reading a book!
With so many beautiful beaches in Bali, I know that it can be overwhelming to choose which beach to spend your time on! To help you narrow down where else you may want to visit, below are my top picks for the best beaches in Bali:
Best black sand beach in Bali: Keramas Beach
Best white sand beach in Bali: Bias Tugel Beach
Best hidden beach in Bali: Nyang Nyang Beach
Best sunset beach in Bali: This one is a tie – I am fascinated by the unique natural pools that form in Tegal Wangi beach, but I also love going for a stroll on a long stretch of Canggu Beach – the orange hues on the west coast of Bali are simply stunning!
Best Bali beach with dramatic views: Dream Beach in Nusa Lembongan – the views from the top of the cliffs along either side of the Dream Beach is absolutely incredible, and worth the trip to the Nusa Lembongan island if you asked me!
Best of Bali Beaches Map
I know that there are an infinite amount of things to see in Bali from volcanoes, rice terraces, waterfalls, temples, and traditional dances and cultures – but be sure to plan at least one beach day during your trip. The coastal views in Bali are magnificent, and I hope that you enjoy Bias Tugel Beach as much as I did!
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