Karma Kandara Beach

Bali is not exactly known for pristine white beaches, but Kandara Beach is definitely the exception to that rule.

Found in Uluwatu, Kandara Beach is actually a private beach attached to Karma Kandara Resort, and you have to pay an entrance fee of IDR500000, of which IDR300000 goes towards spending credit that can be used at the Karma Beach Club. Access is by a cable car, which only takes about 4 people at a time, and it takes about 15 minutes in between each ride. It can be a bit of wait in between but you do get a gorgeous view as you come down.

 

We decided to drop by the beach and pay up for the day pass - yes, it's expensive, but I can see why they would want to maintain the beautiful pristine condition of the beach! Protected by a cliff, you're greated by lovely white sands with nearby shaded caves, an amazing view as you come down on the cable car and gorgeous blue waters the perfect temperature to swim in.

The beach (or rather, the cable car) only starts at 9am, so you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn, although I would advise an earlier start considering how hot the sun gets later  - 11am already feels like scorching noon heat, but if you're lucky you might score a lounge chair, or you can retreat into the shade of the beach club.

The kitchen at the Karma Beach Club also opens at 11am, and that's when the beach really starts to get busy so it might be a good idea to duck in for some food and drink. The food and drink selection at the beach club is decent, and you can generally get a meal with a non-alcoholic drink with the initial entrance fee and just top up as you go. Prices are generally higher than the rest of Bali, but as expected from a hotel.

 The Karma Beach Club in the background

The Karma Beach Club in the background

 Soft shell crab linguini anyone?

Soft shell crab linguini anyone?

Just be warned, the lounge chairs are for hotel guests (you can try to book one in advance by emailing fbadmin@karmakandara.com), but don't be put off otherwise as the club still provides towels for you to use, or you can find some shade at the nearby caves.

If you love the beach and have the budget for the visit, I would definitely recommend dropping by. The beach never felt overcrowded, and there were activities available such as paddle boarding or volleyball, asides from the throng of sunbathers taking advantage of the sun. Great for families and friends alike, and stay till sundown to take advantage of the amazing sunset!

 How gorgeous are these waters?!

How gorgeous are these waters?!

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