It was the second day after we arrived in Bali. A beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies. Perfect start to our tour and vacation. Our awesome tour guide, Kadek, had arrived to pick us up, and take us to our first stop on today’s adventure – one of the Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach.
As mentioned above, we had arrived a day earlier in the late afternoon. We decided to take things easy on our first day in Bali. And we were glad we did. We had a good rest at our hotel, had a nice swim in our private pool, explored the shops, cafes and restaurants around the hotel, and then rested some more.
Being rested, we were very excited to start our tour of Bali. We had planned to visit temples, museums, and beaches this time round. We will save Ubud for the next time.
The sun was shining. The air was cool. Come join me and my friend on this lovely visit to Petitenget Beach, definitely one of the Best Places To Visit in Bali.
Petitenget Beach Review
Petitenget Beach is unlike many of the other beaches in Bali, Indonesia. It is less crowded and quieter, giving you space, peace with plenty of natural beauty and nature.
Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach – The Video
I know many people now prefer photos and videos. So, I took a lot of photos and videos of all the places I visited in Bali. In this video, you will see the entrance of Petitenget Beach, the sweet swing that is the perfect Instagrammable spot, and lots of sun, sand and sea where people have fun swimming and surfing. Watch the video below.
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What Is At Petitenget Beach in Bali?
Before I traveled anywhere, I would be so curious about a place, and I would do research to find out more about the place before I arrived. For Bali, I was so busy with work that I did not do enough research. So, I visited many of the places without much idea of what it was all about, what to look out for, and what key points to take note as well as take photos and videos.
And I am so glad it happened that way.
Knowing a just a bit made the discovery and exploration of each site we visited so much more fascinating! When the tour guide dropped us off at Petitenget Beach, I did not know what to expect.
I filmed the journey from the car park to the entrance, and then to this very interesting swing that is also a sign to say that we have arrived at Petitenget Beach.
Isn’t it quite a sight to behold? Imagine sitting on the swing, facing the sea, and simply swing and enjoy the view. That was what my friend and I did exactly. Just be in the moment. Breathe the sea air. And soak in the magnificent view.
Of course, I have to share the bit of research I did about the place, right? So here it is.
Petitenget Beach is considered the main beach of Seminyak. It is named after the Petitenget Temple that is near the entrance of the beach. You can see the large parking space outside the temple in the video above.
Sadly, on the day we arrived, we were unable to visit the temple. Our tour guide, Kadek, informed us that there was a holy ceremony that day, and no outside visitors were allowed.
One of the things I noted about the beach was that the sand was of a light brown color. I thought it would be white in color. But light brown is still OK. At least it was soft and fine.
Travel Tip – Do not believe what many other websites claim – that the sand here is white. I have been there, and I can tell you it is light brown.
The nice thing about Petitenget Beach is that it is not as crowded as the other beaches, for example in Kuta and Legian. We visited the other beaches later that day, and for the next two days. Look out for the posts about these beaches, and you will see what I mean by crowded.
Also, take a look at the video above, and you can see how quiet this beach is. If you like less crowded and quiet beaches, this is a good one for you.
In addition, if you like large waves and surfing, this is also a good choice. You can see people surfing in the video above. In the photo below, you can see a couple of men going out to sail in the sea. Brave men.
The beach is quite a long stretch, and there are few places to enjoy a drink or dinner or both while you watch sunsets. You can look for La Lucciola, Mano Beach Club, Ku De Ta, Potato Head Beach Club or Woobar. We didn’t get to watch the sunset here. We went to Double Six Beach for that.
Where is the Most Instagrammable Spot at Petitenget Beach?
As I mentioned above, there is an Instagrammable Spot here at Petitenget Beach. It is the swing and sign at the entrance of the beach. That’s me below, enjoying the view on the swing, and also getting a photo for Asia Travel Gem’s Instagram account.
Petitenget Beach – Asia Travel Gems Final Word
While we do appreciate a crowded beach because the people make it all very exciting, we were looking forward to a quiet and relaxing vacation. Months of hard work can make you want that.
I give this place a Thumbs Up!
So, Petitenget Beach was perfect with offering exactly what we wanted. If you, like us, prefer a quieter seaside, this is the one for you.
On top of that plus point, the seaside was lovely. There are people walking or jogging on the sand. Some were surfing or sailing. Not too many. Just the right amount of people.
Plus, there are a few drinking holes for you to enjoy a drink while you sit and appreciate the view. For me, I love watching the waves. Especially large and strong waves. It was really nice seeing crystal clear waters. Even nicer to feel the cool waters.
Where is Petitenget Beach?
Petitenget Beach is near the hotel where we stayed. We realized that when it was the first stop of our tour, and we arrived in less than 30 minutes.
So, it is actually in Seminyak, Bali. And in the Kerobokan Kelod area, same area as our hotel. I also found out that it is located at the north coast of Mesari Beach, Seminyak.
It is a public beach. So, technically it is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. But you would not want to swim during the night. Too dark. Too dangerous because of the waves and strong undercurrents.
Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Some beaches in Bali require an entrance fee. I know. Unbelievable right?But it is what it is.
The good news is that there is no entrance fee to this beach. Do not believe anyone who asks you for entrance fee.
How to Get to Petitenget Beach?
There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, no train service to Petitenget Beach. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.
The public buses are more mini-buses. Unless you are familiar with Bali and the bus routes, I suggest you take the taxi, Grab or get a private driver who can also double as your tour guide.
This is one of the best ways to go to Petitenget Beach. Look for the BlueBird taxis. They are more reliable. And always go by meter.
If you encounter a driver who demands a standard fee, then bargain and agree to the rate before you get into the cab.
Grab or Gojek
This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article.
Private Driver/Tour Guide
We hired a private driver and tour guide. And he was Awesome!
It was so convenient. Wherever we wanted to go, he would take us there. Plus, he would share info about each place we visited. Even local tips about them.
In addition, before we arrived, we discussed the itinerary. We told him how many days we wanted to tour, and he would suggest an itinerary. And he was so accommodating, so willing to change the itinerary to our liking.
If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to Kadek.
Scooter or Motorcycle
In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.
If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.
Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.
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Hey everyone, I am Timotheus. When I am not giving lectures, I love traveling and visiting cities and towns all over Asia. It is a thrill for me to find and share awesome places to see, great tasting food to eat, and restful rooms to get a good night’s sleep.
10 Replies to “Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach”
Love this post! Super informative and thorough- when I go to Bali I’ll definitely come back to this page for tips 🙂 Also – thanks for pointing out the most ‘Instagrammable’ spot, will be making use of that for sure 😀
Thanks Jesse! Happy to provide as much information as I can for my beloved readers. 😀
Bali is truly awesome! When you visit, please do come back to my travel blog for more info. I will be sharing more about Bali, about the four days and 3 nights I had there. It was really a fun and relaxing vacation. So, please do join my mailing list to receive updates when I publish them.
Glad to know the Instragrammable Spot section is a crowd pleaser. 😀 Will add this to all future posts. Actually, I also mentioned this for a post about Hong Kong. Check this out – Ani-Com Park.
Awesome article on the best beaches in Bali, I live in the northern part of the USA so I have never experienced the adventure of the beach but after this article, I have a good list of the best beaches to put on my list
You’re welcome, Jeff! 😀
Yes, you must add Bali to your list of places to visit. And you must visit soon. The beaches here are so beautiful. But that is not all. There are many other places to see – e.g. rice fields, waterfalls, temples, museums, etc. All made more awesome because of the Indonesian culture. I will be sharing more about this in coming posts. 😀
Hi Tim. Nice to see you on holiday. You deserve it!
I will be going to Bali at the end of the year thus great to know this beach beforehand. For sure, that swing is THE SPOT! A less busy beach – I like that.
Could you PM me Kadek’s contact?
Stay in touch. Always look forward to your holiday sharing.
Hi Sharon. Thank you! It was truly an enjoyable vacation. So relaxing and fun.
Yes, the swing is THE SPOT to be at. Do remember to take a photo for Instagram.
I will email you Kadek’s contact, too.
And will be sharing more of awesome Bali soon. Do watch out for more places to visit for your year end adventure. 🙂
Petitenget Beach looks and sounds so relaxing, thanks for the video and the chance to see and hear the waves roll in, I could almost close my eyes and imagine I was there. Bali seems like it would be a great place for a vacation and I will be adding it to my list of travels for the future.
Great to know Bali is now in your travel list, Dena. It is truly an awesome place to visit.
Before I went there, I heard so many good things about this beautiful city. Now that I have been there, I can assure you that it truly is a very nice place to visit. Very relaxing, and yet offers so much fun and things to see and do. Plus, the food is really delicious.
Can’t wait to hear about your holiday in Bali. Please share your adventures here after your holiday. 🙂
Thank you very much Tim, will see you again soon in bali
Welcome, Kadek! See you soon in Bali too! We had a great time, thanks to you! 🙂