What is trash season? And what the hell does it have to do with Bali??
That’s what we asked too when we visited Bali last year and discovered February was one of those months when strong currents and powerful currents end up bringing huge amounts of trash on to shore at the main beach resorts of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu.
On our first day walking along Seminyak beach, we literally felt like we were walking through a rubbish dump with plastic bags, crisp packets, plastic bottles, even clothes all littering the full stretch of beach.
Not only depressing from an environmental perspective but it’s not exactly the best first impression of a place where you’ve gone to relax and unwind. Everyone does their best to try and clean up as best they can but there is little they can do in the face of the powers of nature throwing what it doesn’t want in its waters back onto shore.
One advantage of it being in Bali during “trash season” was that it forced us out of Seminyak in search of nicer beaches. And we weren’t disappointed.
Here were our top 3:
1. Green Bowl Beach – situated right down on the South coast of Bali. Be prepared to walk down (and back up) 300 steps to get to the beach but it is definitely worth it. Perfect white sand and the clearest water I’ve seen in Bali. There are no sunbeds or umbrellas and very little shade to hide from the midday sun other than a small cave but there are usually some local Balinese women selling soft drinks to keep you cool. Perfect for an hour or two of relaxation!
2. Finn’s Beach Club – about 10 minutes further along the coast from Green Bowl beach, this is a bit of treat. There’s a furnicular lift that literally takes you down a cliff to get there where you will find a Bali style beach bar. Food and drinks here are good, if a little overpriced compared to the rest of Bali, but it’s the setting you’re paying for. Totally worth splashing out to spend a day or afternoon here. Sundays can get a bit rowdy with revellers enjoying sundowner parties.
3. Nusa Dua – just south of the airport, Nusa Dua is known for its 5 star hotels and resorts all situated within its own enclave. If you don’t want to splash out on staying in one of the luxury hotels, however, there are a few public beaches – the best of which is Geger beach, which is perfect for a lazy afternoon and an amazing sunset.