Green Bowl Beach is one of Bali’s most secluded beaches, a small 30m coastal strip with coarse white sand, located approximately 75 metres down hundreds of steps under a verdant cliff in the village of Ungasan (a 15-kilometre drive from Kuta, and under half an hour from Nusa Dua). The access here is hard for the very young or old , attracting only adventurous weekenders and die-hard surfers visting its uncrowded waves and exotic location.
Also amazing features at Green Bowl Beach are two large limestone caves that enclose small rock shrines, and which also provide shade and shelter for beach goers and surfers paddling in . The best time to go is during low tide, when the calm crystal clear waters allow for great snorkelling, with the fairly consistent waves a short paddle beyond a natural reef barrier.
Conversely during high tide, most of this small beach gets flooded, sometimes even up to the cliff’s rock face and into the caves. It’s advisable to visit in the early mornings, loaded with drinks and snacks, and spend half or even whole day down at the base. At any given time prior to heading for the steps, you may easily check out the swells while enjoying the ocean views from above at the cliff top beside the temple.
Getting to Green Bowl Beach is relatively easy; branching south off Jalan Dharmawangsa in Nusa Dua and onto Jalan Pura Batu Pageh leads you straight to the derelict Bali Cliff Resort. The temple is to the left of the resort’s entrance, with a parking lot at the temple’s entrance that is watched over by a village elder who serves as a ticket man (an IDR 5,000 entrance fee applies). Parking is no problem, with ample space available in front of the temple. Nearby are four small warungs selling snacks, cold drinks and fresh young coconuts so there is no need to starve.
Green Bowl Beach is surrounded by a densely forested flight of well over 300 steps and the green cliffs are home to hordes of grey long-tailed macaques, which are less cheeky than their Uluwatu counterparts next door. They’ll remain timid unless you deliberately hand them food, which is not advisable. The steep descent may be physically demanding for casual weekenders, but what you’ll find upon reaching the base will pay off very well. There are no lifeguards on duty here, therefore swim, snorkel and surf with caution.