Photo: Most come to Pemuteran for the diving and snorkelling.

Pemuteran Beach

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Most people come to Pemuteran for diving or snorkelling, which is lucky, as underwater is better than above. A narrow band of fine black volcanic sand sweeps around the shallow reef-filled bay for about two kilometres, however, and it's appealing enough for swimming or idling about.

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The sea is pancake flat, the pace is slow, and with the backdrop of rugged hills, the beach is ideal for ambling walks. Be warned: it’s very hot and dry here; you’ll be toast in no time if you don’t slip, slop, slap, though the odd tree provides some shade.

Happily, a hassle-free beach. Photo taken in or around Pemuteran Beach, Pemuteran, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Happily, a hassle-free beach. Photo: Sally Arnold

What’s refreshing is the noticeable lack of touts and sellers on this hassle-free beach. Resorts have monopolised the seafront locations and offer a selection of beach-facing restaurants, ideal for a long lunch or romantic dinner to a soundtrack of gently lapping waves. One blight though, both here and at nearby Menjangan Island, is the rubbish. When the currents and wind run a certain way, the plastic refuse is a major issue. Collect a few handfuls if this is the case while you’re there: You might encourage other people to do so as well and make a bit of a ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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