Pecatu

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Pecatu is a region in the west of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. Its hilly landscape creates smaller, more isolated beaches than at Nusa Dua on the eastern side of the peninsula. It is popular with surfers and also with nudists.

The Uluwatu Temple is at Pecatu.[1][2]

Location and administration[edit]

Pecatu is located in South Kuta District of the Badung Regency. It is at the western end of the Bukit Peninsula in south Bali, and has a hilly topography with limestone cliffs isolating small, short beaches that have been privately developed. Nusa Dua, on the opposite side of the peninsula, is flat and is a government-run resort with free access. Beaches at Pecatu have historically been popular with surfers and because of limited access, with nudists.[3]

History[edit]

Beaches at Pecatu such as Dreamland Beach, now New Kuta Beach, were well known to surfers and also prized by nudists; Dreamland was named by Australian tourists. Warungs (refreshment shacks) and cheap accommodations grew up on and near the beaches.[3][4]

Development started in 1996 with Pecatu Indah Resort, on a site including Dreamland Beach, by Bali Pecatu Graha, a company owned by Tommy Suharto. Macadamed roads and a golf course had been created when the 1997 Asian financial crisis caused work to be stopped.[3] The financial crisis and the 2002 Bali bombings reduced tourism in Bali, but tourists returned and development resumed in the mid-oughties, including Kuta Golf Links Resort, developed in partnership with Made G. Putrawan,[3] and another golf course resort, Hole 17, developed by Panorama Development Utama.[3][5] The warungs were removed and have been replaced with permanent shops that are not on the beach.[4] The development of New Kuta Beach was planned to include a convention center and several luxury hotels.[5]

Desalination[edit]

The area lacks fresh water. A seawater desalination plant with a production capacity of 3,000 cubic meters per day has been constructed.[6][7]

Waterpark[edit]

A waterpark named New Kuta Green Park opened in December 2010[6] and fully opened in January 2011.[7] According to Tommy Suharto, it was hoped that this attraction would also be affordable to local people who could not afford the resorts.[7]

Beaches[edit]

New Kuta Beach, formerly Dreamland Beach

New Kuta Beach[edit]

Dreamland Beach is a popular surfing beach concealed by cliffs. Originally named by Australians, it was renamed New Kuta Beach as part of the development of the Pecatu Indah Resort and New Kuta Golf.[2][3][5][8]

Balangan Beach[edit]

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach is a surf spot located just north of New Kuta Beach. It has road access but is less crowded than Kuta or other surfing beaches in Bali.[2]

Bingin Beach[edit]

Bingin Beach is 1 km south of New Kuta Beach, 10 km by road. It is a popular surfing beach but not recommended for novices because of a reef bed. Its beauty makes it more appealing than New Kuta Beach for nonaquatic activities.[2] [9]

Padang Padang Beach[edit]

Padang Padang Beach is 3 km southwest of Bingin Beach. The access to the beach is a path between a fallen rock and a cliffside.[2][10] The beach remains natural.[11] The beach is the site of the annual Rip Curl surfing contest.[12] It was a filming location for Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Roberts.[13]

Suluban Beach[edit]

Suluban Beach is west of Padang-Padang Beach; access is through a cave, and the beach is usually quiet. It has a wide expanse of sand even at high tide.[2][11]

Impossible Beach[edit]

Impossible Beach is located between Bingin and Padang Padang, and is so called for its fast racing wave that is almost impossible to surf.[14]

Nyang Nyang Beach[edit]

Nyang Nyang Beach is a hidden beach, reached via a jungle pathway and a long stairway. It has large waves suitable for surfing.[15][16]

Pandawa Beach[edit]

The newest beach to be developed in the area, Pandawa Beach is a 20-minute drive from Garuda Wisnu Kencana, and has been developed by Badung Regency in Kutuh Village, South Kuta District. It was formerly known as the "secret beach" because it lay behind two cliffs with limited access. A 1.5-kilometer flanking cliff-cut road now provides full vehicle access. Paragliding can be done at Timbis Hill, not far away from the Pandawa Beach.[17][18] There are no hotels or condos in the beach and access road areas, because of opposition from the local Kutuh people.[19]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jimbaran". Kusamba Bali villas rental. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Tim Hannigan (2007-08-02). "Dreamland to Be Renamed 'New Kuta Beach' as Pecatu Area to Get Resort". The Bali Times. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  4. ^ a b Claudia Sardi (2009-02-10). "Big project erases 'dream' from Dreamland". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  5. ^ a b c "New Kuta Beach The Ultimate Resort". Jalanasik. 2009-07-04. Archived from the original on 2011-02-28.
  6. ^ a b "New Kuta Green Park". Bali News. 2010-12-27. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22 – via Seminyak Villas.
  7. ^ a b c "Pecatu Indah Opens a Waterpark". Bali Alpes Travel. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07.
  8. ^ Vath. "Dreamland Beach the steep rock walls for enjoying the sunset". Amazing Tourism Traveling. Archived from the original on 2012-03-21.
  9. ^ Jing Cho Yang (2015-01-20). "Top Beaches in the Uluwatu Area".
  10. ^ "Padang-Padang Beach". eKuta. 2011-04-08.
  11. ^ a b "Bali is not just Kuta". Dreams Come True LA. 2011-02-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  12. ^ "Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2021". Boardriding.com. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  13. ^ "New Julia Roberts feature finishes Bali leg of shoot". The Location Guide. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  14. ^ "Bali Surf Spots". Archived from the original on 2012-05-31.
  15. ^ Bram Setiawan (2014-06-23). "Nyang Nyang Beach, worth the trek". The Bali Daily. Archived from the original on 2014-06-27.
  16. ^ Wayan Suadnyana. "Pantai Nyang Nyang Bali". Wira Water Sport Bali (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  17. ^ Desy Nurhayati (2014-05-20). "Pandawa Beach developed as new destination". The Bali Daily. Archived from the original on 2014-05-20.
  18. ^ "Pandawa Beach a New Rising Attraction in Bali". Bali Tour And Hotel Reservations. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  19. ^ Iqbal Prawira (2014-05-23). "Potensi Pantai Pandawa di Desa Kutuh, Kab Badung, Bali". Wisata Kompasiana (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2014-08-26.

Coordinates: 8°49′29″S 115°06′43″E / 8.8247°S 115.1119°E / -8.8247; 115.1119