Pantai Songean, Bali (Indonesia).

Bali: they found "my" beach

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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It's the perfect beach. A beautiful cove of real black sand, discovered in July 2008, in Bali. I could not even show it to you. That day, my camera had fallen out of batteries. There she is.

Pantai Songean. Bali, Indonesia.
Pantai Songean. Bali, Indonesia.

Many thanks to Gregory Batardon for bringing me back these images (I invite you besides to discover its superb photographs on its gallery, by clicking on the link).

He and my sister followed in my footsteps, last July, linking their stay in Sulawesi with a short trip to Bali. Once they landed in Amed, on the northeast coast, they had to make two attempts to find "my" beach. They didn't think they had to drive that long... But they found it!

Pantai Songean, Bali (Indonesia).

The beach in question is Pantai Songean, and not "Soan" or "Sohang" as I wrote at the time, which is an approximation of the name I was given. Pantai Songean is located south of Amed, quite far, therefore, well beyond Aas, well past the scrap metal lighthouse, somewhere between Seraya and Ujung, on the splendid little coastal road where it is so nice to ride a scooter, with your hair in the wind, from one cove to another.

If one day you go there, fork to the left when you come to a yellow bridge that is reminiscent of the Kwai River, then follow at a slow speed the bad road full of holes that leads to the village. Say hello to the children, do not crush the chickens, avoid the goats, and stop at a flight of steps on your right. It's here.

Pantai Songean


  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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  1. Oh, no....there, you have to stop talking about the quiet and paradisiacal little corners because....with the success of your blog, this beautiful beach will be invaded.... 😛

  2. @Manta: Ah, I think you would like it. My sister Hélène, above, loved it a lot.

    @ Helen: Well, do not worry. My blog still does not have the reputation of Google Earth. And since GE does not know the place, Songean will stay quiet.

    @Max: I like black sand. I think it's the most beautiful effect, especially on this beach, where it is without stones in it. As for your ideal beach, it is one of those I know well ... From Rennes, we are very fast.
    Finally, to arrive at "my" beach Balinese, the indications that I give are already almost too clear ... There are not fifteen coastal roads in this place. I will not give more GPS coordinates! Besides, I'm glad that Google Earth does not know it.

  3. Hello Corinne,

    what a kick in the pants to see such beautiful images again 😥
    and at the same time what a joy! 🙂

    It is true what a beautiful "your beach"! what a contrast in color 😯

    Fortunately there are still such places unknown to travel sites and GEs 😈 and what's more, reserved for certain privileged people 😉

  4. Ok Corinne, it's going to be a mystery for us the passengers of the rucksack. Between Seraya and Ujung there are still 88 km. You have to go there, then. Maybe next year after a cruise on the Komodo Islands. I have to take extra time to make some explosions in Bali. But not on a motorcycle!

    Between St. Coulomb and St. Remy ~ 400 km, I would like to move to the west ....

  5. @@ lain: It is sometimes enough to stroll a little chance to fall on "unknown" corners, at the end of the world as close to home, by the way ...

    @Max: Oh, you know, I roll at a very low speed on these "motobikes" that we rent in Asia (which are actually more like a scooter, I'm not a biker at all!), And then I often take breaks in road (to find batteries that do not work, to ask my way, to buy a bottle of water) ... In short, the said beach is surely only a few kilometers south of Amed. I had to put about one to two hours to go, since Lipah, taking my time.
    As for Saint-Coulomb, I was there no later than this weekend (for once that summer was like summer, Brittany) ... hey, hey!

  6. lol,

    we do not play in the same category from a point of view of proximity of sea and beach between Rennes and Strasbourg 😉

  7. Just a small detail. For me an ideal beach should not be flat, but have a very small slope that allows to see the sea while lying down. I was recently at the beach of St. Lunaire, which from the zodiac from the open sea looks beautiful, but finally it's just a huge (I was there at low tide!) space of grey sand all flat and hard... 🙁

  8. @@ lain: Ah ... that's for sure. Sorry!!!

    @Max: There are thousands of "ideal" beaches, I suppose. Songean Beach is not flat in my memory, but gently sloping, and it is surrounded by small cliffs of volcanic rocks, the whole is the most beautiful effect when you arrive from above, with the corolla of small boats White fishing lined up in front of the sea. I know lots of other "ideal" beaches that do not look like this at all, and that I like a lot, whether flat or not, in Brittany, in the Basque Country, in Asia or elsewhere, sand blond, white or black ...