On the beach of Petitenget, north of Kuta-Legian, Seminyak, the Balinese kids, like all children on all the beaches of the world, build ephemeral walls against the sea. (Bali, July 2008)
On the beach of Petitenget, north of Kuta-Legian, Seminyak, the Balinese kids, like all children on all the beaches of the world, build ephemeral walls against the sea. (Bali, July 2008)

How to escape the tourists in Kuta Beach

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  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

Kuta Beach, finally! First and short stage of my Balinese journey. I intend to take the road tomorrow to "go up" to the north, to Lovina, where it is in principle more "quiet".

Kuta Beach

Let's hope that the tourist pressure will be less in Lovina than in Kuta ... I already managed to find myself stuck in traffic jams on my scooter, tonight, just before the time of the famous sunset on the beach, which makes the crowd flow, Balinese like tourist, on Jalan Pantai, the street of the beach.

On the huge Kuta Beach, a surfer watches for the wave. (Bali, July 2008)
On the huge Kuta Beach, a surfer watches for the wave. (Bali, July 2008)

That said, it's funny, this mix of genres, in Kuta. Between the Balinese in traditional costume who are coming back from a procession, the young surfer on the parade who throws up the torso, the groups of Australian women on a spree, the couples of lost backpackers, the street vendors who harangue the passerby ...

Many people do not like Kuta-Legian-Seminyak. And yet, the atmosphere, certainly very seaside, is not unpleasant at all. Almost a small side BAB (Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne) ... It's my my fiber Basque that vibrates.

Scooter ride

In addition, in a few minutes of scooter, we quickly move away from the crowd. The beautiful beach of Kuta, with its worthy rolls of Biarritz, stretches endlessly to the north.

And there, a few kilometers further, just after the tourist area of Kuta-Legian-Seminyak, it's quieter. Really more quiet. And very nice. We meet families of Balinese, fishermen, some walkers.

On the beach of Petitenget, north of Kuta-Legian, Seminyak, the Balinese kids, like all children on all the beaches of the world, build ephemeral walls against the sea. (Bali, July 2008)
On the beach of Petitenget, north of Kuta-Legian-Seminyak, the Balinese kids, like all children on all the beaches of the world, build ephemeral walls against the sea. (Bali, July 2008)

I left the windy nose, saying: there's only to go along the sea ... And I got a little lost between Seminyak and Canggu, on the side of Petitengen, Berawa, Loloan Beach ... What allowed me to discover bits of uncrowded beach, with big rollers crashing on the gray sand in a mist of spray, and nice landscapes of rice paddies, a beautiful tender green soothing.

Rice fields near Kuta, between Kerobokan and Canggu. (Bali, July 2008)
Rice fields near Kuta, between Kerobokan and Canggu. (Bali, July 2008)

In short, a nice Balinese mini-walk, today, as an appetizer!

😎

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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