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An enclave of serenity in crowded Nusa Dua

The Nusa Dua region in southern Bali has always been a favorite among travelers in Bali due to its sandy white beaches, clear sparkling azure waters and pristine environment. The area, an enclave of high-end hotels and shopping centers is also the subject of much attention due to high-profile events held there and the many world dignitaries based there while in Bali. However, the influx of holidaymakers has a negative impact on the area's environment, which is what attracted those tourists in the first place. Even worse, many hotels, restaurants and beach clubs have “laid claim” to what are supposed to be free-for-all beaches. Often, you will be shooed away or, even worse, charged to enter these beaches. It is becoming increasingly difficult and frustrating for people who are not staying in these hotels to access some of Bali’s most beautiful beaches. Mengiat Beach, however, remains pretty quiet and completely free. It is a tiny relaxation spot that everyone can enjoy. Located within the gated Nusa Dua complex, Mengiat Beach has a warung (small café) that sells food and beverages at competitive prices. A large sweeping bay of white sand leads to a bay that is sheltered and safe for swimming. Chairs with umbrellas can be hired for Rp 25,000 (US$2.53). The small beach warung operates independently and its prices are pretty reasonable. A range of local specialties such as nasi goreng (fried rice), fresh seafood and international dishes are available. It’s friendly staff are more than happy to bring your food to the beach. Snorkeling and surfing the reef break are relatively easy here, as is a swim to the corals' edge. When the tide goes recedes, a natural paddling pool emerges that is safe for kids and inexperienced swimmers. During low tide, local fishermen stand at the edge of the reef and cast out into the open ocean. Follow them up and go on a “sea trek” through the shallow water and rock pools to peek over into the deep blue. South of Mengiat is Geger Beach, which used to be an incredibly popular public beach among locals and visitors alike but has seen rapid environmental degradation in recent years. Huge tourism developments in Geger not only changed the landscape but also made access difficult. An area of over 20 hectares was cleared for a new beachfront hotel, forcing local seaweed farmers out of the area and a recent storm has resulted in a rapid coastal degradation. This is an increasing problem that threatens the coastline of many of Bali beaches. Mengiat Beach, thankfully, remains an idyllic spot and is a fantastic place to laze away for a few hours. A small group of local masseurs are ready to ease away stress that is if you still have any in such a peaceful spot. Easily accessible by car, especially on weekdays, Mengiat is one of Bali's great not-so-secret spots for a beautiful beach day alone or with the entire family.
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