Pura Geger Beach, also known as Pantai Pura Geger, is a hidden gem tucked between the stunning beaches of Nusa Dua. This rarely talked about beach sits at the base of the sacred Pura Geger Temple and is uniquely framed by short limestone cliffs offering both privacy and beauty.
This beach is not on the tourist radar, so finding accurate information can be a little tricky. However, because I live here in Bali and am totally obsessed with the beaches, I will fill you in on the inside scoop and maybe even convince you to add it to your Bali 10-day itinerary.
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About Pura Geger Beach (Pantai Pura Geger)
Not to be confused with the well-used and resort-rich Geger Beach, Pura Geger Beach sits just south on the backside of the outcropped cliff where the temple sits.
The word ‘pantai’ means beach in Indonesian, and ‘pura’ means temple, so the name translates to Geger Temple Beach.
This beach rarely has crowds, and you’ll usually find more locals than tourists. The soft white sand and clear blue water make for an epic day of beach lounging, swimming, and even snorkeling.
The beach is on the smaller end, but during mid to low tide, you can access more beach in between the short cliffs and rock formations. These rock structures make for great photos and even provide shade during the day’s heat.
Where is it?
Pura Geger Beach is located in Bali at the southeastern end of the Bukit Peninsula, just below Nusa Dua. If you’re unfamiliar with Bali, the Bukit Peninsula is the knob-like part of the island that extends out to make up south Bali.
Many visitors and even some locals refer to the Bukit as Uluwatu since it makes for an easy reference even though it is not technically correct.
It’s about a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from the tourist hotspots of Canggu and Kuta.
How to Get to Pura Geger Beach
There are several different ways to get to Pura Geger Beach in Nusa Dua.
Rent a Scooter
Renting a scooter is the quickest, most cost-efficient, and most flexible way to go. The cost is between 5-10 USD per day, and the rental can be arranged through most hotels and Airbnb hosts or our favorite Bikago.
You can fit two onto a scooter, especially if you go with a 155cc bike or larger, which we also recommend for stability and comfort.
Be sure always to wear a helmet, and it’s best to have some experience riding scooters in Southeast Asia.
Rent a Self-Drive Car
Another option to get to the Nusa Dua area and Pura Geger is to rent a self-drive car. This is our preferred choice mostly because we have four kids.
The cost to rent a car ranges between 20 – 45 USD per day and can also be arranged through your accommodation. For more details, we wrote an entire post about everything you need to know about renting a car in Bali.
Hire a Private Car With a Driver
The cost is surprisingly affordable at about 30-55 USD for an 8 – 10 hour day, and the drivers will pick you up at your hotel. We usually give a reasonable tip if the driver goes above and beyond to enhance our experience, which is usually the case!
Grab and GoJek are ride-sharing apps that operate on demand, like Uber. Grab offers small to mid-size cars, and they both offer motorbike services. You can expect to pay one way from Canggu about 10-15 USD for a car and about 4-6 USD for a motorbike.
The downside to using these services in the Nusa Dua and Bukit Peninsula is that they are dependent on a driver being available in the area. This could mean an extended wait or, worse no ride (I may or may not be speaking from experience).
How to Get to Pura Geger Beach
If you decide to do it yourself instead of hiring a ride, the best and easiest way to get there is to search for ‘Pura Geger Beach’ on Google Maps. The directions are accurate and also adjust course, taking into consideration the traffic on the route.
The directions will take you directly to the parking lot of the beach. From there, it is only a few steps away and small staircase that leads directly onto the beach.
Pro tip: Make sure to specifically select directions for either car or motorbike since they are different. This could save you time and some headaches.
Note: You can also access Pura Geger Beach from the cement pathways alongside Geger Beach. Just follow the path toward the temple crossing the water bridge and up the hill to the temple.
How Much Does it Cost?
The admission cost for Pura Geger Beach is 5,000 IDR (.33 USD) per person and 5,000 IDR for parking. This is a bit hit or miss. I have read some reviews that said they were charged 10,000 IDR per person, and the last time we went, there was no one collecting fees. So, take it with a grain of salt.
Things To Do at Pura Geger Beach
Pura Geger is a small beach off the beaten path, so you won’t find any water sports rental activities, restaurants, beach chairs, or beach volleyball as you’ll find at its neighbor Geger Beach.
However, you will find a quiet, secluded beach with soft white sand, crystal blue water, picturesque landscapes, and plenty of coves to explore.
The water is usually calm enough for swimming and snorkeling during mid-tide since a large reef protects it. It’s important to note that the beach is nonexistent during high tide.
When Is the Best Time To Go?
The best time to go to Pura Geger Beach is in the morning and after high tide. As mentioned, if you go during high tide, no beach will be exposed. If you go during low tide, the reef will be exposed, making it difficult to swim and snorkel.
Going just after high tide and during mid tide will give you an untouched beach, the best water conditions, and access to the various rock formations and coves.
We also went for sunrise; the lighting and the colors were magical, and the photos don’t lie.
Is Pura Geger Beach Good For Kids?
Yes, Pura Geger Beach is 100% good for kids. The access to the beach is easy, just a small staircase. There is enough sand to play in, water to swim in, and rocks to climb on.
Make sure to bring everything you need since there are no on-site vendors or beach loungers with umbrellas. But you can find adequate shade in the short cliffs and coves.
Do be aware of potentially strong currents like you find at most beaches in Bali, and also know that there are no lifeguards on duty at Pura Geger Beach.
What to Bring With You
Bring everything with you that you’ll need for the day. Some items to make sure that you have on your list are:
- Reef-Safe Sunscreen
- Water Bottles
- Lightweight Towels and extra clothes
- Snorkeling Gear (if you plan on snorkeling)
- Beach Shoes for exploring the rocks and coves
- Picnic lunch (there are no beachfront restaurants, but there is a small cafe near the parking lot at Geger Beach)
Other Places of Interest Near Pura Geger Beach
Pura Geger Beach is a remote location, and with the exception of the nearby Geger Beach and Pura Geger Temple, there is not a surplus of other attractions nearby.
However, about 10 minutes toward Nusa Dua is a blow hole or, as it’s called in Bali, ‘Water Blow.’ This impressive natural water show happens during high tide and is most impressive with large swells as they crash up against the rocks and explode into the air. There is a small entrance fee of 25,000 IDR.
Another popular attraction nearby Pura Geger Beach is Nusa Dua Beach. This well-maintained beach is great for lounging, swimming, eating, and even water sports activities. It’s lined by high-end resorts that offer a plethora of amenities.
Lastly, about 10 minutes south of Pura Geger is Gunung Payung Beach. This tucked-away beach is one of our favorites in the southern region of Bali. Its beautiful white sand, turquoise blue water, caves, and rock formations make for a fabulous beach day.
Wrapping it Up: Pantai Pura Geger Beach
Pantai Pura Geger Beach is an excellent option for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Bali’s tourist-filled beaches. It has soft white sand, crystal blue water, picturesque landscapes, and plenty of coves to explore. Whether you go solo or with friends or family, bring along all your necessities, as no on-site vendors or beach loungers with umbrellas are available.