Pandawa Beach or local people called it Pantai Pandawa, is a great addition to Bali’s collection of gorgeous beaches. Pandawa Beach located in southern of Peninsula Hill, or 1 km coastal stretch is located in the village of Kutuh. Hidden’ behind large carved limestone cliffs that reveal wide views to the Indian Ocean, Pandawa Beach was once also dubbed as ‘Secret Beach’ and it was officially opened in 2012, fast-gaining popularity among local weekenders and international visitors.
Besides its impressive natural sea panorama of white sand, blue sky and surf, Pandawa Beach is also best known for its impressive terrain and manmade limestone features that serve as a one-of-a-kind welcome into this coastal area. Huge cliffs were cut through to make way for its winding and smooth asphalt roads which lead down to the beach.
The sides remained as high walls, while the ocean-facing cliffs midway down the slope feature deeply carved arches installed with large statues. They each depict the hero characters from the Mahabharata epic, known as Pandawa Lima or the ‘five Pandawas’, hence the name of the beach.
There are six white stone statues draped in colourful Balinese waistcloths, namely Dewi Kunti, the mother figure from the epic, and the five heroes: Dharmawangsa (also known by the name Yudhistira), Bima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadewa.
The water at Pandawa Beach, as with most of Bali’s southern coastline, is an exotic combination of blue and green, as local seaweed farmers still tend to their patches along these coasts. On clear days with mild winds, it is a great place to swim but its best for you to rent a sea kayak or canoe to find some fun with your friends and family. You can rent it from the local people for about Rp 50.000 for 1 hour and be equipped by 2 life jacket and 2 paddle. 1 Canoe can contain 3 person and you can enjoy the beach while the sun set with a super nice scenery.