Attraction Jl. Raya Denpasar Gilimanuk, Antap, Kec. Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia Published on: 25-03-2016
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Why Soka Beach is special ?
Soka beach is located on west Bali around 10 kms west to Tabanan city. The place is on the traffic between Gilimanuk and East Bali. So the place is used as a cooling machine stop beside it is popular for younger generation as the week-end and holiday sight seeing. There is a restaurant in front of the beach and you can enjoy the lovely black sandy beach while you can enjoy your meal or drink.
A public areas have been built for shading and parking. The beach is not special, consist of coral and black stones, the only people like there is the sound of the wave of Indian ocean.
The situation is almost the same as Pasir Putih beach in Situbondo, East Java. But the waves at Pasir Putih beach are not as big as they are at Soka beach and it is adjacent to the edge of forest of Soka beach is not far from the wet rice field. But, both of them have beatiful and interesting view for you to visit. One of interesting places is Payan beach. This beach is at the Western part of Soka beach. It is separated by a small river. If the tide falls, you can pass away. It will be easier if you pass the highway, it is about 50 meters before Soka beach, to the right. This way directs to Luhur Sarijong temple which is located in Payan beach, which has parking area and is big enough place to take a rest. The place also has thousands of coconut trees, which make it a shade place. This places is high enough, so that the view of Soka beach looks beautiful.
What to explore at Soka Beach?
Bali Soka beach has been known since long ago, as it is passed by travelers during their travel from Denpasar-Gilimanuk or vice versa. The site has a very beautiful scenery. The west part bounded by hills which is a part of Mount Batukaru in the north. While in the south is Indian ocean where Banyuwangi in Java is faintly visible from Soka. Vast rice fields and lush coconut groves enhance the beautiful scenery. Moreover, later when the sun is about to set, the view on top of Pura Luhur Serijong is comparable to the view in Tanah Lot.
Pura Luhur Serijong, built almost in the same period with the Rambut Siwi Temple in Jembarana and Pura Tanah Lot, on the sixteenth century AD by Rauh Bawu Sakti, and all of them have the same status. Pura Luhur Serijong is a place of worship (disungsung) particular by all Hindu followers in the Selemadeg and Pupuan subdistrict, and by those from Tabanan regency in general, mainly by Subak, because this temple is regarded as the source of food (welfare).
Until now the history of Soka Beach is still unknown, but according to local and the surrounding residents, travellers headed to west Bali and vice versa were always pass through this beach.
Soka beach is located in a quiet village of Selemadeg District, 45 kilometers from Denpasar and 84 kilometers from Gilimanuk, along the Java-Bali main road. No wonder countless vehicle passes the area everyday.
Next to the east coast of Soka there is a cave on a rock cliff, called cave Bulung Daya as many swiftlet live in this cave. On the west coast stretching along the palm garden, an accomodation service "Balian Beach Bungalow" and the Balian river is one of the best rafting spot in Bali.
Near to the Soka beach, a large parking lot is available. There are also few places for visitors to eat, drink, and shop for local snacks while resting before continue departing on their journey. On religious holidays and full moon (Purnama), the beach is crowded with visitors and Hindu followers who are conducting religious ceremonies.
For those who enjoy fishing the sea, they can join the local fishermen while they are sailing to the sea, using traditional boats using outboard engines or sails.
Soka Beach is located 40 km from Denpasar or 25 km west of the city of Tabanan, right on the Denpasar-Gilimanuk road section. Soka Beach has beautiful scenery and is great for a place to rest or stop over. On this beach lies a large pot of rock and an old kitchen belongs to Kebo Iwa as mentioned in the popular local legend.
- A different senses
- Peaceful Beach
- Hidden Beach
- Worth a visit
- Beautiful beach
Jl. Raya Denpasar Gilimanuk, Antap, Kec. Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia
Tips for you
Main road quiet busy of as it is the first option transportation from Java to Bali City of Denpasar. A nice place to have a rest and lunch with south sea ocean and rice paddy. Some place just on construction to be a rest area and a great idea to devolves south Bali as it is. I believe n the near future will be some bungalows here with a choice of activity is the surfing, because of the high wave was best as an option after Kuta beach.