Dreamland Beach is one of the ‘hidden’ beaches of Bali, offering stretches of white sand secluded by limestone cliffs that line the rugged coastline of the southern Bukit Peninsula. The beach became highly accessible with the development of the Pecatu Graha and Pecatu Indah Resort projects that, at the turn of the millennium, transformed 400 hectares of hilly terrain into ‘New Kuta’, with Klapa Beach Club, resorts and the New Kuta Golf course.
Despite rampant development over its limestone landscape, Dreamland Beach retains much of its rugged charm on the sand, particularly for beachgoers, day-trippers and surfers. You can enjoy some of Bali’s best reef breaks near the shore and close paddle outs to the neighbouring world-class reef breaks, namely Balangan up north and Impossibles down south (both for advanced riders). On the sand, you can rent deck chairs and parasols, and enjoy a cheap massage from around Rp 50,000 to Rp 100,000. Hard bargaining is advised.
Much of the local warung food stall scene of yesteryear is gone, but some small shops can be found and beach peddlers offering cold soft drinks and Bintangs still roam around. Expect the westerly winds of the wet season (usually between October through April) to bring in some flotsam and jetsam, as well as the common crowds over the local holidays and mid-year school breaks. Some sections of the beach are swimmable, but the currents are strong further out. Stick around until the end of the day for dramatic sunsets.