Pandawa Beach is a new name given to the seaweed farm, Kutuh Beach, located in Ungasan, Uluwatu, Bali. The name was taken from The Mahabharata story about five sons of the deceased King Pandu. Pandawa means Five. Before they placed the Pandawa characters statues inside the holed limestone hills, I kept wondering what would this place be when they carved into such strong hills. The Badung Regency government decided to make this secret beach into Bali’s new main tourist destination, inaugurated just last December 2012.
Digging the holes and carving the limestone hills – Pandawa Beach 2011
Paragliders from Timbis Village over Pandawa Beach
I spoke with Ibu Made, one of the warung owners who are still doing her previous job as seaweed farmers helping her husband, but now with the new face of the beach, she could actually earn more money from selling snacks and drinks to the tourists, among the crunchy snacks are seaweed products such as : juices, chips, and candies. We bought and tried some, and think they still need to work on the taste, and packaging to make it more attractive and appealing to the customers. Some local farmers also benefit from the new attraction site by renting kayak boats to the tourists. This new situation that has happened in Bali quite often shows us two sides of the coin – it ruined the secret beach, changed the off-beaten-path into a popular beach with much more convenient and accessible road for tourists, but it also brings business to local residents.
Fortunately, my husband, Benny, had captured some magical sky shades of Kutuh Beach aka Pandawa Beach on our visit back in 2006, when only us, the seaweed farmers wrapping up the day, and purple sunset whispering how serene and breathtaking Bali is.
Flanking limestone hills on the road to Pandawa Beach in 2006
Pandawa Beach 2006 – so serene and quite, it’s just us and the sky burst
Violet sunset over Pandawa Beach, Bali – 2006. Seaweed farmers boats taking its night break..
We could only wish there will be still untouched beautiful beaches in Bali left for us to explore and enjoy…
Touristy or non-touristy, Geo could only care about his sand castles and as his favorite parents in the world
Pandawa Beach Kutuh Village, South Kuta, Badung regency
How to get there : take Uluwatu direction, pass GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana) , turn left on the intersection of Nirmala Supermarket- Bali Cliff, follow the road, about 2 km ahead, notice on your right “Nusa Dua Retreat” sign (do not miss the sign!), turn right on this T-junction, then follow the sign of “Pandawa Beach” – easy breezy!
Source : http://www.beeamazing.com/pandawa-beach-ungasan-kutuh-seaweed-farm-and-the-new-magic-bali-spell/