Echo Beach is known as one of Bali’s most recently christened surf spots. The name comes from its local name ‘Pantai Batu Mejan’, named after a significant Balinese Hindu sea temple on site. It shares the tranquil rice field-landscaped region of Canggu with other wave-riding landscapes such as Berawa, Seseh and Pererenan. Echo Beach has become quite popular due to its advanced reef breaks, 180-degree seascape & sunsets and array of delicious seafood restaurants placed on a high vantage point from where you can enjoy the beauty of it all. Among the many lodging places available around Echo Beach are some fine Seminyak Bali villas such as Samaja Villas Beachside.
The ever popular black-sand beach is approximately 35km northwest of Kuta and Seminyak, and another few kilometres drive west from the provincial capital of Denpasar. The journey further west would bring you to Canggu’s green expanses of paddies which remain well-kept and tended to by local villagers. Echo Beach is at the end of Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, the road originally named after its temple, but now carrying more signposts bearing its new nickname. There are plenty of rows of shacks with surfboards for rent, ding repairs, and a motorcycle parking spot for the convenience of tourists.
The paved alley left of the gate is lined up with sunset dining spots starting with Sticky Fingers Osteria Italiana, then Sate Bali, Dian Café, and the Echo Beach House. Most open during the day but quite a few are opened up towards the evening with barbecues and unique boat-shaped buffets at sunset. At the far end of the cafes you are able to see the outline of the centuries-old temple. The temple and the cafes sit on a small cliff overlooking the surf, and the black-sand beach is accessible down a few steps to the right of the gate. A hundred metres along the coastline nestled on the low-lying rocks is Sand Bar, parasols and colourful beanbags await you for great chill-out sessions. Echo Beach is a wonderful locality that serves as one of the island’s best surf spots, and a great place to chill with a laid-back vibe, great views, and delicious seafood.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.