Only one and a half hours by road north of Ubud – and one and a half decades back in time – the coastal community of Tejakula is not even included on many tourist maps. Traffic is light, the beach is quiet and clean, commercialization is nonexistent, and the population doesn’t even bother with motorcycle helmets. A measure of the region’s hold on tradition is the great number of native swaybacked Balinese pigs rooting happily in people’s backyards. In the town itself, you’ll find no other tourists, no hotels, no entertainment, no restaurants, no ATM machines, no parking fees. Definitely not the place if you’re looking for nightlife or surfing, it’s the quiet and peacefulness of the area which draw visitors, most of whom are Dutch and German. No bathers in bright swimsuits, beach chairs or powdery sand here, just a wide unspoiled black-sand beach lining a placid sea with just the sound of gentle waves flopping lazily on a rocky shore.

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