World's best beaches: Hidden gem near jungle

Last updated 12:00 18/07/2013

COULD'VE STAYED A WEEK: A little beach near Sawarna.

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After a long bus ride, a night on the booze and some near drownings on the main beach at Sawarna, a few hungover souls and some clever sober ones jumped on the bus for a short trip.

The bus stopped at a road end village and we began an hour and a half walk over a hill. All the way up motorcycles passed us on the way down with whatever crops they were harvesting and eagles hung over head. It was scorching and still.

Bursting out of the jungle and on to the beach was like a blast of air conditioning. The white beach curved from the left to right, the rocky tips almost touching. Beautiful, regular waves rolled in, every set the same as the last.

Big fish swimming at the crest of the waves cast shadows on the bottom. There was a little shack selling coconuts and they had a broken old board you could borrow but we didn't bother. I walked from one headland to the other in about 30 minutes and the rock formations could have kept me occupied for a day, if I'd carried my speargun I could've stayed for a week.

I've been all over New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island, through southeast Asia and South America and this place was easily in my top five most beautiful places.

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