Bali Soka Beach
Bali Soka Beach Is A Beautiful Beach At West Part Of Bali Islands
Bali Soka beach has been known since long ago, as it is passed by travelers during their travel from Denpasar-Gilimanuk or vice versa. The site has a very beautiful scenery. The west part bounded by hills which is a part of Mount Batukaru in the north. While in the south is Indian ocean where Banyuwangi in Java is faintly visible from Soka. Vast rice fields and lush coconut groves enhance the beautiful scenery. Moreover, later when the sun is about to set, the view on top of Pura Luhur Serijong is comparable to the view in Tanah Lot.
Pura Luhur Serijong, built almost in the same period with the Rambut Siwi Temple in Jembarana and Pura Tanah Lot, on the sixteenth century AD by Rauh Bawu Sakti, and all of them have the same status. Pura Luhur Serijong is a place of worship (disungsung) particular by all Hindu followers in the Selemadeg and Pupuan subdistrict, and by those from Tabanan regency in general, mainly by Subak, because this temple is regarded as the source of food (welfare).
Until now the history of Soka Beach is still unknown, but according to local and the surrounding residents, travellers headed to west Bali and vice versa were always pass through this beach.
Soka beach is located in a quiet village of Selemadeg District, 45 kilometers from Denpasar and 84 kilometers from Gilimanuk, along the Java-Bali main road. No wonder countless vehicle passes the area everyday.
Next to the east coast of Soka there is a cave on a rock cliff, called cave Bulung Daya as many swiftlet live in this cave. On the west coast stretching along the palm garden, an accomodation service "Balian Beach Bungalow" and the Balian river is one of the best rafting spot in Bali.
Near to the Soka beach, a large parking lot is available. There are also few places for visitors to eat, drink, and shop for local snacks while resting before continue departing on their journey. On religious holidays and full moon (Purnama), the beach is crowded with visitors and Hindu followers who are conducting religious ceremonies.
For those who enjoy fishing the sea, they can join the local fishermen while they are sailing to the sea, using traditional boats using outboard engines or sails.
Soka Beach is located 40 km from Denpasar or 25 km west of the city of Tabanan, right on the Denpasar-Gilimanuk road section. Soka Beach has beautiful scenery and is great for a place to rest or stop over. On this beach lies a large pot of rock and an old kitchen belongs to Kebo Iwa as mentioned in the popular local legend.