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Bali Beaches

Bali Beaches

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Being the most well-known travel place in Indonesia, Bali has one of the best beaches in the world.

Many come to Bali maybe for the culture, the arts, the temples, diving, surfing or even the food, but one thing for sure it is also for the beaches.

Travelers visit Bali for its long stretches of white sand beach, the crystal clear sea for swimming, strong waves for surfing and volcanic black sands for sunbathing.

There are many types of beach in Bali, from those with big rocks created by corals or lava to those covered wholly with white or black sand.

Depending on what you want to do at the beach, there are a number of beaches for you to choose from.

Whether you are a swimmer or not or if you are with kids, you may well choose from these beautiful beaches below. Look out for the high tide when swimming.

Here is a list of the most popular Bali beaches for you:

#1. Kuta Beach – Further down the line from the city Kuta is the Kuta beach. The waves are higher here and the currents are strong making it a perfect beach for surfers.

But of course it means not so much for swimming. The beach is always crowded with locals or tourist, mostly for the vibe and energy that circles around here.

At night you can find the Kuta beach parties among the beach clubs that are guaranteed to entertain.

#2. Nusa Dua Beach – A seemingly endless stretch of powder white perfection, Nusa Dua Beach is so flawless, it almost looks manmade.

It borders the coastline of Nusa Dua’s resort area, fringed by manicured lawns and five-star hotels that have been tastefully sheltered by palm trees and natural building materials.

Not only are the beaches impeccably clean and the waters calm, the shoreline is full of family-friendly restaurants, watersports and even a shopping complex.

So it’s the ideal destination for a fun-filled family day out that won’t leave the little ones hot and bothered thanks to plenty of places to cool off and recharge.

#3. Seminyak Beach – If you want to be in the heart of Bali’s oceanfront action, then Seminyak Beach is the place for you.

Along this impressive 5km stretch of powdery white sand, you’ll find beach bars aplenty, five-star hotels and restaurants just footsteps from the waves, and world-famous beach clubs dotting the sand.

Beginning on the outskirts of crazy Kuta, trailing all the way up to the coastal corners of Canggu, Seminyak Beach is a holiday destination in itself.

Learn to surf in the gentle whitewash of the waves, soak up the sunshine on a squishy sun bed, or settle into a comfy, colourful beanbag at La Plancha for a round of sundowners – Ibiza-style beats included.

#4. Echo Beach – What was once the go-to destination for a romantic beachfront barbecue has now become one of the coolest oceanfront spots to see and be seen.

Echo Beach is the watering hole of Canggu (quite literally) with countless surf spots in every direction and shabby-chic bars dotted along the black sands to enjoy the views.

And what a view there is. Expect beach babes in their Brazilian-cut bikinis, scruffy haired surfer dudes with sun-kissed bods, and beloved Bali dogs with their expat owners taking a sunset stroll.

This lively, community-vibe coastline goes from a playground of sun and surf by day, to a wild party spot by night. Bring an acoustic guitar for extra street cred, and don’t forget the dog treats.

#5. Jimbaran Bay – This long, expansive, soft white sand beach is not only well known for its gorgeous scenery (the glittering sands stretch for a full 3km), but also as the spot where local fishermen sell their fresh-from-the-net fish each morning at the bustling markets.

As the island’s seafood hub, it’s no surprise then that you’ll also find a number of beachfront barbecues dotted along the coastline, cooking up the day’s catch for your grazing pleasure as the sun sets.

For a romantic seafood dinner, head to the bay before dark and choose your ocean treats from the display to devour just a few minutes later, or if it’s sunshine you’re after, find a quiet spot away from the stalls and enjoy the calm waters from dawn until dusk.

#6. Balangan Beach – Located in the South of Bali on the Bukit Peninsula, Balangan Beach is best known amongst the island’s surfing crowds and those looking for a laid back beach experience without the throng of touristic beach clubs.

Ocean babies can enjoy the aquamarine waters at high tide, and sunbathers can lie beneath the many loungers and umbrellas that line the sandy beach.

This quiet strip is still fairly underdeveloped with just a few local warungs serving home-cooked Indonesian food and icy cold Bintangs, and since it’s blessed with awesome waves for both beginners and pros.

Balangan attracts the surfy, backpacker types who prefer cool tropical vibes over a pumping party scene.

#7. Keramas Beach – With Mount Agung behind you and pumping waves in front of you, Keramas Beach is a sight to be seen indeed.

Sitting on the east coast away from the crowds, Keramas is best known for its standalone beach club destination, Komune Bali.

This resort and beach club combo sits on the sand with a stunning infinity pool at the helm, facing out to the black sand beach and sparkling ocean out yonder.

Settle in to the oceanfront day beds, graze by the pool or visit at dusk when the nightime surf sessions take centre stage.

Double points if you time a visit in conjunction with the annual World Surf League competition that attracts superstar surfers from around the world.

#8. Sundays Beach Club – Another South Bali gem, Sundays Beach Club at the Ungasan Clifftop Resort boasts a private white sand bay, stunning turquoise blue waters and an offshore coral reef housing Nemo and his friends.

Hidden discretely at the bottom of a dramatic cliff face, this paradisal spot can only be reached by an inclinator taking you directly to the club.

Don’t miss the bonfires on the beach at sunset, and come hungry because you’ll want to tuck into Sunday’s delicious island-inspired menu by famed Aussie chef, James Viles.

Just be sure to leave enough space for some serious water-based frolicking, like snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking the crystal clear waters.

#9. Padang Padang Beach – You might recognise this beautiful bay from the ever-famous “Eat, Pray, Love” movie, where Julia Roberts falls head over heels for her Brazilian hunk.

Chances are, you’ll fall in love here too, not only with the bronzed surfer crowds, but with the calm cove-like waters rolling off the bright white bay, framed by dramatic rock formations and bordered by world-class waves.

Though Padang Padang is a relatively small beach about 10 minutes north of Uluwatu, the setting is simply stunning.

The best time to visit is early in the morning around sunrise when you can see Padang Padang in all its dazzling, natural glory, and before the throng of visitors descend on this spot in the hope of spotting Ms Roberts.

#10. Medewi Beach – In prime position along Bali’s sunset coast, Medewi is a lesser known beach on the west side of the island that offers a glimpse of Bali before tourism struck.

With remote villages and wide open rice paddies lining the palm-studded coastline, come here for a tranquil escape not an action-packed day at the beach – that is, unless you’re a keen surfer.

Flocked mostly by visitors in search of uncrowded, world-class waves, Medewi is an isolated surfing destination that doesn’t require a flight to get to.

But is far enough away from the crowds to guarantee a quieter sesh in the water. Stick around for golden hour, as that’s when Medewi’s magic really shines.

#11. Suluban Beach – This dreamy destination might well be directly below the famous and bustling Single Fin bar and the main access point to the world-renowned Uluwatu surf break, but come low tide, this spot at Suluban Beach is a true hidden treasure, and the best for a secret swim.

Set against stunning dramatic cliffs, the water here is as turquoise as it gets. To access this little piece of paradise, you’ll need to walk down the steps at Uluwatu, through the caves and onto the sand.

Remember, when it’s high tide this swimming spot is inaccessible, so you’ll need to check the tide times for your trip here, and don’t forget to pack your bathers.

#12. Sanur Beach – If it’s a leisurely day out at the seaside that you’re after, then head to family-friendly Sanur for an easy-breezy day at the beach.

Besides its seemingly never-ending stretch of white sand, Sanur’s main beachfront attraction is without doubt the coastal promenade that extends over 5km long.

This ocean path curves past resorts, beachfront cafes, wooden fishing boats under repair and quite a few elegant old villas built decades ago by the wealthy expats who fell under Bali’s spell.

Take a romantic stroll with your partner, or get some exercise on a bicycle with the family – best enjoyed early in the morning as Sanur is in prime position for spectacular sunrises.

#11. Karma Beach – Part of the stunning Karma Kandara resort, this luxury and private beach spot brings the vibes of a swanky Mediterranean island, along with crowds of trendy globe trotters looking for exclusivity in a totally chic setting.

The sea is a perfect shade of azure blue and great for snorkelling and water sports, while the crescent white sands are sprinkled with beach babes and their baes sipping on designer cocktails, playing a spot of beach volleyball.

Or simply bronzing beneath the beach-chic cabanas and tucking into delicious wood-fired pizzas from the natural bamboo restaurant. Heaven really is a place on earth.

#13. White Sand Beach (Pasir Putih) – Pasir Putih, also known as White Sand Beach or Virgin Beach, is a remote, off-the-beaten-path beach that rewards the most adventurous of road trippers.

It’s located on the East Coast of Bali, near to the village of Candidasa, and with its pristine soft white sands that dramatically contrast to its volcanic black sand neighbours, it seriously stands out.

When you see the “white sand beach” sign, follow the dirt track until you reach the carpark.

You’ll spot the line up of local seafood BBQ stalls (perfect for a sea view lunch) and the calm, clear waters that make White Sand Beach a lovely spot for swimmers, too.

#14. Bingin Beach – Look out for the signs made of recycled wood, or follow the small groups of Bali’s cool crowds with surf boards in-hand and the lack of shoes or sandals on their feet.

Bingin Beach is a boho hideaway that’s hard to find unless you know where you’re going – or who to follow. With perfect waves and small sandy coves for swimming at low tide, this cliff-base beach is a favourite for Bali’s sun soakers and surfers.

You’ll need to be relatively fit to get to and from the beach (there are uneven, rocky steps from the top of the cliff to the sands), but your efforts will certainly be rewarded.

Dozens of affordable beach stays line the cliffside too, making this a good spot for budget trips or a good old, no-frills sunset Bintang on a blanket.

There are some great healthy cafes here too, perfect for a post-surf refuel and insta-ready sunsets.

#15. Gunung Payung Beach – Gunung Payung, also known as Secret Beach, is the epitome of a picture-perfect, postcard paradise.

In fact, we were a little hesitant to include this in our roundup, since we’d like to keep this little treasure to ourselves. Alas, we can’t keep this gem a secret.

Think powder white sands, warm tropical waters that are as flat as a duck pond at low-tide, and if you’re lucky, not another human in sight. This beach isn’t for the faint-hearted though.

It’s a 301 step trek up and down (we counted) and once you’re down there, there’s no restaurants for refreshments or shady sun beds, just one local guy who sometimes has a cool-box with cold water and Cokes.

And if he’s feeling strong enough, will also bring his single sun bed and umbrella down from the top carpark for the day for hire. It’s well worth it though, just don’t forget to hydrate.

#16. Balian Beach – Home to a growing number of expats and surf fanatics, Balian Beach draws in the cool crowds with its pounding surf, instagram-friendly dunes and knolls.

New boho cafes and bars popping up every other day – all of which just so happen to overlook the world-class waves from the towering cliff face above.

Whether you simply stroll along the sprawling black sands, brave the water or kick back with a sunset beer post-surf.

Balian Beach has an undeniable charm that keeps us coming back every other weekend, and it just so happens to sit in prime position on Bali’s west-facing sunset coast, too.

#17. Thomas Beach – Ever since the opening of some cool Uluwatu restaurants at the top of this hidden bay, Thomas Beach is no longer a secret – though it’s still one of the quietest beaches in the Bukit.

Accessible only via a gravel lane and then a winding set of crumbling stairs, this secluded strip of white sand beach is well worth descending down for.

Fringed by turquoise waters and dramatic boulders that protrude from the sand, this is postcard-perfection to a tee.

Bring a sarong and some water to stay hydrated, because you won’t find any restaurants or squishy sunbeds on this remote shoreline.

#18. Amed Beach – With black sands and soaring volcanoes on the horizon, Amed isn’t your typical beachfront vista, but boy is it a good’un.

Sitting on Bali’s northeastern coast, Amed is known for its dramatic landscapes that guarantee some awe-inspiring holiday pics.

And if you’re into diving or snorkelling, Amed is also home to one of the island’s most vibrant reefs – a coral garden that’s as colourful as it is popular.

An adventure beneath the waves here often involves a trip to nearby Tulamben too, to explore the sunken US Liberty Shipwreck that’s teaming with life and aquatic beauty.

#19. Lovina Beach – Lovina is well-known for its dolphin tours: half an hour before sunrise, more than 100 boats carry tourists out to sea where, as the sun comes up, pods of dolphins frolic in the bow waves.

Many tourists stay one night for the dolphin trip and then leave – missing out on Lovina’s chilled beach-holiday vibes. The beach at Lovina is black volcanic sand and the sea very calm; lovely for wallowing.

Take your camera and wander east from the main beach, and you’ll come across brightly painted fishing boats resting on the sand. As the sun goes down, the silhouettes of Java’s volcanoes are cast on to the horizon.

#20. Blue Lagoon Beach – Just over the hill from Padang Bai (fast-boat terminal for the Gili Islands) there is a little secret beach surrounded by palm trees, cut off from the rest of the island by volcanic rock headlands.

The white sand is perfect for whiling away hours in the sun, and the beach is edged with trees providing some shade.

Coral reaches almost all the way to the beach, so rent snorkelling equipment from one of the beachside warungs and explore the underwater world.

#21. Geger Beach – Located from the highway heading to Nusa Dua, Geger beach is a beautiful white sand beach glistening in the sun.

The sea is calmer here in comparison to Kuta or Balangan beach, though sometimes it may get a bit rough by the evening so please beware.

Local seaweed farmers do their work here sometimes so if you are lucky you can enjoy watching them going about their livelihood.

There are many cafes dotted along this beach making it famous for Sunday brunch or just for drinks and there is a temple at the end.

#22. Bias Tugal (Tugel) Beach – Also known as Pantai Kecil (little beach) to the locals or white sand beach to the travelers, this deserted beach is one of the best-kept secrets.

Tucked away near Padang Bai and west of the harbour is somewhat hidden and only accessible after a 500m trek down a rocky path.

After the trek, you will be greeted with stretches of white sand beach and sparkling blue sea with swaying coconut trees.

Current may be strong here and not for beginner swimmers, but you can always just soak up the sun in solitude by the sand.

#23. Dream Beach in Nusa Lembongan – Lembongan is a small island about 7km out of the sea from Bali, with big rocks and small vegetation with spots of sandy bays.

One of these bays in Nusa Lembongan is Dream Beach. It is known for its serene sea lapping and white sand. Most people stay longer at this island to explore all the beauty of it.

It is still largely undeveloped unlike the rest of Bali and lets one feel the sense of going back in time, just enjoying the natural beach.

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