Top 10 Best Bali Beaches

Bali, the most well-known travel place in Indonesia, 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. So depending what you look to do at the beach, there are a number of beaches for you to choose from. Whether you are a swimmer or not and 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 best Bali beaches for you:

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali. Photo by Adhi Rachdian

Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua beach has many luxury hotels built around it. There are a variety of flowers and plants that grows around here. Imagine tall palm trees, wild mangroves, fragrant trees and orchids amidst clear blue ocean and rolling golden sand. Yes we are almost describing paradise. Swimming here is great as the currents and waves are low. The water is crystal clear for snorkeling. For surfers, head on to the south or north ends for higher waves.

Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Kuta Beach, Bali. Photo by Kojach

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. The local Hard Rock Cafe Bali is situated here so you can eat, drink and party whole day and night.

Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sanur Beach, Bali. Photo by Clez Kendrick

Sanur Beach

This beach is located at the coast of village Sanur, south of Bali. It stretches several kilometers long with golden sand and small corals. There are many shells here for the avid collectors. The waves here are milder and best for swimming. The sea here crystal clear where you can even spot sea creatures like starfish when walking at the beach. If you find a starfish please help throw it back into the sea to save them!

Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

Balangan Beach

This is well on top of the list in best beaches for Bali, located across from the greens of Uluwatu. To get there you will pass local villages with cattle grazing the fields with local people going about their daily chores. This is a small and quiet beach, best for those looking for a secret hideaway. The ocean currents are strong and the waves high, therefore not recommended for swimming. When the tide is low, it would be a perfect beach for strolling along enjoying the sun while the waves lap on your feet.

Geger Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Geger Beach, Bali. Photo by Annie Mole

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.

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.

Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Padang-padang Beach, Bali. Photo by indrabastari

Padang-Padang Beach

Located close to the Uluwatu temple, this beautiful beach is surrounded by big rocks and overgrown plants and monkeys. You would need to get pass the narrow passage and steep steps to this hidden paradise. The beach is covered with huge rocks and small caves for exploration and when the tide is high, it is also good for swimming. Just beware of sharp corals and sea urchins. Recently after Eat, Pray, Love fame, this beach had been more crowded than usual but for now still, have most of its beauty and charm.

Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Lovina Beach, Bali. Photo by Arian Zwegers

Lovina Beach

This less famous beach is located in the North of Bali. Lovina beach is covered in black sands that are originally from the Mt Agung volcano cooled lava. This is almost a swimmer’s paradise with calm sea and low waves. The area is also generally quiet without the usual swarm of tourists. Further down, you will find fisherman’s village with friendly local people and also thermal hot springs from the volcanic water. Most travelers only come here to catch the dolphins at sunrise.

Nyang Nyang Beach

Another secret beach of Bali, this beach require going uphill and downhill a winding street and then through a small forest to get to. The effort is well worth it to find a hidden beach at Nusa Dua, with white sandy beach and crystal clear blue sea. There are not many tourists here while you would see local people harvesting seaweed. The downside here is that you have to climb down slippery 550 moss-filled steps to get to the water, therefore not recommended for children. Also, beware of lots of mosquitoes hidden in the greens, repellant is a must. Swim only when the tide is low.

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali. Photo by Bart Speelman

Dream beach in Nusa Lembongan

Lembongan is a small island about 7km out of the sea from Bali. Dream beach in Nusa Lembongan is known for serene sea lapping on long sandy bays. It is an island with big rocks and small vegetation with spots of sandy bays. Most people stay longer at this island to explore all the beauty of it. This island is still largely undeveloped unlike the rest of Bali and let one feel the sense of going back in time, just enjoying the natural beach.

As you can see Bali is filled with beautiful beaches from people filled and full of energy beach to quiet, secluded or hidden beaches. You will also find beaches from white to black sands and sea serene for swimming to strong waves for surfing. Check out the above best beaches of Bali as recommended by many travelers or do you know a good beach that we did not mention? Which is your personal favourite beach in Bali?

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Author: Rachel

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14 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Bali Beaches”

  1. Dear Rachel,

    we would like to visit Indonesia. We will fly to Jakarta and stay there for 1 night and next day we would like to go to Yogya with train and stay there for 2 or 3 days and than fly to Bali and after Bali fly to Lombok.
    We would like to visit one thing in Jakarta. What do you think about travel with train (our family are 2 adults and 3 children – 15, 14 and 6 years). Can we go from Yogya to Bromo or is that too far away?
    Best regards from Slovenia (middle of Europe).

    1. Hi Spela, yes you can take the train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, it would not be too far and the train is generally clean and a good ride. Then from there to go to Bromo is a little bit further and you may either arrange a car to get there or train to either Surabaya or Malang before getting land transport to Bromo. It does take up a day for each of the traveling.

  2. Hi Rachel,

    My wife and I would like to travel to Indonesia next year around end of June. We are very independent and don’t like to be “steer” around to much. Prefer I nice, cozy place at a beach that is NOT surrounded by big parties, vendors and noise. We like to explore and see interesting nature, eat at the local places and/or visit UNESCO sites. Let me know what area and beach would be best for this. Thanks.

    1. steer away from Kuta or Seminyak if you want to escape the crowds. There are many off the tourist track beaches, I personally liked Padang-padang beach but it is more of a surfer beach. Also check out Amed beach which is one of the secret finds for Bali.

    2. Hi Ernesto,

      For less crowded beautiful beach I would advise Lombok, Senggigi area. I stayed in place living Asia Resort which is not expensive but beautiful.
      In Lombok you can visit rice fields, water, rain forests and monkey forests.
      From there you can take a day or two trips to Gilli Trawangan island with pristine water. You can stay few days in Lombok and few days in Gilli.

      I loved my trip.

  3. Hi Rachel,

    We will be travelling to Bali between May and June for a week and staying at Ubud. Would like to visit Lombok so could you please, advise how I can travel from Ubud to Lombok.
    Thank you very much.

  4. Hi
    -Where can we find white sandy beach ?
    -I am confused where to stay, in kuta or nusa Dua or pasir putih, can anyone help? I’m looking for the best beach with white sand and clear water. So in which of the three places I should stay
    -is there any catamaran or ferry to community from one island to another ?

  5. I love Bali but lets be honest, the beaches aren’t great and you won’t find the picture perfect paradise here, go to the Maldives if you are looking for this. Bali has so much more to offer though, personally I find the interior of the island much more beautiful than the coast.

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