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. 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
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. One of the most popular luxury beach hotel in Nusa Dua is Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa * and The St Regis Resort Bali *.
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. Best hotels with quick access to Kuta Beach would be either the famous Poppies Bali * at Kuta or D’Kubu Legian Hotel * at Legian.
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! One of the coolest place to stay here at Sanur beach is at Klumpu Bali Resort *
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. One of the most famous hotel in Bali is located at this beach, it’s the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *
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. Nearby this beach you may find OK Divers Resort & Spa * a good choice to stay.
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. A good place to stay near this secret beach without breaking a bank would be Pinkcoco Bali *
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. One of the a good affordable place to stay near this beach is Pandawa Village *.
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. Being such a secluded beach, it is not surprising to find that the only places to stay around here would be the luxurious Alila Villas Uluwatu *
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. The Akah Cottage * and Lembongan Garden Cottages * would be the best places to stay to be next to Dream 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?
Best Accommodations in Bali
Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place Bali when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bali:
- Luxury (from 150 USD)
- The Oberoi, Seminyak
For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notable are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Tandjung Resort, Sanur
For those who appreciate traditional architectures and design. This hotel, built way back in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. Among the spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures and fish ponds. It also has direct access to the Sanur beach. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)
- Sri Ratih Cottage, Ubud
For those who is looking for unpretentious comfort with Balinese charm. Located in Ubud, our favourite place to stay in Bali, the Balinese style cottages with carved wood furnishings are set in beautiful gardens with a pool. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Resort Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Seminyak
Marriott is a trusted brand for many and this one in Bali lives up to its name. This secured luxury is located just 5 minutes walk to Seminyak beach. A noted feature is its private terraces for relaxation, hence making it a favourite of couples. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Budget (below 50 USD)
- Nick’s Pension, Ubud
For those who are seeking a mixture of peace and action in the heart of Bali – Ubud. The rooms come with traditional Indonesia architecture and air-condition. There are also a swimming pool, restaurant, Wifi and parking provided. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
- Linda Villa, Sanur
For the budget conscious, this guesthouse in Sanur is a steal, featuring swimming pools, clean air-conditioned rooms and a simple breakfast. It is located at a quiet place with only 15 minutes easy walk to the beach. Prices starting from only 24 USD! Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
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