Top 10 Best Beaches in Bali

Being the most popular 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 black volcanic 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 several beaches for your choosing. 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.

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Private Beach @ Nusa Dua, Bali

Private Beach at Nusa Dua, Bali. Photo by sektordua

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. Few of the most popular luxury beach hotel in Nusa Dua is Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa * and Samabe Suites and Villa *. Another good yet more affordable beachfront resort is the INAYA Putri Bali Resort *.

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali. Photo by Adhi Rachdian

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. Best hotels with quick access to Kuta Beach would be either the famous Poppies Bali * at Kuta or Legian Beach Hotel * at Legian.

Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Kuta Beach, Bali. Photo by Kojach

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 good for swimming. The sea here is crystal clear where you can even spot sea creatures like starfish while walking along the beach. One of the coolest place to stay here at Sanur beach is at Klumpu Bali Resort * but if you want a beachfront resort, then Avillion Villa Cinta * is for you.

Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sanur Beach, Bali. Photo by Clez Kendrick

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. One of the most famous hotel in Bali is located at this beach, it’s the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *

Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

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.

Geger Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Geger Beach, Bali. Photo by Annie Mole

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.

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 past 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 luxurious villa that faces this beautiful secret beach is the Suarga Padang-Padang *. While an alternative affordable option would be the Pinkcoco Bali *

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Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Padang-padang Beach, Bali. Photo by indrabastari

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. One of the a good affordable place to stay near this beach is Pandawa Village *.

Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Lovina Beach, Bali. Photo by Arian Zwegers

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. The Akah Cottage * and Water Blow Huts * would be the best places to stay to be next to Dream Beach.

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

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

Nyang Nyang Beach

Another secret beach of Bali, this beach requires going uphill and downhill a winding street and then through a small forest. The effort is well worth it to find this hidden beach, with a 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 few places to stay around here, with top options are the luxurious Bulgari Resort Bali * with its own elevator down to the beach and the further afield Alila Villas Uluwatu *

Surfing babes and new friends at Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Surfing and new friends at Canggu Beach, Bali. Photo by Andrea.

Canggu Beach

A bonus addition to the list, Canggu beach is fast becoming a good contender to be the best beach in Bali. Not only are there many things to do in Canggu, this beach is one of the best places for surfers. There are cheap lessons and rental boards in various sizes offered right by the beach. The best surf spot at this beach for beginners is the Old Man’s Beach, while the Echo Beach and Berawa are for more seasoned riders. A good thing here is that the waters are not as crowded as some of the popular beaches in Bali.

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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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:


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Padang-Padang Beach, Bali

Padang-Padang beach was one of the first beaches I head right to in Bali. I read it somewhere that it is one of the secretive best beaches in Bali, though it turns out not that secretive anymore, it is still one of the best.

This beautiful beach is surrounded by big rocks and overgrown plants and monkeys. 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.

Padang-Padang beach, Bali
Padang-Padang beach, Bali. Photo by Philip Al

Where is it

Located close to the Uluwatu temple in the southwest of Bali. If you are heading from Kuta or Ubud, just ride to the west and down the coastal line.
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Why visit

If the crowd is not a problem, come here for the long sandy bays of golden sand. With all year consistent surf break, it is popular for surfers. Non-surfers come here to soak up the vibe and relax on the beach. Currents may be strong but swimming is possible with some care and sticking to the shallow waters.

Surfing at Padang-Padang, Bali
Surfing at Padang-Padang, Bali. Photo by Sam

When is the best time to go

All year round is a good time to go to Padang-Padang beach. If the sun is out, the more reason to get there as soon as possible, be it to surf or just to soak it all in.

Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Mossy rocks by the Padang-Padang beach. Photo by indrabastari

Where to stay

Suarga Padang-Padang

A luxurious beachfront villa with a grand mix of modern and Balinese interior design. One of the best places for honeymoon and couples due to its privacy. Best of all it is a sustainable resort and supports the local communities.
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Pinkcoco Bali

An alternative and more affordable option with prices starting only from 75 USD is this eclectic and modern resort. It is situated a short walk from the beach. Every room is air-conditioned with own private balcony. The service is also well known to be great and friendly!
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Dreamsea Bali

Another steal at a good price, this still a secret resort is located on the cliffs. Bright rooms with lots of sunlight and nature-inspired design that overlooks the seas. This place is true to its name. This place access directly to the secluded side of Padang-Padang beach.
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Get in and get around

You would need to get pass the narrow passage and steep steps to this hidden paradise. If you are coming by car or a bike, there is a parking space available before the steps at the beach entrance.

Nearby tourist attractions

Bingin Beach – one of the best beaches in Uluwatu. Well known for surfing but also for swimmers.

Uluwatu Temple – one of the best temples in Bali that should be visited to round up your trip in Bali.

Jimbaran beach is also just a stone’s throw away. Why not head there in the evening for a romantic sunset dinner by the beach.

Best Time to Visit Bali

When to visit Bali depends of course on what you are planning to do there and not too much on the weather. The weather, in general, is pretty stable in Bali, and here are some tips to find the best time to visit Bali. If you are going there for specific reasons or activities or festivals, then you might want to plan around it.

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali. Photo by Adhi Rachdian

Weather in Bali

Bali’s has a tropical climate and it is considered to have only two seasons – dry or wet. The dry season is from April to October and the wet season from November to March.

In terms of weather, the best time to go to Bali is from July to August as the temperature is at its coolest at these times and also the driest in terms of rain. But it is also the peak season naturally, thus take note of the tourist crowds and do book in advance.

Also, note that the weather is also changing nowadays and it may differ from the usual schedule that we know about. Therefore, come to Bali with an open mind and heart and don’t let any weather changes affect your trip.

However, it is still possible to travel in the rainy season. It may still rain during the dry season and not rain for a week in the wet season, and it usually comes down in short blasts in the evening or late afternoons. Therefore if you must, traveling in Bali during the wet seasons is still possible if you do most of your sightseeing in the morning and early afternoons and rest in the evenings.

Pura Pura Tanah Lot @ Bali

Pura Tanah Lot, Bali. Photo by Kevin Poh

High/Peak and Low Season in Bali

From April to September will be the high season in Bali, as it is purportedly the dry season and also generally the summer holiday season in many parts of the world.

The quieter months are from October to March, and though it is considered the rainy seasons, most of the rains come only in the evening and leave pretty quickly. Therefore, it is still possible to enjoy Bali in this weather if you plan your days earlier and rest in the evening.

Best time to visit Bali

The best months to go to Bali in terms of weather and also the crowd are the shoulder seasons, that is either March or October. At these times, you will have a relatively dry weather yet without the tourist crowds!

Take note also of peak seasons, which are July and August during the summer vacations of the Europeans and mid-December to late January for the Australian school holidays. This is especially obvious in the famous touristy places like Bali, Lombok and Gili Islands.

Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali, Indonesia

Hike Mount Batur, Bali. Photo by Kevin Poh

Festivals in Bali

If you want to visit some of the festivals in Bali, here are some of the popular and interesting festivals to visit that you might want to look out for:

February / March

Bau Nyale Festival – In February or March, hundreds of people will rush to Lombok to catch a glimpse of the first nyale (worm-like fish) at the huge fishing festival.

March / April

Bali Nyepi day – also known as the day of silence, is celebrated every year as the Hindu New Year (Saka new year). The date changes according to Balinese calendar every year but would usually fall between March and April.
Bali Spirit Festival – a gathering of world-renowned musicians, yogis and dancers from around the world for a celebration in April.

Opening Ceremony of Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia

Opening Ceremony of Bali Arts Festival. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

June / July

Bali Arts Festival – Normally around June-July, There will be performances from all remote corners of Indonesia, almost forgotten ritual and village dances, food and offerings, classical palace dance and even contemporary dances from the schools of Denpasar.
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July / August

Bali Kite Festival – held yearly in July in Padang Galak Area, Sanur Beach, Bali. People from Denpasar villages will make their traditional giant kites and fly them in a competition.

October

Ubud Writer’s Festival – its mission is simply to create a literary event that encourages free speech among people from all walks of life, race and gender to celebrate the beauty of the written words.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan is part of the trio of Gili Islands along with Gili Meno and Gili Air. At this paradise island that is part serene and part hype, you will be sure to find lots of things to do.

Affectionately known as ‘Gili T’, this island has a reputation as a party spot for a reason. Half the island is dedicated to late-night bars and loud music. The far side of the island, however, is just as beautiful as its two sisters. The beaches are clean and beautiful and make a great base for a day of swimming and snorkelling. Again, there are lots of opportunities to dive, be it your first or hundredth time.

Cycle and explore island

One of the best activities around here is cycling, as there are no cars on Gili Trawangan. By cycling, you will also find yourself exploring the island in depth. One can easily rent a bicycle here on Trawangan and you can spend few hours circumventing the island.

Gili Islands, Indonesia

Birdeye’s view of the islands. Photo by yeowatzup

Enjoy the viewpoint

Gili Trawangan is known for its highest point which is aptly named ‘The Viewpoint’. It takes around half an hour to walk there from the central hub of the island but it is well worth it for the views over the sea and towards the other islands in this part of Indonesia like Lombok and Bali.

Sunrise at Gili Air, Lombok

Sunrise at Gili Air, Lombok. Photo by brian

Catch Gili’s famous swing on the sea

Find the famous swing on the sea and get a beautiful picture with the romantic sunset as backdrop. This swing can be found on the west of Gili Trawangan at Ombak Sunset resort hotel *.

The swing at Gili Islands at Ombak Sunset, Indonesia

The swing at Gili Islands at Ombak Sunset resort hotel *. Photo by Dennis Keller

Diving

The Gili Islands have some of the best dive spots in the country as the conditions here are clear and calm. Most people choose to dive off the coast from Gili Trawangan as this island has the best variety of dive shops and diving packages. Although not one of the top sites to dive in Indonesia, Gili Islands still offer quite a diving experience with some (harmless) sharks, rays, turtles and more.

Snorkelling

One of the best and easiest way to enjoy the sea is by snorkeling. You will find lots of snorkeling rentals in Gili Trawangan so just grab one and go spotting turtles, colourful fish, and maybe even a baby shark for far less than the price of a diving excursion from Gili Trawangan.

Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia
Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Luis Medina

Take a boat tour

A boat tour can be easily arranged from Gili Trawangan with its many operators. They offer boat trips ranging from a simple trip between the islands to a luxurious glass bottom boat tour of the surrounding seas. If you charter a boat to island hop, it can coast around IDR 300,000 depending on your haggling skills. But if you want to check out the other islands more cheaply, you can also get the local ferry for IDR 30,000.

Boats at Gili Trawangan beach, Lombok, Indonesia

Boats at Gili Trawangan beach, Lombok. Photo by yeowatzup

Visit the local night market

The local night market here is something not to be missed. Every evening a night market will be set up in the main square of Gili Trawangan at around dusk. This is also one of the best places to grab some dinner on the island. You will find many local stalls selling traditional snacks such as grilled satay and spicy corn on the cob or you may go for some simple fried noodle or rice dishes. The food here is usually cheaper than the restaurants or cafes on the island but it is equally if not more delicious.

 Night Food market at Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Night Food market at Gili Trawangan. Photo by Henrik Palm

Eat some seafood

If one is on a paradise island, eating loads of fresh seafood is a must. There are many local restaurants here that will display the day’s catch. There are no better ways to enjoy the fresh seafood than having them simply grilled over coconut husks and served with steamed rice.

Grill seafood at Gili Trawangan Gili Islands, Indonesia

Grill seafood at Gili Trawangan. Photo by Marie

Nightlife Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan is known for being the ‘party island’ but don’t expect this to be anything like the nightlife scene in Kuta in Bali. Nonetheless, you will find a range of beach bars here that play music well into the night. Some venues will have special themed nights and dance parties, so look out for it. If you prefer a more relaxing evening, then head to Evolution Bar for live bands music.

 Live Band at Evolution Bar, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Live Band at Evolution Bar, Gili Trawangan. Photo by Reinardt Gilfillan

Try an open-air cinema

This may not sound like an activity you thought you would do here but it is really an experience itself. If you happen to know one coming up, do give it a try. At the open air cinema, you can sit on bean bags and enjoy a movie on a big screen under the stars. The most famous open-air cinema takes place on the main beach on Gili Trawangan. But many guesthouses and hotels here have noted its popularity and have set up their own open-air cinemas too.


Best Accommodations on Gili Trawangan

Pearl Trawangan
A beachfront resort with its own outdoor pool and bar, this place is ideal for those who want to relax in style. Styled with rustic designs, the individual huts are unique and inviting. Themed with a tropical island feel and filled with lush gardens, it is truly a dream to stay here. Prices starting from 140 USD.
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Desa Dunia Beda
Another beachfront resort, this one features spacious standalone bungalows and villas with a traditional wood interior. Each villa has its own private terraces and there is also an outdoor pool. Prices starting from 120 USD.
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