13 Best Beaches in Bali 2022

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.

Travellers 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 beach types 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, whether you are a swimmer or not, or with kids, you may well choose from these beautiful beaches below. Look out for the high tide when swimming!

With so many beaches and so little time, we help you here by picking the 10 best Bali beaches for you:

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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 tourists, 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 the 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 on 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 places 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.

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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, has 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 good affordable places 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 on 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 *

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 also 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.

Top choices to stay at Canggu beach are Theanna Canggu * and Hotel Tugu Bali *.

Surfing babes and new friends at Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

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

Pandawa Beach

Since I received tips and feedbacks from a number of people about this beach, I just have to look it up. Indeed it does fit our list – accessible, powdery white sand beach, and swimmable aqua blue sea.

This beach is surrounded by huge limestone cliffs, giving it a dramatic backdrop. Located at the south of Bali, one can easily reach it from Uluwatu or Canggu. There is also an entrance fee or 15,000 IDR.

Nearest best resort to this beach is the Puri Pandawa Resort *.

Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Pandawa Beach, Bali. Photo by LaVladina

Senggigi Beach

Located on the West coast of Lombok, this beautiful beach is one of the most popular beach in Lombok and for a good reason. It is one of the oldest develop beach here, hence you will be spoilt for choice of resorts.

Sengigi beach provides safe water to swim in, an area for good surfing. It also has some excellent snorkelling opportunities. There are several restaurant options on the beach, so if you are hungry, you won’t even need to leave this beautiful beach.

From the Lembar harbour, you can either rent a car or take any public transportation to get to the beach.

The best resort at Sengigi beach is the Jeeva Klui Resort *, while the best villa is the Jeeva Santai Villa *. For a budget stay, check out Cozy Cottages Lombok *.

The following are the beaches that did not make it to our top 13 list but nevertheless worth a mention here if you have even more time to explore more beautiful beaches in Bali (lucky you!):

Blue Point beach, Uluwatu
Just 45 minutes from Kuta beach, this beach is framed by limestone cliffs and a perfect place for pictures. Locally named Suluban Beach and while it’s very popular for surfers, one can also do some swimming here. There are also many good cafes around here now.

Jimbaran Bay
Close by to the famed noisy Kuta, Jimbaran is on the other hand still pretty quiet and underdeveloped. It is most famous for its sunset dining along the beach with fresh seafood.

Sunset at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Adam Lai

Pasir Putih (White Sands)
Another relatively unknown beach, this is a fishing village offering a laid back atmosphere, with soft sands for sunbathing and water good for swimming.

Seminyak beach
Being the more sophisticated side of Bali, the beach here is well flanked by classier shops, cafes, and hotels. It is popular for families. A good place to chill but not so much for swimming.

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. Do you a beach-worthy of the top 10 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 in Bali when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be canceled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best Bali hotels 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 occasion. 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. Notables are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
    Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
    Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *



Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Budget (below 50 USD)

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Author: Rachel

Fascinated by Indonesia, Rachel hopes to bring the best Indonesia Travel Guide to independent travelers so that they can enjoy what Indonesia has best to offer. Being an independent wanderer herself, Rachel knows what it takes to make a good, fun-filled yet responsible independent traveling. So let’s join her to discover wonderful Indonesia together. Google+

18 thoughts on “13 Best Beaches in Bali 2022”

  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 know all the beaches above are the best, but why don’t you try to include Pandawa Beach? Or is it just considered as a new beach? No offense. Thanks.

  6. 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.

  7. Great adventure dear. Actually, I did not hear much about Lovina Beach and it was really spectacular. I’ve got another interesting story again. By the way, Your photos are really amazing!

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