Top 10 Best Beaches in Bali 2020

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.

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.

Surfing babes and new friends at Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

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

The following are the beaches that did not make it to our top 10 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.
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Budget (below 50 USD)


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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 Beaches in Uluwatu, Bali

If you are looking for Uluwatu beach, then you are looking at this beautiful corner of southwest Bali, with some of the best beaches around. This area is well known for one of the best temples in Bali, Pura Luhur Uluwatu or Uluwatu Temple. This temple perched at the edge of the rock overlooking the sea, leaving a deep impression to those who visit it.

Besides visiting this majestic temple, there are actually a lot of places to discover in Uluwatu. One of the activities if of course checking out many beautiful beaches around here. Many of the spots are popular with the surfers, but some of the beaches are also great for swimming and just lying under the sun.

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

Balangan Beach

This beach top the list of best beaches in Bali for its secrecy. This small and quiet beach need to be accessed through local villages, where cattle graze the fields and local people go about their daily lives. The currents here are strong and the waves are high, therefore it is usually not recommended for swimming. But when the tide is low, it is a perfect beach for strolling, with waves lapping your feet as you enjoy the sun. One of the famous hotel in Bali is located at this beach, the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *

Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

Padang-Padang Beach

Located close to Uluwatu temple, this is a beautiful beach with big rock, overgrown plants and monkeys. To get here, you would need to pass a narrow passage and steep steps. Becuase of this, this beach is still somewhat of a hidden paradise. When the tide is high, it is good for swimming but beware of sharp corals and sea urchings. A luxurious villa that faces this beautiful secret beach is the Suarga Padang-Padang *. While an alternative affordable option would be the Pinkcoco Bali *

Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Mossy rocks at Padang-padang beach, Bali. Photo by indrabastari

Nyang Nyang Beach

Yet another relatively unknown beach in Bali, Uluwatu seems to keep all of them. This beach also requires some effort to get to, with going uphill and downhill a winding street and through a small forest. As there is quite a slippery 550 steps down, it is not recommended for children. The effort is well worth it though when you find yourself on white sandy beach with crystal blue sea. There are not many tourists here usually and instead, you will find the locals harvesting seaweed. You may swim 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 *

Sunset at Nyang-Nyang Beach
Sunset at Nyang-Nyang Beach. Photo by David Periang Hendra

Bingin Beach

Well known to the locals, this beach provides good waves for surfers while also provide an opportunity to swim. There are many local bars, warungs and cafes here along with the many homestays to choose from. Though not the most beautiful beach, it still provides a good enough sun and sea experience. There are also big slippery rocks around here when the tide is out, so be careful. A good luxurious option here would be Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort * while Sal Secret Spot is an excellent mid-range option that is walking distance from the beach.

Bingin beach
Bingin beach. Photo by Lakermance

As you can see, Uluwatu beach would mean a myriad of beaches dotted around Uluwatu area. These beaches listed here are definitely worth a visit if you are in Bali. They are out off the usual beaten tracks of Bali despite their beauty.


Best Accommodations in Uluwatu Area

If you wish to stay in Uluwatu area, you will be spoilt for choices. There are a number of very good reviews hotel, bed & breakfasts and homestays around here.

Gravity
For those looking for a charming retreat or an alternative to their honeymoon, this is touted as the best accommodation in Uluwatu area with its chic and charming design. The view from the poolside here is also to die for.
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Yoga Searcher Bali
Another popular hotel here is the with yoga retreats, organic spas and cooking classes. The hotel also features a calming pool and delicious organic foods.
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Pandawa Beach Homestay
For a budget option in Uluwatu area, this is definitely the place. Located only 5 minutes drive from the Pandawa beach, this place is best value for your money, with air-conditioned rooms and personal terraces for chilling out.
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Best Beachfront Hotels, Resorts and Villas in Bali

Featuring the best beaches in Bali, here are the beachfront and nearby places to stay, from luxurious to affordable hotels, resorts and villas.

There will be something for someone who wants to spend the most time at the beach, be it with a sea view from the room, or a quick walk to the beach or a direct access to their very own private beach. For your honeymoon, solo trip or with family and friends, these places to stay will not disappoint, with their close access to the finest beaches in Bali.

Resorts and Villas at Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua beach is definitely one of the top choices for those who want a real beachfront resort experience. Dotted with many choices, every resort comes with its own privacy and secludedness. Swimming here is great as the currents and waves are low. The water is crystal clear for snorkeling.

Samabe Bali Suites & Villas

For those who wants to splurge on a special occasion, this 5-star beachfront luxurious villa will bound to impress. Offering suites with an uninterrupted view of the ocean plus a romantic bath with glass enclosure, this villa promises privacy and relaxation with style. It also comes with 24-hour butler service and free flow alcohol among many other extras. Prices starting from 600 USD.
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Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa

This luxurious villa stretching across a golden private beach is one worth the splurge. Decorated with unique themes, each spacious villas come with a private pool, kitchennette and open-air garden bath. There is a 24-hour butler service, in-house spa and personal beachside breakfast. Prices starting from 500 USD.
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INAYA Putri Bali, Nusa dua

Featuring clean and modern design, every villa has direct acces to the pool that runs along with palm trees lining it. With beautiful sea view from the rooms and a quick access to the beach, it is no wonder this villa is one of the top choice in Nusa Dua. To top it off, price starts only at 150 USD!
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Hotels at Kuta and Legian Beach

Kuta beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bali, particularly famous for surfing but there are also many other activities to choose from. Here is the place to be seen and to have fun. Just a little walk down is the Legian beach, for a more upmarket crowd but with still the vibe and energy. At night you can find the Kuta beach parties among the beach clubs that are guaranteed to entertain.

Legian Beach Hotel

With a mix of modern and Balinese design, this 4-star hotel enjoys a beachfront location on Legian Beach and also a quick walk to Kuta beach. It features a pool surrounded by palm trees filled tropical grounds. The rooms are typical Balinese style with white drapes and wooden carvings. Prices starting from 120 USD.
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Villas at Sanur Beach

Sanur is one of the more relaxing town in Bali. Many people who know Bali well will escape to this place, especially for its many beachfront villas and resorts. 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.

Avillion Villa Cinta

This villa offers a tropical retreat with style. With a clever mix of victorian and Balinese design, these elegant villas come with a pool and private terraces. It is just a 3 minutes walk to the beach and of course with many locations to enjoy a view of the sea as a backdrop while you relax. Prices starting from only 150 USD.
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Resorts at Balangan Beach, Jimbaran

Though the ocean currents are strong and the waves high in Jimbaran, and it is not recommended for swimming, this beach is one to be reckoned with. Especially that it has one of the most famous bars in Bali, the Rock Bar. When the tide is low, it would be a perfect beach for strolling along enjoying the sun while the waves lap at your feet.

RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA

With a 5 minutes walk from the beach, this luxurious 5-star resort features 12 outdoor pools and 19 dining options. Bright modern rooms with tropical landscapes and scenic view views, it is no wonder that this place is one of the top choices in Bali. Guests also have priority access to the famous Rock Bar.
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Villas at Padang-Padang Beach

Located close to the Uluwatu temple, this beautiful secret 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. Staying nearby here would be like a secret hideaway from the bustle of Bali.

Suarga Padang-Padang

Located just 2 minutes from Padang-Padang beach, this place is a dream, with its amazing pool with the view of the horizon and sea. The individual thatched roof villas are tastefully designed with a cozy yet elegant interior. The surrouding will also transport you to living in nature with style. Prices starting from 290 USD.
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Pink Coco

This delightful and pretty villa is situated just a short walk from Padang-Padang beach. The design of the rooms and the place are clean, modern and bright, with little touches of plants, greens and wood to complete the place. One can’t help but be cheerful and at peace staying here, and to top it off, the price is very reasonable, starting at only 70 USD.
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Resorts at Nyang-Nyang Beach

A really secluded beach with some effort to access, you will not find many places to stay around here but you will surely escape the crowds. The effort is well worth it to find this hidden beach, with white sandy beach and crystal clear blue sea. There are not many tourists here while you would see local people harvesting seaweed.

Bulgari Resort

This resort is located 150 m above sea level offering sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. Each luxurious traditional Balinese designed villas feature private sundeck and plunge pool. Its floor-to-ceiling glass bathrooms overlook the private courtyard. The beach is only 1 km away and accessible only by the resort’s very own inclined elevator. This is definitely a splurge well spend, with price starting from 763 USD.
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Hotels at Nusa Lembongan Dream Beach

Nusa Lembongan is a small island about 7km out of the sea from Bali. Dream beach at Nusa Lembongan is known for its 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.

Water Blow Huts

A private place to stay with an exceptional view, this hotel is only 8 minutes walk from the beach. The individual wooden huts with traditional Balinese house concept are a unique experience to stay in Bali. This top rated place has prices starting at only 70 USD.
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Akah Cottages

This very affordable hotel in Nusa Lembongan is like living in your very own home in Bali, with private terraces and beautiful gardens. Located very close to Dream beach, it almost let you think you own a beachfront house in Bali! Well rated with prices starting only at 49 USD!
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