Top 15 Best Beaches in Indonesia

Indonesia is home to some of the best beaches in the world! Many would think of Bali beaches when they think about beaches in Indonesia, but unknown to many, this diverse country hosts many more beautiful beaches.

Besides being famous for its pristine white sand and elusive pink beaches, it is also renowned for diving, snorkelling and surfing.

Here are some of the best Indonesian beaches contributed by various travel enthusiasts that have traveled there and enjoyed it!

Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida, Bali

Diamond Beach is a jaw-dropping beach with the most incredible azure blue water. It is located on the eastern side of Nusa Penida, an island off the coast of Bali. Besides being claimed as one of the best beaches on the island, Diamond Beach is known for its challenging access; to reach the white sand and alluring ocean below, you’ll need to walk down a set of stairs that have been carved out of the cliff face. 

The road to the parking area above the beach is steep and can be pretty potholed, so be careful if coming down on a scooter. A small fee of 5-10k is payable for parking near the steps down the beach. 

About halfway down the cliff face, you’ll come across a swing between two palm trees and a small cafe. You can pay for a swing for some Instagram-worthy photos here or continue to the beach below. 

Diamond Beach is great for swimming; just check the conditions before entering the water as sometimes the waves can be large here. Two other attractions worth seeing nearby are the neighbouring Atuh Beach (accessible by a long set of stairs to the left of Diamond Beach) and Thousand Island Viewpoint (a short drive away). This breathtaking viewpoint looks back over the turquoise blues of Diamond Beach and the surrounding cliffs.

Contributed by Tess from Tessomewhere

-> Places to stay in Nusa Penida – The top favourite hotel here is the Mahaloka Valley *, or for bungalow types, the Asoka Bungalow * with its traditional Balinese huts.

Selong Belanak Beach, Lombok 

When travelling around Indonesia, make sure that you visit some of the best beaches in Indonesia. Venture away from Bali to Lombok island, and you will be in for a treat.

Getting to Lombok Island from Bali is super easy. Take a quick 25 min flight or choose to enjoy a boat ride over. Once at Lombok island, you will simply be blown away.

Selong Belanak beach is undoubtedly the best beach in Lombok, Indonesia, making it one of the top things to do in Lombok during your vacation!  The colours of the water and the hilly landscape surrounding the edges of this amazing mile-long beach are just breathtaking. 

This beach has a peaceful vibe to it and is not overcrowded.  It has lovely shallow, calm ocean water to take a dip in and cool down whilst you just chill and relax here. 

You will also find a perfect cafe at Selong Belanak to enjoy a lovely relaxing lunch!  The Laut Biru Cafe is located on the ocean sand, with gorgeous decor and super delicious food (try the Butter Chicken with Naan!). You will find this place hard to leave, so enjoy the view and simply stare out at the gorgeous beach whilst indulging in some cocktails with your lunch!

Of course, you will want to stay somewhere to spend a few days at this stunning beach. The best places to stay at Selong Belanak Beach is Sempiak Villas*, which has the most excellent reviews. Right at this beach you will also find an affordable boutique hotel – Bukit Indah Boutique Accommodation *

Contributed by Wanderlust Storytellers

Pantai Indah Pandan (Bosur beach), Sumatra

Pantai Indah Pandan, which used to be called Bosur beach, got a new name on July 31, 2019, when the Central Tapanuli Regency Government decided that the new name would be more tourist-friendly and shouldn’t be linked to the previous leader.

The beach, located in North Sumatra’s Kalangan Village, is one of the places suitable for any budget. A golden sand beach and clear water make it a picture-perfect attraction popular among the locals.

It has lovely sand, perfect for long barefoot walks along the shore. The waves at the beach are usually low due to its location by the bay, and the water is calm, so you can safely swim here.

The road from Tarutung to the beach takes around 2.5 hours by car. Entrance to the beach is free, but parking costs Rs. 5000.

Local fishers will approach you and offer short trips to the neighbouring islands if you like travelling around. If you have a little more time, you can even travel to Mursala Island, 2 hours away, by boat.

Pantai Indah Pandan has all the facilities you would expect to find at the beach – toilets, shower, changing rooms, visitor parking, restaurants with seafood and fresh coconuts, and even a souvenir shop.

Contributed by Leslie from Backpackers Thailand

Red Island Beach, Java

Red Island Beach, or Pulau Merah, is one of the best beaches in Indonesia for travellers looking to go off the beaten track to find hidden gems in the country. The rock islet jutting out of the water creates the perfect backdrop for any photo and is an iconic landmark in Indonesia.

Red Island has a raw and rugged coastline, long sandy beach, and ideal swimming conditions. The relaxed atmosphere is calming, and it won’t be long before you’re in holiday mode, sipping on fresh coconuts while lying on the day beds. Red Island is also a popular surfing spot, but experienced surfers may want to visit the nearby G-Land instead.

Red Island is located 2 hours south of the port city of Banyuwangi on the east of Java Island. You can either get here via an overland trip from Bali or add it to your itinerary if you plan to visit Ijen Volcano in Java.

Contributed by Carryn at Torn Tackies Travel Blog

-> Best place to stay on Red Island, Java is at the Red Island Villas *.

Pink Beach, Komodo Island

Komodo Island is famous for its Komodo dragons, but little is known about its secret beach – the pink beach (known as the Red Beach by the locals).

This beach was named as such because the sands are pink in colour, mainly composed of corals, broken shells and calcium carbonate from the marine life that lends to its colour. It is said that only 7 beaches in the world have pink sand, and this is one of the two pink beaches in Indonesia.

With its unspoiled nature and ethereal pink sands, this pink beach is indeed an experience to be had. Being sort of a secret and off the beaten track, you will find the beach uncrowded and that you can swim and sunbathe in peaceful bliss.

First, one must take a boat from Labuan Bajo to Komodo Island, which takes around 2 to 3 hours. From the Komodo Island only jetty, Loh Liang, it is a 30 mins sail or a 4 hours trekking. 

Contributed by All Indonesia Travel

-> Check out where to stay in Komodo Island

Nyang Nyang Beach, Uluwatu, Bali

Nyang Nyang beach in Uluwatu is one of the best beaches in Bali. There is a short trek downwards (10-15 mins) to get to the main beach. Once you are at the beach, you will be surprised to see no crowds, no beach shacks, and no distractions to keep you from getting your much-needed Vitamin Sea. 

There are no water sports at Nyang Nyang, so you can enjoy swimming in clear blue waters, chilling on the white sand, sunbathing and collecting sea shells. It is a pretty laid-back beach where you can enjoy an entire day with nature. It is highly recommended to add to your Bali itinerary. 

Besides that, you may want to enjoy the breathtaking view from some of the cafes above. They are atop a cliff where you trek down to enjoy Nyang Nyang. The ideal time to head there is sunset to enjoy excellent views. 

To reach Nyang Nyang, rent a scooter and drive about 2 hours from Canggu. It isn’t exactly easily accessible, which adds to its charm. 

Contributed by Jyotsna Ramani from WanderWithJo

-> The best place to stay at Nyang Nyang beach is the luxurious Bulgari Resort Bali * with its own elevator down to the beach. Else a little further afield is the Alila Villas Uluwatu *

Watu Bela Beach, Sumba

Sumba is a relatively untouched island in Indonesia featuring stunning nature and beaches. Watu Bela Beach is one of Sumba’s hidden gems. It can take a little effort to find, but once you do, you will be rewarded with absolute natural beauty. 

To get to this beach, you will need some local knowledge. It is easiest to reach if you stay close by in accommodation such as Nihi Sumba * and Lelewatu Sumba *. Ask the staff at your accommodation or some locals to show you the way. The internet nor offline google maps are reliable in Sumba, so having a guide will lessen your chances of getting lost!

You will reach a village house where your motorbikes or cars can park for a small fee. The family at the village will then show you the pathway to the beach (which is actually on their family land). A short two minutes walk through the jungle track will then see you walk out onto a large stunning grassed area filled with coconut trees, overlooking the pristine white sand and blue water of Watu Bela Beach! 

There is no development on the beach, but swimming is good if the waves are not too strong. The local family will even climb the coconut trees for you and cut you down a fresh coconut to sip on for a small charge. 

If you visit when the tide is not too high, you may also discover the secret cave. Located under the large white rock that borders the sand, you need to crawl on your stomach through a small opening for around 5 metres to reach it, but once you do, you are in for something spectacular! Do not try to access the cave during a high tide, though, as it can be hazardous. At low tide, this is a gorgeous place to explore and take a swim. 

Watu Bela beach is stunning, and the water is epic for taking a dip in an authentic piece of art created by Mother Nature herself.

Contributed by Karlie Cummins from Bali Buddies

Geleang Island Beach, Karimunjawa Island, Java

Karimunjawa has many beautiful beaches surrounded by a deep blue and green-turquoise ocean. One of the serene white sand beaches found here is the Geleang Island Beach. 

With a turquoise blue sea and white sandy beach, Geleang Island Beach is well known as one of the most scenic places to take pictures. It is also an excellent beach for swimming. This place provides ample tourist facilities and is quite affordable as well.

To get to Karimunjawa Islands, you may take a bus from Semarang, about 2 hours, to Jepara. Take a fast ferry from the port for 1 hour and 45 minutes to the islands.

Speciality lodgings like the huts in Ayu Hotel Karimujawa * or more private cottages like Casa Velion * are well recommended here.

Contributed by All Indonesia Travel

Virgin Beach, East Bali

Bali has mostly black sand beaches due to the volcanic soil. However, there are some beautiful white sand beaches in Bali, and Virgin beach in East Bali is one of them. 

This beautiful beach is flanked by green cliffs and waving palm trees. The soft white sand, calm turquoise waters and a reef full of marine life make Virgin beach perfect for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing. 

Located in the Karangasem region between Amlapura and Candidasa, Virgin beach is one of the best beaches in Bali along the east coast. You can quickly drive to the beach on the well-signed main road. The entrance fee for Virgin beach is 15 000 IDR per person with enough parking space near the beach. 

Virgin beach is so tranquil because there is little development along the coast. Compared with the Uluwatu, Seminyak and Canggu beaches, where you can find big beach clubs, restaurants and resorts along the shore, Virgin beach only has some simple bamboo cabins as accommodation and a few beach warungs. Therefore it is an excellent beach for the peace seeker. 

Contributed by Ilse from Digital Travel Couple

-> Best to stay nearby the Virgin Beach at Villa Mandala *.

Koka Beach, Flores

On the magnificent island of Flores, hidden from the mass tourism exploiting Komodo National Park, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole country: Koka Beach.

Shaped like a double crescent moon separated by a cliff, its sands snow-white, and its water of a pristine turquoise, surrounded by lush and peculiar vegetation, this secluded beach needs to be added to your Indonesian bucket list.

Accommodation is available on sight and quite extraordinary also! The eco homestay run by Ricky Cowboy is a paradise for those who love basic but integrated eco-lodges.

Ricky is a wonderful host and will tell you the fantastic and mysterious stories surrounding Koka Beach, such as the cursed coral and the ghost horse… want to know more? Add it to your Flores Itinerary, and you won’t regret it.

Koka Beach is located 8km west of Paga, on the Southern coast. It can be reached by public transport or motorcycle from Maumere or Moni (Kilimutu Crater Lakes).

Contributed by Daniele & Elena from Cycloscope

Iboih Beach, Sumatra

The Iboih beach, Sumatra, remains one of the best escapes for budget-minded snorkelers who love to explore the reefs right from the front of their beachside bungalows.

You can take Scuba courses and shore dives while there at reasonable prices. One local dive shop I recommend is the Rubiah Tirta Divers.

Beyond the beach, you will find other attractions such as swimming holes under splashing waterfalls, an old Japanese World War II bunker, sulfur-fuming hot springs, and volcanoes cloaked by virgin forests.

Iboih Inn * is the best place to stay in Iboih because they have good hospitable service, their building is on the dock facing the beautiful seaside and a cool open-air lounge. The rooms are not fancy, but they provide clean towels, soap, water, wifi, complimentary breakfast, and shampoo. Moreover, you can just jump and swim right away from the dock.

While the location is not easily accessible, especially if you carry a piece of oversized luggage, Iboih Inn will pick you up from the dock in the village by boat (if you call the receptionist).

Contributed by Balogun Owomide from The Quick Travel.

Melasti Beach, Bali

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Bali’s beaches are often overcrowded. It is difficult to find the best Bali beaches where you can enjoy its beautiful waters and soft sand without being disrupted.

Melasti Beach is situated in Ungasan near the southern tip of Bali, away from the tourist crowd of Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud. It has refreshing waters, and its stretching landscape is breathtaking at the minimum.

Visitors can rent one of the umbrellas and sunbeds for the day, relax on the beach and soak in the Balinese sun. There are local warungs where visitors can get a local dish like Nasi Goreng for an affordable price, a rare occurrence in Bali nowadays.

But the most impressive thing about Melasti Beach is the limestone cliff that sits directly behind the beach. Its juxtaposition offers a unique view, unlike the other beaches in Bali!

Contributed by Sean Lau from LivingOutLau

-> A luxury stay near this beach is the Jumana Bali Ungasan Resort * while a budget stay is the Surya Melasti Beach Villa *. Both excellent choices!

Gili Air Beach, Gili Islands

Being one big, white sandy tropical beach paradise, Gili Air deserves a place on the best beaches in Indonesia. While Gili Air has several beaches, you can nearly walk the entire circumference of the island along one long stretch of sand in a couple of hours.  

With so much space, you can’t go wrong here, but the most idyllic part of Gili Air’s beach is the island’s southwest coast, around a 10 min walk north of the port. Here you will find a handful of beachfront cafes and restaurants open for you to grab a drink and relax in paradise. 

The white sand is super soft, and the calm turquoise water is the kind of blue you may think is only possible in photos! Alongside snorkel gear and SUP rentals, you’ll also find a few of the famous Gili Island Swings in the ocean here for you to snap the almost mandatory Instagram image.

To get to Gili Air beach, you must take a boat from Serangan, Padang Bai, or Amed in Bali. You can choose between a speed boat or ferry, but I highly recommend finding a speed boat as it takes half the time (2 hours rather than 5). Most boats leave around 9 am, so it’s best to find a hotel in Bali for a night before continuing onto Gili Air.  

Contributed by Yulia Saf from Miss Tourist

-> Check out where to stay on Gili Air.

Senggigi Beach, Lombok

Senggigi Beach is one of the best beaches in Indonesia. Located on the West coast of Lombok, this beautiful beach provides safe water to swim in, an area for good surfing, and some excellent snorkelling opportunities. There are several restaurant options on the beach, so you won’t have to go far once you arrive. 

Stay at this Airbnb with an incredible English-speaking housekeeper who will become your best friend as she offers to cook for you and share her best tips about the area. 

There are a few ways to get to Senggigi Beach. You can fly to Lombok’s International Airport and hire a taxi to drive you there. Or, you can take the fast boat from Bali to the Gilis and then to the public Lombok Harbor on the northeast part of the island. Hire a driver to pick you up from the harbour and drive you south to Senggigi Beach. 

Contributed by Jill Greising-Murschel from Let’s Travel Family

-> 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 *.

Kelingking beach, Nusa Penida, Bali

Kelingking beach is super beautiful and worth a visit. It is one of the most popular beaches in Bali and Indonesia. When you get there, it’s easy to see why — it’s a spectacular sight both above (this is where most people stop) and below. 

Most people don’t go down to the beach because it is a pretty hard climb, and the beach is dangerous for swimming. The currents there are very tricky; hence only the strongest swimmers go there. At the same time, just getting there and looking at it is so, so worth it.

Kelingking beach is on Nusa Penida island. You can go there on a day trip from Bali’s main island. You can rent a motorbike or take a taxi from the port to get to the beach. The latter will be a better option if you are inexperienced on rough roads. If you decide to stay in Nusa Penida, look for accommodation elsewhere, not near this beach, else you will be very isolated from everything. 

Contributed by Kaspars Minsin from Make Adventure Happen

-> Best place to stay on Nusa Penida is Mahaloka Valley *. Or try the Asoka Bungalow * for its traditional Balinese huts or the Kulkul Bungalows * for a homestay atmosphere.

We hope you enjoy some of these Indonesia’s best beaches. If you know a fantastic beach that is not listed here, please share it in the comments!

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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:

-> Or jump to see the Best Accommodations in Bali

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.

-> See Best Beachfront Hotels, Resorts or Villas in Bali

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 *

-> Read the guide to Padang Padang beach

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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Top 10 Best Bali Beaches

Best Accommodations in Bali 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:

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    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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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.

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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