Long dreamy shorelines, golden sands, sheltered coves – Bali is indeed a paradise for the beach loving traveller. The beaches of Bali have a character of their own. The white sand beaches of South Bali are a favourite among beach bums and the party lovers. The undisturbed cliffed beaches of Uluwatu can make you feel like you own the little piece of paradise you walk on. Finding it hard to pick your favourite? Here’s help at hand from the experts at finding some of the best beaches in Bali! Pssst, some of them are pretty much a secret! You can ask us about more such travel secrets right here.
1. Perasi Beach
Popular for: Sunbathing and a day of perfect peace
Also called White Sand beach, Perasi is located in East Bali and is pretty much unexplored territory. Drive 5km east of Candidasa, along the Jalan Raya Candidasa main road and you will reach the village of Perasi. Take the tiny roads along the village and arrive at your own little peace spot. Escape the crowds and enjoy the views of the Gili islands. The Pura Bale Agung temple makes a great photo spot. Other names the beach goes by is Virgin beach or Pasir Putih.
2. Kuta Beach
Popular for: Beach parties, malls, water activities and Tanah Lot temple
Kuta is well known, a little crowded, has malls, plenty to eat and loads of activities. Sounds commercial? It may be a popular option among tourists to Bali, but this Southern beach has a charm that is not lost on anyone. No wonder it is one of the best beaches in Bali. The resort filled beach is well known for its surfing options, especially for beginners. Kuta’s happening nightlife is something that people from all over, not to mention the large malls that makes it a shoppers first love. The family is not far behind in Kuta – Waterbom water park is a great option for family entertainment. The Tanah Lot temple, close to Kuta is where you should end your day, watching the magnificent sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Popular for: Snorkelling and diving
Pick and choose between the many beaches that are part of Padangbai in east Bali. These little hidden beaches are great for a lazy days outing as well as activities such as diving and snorkelling. One among these hidden gems is Blue Lagoon, a small bay of white sand that will give you all the peace you are looking for. Bias Tugel is 130m long piece of blue calm waters, ideal for those looking for beach loungers. Swim to your heart’s content and feel like you belong to Bali. Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you, you may want to miss your flight back home after a day here! After all, this is a list of best beaches in Bali, isn’t it?!
4. Suluban Beach
Popular for: Surfing and bonfire camps
This is one of Bali’s well kept secrets. Suluban is unique, hidden from the view by natural limestone rocks and a huge cliff face. The beach, also called Blue Point is located at the end of Jalan Mamo in the area of Labuan Sait. It’s an easy bike or taxi ride from Kuta and Jimabaran, just a little before Uluwatu temple. So well hidden is it, that you can approach it only through a steep steps that will lead you through narrow rock gaps. Suluban may not be popular among sunbathers, but it is a great for surfers. Little tide pools along the rocks make it ideal for a family outing.
5. Amed Beach
Popular for: Breathtaking sunrises, diving and snorkeling
Amed is as charming as seaside villages can get. If you have a weekend to spare, Amed is a great option to consider. Located around 3 hours from the south of Bali, Amed is a great place to explore many of Bali’s attractions such as Tirta Ganga Water Palace, Goa Lawah temple and more. From Amed, the views of Mt.Agung are quite something to lookout for. Amed is also where you can get to see some of the best marine life of the Indian Ocean – tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, rays, not to mention vibrant corals. Take a jukung or the local fishing boat and explore the many shipwrecks around the area. Best way to finish your day? Get a traditional Balinese massage from the locals. Want to explore more, here’s what you should not miss when in Bali.
6. Nyang Nyang Beach
Popular for: Long walks or camping under the stars
Something that the Bali locals won’t tell you, but we will. Nyang Nyang is a beautiful beach with brilliant views of the ocean. Even more fascinating is how you get to the beach. To get to Nyang Nyang, you need to trek over the rugged terrains of the Pecatu region, take in the views of the hillside and the oceans before you reach the beach. You will walk through vibrant fields of wild flowers and then sight the brilliant blue waters of Nyang Nyang. At this idyllic beach, you can choose to take a swim and climb back or set up a tent under the stars.
7. Sanur beach
Popular for: Family beach, water activities, Balinese culture
Golden sands and crystal clear waters, that is Sanur beach for you. One of Bali’s best beaches, Sanur is located in the south and is perfect for the family that seeks both adventure and leisure. If you don’t know how to swim and are wondering how to explore Bali’s ocean life, Sanur is the place for you. The Bali Seawalker is a superb way for non-swimmers and those with no diving experience to look at the reef and colourful marine life. Here is a real experience of the Bali Seawalker.
8. Nusa Dua beach
Popular for: Snorkeling, golfing and resortsNusa Dua is one of Bali’s top beaches and is a must do on every visitor’s list. Nusa Dua is a dream come true beach destination with its golden beaches, lush golf course, luxurious hotels and great shopping options. Nusa Dua translates to ‘two islands’ and is a popular among honeymooners and families alike. The beach here has an offshore reef break, making waters near the shore very calm – ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Beyond the reef, Nusa Dua’s waves make it a great surfing destination.
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