Top 10 Best Beaches in Bali

Being the most well-known 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 volcanic black 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 a number of beaches for you to choose from. 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.

Here is a list of best Bali beaches for you:

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Private Beach at Nusa Dua, Bali. Photo by sektordua[2]

Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua[3] 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 *[4] and Samabe Suites and Villa *[5]. Another good yet more affordable beachfront resort is the INAYA Putri Bali Resort *[6].

Kuta Beach

Further down the line from the city Kuta[7] 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[8] 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 *[9] at Kuta or Legian Beach Hotel *[10] at Legian.

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Kuta Beach, Bali. Photo by Kojach[11]

Sanur Beach

This beach is located at the coast of village Sanur[12], 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 *[13] but if you want a beachfront resort, then Avillion Villa Cinta *[14] is for you.

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 *[15]

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.

Bias Tugal (Tugel) Beach

Also known as Pantai Kecil (little beach) to the locals or white sand beach to the travelers, this deserted beach[16] 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 *[17] a good choice to stay.

Located close to the Uluwatu temple, this beautiful beach is surrounded by big rocks and overgrown plants and monkeys. You would need to get pass 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 *[18][19][20]

-> Read the guide to Padang-Padang beach[21]

Lovina Beach

This less famous beach is located in the North of Bali. Lovina beach[22] 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 *[23].

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[24] 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 *[25] and Water Blow Huts *[26] would be the best places to stay to be next to Dream Beach.

Nyang Nyang Beach

Another secret beach of Bali, this beach requires going uphill and downhill a winding street and then through a small forest to get to. 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. 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 *[27][28]

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Surfing and new friends at Canggu Beach, Bali. Photo by Andrea[29].

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[30], this beach is one of the best place 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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  1. ^ Best Accommodations in Bali (
  2. ^ sektordua (
  3. ^ Nusa Dua (
  4. ^ Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa * (
  5. ^ Samabe Suites and Villa * (
  6. ^ INAYA Putri Bali Resort * (
  7. ^ Kuta (
  8. ^ Hard Rock Cafe (
  9. ^ Poppies Bali * (
  10. ^ Legian Beach Hotel * (
  11. ^ Kojach (
  12. ^ Sanur : The Relaxing Beach Resort Town of Bali (
  13. ^ Klumpu Bali Resort * (
  14. ^ Avillion Villa Cinta * (
  15. ^ RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA * (
  16. ^ this deserted beach (
  17. ^ OK Divers Resort & Spa * (
  18. ^ Uluwatu temple (
  19. ^ Suarga Padang-Padang * (
  20. ^ Pinkcoco Bali * (
  21. ^ guide to Padang-Padang beach (
  22. ^ Lovina beach (
  23. ^ Pandawa Village * (
  24. ^ Nusa Lembongan (
  25. ^ The Akah Cottage * (
  26. ^ Water Blow Huts * (
  27. ^ Bulgari Resort Bali * (
  28. ^ Alila Villas Uluwatu * (
  29. ^ Andrea (
  30. ^ things to do in Canggu (
  31. ^ (
  32. ^ 10 Pantai Bali yang Terindah (
  33. ^ Top 10 Best Beaches in Lombok (
  34. ^ Best Beaches in Uluwatu, Bali (
  35. ^ Top 10 Best Beaches in Java (
  36. ^ Top 10 Best Beaches near Jakarta (
  37. ^ Top 10 Bali Honeymoon Ideas (
  38. ^ Top 10 Things to Do on the Gili Islands (
  39. ^ Google+ (
  40. ^ View all posts by Rachel (
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