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20 Best Beaches in Bali

 
  • Bali being famous for its forested volcanic mountains and paddy fields undoubtedly extends a number of reverberating beaches as well where you can indulge in some good time. Here are some of the best beaches in Bali that let you forget all the humdrum routines of your life and escape to a totally different level of entertainment and joy.

    All these beaches are incredible due to its clean surroundings, crystal clear water and the salubrious nature present always. As an accompaniment, the forested mountains play a specific role through which the beaches can execute beauty to the maximum. The cool breeze around you will not be fading away at any point in time. Moreover, you will get enough chances to indulge in multiple fun activities as well from swimming to island hopping.

    Here are some of the best beaches in Bali:

  • 01Nusa Dua Beach

    Nusa Dua is your one stop destination to engage in all things fun! This beach is a popular tourist attraction has it features a variety of all-inclusive things to do. Complex world class hotels, a booming shopping market, it’s famous 18 hole golf course, golden sand beaches and much more, Nusa Dua should definitely be on your list if you’re looking to interact with great crowds and indulge in a fantastic beach vibe.


    Activities: Take part in an array of water sports like Water Sports are such as Parasailing, Jet Ski, Diving, Snorkeling and White Rafting Bali. The Nusa Dua Golf and Country Club boasts a massive golf course where you and your family can spend the day.

    Location: This beach is located in the Kuta South District of Bali. 

  • 02Kuta Beach

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    Kuta Beach, Bali’s most famous beach resort destination is an action packed, tourist thronged destination, filled with rows and rows of colorful lounge chairs and umbrellas. Kuta beach has transformed from a quiet fishing village to a  booming tourist attraction due to the major influx of bars, eateries and resorts couples with throngs of beach combers and tourists from all over flocking this beautiful beach.

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    Best time: July to August is peak season for Kuta Beach casting a festive vibe all over the beach.

    Getting there: Kuta beach is known for it’s frenzied traffic and hence any vehicle should be parked or drop you off downtown after which you should embark on foot towards Kuta. 

  • 03Sanur Beach

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    Take a break from Bali’s hectic popularly crowded beaches and head to Sanur, known for it’s quaint and laid back atmosphere with offshore reefing proving calm and serene waters and a perfect family getaway.

    Sanur is frequented by tourists for being just the right place. It’s miles away from its extremely hectic counterpart (Kuta) and boasts a variety of small restaurants and bars not owned by huge resorts. The list isn't over yet, one can write a complete travel guide for Bali.

    It’s relaxed waters and limp waves prove to be very convenient for families. Sanur beach has various attractions like the beach front walk. This beach is especially popular on Sunday’s where street vendors and locals and tourists alike throng the beach casting a wonderful festive atmosphere.

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    So sit back relax and engulf the serene sunsets of Sanur.

    Getting there: Sanur is a 20-minute taxi ride from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, and a pre-paid coupon costs IDR 150,000. 

  • 04Balangan beach

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    This is one of Bali’s lesser known beaches, for enthusiastic and courageous wave riders, the Bukit Peninsula area of Bali is the Promised Land featuring ravishing ocean tides and unspoiled beaches. Among these, Balangan beach is a hidden paradisiacal getaway once famous amongst surfers.

    A flawless place to wander down and enjoy the peacefulness of nature at its finest, the coast is a unspoiled playground for kids or families where they can collect shells, build sand castles, or just play around in the water.  Like most beaches on Bali , Balangan beach offers stunning sunsets

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    Activities: There’s not much you can do, you can take a relaxing dip in the water, pond watching, shell collecting amongst other leisure activities. It’s far from the tourist hustle and bustle and is the perfect place to engage in a little “me” time. 

  • 05Bias Tugal (Tugel) Beach

    Sometimes known as Secret Beach, this gorgeous white sandy beach is no longer unfamiliar, and iseasily reached by road from Padang Bai. Conveniently secluded from the hustle and bustle fo the famous Kuta beach, Bias Tugal Beach is small and compact just the perfect location for a relaxing day out. This beach has tiny rock pools that are fun for kids to play around in. It’s the ideal destination to soak up the sun and witness the quiet sea traffic ferries making its way to and fro.


    Activities: You can swim in the clear blue waters but the currents are strong so be careful, snorkel gear is sold on the beach so take a dip underwater. You can avail a relaxing beach massage at 80,000 rupiah per hour, you can also engage in some relaxing turtle spotting or just catch up on some R&R and relax under the sun.

    Approximate Price: The official entry point to the beach has a ticket booth and an entry fee of 2,000 rupiah per person to help keep the beach clean. Parking is 5,000 rupiah.

  • 06Padang

    Padang Beach, famously refeered to as Pantai Labuan Sait, is one of Bali’s most prominent surf spots, located on the north-western coast of the island’s Bukit Peninsula, and just a kilometre southwest of the Anantara Bali Uluwatu. This beach features an glamorous setting; a simply splendid one hundred meter-long stretch of sand that is reachable down a flight of stairs through an exceptional deep rock entrance. The surf has a sturdy set of barrels during good weather, fascinating surfers from around the world.


    This beach is also a consistent location for international surfing events, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang being the most common.

    Activities: Surfing is the main activity on this beach, right from families to advanced surfers this beach provides a haven for all. The waves closer to the shore are ideal for families and the ones farther off near the rocks are for advanced surfers only. 

  • 07Lovina Beach

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    If you need to catch up with that much needed R&R then Lovina’s black sand beach is the perfect destination for you. Attracting tourists with it’s relaxed beaches, laid back vibe and stunning sunsets Lovina Beach has calm waves, very little attractions and is the perfect place to get a quick break in between your fun filled hectic holiday.

    For the one’s who are looking for some excitement Lovina Beach offers Diving, snorkelling fishing dolphin watching, diving on coral reefs.

    This beach has laid back relaxed open air bars playing soft music adding to the chilled out atmosphere on the beach. Lovina beach is distinguished by a dolphin statue that you cannot miss before ou enter this destination.

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    Marvel at crystal clear waters and good crowds of tourists all here to relax and catch some good food and music.

    Getting there: It’s most economical to travel to lovina by car or by bus. The trip from Kuta or Ubud takes around 2-3 hours. 

  • 08Nyang Nyang

    Another beach famous for it’s secrecy, this beach has maintained it’s “Secret Beach” title because of it’s unattainable destination It’s pretty hard to get to this beach but once you do it’s marvelous. The untouched white sand blends beautifully with the clear waters and you can indulge in this beauty and claim your own little paradise. You won’t find a large crowd or bars and shacks lined up but it is the ideal location to relax and get away from the tourist hustle and bustle. You should carry your own supplies including food and water. This beach is an ideal surf spot with uncrowded waves on a good day.

    Activities: The best thing to do on this beach is to relax and soak up some sun, if you want to surf you can but it’s only advisable for advanced surfers due to the isolation of this beach. 

  • 09Dream beach in Nusa Lembongan

    Just like the name suggests, this paradisiacal beach is really like a dream come true. Located on the little island of Nusa  Lembongan off Bali. This beach one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali with it’s white sands and clear blue waters is the ideal beach to lounge and relax.



    There is an infinity pool overlooking this beautiful beach owned by a resort. Also numerous sunbeds are available for you to lounge under the sun.
  • 10Gunung Payung Beach

    This serene haven is a secret beach ideal for those of you who want and need some quiet time. With breathtaking panoramic views of clear blue waters and white sands, it’s untouched beauty makes it a suitable destination for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of commercial beaches and relax away from the throngs of crowds and street vendors. Gunung Payung Beach is surrounded by hills giving it a cool shade for those who don’t want too much sun. Breathtaking views are what visitors are rewarded with after their tedious journey to get to this secluded secret beach.

    Be wary as this beach has no bars, shacks, shops or hotels nearby and gets quiet lonely during the evening.


    Activities: You can take part in a variety of activities apart from lazing around such as surfing, sunbathing, beach hopping or yoga. The most sought after thing to do is to visit the spiritually magnificent temple atop the hills surrounding the beach. The journey to the temple is a long tiring one needing you to make your way up almost 500 steps, after which the view of the beach and the sun setting is stunning. 

  • 11Green Bowl Beach

    This exotic hidden gem just off the south of Bali is a paradisiacal heaven inaccessible to the regular throngs of tourists but perfect for those who’re just looking to get away. When you hear about Green Bowl Beach, there may be some curiosity as to why people call it that. Green Bowl or a bowl of green has the name is because when the low tide occurs, it will form a kind of bowl of rock as you see the green of the hill surrounding the beach.


    Activities: Green Bowl is known as one of the finest surf spots on the island, and is not suitable for beginners. Entrance is from the long stairway at the temple next to the closed Bali Cliff Resort.

  • 12Atuh Beach

    Atuh Beach is a remarkable beach with the stunning scenic landscapes making it close to heaven on earth. Atuh Beach is located in Nusa Penida, Klungkung regency. Boasting one of the most outstanding views you can ever imagine. Here you will find the shimmering azure waters contrasted against rugged mountain peaks, and stretches of white sands laid out perfectly in the curved beach.

     Atuh Beach is abundant with rock shelters and is overlooked by a cliff. But the stunning coral reefs are what bring Atuh to life, especially during low tide when at their full glory.


    Activities: Scuba diving is a major hit at Atuh beach as you get to witness breathtaking coral reefs.

    Getting there: To reach Atuh, one can take a ferry or a fast boat to reach the island and rent a bike once they arrive at Nusa Penida Harbor.

  • 13Karma Beach

    Image Credit : PROlin Judy(快樂雲)

    This private beach is part of Karma Kendara resort, located in Ungasan on the Bukit Peninsula, and is also known as Nammos Beach - the name of the private beach club of the same resort. Access down to the beach is very limited, with views of the white sand beach and azure waters.

    Image Credits : PROlin Judy(快樂雲)


    This is one of the most exclusive beaches in Bali, with a strict entry fees and policies. For just Rp. 500,000 you can descend via the inclinator to the private sands of the Karma Kandara Villa, where your entrance fee includes purchase of food and drinks. This might seem a little pricey to you but it will all be worth it while you lounge by the sands and indulge in delectable Mediterranean cuisine without street hawkers hassling you.

    Activities: Apart from lazing around in luxury, you can even watch a movie while the sun sets on a large projector screen set up for guests.  

  • 14Soka Beach

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    Ditch the crowds at Southern Bali and head on towards a secluded paradisiacal hideaway in East Bali.

    Drenched in mystical myths, eerie stories and black sands, this is one destination for the curious types. Set out on a Narnian-esqe adventure and explore this fantastic beach.

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    Apart from it’s myths, this beach draws you in with it’s breathtaking coral reefs and it’s picturesque backdrop which is lined with a chain of hills on one side and the view of the outstanding peaks of the Gunung Agung on the other.

    Activities: There’s not much to do on this beach, it is rumored to have a secret batcave and this attract curious tourists from all over. This beach is devoid of street hawkers so remember to bring your own food and water. 

  • 15Amed

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    Delve into the beauty of black sands at Amed beach a rare sight of deep black sands contrasting with clear blue sea. The black sand is an effect of volcanic deposits but this is what makes this beach famous.

    Apart from it’s striking beauty, Amed is also home to numerous fishing villages providing cheap accommodation for the avid backpacker.

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    Seafood is a delicacy here, boasting some of the best delectable seafood dishes you’ve ever tried. Spend a whole day exploring this amazing destination and it’s perks.

    Activities: Featuring a flat bottom lagoon, it’s also a perfect spot to learn snorkelling and diving, and the reef is a short distance away by boat in calm waters.

  • 16Pasir Puth Beach

    If you’re in for an adventurous road trip then that is what you’ll get trying to locate this secluded beach. Once you do though, it’s a dream come true, Pair Puthit means white sands and that is exactly what you will come across, striking white sands with crystal blue waters making it a tropical paradise.


    You’ll also then notice something lovely unlike almost every other beach in Bali, this one is so secluded there’s not a single villa or hotel in sight. Making it the perfect place for a hide out.

    Activities: You can swim in turquoise waters, rent a beaten-up longue chair and enjoy some local eats on the sparsely populated shoreline.

  • 17Yeh Leh

    You probably wouldn’t have heard of the Yeh Leh Beach unless you are a local fisherman. Located in Jembrana, just off the Denpasar-Gilimanuk highway, Yeh Leh is not decorated with soft white sand like your ideal beach. Instead, thousands of boulders litter the shore, either covered in algae or washed clean by the waves. These mysterious rocks have been smoothed over for hundreds of years, leaving few clues about their origin.


    Make sure you visit this easily accessible beach during low tide so you can see the glistening rocks in all their glory.

    Activities: Make sure you witness the stunning sunset. There isn’t much to do on this beach apart from marvel at these mysterious boulders.

     

  • 18Uluwatu beach

    Uluwatu Beach is the most famous area on Bali’s Bukit peninsula, famously known for the namesake landmark cliff-top temple. The rugged limestone region is a base to Bali’s most spectacular luxury villas and resorts, with facilities on towering cliffs, overlooking the Indian Ocean and beautiful sunsets. The cliff-fringed coastline is also home to world-class surf breaks, a mecca for wave riders from around the world. The extraordinary and exotic location makes for a perfect setting for featuring restaurants with a view – among the finest on the island and activities for your holiday getaway in the area.

    How to Reach: The beach is located close to the center of the Uluwatu town and can be accessed by any local transport.
  • 19Dreamland

    Dreamland Beach is a stretch of white sandy terrain secluded by limestone cliffs that outline the rough coastline of the southern Bukit Peninsula. The beach became profoundly accessible, following the huge advancement of the Pecatu Graha and Pecatu Indah Resort, which transformed the hilly region into the New Kuta. Despite prevailing development over its limestone landscape, Dreamland Beach preserves much of its sturdy charm on the sand, particularly for beachgoers, day-trippers, and surfers who enjoy some of Bali’s best reef breaks near the shore. The beach is crowded with small shops and beach peddlers offering cold soft drinks.

    How to Reach: The beach can be accessed by any local transport.
  • 20Suluban Beach

    Suluban Beach is one of Bali’s most unprecedented coasts, hidden by natural limestone structures and accessed via steps and log ramps through tight gaps in the rock. Canopied by a looming rock face, this small beach may not be ideal for sunbathers, but offers pro surfers well as a base. There are numerous rocky openings and mini caves that you can explore around the beach and even claim as a leisurely spot for the day, and which also leads to multiple divisions of the beach. The best time to visit is during low tide, which exposes more spaces and accessible sandy trails. Be sure to watch the tides, as currents can be powerful, and waves can smash through cave openings, sometimes posing a hazard. Suluban Beach is also not prescribed for young children.

    How to Reach: The beach lies at the end of Jalan Mamo in the coastal area of Labuan Sait and can be easily accessed by hotel shuttle, taxi or motorbike.