The Best Beaches in Bali
Long coastlines, swaying palm trees, and a blue sea make the Indonesian island Bali a paradise on earth. The southern Kuta is the bustling center with a busy nightlife.
For a bit more peace and quiet you better go to the northern bays and beaches. Most beaches are relatively close to the larger towns and are easily accessible. Pack your beach gear, step on the scooter and discover the many beaches of Bali!
Nusa Dua is located on a lagoon on the southeastern tip of Bali and has beautiful white beaches and crystal clear water. And there are many water sports to practice such as jet skiing, parasailing, fishing snorkeling, diving, sea fishing and windsurfing. Definitely recommended is renting a small sailing boat to go to the sea.
There are many good restaurants where the freshly caught fish is grilled or processed into tasty Balinese dishes. It is therefore not surprising that this is among the most luxurious beach destinations on the island.
Here you can finally relax. Enjoy a drink on the beach or dive into one of the clear blue private swimming pools surrounded by palm trees.
Bali’s most popular beach, especially among surfers and party-goers, is Kuta Beach. There are regularly festivities on the beach. The beautiful white beach and the emerald sea, adjacent to a large boulevard where you can find hotels in all price ranges.
Kuta Beach has a spectacularly beautiful sunset where thousands of people gather daily to see this phenomenon in the afternoon.
The most special beach in Bali is undoubtedly Uluwatu Beach. Through a long steep staircase you climb down and between the rocks you will find several small beaches.
If you do not come here to surf yourself, you will still feel the urge to try it out. Uluwatu is the place for surfers, the whole climb down you come across dozens of surf shops and on the small beaches it is pretty quiet because everyone is waiting in the sea for a new wave.
Make sure you stay here in the afternoon before the sunset. Have a drink at Single Fin and enjoy the view!
White Sand Beach
If you are talking about beautiful beaches Bali, Perasi Beach, Pasir Putih, Hidden Beach or Virgin Beach – whatever you want to call it – can not be missed. White Sand Beach has a lot of nicknames. It is a coastline between two hills that lie between the villages of Bugbug and Perasi.
You will find the beach on the east side of Bali, far away from the crowds at about 4.5 kilometers from Candidasa. The white sandy beach with the green cliffs against the coast is a true gem and much quieter than the beaches in the south.
This beach is also known as Dreamland Beach, and is very popular with surfers. It is therefore not surprising that the atmosphere feels a bit Hawaiian.
Along the beach are a number of bungalows where you can stay overnight. From your bungalow you walk straight into the water, where the beautiful coral and the many starfishes await you.
You will not find many people here, a very romantic place for couples and honeymooners. No noisy cafes, but small restaurants in a natural environment. Take the kids with you, they can build sandcastles to your heart’s content, collect shells or bathe in the water pools.
Padang Bai Beach
The place where the boats leave for the Gili islands is much more than just a gathering place for boats. Hire a moped and drive 10 minutes in the other direction and come across beautiful beaches. And better yet; quiet beaches.
Most travelers leave the Gili’s or other places immediately. You can easily spend a day at the beach here.
The beach of Bias Tugal is hidden near the place Padang Bai. From Padang Bai several boats will leave to Lombok and the Gili islands. Besides a few adventurous tourists and some cheap eateries, Bias Tugal is mainly abandoned.
The beach can be reached after walking about 500 meters along a rocky path. After this short hike you will be rewarded by a beautiful white sandy beach, turquoise sea and coconut palm trees. If you go into the water, be careful, as there is often a strong current. Enjoy the sound of the waves, the warm sun on your skin and nothing else…
One of the most beautiful white sandy beaches of Bali can be found here. Jimbaran Bay is nicknamed “Beverly Hills of Bali” or “Millionaire’s Row”. It used to be a small fishing village in the 80s, but it has grown into the holiday spot for tourists. It is generally safe to swim.
In the evening you can let yourself be pampered by the many fish restaurants located near the beach. A disadvantage for some is that this places has almost no nightlife. On the other hand, it also means that is quite peaceful here.
Amed is a combination of 7 small villages in the east of Bali. The pace of life is slow here. Tourism is not yet the main stream of income here, which means it hasn’t be discovered by mass tourism yet. Not so long ago there was no paved road and there were no telephone lines to this part of the island.
If you are between the canoes and thatched huts on the beach you have a view of the island of Lombok. The beach consists of coarse volcanic black pebbles, but the further you go from the volcano Gunung Anung it turns into gray / brown sand.
Amed is ideal for people who avoid the mass. The possibilities for doing something include freediving, snorkeling or meditation sessions.
Lovina is located in the north of Bali. The beach is black here due to the volcanic sand. It is certainly one of Bali’s most special beaches and is famous for Sunrise and dolphin watching. It is fairly quiet on Lovina Beach.
However, there are several nice restaurants located around the beach, where you can eat fresh fish. Because of the clear water at Lovina Beach, you can also snorkel here.