Beaches are my favourite. They are one of the many romantic things you can explore in Bali. Whether it is a romantic stroll along the shore or some water sports, make sure you’ve an elephantine memory; after all, you’ll be left with so many moments to cherish. Let’s look at some of the best beaches in Bali.
Nusa Dua Beach Bali
Perhaps the most famous beach in Bali, Nusa Dua beach is a major tourist attraction and has several luxury hotels constructed around it. Here’s what to expect when you arrive: a huge variety of flowers and plants, palm trees, wild mangroves, and orchids amid clear blue ocean and rolling golden sand. It almost seems like paradise here. Visitors can try various water sports like swimming, snorkelling, and surfing.
Swimming is a great option here as the currents and waves are flat. For more adventure, people can opt for snorkelling. The water is crystal clear. For those interested in surfing, head to the south or north of the beach where the waves are higher.
Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa * and Samabe Suites and Villa are some of the most popular luxury hotels on Nusa Dua beach. If you are looking for an affordable beachfront resort, then INAYA Putri Bali Resort is the one for you.
Kuta Beach Bali
Nusa Dua Beach and Kuta Beach are at the opposite end of Bali. Kuta Beach is located on the periphery of the city Kuta (just 2.1 kilometres). With higher waves and strong currents, this beach is perfect for surfers, but not so much for swimming. Kuta is a busy and crowded beach, filled with locals and tourists alike. If you and your partner are in Bali to enjoy the culture and vibes, then this beach is for you. This beach should definitely be there on your travel list of best beaches in Bali.
Night times are exceptional here, with beach parties at the clubs. Hard Rock Café is situated here so that you can have fun, eat and drink day and night. Best places to stay here are the famous Poppies Bali at Kuta or Legian Beach Hotel at Legian.
Sanur Beach Bali
Located south of Bali, Sanur Beach is located on the coast of village Sanur. Sanur is opposite of Kuta both in terms of characteristics and nuances. It offers a relaxed coastal ambience and stretches many miles long with crystal clear water, golden sand and small corals. The waves are mild, making this beach best for swimmers. You can also spot sea creatures like starfish while walking at the beach.
Accommodation is easily available. Klumpu Bali Resort is the best place to stay here at Sanur beach, but if you and your partner want to wake up to the view of the beach, then Avillion Villa Cinta is for you.
Balangan Beach Bali
Balangan Beach is situated across from Uluwatu and tops the charts as one of the best beaches in Bali. Accessible by road, you’ll get a glimpse of the typical Balinese lifestyle with locals doing their daily chores and cattle grazing the fields. Balangan is one of the romantic beaches in Bali, and it is ideal for lovebirds looking for a secret hideaway.
Balangan is a small and quiet beach. There are several romantic things you can do here like beach strolling and sunbathing. The currents are quite strong here, and waves are high, making this beach unsuitable for swimming.
Relax here and enjoy the stunning view of the beach while the waves lap at your feet. One of the most well-known hotel in Bali the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA is located here.
Geger Beach Bali
Geger Beach is a picturesque sandy beach and is situated near the highway heading to Nusa Dua. The sea, most of the times, is calmer than Kuta or Balangan beach. However, sometimes as the evening progresses, the beach becomes a bit rough. So please be careful.
Greger beach gives you a glimpse of the real-life activities of Balinese farmers. Seaweed is planted here. So, if you are lucky enough, then you can enjoy watching them doing their chores.
The cafes dotted along the beaches make the place romantic in a way only foodies would understand. Have brunch at the cafes or have a drink or two and spend some time with your special one. There is also a temple at the end.
Bias Tugal (Tugel) Beach
Bias Tugal (Tugel) Beach is one of the best-kept secret beaches of Bali. To reach here, you can type “Pura Segara Kelating” in Google Maps. It is commonly known as Pantai Kecil (little beach) to the locals and white sand beach to the tourists.
Bias Tugal is somewhat hidden and is accessible only after a 500-meter trek down a rocky path. The beach is tucked away near Padang Bai and west of the harbour. Upon completing the trek, you’ll find a huge stretch of white sand beach and stunning blue sea with swaying coconut trees. Visit the beach during early morning and late afternoons.
This beach is not for a beginner swimmer due to strong currents. However, you can always soak up the sun while you are here. OK Divers Resort & Spa is a great accommodation to stay.
Pantai Soka Beach
Pantai Soka is not a popular touristy beach in Bali. It is a wild beach that is lovely to visit during the dry season. The main road to Gilimanuk offers a glimpse of the beach as you cross over a narrow river. Take the main road from Denpasar to Gilimanuk and go to the Pantai Soka café. Venture down to the beach from the café.
At the beach, you’ll see steep cliffs and rugged volcanic rock pools. Often, you’ll see ceremonies near the tiny island that cheers up by people wearing traditional ceremonial clothing, flower offerings and temple umbrellas.
Padang-Padang Beach is located near to the Uluwatu temple and is surrounded by huge rocks and overgrown plants. Monkeys are common at this beach. This hidden paradise can be reached by getting past a narrow passage and steep steps. It is one of the best beaches in Bali.
Padang-Padang is covered with rocks and small caves that offer a unique, but very romantic exploration activity for lovebirds. When the tide is high, this beach also becomes ideal for swimming. However, be cautious of sharp corals and sea urchins.
Following Eat, Pray, Love fame, this beach has become quite popular. Despite that, it has maintained its beauty and charm. Suarga Padang-Padang, luxurious villa, offers the perfect accommodation that faces the beach. If you are looking for an affordable option, then try Pinkcoco Bali.
Lovina Beach is located north of Bali and is not popular amongst tourists. It is close to Singaraja. So, take the coastal road to get there. Make sure you reach the beach before sunset to see Java’s volcano silhouettes.
Lovina beach is covered in black sands that are from the Mt Agung volcano cooled lava. Lovina has calm sea, and low waves and the beach itself is quiet as it does not attract a huge number of tourists.
Further down, you can meet friendly people at the fisherman’s village and also thermal hot springs from the volcanic water. This place is often frequented by tourists who want to catch the dolphins at sunrise. Pandawa Village is one of the good affordable places to stay near this beach.
Nyang Nyang Beach
Nyang Nyang Beach is another hidden beach of Bali. To get here, tourists have to go uphill and downhill a winding street and then through a small forest. The exact direction to reach this place: take a turn onto Jalan Batu Nunggalan from the main road to Uluwatu. Take a left where the road forks and where the road ends, follow the path to the cliff top and take the steps.
All this effort to reach Nyang Nyang is worth it. Hide tide is the best time to visit if you want to swim as, during low tide, rocks are exposed, and it is not advisable to swim. The beach has white sand and clear blue water. Since you’ll have to cross the forest, beware of mosquitoes hidden in the area.
Since the beach is secluded, there are very few places to stay around here. Visitors can either choose the luxurious Bulgari Resort Bali or Alila Villas Uluwatu.
Dream beach in Nusa Lembongan
Around seven kilometres out of the sea from Bali is the Nusa Lembongan Island. The Dream Beach of this island is famous for its clear sea lapping on long sandy bays. Big rocks and patches of vegetation and sandy bays can be found on this beach. People like to stay here longer on this mostly undeveloped island to explore its beauty. If you are at the Dream Beach, then the Akah Cottage and Water Blow Huts are the best places to spend your days here.
Pemuteran Beach Bali
If you wish to explore the ocean, spend lazy beach days, or hours of snorkelling, then Pemuteran is the beach for you. The beach is located in the sleepy seaside town is the main point for diving on the north-west coast of Bali. The sea is ideal for swimming and discovering the artificial Bio-Rock reef. Goggles and fins are available for rent for just £3.
Permuteran is just a 4 ½ drive from the airport and is situated on the main coastal road. The beach should be visited during high tide as the coral grows close to the beach and it becomes easier to access the coral by swimming.
On the far eastern tip of Bali lies the clear, calm waters of the Tulamben Beach. This beach is a fantastic area for free diving and snorkelling. Tulamben is a far quieter getaway, and exceptional beach for diving as the beach here is rocky and not suitable for strolling and relaxing.
If you want to visit Tulamben, then take the road from Candidasa that bypasses the north-eastern tip of Bali and stretches to the town of Amed. You can also take the more scenic route by taking the coastal road. The best time to visit this beach is during the dry season between May and September.
Rambut Siwi Beach
Located at one of seven sea temples in Bali – Rambut Siwi temple – Rambut Siwi beach is simply mind-blowing. The volcanic sand appears to stretch till the horizon from the cave in the cliff situated just below the temple.
Currents at the beach are quite strong, so this beach is not recommended for swimming. However, this place is perfect for a pleasant stroll and picturesque photography. You can reach Rambut Siwi by taking the main road from Denpasar towards Gilimanuk. Rambut is also a 10-minute drive from Medewi rocky beach. Early mornings and late afternoons are the ideal time to visit Rambut.
Teluk Brumbun Beach
Teluk Brumbun is the wild beach of Bali, often visited by monitor lizards, black monkeys, and Menjangan deer. It is a coral-fringed beach located at the Teluk Brumbun ranger station adjacent to the boundary of West Bali national park. It is worth visiting the beach if you can convince the Rangers to permit camping there.
Like most of the beaches in Bali, snorkelling is famous here. It is said to provide the best snorkelling experience around Bali because of its magnificent coral reefs. To reach this beach, you’ll have to drive for five hours through the centre of Bali and reach to the north coast of the island. At the far western point, find the parking for Labuhan Lalang to take a boat from the national parks office. To visit this place, make sure you reach Labuhan Lalang when the national park officially opens at 8 am.
Seminyak Beach is the heart of Bali’s oceanfront action. The salt white sand of the beach stretches for 5km that is home to several famous bars and beach clubs, five-star hotels, and restaurants. Seminyak Beach starts from the outskirts of Kuta Beach and goes all the way up to the coastal paradise of Canggu. This beach is so popular that it is a holiday destination, with plenty of activities to enjoy. Whether you want to surf the gentle waves, enjoy crazy sundowners or soak up the sun, then Seminyak Beach is the place for you!
Medewi Beach is in the heart of Bali’s sunset coast. It is a lesser known beach on the west side of the island. The palm-studded coastline is close to remote Balinese villages and sprawling open rice paddies that makes for a tranquil escape. Medewi Beach is frequented by visitors who seek uncrowded, world-class waves that is set at a distance from the city madness. And while you are here, make sure to stay there for golden hour, as that’s when the beach’s magic really shines.
Being an island, Bali offers a wide variety of beautiful beaches: from crowded, full-of-energy beaches to the hidden and secluded beaches. If that’s not enough, you can find beaches with white, gold and black sand and sea for swimming, snorkelling or surfing. Hope this article helps. If you think we’ve missed any good beaches in Bali, then do let us know in the comments section below, we will add it to the list of best beaches in Bali. You can also tell us about your favourite beach in Bali.
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