12 Most Beautiful Beaches in Bali

Bali is one of the most captivating and picturesque islands in the Indonesian archipelago. A trip to Bali has topped many a bucket list due to its many gorgeous beaches, stunning waterfalls, and rustic villages. Besides, exotic temples and marvelous palaces set against fabulous natural backdrops make Bali one of the top beach destinations in Asia and among the best places to visit in Indonesia. Of all, the elite island’s pristine coastline, majestic beaches, and inviting azure water top the list of Bali tourist places. From buzzingly popular white, sandy beaches on the south coast to quiet black beaches hidden by towering cliffs, the beaches in Bali draw a lot of tourists from all over the world. So, the next time you go on an Indonesian tour, you can explore these fabulous beaches as part of the Bali Tour Packages.

Seminyak Beach

Situated just to the north of Kuta, Seminyak Beach is one of the most stunning beaches as well as Bali’s most stylish and upscale beach resort area. With a length of 3 km, the white sandy beach of Seminyak offers a more secluded ambiance than its neighboring Kuta Beach, among the top Bali tourist places. Dotted with an array of shops, luxury hotels, and fancy restaurants, a livelier nightlife scene takes over after sunset, which draws huge crowds. This is one of the best beaches in Bali for swimming, boogie-boarding, and surfing. Although the surf is too unsafe for most swimmers, Seminyak Beach attracts professional surfers to ride the big waves too. Seminyak streets are lined with fashion stores and top eat-outs where international chefs cook up world-class cuisine. If you have plans to spend your New Year’s Eve in Bali, Seminyak is an excellent choice as it has several options that range from a NYE gala party at places like Cocoon Beach Club to just making your own party on the beach with a cheap bottle of rum.

Kuta Beach

Located in Southern Bali, Kuta Beach is another popular beach known for its soft golden sand and panoramic sunset views. With its long sandy beach, great waves for surfing as well as its swinging nightlife, and a plethora of bars & nightclubs, Kuta is considered the center of tourism in Bali and attracts both international and domestic travellers. Also called Sunset Beach, the beach has a plethora of spots to sunbathe and enjoy a beach massage, paddle out from the shore, or enjoy magical sunsets. The long promenade of the beach is lined with cafes and myriad restaurants. Apart, one can also visit culturally rich markets, museums, and nightlife clubs while in Kuta as part of the honeymoon packages.

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach is another stunning beach located on South Bali’s coastline. Locally called Pantai Balangan, the beach features a gorgeous half-kilometer stretch of golden sand between vegetated limestone cliffs. Attracting surfers from worldwide, this beach is regarded as one of the best surfing spots on Bali Island. Also, the beach is a great place to unwind and relax on the white sand while enjoying the tropical atmosphere and sea breeze. It is the perfect place for those looking for a laid-back beach vacation as part of the Bali tour as this quiet strip of land is still fairly uncommercialized with just a few local warungs serving home-cooked Indonesian food and icy cold Bintangs.

Sanur Beach

If you are looking for a leisurely day out at the seaside, then head to sleepy Sanur Beach, a lovely, clean, and beautiful beach located on the eastern side of Bali’s isthmus. Popular for its laidback atmosphere, Sanur Beach maintains its wealth in arts and culture, making it an ideal destination to enjoy the best of both eras, classic and contemporary. The beach is nice with golden sands, and crystal clear calm waters that are suitable for swimming. Besides its seemingly never-ending stretch of white sand, Sanur’s main beachfront attraction is the coastal promenade that extends over 5km long that curves past resorts, beachfront cafes, wooden fishing boats, and some elegant old villas. It is a perfect place to take a romantic stroll with your partner.

Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is a beautiful upscale beach resort town in Southern Bali, Indonesia. Covers an area of 350 hectares, it has an incredible collection of world-class, international-chain hotels facing a pristine beachfront, upmarket shopping complex, superb facilities, and manicured gardens that seamlessly blend in with a luxurious 18-hole golf course. Such exclusivity means its beaches are secluded, clean, and often uncrowded and are suitable for a relaxing family beach holiday, particularly with very young children. Geger Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Nusa Dua. Located on the southern shores of Sawangan, the beach offers the unique backdrop of Geger Temple perched on a grassy limestone clifftop. One can walk for miles along the pristine white sand, take a dip in the inviting water to cool off, or grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants while in Nusa Dua. Besides, you can try many water sports activities here, like surfing, diving, and snorkeling.

Padang Padang Beach

Padang Padang is one of a few undersized beaches located on the Bukit Peninsula in Bali. Locally known as Pantai Labuan Sait, the beach lies between Bingin and Uluwatu and is one of Bali’s most famous surfing spots. The striking tiny beach is made even more captivating by the giant rocks and limestone cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula that surround its azure waves and golden sand. Once a truly secluded spot, this small strip of sand became famous after the “Eat, Pray, Love” movie, where Julia Roberts’ character finds love in Eat, Pray, Love. This stunning 100-meter-long stretch of sand is accessible down a flight of stairs and through a unique hollow rock entrance. The majority of beachgoers are here to surf as the waves are optimal for experienced surfers. Besides, this beach is also a regular spot for international surfing events, such as the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang.

Pandawa Beach

Pandawa Beach is an extraordinary beach situated on Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula. Hidden behind extensive cut limestone bluffs that uncover wide perspectives of the Indian Ocean, the beach was once named ‘Secret Beach’ and it was formally opened in 2012. This 1-km-long coastal stretch is surrounded by two cliffs with one of them carved into the cliff to face the statues of the Pandavas and the Kunti goddess. It has a shallow long beach face that is suitable for farming seaweed by the locals. Surfing is not ideal at the beach, but one can try beach volleyball, jet skiing, and paragliding from Timbis cliff to the beach.

Jimbaran Beach

No Bali Tour is complete without a trip to Jimbaran Bay, a sliver of paradise on the south coast. It is a part of the narrow isthmus that connects the mainland to the Bukit peninsula. The waves at this phenomenal beach are calm, and the sand is soft, making it a great place for pleasant beach walks and swimming. This 3 km long and soft white sand beach serves as the beachfront of many luxurious 5-star resorts. The beach is not only well known for its gorgeous scenery, but also as the spot where local fishermen sell their fresh-from-the-net seafood each morning at the bustling markets. As the island’s seafood hub, one can find a number of beachfront barbecues dotted along the coastline, cooking up the day’s catch for your grazing pleasure as the sun sets. There is a small beach within it called Muaya Beach, where you can enjoy memorable sunset dinners at Jimbaran’s popular seafood restaurants.

Pasir Putih Beach

Pasir Putih, also known as White Sand Beach or Virgin Beach, is one of the remote and hidden beaches in Bali. Located on the east coast of Bali near the village of Candidasa, the beach offers captivating views of sparkling sea and pristine white sands that dramatically contrast with its volcanic black sand neighbors. It is a superb place for snorkeling and diving, with equipment available for rent at the beachside stalls. This part of the island doesn’t get waves, so this isn’t the place for boogie-boarding or surfing. There are a few local restaurants on the beach where you will taste some amazing grilled fish and other local foods.

Blue Lagoon Beach

On the far side of the eastern headland at Padangbai, Blue Lagoon Beach is another lesser-known beach on the island of Bali. Encircled by lush green and rocky hills on each side, this pretty little cove, just 60m long, has a salt and pepper mix of golden and black volcanic sand. The Blue Lagoon Beach is quite shallow and there is no flow. With only about 5 meters of water, one can be able to see some great coral reefs with various shapes and colors, starfish, as well as the life of beautiful tropical fish including Nemo, reef sharks, octopus, and sea eel. It is also a great place for snorkeling and diving activities.

Pemuteran Beach

Pemuteran Beach is another hidden gem located in the sub-district of Gerokgak, Bali. Situated just on the outskirts of West Bali National Park, it is a place with beautiful scenery, award-winning coral reefs, and a serene beach far away from the hustle and bustle of the south Bali tourist crowd. The Pemuteran beach has large areas of shallow reefs, where you might find seahorses, unique Crabs, frogfish, and other sea creatures already decorating the sea floor. The most fascinating feature of Pemuteran is the existence of an enchanting underwater temple garden that enchantingly combines nature’s beauty with amazing works of art. The site attracted worldwide attention in 2010 when a mystifying photo of divers entering an underwater temple gate was taken by British Underwater Photographer, Paul M Turley.

Balian Beach

Balian Beach is a black sand beach on the west coast of Bali and is located right at the mouth of the Balian River. Surrounded by rice fields, this small village has no visitors until surfers discovered the powerful swells and strong rip. It quickly developed into a popular surfing spot in Bali. The giant swells off this dramatic coastline make Balian a veritable surfer’s paradise. Rent a board, sign up for lessons, or merely sit back and watch as the surfers do their thing at the beach. The best time for surfing is in the dry season as the ocean gets murky on rainy days. There are several shops offering surfer gear for sale and rent. Another exciting popular activity at Balian Beach is Kite Surfing, which is spectacular in the windy month of August.

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