Many would argue that Bali has some of the best beaches on this side of the world. And they aren’t wrong. But ask anyone who has visited this tropical paradise before, Bali is not just another postcard perfect beauty, it is serene on a spiritual level. Deeply humble yet grandly overwhelming, Bali has the ability to invoke extreme peace and tranquility. The Balinese are what make this place incredibly charming and outstanding; full of traditional warmth, grace and happiness.
If you’re wondering which the best beaches in Bali are, know that you will be completely spoilt for choice. A surfer’s paradise and a dreamer’s Zen, Bali is blessed with stunning beaches that are as varied as the experiences in this country. Some of the prettiest beaches in Bali are:
1. Nusa Dua:
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Nusa Dua is a luxurious stretch of pale gold sand that sits on a beautiful mangrove swamp that has been reclaimed to make this high-end beach resort. In Balinese, ‘Nusa Dua’ means ‘Two Islands’ and the two islands that sprout halfway down the shoreline has given it this distinction. This is known as one of the best beaches in Bali for swimming and snorkeling.
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Pura Geger, Museum Pasifika
How to Reach: The easiest access to Nusa Dua is from Kuta and Jimbaran along the Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai.
2. Crystal Bay
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True to its name, Crystal Bay boasts of crystal clear waters and powdery sands that are almost too tempting to resist. A popular site for diving, Crystal Bay has a wealth of underwater sights that are great for snorkeling too. But because of fierce undercurrents, this diving site is for experienced divers only. For those who would like to indulge in some snorkeling, Crystal Bay is one of the few places in the world where you can see Mola Mola.
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Nusa Lembongan Nusa Ceningan, Tanglad Traditional Weaving Center.
How To Reach: Get to Nusa Penida via a daily public ferry from Padang Bai or by speed boats from Kusamba.
3. Pasir Putih
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Pasir Putih is a one of a kind beach that is a bit out of the way but worth the effort definitely. Its access is via a steep, rutted track making the beach an adventurous but glorious revelation. Once you’re done admiring the unadulterated beauty that surrounds you, feel free to indulge in a swim or snorkel. Pasir Putih is a secret beach in Bali that you wish remains unknown. The beach is best known for its incredible views and it's one of the most beautiful places to visit in Indonesia for honeymoon.
Nearby Attractions & Things to do: Pura Bale Agung Temple. Sunbathing, Swimming and Snorkeling
How To Reach: By Car, Pasir Putih is 2.5 hours away from Kuta and can be reached by connecting to Kusamba bypass towards Sanur. After passing Candidasa, reach Perasi village and walk by foot to the beach.
4. Balangan Beach
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The Balangan Beach is a cozy beach that is quite secluded and hence private and peaceful. Although it is not recommended for swimming because of its strong currents, this beach is ideal for a stroll and picnic. The beach is also known for surfing because of its glorious waves. The white sands of the beach are flanked by rocky cliffs.
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Learn to surf at one of the surf schools at the beach, do yoga at a yoga center or check out the nearby Dreamland Beach.
How to Reach: On Ngurah Rai bypass, take the turn towards Uluwatu and look out for signs that lead towards Balangan.
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5. Geger Beach
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Geger Beach is a gorgeous stretch of white sand that is warm and inviting. With calm waters and gentle waves, this beach can be ideal for swimming if the tide is low. One can watch local farmers look for seaweed in the waters at this spot. Geger beach is your ideal answer if you’re wondering what to do on a Bali honeymoon. There are a number of cafes nearby that offer delicious refreshments.
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Geger Temple, Bali National Golf Club
How To Reach: Located right next to Nusa Dua Golf Club and St.Regis resort.
6. Bias Tugal
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Expect to be one of the only visitors on this beach. This remote beach is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Bali and it’s still undiscovered! It is also called ‘Little Beach’ or Pantai Kecil in Balinese. The beach is accessible only through a 500-meter trek and that’s probably why it has remained a secret until now. The turquoise waters are too pretty to be true and the white sands offer the perfect contrast making it a postcard beauty. Not recommended for swimming because of the strong current
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Hiking, Photography, Relaxation.
How to Reach: Trek east up the hill from the ferry terminal of Padang Bai.
7. Karma Beach
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Karma is a beach in Ungasan village that maybe a little difficult to get to because of its limited access (it comes under the property of Karma Kandara resort and Banyan Tree Resort) but it is probably one of the most unique beaches in Bali. A good way to experience the beach is at the Karma Beach Restaurant. Quite unlike any other beach that you will see in Bali, the beach boasts of intense azure colors and white frothy waves that are fierce yet beautiful. During low tide, this beach is ideal for swimming.Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Karma Kandara Spa and Karma Beach Restaurant.
How to Reach: Take a taxi to Karma Kandara Resort.
8. Amed Beach
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The Amed beach is a geologically unique beach that is made of black volcanic sand. The sand is of coarse variety and offers a source of livelihood to a number of local people. Salt miners and fishermen go about their business as you enjoy the taste of real Bali life at this beach. A great spot for scuba diving because of the nearby wrecks and snorkeling because of the abundant underwater life, Amed beach offers an authentic experience that stays with you forever.
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, hiking Mount Agung, fishing.
How to Reach: Located couple of hours from Airport. Take a taxi and travel on the main east coast road between Karangasem and Singaraja.
9. Bingin Beach
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With unrivaled panoramas of the Indian ocean, you will fall in love at and with Bingin Beach. One of Bali’s best spots for surfing, surfers from around the world come here to experience the magic of its waves. Rugged limestone cliffs make this beach obscure and give it a private feel. Get ready to witness some mesmerizing sunsets and a chilled out vibe at Bingin.
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Uluwatu Temple. Indulge in surfing and relaxation.
How to Reach: Pecatu Village, where Bingin is located is only thirty minutes from Denpasar Airport.
10. Green Bowl Beach
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Perhaps one of the loveliest secret beaches in Bali, the Green Bowl Beach is a spectacular beach that boasts turquoise green waters and white sands. Getting here is an adventurous task that requires climbing down hundreds of steps but the courageous are mightily rewarded. Great for snorkeling and a picnic even, this beach that lies in the Ungasan village is definitely a magnificent revelation.
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Temple by the Bali Cliff Resort, Karma Spa.
How To Reach: From Denpasar, take route towards GWK Cultural park and at the intersection after GWK, take a left and drive approximately three kilometers. Ask locals for directions thereafter
11. Kuta Beach
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Kuta Beach is perfect for surfing as the waves here are high and consistent. If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere, this beach is always abuzz with locals and tourists. Popular for nightlife in Bali, Kuta beach offers a vibrant ambiance with a variety of restaurants and shacks. Kuta was once a quiet fishing village that has now transformed into a hub for resorts, restaurants, and surfing.
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Waterbom park, Discovery Mall, Bali Shell Museum, Turtle Conservation site, Vihara Dharmayana Kuta, Dream Museum.
How To Reach: The beach is minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
12. Padang Padang
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Counted amongst some of the best beaches in Bali, Padang Padang is another surfer’s favorite because of its strong waves and beautiful stretch of sand. The awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds this beach has made it popular with beach bummers too. Made famous in the movie Eat Pray Love, this beach has since gained quite a romantic reputation since.
Nearby Attractions/Things to Do: Uluwatu Temple.
How to Reach: A 30 minute drive past GWK Cultural Park along the Jalan Raya Uluwatu will get you to the junction that bears ‘ Jaban Labuan Sait’ signs. After driving roughly three and a half kilometers from here, a slope will take you to Padang Padang.
Bali is a wonderful country that has been blessed with some of the finest beaches and scenery in Asia. No trip to this country would be complete without checking out its myriad coastal sights.