Top 10 Best Bali Beach

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Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Top 10 Best Bali Beach - Bali, the most well-known travel place in Indonesia, has one of the best beaches in the world. Many come to Bali maybe for the culture, the arts, the temples, diving, surfing or even the food, but one thing for sure it is also for the beaches. Travelers visit Bali for its long stretches of white sand beach, the crystal clear sea for swimming, strong waves for surfing and volcanic black sands for sunbathing.

There are many types of beach in Bali, from those with big rocks created by corals or lava to those covered wholly with white or black sand. So depending what you look to do at the beach, there are a number of beaches for you to choose from. Whether you are a swimmer or not and if you are with kids, you may well choose from these beautiful beaches below. Look out for the high tide when swimming.

Here are a few of the top Bali Beach that you could visit :

1. Nusa Dua Beach

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua beach is located on the south-east side of Bali. It is a beautiful golden sandy beach with clear blue sea and a cool breeze. Nearby are wild mangroves, fragrant trees, exotic orchids and tall palm trees swaying to the wind. It is a much peaceful, quieter and cleaner beach compared to Kuta. The currents here are not strong and the waves are small, making it a great beach for swimming and kids. The water is also clear and good for snorkeling. Surfers can catch waves at the north and south ends of the beach. This area has many world-class hotels and up-market shops. The beach is famous for its scenic beauty. 

2. Kuta Beach

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Kuta Beach

Kuta beach is located on the western coast of Bali above the isthmus and is just a short distance away from the island’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is a white sandy beach most popular among the tourists. The waves coming in from the Indian Ocean crash on the shore in symmetrical waves making the beach a surfers’ delight. Of course, when high waves roll in, it might not make it too good for swimming so it is important to stick between the surf lifesaving flags so you can be watched by life guards. If you don’t feel like heading to the water, you can enjoy strolling along the beach. The Kuta beach is always crowded with tourists. It is the most happening beach in Bali and has an exciting night life too, with entertaining night beach parties held by the beach clubs and other restaurants.

3. Nyang Nyang Beach

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Nyang nyang Beach

Nyang Nyang is another small hidden beach in Bali located on the south-west coast of the Bukit peninsula to the east of the Uluwatu temple. It is a white sandy beach that gets a lot of swell making it perfect for surfing. To get there, you have to follow a winding rocky dirt trail leading from the Uluwatu main road till you reach the end of the cliff. From there, you have to climb down about 550 slippery mossy steps to get to the beach, quite a difficult proposition if you have kids with you. But once you get there, it is simply marvelous. Since the Nyang Nyang beach is on the southernmost end of Bali, the rips can be strong, so better be careful. You can swim here when the tide is low. The beach is deserted with almost no tourists and no refreshment/drinks stalls, umbrellas down at the beach either. There are a lot of mosquitoes hidden in the vegetation and taking a mosquito repellent with you is advisable. The trip however is well worth it as your sense of adventure sets in.

4. Lovina Beach

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Lovina Dolphin Beach

Lovina beach is located on the northern coast of Bali island. The sand here is black, made of the cooled volcano lava. This beach is quiet with very few tourists coming this way. The sea here is calm and good for swimming. Another specialty of the beach is the dolphins that come here in the mornings. At sunrise, it is fun to swim with the dolphins or hire a boat to watch dolphins playing in the water. Lovina beach is famous for its natural underwater beauty with colorful fish, sea creatures and beautiful coral reef, making it ideal for snorkeling. There are some hot volcanic water springs nearby.

5. Sanur Beach

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Sanur Beach

Sanur beach is located on the eastern side of Bali above the isthmus. It is a peaceful and quiet beach, the exact opposite of Kuta. Sanur is one of the earliest beach resorts in Bali and has a local flavor and feeling. Although there has been a lot of development here, it still retains its fishing village charm which attracts many visitors. The beach has a long stretch of golden sand and a clear sea with low waves. The water is good for swimming and the beach is great for walking. You can sometimes come across star fish while walking. There are small corals and also sea-shells if you want to collect them. You can see some amazing photogenic sunrises from here since the beach is on the eastern side of the island. The area has several hotels, retreats and an assortment of restaurants, bars and shops.

6. Balangan Beach

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Balangan Beach

Balangan beach is located on the west coast of the Bukit peninsula north of the New Kuta beach. The beach lies across the green landscape of Uluwatu and on the way you can see the local side of Bali with small villages, village folk going about their work and cattle grazing in the fields. Balangan is a small, quiet and isolated beach away from the tourist crowds. It is about half a kilometer stretch of white sand bordered by cliffs and you have to climb down a few steps to access it. It is a great beach for surfing with strong ocean currents and high waves, but it is not suitable for swimming. In low tide you can stroll along the beach with waves lapping at your feet. You get a grand view of the sunset from here. There are several beach shacks serving up refreshments and drinks.

7. Dream beach in Nusa Lembongan

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Dream Beach

Nusa Lembongan is a small island about 12 km south-east of Bali and has become a popular destination in recent times. The island is a peaceful place away from the hustle-bustle of South Bali, there are no hawkers and no traffic. The island has several sandy bays, clear aqua blue water, big rocks and plenty of green vegetation providing some magnificent scenery. The island is less developed compared to the nearby Bali and you can spend a relaxed time exploring its natural beauty. It is a good island for surfing, diving and snorkeling. The Dream beach is located on the south coast of the island and has a white sandy beach with a row of palms and shrubs. You can reach Nusa Lembongan by boat from Sanur port or Benoa harbor.

8. Padang-Padang Beach

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Padang-Padang Beach

The Padang-Padang beach is a beautiful beach located on the western side of the Bukit peninsula, north of the Uluwatu temple. It is a small but stunning beach accessible by a flight of steep steps through a narrow passage in the rocks. You can have a good swim during high tide but be careful of sea urchins and sharp corals. During good weather you can surf too. This beach is surrounded by big rocks and trees with monkeys. There are small caves among the rocks that you can explore.  The beach gained fame after being featured in Julia Roberts’ movie “Eat, Pray, Love” resulting in increased number of visitors, but still retains its old charm. 

9. Bias Tugel Beach

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Bias Tugel Beach

This beach is also known as Pantai Kecil or Little Beach by the locals, or White Sand Beach by the tourists. It is located south-west from the Padang Bai ferry terminal and can be reached by following a rocky trail of about 500 meters up the hill. But once you reach it, you get a magnificent view of the dazzling white stretch of sand, sparkling crystal clear water and tall coconut trees. Very few tourists come here because of the beach’s hidden location. The beach is good for swimming but not for beginners because the currents can be strong at times. In that case, you can play around in the water or relax on the beach in peace and privacy.

10. Geger Beach

Top 10 Best Bali Beach
Geger Beach

Geger is a glorious white sandy beach located on the eastern coast of Nua Dusa area, to the south of Mengiat beach. The sea here has calm blue waters good for swimming, although the sea may get a little rough by the evenings. The beach is also good for strolling due to its hard-packed sand. At the southern end is the temple “Pura Geger” and sometimes you can see the seaweed farmers working nearby. The beach has many cafes along its side and is famous for Sunday morning brunches particularly among the expats and their families. 

These are just a few of the many beautiful beaches Bali is famous for. The beaches can be visited in any season, all the year round, but the best season is usually from April to September. You can choose any of the open palm-fringed beaches, secluded cliff-hidden beaches, glittering white sandy beaches or black volcanic sand beaches. As you can see Bali is filled with beautiful beaches from people filled and full of energy beach to quiet, secluded or hidden beaches. You will also find beaches from white to black sands and sea serene for swimming to strong waves for surfing. Check out the above best of Bali Beach as recommended by many travelers or do you know a good beach that we did not mention? Which is your personal favourite beach in Bali?

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