Looking for soft sand beaches, exotic landscapes, and turquoise water? Do not hesitate to visit the beaches of Bali, an island where each beach has its charm, with different activities and different types of food.
As one of the islands with many beautiful and exotic beaches, it becomes one of the most visited areas by tourists, both domestic and foreign tourists. The beaches of this island are very famous for their beauty, white sand, “challenging” waves, exotic sunsets, and many other unbeatable Balinese beach charms. In fact, many tourists who come to Bali are actually more familiar with the island of Bali than Indonesia itself, even though the island of Bali is one of the provinces in Indonesia.
If you are planning a vacation, below is a list of the 14 best beaches in Bali that can be recommended for an unforgettable experience.
Kuta Beach is the most popular beach in Bali and has indirectly become an icon of Bali tourism. It is an immense beach, both in width and in length, where you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets and splendid walks. The sand is fine and yellow/brown in colour, the water is quite warm, and the sea is often rough.
As soon as you set foot on the beach, you will be overwhelmed by locals who will offer you a deck chair or chair to sit on, a drink, or a surf lesson. In fact, this beach is known for offering surf lessons at affordable prices. Because it is very crowded with visitors, you can easily find shopping places, places to eat, hotels, gift shops, and others around the beach.
2. Thomas Beach
Thomas Beach is perhaps among the most beautiful beaches in Bali. Thomas Beach offers a 200-meter stretch of soft white sand, undulating turquoise waves, and the possibility of renting an umbrella to enjoy a perfect day of relaxation and beach. Accessible only via a gravel path and a winding set of somewhat crumbling stairs, this secluded white sand beach is well worth the effort.
Apart from its turquoise waters, at Thomas beach, you can see spectacular rocks that protrude from the sand, a landscape like something out of a postcard. Of course, be sure to bring a drink to stay hydrated because there are not many restaurants or sun loungers in this area.
Sometimes good waves are generated at Thomas Beach, at which point it becomes a great place to surf a few waves without being surrounded by crowds of surfers.
3. Amed Beach
Amed Beach is classified as a black sandy Bali beach. And because of the black sand, this beach actually has its own charm for tourists who come here.
Many people love this beach because it was formed from a volcanic process. But that’s not the only thing that makes this beach in northeastern Bali dubbed an exotic paradise. With calm waters, flat lagoons, and beautiful coral reefs not far from the mainland, Amed Beach is highly recommended as an ideal spot to learn to snorkel or dive.
An adventure under the waves at this beach often also means traveling to nearby Tulamben to explore the US ship USAT Liberty, sunk on January 11, 1942, where life and aquatic beauty converge. We recommend that you bring an underwater camera for this adventure because you will want to record everything.
4. Suluban Beach
Suluban Beach, also known as Blue Point beach, is a spectacular beach that can be found on the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali. It is characterized by its large cliffs and good size waves. It can be said that Blue Point Beach Bali is ideal for visitors who want to hang out on the beach or enjoy surfing.
Although small, this quite hidden cove gives the feeling of being an almost private beach. It’s like a little hideaway, but if you look up, you’ll see cliff-top bars, hotels, and restaurants looking out onto the beach and incredibly blue waves crashing against the rocks.
It is important to know that when there is high tide, this place becomes inaccessible for swimming. So if you plan to go swimming, find out the state of the tide first.
5. Sanur Beach
The next best beach in Bali is Sanur beach, which is located east of Denpasar City. Sanur beach is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunrise. It has a relaxed and calm atmosphere, with a lot of local charm. Calm waves also indicate that the waters around Sanur Beach are very suitable for snorkeling and diving activities for beginners.
You can also find an interesting mix of restaurants, shops, and bars, as well as a wide variety of innovative and modern entertainment venues. Known for its relaxed atmosphere, Sanur Beach also maintains its wealth of art and culture, making it an ideal destination to enjoy the best of both times, classical and contemporary. This old fishing village maintains most of its charm and does not stop attracting visitors.
6. Karma Beach
Visiting the beach has certainly become a mandatory itinerary for every traveler who is on vacation to the island of Bali. How not, enjoying the beautiful panorama of the beach, relaxing on the white sand, and enjoying the tranquility of the place. In addition, the existence of Karma beach, which is hidden with few visitors, makes it a beautiful place to chat, relax, or be secluded to get peace.
Karma Beach is a private beach. Therefore, to enter, you must be registered as a guest or pay a fee to enjoy premium restaurant facilities and the beauty of the beach. Here you can also enjoy a variety of delicious Mediterranean dishes and fresh cold beer. And with the sunset in the background, you can also watch movies on the big screen by the beach.
7. Pandawa Beach
Pandawa Beach is one of the best beaches in Bali, which has recently become popular among domestic and foreign tourists.
This beach has an amazing panorama with a calm atmosphere. When entering the beach area, you will be amazed by the beautiful panorama from the high cliffs. Not only that, but you will also be greeted with five Pandava statues that stand firmly and gracefully. The sand is white, smooth, and clean. The seawater is very calm and blue in colour, so it is suitable for those of you who want to swim.
This beach is a happy and lively place, always full of people, most of them located in the south of Bali. There are a number of water activities that you can practice as well as food stalls serving delicious Balinese dishes that are located around the beach.
8. Padang Padang Beach
In addition to being a world-famous surf spot, the beach owes part of its fame to the filming of a scene from the film “Eat, Pray, Love” starring Julia Roberts.
In addition to the idyllic setting, it is the access to the beach that reinforces the charm of the place. It is, in fact, a splendid beach with fine white sand and clear water where various activities take place throughout the year.
Among the main activities here is surfing (this is where the famous Rip Curl Cup contest takes place ), but it is also possible to go on boat excursions, diving, sunbathing, or having fun with one of the various festivals that take place on this beach.
9. Nusa Dua Beach
Nusa Dua Beach is a beautiful tourist destination and is designed to become a famous tourist destination. There are various market shopping complexes with well-maintained facilities, a luxurious 18-hole golf course, white-gold sandy beaches, and more.
You can walk for miles along the pristine white sand, admiring the beautiful blue sea and mega-hotels along your path. And if you are an early riser, you can also enjoy a magical sunrise with the sunlight reflected in the beautiful waters of this beach.
This beach is a beautiful place for honeymoon couples and for those of you who bring the whole family. In addition, you can visit various temples, museums, and many other attractions.
10. Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl Beach is one of Bali’s leading tourist destinations that is a shame to miss.
Its clear water with a turquoise colour will welcome your presence. Coupled with clean white sand, you will be satisfied to enjoy the beautiful scenery on this beach. Moreover, the beach is hidden behind a hill with a giant cave that can not only be used as a shelter, but also very good for taking beautiful pictures.
This beach earned its name because when the seawater is receding, the coral clusters will confine the remaining water along with moss and form a natural green pool.
Before you can enjoy the soft sand of this beach, you have to go down hundreds of stairs which are quite steep. But all of that will definitely pay off when you arrive at this most beautiful beach in Bali.
11. Jimbaran Beach
Jimbaran Beach is located on the southwest coast of Tanah Lot, with a beautiful yet narrow setting connecting mainland Bali and the Bukit Peninsula. Jimbaran Beach and Bay offer a small secluded area with perfect peace for a tense world.
The gentle slopes of the beach reveal the beauty hidden under the canopy of the lush tropical forest. Along its 3 km of sand is an excellent area to relax, visit local markets and spend the day at the beach swimming, snorkeling, or sunbathe. It is the ideal place for those who are looking for a calm atmosphere.
The best time to visit Jimbaran is definitely at sunset. You can sit in one of the dozens of restaurants that have their tables directly on the sand and enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh fish by candlelight and enjoying one of the most beautiful sunsets.
12. Bingin Beach
Bingin Beach is one of the best beaches in Bali, thanks to its landscape of cliffs, white sand, and turquoise blue water that dazzles even the least beach lovers. This beach is one of the newest and has a slightly rough texture of white sand and clear seawater. The cliffs around this beach are overgrown with green plants, which make them look beautiful from a distance.
When the seawater is receding, tourists can enjoy a small pool with calm currents on the outskirts of the beach formed by coral. At high tide, you will be able to see large waves roll up to a height of 5-8 meters. Of course, this is what surfers are looking for.
13. Echo Beach
Echo Beach in Bali is a popular beach in Canggu for surfers. Whether for beginners or experienced surfers, it is an ideal beach for lovers of this sport.
The peculiarity of this beach is that the sand is particularly dark and, in some places, approaches an almost black colour. You’ll also find loungers scattered throughout Echo Beach, with tourists hanging out and sunbathing. In addition, it is popular for its beautiful corals, 180-degree ocean views, and a variety of delicious seafood cafes.
One of the best things that this beach offers is being able to enjoy some of the best sunsets that can be seen in Bali and also that it is in a privileged location. Plus, when dusk comes, the Echo Beach Club is quite a popular hangout spot, with local, covered barbecue restaurants located right on the boardwalk.
14. Dreamland Beach
The name itself says it: Dreamland Beach is a real “dream beach.”
This pristine white sand and crystal clear water beach boast of a rugged coastline and high limestone cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula. Considered one of the beaches with the best waves, it is suitable for novice and expert surfers. In fact, it is quite likely that you will meet a pro when you get in the water. And if surfing is not your thing, you can stroll, read, or sunbathe while enjoying the beautiful views.
The only recommendation: watch out for the monkeys surrounding this beach. They often go as far as the area where tourists are to steal everything that comes their way and can also be aggressive.
Obviously, there are other beaches in Bali, but these are certainly the most popular. Whichever beach you choose to visit, it will definitely give you unforgettable moments.