Tourists from all over the world come to Bali to enjoy its paradise vibes. It has so much to offer, like ancient temples, tropical forests, and volcanos that create a unique landscape, but no trip to Bali is complete without spending some time on the beach. Bali is full of beautiful yet varied clean beaches. They tempt with warm, azure water, golden sand, and spectacular views.
If Bali’s beaches are on your bucket list, check out our selection of the top 10 there!
Jimbaran Bay Beach
If you are visiting Bali, Jimbaran Bay Beach, located on the south coast, is a must-see. Very bright, smooth sand stretches for 3 kilometers and makes this place perfect for those who love chilling on the shore and catching some sun while resting on the soft ground, or while playing volleyball. The sea is usually very calm, which is why this place is loved by families. Jimbaran Bay Beach is also considered one of the best beaches on the island to watch the sunset. Because of its popularity, this beach has great infrastructure and is surrounded by resorts, hotels, and good restaurants. It gives you the impression of calmness and will delight you with its beauty, but it sometimes gets crowded.
This spot is perfect for surf lovers. High waves and warm water encourage you to spend the whole day in the sea. If you are not into surfing, you can simply enjoy the laid back atmosphere of this place while chilling on the sandy beach or tasting great local Indonesian food, which you can get in numerous restaurants around. Amongst surfers, you can find loads of young people here who are traveling on a budget. Even though the beach stretches for just half a kilometer, it creates an astonishing view, while being surrounded by the cliffs along which you can admire a colorful reef.
This sandy beach spreads for over 5 kilometers on the south coast of Bali. It is famous for its stylish resorts and is often chosen by those who like to have various restaurants and exclusive boutiques around. As the waves are usually high, this beach may not be a great choice for kids. However, it is a perfect match for surfers.
If you are tired of the crowds and do not enjoy resorts, you will fall in love in this place. This area is surrounded by small villages and paddy fields, so it is a great place to feel the genuine spirit of Bali. Even though Medewi Beach is not super popular, you can still meet a lot of surfers there, as the waves are great.
Padang Padang Beach, Uluwatu
Padang Padang is a relatively small beach hidden in the arms of a lovely bay. To reach it, you must take steps that are hidden behind a hollowed rock. The stunning view of golden sand and azure water is crowned with huge limestones sticking up from the ground and cliffs that surround it.
This beach is famous because of a movie in which Julia Roberts plays the main character. So, if you are on your own personal Eat. Pray. Love. journey, you should definitely visit Padang, Padang. Maybe you can’t find the third element here like Roberts, but you can definitely eat well in local warungs.
Spread over 5 kilometers, Sanur Beach is famous for its white sand. You can also rest a little bit from the heat as a fresh breeze blows often here. Maybe this is why, years ago, rich ex-pats started to build elegant villas here in which they could spend the summer on Bali. Upmarket coffee shops and resorts located along the promenade are an interesting contrast to the modest fishermen boats that float in the water. The waves are very calm in this area, so it is a perfect place for families. Amateurs of snorkeling and diving will definitely enjoy observing the underwater life.
This northern coast rocky beach with its black sand is famous for the color of the water that encompasses it. Deep turquoise shines like a precious gemstone in the bright sun of this paradise island. Under the level of the water is a whole hidden kingdom of coral reef and oceanic animals. In the area, at the bottom of the ocean, a historical shipwreck waits for new visitors. Because of this, Amed Beach should be on the bucket list of everyone who loves snorkeling and diving.
This spot is recommended for fit people. To get to the shore, you will have to climb down the cliff and, while coming back, well… you have to return the same way you got here. Even though there are steps that will lead you, it is still a bit of a hurdle. But if you take the chance – it is worth the fuss. As the location is challenging, it is not crowded with tourists and you can easily find budget accommodation and delicious, fresh local food here. And you can be sure that sunsets on Bingin Beach are worth every drop of sweat.
Nusa Dua Beach
While visiting this beach, it is hard to even imagine that in the past, the current sand area was covered with mangroves. Nowadays, Nusa dua Beach is a favorite spot for families. Rare remains of the mangrove forest and splendid orchids give a cooling shade after sunbathing on the white sand.
Nusa dua beach is also a perfect location if you are looking for a bit of luxury. Around you can find spas, a golf field, and all-inclusive resorts.
Nyang Nyang Beach
Tired of chilling on the sand and you’re looking for some adventure with breathtaking views? Nyang Nyang beach will fulfil all of your needs. To get to this isolated place you will need to first hike 30 minutes through the rough terrain. However, once you get to it, you will know it was worth the fuss. From the limestone cliffs, you can admire crystal clear water, white sand, and a soothing emptiness as there are not many tourists coming here.
Bali has numerous beaches and each of them has unique characteristics. Surely, everyone will find a perfect spot, that suits personal needs. What is clear, no matter which beach you decide to visit, you will be astonished by its paradisiacal beauty.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central America, South America, and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.