The striking element of Bali beaches is their diversity. From pristine white sands to unforgettable black sea shores, from calm waters to the ultimate surf break, water lovers of all persuasions will find the perfect scene in which to indulge, enjoy, and embrace the temperate waters on offer.
While you may know it primarily as a surf destination, Bali is equally acclaimed for its isolated and pristine beachfronts. Snorkelling and diving locations are a feature, along with spectacular vistas where the cliffs descend dramatically into the sea.
Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure, underwater wonder, or seclusion, Bali has an expansive coastline with a bevy of beaches destined to please.
Situated in the famous tourism precinct, Kuta Beach is located in the island’s southwest, and features a 2.5km stretch of cream-coloured sands and rolling surf. The resort-lined beachfront runs parallel to the township’s bustling main street, making it an easily accessible, one-stop destination for surfing, swimming and snorkelling, or a place to catch a picturesque Balinese sunset.
Home to resident expats, luxury villas and upscale resorts, Seminyak Beach has a feel far different to the bustling beachfronts of Kuta and Legian. It’s the perfect location for advanced surfers to catch a wave. If relaxation is more your style, enjoy an uninterrupted sunset while reclining in a beachfront chair, or indulge in a horse ride along the water’s edge.
Adjoining the Kuta area, Legian Beach remains a popular beachfront with locals and tourists alike. Like Kuta, Legian features the cream sands of the island’s south set against the vibrant, rolling surf break. Surfing lessons, surf hire, and boogie boards are available. Meanwhile, beverage vendors are on hand to furnish weary beachgoers with a welcome drink under a shady umbrella pitched in the sand.
Purpose-built as an upmarket tourism enclave, Nusa Dua features long, pristine beachfronts with clear, calm waters that are ideal for swimming. The area also boasts a stunning natural blowhole on the southern peninsula. Here you can witness the power of the Indian Ocean at its untamed and unpredictable best. If you’re not actually staying at Nusa Dua, you might find that Geger Beach is more accessible.
Located on the southeast of the island in proximity to Denpasar, Sanur Beach offers a brightly coloured vista of traditional fishing boats resting idly on the cream-coloured sands. Calm, tepid waters and its lagoon-like feel make this an ideal destination for swimming and snorkelling far from the hustle and bustle of Kuta and Legian.
Jimbaran Beach is a striking stretch of beachfront located in the picturesque Jimbaran Bay adjoining the Bukit Peninsula. With waves that gently lap the shoreline, it’s a haven for swimmers seeking a relaxing dip. Come late afternoon, the beach transforms into an open-air dining precinct where seafood is a specialty, and the spectacular sunsets are a must-see.