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Top 10 Beaches in Bali

By Vera Zhao (odyssey@tangdynastytours.com), Odyssey Product Manager
Published on September 27, 2016

As the most famous tourist destination in Indonesia, Bali offers plenty of beautiful beaches, some of which rank among the very best in the world. But many travelers are having a hard time in deciding which beaches to visit, due to too many choices here.

Map of Top 10 Beaches in Bali

A quick look at Top 10 beaches in Bali.

Let's have a look at the top 10 beaches in Bali according to Trip Advisor. Whatever you are looking for in a beach holiday, some of them will for sure meet your expectations:

No.1 NUSA DUA Beach:


Location: East coast of the Bukit Peninsula, in southernmost Bali.
Facilities: Five-star hotels, luxury resorts, private villas.
Activities: Sunning, swimming, snorkeling, diving, and surfing.
Suit for: Honeymooners and the entire family.

Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua, a peninsula in South Bali, is famous as an enclave of high end hotels.

Highlights:
1. Literally means "Two Islands", Nusa Dua has two little tree-covered islands halfway down the shoreline, with a beautiful temple standing on each one of them.
2. There are various flowers and plants that grow around here. Expect tall palm trees, wild mangroves, fragrant trees, orchids and so on.
3. Protected by an offshore reef, the water here is crystal clear, calm and warm. It is great for snorkeling and diving. Adults and children all can swim here, due to low waves and no ocean currents.
4. The south and north ends of the beach have high waves which are perfect for surfers.
NUSA DUA Beach tips:
1. You can head to the northern end of the beach for water sports, including parasailing, jet skiing, snorkeling and diving.
2. A conservation area of Pulau Penyu (Turtle Island) is just a short boat ride away, where you can admire baby turtles before they are released to the sea.
3. A traditional Balinese entertainment at the nearby Chandra Koka Amphitheatre will add more fun in the evening.
4. There are also three golf courses built nearby.

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No.2 Blue Point Beach (Also named as the Suluban beach by locals)


Location: The Uluwatu Pecatu village, south Kuta district.
Facilities: Many comfortable cafes and a very famous hotel called Bluepoint Villas.
Activities: Surfing, swimming and sunbathing.
Suit for: Families without kids, due to much rock on the beach and occasional violent crushing waves.
Highlights:
1. Once arriving at the beach, you will see a path leading to the shore. The path is interestingly flanked by two relatively high cliffs and looks like a hallway.
2. The sea water showcases two colors. The shallow seabed area looks green, and it turns dark blue while reaching the deepest parts.
3. At the time of low tide, you will see a small pool on the seaside. While when the tide is high, enjoy the breathtaking view with big waves crashing the edge of the cliff.
4. Sunset view is highly recommended.
Blue Point Beach tips:
1. Blue Point Beach is located very close to Uluwatu temple, which is above the cliff with fantastic sunset view. The temple is also a great place to enjoy Balinese Kecak and fire dance.
2. Above the cliffs, there are some beds with mattresses available if you want to relax.

No.3 Balangan Beach


Location: The south western shore on the Bukit Peninsula near South Kuta.
Facilities: There are several local restaurants called Warunga on the beach.
Activities: Surfing, swimming, sunbathing, and castle building.
Suit for: Both wave riders and non-surfers.

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach is a long strand at the base of rocky cliffs.

Highlights:
1. It is a small and quiet beach, which is perfect to avoid the crowd. To get there you will pass some primitive villages, with smiling local people doing cattle or goats grazing and other daily chores.
2. Low tide time is suitable for walking on the beach, with soft white sand massaging your feet. The fine sand also makes sunbathing and sand castle building very enjoyable. Sometimes you can witness some sea creatures crawling from their hiding places and enjoying sunshine in shallow water areas.
3. It is also a great place to watch big surfing scene. Providing plenty of big waves, it is one of the most popular beaches for surfers. Surf schools and many freelance instructors are also available for new beginners.
Balangan Beach tips:
1. With strong currents and high waves, it is not recommended for swimming beginners.
2. You are advised to wear reef shoes since the beach has a sharp rocky base, some parts of which are covered under slippery green moss.

No.4 Jemeluk Beach


Location: The coastal area of Purwakerti village, Abang district.
Facilities: No star hotels, but many accommodations and restaurants available nearby.
Activities: Diving, snorkeling, swimming, and canoeing.
Suit for: Travelers who love diving activity.

Jemeluk Beach

Jemeluk Beach, the perfect place for avacation, can simply take your breath away with its stunning beauty!

Highlights:
1. This beach is famous for its underwater life. Under clear and steady water, there are beautiful coral layers inhabits a variety of decorative tropical fishes.
2. Another attraction is the nearby locals’ salting ground, where you can watch the traditional process in making salt.
3. The scenery of blue sea combining with mountains and tough cliffs is spectacular.
4. Do not miss the amazing sunset view.
Jemeluk Beach tips:
1. Traditional rowing boats for marine activities are available.
2. This beach is rocky, so water shoes would certainly be useful.
3. With stony black sands, it is not suitable for sunbathers.

No.5 Bingin Beach


Location: Pecatu Village, South Kuta District, Badung regency.
Facilities: Many accommodations can be found here, such as surf camps and villas.
Activities: Great place for surfing.
Suit for: The experienced and professional surfers.

Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach is one of the most demanded surfing points by surfers in the world.

Highlights:
1. It has stunning views over the Indian Ocean.
2. The powerful and challenging waves here have been attracting many adventurous surfers to attend surfing competition here.
3. When it is low tide, you can enjoy a breathtaking experience by walking along the exposed coral reefs.
Bingin Beach tips:
1. This beach is close to one of most popular tourist destinations in Bali-the Uluwatu Temple.
2. It is also very close to many other famous beaches, such as Padang-Padang, Impossible, Dreamland, Balangan, etc.
3. The best time for surfing here is on dry season (between May and October) when wind is flowing from east to west and creates great waves for surfing adventurers.

No.6 Pandawa Beach (Locals call it Kutuh Beach)


Location: Located in Kutuh village, Badung regency, in the south of Bali.
Facilities: Many food stalls provide delicious food and drink.
Activities: Sunning, swimming, and canoeing.
Suit for: The entire family.
Highlights:
1. This beach offers spotless white sand, calm waves and blue sea water.
2. It is one of the best places for family vacations with kids.
Pandawa Beach tips:
1. You can buy picnic food or drink from the local stalls.
2. If you want to do sunbath, it is easy to rent a sun deck with an umbrella from the stall owners.
3. Foot reflection massages are available with reasonable prices.
4. For water sports, you can rent a canoe from local people.

No.7 Geger Beach


Location: The eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula.
Facilities: Many restaurants nearby with sea kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas for rental.
Activities: Sunning, swimming, snorkeling and volleyball games.
Suit for: Families with young children and the new spouse.

Geger Beach

Geger Beach is protected from waves and hence very comfortable.

Highlights:
1. This beach is known for its clear blue water and clean white sand, but not over crowed.
2. It’s great for families with kids, due to warm calm water and soft waves.
3. There is a seaweed farm nearby, the plants of which are harvested to produce cosmetics, so you get great chances to observe local farmers do their work.
4. There is a temple built on the top of a huge rock.
5. The sand here is great for Frisbee, volleyball games and beach running.
6. Topless sunbathing is allowed here.
Geger Beach tips:
1. It is situated close to the Nusa Dua golf course.
2. Sometimes the waves may get a bit rough in the evening, so please watch out for safety.

No.8 Sanur Beach


Location: The coast of village Sanur, south of Bali.
Facilities: Many shops, restaurants, and hotels.
Activities: Various water sports.
Suit for: Families with kids.

Sanur Beach

Sanur Beach, Bali's earlist beach resort,maintains its wealth in arts and culture.

Highlights:
1. This beach is a white-sand beach with volcano views, and is also famous for its sunrise view.
2. There are many shells here for collectors. With clear water, you may even see some creatures like starfish while walking along the beach.
3. The view with traditional fishing boats lining on the beach during sunset is gorgeous with old-time charm.
4. There is a paved path, so you can enjoy a leisure walk.
5. At the north end of the beach, there is a turtle conservation area and a small market filled with crafts, clothes and food.
Sanur Beach tips:
1. With calm clear water, it provides perfect conditions for water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, jet-skiing, parasailing, surfing, snorkeling, and glass-bottom boat tours.
2. There's a reef to protect the beach from big waves, so the whole area is suitable for swimmers and the kids.

No.9 Blue Ocean Beach (Also named Double Six Beach)


Location: The village of Seminyak.
Facilities: There are plenty of great restaurants, resorts, spas and shopping centers nearby.
Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling as well as football and volleyball games.
Suit for: The entire family.
Highlights:
1. This is a beautiful sandy beach, peaceful and great for relaxation.
2. You can also rent a horse, and enjoy ridding along the beach while taking in the picturesque scenery.
3. It is a great place for new beginners to learn surfing. Swimming and snorkeling are enjoyable here as well as football and volleyball games.
4. Great sunset view.
Blue Ocean Beach tips:
1. The best time to visit this beach is during the cooler dry season, between May and October. Avoid rainy season (between December to February), when the waves bring in seaweeds from the ocean and makes the beach look quite murky.
2. Its calm waters are great for children wading.
3. Arrive early in the morning if you want solitude. If you want more alive scenery, come in the late afternoon when there are more people around.
4. You can also watch sunset over the 15th-century Hindu Petitenget Temple which is not far away.

No.10 White sand beach (Also known as Pantai Kecil, and Bias Tugal)


Location: This is a secluded, remote stretch of coastline near Padang Bai.
Facilities: Some huts and stalls provide drinks and snacks.
Activities: Sunning, snorkeling and sea diving.
Suit for: Adventure lovers.

Bias Tugal

Bias Tugal is a beautiful and magnificentbeach rarely visited.

Highlights:
1. Ideal quite place with few travelers.
2. Enjoy the stretches of white sand beach with sparkling blue sea and swaying coconut trees.
3. You can also enjoy exploring the beautiful coral reefs there.
4. The strong waves here are great for surfing.
White Sand Beach tips:
1. To reach there, you need to look out for a small path near Padang Bai. When you see a handwritten sign with "White Sand Beach" on, continue to climb over the hill to get down to this hidden beach!
2. Currents here can be strong sometimes, so watch out if you are not good at swimming.

Apart from its beautiful beaches, Bali also offers various cultures, ancient temples, picturesque volcanoes, magnificent artworks and delicious food, all of which will make your journey full of pleasure. If you are planning a vacation to Bali, do contact us at odyssey@tangdynastytours.com for an amazing tailor-made trip that you can never forget!


About the author, Vera Zhao
Vera Zhao is the product manager at Odyssey Tours. She has been in the line of Asia travel for 10+ years and stacks up helpful tips for tours to China, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
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