Bali offers some of the most pristine beaches in South East Asia. Sunsets at the beaches are truly spectacular. A myriad of water sports await you, such as canoeing, parasailing, jet skiing, banana boat riding, the extreme sport of Kite surfing and lots more. Bali has beach to suit your every mood and activity. There are beaches untouched by human foot prints, beaches buzzing with activity, beaches backed by untamed jungles, beaches of white and black sands and beaches dotted with isolated fishing villages.
On Bali’s beaches sunbathing is popular with many visitors from temperate countries. However, please keep in mind that the sun in Bali can be very hot and you need to use sun cream. To avoid dehydration, it is advisable to drink plenty of water.
Lying on the western shore of the isthmus leading to Badung Peninsula is the famous Kuta beach, which has earned a reputation as a beach of paradise and attracts surfers, swimmers and sunbathers of all ages and nationalities.
Tanjung Benoa, a promontory stretching from Nusa Dua into the sea, boasts of a beautiful beach. Water sports of all kinds can be enjoyed here. Accomodation is available in several four-star hotels and there are plenty of seafood restaurants.
Aptly called the United Nations of beaches, Sunset Legian sees all kinds of people from all parts of the world indulging in both passive and active pursuits such as reading, meditating, playing beach volleyball, foot massaging and sun bathing. When the sun sets across the horizon the beach bars come alive, the football field is at its busiest and the locals wade into the waves.
Located between Kuta and the airport, this beach is excellent for those seeking sedentary activities like sunbathing or reading. Enveloped in tranquility, Tuban beach has the services of hotel lifeguards who make the sea a safe place to swim.
Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Bingin and Dreamland
These places used to be the exclusive playgrounds of surfers as access was along rough dirt tracks. Also, the hike down to some of the beaches deterred many people, but this is no longer true, as asphalt roads have been built, along with access paths down to the most popular beaches.
Ensconced in a lagoon, Nusa Dua is dotted with many five-star hotels, some of which have private beaches. This area is a swimmer’s haven as the waters are tranquil and clean.
In the 1930’s Sanur was the Beverly Hills of Bali, with many rich and famous people having their residence here. Today it is a center for windsurfing, parasailing and other water sports. Families enjoy Sanur Beach as it is in a calm, quiet lagoon area. Colorful outrigger can be hired from the villagers for island hopping. There is a red brick path from the Grand Bali Beach Hotel stretching beyond the Sanur Beach Hotel, making it possible to reach many hotels and restaurants along the strip.
Jimbaran is a sleepy cove where fleets of fishing boats colour the scene. Since the opening of the Four Season Resort and Inter Continental, this once quiet area has now become a popular resort. Local families and tourists are drawn by its beauty and also come here to enjoy the seafood from the superb restaurants along the beach. It is a very popular spot for windsurfing and small sailing craft, which are available for rent.
This island is one of the most popular destinations for day trips from Bali. The journey takes between one and two hours, depending on whether you take a boat or motorboat. The pristine sandy beaches with calm bays are abundant with colorful sea life, so diving and snorkeling are very popular. For the less adventurous, glass-bottomed boats are available.
Padang Bai is the main harbour for boats to and from Lombok. It is a quaint, laid-back fishermen’s village with a few inexpensive losmens for accommodation. A short walk over the rugged headland to the north will lead you to an intimate white sand beach, great for snorkeling.
This is the gateway to eastern Bali and is developing as a popular tourist destination. The beach had once been washed away due to coral picking but this has now stopped and the coral is returning.
Amed and Tulamben
Amed and Tulamben are alternative destination in east Bali. Amed is a quiet resort town that offers simple losmens, a couple of small hotels and good snorkeling.
Tulamben is even quieter and popular with local divers. A shipwreck bombed by the Japanese in World War Two and a drop-off accessible from the beach offer easy access to a colorful underwater world. The diving here is spectacular and many companies offer courses for all levels of experience.
Lovina, Kalibukbuk, Pemuteran, Pulau Menjangan
Between Singaraja and Seririt on Bali’s wild north coast is a busy stretch of losmens and hotels and the low sea makes this area by far the most inspiring beach in Bali.
The coastline has a number of tranquil coves, Lovina being one of them. Dolphins are often seen playing in the waters off Lovina at sunrise.
The diving off Pulau Menjangan, part of West Bali National Park, is generally regarded as the best in Bali. Boats are available to take divers over to the inhabited island.
Pemuteran is the perfect choice for those who would like to visit The Menjangan Island
The West Coast
This stretch of Bali is very beautiful and wild. Experienced surfers head out to this area but it is not recommended for beginners as the roaring sea is filled with treacherous rips. The beach around Tanah Lot is fantastic for horse riding and the nearby temple is an awe-inspiring location for watching dramatic sunsets.