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4 Of the Best Beaches in Bali

Best Beach for Snorkelling

Because most of the beaches on the island of Bali have such incredible surf and waves, this does not make them ideal for snorkelling. However, if you travel to the east of the island to Padangbai, you will find three beaches with paradise white sand and calm, clear waters. This quiet sleepy fishing village doesn’t attract so many visitors, meaning the beaches are often quiet and peaceful. Bloo Lagoon beach, located near the Bloo Lagoon eco-resort just over the hill to the left, has the best snorkelling, with calm clear waters, scattered rocks and coral. Amongst the sea life you can expect to see Napolean Wrasse, reef sharks, stonefish, moray, rays, squid, octopus and blue ribbon eels. There is also a beautiful, secluded white sand beach over the hill to the right of the town, which is lined with palm trees and is the closest thing to a tropical island paradise.

Best Beach for People Watching

If you’re looking for a beach full of beautiful people, with plenty of bars and restaurants and activities going on, then Seminyak is the beach for you. Whilst the long sandy beach isn’t as idyllic as some of the others on the island, it is great for people watching, attracting hundreds of tourists looking for fun in the sun. Seminyak’s beach is an extension of Kuta Beach and is a long stretch of flat, compact sand with rolling waves perfect for learning to surf or having a go on a boogie board. You can lie back on a sun lounger with a Bintang or if you’re feeling a bit more energetic, play a game of bat and ball. Seminyak’s beach has one of the best views of the sunset, so if you can afford the price tag, have a cocktail and watch the sun go down from Ku De Ta, Bali’s world-famous bar.

Best Beach for Ultimate Relaxation

Few backpackers have heard of this beach, but Balangan, down in the south of the island past Jimbaran, is one of the ultimate for relaxing and letting your cares fade away. This sandy beach is lined with palm trees and is also a great spot for skilled surfers, with glassy waves rolling in over the coral reef. You can relax on a sun lounger in front of one of the beach shacks with a banana milkshake and a view of the surf, or go for a swim in one of the many natural rock pools. As the tide goes out you can go for a wander over the reef to get a closer view of the surfers in action. Balangan is a peaceful, tropical beach which will make you feel like you’re a million miles away from reality.

Best Beach for Experienced Surfers

Uluwatu, at the southern tip of Bali, is famous for its temple perched dramatically on the cliffs. Tourists flock to Uluwatu to see the band of monkeys that run around the temple complex, and to witness the traditional dance performance at sunset. But Uluwatu is also the most famous spot in Bali for experienced surfers, offering perfect waves during high season when the swell is good. Pantai Suluban is sheltered by steep cliffs, so on a windy day it’s perfect if you want to avoid getting sand in your eyes. Set in the cliffs are several warungs serving traditional Indonesian food like Nasi Goreng and banana pancakes, as well as a couple of ding repair shops and shops selling surf wear. Sit and enjoy the incredible views with a spot of lunch or climb down the steep steps to the shingle beach where you’ll find cool caves and rock pools.

The Beaches of the Bukit

“The Bukit” is one of the more secluded areas of Bali, Indonesia. It is a peninsula in the far south of the region that is barely hanging onto the mainland. This could have easily been an island had something in nature not left a very small region of land between it and the rest of Bali.

There is only one road leading into the Bukit and only a couple small populated towns on the outskirts of the area. Yet, some of the best beaches in all of Bali are located in this region. If you go down to the southern tip you will find a series of hidden beaches that are harder to get to and some very popular surfing beaches that get quite crowded at certain times of the year.

At least, those surfing beaches get crowded compared to the other remote, highly secluded beaches found in the Bukit! This is by far not a super crowded area like you would expect at popular beaches in other tourist areas of Bali.

The Secluded Bukit Beaches

Imagine stepping out of your rented villa in the cliffs high above Suluban Beach. You look out to the waves dancing up toward the blue sky, sparkling like crystal in the middle of the afternoon. It is quiet around you except for the subtle sounds of nature and it feels as if you are alone in the most beautiful region of the world.

Take a ten minute walk downward and you could be on a secluded beach with beautiful waves, a nice sized area of beautiful white sand that tickles the bottoms of your feet, and fish swimming around coral for you to explore.

This is Suluban Beach. It is just below some of the most amazing cliffs in the Bukit region and it doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic. While many visitors do know about it, not all of them will take the time to seek it out. It is an amazing Bali gem where you can spend time with someone special or just with yourself without the intrusions of the modern world.

That is the real beauty of the secluded beaches of the Bukit region. It is one of the few places in the world where you can genuinely escape the hustle and bustle of your every day life. It is one of the few places that will erase your worries at least for a short period of time.

The Popular Surfing Beaches

Imagine exploring the famous Uluwat temple and taking fun pictures that will be spread around Facebook and forever plastered into photo albums to be cherished. Then imagine walking or perhaps hopping on a fun motorbike and racing down to an exciting beach where some of the biggest waves of Bali present themselves.

You lie in the sand along with other spectators and watch locals brave those humungous waves like super heros. You watch them with wonder as they know just when to cut in and the right direction to cut out. Maybe you aren’t an expert surfer who can get out there with the locals, but there are many others from around the world who give it a try.

This is Uluwat Beach. It gets more foot traffic due to the beastie waves that hit the area every year. It can have a very fun, laid back vibe that is relaxing and adventurous.