With Bali borders recently re-opening and summer in full swing, you probably feel like it’s time to pack up your suitcase and book your next vacation ASAP. However, before heading to Bali, you may want to research the many beaches it has to offer to see which is the best fit for you so you can make the most of your getaway. So grab your Bistro St. Tropez board shorts and resort wear, and let’s take a look at some of the best beaches to visit on your next trip to Bali.
Seminyak beach is a top-rated beach for all tourists, including families, thanks to being a five-kilometre long stretch of pristine, white sand, backed by bars, restaurants, and five-star hotels to enjoy. Located between Kuta and Legian in the western conurbation, take yourself to the heart of Bali’s oceanfront action and maybe even catch a wave or two while you’re there. Although Seminyak beach is a favourite among surfers, the waves can potentially be dangerous for swimmers, which is something to consider before visiting. But, ultimately, with so many eateries nearby, this is the perfect beach to grab a cocktail, put your toes in the sand, and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
What used to be just a fisherman village, Kuta Beach is now another very popular beach in Bali since it is located a short drive north of the international airport and has excellent surf. Besides being a premier location for surfers, Kuta Beach also has a Sea Turtle Conservation area where you can participate in annual hatching events and help release a baby turtle to the water. With its 2.5-kilometre stretch of cream-coloured sand, this beach on Bali’s southwestern coast is a must-visit on your next vacation.
Similarly to Kuta Beach, Jimbaran Beach is a short drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, just south rather than north. Jimbaran Beach is located in Jimbaran Bay which is known for providing tourists with authentic, local experiences and being a great place to eat seafood, visit local markets, and spend time at the beach. Furthermore, since Jimbaran Beach is away from main city centres, it is typically less crowded, meaning it’s perfect for romantic or family getaways. So, be sure to pack your men’s and boy’s board shorts when you visit this 3-kilometre long stretch of beach on your next trip to Bali.
Nusa Dua Beach
Nusa Dua Beach is located on the Bukit Peninsula, part of the southeastern tip of Bali, and is infamous for its seemingly flawless and endless stretch of powder-white sand. Furthermore, Nusa Dua Beach is a swell magnet; in fact, Nusa Dua is known to have the biggest rideable surf in Bali, which many call a beast of a wave. However, experienced surfers caution others that Nusa Dua Beach is a difficult playing field and to use your best judgment because the wave heights out on the reef can be deceiving from the shore. Finally, there are also calmer areas in the water, perfect for those on a family-friendly getaway but who also like to enjoy some surf.
Sanur Beach stretches along the southeast coast of Bali, about a 30-minute drive from the international airport, and exudes calming and tranquil energy for guests. For example, the beaches are clean, and the waters of Sanur Beach are still, with the waves being broken by the reef to allow for swimming and fishing to take place. Plus, you will often find little boats moored along the waterfront and several local cafes and restaurants to visit. Ultimately, those who come to Sanur Beach to enjoy the water and sand, end up staying for the atmosphere and culture of the local area.
Located close to the famous Nusa Dua Beach, Pandawa Beach is rightfully one of the most popular beaches in South Bali – especially among domestic travellers. It has a proper beach access for starters, leading you to pristine sand, bright blue waters, and several available water sports, including kayaking, snorkelling, and more. There are also umbrellas and seats on the beach, which can be rented for an affordable price, and restaurants and shops lining the beach, in case you’re feeling hungry or like you want to grab a souvenir. However, since it’s not secluded and is more popular, it can get decently crowded at times, so during busy seasons, it’s recommended to snag a spot on the beach early!
Lovina Beach is a coastal area on the northwestern side of Bali near the city of Singaraja that is typically less busy than its southern counterparts. Lovina Beach is most famous for its sunsets and dolphin watching excursions; although being a sheltered cove, it’s also very safe for swimming, diving, and snorkelling. The beach itself is comprised of several narrow stretches of black volcanic sand, and in total, extends about 12-kilometres. Lovina Beach is perfect for those looking to enjoy the beaches that Bali has to offer without all the hustle and bustle that comes with many of the other destinations.
Legian Beach is located between Seminyak and Kuta on the west coast of Bali. Named after the Balinese word for “sweet and pleasant,” Legian Beach is a popular destination for sun worship, surfing, and water sports. Furthermore, the main roads of Legian are home to popular mega-clubs that host DJs, so the venues in the area typically cater more towards younger crowds. This means the accommodations, food, and everything else is generally more affordable in this area, perfect for those travelling on budgets who still want to get the full Bali experience.
As you plan your next trip to Bali, be sure to research the beaches in the area you will visit to see which ones to add to your must-visit list. Many of the beaches mentioned here are popular or famous beaches in Bali, although ultimately, there are dozens of options to choose from. So, no matter which beach you choose, make sure you come prepared with new Bistro St. Tropez men’s board shorts and resort wear before you pack up and head out on your next adventure.
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