Whenever one speaks about Bali, the first things that come to mind are the vivid images of stunning beaches backed by lofty and craggy coastline, lush green mountainsides with rice terraces, Hindu, and Buddhist temples in unbelievable locations on volcanic lakes, inside rainforests, and mountains. Holidays to Bali are always special as this island of Indonesia offers rich and different cultural experiences, a sensual pleasure, a gastronomic sojourn, and a lot more. The island’s exotic culture, laid-back vibes and scenic nature make it the perfect destination for all kinds of travellers, especially the backpackers who are mostly attracted to Bali for its scenic beaches, water sports, beach parties, throbbing nightlife, delicious food, and budget-friendly accommodation.
Bali’s scenic beaches are the main highlights of the Bali holidays. The island is popular for its stunning beaches of all kinds. The island of Bali has around 67 beaches of various natures. Some beaches are blessed with powdery pink and volcanic black sand, the azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean, rolling moss-covered coastline and hills, and swaying palm trees. Some of the beaches in Bali have become party and nightlife hotspots while some beaches are magnets for surfers and watersports lovers others are more peaceful and perfect for solitude seekers. In this blog, we take a look at some of the best beaches in Bali.
Best Beaches to Visit in Bali
1. Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach lies on Bali’s southwestern coast and is one of the most visited resort areas. The beach is internationally acclaimed for its facilities and a2.5 kilometre stretch of cream-coloured sand. Kuta Beach offers a wide range of accommodations from cheap guesthouses to 5-star hotels and resorts. The area is also full of nightclubs, bars, pubs, and shopping malls. Kuta Beach and the main beach road that runs parallel to the coastline are also one of the best places to catch Bali’s famed magical sunsets. The main hotspot of Kuta is the central section called Halfway as the area offers access to Kuta Beachwalk, which offers a modern shopping complex, plenty of dining and entertainment options like Hard Rock Cafe, HQ Beach Club, the Kuta Art Market, and the Sea Turtle Conservation site, where turtle hatchlings are released.
2. Seminyak Beach
Seminyak Beach lies in the vicinity of Kuta and Legian Beaches in the south of Bali, but it stands out from its two popular neighbouring beaches. Seminyak Beach is a tourist destination that attracts seasoned and pro surfers as the waves are dramatic while the beach is known for its typical gold and dark sand and for its poetic sunsets. Seminyak is also popular among the resident ex-pats and has a much more refined and sophisticated look and feel with a fashionable crowd checking out the designer boutiques along the main roads and side streets. The area surrounding the beach is also known for world-class nightlife and dining with go-go bars and dancers. The area is also home to some of the stylish resorts and villas on the island. Travellers also prefer Seminyak to enjoy the sunsets while chilling out with cocktails.
3. Jimbaran Beach
Jimbaran Beach is one of the most scenic beaches in Bali and is highly popular among travellers especially families with kids. Jimbaran Beach serves as the beachfront of several luxurious 5-star hotels and resorts in Bali. It is known for its peaceful ambience and soft, white sand along the curving bay that allows a pleasant walk on the sand and plenty of photo opportunities to click the calm ocean and gentle waves lapping the beach. Jimbaran Beach is also surrounded by several luxury honeymoon hotels and restaurants and bars that line its shore and offers plenty of tables on the sand for delicious seafood barbeque, sundowner cocktails, and a perfect spot to witness the magical sunset. There is also a small beach in Jimbaran known as Muaya Beach where people sit and enjoy the sunset. The gentle water of Jimbaran Bay is perfect for rookie surfers to learn surfing.
4. Legian Beach
Legian Beach is a 2 km long stretch starting from the end of Kuta Beach. The beach is just like Kuta Beach with plenty of colourful parasol shades and sun loungers and kiosks selling cold drinks and roaming vendors selling snacks, ice creams and offering beach massages. Legian Beach is separated by a narrow road which is full of hotels, restaurants, and bars. The area is only accessible on foot and is comparatively less crowded than Kuta. North of Legian lies Double Six Beach, also known as Blue Ocean Beach, which is known for colourful beanbags on the sand and plenty of restaurants. Legian is also a great place for beginners to learn surfing and has several popular surf schools. The boardwalk of Legian Beach is full of small art shops. Plenty of nightlife hotspots and restaurants serving delicious food and plenty of locally run beach bars.
5. Canggu Beach
Canggu Beach lies between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. The beach is famous for its rugged coast and volcanic black sand beaches with high surf breaks that are popular with international surfers. Canggu is also backed by lush rice fields and there are plenty of holiday villas and hotels in the area. Canggu’s exotic black sand coasts are also famous for its Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most dramatic and photographed temples in Bali which lie 12 kilometres southeast of Canggu Beach. The area is also popular for families as within the vicinity of Canggu Beach are kids-friendly theme parks like Splash Waterpark, Finns Recreation Club, several Balinese cooking classes, Bali Equestrian Centre, and the famous Bali Island Horse which offer horseback riding on the beach, a nearby monkey forest, a trip to Tanah Lot temple, local villages, ride fields and rivers.