Welcome to the ‘Island of the Gods’! The moniker doesn’t just refer to the Hindu deities revered by the Balinese people; it is equally inspired by the incredible natural beauty and geographical wonders of the island. Blessed with countless natural wonders, Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. One of the most beautiful places on earth, Bali is surrounded by turquoise seas and golden beaches and is a surfer’s paradise! Bali is the perfect beach destination for beach bums aching for some sun, sand and surf. Nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts can look forward to soaking up the sun while sipping a summery cocktail. Chill by the ocean side and look out over a never-ending trail of unspoiled coral reefs, crystal clear waters, ultimate surf waves and postcard-perfect hidden bays. With some sunset cocktails added to the mix! So, get ready to pack your sunscreen, a summer playlist and other picnic goodies. Here is a definitive list of the best beaches in Bali.
1. Kuta Beach
Considered to be Bali’s most popular beach resort destination, Kuta beach is located only minutes away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban. Kuta is a general favourite among travellers to Bali for a lot of reasons – firstly, it is a great destination for backpackers and budget travellers because of the wide variety of accommodation and food options available in the vicinity. Secondly, this family friendly beach also has a plethora of fun activities like giant water slides, vertical bungee, water scooters, banana boat rides and even surfing. Thirdly, the nearby Kuta Art Market, Poppies Street and the famed Kuta Beachwalk offer great places to indulge in a shopping spree.
Kuta beach witnesses its busiest months in July and August, and during the holiday season of Christmas and New Year’s, so it might be easier on the pocket to avoid these peak times of the tourist season while visiting Kuta.
2. Legian Beach
Another contender for the spot of the most popular beach in Bali is Legian. Often known as the party capital of Bali, Legian is where the wild and exuberant Balinese nightlife can be found. The beautiful beach of Legian lights up during the night, with beach shacks and bars open for business and a throng of revellers letting their hair down and partying into the night. Some of the most famous bars and pubs in Bali are found in Legian, like the Engine Room, the Vi Ai Pi Bar, the Azul Beach Club and the Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge.
Legian lies between Kuta and Seminyak, less than half an hour away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport of Bali.
3. Seminyak Beach
If you want your Bali experience to be indulgent and luxurious, Seminyak is the way to go. Known for its collection of upscale resorts, each of which provides a unique and opulent experience of Bali, Seminyak is an unforgettable experience, perfect for a honeymoon. It is home to resorts like the Alila Seminyak, Oberoi Seminyak, the Haven and the Kunja. Seminyak is also a treat for foodies, with the famous eat street located here. There are also plenty of upscale restaurants headed by master chefs located in the area, including Mejekawi, Ku De Ta and La Lucciola Bali.
4. Canggu Beach
Located between Seminyak and Tanah Lot, Canggu beach and village is the up and coming hotspot in the Balinese beachscape. Originally a quiet fishing village, Canggu is blessed with pristine blue waters, beaches of black sand and a warm and open coastline that is also quite surfer friendly. Do not miss the famous Echo Beach or Batu Mejan, one of the hottest surfer beaches in all of Indonesia. Also around Canggu are the world famous Tanah Lot Temple – the guiding deity of Bali and the protector of surfers and the exquisite Berawa beach.
5. Balangan Beach
One of Bali’s hidden beach treasures, Pantai Balangan is a golden sand beach that stretches for more than half a kilometer, with some of the most scenic sights and the most thrilling surf breaks. Balangan beach boasts of the longest left hand break on the island of Bali. The best time to get here for pro surfers is during the dry season between May and September, when the south-westerly winds create swells rising up to 10 feet high and rolling for more than 500 meters.
6. Jimbaran Beach
The Jimbaran beach is a part of the narrow isthmus that connects mainland Bali to the Bukit Peninsula. Once a tiny fishing village, Jimbaran today is home to some of the best luxury resorts in Bali. The amount of high end villas, fashion boutiques and other luxury offerings in Jimbaran have led to it being known as the Beverly Hills of Bali. Also do not miss the collection of more than fifty restaurants serving different kinds of mouth watering grilled seafood out of fresh catch, right on the beachside.
7. Pasir Putih
One of the few exquisite white sand beaches in the world, Pasir Putih is a beach that takes a little bit of effort to get to. From Candidasa, you get to the village of Perasi village. After that, a kilometer long stretch of a rocky road opens up to a wide vista of azure blue seas bordered by powder white sand. Pasir Putih is a great beach for relaxing, swimming and even snorkelling.
8. Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is a tiny island only a few kilometers off the southeastern coast of Bali. If one wants to have a deserted island experience with a totally secluded beach, Nusa Lembongan is the way to go. The exact oxymoron of the hectic beaches of south Bali, Nusa Lembongan is hosts to pristine and virgin beaches like Dream beach, Paradise beach, Mushroom beach and Tamarind beach, each of which boasts of a special and unique flavour of the island life.
The main eastern beach of the island of Bali, Sanur gives a vibe that is extremely different from the more popular south western beaches where the tourists generally throng to. The long stretch of the beach is extremely swimmer friendly due to its shallow expanse. Due to its family friendly vibe, great views and a range of resorts, hotels and restaurants, Sanur takes the cake when it comes to having a good time.
Every beach in Bali is a different experience in itself. To know more about the tantalizing beaches of Bali and for assistance in planning your trip, get in touch with TripFactory and book your Bali holiday package @INR 39,999/- now!