Best Beaches in Bali

If you are planning a Bali holiday, you may want to book your accommodation, or more specifically, your villa escape, next to or near one of the best beaches in Bali. Alternatively, making an effort to travel to different beaches, or beach hopping, is one of the best things to do in Bali. While Bali is known for its dark volcanic sands, the white-sand beach is the postcard ideal. If you are looking for the idyllic white-sand beach holiday then the following beaches are worth a visit.


Situated 30 minutes east of Kuta, this beach has gentle waters and is a favourite with families. It’s also a 30-minute drive from Denpasar Airport. The beach itself is not wide, but with the reef as protection it means the waves are gentle and safe for children. It is five kilometres long and generally very clean. Despite the relaxed atmosphere, there are plenty of restaurants and villas in the area, but none intrude on the beachfront calm. Avoid staying near the traffic-congested Jalan Ngurah Rai which is found on the western border of this area. Sanur is also perfect for catching spectacular sunrises.


Make sure you check the tide schedule before making your way to this beach because if you pick the wrong time you’ll be confronted with a 100-metre walk over rocks. That’s not ideal if you have children or beach paraphernalia in tow. Although it’s popular with surfers, if you are an experienced surfer and going out to catch the break, surf booties are a good idea although beginners will find plenty of sandy bottom in the shallows.


Nusa Dua refers to the entire eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula. It’s about 30 minutes from Denpasar Airport and the main public beach is called Geger. This is one of the few beaches facing east and therefore gets good breezes and warm sea temperatures. With its small waves Geger is great for swimmers not surfers. Nearby attractions include the natural formation called Water Blow, the little known, but very enjoyable Pasifika Museum and Turtle Island (Serangan Island). The area has a security check at all three entrances.


To truly indulge beachside, no holiday in Bali would be complete without a day at a beach club. Try Finns Beach Club at Uluwatu; part of the Semara resort at Ungasan. Finns is located at the most southern point of the island. Access is via a short trip down a hillside. It’s a small club so come early to grab your lounge and parasol – for the first-come-first-served facilities. Gentle waves mean you can bring the kids and there is a range of activities available. A great Mediterranean-inspired menu with cool drinks mixed at the circular bar are available all day.


Situated in the east of Bali between two hills and the villages of Bugbug and Perasi, it’s a 4.5km trip from the main part of Cadidasa across dirt roads and rocky tracks to reach Perasi beach. The beach offers great views of Gili Biaha and is not strictly white sand but white streaked with black. Cafes are found near the car park and booking for local fishing, snorkelling and sailing trips can be made at some of the cafes.


This beach is situated in Ungasan Village, 30 minutes south of Kuta and 15 minutes to Denpasar Airport. Dreamland is known as a good surf beach with a beach break and was said to have developed a following after being discovered by a surfer in the 1970s. Also known as New Kuta Beach, it has lost some of its 70’s charm with development in recent years. Keep in mind the waves are strong so it’s not ideal for new surfers or small children.

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