With its incredible beaches, peaceful temples and rich jungles, Bali has secured its place among the most popular destinations in Asia. A firm favourite among beach lovers and culture vultures alike, this Indonesian island used to be reserved for Aussie holidaymakers – but not any more. These days, cheap flights to Bali are readily available, with regular flights offered by the likes of British Airways and Cathay Pacific.
When you get there, there’s no shortage of things to do. You can see the shrines, monkeys and rice paddies of Ubud – the ‘Cultural Heart’ of Bali – and go temple-hopping all over the island. But the beaches are the biggest draw. And they’re not as busy as some people would have you believe. Secluded bays are fringed by jungle and sprawling stretches have a dramatic backdrop of limestone boulders, while the black-sand beaches give a nod to the island’s volcanic history. Whether you want to surf, snorkel or simply relax, there’s a sandy spot with your name on it. Here are the best beaches in Bali.
Blue Lagoon Beach
This hidden-away patch of coast is small – only 60 metres long – but beautiful. Blue Lagoon Beach is part of a string of beaches along Bali’s east coast. Sheltered from the wind and waves by rocky headlands, this calm bay is the perfect place for a dip. And there’s an extensive coral system, making it a prime snorkelling and diving spot. In fact, for divers, this beach is often towards the top of the list.
There are plenty of recreational activities on dry land too, including yoga sessions and cookery classes. if you want to join in, simply book your place at Bloo Lagoon Eco Village.
Teluk Brumbun Beach
Bordering West Bali National Park, this beach is home to lots of incredible wildlife. Between the monkeys hanging out in the trees, the monitor lizards shimmying along the coast and the deer cooling off in the shallows, this can be quite a busy spot – but there’s barely any people. While you’re there, why not hop in a boat and visit Menjangan Island? This place boasts one of the best reefs in the whole of Indonesia, and it’s a much quieter diving spot than the popular places dotted along Bali’s east coast. You can expect to see rays, turtles, eels, dolphins, sharks and more.
A kilometre of golden sand in the popular area of Nusa Dua, Geger Beach is a great option for families. With fine white sand and shallow water, it’s perfect for little ones. And you’ll have easy access to facilities and restaurants. The north side of the beach is dotted with kiosks offering surfboards, snorkel masks and scuba gear, while the south side has a sundeck and parasols. There are also two luxury resorts on this side of Geger Beach, too – so the sand here is always spotless!
Kuta Beach is very popular, and for good reason. The heavy footfall stems from the surrounding hotels, as well as the town’s excellent restaurants, shops and bars. Once a small fishing village, Kuta is loved by surfers and backpackers, who swarm here for the summer festivals and beach parties. If you want a quiet, peaceful beach, Kuta might not be your cup of tea – but it’s worth a visit for the sunsets.
In the Kalibukbuk area, Lovina Beach offers a subdued alternative to the busy party islands of the south. The black volcanic sands span for two kilometres, and the calm waters are ideal for children and nervous swimmers. You can snorkel among the corals, and you might even see pods of wild dolphins if you get there early. There are plenty of dolphin-watching trips available if you want to go in search of Flipper and friends.