Bali Beaches

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach locally referred to as Pantai Balangan, is one of Bali’s most popular and most scenic, featuring a gorgeous half-kilometre stretch of golden sand bordered between vegetated limestone cliffs and a reef with one of the longest left-hander breaks on the island. This surfing paradise attracts wave riders from around the world, who enjoy most of the south-western Bukit coastline together with Balangan’s sister breaks of Dreamland, Impossibles, Padang Padang, Suluban and Uluwatu further south. Balangan Beach shares the same vicinity as Dreamland, set only a kilometre apart and separated by a small headland that serves as the famous signature Hole 15 of the New Kuta Golf Course, from where players get the best bird’s eye-view over both beaches and the ocean horizon. The coastline is accessible down the namesake Jalan Pantai Balangan, an approximate 7-kilometre (4.3-mile) ride west from the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park, and 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) south from the main hub of Kuta. Getting there is effortless thanks to clearly marked signposts bearing names and directions. At its end is the main entrance, and parking fees range between IDR 2,000 and 5,000 for motorcycles and cars. The beach is only a dozen steps down from the cliff, but it’s a good idea to head up the hills beforehand and take a peek from the vantage point for great panoramic angles. The golden stretch of sand meets the vast blue ocean, and you can see from afar the surfers having fun in the breaks. Those into photography will love to linger on for the dramatic sunsets from above. It is swimmable here, but bear in mind it’s a predominantly a surfer’s playground. There are no lifeguards on duty. Several thatch-roofed and stilt terrace warungs (traditional food stalls selling simple meals, snacks and refreshments) and cafes dot the eastern side of coastline, where surfers usually ‘refuel’ in between their thrills. Best time to come with a surfboard if you’re a pro is around the dry season (between May and September) when south-westerly winds create from 2.5ft up to 10-feet swells which can roll on for a good 500 metres. Non-surfers can simply enjoy the view and the coast itself, with parasol-shaded beach beds available for rent, or you can simply bask under the sun, and bury yourself in the soft sand. At low tide, the reef near the limestone cliffs reveal exotic seaweed covered rock formations and pools, offering even more dramatic sunset angles.

 

Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach is one of Bali’s most popular surf spots, and it’s also one of the island’s hidden beaches, obscured by the rugged limestone cliffs on the southwestern Bukit peninsula. While getting to the stretch of white sand requires a difficult walk over uneven rocks, most people agree it is well worth the effort when they experience the gorgeous beachscapes and exciting waves. When you’re not surfing the sensational reef breaks, Bingin offers a treat for photographers or those simply looking for a place to relax and take in the exotic sunsets. Overland, Bingin Beach offers a somewhat stark and barren topography, but you’ll have the best panoramic bird’s-eye view from the cliff-top. The best time for non-surfers and beach lovers to visit Bingin is during low tide, when much of the stretch of sand is revealed. There are a number of local bars and warungs (traditional food shacks selling cold drinks and light meals) where you can sit back and enjoy splendid views over the coast, featuring scattered boulders and rock pools. For wave riding, Bingin Beach is easily a pro surfers’ paradise, with left-handers that can be strong with up to 8ft swells that break over submerged reef. Near the shore, it’s shallow but can be too rocky to wander barefoot. Even still, the coarse white sand of the coastline is one of the most beautiful on the peninsula’s coastline. Getting here is an hour’s transfer from Kuta, and is just several minutes north from Uluwatu Temple.

 

Blue Point / Suluban / Uluwatu Beach

The beauty of the beaches in Bali called Blue Point, Distance from Kuta beach is about 45 minutes, by passing through the winding roads and up and down. Location Blue Point is still a one-way to the temple of Uluwatu, Padang-padang beach, and Dreamland. This beach is situated in the village of Pecatu, namely at the southern tip of the Badung regency.
Actually the original name of this beach is Suluban. Near the beach there is a hotel called Bluepoint Villas, so Suluban better known as Bluepoint. The hotel is quite well known outside of Bali and was used for shooting advertising a brand drinks, starring Miss Universe. ‘Suluban’ adoption of the word ‘mesulub’ which in Balinese language means “in bali have to stoop to walk through a gap in the cliff”. This may be because the road to this beach you must go down through a narrow road between the coastal cliffs.

Dreamland Beach

Dreamland Beach is among the collection of ‘hidden’ beaches of Bali: stretches of white sand secluded by limestone cliffs that line the rugged coastline of the southern Bukit Peninsula. The beach became highly accessible following the mega development of the Pecatu Graha and Pecatu Indah Resort projects that, at the turn of the millennium, transformed the 400Ha hilly terrain into the ‘New Kuta’, with Klapa beach club, resorts and the New Kuta Golf course onsite. Despite rampant development over its limestone landscape, Dreamland Beach retains much of its rugged charm on the sand, particularly for beachgoers, day-trippers and surfers who enjoy some of Bali’s best reef breaks near the shore and close paddle outs to the neighbouring world-class reef breaks, namely Balangan up north and Impossibles down south (both for advanced riders). On the sand, you can choose deck chairs and parasols for rent, or enjoy a cheap massage (IDR 50,000 – 100,000 or USD 3.50 – 7). Hard bargaining is advised.

Green Bowl Beach

Green bowl beach is the beach which is located in the southern part of Bali. And most of the landscape of the southern part of Bali island hills and the lower part in a beautiful beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Automatic green bowl beach is known for good waves located at the bottom of the hill. We will have to pass through hundreds stairs to reach this beach. So prepare extra effort to reach. Before reaching the beach, many monkeys roaming on the road, so you must be careful when driving, all the way before arriving at the parking area you will see all area still green. The beach is still natural, you will meet some monkeys hanging around all the way to the beach. Very clean beach and white sand.

Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran beach and the famous Jimbaran Bay are on Bali’s southwestern coast. The beach is part of the narrow isthmus connecting the Bali mainland and the Bukit Peninsula. The beach and the bay of Jimbaran offers small secluded areas. The tranquility and peace you can find here can be a perfect antidote to a stressful world. The land gently slopes away from the beach revealing exclusive celebrity haunts. Some are hidden under a canopy of leafy coconut palm groves. Jimbaran is a must-visit places for your Bali holiday, especially if you’re a seafood lover. Mostly open afternoon until late, each of the venues within the row of Jimbaran seafood cafes in the bay offer fresh-grilled seafood served at candlelit tables on the sand. As the sun goes down, the horizon features faint lights from the Ngurah Rai airport and traditional fishing boat lanterns at sea.

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach is on the western side of the island’s narrow isthmus. It’s considered Bali’s most famous beach resort destination. Kuta Beach is also minutes away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban. The nearby resorts of Tuban, Legian and Seminyak are all within close walking distance. Once a simple, rustic and quiet fishing village, Kuta Beach has witnessed a transformation over the past years. This is due to the rise of various accommodation options, dining and shopping scenes. The rapid growth owes much to visitors, beachcombers and art lovers from nearby Australia. Expatriates also helped pioneer surfing in Kuta, as well. A rather frenzied traffic scene has become commonplace here. Even so, Kuta Beach continues to attract thousands of visitors every year with its unique charm. Kuta Beach is regularly fully-booked over the peak seasons. This is usually from July to August and the holiday season for Christmas and New Year. Travellers look forward to visiting Kuta for a pleasant and affordable Bali escape.

Legian Beach

Legian Beach is probably the second most popular area with visitors in Bali. This is after Kuta, thanks to its close association with beach life and its parties. Indeed, one of Legian’s main attractions is its extravagant nightlife. Another attraction is the white sandy beach filled with tanned wannabe celebrities. For first timers, Legian might feel just like another Kuta. But give yourself a day, an evening walk along the famous Double Six Beach, and a night in a cosy club here. Then, you decide what you’ll do with the rest of your vacation. Legian literally means ‘sweet’ in Balinese. As its name suggests, Legian promises sweet memories of a Bali holiday.

Canggu Beach

Canggu Beach is a coastal village and an up-and-coming resort area that is roughly situated between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. The coastline of Canggu comprises different black-sand beaches, almost all with surf breaks that are popular haunts of surfers from around the world. These include the beaches of Berawa that borders just north of Seminyak’s Batubelig beach, Batu Bolong, Batu Mejan aka ‘Echo Beach’, Pererenan, Seseh and Mengening just south of Tanah Lot. The countryside of Canggu Beach also features verdant rice fields, making it a residential area of choice among many Bali expatriates. This has also led to the abundance of villas, either as homes or as full-fledged resorts paired with five-star services and facilities. As Bali’s expatriate neighbourhood and surfing area, Canggu has among the island’s latest surf camps, bar and restaurant openings, and shops catering to an international clientele. Browse through our Canggu section to find out more.

Melasti Beach

At this time indeed Melasti Ungasan Beach can still be categorized as one of the New Tourist Attractions in Bali, You can still see it if you come there, where the road construction process and the construction of supporting tourist infrastructure are still in the works. However, you don’t need to worry, although it is still under construction, Melasti Beach Ungasan has begun to be visited by many tourists, This is reasonable because the beach in southern Bali is indeed very beautiful natural scenery around it. Expanse of sea water that spreads blue, with white limestone ornaments, and white sand and the waves make the beach look exotic. So according to Dian Dian, Melasti Ungasan Beach in the future will be able to be in line with the popularity of Nusa Dua Beach such as Sawangan Beach or Geger Beach. Similar to Pandawa Beach, Melasti Beach is actually one of the hidden white sand beaches in southern Bali, Melasti beach location is behind a towering limestone hill, so visitors must go down and up hundreds of steps. And because of its isolated beach location, making Melasti beach in Ungasan Bali is not much known to tourists. But it is different after opening the access road to the tourist site so that vehicles can be passed by like a car by splitting a coral cliff, then at this time and in the future Melg Ungasan Beach Bali will certainly become one of the famous beach attractions in Bali.

NyangNyang Beach

Nyang Nyang Beach in Pecatu Village, Badung, Bali has been named by CNN international travel as one of the best beaches in the world and must be visited in 2018. Nyang Nyang Beach is the only beach representing Indonesia on the list. “Famous as one of the hidden beaches in Bali, Nyang Nyang Beach is still not very crowded. There is a golden yellow sandy coastline, cliffs full of plants, green grasslands, blue ocean with waves suitable for surfing to be the superiority of this beach. Nyang Nyang Beach is indeed not as well-known compared to other beaches in the South Kuta area. Proven location of this beach is still not included in the digital map. The location of Nyang Nyang Beach is before Uluwatu Temple. Access to Nyang Nyang Beach is difficult. Because of the location of the beach under the cliff, tourists have to descend hundreds of steps with a fairly extreme slope. But everything was avenged when it came to the bottom, with coarse-textured sand of golden yellow, cliff views, and high rolling waves. Nyang Nyang Beach is directly opposite the Indian Ocean, so it’s no wonder this location is called a paradise for surfers. For tourists who are not surfers, it is not safe to swim at Nyang Nyang Beach. Other activities that can be done is sunbathing on the beach, looking for shells, or camping. The best time to visit Nyang Nyang Beach is from May to October, when it is not the rainy season. If it rains, access to Nyang Nyang Beach will be slippery and difficult. After finishing exploring Nyang Nyang Beach and going back up, there is still one exciting activity left, paragliding. Don’t miss flying on the Peninsula Peninsula looking at the sunset, cliffs and beach views from the air.

Padang Padang Beach

Padang Padang Beach, locally referred to as Pantai Labuan Sait, is one of Bali’s most famous surf spots, located on the north-western coast of the island’s Bukit Peninsula, This beach features an exotic setting; a simply stunning one hundred meter-long stretch of sand that is accessible down a flight of stairs through a unique hollow rock entrance. The surf has a steady set of barrels during good weather, attracting wave riders from around the world. Part of the group of world-class surf spots that line the coast of the southern peninsula, Padang Padang Beach lies several kilometres in between Bingin and Uluwatu, among which surfers usually hop to interchangeably for a different set of challenges and another thrill for the day. This beach is also a regular spot for international surfing events, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang being the most frequent. Beach access is down the slope across the road from a large parking area. Prior to this is a bridge that connects the two sides of the limestone cliff, offering a glimpse down to the beach from up high. Halfway down the flight of stairs is a temple that overlooks the surf, and sharing the coastal forest features with Uluwatu, you will occasionally witness playful grey long-tailed macaques playing around the stairs on the Balinese ‘gapura’ gate, and high up in the acacia trees. A fun fact: Padang Padang Beach was featured as a romantic setting in the 2010 big-screen adaptation of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. Once you reach the bottom of the stairs, you are greeted by a gorgeous sight: a fringed beach with fine, white sand, blue waters and a distant horizon. There are board rentals here provided by the locals if you don’t have your own but would like to try (warning: the waves here break over shallow coral and are not suitable for beginners). Although the big waves beyond the reef breaks are limited to advanced surfers, the shore is great for family fun and leisure, and there are local warungs on Padang Padang Beach serving light meals and refreshments. Sand castles, splashing, sunbathing, lying down with a good read under a parasol, or simply sitting back to enjoy the exotic views… all are welcome.

Pandawa Beach

Pandawa Beach, locally referred to as ‘Pantai Pandawa’, is a great addition to Bali’s collection of gorgeous beaches, located on Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula. The fine, one-kilometre coastal stretch is located in the village of Kutuh, ‘Hidden’ behind large carved limestone cliffs that reveal wide views to the Indian Ocean, Pandawa Beach was once also dubbed as ‘Secret Beach’ and it was officially opened in 2012, fast-gaining popularity among local weekenders and international visitors. Besides its impressive natural sea panorama of white sand, blue sky and surf, Pandawa Beach is also best known for its impressive terrain and manmade limestone features that serve as a one-of-a-kind welcome into this coastal area. Huge cliffs were cut through to make way for its winding and smooth asphalt roads which lead down to the beach. The sides remained as high walls, while the ocean-facing cliffs midway down the slope feature deeply carved arches installed with large statues. They each depict the hero characters from the Mahabharata epic, known as Pandawa Lima or the ‘five Pandawas’, hence the name of the beach. There are six white stone statues draped in colourful Balinese waistcloths, namely Dewi Kunti, the mother figure from the epic, and the five heroes: Dharmawangsa (also known by the name Yudhistira), Bima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadewa. A single empty arch seems to make way for another planned character, either the heroes’ father, Pandu, or his second wife, Madri. You can have great photo opportunities here, both against the giants and to the picturesque distant horizon and the stretch of Pandawa Beach 250m down from this vantage point. The road from here branches in two directions toward two different sections of Pandawa Beach. The eastern part comprises local stalls selling snacks and refreshments, and its parasol-shaded sun beds line the coast. This area is a little rugged due to the large rocks along the sand, most likely rubble from the prior road construction through the cliffs. The western counterpart, however, features a cleaner and longer stretch of sand, with various water sport activities and gear rentals, cafes, and stalls serving anything from grilled seafood and local cuisine to sandwiches and burgers. The water at Pandawa Beach, as with most of Bali’s southern coastline, is an exotic combination of blue and green, as local seaweed farmers still tend to their patches along these coasts. On clear days with mild winds, it is a great place to swim, or you can hire a sea kayak, don some life vests and paddle out for fun, and even grab a surfboard to catch a wave beyond the reef breaks (swells are usually consistent with the strongest southern ocean currents moving out in unpredictable directions, so it is strictly for advanced surfers). Easily, this is one of the far-flung and exotic beaches to retreat to on your Bali holiday.

Sanur Beach

Sanur Beach, Bali’s earliest beach resort, features a relaxed coastal ambiance. Located on the eastern side of the island’s isthmus, it is the opposite of Kuta, both in characteristics and nuance. The former fishing village maintains most of its charm and continues to attract repeat visitors, mostly from Europe. Among Bali’s first hotels and beachfront retreats, together with an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and bars and an assortment of innovative and modern entertainment venues share the Sanur Beach coastline. Known for its laidback atmosphere, Sanur Beach maintains its wealth in arts and culture, making it an ideal destination to enjoy the best of both eras, classic and contemporary.

Amed Beach

Amed Beach in Bali is most likely already on your travel itinerary if you’re a keen diver. The island’s eastern shoreline is an underwater playground, with Amed Beach attracting the larger crowd of divers, compared to Tulamben, another dive site located 25 km to the north. Amed Beach in Bali was once best known for its traditional salt farming. Soon after its beautiful underwater trove was unveiled, with a historical shipwreck adding to its natural features, Amed Beach became a favourite among divers, particularly Jemeluk Bay. Ask for Amed Beach in Bali and you’d be directed to any strip along this coast that spans 7 different seaside villages: Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. All are fishing villages, so you’ll often see traditional jukung outriggers lining the coast.

Blue Lagoon Beach

Blue Lagoon Beach is one of the hidden beach in east Bali, and known as an underwater paradise, the water is warm and the marine life is abundant. The beach lies just northeast of the main beach of Padangbai and is framed by green and rocky hills on both sides. Here you can pick a sunbathing spot right on the sand or, if you prefer, opt for a space in the shade as the entire edge of the beach is lined with palm trees. The Blue Lagoon Beach is really present an enchanting panoramic sea. The large sand grains like pepper with decorated hills surrounding the semi-circle of blue bay. It is a so blue fresh sea water beach. Blue Lagoon Beach which is in the earlier time known as little beach have a very exotic panorama although this beach is not as wide as many beaches in Bali. Blue Lagoon which is located under the north canyon of Silayukti temple have a calm waves, because it is surrounded by black corals. The Blue Lagoon Beach which has an area of 2 ha was developed since 1991. Actually, this beach can give you a perfect natural fantasy. This white sand beach is available not only for sunbathe or swimming but also for snorkeling. This beach is potential to develop along with interest increase of international tourist to this object. The existence of accommodation such as hotel, restaurants and spa with the international standard will make Blue Lagoon as one of dream touristic site in east Bali especialy for Karangasem regency. Blue Lagoon Beach has clean water, there are lots of coral and fishes near the shore which makes it good for snorkeling, swimming, and taking underwater photos. The snorkeling area has a sandy bottom and is home to one of Bali’s coral reefs. While you are exploring the reef, expect to see cuttle fish, angel fish, cow fish and moray eels. Followed by shoals of black fish with tails shaped like the head of a spanner, you might even see a fish in a leopard-print coat, and if you look carefully, you will notice cleverly camouflaged creatures hiding in the reef crevices.

Tulamben Beach

Tulamben is a small fishing village situated in the tranquility of Karangasem Regency, east side of Agung Mount featured by the beautiful beach with amazing underwater life. The beach is a heaven for divers in all over the words because the unique and beautiful underwater especially shipwreck as the best habitats for coral fishes. Tulamben is one of the best Bali Wreck Dive Spots pampering the divers with wonderful experience on every dive. The name of Tulamben is coming from the word of Batulambih (local Balinese word), that roughly translates as “many stones”. It is a reference to the destructive eruptions by Mount Agung that have affected this part of Bali. Tulamben Beach is not covered by sand, but is entirely covered by fairly large, and smooth stones. In addition, the name evolved over time, first to “Batulamben” and finally settling on the contraction Tulamben (“batu” means “stone” in Indonesian). Tulamben beach is Located at Tulamben Village, Kubu district, Karangasem Regency that is about 3 hours driving from Ngurah Rai International Airport and it has been appointed as one of the famous destination in the east. This beach is a beautiful beach with serenity ambiance featured by the amazing underwater view. The underwater scenery can enchant every diver who go for diving. There are beautiful corals and colorful fishes as well as the existence shipwreck from USAT Liberty Ship since 1963 cause of Agung Mount eruption. We can find tropical fishes at this dive spot includes bump head parrot, mola-mola sunfish, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks. Meanwhile, the temperatures of underwater is stable and safe to dive. Therefore, this dive spot is an ideal dive spot for beginner divers. Tulamben Beach is the best place to go for diving, because it has flat lagoons and easy to reach the coral reefs from the coastal edge. Diving at Tulamben Beach will be a great dive experiences for divers where it available great point to dive on diving trips. The experience will be impressible when go for diving to the shipwreck of USAT Liberty. It lies in shallow water and suitable for all certification levels diver. The ship rests in 30 meters of water roughly 25 meters from shore. We can reach it with a short swim from the beach. The highest point of the wreck tops out about 5 meters from the surface. The ship had been torpedoed by the Japanese submarine in 1942 on the sea near Lombok Island. And then, it had been towed to Tulamben Beach on rescue operations. Furthermore, the big eruption of Agung Mount in 1963 has destroyed the most eastern side of Bali.  The lava had pushed the ship into the water from the shore. Hence, it became encrusted with coral and a home of thousand beautiful fishes where we can up to now. Tulamben Beach is also ideally for the honeymooners who celebrate the honeymoon season. Because the beach offers the peaceful atmosphere, romantic sunrise and calm seawater. The romantic shades and unique scenery of Agung Mount are standing behind of the beach as backdrop

Virgin Beach

The beauty of Virgin Beach is still natural, so it’s appropriate if tourists are interested to come. Not only the natural nature, the location of Virgin Beach is also hidden flanked by two high cliffs Penggiang and Apen. No wonder the tourists who come really enjoy the atmosphere at Virgin Karangasem Beach because it feels like on a private beach. Virgin Beach is also not as busy as Kuta Beach. The silence and comfort created here is very suitable as a stress reliever. The natural beauty of Virgin Beach makes this beach as one of the best beaches in the world. Even his name is often mentioned in overseas travel guide books. White sandy Virgin beach with fine and clean grains although the expanse of sand is not too broad. Because of the clean white sand, foreign tourists give the name Virgin Beach as White Sand Beach Bali. However, local people even know Virgin Beach by the name of Perasi Karangasem Beach.

Lovina Beach

Lovina Beach  is a coastal area on the northwestern side of the island of Bali, Iindonesia. The coastal strip stretches from 5 km west of the city of Singaraja to 15 km west. Singaraja is the seat of Buleleng Regency. The Lovina area contains the small villages (from east to west) of Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Anturan, Banyualit, Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem and Temukus. It is becoming more popular with tourists but remains far quieter than the tourist hotspots of the island’s south side. The area takes its name from a home owned by Panji Tisna (1908-1978), a Regent of Buleleng and pioneer of tourism to Bali in the early 1950s. Popular activities for visitors include early-morning boat trips off the coast to see Dolphin. Around the 1950s, Anak Agung Pandji Tisna, had traveled to several countries in Europe and Asia. He stayed several weeks in Bombay (now Mumbai). What attracted him most was the life of the people in India. By observing the people’s way of life in the area, he got the thought and the outlook for Bali, especially the development of social welfare in the Buleleng region. While he was in Bombay, Panji Tisna saw a place that was beautifully laid out as a spot for leisure on the beach. The land had much similarity with what he owned on Kampung Baru Beach – Buleleng – North Bali, which also was between two rivers. Pandji Tisna was inspired to create a resort like that. The land he already had in hand. Returning from abroad in 1953, Anak Agung Pandji Tisna immediately began to build on his land, a cottage called Guesthouse “LOVINA”. The place was designed for the “travellers” or tourists for a vacation. The guesthouse was furnished with three bedrooms and a small restaurant near the sea. Some business observers claimed that the plan of Panji Tisna would not work as expected. They thought it was too early to make business of such a kind on a secluded beach like Tukad Cebol. Local cultural observers stated that “Lovina” was a foreign word, not Balinese. Furthermore, there is no letter “v” in Balinese alphabet. In 1959 Anak Agung Panji Tisna sold the Lovina Guesthouse to his relative, Anak Agung Ngurah Sentanu, 22 years, who became the owner and manager of Lovina. Business was going pretty well. However, there were no travellers or tourists. Only a few of Pandji Tisna’s friends came from America and Europe, as well as the regional government officials and businessmen from Singaraja for a vacation. On special days such as Sundays and holidays, like Galungan and Kuningan, many people, including students, however did come to enjoy the natural atmosphere on the beach of Tukad Cebol.

 

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