Rarely any place on earth offers such a variety of different beaches as Bali does. Sure the island is primarily known for its ancient Hindu temples, lush rice fields and many volcanoes, but not visiting the beach while in Bali is just seeing half of the Island of Gods.
But why do most visitors remain in the crowded areas of Sanur, Kuta or Seminyak? That’s primarily due to two major reasons:
- Lack of knowledge; many people simply don’t know that there are lots of stunning beaches in Bali which are lesser crowded, while some are even totally unspoiled.
- Bali’s infrastructure; yes, Bali’s public transportation system is far from satisfying, but it constantly improves. Taxi rates are extremely affordable in Bali and probably the lowest you can find in Southeast Asia, speaking, there isn’t really a reason to not escape the hustle and bustle in southern Bali and to start exploring the island’s superb beaches.
That being said, let’s dive in and check Bali’s best beaches:
Amed is pretty much like the lost village from an adventure novel. Picture the crystal clear Indian Ocean with the marvellous background of Bali’s highest and most sacred volcano, Mount Agung, deserted streets, friendly locals and some small shops and warungs (local eateries). This laid-back town is a former fishing village that only saw their first visitors in the early 2000’s and hasn’t been affected by mass-tourism yet. Go for snorkelling or even diving here, you’ll be rewarded with a mesmerizing underwater world of colourful corals, plenty of fishes and even a Japanese ship wreck.
Location: east Bali. Duration from the airport: 120-150 minutes.
Ever since the blockbuster Eat, Pray & Love caused a huge influx of tourists to the island, Padang-Padang beach has become somewhat a must-see place on many itineraries. Padang-Padang is a small stretch in southern Bali that is surrounded by astonishing limestone cliffs and countless rocks on the beach that come in all shapes and sizes. By the way, driving along the scenic coastline to get to Padang-Padang is reason enough to include the beach in your to-do list. The program here is quite simple though: either relax and sunbath or go surfing!
Location: Bukit Peninsula, the southernmost tip of Bali, close to Uluwatu temple. Duration from the airport: 25-30 minutes.
Yes, that’s already a lovely name for a town. One of the few places around Bali where dolphins can be regularly spotted, Lovina is a charming small town that is home to an extraordinary beach – a black volcanic sand beach that stretches over 10 km. Sink your toes in the soft sand, watch the world pass by or take a refreshing dip here. The water here is generally calm throughout the year which makes snorkelling and swimming not only safer but also more enjoyable. Tip: wake up before sunrise, catch a boat and watch dolphins and mantas.
Location: northern Bali, close to Singaraja. Duration from the airport: 100-120 minutes.
Mejangan Island is one of Bali’s best kept secrets. It’s located just off the northwest coast of Bali, within the protected marine reserve of the West Bali National Park. By locals often referred to as ‘Deer Island’, Menjangan is home of the Barking Deer which can be often sighted around the island’s beaches. The island is surrounded by a wonderful coral reef where snappers, eels, sea horses, lionfishes, dragonets and many other different types of fishes can be sighted. Its unique biodiversity is further home to turtles and many different types of birds.
Location: north-west Bali. Duration from the airport: 150-180 minutes.
While every beach listed here is certainly different from one another, Ungasan Beach might be arguably the prettiest one. The almost white-coloured sand is extremely fine while the water has an intense turquoise colour that makes you want to immediately jump in! Ungasan Beach is surrounded by cliffs and rocks which make it a bit difficult to reach. Most visitors here are hotels guests that stay at one of the few resorts, speaking the best way to access the beach is through the popular Karma Beach Bali which accepts walk-in guests, although a reservation is recommended to get the beast out of your experience here.
Location: south Bali. Duration from the airport: 30-35 minutes.