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Updated: October 12, 2023
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The 14 Best Bali Beaches
Bali’s best beaches are known for white sand, surfing, and sunsets. Most are in the south: around Kuta, Jimbaran, Padang Padang, the Bukit Peninsula, or nearby islands, such as Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. Beaches elsewhere are either rocky (e.g., Amed in eastern Bali) or have gray sand (e.g., Lovina in the north and Canggu in the south). Southwest coast beaches between the airport and Canggu are lively and crowded, including Tuban, Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak. Jimbaran, Song Lambung (on Nusa Lembongan island), and Pasir Putih (in eastern Bali) are quieter and virtually empty until mid-morning.
The surf is a major attraction and ideal along the southern coasts, where renting surfboards and arranging lessons is easy. More remote surfing spots like Medewi (on the lower west coast) remain difficult to reach, while popular surf spots such as Padang Padang (south of Jimbaran) are no longer “secret” and are now quite developed.
Another draw is the legendary sunsets visible anywhere along the west coast. Watch the fiery red sun plunge into turquoise waters while sipping a beer on Kuta beach, eating seafood at a table in the sand while listening to wandering musicians at Jimbaran Beach, or from an infinity pool at a beach club on Nusa Lembongan Island.
It’s always hot in the coastal areas, so swimming is excellent year round, but the best beach weather in Bali is usually between April and early November. Bali is a year-round destination, but busier when Australian schools are closed (particularly mid-December to late January) and during major European holidays (mid-July to end of August).
1. Song Lambung (Nusa Lembongan Island)
Also known as Selambung Beach or Coconut Beach, this picturesque cove is a haven of tranquility with its abundant shade, pristine white sand, and calm, blue waters. Its charm is further enhanced by its relatively undeveloped state due to its small size and the challenging access via a steep, remote, and potholed road. However, a new path and boardwalk have made the beach more accessible. Starting from the southern edge of Jungutbatu, the island’s main village, the path winds around the cliffs, passing by upscale hotels, restaurants, and bars, and leads to the beach in about 10 minutes. There are only two eateries on the beach.
Recommended Hotels: Lembongan Cliff Villas (cliff-top Song Lambung beach views, two pools) • Song Lambung Beach Huts (wooden bungalows, meters from Song Lambung beach) • Aqua Nusa (luxury villas, ocean views, near Song Lambung beach) • Lembongan Island Beach Villas (luxury villas, ocean views, near Song Lambung beach)
2. Mushroom Bay (Nusa Lembongan Island)
The tranquil and nearly vehicle-free island of Nusa Lembongan is a tropical paradise. It’s about 30 minutes by speedboat from the main island of Bali. While many of its beaches are swampy, unsafe for swimming, or inaccessible to most travelers, Mushroom Bay stands out as a beautiful, sheltered cove with white sand and calm waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The area remains relatively undeveloped and wonderfully laid-back due to its narrow access road and hilly landscape. However, most low-star hotels and modest cafés don’t face the sea. The bay is primarily accessible by rented motorbike on the island or by direct speedboat services from Bali.
Recommended Hotels: Hai Tide Beach Resort (best resort, family-friendly, beachfront bungalows and beach club) • Alam Nusa (cozy, romantic bungalows, meters from the beach) • Sanghyang Bay Villas (best boutique hotel, huts, quiet, meters from the beach) • MolaMola House (best mid-range hotel, beachfront huts)
3. Pasir Putih
Pasir Putih, or “White Sand,” is a remarkably undeveloped area of fishing huts nestled among coconut groves. A few thatched stalls offer drinks, basic meals, and lounge chairs. The soft sand is perfect for sunbathing, and the tranquil waters flanked by rocky outcrops are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. (Equipment is available for rent at beachside stalls.) However, access can be challenging: charter a car with a driver, take a public minibus to Bugbug village and walk along the delightful 2km path, or access it by chartered boat from Candidasa or Padangbai. Currently, there are no places to stay at or near Pasir Putih, so the closest accommodations are in Candidasa (8km.)
Recommended Hotels: Genggong (best hotel, bungalows facing the sea in Candidasa) • Forty Eight Resort (best romantic hotel, quiet, seven cottages in Candidasa) • Aquaria Eco Resort (best boutique, quiet, great value, facing the sea in Candidasa) • Ramayana (best family hotel, stunning pool) • Ganesh Lodge (best mid-priced hotel, boutique)
4. Dream Beach (Nusa Lembongan Island)
This glorious beach is perched on the southwestern tip of Nusa Lembongan island, about 30 minutes from the main island of Bali. It is postcard perfect: small and curved, with rocky outcrops along both sides and sand the color and texture of talcum powder. While certainly “dreamy” to look at, the sea is scary to swim in. Despite the dangerous rips and waves, some tourists venture into the water, but usually not too far. Due to its rough waters, there is no snorkeling or water sports. Access is also difficult. The island has no public transport or cars, and the beach can only be reached by rented motorbike or a more pricey, chartered boat.
5. Crystal Bay
With its blue-green water, sloping palms, offshore rocky islets, and hilly backdrop, this sheltered cove is nearly perfect and, so far, remains astonishingly undeveloped. Crystal Bay’s idyllic nature is largely due to its isolation: it’s located on Nusa Penida island, an hour’s speedboat ride from the main island of Bali. And then only accessible by chartered vehicle or rented motorbike. With only a few laid-back bungalows nearby and a handful of thatched-roof cafés on the sand, the reefs are popular with scuba divers and snorkelers who mostly arrive by boat from more developed regions on the main island of Bali. The area is more populated by grazing cattle than tourists, adding to its serene and untouched charm.
Despite its proximity to the airport and the comparative chaos of Kuta, Jimbaran remains underdeveloped. The curved bay with white sand and calm, sometimes empty waters is perfect for walking, swimming, and relaxing. There’s even some surf at the southern end for those looking for a bit of adventure. Jimbaran offers a more modest range of accommodations, eateries, and shops than Sanur or Legian. But it’s a genuine village with an ancient temple and sprawling produce and fish markets that no longer exist in other tourist regions. As more resorts and apartments open up, many with a firm focus on families, Jimbaran is becoming an ideal base for exploring southern Bali. And even if staying elsewhere, it’s definitely worth visiting. Having dinner at a table on the sand during sunset will likely be a highlight of any trip to Bali.
Recommended Hotels: Four Seasons Jimbaran (best resort, luxury pool villas, seclusion, views of beach and village) • Jimbaran Puri (romantic, cottages, beachfront) • Balquisse Heritage Hotel (best boutique, former coconut plantation) • Mövenpick (best family resort, large, attached mall) • Raffles (best resort with pool villas, romantic) • The Open House (best mid-priced hotel, close to the beach)
7. Padang Padang
The “secret” is truly out. Once a “hidden” beach, mostly known among hardy surfers, Padang Padang has recently exploded. Roads have improved, and boutique hotels and trendy restaurants are popping up. Not long ago, direct access to this perfect cove of white sand was only possible down winding, rickety steps. Now it’s much easier and safer to reach and, therefore, increasingly popular, especially with day-trippers. Waves are distant, so swimming is safe, and youngsters happily splash around in the saltwater pools left in the sand by the outgoing tides.
Recommended Hotels: Radisson Blu (best resort, huge, modern, family-friendly, in the countryside about 1.5km from the beach) • Suarga Padang Padang (best romantic hotel, enchanting, overlooking the sea, meters from the beach) • PinkCoco Uluwatu (best boutique hotel, relaxed, almost everything is painted pink, 200 meters from the beach) • Anantara Uluwatu (best resort with pool villas, luxury, 500 meters from the beach)
8. Nusa Dua
Some of the finest options for a romantic getaway and a family holiday are at Nusa Dua, a unique gated complex of luxury resorts with massive gardens, several pools, and fabulous facilities for those traveling with children. Nusa Dua offers a truly relaxing holiday: the streets are wide and clean, plenty of greenery, and minimal traffic. Beaches have shade, white sand, and calm, shallow waters ideal for swimming and water sports. Adding further to the appeal is cycling along the beachside path stretching Nusa Dua’s length and Tanjung Benoa to the north (see later). Nusa Dua is also just a quick trip by taxi from all the attractions in southern Bali, such as the malls of Kuta and sunset dinners at Jimbaran.
Recommended Hotels: Meliá (best resort, luxury, beachfront, world-class gardens) • Amarterra Villas (best romantic and boutique resort, beachfront, luxurious villas) • Grand Hyatt (best family resort, world-class facilities, beachfront, kids club) • St. Regis (best resort with pool villas, exceptional facilities, beachfront) • Grand Whiz (best mid-priced hotel, compact, beachfront)
9. Tanjung Benoa
More affordable and stimulating than Nusa Dua just to the south, Tanjung Benoa occupies a thumb-shaped peninsula in southern Bali with a fascinating village at the northern tip. The white sandy beach is extensive, and the water is relatively calm. Swimming and sunbathing can be less pleasant in some parts. This is because Tanjung Benoa is the main center on Bali for water sports including parasailing, jet-skiing, paddle-boarding, and “banana boat rides.” Along the one main road through Tanjung Benoa are a wide range of resorts (many terrific for families) and mid-priced hotels not possible in upmarket Nusa Dua. No shortage of places to eat and drink, but far fewer shops than at Kuta or Seminyak.
Recommended Hotels: Conrad (best resort, massive, luxury, beachfront, family-friendly) • Royal Santrian (best romantic resort, seclusion, luxury pool villas, beachfront) • The Nest (best boutique resort, in Tanjung Benoa, great value) • Grand Mirage (best family resort, two resorts in one) • Frangipani Homestay (best mid-priced hotel, family-run, quiet)
Offering the same sort of surf and sunsets as Kuta and Legian to the south, Seminyak is generally more sophisticated, and the array of shops, cafés, and hotels are more stylish. With less traffic congestion and crowds, Seminyak is popular with families. Some rice fields are still visible even though there is lots of development. The sand becomes increasingly gray and uninviting in the northern part of Seminyak (which incorporates the village of Petitenget). But beachside cafés spread beanbags across the sand for the magical combination of sunsets and cocktails, often with live music.
Recommended Hotels: The Oberoi (best resort, family-friendly) • W Bali (best romantic resort, luxury, sea views, beachside pool) • Colony (best boutique hotel, colonial-era design) • Avani (best resort with pool villas, luxury, seclusion) • Tijili (best mid-priced hotel, compact, quiet)
Along the east coast, about 1.5 hour’s drive from the airport, Padangbai has an adorable village vibe and the port for speedboats to the Gili Islands and nonstop ferries to neighboring Lombok. It’s a perfect base for exploring the rugged east coast. Fishing boats line the scenic bay along the (mostly) vehicle-free main street that’s more suitable for strolling and sitting. But only 10-12 minutes away on foot are two lovable alternatives: Blue Lagoon Beach, up a steep path from the end of the main street, and Bias Tugel, an undeveloped and picturesque cove to the south. There’s a limited number of places to eat, drink, and stay, but that’s why some prefer Padangbai to the southern beaches.
Recommended Hotels: Bloo Lagoon Eco Village (best resort, romantic, eco-friendly, exceptional sea views) • OK Divers Resort & Spa (best boutique hotel, colonial design, faces the beach) • Pondok Mimba (best family resort, laidback, great value, bungalows and villas) • Celagi Inn (best mid-priced hotel, quiet, breakfast on the rooftop)
Squeezed between the malls and clubs of brassy Kuta and the restaurants and boutiques of classy Seminyak, the lanes and streets meandering around Legian are crammed with shops, cafés, bars, and hotels, but the pace is less hectic. As an extension of Kuta, the sand at Legian Beach is white, and the sea is wavy. The water is often more suitable for surfing than swimming, with board rental and lessons readily available. One advantage is that Legian Beach has less traffic noise, and many resorts directly face the sea without a busy road in between. Most resorts also boast surprisingly large gardens, and many are justifiably popular with families.
Recommended Hotels: Padma (best resort, massive, convenient, family friendly) • Anantara Vacation Club (best apartments, huge, ideal for families and extended stays) • Niksoma (best resort for a romantic holiday, compact, charming, convenient) • The Bandha (best boutique resort, luxury, beachfront) • Legian Beach Hotel (best family resort,vast, convenient, family-friendly, beachfront) • The Stones (best resort with pool villas, luxury, beachfront) • Three Brothers Bungalows (best mid-priced hotel, charming, serene, oasis in the middle of Legian)
Love or loathe the decadence, crowded malls, and noisy nightclubs, Kuta is renowned across the world for a good reason: the beach is wide and sandy, and it offers glorious sunsets, as well as surfboard rental, lounge chairs, and drink stalls. The choice of places to eat, drink, stay, and shop around the backstreets is mind-boggling, but only a few hotels face the sea – and these also overlook a busy beachside road. The area between the Kuta Art Market (being rebuilt in 2022) and airport is called Tuban (also known as South Kuta). In Tuban are numerous family-friendly resorts, massive seafood restaurants, and, further south, village-like backstreets with more facilities for locals than tourists.
Recommended Hotels: Hard Rock (best resort, huge, in downtown Kuta meters from the beach) • ANVAYA (best resort for a romantic holiday, stylish, beachfront) • Poppies (best boutique resort, charm, serenity, in the midst of chaotic Kuta) • Bali Dynasty (best family resort, great location) • Sheraton (best resort with pool villas, views of Kuta beach, above Beachwalk Shopping Center) • Amnaya (best mid-priced hotel, vibrant, convenient)
With negligible nightlife and zero surf, Sanur is far quieter than Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak. Many hotels and cafés face the sea along which a delightful beachside path stretches the entire length of Sanur and is so enjoyable for walking and cycling. Protected by a distant reef, the water is shallow, calm, and decent enough for a limited array of water-sports. Numerous breakwaters help maintain the curved, sandy beaches, but they are unappealing at low tide. With temples and a market among village-like backstreets, Sanur is an ideal base for exploring southern Bali. (However, serenity in the northern part will be shattered when the four-level mall and entertainment complex called Icon Bali is completed by late 2023.)
Recommended Hotels: Andaz (best resort, convenient, family-friendly, gardens, beachfront) • Tandjung Sari (best resort for a romantic holiday, serenity, charm, beachfront) • Sudamala (best boutique resort, colonial-style design, peaceful) • Hyatt Regency (best family resort, world-class facilities, beachfront, gardens) • InterContinental (best resort with pool villas, family-friendly, location) • Klumpu (best mid-priced hotel, traditional bungalows designed like lumbung rice barn, tropical gardens)
Hotels on Map: 1.The Oberoi • 2.Padma • 3.Hard Rock • 4.Four Seasons at Jimbaran • 5.Radisson Blu • 6.Andaz • 7.Conrad • 8.Meliá • 9.Lembongan Cliff Villas • 10.Hai Tide • 11.Dream Beach Huts • 12.The Tinsi • 13.Bloo Lagoon Eco Village • 14.Genggong
Other Great Bali Beaches
Canggu – 30 minutes north of Kuta
Tuban – 5 minutes south of Kuta
Balangan – 30 minutes south of Kuta
Bingin – 30 minutes south of Kuta
Dreamland Beach – 30 minutes south of Kuta
Dream Beach, Nusa Lembongan – 30 minute boat ride from Sanur
The 24 Best Beach Hotels in Bali
- Hard Rock – Kuta
- Sheraton – Kuta
- Anantara Vacation Club – Legian
- Padma – Legian
- The Bandha – Legian
- The Stones – Legian
- Legian Beach Hotel – Seminyak
- The Oberoi – Seminyak
- W Bali – Seminyak
- Bali Dynasty – Tuban
- Four Seasons – Jimbaran
- Jimbaran Puri – Jimbaran
- Mövenpick – Jimbaran
- Raffles – Jimbaran
- Grand Hyatt – Nusa Dua
- Meliá – Nusa Dua
- St. Regis – Nusa Dua
- Andaz – Sanur
- Hyatt Regency – Sanur
- InterContinental – Sanur
- Tandjung Sari – Sanur
- Aquaria Eco Resort – Panangbai
- Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Pasir Putih
- Conrad – Tanjung Benoa