Turquoise blue sea, miles of beaches and a tropical nature paired with Hindu temples and attract tourists from all over the world to Bali beaches. Surfers love the waves in the south-west of the island and divers explore the fascinating underwater world with exotic fish and old wrecks on the most beautiful beaches. At sunset, the smell of fried rice and grilled fish wafts around the bathers on their beach holidays. Make yourself comfortable with a cool drink on the beach and marvel at the spectacle when the sun sinks into the sea. For background music, the beach boys bring out their guitars and the night-life begins.
One of the most beautiful beaches on the island is Balian Beach. It is the perfect spot for kite and windsurfers who enjoy staying away from the hustle and bustle. The dark sand and the cliffs in the background are distinguished from the deep blue sea with its white spray. A quaint eatery serves traditional dishes such as the fried rice Nasi Goreng or the warm Gado-Gado salad. The coastline is about two hours' drive west of the airport. Unlike other places in the west of Bali, Balian Beach has retained its originality.
Our tip: In December the professionals ride the waves here in a surf competition worth watching.
One of the most famous beaches among travel bloggers and water sports enthusiasts is Canggu, which is actually three beaches Batu Bolong, Echo Beach and Pantai Munggu. The place Canggu is located on the wild west coast of Bali. Here you can surf along the coast during a beach holiday, meditate in one of the many yoga schools or feast in the variety of stylish cafés and restaurants. The young, hip crowds bask in the hammocks of the pubs and enjoy green smoothies overlooking the white sand beach and the rolling waves.
Our tip: Beach parties are held several times a week, where people dance until dawn.
South of the lively tourist centre, Kuta welcomes you to one of the most beautiful beaches of Bali. Relax in the soft sand at Jimbaran. At the end of the long bathing bay, the large aeroplanes take off and land while you splash around in the approximately 28 °C warm sea water. Beach vendors sell colourful chains and fresh fruit. Numerous restaurants invite you in for snacks and refreshing drinks. If you visit the small Warungs, these are the local restaurants, in the streets behind the beach, you can eat well at a bargain price.
Our tip: In the evening, buy fresh spring rolls, grilled corn and a coconut from the beach vendors and marvel at the beautiful sunset whilst eating your dinner.
The almost 600m long powdered sugar beach has become famous through the movie "Eat, Pray, Love". Despite its popularity, you can have a quiet and relaxing beach holiday here. There are two restaurants to take care of your well-being. In addition, you can borrow stand-up paddle boards and surfboards. The masseurs use their skills to provide you with a relaxing expereince. If you are looking for a nice souvenir, you can get jewellery or t-shirts from the vendors.
Our tip: The further north you walk up the beach, the more pristine and untouched it becomes.
In the south-east of Bali is the white, fine sandy beach of Nusa Dua. Here you will find a modern infrastructure with beach bars, restaurants, loungers and toilet facilities. If you like to travel on water, you can book rides on the banana boat or on jet and water skis. Even on-trend sports like fly boarding are available in Nusa Dua. At low tide, small natural pools emerge in which not only the youngsters can have fun.
Our tip: After a busy day at the beach, the show at the Nusa Dua Theater provides an insight into the traditional dances and culture of Indonesia.
Among the top beaches is the beach in Sanur. Golden sand and the longest promenade on the whole island behind this delight the visitors. If you travel to Indonesia with children, Sanur beach is ideal for swimming. An offshore reef ensures that the water has little swell and is safe for even the little tourist. Exclusive restaurants and luxury hotels alternate with simpler pubs and charming guest houses.
Our tip: The popular night market, Pasar Sindhu Night Market, is a great spot for shopping and freshly prepared Balinese specialities.
After an adventurous drive along the east coast you will see one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. The White Sand Beach is framed by wooded cliffs. Countless fishing boats rest on the fine sand. A number of small restaurants have settled on the beautiful coastline. The water shimmers emerald green. The waves are sometimes a bit rough, so only experienced swimmers should bathe. Let yourself be pampered with a massage that is offered at a reasonable price.
Our tip: If you eat in one of the restaurants, you will receive a free beach chair per person.
A pearl among the beaches of Bali is the Blue Lagoon near Padang Bai, in the west of the island. After you have overcome the steep slope via the steps you reach the small sandy bay with its turquoise waters. The corals and colourful fish provide snorkellers with a nice spectacle. Bathing shoes are recommended, also for climbing the rocks at the end of the bay. The sea-view restaurant serves fresh fish and Indonesian dishes. Cool cocktails are also available here.
Our tip: Book a foot or back massage on the beach and relax with the sound of the waves.
The idyllic fishing village of Amed is hidden in a long bay. The restaurants grill the catch of the day and serve it in front panoramic views of the deep blue sea. In the background, densely forested mountain ranges loom. From the dark sand and pebble beach you immediately begin an unforgettable snorkelling tour. If you want to venture deeper into the impressive underwater world of Bali, you can complete a taster course with a diving certificate at one of the resident diving schools.
Our tip: Since the place is very , you should rent a scooter.
You can also find the best beaches in the north of Bali. Lovina is the most famous seaside resorts here. The coastline with the famous black sand is around 12km long. Snorkelers and divers are thrilled by the colourful underwater life and the excellent visibility. The place is particularly popular because of the dolphins, which come regularly. With a tour boat you drive out into the open sea and watch the animals playing and hunting in the wild.
Our tip: In the surrounding area you can see the enchanting Singsing Waterfalls and the Buddhist Monastery Brahma Vihara Arama.