The best beaches in Bali: places you cannot miss

Think about Bali for a moment; what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps temples, rice fields, volcanoes … Have you ever thought of beaches? Although Bali’s beaches are not the best in Indonesia, this island, which holds the title of being the most famous in all of Southeast Asia, also has beautiful corners for a few days of relaxation by the sea. Follow us and discover the best beaches of Bali.

  1. Padang Padang Beach

We begin this tour of the best beaches in Bali with one of the closest to the Uluwatu temple. Known for being one of the most famous surf spots on the island, it also became known among the most beachy thanks to the fact that it was here that the scene in which Javier Bardem and Julia Roberts meet in the movie Come, Reza.

Padang Padang Beach is located at the mouth of a stream. Thus, you will have to park your car or motorcycle next to the road and descend a cliff (not too high, don’t worry) to touch its fine white sand. Below you will find some warungs (the local food stalls) and places to rent the board. Be very careful with the monkeys, which are usually in the area!

  1. Nyang Nyang Beach / Nunggalan Beach

Do you like wild and unknown beaches? Then Nyang Nyang Beach (also known as Nunggalan Beach) is for you. You will rarely find many people on this beach in Bali, although it is located a few kilometres from the Uluwatu temple. In addition to being more than 2 kilometres long, you have to go down a cliff to access it. Although there are several roads enabled, the truth is that it is not a comfortable beach if you want to park your motorcycle and car and lie down. Still, the payoff is huge.

Although the water is not usually very calm, for us this is one of the best beaches in Bali thanks to its spectacular location. You will feel that you disconnect from everything. Also, if you listen to us and descend to the beach from this point, you will be able to enjoy the photogenic remains of two shipwrecks that ended up on its shores. Various artists have decorated them, and now they look very colorful.

By the way, if you like rare accommodations or are looking to surprise someone, on this beach, there is a hotel ( Bubble Hotel ) with rooms in transparent balls to have a night of a thousand stars.

  1. Nusa Dua Beach and Geger Beach

Some of the most luxurious hotels on the island are situated in the Nusa Dua area. Can you imagine the reason? It’s easy – some of the best beaches in Bali are also here. Nusa Dua Beach and Geger Beach are two great beaches with golden sand and clear waters. Here, unlike in other areas of Bali, the water is usually calm, so it is great if you are traveling with children and do not want to be worried about the waves.

Both beaches are huge and have quieter areas than others. If you have to opt for one part, we recommend the south of Nusa Dua beach.

  1. Pandawa Beach

Formerly known as “Secret Beach” because access used to be a bit difficult being hidden behind a hill, now it is no secret that Pandawa Beach is one of the best beaches in Bali. You will find both locals and foreigners enjoying its white sand bathed by clean and clear turquoise waters on this beach.

At Pandawa Beach, you can find plenty of warungs to eat and drink, as well as sun loungers to rent, but if you walk to its left end, you are sure to find that quiet corner that you longed for. Admission is 15,000 rupees, but it is well worth it.

  1. Jimbaran Beach

Located fairly close to Denpasar airport, this is one of the best beaches in Bali for lunch or dinner overlooking the sea. In it, you will find a lot of beach bars with beautiful Balinese umbrellas that offer typical and western food at a good price.

Although it is very accessible and has a lot of hotels, it is not a crowded beach. With golden sand and calm waters, you will have a relaxed beach time thanks to being protected by coral reefs.

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