In spite of what some people might say, Bali does have great beaches, but the very best beaches in Bali aren’t exactly obvious to the tourist crowds.
The really amazing ones are waiting in remote corners of the island, or hiding at the bottom of rocky cliffs, so you have to track them down and find them with some effort, but that’s all part of the fun.
The majority of Bali’s most spectacular beaches are in the Uluwatu area (far south coast) or on Nusa Penida, a small island that’s considered part of Bali and can be reached pretty easily on your own or even on a day trip.
Here’s my complete Bali beach guide and map, with a list of some of the very best beaches in Bali and surrounding islands like Nusa Penida!
East Bali Beaches
1. Amed Beach
The main beach at Amed, on the far northeastern tip of Bali, has a mix of fine black sand (from the volcano) and smooth rocks.
It’s a quiet beach lined with fishing boats and small hotels, and the sunsets over the volcano every night are awe inspiring.
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2. Jemeluk Beach
This scenic bay is the main snorkeling site in Amed, with good corals on both sides of the bay.
There’s also a popular viewpoint near the road where you can watch the sunset over the bay.
Jemeluk has lots of good restaurant and hotel options, and you can walk here from Amed Beach in about 10 minutes.
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West Bali Beaches
3. Yeh Leh Beach
This is one of the best sunset beaches in Bali, but it’s not very well known since it’s hiding in West Bali (GPS here).
The coast at Yeh Leh Beach is covered with smooth boulders and tide pools, so it’s great for sunset photos.
It’s approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Canggu or Ubud.
4. Balian Beach
This is a quiet beach west of Canggu that’s becoming a popular surfing spot, and it has plenty of accommodation and restaurants nearby.
Balian is a volcanic ash beach, with soft black sand and great sunsets!
It’s a 1 to 1.5 hour drive from Canggu or Ubud.
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South Bali Beaches
5. Kuta Beach
This is Bali’s original beach! It’s a classic, so I had to mention it.
You won’t find peace and quiet here, but it’s still worth a visit. Shop at the Beachwalk Mall, go surfing, or watch the sunset with a Bintang.
6. Sanur Beach
Sanur beach is pretty average in most respects, but where it really shines (no pun intended) is at sunrise. This beach is one of the best sunrise viewing spots on the entire island.
Calm sea waves and shallow water make it an ideal place for kids to swim, and there’s a fantastic breeze in the summer months (May through August).
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7. Tegal Wangi Beach
This a small beach near the Jimbaran area, about 30 minutes from Uluwatu Temple.
My favorite part about this one is the big sea cave, but it’s also known as a great place to catch the sunset. There two sea caves on the beach, but you have to walk a bit farther to find the best one.
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8. Dreamland Beach
Dreamland has a nice long stretch of white sand lined with sunbeds you can rent. Sadly this beach has gone a bit downhill in recent years because of trash washing up from the ocean, but hopefully things improve again.
9. Bingin Beach
This is a photogenic beach with exotic boulders and seaweed covered rocks. It’s great for scenic pics or surfing, and it’s less crowded than some of the other beaches in the area.
There’s a bit of trash and rubble lately from hotel construction, but some high quality accommodation and restaurants are starting to spring up here.
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10. Pemutih Beach
Pantai Pemutih is a popular surfing spot with some cliffside hotels and a small (but nice) white sand beach.
Not too many people seem to know about this beach, which makes it that much better. If you want to stay directly on the beach, check out Rock N Reef Hotel Uluwatu!
11. Padang Padang Beach
This is a neat little hidden beach tucked into the cliffs in south Bali. It’s a popular spot for surfing, or you can just sip a fresh coconut and hang out on the white sand with the monkeys.
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12. Thomas Beach
This is one of the nicest beaches in south Bali. It has a long strip of white sand scattered with boulders, and not too many people.
13. Melasti Beach
This is a highly developed beach with a road carved into the tall limestone cliffs, giving it a stunning background.
Melasti Beach has a long strip of white sand, clean turquoise water, and a bunch of different fancy clubs lining the beachfront: Cattamaran, Minoo, and Palmilla. You can also reach Karma Beach Club from here by walking.
It’s becoming one of the most popular beaches in south Bali, and there’s even a photogenic Balinese style gate where you can take pictures.
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14. Balangan Beach
This is a nice free beach with white sand and blue waves. Like many beaches in Uluwatu, it’s a great spot for sunset.
Balangan Beach is also popular for prewedding photoshoots because of the cliff above the beach, where you can get amazing views of the ocean scenery and the whole coastline.
It’s still fairly quiet here and not too commercial. You can access the beach by going down some stairs, and there are two parking areas — one for the beach, and one on the cliff above it.
15. Suluban Beach
Suluban is a secluded beach with lots of caves and huge rocks to explore, but my favorite thing is the restaurant view. It’s an epic place to grab breakfast while exploring south Bali.
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16. Nunggalan Beach
This is one of the bigger white sand beaches in south Bali. The walk down and back up is a bit of a killer, but you’re rewarded with a huge private beach and a cool wooden shipwreck for pictures!
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17. Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl is one of my favorite hidden beaches in south Bali.
It may not be a very big beach, and the steep walk down is tiring, but the white sand is nice and soft.
Surfers come to Green Bowl for the waves, and there are two caves to explore on the beach.
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18. Gunung Payung Beach
This beach is overlooked by cliffs and a quiet Hindu temple. If you walk along the coast, there’s even a big sea cave.
Nusa Penida Beaches
19. Kelingking Beach
The Kelingking Cliff is the most famous view in Nusa Penida, and probably one of the most famous views in all of Bali.
This is an incredible ‘T-Rex’ shaped rock sticking out over the ocean, with perfect turquoise water splashing around it. The first time you look over the edge of the cliff and see this view, it really is breathtaking!
After you’re done admiring the scenery at the Kelingking Cliff, there’s also a path to go down to the white sand beach at the bottom.
The hike down to the beach is a major workout, a bit scary, and takes at least two hours roundtrip, but you’re rewarded with one of the best white sand beaches in Bali.
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20. Crystal Bay
This beach on Nusa Penida is a great place to relax and watch the sunset with your toes in the sand. It has a bunch of little food and drink shacks, or you can rent a sun chair or bean bag to sit on.
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21. Suwehan Beach
Looking for a hidden beach with perfect white sand and turquoise waves? Suwehan is one of the best hidden beaches in Penida.
The hike down to the beach takes about 30 minutes and it’s exhausting, but very worthwhile. This is one of my favorite places in Penida. There’s even a cool pointy rock that looks like a Christmas tree.
This beach is a hidden gem that still isn’t included in most Nusa Penida island tour packages, but you can get there with a scooter or car charter. Careful, because the road is quite rough.
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22. Nyanyad Beach
This is a mostly unknown beach on the south end of Nusa Penida, with a small temple and giant hills on both sides of the beach.
The hike to Nyanyad only takes 15 minutes, with concrete steps all the way, and the beach has perfect white sand!
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23. Atuh Beach
This is one of the nicest beaches on the south end of Penida island. Unlike Suwehan Beach, Atuh is not a secret and there are sunbeds, beanbags, and a couple of nice food and drink shacks here.
The highlight of Atuh Beach is probably the big elephant shaped rock in the ocean (locals say it looks like a stiletto), and the big variety of sea life that can be seen trapped in the rocks at low tide.
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24. Diamond Beach
Diamond Beach, named after the pointy diamond shaped rock on the beach, is another utterly incredible “cliff beach” on the southeastern coast of Nusa Penida island.
It’s accessible since late 2018, when a path down to the beach was carved into the side of the cliffs. I’ve even seen some wildlife occasionally, from monitor lizards to dolphins and manta rays.
This place is also becoming popular thanks to the scenic swing, where you can take pictures while swinging between two palm trees over the beach.
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25. Tembeling Beach
The Tembeling beach and forest is a hidden spot tucked away in the cliffs on Nusa Penida’s west coast, with a natural pool and small waterfall to enjoy.
My favorite feature of this beach is the awesome sea cave that opens up to a view of the huge cliffs on the coast, but this place is also becoming popular for the Tembeling natural pool, which you can take a dip in and relax.
The access to this beach is a bit tricky, but it’s one of our favorite spots in Bali!
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26. Puyung Beach
This is one of the nicest white sand beaches in Bali, and it’s still almost completely unknown to tourists, even though it’s just a short distance from the popular Crystal Bay.
When I went to Puyung Beach I was literally the only person there!
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Bali Beach Map
Here’s a map of the best beaches in Bali you can use to plan your own trip. You can click the icons to get more info and directions for each point of interest, but keep in mind some of the locations on this map may be approximate.
For more detailed information on how to get to the Bali beaches on this map, you can check out my individual travel guides for each location.
Bali Beach Clubs
The beaches and cliffs around Bali are just perfect for clubs, so naturally it has quite a few of them.
The way these clubs usually work is that you pay an entrance fee (anywhere from 100k to 500k Rupiah), and then you get to use that as a food and beverage credit, plus you get access to a lounge with a pool, sunbeds, and WiFi.
Depending on the club, your view from the lounge could be a nice beachfront, or an infinity pool — or both! Sipping drinks by an infinity pool is a great way to watch the Bali sunset.
Our absolute favorite Bali club for sunset is the Oneeighty cliff pool at The Edge! The pool has a glass bottom and amazing views of the Uluwatu cliffs.
Is There A Pink Sand Beach In Bali?
No, there isn’t any pink sand beach in Bali, unfortunately.
There are oodles of nice white sand beaches and black sand beaches in Bali and the Nusa islands, and there’s also a pink sand beach in Lombok.
However, if you really want to see the best pink sand beach in Indonesia, then you have to go to the one in Komodo National Park. Getting to the Komodo islands from Bali is easier than ever now that there are cheap daily flights.
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More Bali Beach Guides
I hope you were helped by this list of some of the best beaches in Bali, Indonesia.
Don’t forget to check out my full Bali Travel Guide with free tips, info, photos, and more!
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