Bali Beach Guide – 22 Best Beaches In Bali, Indonesia
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, with a list of some of the very best beaches in Bali and surrounding islands like Nusa Penida!
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East Bali Beaches
• 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.
More info: Amed Coast
• 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.
More info: Amed Coast
West Bali Beaches
• 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.
It’s a volcanic ash beach, with black sand and great sunsets!
More info: Balian Beach
South Bali Beaches
• 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.
• 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.
More info: Sanur Beach Sunrise
• Tegal Wangi Beach
My favorite part about this beach is the cool sea cave, but it’s also known as a great place to catch the sunset.
More info: Tegal Wangi Beach
• 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.
• Bingin Beach
This is a photogenic beach with exotic boulders and seaweed covered rocks. Great for scenic pics or surfing, and it’s less crowded than some of the others.
High quality accommodation and restaurants are starting to spring up here.
More info: Bingin Beach
• Pemutih Beach
Pantai Pemutih is a popular surfing spot with some cliffside hotels and a small but nice white sand beach.
• 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.
More info: Padang Padang Beach
• 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.
• 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.
More info: Suluban Beach
• Nunggalan Beach
This is one of the bigger white sand beaches in south Bali. The walk down and back up is a killer, but you’re rewarded with a huge private beach and a cool shipwreck for pictures!
More info: Nunggalan Beach
• Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl is one of my favorite hidden beaches in south Bali. It’s a long walk down to the beach, but you’re greeted by a perfect stretch of white sand and two big sea caves to explore.
More info: Green Bowl Beach
• Gunung Payung Beach
This beach is overlooked by cliffs and a Hindu temple. If you walk along the coast, there’s even a big sea cave.
Nusa Penida Beaches
• Kelingking Beach
Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida is one of the most famous Instagram spots in Bali. You can admire this epic view from the top of the cliffs, or climb a stairway down to the white sand beach to get an even closer look.
More info: Kelingking Beach In Nusa Penida
• 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.
More info: Crystal Bay In Nusa Penida
• Suwehan Beach
Suwehan is one of the best hidden beaches on Nusa Penida. It has perfect white sand and turquoise water, and there’s even a pointy Christmas tree shaped rock in the center of the beach.
More info: Suwehan Beach In Nusa Penida
• Atuh Beach
Atuh is not as hidden as Suwehan, but it has a unique stiletto shaped rock that makes it just as memorable. There are also some unique food and accommodation options to check out here.
More info: Atuh Beach In Nusa Penida
• Diamond Beach
This is a newly accessible ‘cliff beach’ in Nusa Penida. Diamond Beach is named after the pointy gem shaped rock on the beach, and it has the same white sand and amazing views as Suwehan Beach, but even better in my opinion.
More info: Diamond Beach In Nusa Penida
• Tembeling Beach
Tembeling beach is a hidden spot tucked away in the cliffs on Nusa Penida’s west coast, with an awesome sea cave that opens up to a view of the huge cliffs on the coast.
More info: Tembeling Beach
• 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!
More info: Puyung Beach
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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