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Guide to Bali's beaches
Bali is a much-loved beach destination and thanks to long swathes of sandy beach, seriously laid-back vibes and rugged coastlines, it is easy to see why. In Bali, no beach is the same, meaning that whatever your idea of paradise may be, there is bound to be a beach that ticks all the boxes for you. With each stretch of coastline offering something different, it is often difficult to know where to start when it comes to discovering Bali’s hidden coves, forgotten bays and sugar white beaches. To help, we’ve handpicked a few of our favourite Balinese beaches, choosing where’s best and for who.
CangguBest for water-sports
Situated between Seminyak and Tanah Lot, Canggu is an irresistible stop off on any Bali itinerary. First discovered by adventurers thanks to its legendary waves, Canggu continues to be a popular spot with the surfing contingent. With black sand beaches, a thriving art scene, a weekly market and a buzzing night life, Canggu is a truly unique spot dotted with sophisticated villas, slick restaurants and boho-chic boutiques.
Gili IslandsBest for honeymooners
Whilst Gili Trawangan has earned its stripes as a haven of hedonism, its smaller brothers, Meno and Air, are places where post nuptial relaxation can take centre stage. Meno, the smallest of the three Gili islands, is a honeymooner's paradise. It is small and secluded, offering complete privacy alongside gorgeous beaches and colourful reefs. Neighbouring Air offers some of the buzz of Gili T whilst embracing the laid-back vibes of Meno. Both are certainly worth a visit during a trip to either Bali or Lombok.
Jimbaran BayBest for seafood
Bali’s foodie scene is certainly not to be sniffed at, and nowhere offers such an array of delicious cuisine than Jimbaran Bay, in the south of the island. Fronted by a string of seafood warungs, Jimbaran is arguably the home of seafood in Bali. Watch as local fishermen bring in their daily haul, before dining on the deliciously fresh catch of the day at one of the area’s many oceanfront restaurants. Sunset is not to be missed and there are few simpler pleasures than watching the sun goes disappear across bay.
MenjanganBest for snorkelling
The waters off the coast of Menjangan are teeming with marine life. Its waters are calm and its technicolour coral gardens offer some of the island’s best diving and snorkelling. Unequivocally off the beaten track, Menjangan is located Bali’s far north, yet its remote location only adds to the appeal and just getting there is an adventure. As you wind your way through the forest and along the coastline of West Bali National Park as you make your way towards this secluded hideaway, keep your eyes peeled for the very best of Bali’s untouched natural world.
Nusa DuaBest for families
With a diverse selection of restaurants, a pristine beach front and a host of family friendly resorts, Nusa Dua is ideal for children and adults alike. The beating heart of the resort is undoubtedly the beautiful stretch of white beach which runs the length of the town. Backed by world class restaurants and a selection of five-star resorts, the beach is never more than a stone’s throw away from some of the best accommodation and dining options in town. Offering total seclusion away from the crowds, Nusa Dua is the perfect place to start or finish an Indonesia itinerary thanks to its location only half an hour from Bali’s international airport.
Nusa LembonganBest for day trips
Despite its growing popularity, Nusa Lembongan continues to be a wonderfully relaxed destination. Located a 25-minute boat ride from Sanur, it is fantastic for a day trip from mainland Bali. Connected to neighbouring Nusa Ceningan via a bright yellow bridge, the two islands are home to a host of beaches and the perfect place to escape the crowds.
Padang PadangBest for surf
First finding fame in the film Eat Pray Love, Padang Padang continues to be a relatively undiscovered gem in the southernmost corner of Bali. Found at the foot of a dramatic limestone cliff, near Uluwatu, Padang Padang is a tiny, boulder strewn cove that is a haven for both surfers and sunseekers. Finding a shaded nook or cranny of this secluded spot and watching as barrelling waves roll onto the shore is the perfect way to unwind, Julia Roberts style, in Bali’s beautiful south.
SanurBest for sunrises
Known for its especially calm waters, Sanur, on Bali’s south-eastern coast, is the ideal beach destination for spot of serious relaxation. Protected by a necklace of offshore reefs, Sanur’s lagoons are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and a myriad of water sports. Formerly a fishing village, Sanur retains an authentic Balinese charm and at its oceanfront cafes and restaurants, you will find traditional dishes on the menu. Sanur is renowned for its laid-back pace of life, earning itself the moniker ‘snore’, making it the perfect destination for some serious R&R.
SeminyakBest for foodies
Seminyak’s famed beach clubs are the place to be seen. With prime beachfront locations giving you a front row seat to Bali’s incredible sunsets, there is no better place to kick start a holiday in Bali. In Seminyak, the gastro scene sits top of the bill. There, sophisticated restaurants and upmarket beach resorts spill out onto the town’s seemingly endless sandy beach dotted with rainbow coloured parasols and loungers. With a lively night life and a host of chic hotels, Seminyak is the perfect spot for food and wine lovers.