10 Most Popular Beaches in Bali

Beaches in Bali Travellers Love Most

Here are the most popular beaches in Bali that travellers love most. Each of these sandy coves offers its own set of features. There are rocky shores under towering limestone cliffs, long, palm-lined coastlines, and more secluded bays. Of course, we've included the most famous beach resorts popular with visitors like Kuta, Nusa Dua and Sanur. Looking for a beach in Bali that provides you with all the action? Legian is a great choice. A beach dedicated to exciting water sports action? Tanjung Benoa is the answer. Honeymooners may prefer the calmer bay of Jimbaran, or remote Candidasa in East Bali. Here, we present the 10 best beaches in Bali.

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Kuta’s 8-kilometre stretch of white and grey sand continues to attract both international and domestic visitors. Despite its rapid growth and frenzied traffic scene nowadays, Kuta Beach’s unique charm remains. You can start off at the main gate with the Balawista lifeguard tower in view, and stroll northwards along the shoreline. Simply choose a spot to sunbathe and enjoy a beach massage, paddle out from the shore, or take in the magical sunsets. Owing to its popularity, Kuta beach has a small army of hawkers selling cold drinks, fresh fruits, towels, sarongs, and a host of other tacky trinkets. It's really convenient if you need some of their wares but can be annoying if you don't. Read More...

Legian Beach

The second most popular beach in Bali is Legian beach. It’s quite hard to define the boundaries between Kuta and Legian, and they do offer similar activities: surfing, partying and shopping. Catch a sunset at Legian’s famous coastal strip known as Double Six, and you can expect beach bars coming to life with their colourful beanbags laid out on the sand. For chic and stylish beach club experiences, Seminyak is just a short stroll north from Legian. Read More...

Seminyak Beach

Most of Seminyak’s beach scenes are best enjoyed at its subsections, namely Petitenget Beach and Double Six Beach, which it shares with neighbouring Legian to its south. The sand is somewhat greyer and darker than Kuta and Legian. The waves can be a bit rougher here for swimming, with strong undercurrents (areas are usually marked by red, no-swim flags). But it has some of the most exotic scenery, with long and flat sand at low tide. Read More...

Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran’s main coastal stretch is the famous Jimbaran Bay that serves as the beachfronts of among Bali’s luxurious five-star resorts: The Four Seasons and the InterContinental Bali Resort and Spa. In between the two, a small strip that’s a big part of Jimbaran Beach is called Pantai Muaya. It’s lined with Jimbaran’s popular seafood restaurants where you can enjoy memorable sunset dinners. The whole length of Jimbaran Beach is tranquil, and the soft sand along the curving bay offers a pleasant beach walk, as well as picture postcard memories. Read More...

Sanur Beach

Sanur has a quiet and rustic fishing village charm and is often considered the total opposite of busier Kuta (aptly on the opposite side of the island). The coastline features a mix of grainy to coarse coral sand, and much of it is protected by the Sanur Reef. The resulting calm waves allow you to swim and enjoy great snorkelling right off the beach. It’s great for witnessing magical sunrises, with outlines of Mount Agung and Nusa Penida island on the far horizon. Read More...

Canggu Beach

Canggu Beach is roughly between Seminyak and Tanah Lot, and offers a rugged coastal scene, with mostly great surf. Most of Canggu’s coastline features volcanic black sand, and almost all its surf breaks have become popular haunts among surfers from the world over. Interestingly, Canggu’s countryside of verdant rice fields, adds to its appeal, with plenty of villas and hotels here making good use of the view, as well as its close distance to the surf. Read More...

Nusa Dua Beach

From the get-go, Nusa Dua was designed to become Bali’s ‘all-inclusive’ tourism complex, home to world-class five-star resorts which are mostly international chain hotels. Such exclusivity means its beaches are secluded, clean and mostly uncrowded. They’re also very beautiful. Worthy mention is Geger Beach on the southern shores of Sawangan, with its unique backdrop of a namesake temple on a grassy limestone clifftop. Read More...

Candidasa Beach

While the beaches of Candidasa are not to be compared with the more popular long and sandy beaches of the island’s south, it offers tranquillity and serves as main base for divers to explore the magnificent underwater life in the surrounding waters. Its beautiful beaches come in short stretches, some of which are secluded white sand bays bordered by hilltops. The vast blue sea panoramas with calm waves make for perfect backdrops. Read More...


Uluwatu is home to gorgeous cliff-fringed coasts, some considered ‘hidden beaches’. World-class surf breaks are only a short paddle out from the sand. The sands here are mostly fine and soft, and most of its coastline reflects the region’s rugged limestone topography. Beautiful rock pools emerge at low tide. This also means that most of the surf here is on reef breaks, reserved only for advanced wave riders. Read More...

Tanjung Benoa Beach

Tanjung Benoa is where you’d want to be if you wish to stay close to the water sports action in Bali. There’s parasailing, jet-skiing, banana boat riding and many others, all provided by various operators along the coast. The beach itself is like much of neighbouring Nusa Dua’s coastline, with a mix of fine and coarse sand. Most are well-maintained beachfronts of respective resorts and hotels in the area. Swimming, however, is limited in areas bordered by marker buoys. Read More...

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