10 best beaches in Bali: Where to swim, surf, soak up the sun and live the island dream

1. Seminyak Beach – best for the hedonists

If being in the heart of Bali’s oceanfront action is your kinda thang, then Seminyak Beach is the place for you. Along this impressive 5km stretch of golden sand, you’ll find beach bars aplenty, five-star hotels and Seminyak’s very best restaurants just footsteps from the waves – not to mention world-famous beach clubs in every direction. Beginning on the outskirts of crazy Kuta, trailing all the way up to the coastal corners of Canggu, Seminyak Beach is a holiday destination in itself. Learn to surf in the gentle whitewash of the waves, soak up the sunshine on a squishy sun bed, or settle into a comfy, colourful beanbag at La Plancha for a round of sundowners – Ibiza-style beats included.
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2. Nusa Dua Beach – best for families

A seemingly endless stretch of powder white perfection, Nusa Dua Beach is so flawless, it almost looks manmade. It borders the coastline of Nusa Dua’s resort area, fringed by manicured lawns and five-star hotels that have been tastefully sheltered by palm trees and natural building materials. Not only are the beaches impeccably clean and the waters calm, the shoreline is full of family-friendly restaurants, water sports and even a shopping complex. It’s the ideal destination for a fun-filled family day out that won’t leave the little ones hot and bothered, thanks to plenty of places to cool off and recharge.
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3. Echo Beach (Canggu) – best for people watching

What was once the go-to destination for a romantic beachfront barbecue has now become one of the coolest oceanfront spots to see and be seen. Echo Beach is the watering hole of Canggu (quite literally) with countless surf spots in every direction and shabby-chic bars dotted along the black sands facing the ocean. And what an ocean view there is. Expect beach babes in their Brazilian-cut bikinis, scruffy haired surfer dudes with sun-kissed bods, and beloved Bali dogs with their expat owners taking a sunset stroll. This lively, community-driven coastline goes from a playground of sun and surf by day, to a wild party spot by night. Bring an acoustic guitar for extra street cred, and don’t forget the dog treats.
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4. Jimbaran Bay – best for seafood sunsets

This long, expansive, soft white sand beach is not only well known for its gorgeous scenery (the glittering sands stretch for a full 3km), but also as the spot where local fishermen sell their fresh-from-the-net seafood each morning at the bustling markets. As the island’s seafood hub, it’s no surprise then that you’ll also find a number of beachfront barbecues dotted along the coastline, cooking up the day’s catch for your grazing pleasure as the sun sets. For a romantic seafood dinner, head to the bay before dark and choose your ocean treats from the display to devour just a few minutes later. Or if it’s sunshine you’re after, find a quiet spot away from the stalls and enjoy the calm waters from dawn until dusk – it’s the perfect bay to cruise around on a stand-up paddle board.
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5. Thomas Beach – best for secluded beach walks & sunbaking

Ever since the opening of some cool Uluwatu restaurants at the top of this hidden bay, Thomas Beach is no longer a secret – though it’s still one of the quietest beaches in the Bukit (and arguably still the best beach in Bali!). Accessible only via a gravel lane and then a winding set of crumbling stairs, this secluded strip of white sand beach is well worth descending down the cliff for. Fringed by turquoise waters and dramatic boulders that protrude from the sand, this is postcard-perfection to a tee.
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6. Sanur Beach – best for sunrise & cycling

If it’s a leisurely day out at the seaside you’re after, then head to sleepy Sanur for an easy-breezy day at the beach. Besides its seemingly never-ending stretch of white sand, Sanur’s main beachfront attraction is the coastal promenade that extends over 5km long. This ocean path curves past resorts, beachfront cafes, wooden fishing boats under repair and quite a few elegant old villas built decades ago by the wealthy expats who fell under Bali’s spell. Take a romantic stroll with your partner, or get some exercise on a bicycle with the family. Top tip: Sanur is in prime position for spectacular sunrises, so you’ll want to start early.
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7. Keramas Beach – best for pool hangs & front-row surf seats

With Mount Agung behind you and pumping waves in front of you, Keramas Beach is a sight to be seen indeed. Sitting on the east coast away from the crowds, Keramas is best known for its standalone beachfront destination, Komune Beach Club. This paradisal perch nudges the dramatic black sands, with a stunning infinity pool at the helm and the sparkling ocean out yonder. Settle in to the beachfront day beds, graze by the pool or stay in the adjoining Komune Resort to catch the night-time surf sessions at dusk. Double points if you visit during the annual World Surf League competition that attracts superstar surfers from around the world…
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8. Amed Beach – best for diving & snorkelling

With black sands and soaring volcanoes on the horizon, Amed isn’t your typical beachfront vista. But boy is it a good’un. Sitting on Bali’s northeastern coast, Amed is known for its dramatic landscapes that guarantee awe-inspiring holiday pics. And if you’re into diving or snorkelling, Amed is also home to one of the island’s most vibrant reefs – a coral garden that’s as colourful as it is popular. An adventure beneath the waves here often involves a trip to nearby Tulamben too, to explore the sunken US Liberty Shipwreck that’s teaming with life and aquatic beauty. You’ll definitely want an underwater camera for this one…
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9. Bingin Beach – best for boho vibes & epic surf

Look out for the signs made of recycled wood, or follow the small groups of Bali’s cool crowds with surf boards in-hand and sand-covered bare-feet. Bingin Beach is a boho hideaway that’s relatively hard to find unless you know where you’re going – or who to follow. With perfect waves and small sandy coves for swimming at low tide, this cliff-based beach is a favourite for Bali’s sun soakers and surfers. You’ll need to be relatively fit to get to and from the beach (there are uneven, rocky steps from the top of the cliff to the sands), but your efforts will certainly be rewarded. Dozens of affordable beach stays line the cliffside too, making this a good spot for budget trips or a no-frills sunset on a blanket. There are some great healthy cafés here too, perfect for a post-surf refuel.
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10. Sundays Beach Club – best for VIP lounging

Another South Bali gem, Sundays Beach Club at The Ungasan Clifftop Resort is tucked away in a private white sand bay, with stunning turquoise blue waters and an offshore coral reef. Hidden discretely at the bottom of a dramatic cliff face, this paradisal spot is accessed via an inclinator that takes you directly down to this awesome beach club. Come hungry, because you’ll want to tuck into the delicious island-inspired menu here, and stick around until sunset for the magical bonfires on the beach. Just be sure to save enough time for some serious water-based frolicking, like snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking across the crystal clear waters.
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