4 of the best beaches in Bali

The best beach for diving

Because most of the beaches on the island of Bali have such incredible waves and waves, this does not make them ideal for snorkelling. However, if you travel to the east of the island to Padangbai, you will find three paradisiacal white sand beaches and calm and transparent waters. This laid-back fishing village doesn’t attract that many visitors, which means that the beaches are often quiet and peaceful. Bloo Lagoon Beach, located near the Bloo Lagoon eco-resort, just up the hill to the left, has the best snorkeling spot, with calm, crystal clear waters, scattered rocks, and coral. Among the marine life, you can expect to see wrasse, reef sharks, stonefish, moray eels, rays, squid, octopus, and blue ribbon eels. There is also a beautiful, secluded white sand beach on the hill to the right of town, which is lined with palm trees and is the closest thing to a tropical island paradise.

Best beach for people watching

If you are looking for a beach full of beautiful people, with many bars, restaurants and activities, Seminyak is the beach for you. While the long sandy beach is not as idyllic as some of the others on the island, it is great for people watching and attracts hundreds of tourists looking to have fun in the sun. Seminyak Beach is an extension of Kuta Beach and is a long stretch of flat, compact sand with rippling waves, perfect for learning to surf or surf. You can lay back on a lounger with a Bintang or, if you’re feeling a little more energetic, play a game of bat and ball. Seminyak Beach has one of the best sunset views, so if you can afford the price, grab a cocktail and watch the sunset from Ku De Ta, Bali’s world-famous bar.

The best beach for maximum relaxation

Few backpackers have heard of this beach, but Balangan, in the south of the island beyond Jimbaran, is one of the best to relax and let your worries melt away. This sandy beach is lined with palm trees and is also a great spot for expert surfers, with crystal clear waves rolling over the coral reef. You can relax on a lounger in front of one of the beach huts with a banana smoothie and a view of the waves, or go swimming in one of the many natural rock pools. As the tide goes out, you can stroll around the reef to get a closer look at the surfers in action. Balangan is a quiet tropical beach that will make you feel like you are a million miles from reality.

The best beach for experienced surfers

Uluwatu, at the southern tip of Bali, is famous for its temple perched dramatically on the cliffs. Tourists flock to Uluwatu to see the band of monkeys running through the temple complex and to witness the traditional dance performance at sunset. But Uluwatu is also the most famous spot in Bali for experienced surfers, offering perfect waves during peak season when the surf is good. Pantai Suluban is protected by sheer cliffs, so on a windy day it’s perfect if you want to avoid getting sand in your eyes. On the cliffs there are several warungs serving traditional Indonesian food such as Nasi Goreng and banana pancakes, as well as a couple of ding repair shops and shops selling surf clothing. Sit back and take in the incredible views with lunch or walk down the steep steps to the pebble beach where you will find cool caves and rock pools.

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