Bali Beaches Guide – The Best Beaches In Bali

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If you’re heading to the island of the gods, then you’ll probably want some beach time. So here’s a guide to the best beaches in Bali.

Bali Beaches Guide – The Best Beaches In Bali

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Getting Around Bali + Tips
Uluwatu Beaches
East Bali Beaches
Nusa Penida Beaches
Where To Stay In Bali

What To Pack? We’ve put together our Ultimate Travel Packing List for every type of trip.

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GETTING AROUND BALI + TIPS

Getting around Bali couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:

RENT A SCOOTER:

We always choose to rent scooters, which start at around 50,000 IDR per day, and explore ourselves. 

However be sure to read up on our Renting A Scooter In Bali guide beforehand!

Most accommodations will allow you to store your big bags with them, even after checkout.

So if you’re comfortable on two wheels, and looking for somewhere to rent scooters from, you can book a trusted scooter rental here.

HIRE A DRIVER:

Another option is to rent a driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Bali, and they start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours).

You can opt for standard 5 seater vans, or larger minibuses for bigger groups.

This is a great option for those looking to design their own itinerary. Simply jump in, tell you driver exactly where you wish to go, and he’ll navigate the most efficient route.

If you’re looking for for a reliable service, you can book a private car with a driver for the day here.

TAKE A TOUR:

Some of the best days out we’ve had in Bali have been on private tours.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

There’s even a Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour, for those looking to photograph its most recognisable locations.

From sunrise hikes, to waterfall treks and island hopping, there’s plenty to keep you busy on the bustling island!

Book your Bali Tours: Bali: Top Tours & Activities

WHAT TO PACK

DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 90D

Tripod: Zomei Z666 Tripod

Day Bag: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50

Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50

Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Rain Jacket: Columbia Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Stay safe on your scooter!

Uluwatu Beaches

Melasti Beach

We’ll start with our best beach in Bali – Melasti Beach! It was like a snippet of the Philippines within Indonesia…

This picturesque spot was a little out of the way but well worth the trip down south for.

A beautiful beach located below a high cliff with unspoiled blue sea. The long coastal strip gives you plenty of space to perch yourself in and switch off for the day.

Before you head down to our favourite of the best beaches in Bali, don’t forget to capture a scenic photo from above.

Click HERE for our full Melasti Beach Bali – The Best Beach In Bali blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Melasti Beach in Uluwatu

Green Bowl Beach

Second on the list, again this is one of the best beaches in Bali!

Definitely a hidden gem amongst the south coast. After walking down many steps we made it to the plush spot that is Green Bowl Beach. There’s also a naturally formed cave where you can catch some shade if the sun gets too much. Definitely one of the best white sand beaches in Bali.

Click HERE for our full Green Bowl Beach Bali – Crystal Water In Paradise blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Green Bowl Beach in Uluwatu

Pandawa Beach

Hidden behind huge limestone cliffs, Pandawa Beach was once known as secret beach.

It used to be super difficult to access because it was located within a deep valley and surrounded by all the white stone cliffs.

It’s a great addition to all the beautiful white sand beaches in the south. The water is aqua blue and the sand is soft and powdery. It’s no wonder the word got out about this beach!

Click HERE for our full Pandawa Beach Bali – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Pandawa Beach in Uluwatu

Jimbaran Beach

We headed over to Jimbaran Beach and experienced a beautiful pink, fluffy sunset.

All whilst watching the locals play football and families messing around. A definite hotspot for the Balinese.

If you’re heading down to Jimbaran there’s also a famous fish market to check out and plenty of fancy hotels in the area.

More of a locals beach Jimbaran makes for a great sunset spot!

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Jimbaran Beach in Uluwatu

Suluban Beach – Uluwatu Beach

Although Uluwatu is more popular for its surf, this is one of the small hidden best beaches in Bali and makes for the perfect place to chill out.

A large set of stairs, lead down into a large hidden cave, that follows out into an absolute gem of a beach!

Suluban Beach, commonly referred to as Uluwatu Beach, is the most popular spot for surfers and makes a great place to hang out for the day. You can even enjoy if from above at one of the many cliff top bars!

Click HERE for our full Suluban Beach Bali – A Complete Guide To Visiting blog.

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Suluban Beach in Uluwatu

Nyang Nyang Beach

After a short forest trek down, you’ll end up at yet another long stretch of sand known as Nyang Nyang Beach.

This is where the famous graffiti’d vessel lays. A popular spot for tourists. There’s even a little hidden swing making for an awesome photo opportunity using the ocean as a stunning backdrop.

Click HERE for our full Nyang Nyang Beach blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Nyang Nyang Beach in Uluwatu

Balangan Beach

One of the best beaches in Bali for sunset!

You can sit right on top of the cliff at Balangan Beach and watch the sun go down over the horizon. Such a beautiful place and so much so that we even spotted a wedding shoot taking place whilst visiting.

Click HERE for our full Balangan Beach Bali blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Balangan Beach in Uluwatu

Tegal Wangi Beach

Naturally formed rock pools make for an awesome ‘private jacuzzi’ at Tegal Wangi Beach – one of our other favourite sunset spots. The caves and the rock formations definitely make this beach unique and another easy spot to spend an evening.

Not necessarily one of the best beaches in Bali but definitely one of the most unique!

Click HERE for our full Tegal Wangi Beach blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Tegal Wangi Beach in Uluwatu

Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach made it to the best beaches in Bali blog – more so for its photo opportunities than its stunning sands.

We headed there to get the famous Instagram photo with it’s huge boulder and tiny tree on top. Although there was a lot of rubbish washed up on the beach when we visited. If you do plan to check it out, be sure to make it there early before the tide comes in.

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Bingin Beach in Uluwatu

Padang Padang Beach

At the bottom of the jungle walk lies a small bay, making for the perfect beach to enjoy a day out with friends and play around in the water. Watch out for the monkeys on the way down though!

Padang Padang is well known in the Uluwatu beaches area, although could be classed as one of the hidden beaches in Bali.

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Padang Padang Beach in Uluwatu

East Bali Beaches

Blue Lagoon Beach

Just around the corner from the Padangbai, where ferries by the dozen charter tourists over to the Gili Islands, lies this secluded corner of paradise.

The Blue Lagoon Beach is known for being a great spot for snorkelling and diving. Plus it’s rarely crowded day to day!

A few metres out from shore there are beautiful coral reef and tropical fish that will swim around your feet. So if you’re heading out East definitely pack a snorkel. Otherwise all equipment is rentable from the locals at Blue Lagoon Beach Bali.

Click HERE for our full Blue Lagoon Beach Bali – A Complete Guide blog.

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Blue Lagoon Beach in East Bali

Nusa Penida Beaches

KELINGKING BEACH

Kelingking beach is the most beautiful of all the Nusa Penida beaches.

The T-Rex shaped cliff side at Kelingking Beach has rocketed tourism into the sky with it’s natural beauty. Thanks to social media, Instagram especially, this view point is now top of most people’s list of attractions when heading over to the Nusa Islands.

Kelingking Beach itself is a secluded, white sandy haven surrounded by turquoise waters. It’s certainly known as one of the most beautiful Nusa Penida beaches amongst anyone that visits Bali.

To get down to Kelingking Beach takes around an hour and you must go at your own risk. The bamboo railings are not greatly maintained and you shouldn’t put 100% of your weight on them.

It’s definitely the hardest of all the Nusa Penida beaches to get to. Having said that, Kelingking Beach is a spot that cannot be missed when ticking off the best beaches in Nusa Penida.

If you’re looking for an easy way to see Nusa Penida we recommend booking a Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour.

Click HERE for The Only Nusa Islands Bali Guide You’ll Ever Need when planning your trip.

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Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida

CRYSTAL BAY BEACH

Palm tree heaven!… and that’s all you need to know. If you want to relax, swim or snorkel on Penida, Crystal Bay is your place!

Out of all the Nusa Penida beaches, none of them have palm trees like Crystal Bay Beach.

It’s a secluded beach blocked off by a whole jungle of palm trees and the perfect spot for sunset. It’s impossible to not stop and take a photo.

Of all Nusa Penida beaches, Crystal Bay Beach is the perfect spot to finish in! So save some time at the end of your trip for soaking up the sun or catching a sunset to remember.

If you’re looking for an easy way to see Nusa Penida we recommend booking a Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour.

Click HERE for our full Crystal Bay Beach – Nusa Penida, Bali blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Crystal Bay Beach in Nusa Penida

ATUH BEACH

Rated one of the best Nusa Penida beaches, a trip out East to visit Atuh Beach should definitely be one of the top things you do on the island.

We visited Atuh Beach twice on separate Nusa Penida tours. Once getting caught in a thunder storm midday and another when visiting for sunrise.

The later of the two journey, we jumped on our scooters and headed out East to catch sunrise. It was a 4am start and we drove for over an hour to catch an awesome morning over over Atuh Beach.

One of the most important parts to planning your Atuh Beach visit though is watching for weather and choosing high or low tide!

If you’re looking for an easy way to see Nusa Penida we recommend booking a Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour.

Click HERE for our full Atuh Beach Nusa Penida, Bali blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Atuh Beach in Nusa Penida

SUWEHAN BEACH

The final stop of our Nusa Penida beaches was Suwehan Beach, and it was like revisiting the Philippines.

The water from above at the lookout point at Suwehan Beach was blue beyond belief, and we couldn’t wait to get down the 342 steps to cool off.

If you plan on visiting one of the best beaches in Nusa Penida though, make sure to check the tides first.

If you’re looking for an easy way to see Nusa Penida we recommend booking a Best of Nusa Penida Full-Day Tour.

Click HERE for our full Suwehan Beach – Nusa Penida blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Suwehan Beach in Nusa Penida

WHERE TO STAY IN BALI

Click HERE for our Where To Stay In Bali – The Complete Guide which covers a break down of each individual area on the island.

Otherwise you can pre book all of your Bali accommodation and check the latest prices here.

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