Ocean breezes, salty hair, sun-kissed skin and that book you’ve been dying to get stuck into for months…if it weren’t so exhausting, we at Honeycombers believe beach life should be a professional career. That’s why we asked Anna Chittenden, Travel Writer and explorer behind travel website Lost Guides, to share her discoveries of Bali’s best beaches with us all. So pack your sunscreen, sarong and your summer playlist to tick off this list of ten beach locations to get wet around the island.
1. Balangan Beach – best for surf & sunbathers
Located in the south of Bali on the Bukit Peninsular, Balangan beach is best known amongst surfers and those that want a laid back, beach experience. Swimmers can enjoy the waters when the seas are at high tide, and sunbathers can lie under the many sun lounger and umbrellas that line the sandy beach. For those that appreciate the simple life, Balanagan is still fairly underdeveloped with just a few local warungs housed in wooden shacks providing Indonesian food and Bintangs giving you a refreshing change from the international beach clubs of Seminyak.
2. Finn’s Beach Club – best for exclusivity
Another South Bali gem, Finn’s Beach Club hosts a private white sand beach with stunning turquoise blue waters and an offshore coral reef. Located at the Semara Luxury Villa Resort, non-guests can enjoy a day at Finn’s while tucking into the delicious seafood at their restaurant and getting involved in water activities such as snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding. Set discretely at the bottom of dramatic cliff, this spot is reached by an inclinator taking you directly to the club. Don’t miss the ‘bonfires on the beach’ at sunset. Remember to bring IDR 250,000 for the entry fee, of which 150,000 goes towards your food and drinks bills.
3. White Sand Beach (Pasir Putih) – Best for road trippers
White Sand Beach, also known as Pasir Putih, is a remote, off-the-beaten path beach that rewards the most adventurous of road trippers. Located on the East Coast of Bali, near to the village of Candidasa, Pasir Putih is a pristine soft white sand beach standing out particularly besides it’s volcanic black sand neighbours. When you see the ‘white sand beach’ sign, follow the dirt track til you get to the carpark. A lovely spot for swimmers too, White Sand Beach also has a line up of local seafood bbq stalls perfect for lunch.
4. Padang Padang beach – Best for a family day out
A favourite with surfers and swimmers alike, Padang Padang is a small beach about 10 minutes north of Uluwatu. Framed by dramatic rock formations, the setting is simply stunning. Swimmers can enjoy the calm cove like waters off the beach, and the more adventurous types can go out into the surf. The best time to visit this beach is early in the morning around sunrise when you can see Padang Padang in it’s full glory and before any other visitors descend on this spot.
5. Jimbaran Bay – Best for seafood lovers
This long expansive soft white sand beach is not only well known for it’s lovely scenery, but also as the place where fishermen come to deliver their catch to the markets, with a number of seafood restaurants dotted along the coastline cooking up the catch. For a romantic seafood dinner, head to Jimbaran Bay at around sunset time, or head here during the day if you want more peace and quiet. Diner’s can choose their pick of fish straight from the water tanks to then devour a few minutes later.
6. Suluban Beach – Best for secret swims
This destination might be the location off the famous Uluwatu surf break, but come low tide, this spot at Suluban beach is a hidden treasure for swimmers. Set against stunning dramatic cliffs, the water here is as turquoise as it gets. To access this place, visitors will need to walk down the steps at Uluwatu and through the caves and onto the sand. Remember that when it’s high tide this swimming spot is inaccessible, so you’ll need to check the tide times for your trip here.
7. Dream Beach – Nusa Lembongan – Best for Day trippers
When you’ve ventured to all of Bali’s beaches, head to the port at Sanur and hop on a 30 min ferry over to the neighbouring island of Nusa Lembongan. Bali’s lesser-known and quieter sibling, Nusa Lembongan has a whole choice of stunning beaches. Dream Beach is one of the loveliest, and you shouldn’t find much of a crowd here either.
8. Seminyak Beach – Best for party lovers
If you want to be part of the action, then Seminyak beach is the place for you. There are beach bars a-plenty lining the shores of this buzzing town. Head to La Plancha and settle in for the afternoon on some brightly coloured beanbags, or have a swim with a cocktail in hand at the infinity pool at Potato Head. For sunset, get yourself a pew at KuDeTa for a round of sundowners.
9. Karma Beach – Best for Gypsetters
Part of the Karma Kandara Resort, this luxury beach spot is another southern Bali gem. With the vibes of a Mediterranean island like Ibiza, Karma attracts trendy globe hoppers looking for privacy and exclusivity. The sea is a perfect shade of blue and great for snorkeling and water sports. The restaurant has a laid back hippie atmosphere, designed with natural bamboo and serving delicious wood fire pizza.
10. Bingin Beach – Best for backpackers
Located on the west of the Bukit, Bingin Beach is a cliffside gem with the water being good for both swimmers and surfers. You’ll need to be fit to do all the walking up and down the steps from the top of the cliff to the beach, but your efforts will be rewarded. Dozens of affordable huts line the cliffside, making this a good choice for those on a budget. There are some great healthy cafes here too, perfect for a post-surfing refuel.
Anna Chittenden, Travel Writer, is the founder and explorer behind travel website Lost Guides. When not in a beach hut, you’ll find her sipping flat whites in her ‘hood Tiong Bahru in Singapore.