Best Bali Beaches Not For Surfers

Best Bali Beaches

Best Bali Beaches. Photo by Aiko Konishi

Best Bali Beaches – Many of the tourists who planning to visit the Bali island dream about it like an absolutely fabulous place with paradise beaches, azure sea and lonely Bunagana standing right on the shore, and this image of Bali actively support the travel companies.

Arriving in Bali with similar expectations, and not seeing the scenery from a postcard, some frustrated and talk about what it’s boring / noisy / dirty place (depending on where settled).

In fact, Bali – a stunning island, if not entertain illusions about heavenly beaches.

Best Bali Beaches

If you do not consider this question from the point of view of the surf, the nicest beaches in Bali is not too much and they can be conditionally divided into several categories:

  • A nice beach, but the big waves;
  • A nice beach, but small;
  • A good view, but mediocre beach;
  • A nice sea and beach, but crowded;
  • A nice sea and the beach, not crowded, but not very convenient location.

Best Bali Beaches

Bukit Peninsula: Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Balangan, Dreamland, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa
South-west coast: Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu
Southeast coast: Sanur, Padang Bai
East Coast: White sand beach, Amed, Bunutan, Tulamben
North Coast: Lovina

Uluwatu Beach (Blue point beach)

Best Bali Beaches: Uluwatu Beach (Blue point beach)

Best Bali Beaches: Uluwatu Beach (Blue point beach). Photo by Marc van der Chijs

This small beach hidden among the rocks, and at high tide it completely floods the water. Due to big waves, he is popular mainly among the advanced surfers, for which the infrastructure is well developed – there are many shops where you can buy or rent everything you need for surfing – from the board to the special clothing. Those travelers whose plans do not include getting up in the surf and catch waves can admire the views from the cliff.

Padang Padang beach

Best Bali Beaches: Padang Padang beach

Best Bali Beaches: Padang Padang beach. Photo by Mark Doliner

In our opinion – this is one of the best beaches on the Bukite. Here is a good beach, clean, clear water and is almost never the big waves at the shore. Here you can surf, but for the waves, you need to sail away.

The beach is quite small and intimate, in addition located next to the road, so it is very popular with tourists, so that in high season it is quite crowded and it is – its main drawback.

A few years ago, this beach was considered a “secret” and had known him mainly only local, but after the movie “Eat, Pray, Love“, which was filmed in part here, its popularity has grown. On the beach you can rent umbrellas, sunbeds but not here.

In addition there is quite picturesque, and if you do not impress the crowd holidaymakers, you can move to the rocks and enjoy the beauty of the coast.

Dreamland beach

Best Bali Beaches: Dreamland beach, Bukit peninsula

Best Bali Beaches: Dreamland beach, Bukit peninsula. Photo by Zach Taylor

The beach is located in the village of Dreamland. This is another small and incredibly beautiful beach with white sand and turquoise sea, which, however is rarely calm.

And just for the big waves, surfers love this place. You can come here, if you want poserfit or spend time on the beach and soak up the sun, but to get into the water can’t always. You can rent chairs and umbrellas here.

Balangan beach

Best Bali Beaches: Balangan beach at the sunset, Bali, Indonesia

Best Bali Beaches: Balangan beach at the sunset, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Alex Hanoko

This beach is famous for the “Martian” landscape

The beach is quite long and wide, but in the whole length of shore covered with volcanic rock, which looks nice, but you can’t go in the water without shoes.

Despite the fact that there are several nearby hotels and loads of  sunbeds on the beach, you can’t swim here. In the water come only surfers to sail away from the shore in pursuit of a good wave. The beach is a long, winding and picturesque road that nice ride on the bike. On this beach, and on a cliff next to it frequently organize a wedding.

Jimbaran beach

Best Bali Beaches: Jimbaran beach

Best Bali Beaches: Jimbaran beach. Photo by David Blackwell

This is a long beach that stretches along the entire village a few kilometers.

Here is quite small and need a long walk to get to the depths, on the coast. At high tide the beach is a narrow strip, of a width of several meters, but at low tide the water recedes to tens of meters.

The beach is also famous for its fish market and seafood restaurants that evening. When the tide, tables are arranged on the sand and offer visitors a fresh seafood almost every taste.

Nusa Dua Beach

Best Bali Beaches: Nusa Dua Beach

Best Bali Beaches: Nusa Dua Beach. Photo by Tanti Ruwani

Nusa Dua Beach – This is a private area on the west coast of the Bukit with plenty of stars-rise hotels. Here often come the travelers who bought a package tour for an excursion. A good half of them are the Russians.

You can often hear comments that Bali – albeit a pleasant but rather dull place, from the tourists who have stayed here.

The beaches of Nusa Dua are good, wide and clean, but the beach is also quite small.

In addition, most of the beaches are close to the Hotels, so it is not everywhere you can safely stay without risk to meet with polite but persistent security.

The big drawback resorts Bukit Peninsula is the transport problem. It is separated from the main island by a thin bridge with a single, two-lane highway, traffic on that – a permanent phenomenon. Accordingly, if you are planning to actively move around the island and still live on Bukite, you can safely delete from your stay a minimum of 2 hours per day.

Tanjung Benoa Beach

Best Bali Beaches: Tanjung Benoa Beach

Best Bali Beaches: Tanjung Benoa Beach. Photo by Zyl Akbar

Tanjung Benoa – is Xhosa, less than a kilometer wide, which was once a fishing village, but now it is actively built hotels. The northernmost point of braids – the center of water activities for all tastes, which offer any services from snorkelling to “underwater scooter.”

The beach is long and wide, but because of strong tides less suited for swimming than in Nusa Dua. In addition, a fishing family history makes itself felt – on shore and at sea an incredible number of fishing boats.

Kuta Beach

Best Bali Beaches: Surfboards on the Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Best Bali Beaches: Surfboards on the Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Vasenka Photography

This is perhaps the most popular among tourists, the place in Bali. Kuta – it’s surfing, bars, clubs and nightlife. Here is a relatively inexpensive housing. Mostly the young people comes to the Kuta beaches to study “how to surf” in the afternoon, and at night to break away from the full program. Traffic jams do not stop here, even at night.

In the water, you can easily “get to the head” by the beginner surfer, but if you come to equip the board – this is the place for you. A surf rental is available for $ 3 (2-3 hours).

But to understand people who do not ride the surf while staying in Kuta difficult for us.

Legian Beach

Best Bali Beaches: Legian Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Best Bali Beaches: Legian Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Rollan Budi

It is, in fact, the continuation of Kuta, but a little more respectable.

There are fewer tourists and more expensive housing, but the sea is also more suitable for surfing than for swimming – most of the day the waves are quite strong and those who dare to get into the water without surf, kicked on the beach with a loud whistle beach lifeguards.

Seminyak Beach

Best Bali Beaches: Seminyak Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Best Bali Beaches: Seminyak Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Tom Booth

This is the area and the beach immediately following Legian – the place even more peaceful and prestigious. Accommodation here is quite expensive and it is a popular place to live among European immigrants.

The Red flags here – is an integral part of the landscape.

Sanur beach

Best Bali Beaches: Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Best Bali Beaches: Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by calflier001

This resort is more respectable and quiet than Kuta, but less pretentious and sterilized than Nusa Dua.

The bulk of the tourists here – it’s the Europeans aged and Russian speech can be heard less frequently than in other places. On the coast there are basically expensive hotels, and more budget accommodation can be found in the village on the other side of the highway. The beaches are long and wide, the sea is quite calm, but at the shore shallow, and to get to the depth you need to go to their knees in water more than a dozen meters.

In my view, Sanur is geographically optimal location. There is a no sea, and it can be pretty quick to get to Bukit, Ubud, volcanoes, and other sights of Bali or sail to Gili Islands.

Padang Bay Beach

Best Bali Beaches: Padang Bay Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Best Bali Beaches: Padang Bay Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by viajar24h

There is the port In Padang Bay from which you can sail to the islands next to Bali – Lombok, Gili, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembogan. But not everyone knows that next to the village there is a beautiful beach, hidden from prying eyes, and it is called – “Secret beach”.

To get to it, you need to turn right in front of the port and drive along the track until the end. It ends at the top of the hill – then you can’t drive and this is where the bikes are parked. Further along the path to go down to the beach. Lost among the rocks beach, very comfortable, neat, clean, white sand

Despite the relative proximity of the port, the sea is also clean and usually quiet. Accommodation can be rented in the village, but there is almost no infrastructure.

White sand beach

Best Bali Beaches: White-Sand Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Best Bali Beaches: White-Sand Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Graeme Churchard

This is the only beach on the east coast with white sand.

The beach is very good – a wide, with good, a calm sea most of the time and not too many people here.

There are rare corals and tropical fish swim in the sea. On the beach there are dozens of cafes where you can refresh yourself – to its customers at no extra charge they provide sunbeds. In close proximity to the beach there is no shelter, but for a beach holiday it fits perfectly.

Amed Beach

Best Bali Beaches: Beach Hous on Amed Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Best Bali Beaches: Beach Hous on Amed Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Jesse Wagstaff

“Amed” – is the name of the village and the whole region on the eastern coast.
There are virtually everywhere absolutely stunning sea – quiet, clean and clear. Off the coast there are coral, among them the wonderful colored fish swim.

To snorkling not have anywhere to go on the boat, you can dive close to the shore.

The beaches are mostly stone, or with a major volcanic sand, and on the shore is a lot of fishing boats.

On this coast you can find one great place. It is situated to the south of Amed, in the Bunutan village, the beach is called the “Pondok Vienna Beach”.

In one part of the beach, as elsewhere in Amed, in the afternoon there are fishing boats

And at the very end of the beach is a small otelchik. Housing there is not cheap ( from 500 000 rupees per day), but the beach near the hotel is great – a mixture of white and black sand, a nice entry into the water.

Nearby there is a budget hotel with great views of the sea, and for a longer stay fit small cabins with kitchen, also located within walking distance.

Apart from the great sea, and the surrounding area in Amed quite spectacular nature – mountain slopes overgrown with greenery and views of the volcanoes.

In my view, “Bunutan” – this is the best place in Bali for an extended beach holiday.

Tulamben beach

Best Bali Beaches: Tulamben Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Best Bali Beaches: Tulamben Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by mtxgto

This village, a few kilometers north of Amed is not particularly remarkable – here are the same stone beaches.

But next to this beach there is a local landmark, because of which we have identified this beach alone – Liberty wreck. It lies just 30 meters from the beach and is a favorite subject of research novice divers.

Even if you do not plan to scuba dive, you can take a look at it and just with a mask – a top of the ship, overgrown with seaweed, shells and corals, are just a few meters from the water surface.

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4 thoughts on “Best Bali Beaches Not For Surfers

  1. Julio Moreno

    I keep hearing about the “tragedy of dreamland.” What is that all about? Your article is a lot newer than theirs so maybe you can shed some light? Great article btw.

    Reply
    1. Alex Cardo Post author

      You know, really Indonesia and Thailand are very dangerous places for tsunami and other nature cataclysms. But we can say the same about US and tornado. Anyway…time goes by and everything comes back to normal. I was in Thailand and Sri Lanka after tsunami also. All people remember it but they know where they are live.

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  2. Maria

    Hi! I am travelling to Bali next month with a friend , for 6 days, and we don’t surf. Actually we chose Bali because of the cheap and fast connection to Singapore where wil be in a conference for some days.

    We are looking for a nice place to stay. Not a big resort, just a simple cottage by the beach/ or near, with breakfast from where we can every day leave to other beaches. nature…

    Would you sugest us the best region to look for a pace? Or a good place to stay? Initially i was looking at Bingin, but at the same time i asked myself if there aren’t best places not so crowed, once we aren’t surfers,

    Thank you so much! I hope you can help! And thanks for the good article!

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