Breathtaking Beaches in Bali, Indonesia

Everybody loves Kuta’s white sand, surfing activities, breathtaking sunsets, bargain shopping and nightlife. But let's step out of it, there's more out there.

There are many great beaches in Bali, some are good for swimming, some are great surfing spots, or even just a place to lounge on the sand. The best beaches in Bali are found in the southern area, around Kuta, Jimbaran, and the Bukit Peninsula, though, there are also many great beaches outside of those areas, even a few of them considered as a "hidden gem". Some hotels also provide private beaches which are usually cleaner and more private.

Everybody loves Kuta’s white sand, surfing activities, breathtaking sunsets, bargain shopping and nightlife. It is well known - Kuta is the most common tourists destination in Bali. It’s a high-voltage holiday destination - the pace is fast and fun. But let's step out of it. Treat yourself by discovering some of the more tranquil and unique stretches of sand Bali has to offer - believe me, there's more out there.

Balangan Beach

Photo by Hak Liang

Balangan Beach is one of the surfing spots on the west side of Bukit peninsula, which is located just north of Dreamland Beach, in the village of Pecatu. Just 25 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is a paradise, with exotic white sand beaches and the soothing air swing. Balangan has become one of the "must-visit" places in Bali, especially for those who likes quite places.

To get there, take Bypass Ngurah Rai heading down towards Nusa Dua and look for the Uluwatu turn off to the right after approximately 10 minutes. Basically go up the hill and go straight through the small crossroads, ignore the sign for Balangan to the right. Then turn right at the entrance, which is also the entrance to Dreamland beach. Head downhill and follow the road for about a mile, go through 3 roundabouts and you will pass a small sign to the left saying Dreamland. Keep going and shortly you will see this turnoff with a sign for Balangan.

Green Bowl

Photo by Clay R. Trainum

Getting to Green Bowl can be quite a task. The beach is located behind hills and trees, you'll have to go through hundreds of steps descending from the top to the base of the area. But once there, you can expect a quiet, secluded beach and world-class surf. There are only few tourists interested in visiting this place, but trust me - it will worth the effort!

To go to the Green Bowl from Jimbaran, you need to find a way to Uluwatu temple. You’ll see straight toward the intersection of Dreamland and Uluwatu beach. Take the left onto Green Bowl Beach. Once you arrive at the gate, take the straight road to the left until there is a parking lot.

Padang Padang Beach

Photo by Miguel Alvares

Padang – Padang Beach is one of the most famous surf spots in Bali. This beach is situated the white stone hill with nature scenery to the Indian Ocean and spectacular sunset at late afternoon. Padang-padang attracting surfers from all over the world to explore the great and challenging waves. It's only a thirty minute drive from Kuta beach, located in Pecatu village, which is a twenty minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and a five minute drive from Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park.

Pandawa (Secret Beach)

Photo by Marcel Sutrisno

Often referred to as the Secret Beach, Pandawa is located in the village of Kutuh in Southern Bali. Hidden behind high cliffs and overgrown shrubbery, just like the Green Bowl beach, Pandawa had long remained secluded from the crowds of tourists, due to the difficult path that had to be taken to access it. Its spellbinding beauty is unquestionable. Seemingly endless stretches of pure white sand span from one end to another.

To get there from Kuta area, head towards the Garuda Kencana Wisnu Cultural Park, then take a left turn towards Nusa Dua or Bali Cliff. Keep an eye out for the sign reaching “Pandawa Beach.” When you reach a crossroad, take a left turn which will lead you along the coastal cliff road to Pandawa.

Blue Point Beach

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The original name of this beach is Suluban, but since there is a well known hotel called Bluepoint Villas near the beach, it's better known as Bluepoint. Located near the Monkey Forest in Ungasan, this beach offers a line of cliffs and reefs and amazing blue water - one of my favourites. This place is also recommended for you who like to surf as well. There are also many cafes and art shops that lined all the way down to the beach. these cafes are located on the edge of a cliff with a view looking down to the beach, very breathtaking.

Distance from Kuta beach is about 45 minutes drive, passing through the winding roads, up and down the hills. It's still lined with other famous beaches like Dreamland and Padang Padang, which is the way up to the Uluwatu temple.

Perasi (White Sand Beach)

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Perasi Beach, also known as "White Sand Beach" or "Virgin Beach", is located in the Karangasem regency in East Bali. If you're looking to get away from the crowd, then this beach is just perfect for you. This is considered as one of the "Hidden Gems" in Bali, no hotels, villas or any other tourist accommodations are visible from here, only views of Gili Biaha on the horizon. A great place to relax.

Located about 5 km east of Candi Dasa, Perasi Beach is about one and a half hour's drive from Denpasar. Follow the Jalan Raya Candidasa-Bugbug main road to the village of Perasi and look out for a dirt road opposite the village’s Pura Bale Agung temple that leads to the beach. Look for a sign "White Sand Beach", "Virgin Beach" or "Pasir Putih" on your right-hand side and take that lane. It's a one-kilometer drive down a bumpy track to the beach, where a huge parking lot is available under palm trees.

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