1. Seminyak Beach– Seminyak Beach is ideal for people watching and activities. Rent a board and learn to surf on the beginner waves, or lie on a sun lounger and soak up the suns rays. Whether you sip on a cocktail at swanky Ku De Ta or crack open an ice cold Bintang from one of the beach sellers, the sunsets in Seminyak are unforgettable.
2. Canggu Beach- For a beach offering rugged scenery, Canggu has a windswept black sand beach with scattered rocks. If you like to sunbathe in peace and quiet without tourists everywhere, then Canggu is your place. Canggu is popular with both beginner and experienced surfers as well as local expats. It’s a perfect spot to have some lunch and enjoy the feeling of sea spray on your skin.
3. Padang Padang- Padang Padang is host to the Rip Curl Cup surf contest and the break is a very famous surf spot. You can see the beach from the bridge to see whether the surf is pumping. Climb down the narrow stairway and park your towel on the golden sandy beach. the water is safe for swimming because the beach is protected from the waves by a coral reef and if it gets too hot you can seek shade behind the rocks to the right.
4. Uluwatu- Uluwatu is well-known for the Balinese temple and the cheeky monkeys that live there. But the beach is also famous for its reef break and glassy waves during the dry season. There are Warungs, ding repair shops and surf shops in the cliff, whilst the shingle beach has some cool caves.
5. Balangan- Balangan on the Bukit Peninsula has a laid-back tropical vibe, with golden sand, wooden beach Warungs and palm trees. Surfers come to Balangan for the reef break during the dry season, whilst non-surfers simply laze on sun loungers and go swimming in the rock pools.
6. Padangbai- Padangbai has the best beaches in Bali for snorkelling. This sleepy fishing village on the East Coast of Bali has two great beaches. Bloo Lagoon Beach is a small, white sandy beach over the hill to the left of the town which has coral and scattered rocks. Over the hill to the right you have White Sand Beach, known as Secret Beach or Bias Tegul. This beach is a little slice of paradise, with powder white sand and palm trees.
7. Bingin- Bingin is a popular surf spot on the Bukit peninsula on the way to Uluwatu. Bingin beach is accessible via steep stairs set into the cliff and when you get to the bottom, you’ll find light-coloured sand, scattered boulders and a rocky reef. There are plenty of wooden Warungs in the cliffs serving Indonesian food with budget accommodation attached.
8. Jimbaran Beach- Jimbaran Bay is a golden sandy beach with calm, still waters perfect for swimming and bathing. It’s also very popular in the evening for seafood dinners on the beach. Pick out your seafood from the tanks, let them cook it for you, and have a romantic, candlelit dinner on the beach.
9. Sanur- Sanur is Bali’s original backpacker resort, but is now much more sleepy than the areas of Kuta and Seminyak, with a more laid-back, traditional vibe. Located on the East Coast of the island, Sanur is easily accessible from Denpasar and, like Nusa Dua, is a popular surf spot during the wet season when the surf isn’t so good on the West Coast.
10. Nusa Dua- Nusa Dua is Bali’s self-contained resort with luxury 5-star hotels and a shopping square. The purpose-built resort has lifeguards and security to make holidaymakers feel as safe as possible. Although some of the hotels have private bits of beach, Nusa Dua has a public beach called Pantai Geger, with white sand and waters perfect for swimming. Being on the East Coast of Bali, surfers come to Nusa Dua during the ‘wet season’ because it offers better surfing conditions than other parts of the island.