Exploring Bali beaches is best done in the local language. Even though many Balinese knows how to speak English, they’d prefer to share the local secrets in Bahasa Indonesia. Moreover, they will appreciate you more if you try to talk in their mother-tongue.
In Indonesian language, the word ‘beach’ is translated to ‘Pantai.’ Whenever you’re asking a direction from locals, it is better to use “Pantai” than Beach. Many of these beaches are situated right next to each other. Obviously, the cost of visiting these areas is free or a small entrance fee, when run by the government. However, this is not always the case. Many private companies (restaurants and hotels) are trying to get into the business and later on claim these beaches as theirs. So, expect to pay an entrance fee. For example, if you want to go to a beach that you need to access it via a beach club, try to make a reservation first. Most of the time, these places are already booked for the whole day. But, the ones that are open are free for you to explore!
Another note, if you want to see tourism scene gone wrong, visit Kuta Beach. I’m not saying you should stay away from the place, but keep in mind this once beautiful and great surfing place is now overcrowded with young drunken tourists holding a Bintang Beer while screaming crazily, or too many fast food chains crowding the place.
Bali Beach Great for Swimming
- Virgin Beach, Karangasem (Google Map; Jl. Address: Karangasem, Karangasem Sub-District, Karangasem)
- Pantai Blue Lagoon, Padang Bai (Google Map; Jl. Address: Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem Regency
- Pantai Geger, Nusa Dua (Google Map; Jl. Address: Desa Adat Peminge, Sawangan, Nusa Dua)
- Pantai Pandawa (Google Map; ; Address: Jl. Pantai Pandawa) – great for canoeing
- Pantai Gunung Payung Uluwatu (Google Map; ; Address: Kutuh, South Kuta, Badung Regency)
- Pantai Balangan (Google Map; Jl. Pantai Balangan, Kuta)
- Pantai Melasti (Google Map; Jl. Gang VIII No.8, Denpasar Utara, Ungasan)
- Jungut Batu Beach, Nusa Lembongan (Google map)
- Mushroom Beach, Nusa Lembongan Island (Google map)
- Dream Beach, Nusa Lembongan Island (Google map)
Bali Beach Great for Sunrise
- Pantai Segara Ayu, Sanur (Google Map; Address: Jl. Segara Ayu No.8, Sanur Kaja)
Bali Beach Great for Sunset
- Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu Access through Nalu Bowls/Single Fin beach club (Single Fin Beach Club Google Map; Address: Pantai Suluban, Jl. Labuan Sait, Pecatu, Uluwatu, Kuta Selatan)
- Pantai Tegalwangi Jimbaran (Google Map; Address: Jl. Tegal Wangi, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan)
- Pantai Double Six (Google Map; Address: Jl. Double Six, Seminyak, Kuta)
- Pantai Jimbaran – Popular for Seafood dinner by the beach (Google Map; Jl. Address: Jimbaran Beach, Kuta) – Popular for Seafood dinner by the beach
- Pantai Petitenget, Seminyak (Google Map; Address: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan)
- Pantai Bingin Uluwatu (Google Map; Address: Jl. Pantai Bingin, Pecatu)
Karma Beach, Gili Meno Island (Google Map; Address: Gili Meno Island Pemenang, Gili Indah, Pemenang, North Lombok Regency) – The Karma Resort Group is one of the luxurious resort companiesin Indonesia. Karma Resort hasboutique beach club on the shores of Gili Meno Island at Karma reef.
Bali Beach Great for Surfing
- Kuta Beach (Google Map; Address: Jl. Pantai Kuta )
- Padang – Padang Beach (Google Map; Jl. Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency)
- Blue Point Beach (Google Map; ; Address: Jl. Pantai Suluban, Ungasan)
- Keramas Beach (Google Map; Jl. Pantai Selukat, Keramas, GianyarAddress: )
- Echo Beach (Google Map; Jl. Pura Batu Mejan, Canggu, Kuta Utara)
Bali Beach Great for Snorkeling or Diving