The five most exotic beaches in Bali

The island of Bali has many glorious beaches that are popular with families, solo travelers and groups. Vacationers can choose from coastlines featuring gleaming white sand and palm trees waving in warm gentle breezes, or quieter, more secluded beaches with volcanic black shorelines. Besides being great places for sunbathing and relaxation, there are a variety of beach activities and facilities on offer, which differ from place to place, and might include surfing, diving, snorkeling and fishing.

Nusa Dua

This is a lovely beach for any time of the year, and it has sections such as Mengiat Beach that are well protected from rough surf by a barrier reef. Open to the public – some beaches must be accessed from hotels or resorts – it features sparkling blue water and immaculate white sand; local cafés provide food and inexpensive beach chairs to rent. It’s worth noting that the neighboring section, Geger Beach, is one of the few in Bali where topless sunbathing is allowed.

Seminyak

Seminyak has top quality beachfront resorts, trendy clubs, restaurants and bars, and high-end shopping. The delightful Seminyak Villas provide exceptional comfort and a luxurious home from home, and Seminyak’s Petitenget Beach has a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere – a world away from the hustle and bustle of the very popular and busier beaches at Kuta and Legian to the south. After dark, things liven up and there is plenty of entertainment on offer in the fashionable local hotels and clubs.

Kuta

Perhaps the most well known of all the island’s beaches, Kuta Beach is often considered to represent the best of Bali because it offers so many things to the visitor. Surfing is popular here, as is dining out on the beach. Shopping is good locally and the nightlife is lively and in plentiful supply. Visitors can enjoy local theater performances with Balinese cultural themes, and the Waterbom waterpark is great for a family day out. Legian Beach next door has a very vibrant nightlife and is a magnet for folks who like to party.

Lovina

One of Bali’s best-kept secrets for a long time, Lovina Beach has strikingly beautiful black sand and is still quieter than most other beaches. This is the perfect starting point for a boat ride and some dolphin spotting, as swarms of sociable and playful dolphins can be seen enjoying the coastal waters nearby. Lovina has some good places for eating out and a few bars and clubs for socializing in the evenings.

Sanur

If early morning walks are a favorite feature of an ideal vacation, then Sanur’s paved beachfront walkway is perfect for those who love to take a stroll. A little over four miles long, it’s also a great place to capture the sunrise on camera. This was the first ever resort area on Bali and it remains popular to this day, with the best quality white sandy beach being the stretch at Bali Hyatt. All along the beach there are barriers to protect the sandy shores from erosion, and in the vicinity there’s much to do and to see, including local sites of cultural significance.