There are few destinations that offer visitors the serene beauty and chance to relax that Bali does. While many come to Bali for the stunning beaches and pristine waters, they quickly discover that a visit to this Indonesian island is so much more than other mere beach holidays. Bali has an atmosphere, an essence, and a way of life that combines unique local culture, with expressive cuisine, history and music. Off the beaten track there are a host of exotic sights and sounds that make up the smaller destinations on the island. But for those of you who are simply craving the ultimate beaches, there is nowhere better for sunbathing. Here are 5 great Bali beaches you’re sure to enjoy.
1. Seminyak Beach
If you’re looking for the more frenetic and up-tempo side of Bali, then make your way to Seminyak, where you’ll find wide and curving stretches of sand, as well as great waves for surfing. Seminyak is also home to a number of restaurants, bars, and clubs, and is one of the island’s hotspots for expats, many of whom live here and own local shops or spend their days surfing and enjoying the beach.
2. Kuta Beach
Just to the south of Seminyak you’ll discover Kuta Beach, one of Bali’s best and perhaps the original destination for travelers heading to Bali to discover the ultimate offerings in beach-life and surf. With lounge chairs and umbrellas available for rent, as well as easy-going beach hawkers selling snacks and drinks, you’ll find Kuta Beach to be the perfect mix between the party and seclusion.
3. Balangan Beach
For those after something a little more relaxing, then consider heading to Balangan Beach. Here you’ll discover narrow tracts of sand dotted by sun umbrellas, all backed by a mixture of rocky cliff and lush foliage. For couples looking to stroll the sand or enjoy a casual drink at a surfer bar or café, they’ll find this beach provides a little more seclusion, though there is still plenty of great surf to be had, as well as a small temple at the north end of the beach.
4. Nusa Dua Beach
If you’re looking for the relaxation and pampering offered by luxury hotels then Nusa Dua Beach might be the spot for you, as there is plenty of great accommodation just a few seconds walk from the shoreline. Between the hotels and the pristine beach you’ll also find tall palm trees, wild mangroves and orchids growing to provide a brilliant backdrop to the scene.
5. Bias Tugal Beach
This hidden gem is also known as White Sand Beach to travelers and Pantai Kecil (little beach) to locals. It lies hidden away near Padang Bai and is only accessible via a 500 metre trek down a rocky coastline path. This isolated beach is the perfect romantic get-away for two, or anyone looking for a little peace and quiet. Beware of the current here if you’re not a strong swimmer.
As mentioned earlier, the beaches may be what bring you to Bali, but the atmosphere is what makes so many people want to stay. Unwind, relax and enjoy yourself in this tropical paradise.
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Chrysty Miles is a travel enthusiast who loves exploring the world. She had been to different countries tasting the goodness of the world.