With rich culture, balmy weather and delicious food, there are many reasons to visit Bali. Even so, the main magnet here has always been the island’s beautiful beaches; attracting surfers, divers, and swimmers from all over the world. With countless sandy stretches dotted around the island, make sure you visit all the best ones with our guide.
If you’re keen to experience all the highlights of Bali, from surfing and snorkeling to visiting sacred temples, book yourself onto our exclusive 12-day trip to the island.
Named for the colour and curve of its beach, Green Bowl is quieter than its southern coast neighbours, due to its canopy-enclosed seclusion and steep, stair-lined descent. Shouldered by towering limestone cliffs pocketed with caves and lapped by surf-ready tides, this beach draws sporting types and those seeking solitude. Be aware that you’ll need the stamina to make the ascent back up the cliff, but it’ll be worth it.
Follow an almost invisible, pothole-dappled road to this surfer’s paradise, complete with rolling knolls, black-dusted dunes and pounding surf. If you’re keen to escape the bustle of southern Bali, you’ll find the small rice field-surrounded village of Balian 90 minutes from the airport by car. The best time for surfing is in the dry season (several shops here offer gear), but the winds of August make Balian the perfect spot for kitesurfing.
Cross the Badung Strait and you’ll find yourself on the hilly island of Penida. To reach the gleaming sands of Diamond Beach on the island’s eastern edge, you must make the bracing descent down stone steps carved into the limestone cliff-face, trailed by a rope handrail; look out on your way down to see manta rays swimming below. Diamond-shaped rocks, turquoise waters and green-topped rock formations are your rewards at the bottom. While on Nusa Penida, don’t miss Kelingking Beach and Broken Beach on the other side of the island.
Chloe Thrussell contributed additional reporting to this article.
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