Beaches in Bali
The volcanic island of Bali in Indonesia boasts some of the most unique and beautiful beaches seen anywhere in the world. Bali is one of the world’s premier beach and surfing destinations and attracts a range of vacationers year round. The following is a list of the best beaches in Bali which will accommodate everyone from the advanced surfer right through to the recreational sunbaker and everyone in between.
Uluwatu is located on a cliff top along Bali’s southern coastline on the Bukit Peninsula. Uluwatu is home to some of the best hotels and restaurants in Bali and has one of the most sacred temples on the ancient island. Uluwatu is world famous among the surfing cohort, which is due to its long peeling left hand reef break. The view of the waves from the cliff is spectacular where you can watch the many surfers try their luck on the shallow reefs. Navigating your way to the waters edge through caves and along rickety stairs is where the adventure really begins. Located half an hour from the airport and Kuta, Uluwatu is certainly worth the drive.
Kuta is the central hub for tourists visiting Bali. Many hotels line the main beach in Kuta, which is why it is without a doubt the most crowded. Unfortunately Kuta is quite dirty due to the large number of tourists and locals who occupy it every day. Kuta Beach is a buzz of locals trying to sell you everything from massages, ice creams and umbrellas. Although a day on this beach can be tiring if not irritating, it is certainly an experience not to be missed. This beach is great for a long walk as it connects through to many other beaches. The waves on this beach can vary in size but are generally suitable for swimming.
Nusa Dua is located in Southern Bali (about 40 minutes from Kuta) and has a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy. The beach is lined with some of the worlds more luxury hotels and is also famous for its water sports. The water sports hut offers everything from banana boat rides to parasailing and snorkelling all at a reasonable price. Having lunch in Nusa Dua is also a must. This beach generally has little to no waves and is perfect for swimming. There are some reef breaks within close proximity to Nusa Dua, which will suit surfers of varying ability.
Jimbaran Beach is located about 20 minutes from Kuta and only 5 from the international airport. This beach is spectacular for lunch or dinner where you can dine at one of the many seafood restaurants. The tables and chairs are literally on the sand and Jimbaran is one of the best spots to watch the sunset. Listening to the waves lapping on the white sand coupled with local Balinese music is a great way to end a day here.
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