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Bali is a world-class destination, renowned for the quality of its beaches. While some of us prefer to soak up the sun, others may be more interested in catching some waves – or both! Travelling with your family or your best friends, there’s the perfect beach (and beachfront hotel) for everyone in Bali.


With ocean temperatures in the high twenties, gentle waves and plenty of activities for the kids, the beaches in Bali are perfect for family holidays.

While younger children might be happy playing in the sand, older kids might need a bit more action. Hiring boogie boards or even signing up for surf lessons is a great way to keep them occupied. Watch them zip in and out of the waves for hours as you enjoy a refreshing beverage, relaxing on a beach chair under the shade of an umbrella.


Bali is a surfer’s paradise for both pros and beginners alike. The water’s warm, the sun is hot and the waves are perfect – what’s not to love?


If you’ve always wanted to catch a wave, Bali’s a great place to spend an afternoon taking lessons. Unlike other famed surf beaches around the world dominated by pros, beginners in Bali don’t have to fight for territory with the experts. The most popular beaches have regular, steady waves that are excellent for building confidence.

There are many surf schools dotted along the popular Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu beaches, all of which are in easy reach of the central tourist hubs. Alternatively, you can always hire your boards and skip the lessons. These long, connected beaches mean plenty of space to practice without having to worry about other swimmers.

Experienced Surfers

The southern Bukit Peninsular is littered with top surf spots for intermediate and advanced surfers, away from the more mellow tourist hotspots.

Bali is known for its consistent quality surfing throughout the year, but if you’re looking for the best time to catch some waves, you should plan your visit to fall between April and October and hit the western coast.

For the best surfing in Bali, make sure you spend a few days visiting the famous surf beaches in Uluwatu.


After a hard day alternating between sunbathing and cooling off in the Indian Ocean, you can be forgiven for stopping to grab a drink or two at one of the many beach-side bars scattered around Bali.

Seminyak is a great place to have a few cheeky cocktails while you work on your tan – just make sure the alcohol and heat don’t go straight to your head! La Plancha is one of our favourite spots to sit on comfy beanbags under colourful umbrellas while you watch the sun dip below the horizon.

We all know Bali is renowned for its nightlife. However, be aware that many beach clubs now require you pay for a day pass. Karma Kandara at Uluwatu, Finns in Canggu, Potato Head Seminyak, Nudi in Benoa and Nikki Beach Bali in Nusa Dua need passes, so do some research before you show up.

Beach Safety

Just like any surf beach, Bali’s beaches can be dangerous if you don’t take adequate precautions.

What You Need to Know

  1. Many beaches in Bali don’t have lifeguards, so take extra care watching young ones in the water.
  2. Rips are quite common and can be very strong. They are hard to spot standing on the beach, and undertow can pull swimmers far from shore without their realisation, so make sure you’re aware of signage on the beach and follow warning signals accordingly.
  3. Red flags on the beach signify that the beach is currently too dangerous to swim. Don’t ignore this warning like many of the other tourists. Instead, find either an alternative place to swim, or choose a different activity.
  4. Lastly, don’t forget to apply (and reapply) sunscreen. Sunscreen gets wiped off, especially if you’re being active. In a sunny paradise like Bali, one application per day is never enough.

Want to know more about the best beaches in Bali? Get in touch with us – we’ll make your Bali beach holiday dreams come true.

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