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3 Great Beaches in Bali You Need to Visit

Bali boasts a compelling mix of attractions, from exotic rice paddies over ancient Hindu temples to sacred volcanoes. But what would be a visit to Bali without a trip to the beach? Like a night-sky without stars!

Forget the hustle and bustle around the crowded beaches of Kuta, Sanur or Seminyak. There are so many more. Just grab a motorbike and start exploring the magnificent diversity of Bali’s beaches.

Let’s take a closer look at these three remarkably beautiful ones:

Pantai Amed (Amed Beach)

Snorkelers in Amed, Bali

Snorkelers in Amed, Bali

Amed is one of these picturesque locations which are hardly to forget. Ever. Surrounded by crystal clear water and its stunning background of Mount AgungBali’s highest and holiest volcano– this laid back town and former fishing village is a prefect getaway for those in need of relaxing. And if you’re more into snorkelling or diving, you will be rewarded with a colourful yet mesmerizing underwater world. Did you know that there is a Japanese ship wreck located at Lipah Bay, just 3km southeast of Amed?

Getting to Amed:

Amed is in eastern Bali. Duration from Ngurah Rai Airport: ca. 2 hours.

Shunyata Villas Bali

Shunyata Villas Bali

Recommended place to stay:  Shunyata Villas Bali – A modern resort situated near Amed, with great views over Mount Agung, Lombok and Nusa Penida islands. You can browse other hotels in Amed here.

Lovina

Yes we admit, already the name sounds so lovely. And it really is.  The town kept its charming atmosphere throughout the years, even after tourism has increased on the island. Sink your toes into the black volcanic sand, stroll around or just lie down and soak up the sun. Wake up early and take a sunrise trip to watch dolphins or even Manta Rays just off the shore. Still didn’t get enough? Go snorkelling around Menjangan island, it’s the best preserved coral reef in Bali! The calm and clear water gives the perfect condition for watching tons of fishes & corals and makes it generally safe to swim.

Dolphin Watching in Lovina, Bali

Dolphin Watching in Lovina, Bali

Getting to Lovina:

Lovina is located in northern Bali. Duration from Ngurah Rai Airport: ca. 100-120 minutes.

The Lovina Hotel

The Lovina Hotel

Recommended place to stay: The Lovina – a beautiful resort reflecting Balinese design and superb beach location. You can browse other hotels near Lovina beach here.

Padang-Padang

Surfing in Padang Padang, Bali

Surfing in Padang Padang, Bali

Already the drive along the scenic coastline of the Bukit Peninsula with breath-taking views over the Indian Ocean is worth going to Padang-Padang. The beach is probably best known as film location for the blockbuster ‘Eat, Pray & Love’ starring Julia Roberts. It is surrounded by stunning limestone cliffs and features plenty of beautiful rocks along the beach.

The agenda for Padang-Padang is quite simple though: either you go for swimming or surfing. It’s one of Bali’s best surfing spots and attracts surfers from all over the world.

Getting to Padang-Padang: 

Padang-Padang is situated in the Bukit Peninsula, southern tip of Bali, close to Uluwatu Temple. Duration from Ngurah Rai Airport: ca. 20-25 minutes.

Sunset at Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa

Sunset at Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa

Recommended place to stay:  Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa – a charming resort, conveniently located between Padang Padang and Uluwatu. You can browse other hotels near Padang-Padang beach here.

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