3 Bali beaches for a quick getaway

Bali Beaches - Sunset Potatohead Bali Beaches - Sunset Potatohead
Bali Beaches - Seminyak Sunset Bali Beaches - Seminyak Sunset
Bali Beaches - Kuta Sunset Wine Bali Beaches - Kuta Sunset Wine
Sunset Dinner at Jimbaran Beach, Bali by Kevin Poh Sunset Dinner at Jimbaran Beach, Bali by Kevin Poh

Bali, Indonesia, is a pretty popular stop for most travelers heading to South East Asia. Fairly cheap and with quite developed tourism, it might not be the secluded island paradise it once was years ago, but it is a convenient and beautiful tropical getaway for anyone who wants a quick vacation.

And if you only have time to do just one thing when you’re in Bali, my advice is to head on down to its famous beaches. With beautiful surf and white sandy beaches,  here are 3 spots you can check out if you just need a little bit of sun, sand and sea.

Kuta

Bali Beaches - Kuta Sunset Wine

Bali’s regulations don’t allow for there to be buildings taller than 4-storeys, so hotels like Sheraton Bali Kuta which are just along Kuta beach can provide spectacular unblocked views of the Indian Ocean

Kuta is probably the most famous tourist beach in Bali – it’s less than half an hour from the airport even with traffic, adjacent to Popies Lane (known for its backpacker crowd), and a popular spot for beginner surfers and swimmers alike with its gentle waves.

It is a lovely beach, but it is also a crowded one. If you decide to set up camp here, be prepared to be approached multiple times throughout your suntanning by various touts, whether it’s for umbrellas, massages, ice cream, souvenirs or even tattoos. It’s great if you like that sort of convenience, but less so if you’re just looking for a quiet time. The areas near the Hard Rock Hotel and Beachwalk tend to be the busiest, so consider heading up north towards the Legian end for a quieter option that’s still near amenities.

Seminyak

Bali Beaches - Sunset Potatohead

Taken from the infinity pool inside Potatohead, there didn’t look like much of a sunset until this sudden last-minute glow lit up the sky before disappearing into the ocean.

This stretch of beach is connected to Kuta by Legian, but is a lot less bustling than Kuta, suitable for those looking to have some quiet time. You can choose to just hang out on the beach, though Seminyak is a popular stretch for richer tourists who frequent the beach clubs Kudeta and Potatohead, where you can spend the day hanging out on a daybed with pool access and drinks.

Price-wise, it’s comparable to what you might pay in your typical Western country, so don’t expect local prices here! They are building up more hotels along the beach here, so it could get quite a lot more crowded in the future.

Jimbaran

Sunset Dinner at Jimbaran Beach, Bali

Dusk falls on the many tables set out along Jimbaran Beach. Photo by Kevin Poh

Twenty minutes south of Ngurah Rai airport, this is an area known for high-end hotels and villas – and correspondingly a much quieter stretch than Kuta-Legian-Seminyak. The sand here is whiter, and the surf along Jimbaran Bay is gentler, though there are good surf spots further out towards Uluwatu.

What’s popular on Jimbaran’s beach is the experience of eating barbecued seafood at tables on the beach at nightfall. But be warned – get a table high up on the beach if you eat slowly, because the tide can come in pretty fast, and I spotted lots of tourists having to scuttle off when a larger than expected wave crashed into their tables and chairs!

Other Bali beach tips:

Afternoons on Bali beaches can get HOT – the sun really bakes the sand, so besides sunblock and a hat, make sure you have flip-flops at least or you’re liable to burn the soles of your feet walking on the sand.

Late afternoon is a nice time to walk the beaches as the tide tends to be lower, exposing the unique gradient of the long shallow beaches. Sunsets can also be spectacular if it’s not too cloudy – look out for that last brilliant glow as the sun finally sinks into the horizon.

Bali Beaches - Seminyak Sunset

The low tide and long stretches of gently sloping beaches are really nice to walk along and leaves the sand gleaming and picture perfect

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Jaclynn Seah is The Occasional Traveller, a deskbound wanderluster with a full-time job and loves to travel... when she can get the time off. She hopes to remind other working professionals like herself to get out and travel more and not be bogged down by the ennui of daily routines. Hailing from Singapore, you'll hear all the good (and not-so-great) things about her home country, as well as stories from her visits to neighbouring Asian countries where she often goes to get a quick travel fix. Avid scuba diver, chocolate ice cream lover and fond of the occasional salsa dance, her motto in life is to try anything and everything at least once! You can find her travel journals and wanderlust inspirations over at theoccasionaltraveller.com, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. Read more by Jaclynn Seah and connect on Google Plus.

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  1. Rebecca April 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    absolutely beautiful beaches!
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  2. Akshay Rawat April 22, 2014 at 3:50 am #

    I truly like to reading your post. Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a nice information. I’ll definitely add this great post in my article section.
    Great article! Thanks for the information, I think others will find this useful.

  3. Carmen April 22, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    Good post, although I really don’t like Kuta beach. The other two spots are beautiful though. Kuta is really overcrowded (like you mentioned) and a little dirty.

    I love Bali. The people are so friendly there – it really is a magical place.

  4. William Smith April 25, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    Bali is a beautiful island and a province comprising of several small islands in the Indonesia. It is popularly known as The Island of the Gods, because of its spectacular varied landscape of hills, mountains, valleys and barren volcanic hillsides.

  5. Grace Rodgers May 5, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    Every beach in Bali is a must visit!!!!
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  6. mumun May 23, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    It’s heart warning when somebody still recommends these beaches, especially for Kuta. Thank you for being able to see past the chaos of these beaches, and seeing the beauty of them.
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