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Bali Beaches and Surfing


Bali Beaches and Surfing

BALANGAN BEACH

This is well on top of the list in best beaches for Bali, located across from the greens of Uluwatu. To get there you will pass local villages with cattle grazing the fields with local people going about their daily chores. This is a small and quiet beach, best for those looking for a secret hideaway. The ocean currents are strong and the waves high, therefore not recommended for swimming. When It is low tide, it would be a perfect beach for strolling along enjoying the sun while the waves lap on your feet.

BALIAN BEACH

Ever more popular, Balian Beach is a rolling area of dunes and knolls overlooking pounding surf. It attracts surfers and those looking to escape the bustle of south Bali. You can wander between cafes and join other travelers for a beer, to watch the sunset and to talk surf. There are simple places to rent boards along the black sand beach, while non surfers can simply enjoy bodysurfing the wild waves. Balian Beach is right at the mouth of the wide Sungai Balian (Balian River). It is 800m south of the town of Lalang-Linggah.

CANGGU

While each of the beaches has its own name, they’re really all just a continuation of the same strip of sand broken up by small rivers. Our favorite was Berawa, as you’re within walking distance of a couple of beach bars towards Batu Belig, there’s lots of beach and the waters were good and unthreatening for swimming. For surfing in Canggu, Echo Beach is the most crowded/popular and if you like a beach scene with lots of places to eat and drink, then this is probably your best bet. Note though that there is a lot of construction going on around here. Further afield, we really liked Pererenan Beach, both for its deserted vibe and the pretty crescent of sand just to the north — it looked to be safe enough for the kids to have a wade, though as with all Bali’s surf beaches, you’d still want to keep a close eye on them. Lastly, Nelayan Beach is interesting for the still-active fishing fleet (if a dozen or so jukungs count as a fleet), and with a shallow drop-off again is probably okay for families with kids.

GEGER BEACH

Located from the highway heading to Nusa Dua, Geger beach is a beautiful white sand beach glistening in the sun. The sea is calmer here in comparison to Kuta or Balangan beach, though sometimes it may get a bit rough by the evening so please beware. Local seaweed farmers do their work here sometimes so if you are lucky you can enjoy watching them going about their livelihood. There are many cafes dotted along this beach making it famous for Sunday brunch or just for drinks and there is a temple at the end.

JIMBARAN BEACH

One of Bali’s best beaches, Jimbaran’s 4km-long arc of sand is mostly clean and there is no shortage of places to get a snack, a drink, a seafood dinner or to rent a sun lounger. The bay is protected by an unbroken coral reef, which keeps the surf more mellow than at popular Kuta further north, although you can still get breaks that are fun for bodysurfing.

KUTA BEACH

Tourism in Bali began here and is there any question why? Low-key hawkers will sell you soft drinks and beer, snacks and other treats, and you can rent surfboards, lounge chairs and umbrellas (negotiable at 75,000Rp to 100,000Rp) or just crash on the sand. The sunsets here are legendary.

LOVINA BEACH

This less famous beach is located in the North of Bali. Lovina beach is covered in black sands that are originally from the Mt Agung volcano cooled lava. This is almost a swimmer’s paradise with calm sea and low waves. The area is also generally quiet without the usual swarm of tourists. Further down you will find fisherman’s village with friendly local people and also thermal hot springs from the volcanic water. Most travelers only come here to catch the dolphins at sunrise.

NUSA LEMBONGAN

Once the domain of shack-staying surfers, Nusa Lembongan has hit the big time. Yes, you can still get a simple room with a view of the surf breaks and the gorgeous sunsets but now you can also stay in a boutique hotel and have a fabulous meal. But even as Nusa Lembongan grows in popularity each year, it remains a mellow place. The new-found wealth is bringing changes though: you’ll see boys riding motorcycles 300m to school, temples being expensively renovated, high-end luxuries being introduced, and time being marked by the arrival of tourist boats rather than the crow of a rooster or the fall of a coconut.

PADANG PADANG BEACH

Located close to the Uluwatu temple, this beautiful beach is surrounded by big rocks and overgrown plants and monkeys. You would need to get pass the narrow passage and steep steps to this hidden paradise. The beach is covered with huge rocks and small caves for exploration and when the tide is high, it is also good for swimming. Just beware of sharp corals and sea urchins. Recently after Eat, Pray, Love fame, this beach had been more crowded than usual but for now still have most of its beauty and charm.

PADANGBAI

There’s a real traveler vibe about this little beach town that is also the port for the public ferry connecting Bali with Lombok and many of the fast boats to the Gili’s. Padangbai is is an attractive stop: it sits on a small bay and has a nice little curve of beach. A compact seaside backpacker’s hub offers cheap places to stay and some fun cafes. The pace is slow, but should ambition strike there’s good snorkeling and diving plus some easy walks and a couple of great beaches. Meanwhile you can soak up the languid air punctuated by the occasional arrival and departure of a ferry.

SEMINYAK BEACH

Seminyak continues the long sweep of beach past Kuta and Legian. A sunset lounger and an ice-cold Bintang on the beach at sunset is simply magical. A good stretch can be found near Pura Petitenget, and it tends to be less crowded than further south in Kuta. Less crowds also means that the beach is less patrolled and the water conditions less monitored. The odds of encountering dangerous rip currents and other hazards are ever-present, especially as you head north.

SANUR

Sanur Beach curves in a southwesterly direction and stretches for over 5km. It is mostly clean and overall quite serene – much like the town itself. Offshore reefs mean that the surf is reduced to tiny waves lapping the shore. With a couple of unfortunate exceptions, the resorts along the sand are low-key, leaving the beach un-crowded.

Bali Surfing

Surfers around the world flock to Bali for the great surf breaks. The best beaches are determined by the season – Dry season and wet season. The dry season, between May and September is definitely the “peak” time for surfing in Bali. Some of the best beaches for dry season.

Balangan

Balangan beach is located on the southern peninsula, with a new sealed road that takes you right to the beach. The beach is not too overcrowded however the new road is attracting more and more surfers.

Kuta Reef

Kuta Reef is located right in front of Sandi Phala Motel, 800 metres offshore. The best way to get to the reef is to pay a couple of dollars to one of the boat operators and get them to pick you up once you have enjoyed the surf.

Canggu

Canggu offers both waist to head high for Intermediate surfers and head to double head high for advance surfers only. Best time for a Surf at Canggu beach is in the morning before the trade winds pick up. Popular with surfers are Batu Long and Echo beach.

Padang Padang Beach

Padang Padang beach offers great surf for more experienced surfers. The waves are big and powerful. Padang Padang is located in the Uluwatu region.

Impossibles

Impossibles is located between Bingin and Padang Padang beach. Impossibles doesn’t get big crowds as the reef stretches so long that there are numerous take off spots.

Medewi

Medewi offer good surf breaks during both wet and dry season. Good waves for beginners and intermediate Surfers.

Balian

Balian is located 30 minutes before Medewi and like Medewi offers good waves in both wet and dry season. Some of the best beaches for wet season.

Keramas Beach

Keramas is located on the East Coast of Bali and offers some great waves but go early. Keramas is a very popular surf spot and gets very crowded.

Green Balls

Green Balls beach is located in the Uluwatu region at the bottom of a cliff. Access to the beach is via around 500 steps. Green Balls is relatively unknown so crowds are not a problem.

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