The island of Bali, with its sprawling temples, deep-rooted spirituality and gorgeous beaches, has always been a popular getaway for people in India. For those on a budget, hanging out on any of Bali’s beaches is the best way to relax. There are the rough waters of Balangan Beach and its nearby cliffs from which you get amazing views of the ocean. There is also Karma Beach, tucked away in the southern coast of the island and accessible by cable car. Here is a look at some of the best beaches in Bali for all tastes and preferences. ALSO READ: Things to Do in Bali: Best Activities In Indonesia’s Fascinating Island

Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua beach with view on temple

Nusa Dua beach with view on temple

Nusa Dua is one of the most popular beaches on the island and ideal for snorkeling and surfing. With the clear blue ocean on one side and tall palm trees, orchids and wild mangroves on the other side and golden sand below your feet, this is one beach that you should not skip if you are visiting Bali for the first time. There are plenty of luxury hotels around the beach that offer a complete Bali resort experience; something definitely worth trying out if it is in your budget. And if surfing is on your mind, the north and south end has the highest waves.

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach viewed from Seminyak. Photograph Courtesy: Cameron Kennedy/Wikimedia Commons

Kuta Beach viewed from Seminyak. Photograph Courtesy: Cameron Kennedy/Wikimedia Commons

Kuta Beach, which lies a little away from Kuta city proper, is another popular Bali beach. With its big waves, Kuta is also a surfer’s delight like Nusa Dua. And if you are not a surfer, you will still find plenty to do here. Kuta Beach is a hot spot of activities; you will find hundreds of tourists and locals chilling here throughout the day. At night, Kuta hosts beach parties at its clubs. If you want to experience the night life of Bali, this is where you need to go. Hard Rock Cafe Bali lies nearby, and so are some good hotels and restaurants.

Green Bowl Beach

Green Bowl Beach, Bali, Photograph Courtesy: onono/Creative Commons

Green Bowl Beach, Bali, Photograph Courtesy: onono/Creative Commons

Located in Uluwatu, near Ungasan, Green Bowl Beach is relatively more secluded than Kuta or Nusa Dua, and is a good spot if you want to get away from the crowds in either of these beaches. You need to walk down 250 steep steps to reach the beach, and climb the same stairs back when leaving. Once you are at the beach though, you’d quickly forget about the route. The beach is bordered by two limestone caves that you can explore, so long as you are careful of the bats inside. The main highlight here is the glisten green of the algae on the rocks that give the beach its name.

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach, Photograph Courtesy: alex hanoko/Creative Commons

Balangan Beach, Photograph Courtesy: alex hanoko/Creative Commons

We’ve mentioned Balangan Beach before, but let’s take a closer look at this scenic white sand beach. Though not entirely secluded, Balangan remains open enough to allow you to walk up and down the beach on your own pace, with just the sound of the ocean waves in your ears. Every now and then, you can drink some fresh coconut water and laze under the sun, or eat the delicious food at the several traditional warung food stalls. Balangan lies at the southern coast of Bali and has its share of beach clubs too. Best visited for a laid back day, you can also go for a swim in its aquamarine waters during high tide. ALSO READ: Best honeymoon package to Bali under Rs 1 lakh

Seminyak Beach

Seminyak Beach, Photograph Courtesy: Dimos Paraskevas/Creative Commons

Seminyak Beach, Photograph Courtesy: Dimos Paraskevas/Creative Commons

Five kilometers of beautiful white sand and plenty of restaurants, five-star hotels and beach bars to keep you entertained: that’s Seminyak Beach in a nutshell. Probably the most recognizable and famous beach in the island, Seminyak is pretty much at the center of Bali’s beach culture. The beach starts at the outskirts of Kuta city and goes up to the corners of Canggu, and many just spend their time by Seminyak Beach. Here, you can soak up the sun on the thousands of sun beds dotting the beach, drink away your evening at La Plancha or learn surfing in the gentle waves off the coast.

Echo Beach

Echo Beach, Photograph Courtesy: Annie Mole/Creative Commons

Echo Beach, Photograph Courtesy: Annie Mole/Creative Commons

If Kuta and Seminyak are too mainstream for you and Green Bowl too secluded, Echo Beach might be the right fit for you. This the effortlessly cool beach of Bali, with its laid back chic bars, black sands, and gorgeous-looking women and men. A surfer’s paradise with plenty of surf spots, Echo Point has a playground-like vibe when the sun is up but turns into a party spot at night. You will also find plenty of dogs here, many of them with their expat owners. The black sand beach lies around 35 km northwest of Seminyak and Kuta, and a short 14 km drive from Denpasar.

Padang-Padang Beach

Padang-Padang Beach, Photograph Courtesy: cat_collector/Creative Commons

Padang-Padang Beach, Photograph Courtesy: cat_collector/Creative Commons

Located near the famed Uluwatu temple (which you must visit if you are here), the beautiful Padang-Padang Beach has always been a secluded beach, hidden away, accessible via a narrow passage and steep steps, and known to only a few. But it gained international fame after it was shown in the Julia Roberts film Eat, Pray, Love. Since then, the beach attracts quite a crowd but remains beautiful nonetheless. With small caves to explore and large rocks to climb, Padang-Padang is a good spot for some adventure so long as you be careful of the sharp sea urchins and corals. During high tide, you can also swim off the coast and catch some waves. NOW READ: 5 cheap vacation destinations in India for Christmas and New Year’s!

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