On the southeastern side of Bali, Sanur beach is easily reachable from Denpasar, about a 5 to 10 minute drive. Sanur is an excellent site to watch the sun rises, as you jog along the white sandy beach. Being one of the first resort developed in Bali, Sanur maintains its traditions. Only a stone thrown away from the beach, ancient temples stand as solemn as they have been in centuries past.
Kuta and Legian
Practically on the opposite side of Sanur, the beaches of Kuta and Legian stretch on the southwestern side of Bali, again only about 5 to 10 minute drive from Denpasar or the airport. Surfing is a major activity in these beaches. Shops, Kecak dance performances, pubs, and other facilities make Kuta a tourist mecca.
Jimbaran is directly south of the airport, on the way from Denpasar towards Nusa Dua. The village of Jimbaran is the narrow neck of the island of Bali, and thus it has two remarkably different beaches. On the west, Jimbaran Beach faces the Jimbaran Bay, recently lined by new luxurious resorts. On the east, the beach faces the body of water sheltered by Benoa Harbor.
Dreamland Beach at Pecatu is one of beach provides basic accommodation and cafes for surfers and day trippers. One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, it is also renowned for its dangerous shorebreak. With the high wave, make this place is favorite for the surfers.
Balangan Beach is located in Balangan Village Bukit Unggasan, Jimbaran Bali. It has a beautiful view of beach and a big wave good for surfing. It is quite easy to reach the Balangan Beach where this beach has been known by all people and famous among the surfers. Step down from the top hill to get the beach and you will start your great water adventure from here.
Blue Point beach under the cliffs. To reach the beach, you have to walk through the steps between the cliffs. The view from the top of the hill is very beautiful. As far as the eye could see, only the sea and the sky is bright blue. Clear seawater has a fairly strong waves. No wonder if the beach is visited by many tourists to surf. However, if you want to try it, you should be extra careful because of sharp cliffs that can harm you. Interestingly, among the high cliffs, many cafes can be found towards the beach.
Padang Padang beach is located one-hour drive from kuta area. On the way there, you will past the entry to the dreamland beach, but dreamland is another 20 mins drive inland and a long steep walk to the beach.
The Padang beach is a short walk from the car park, where stalls are set up there for the tourist to buy. There was tourist favorite corn, and satay. There are clothes to buy on the beach as well as cold drinks, massages to have, but bargain for the price as they wanted IDR 200.000 too much, 70.000 is better price because it is standard quality.
There are some steps on the way down with a narrow cave rock to go though before you reach the beach. The beach has nice sand and fairly clean water with steep drops in the water and pebble stone are there, so watch where you step.
Don’t swim out to far and don’t hesitate to ask lifeguards on duty for detail.
It is very popular among surfers. The world-famous surfing competition takes place here around July/August every year – so better not go there during this time to avoid the massive crowd. For everyone saying Padang Padang is the best in Bali: You’ve not seen enough! The island has much more to offer than you might think.