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Must-visit beaches in Bali

Written by Fiona

June 01 2020

Craving a beach vacation? Bali has some of the best beaches in the world. Some are more popular with world-famous bars and restaurants lining up the coastlines, while some are hidden gems. Fly to Bali and soak up the sun! Here, the wide array of watersports, including diving, snorkelling, fishing, swimming, surfing, keep you occupied throughout the day. The scenery is also jaw-dropping.

1. Nusa Dua Beach

The meaning of “Nusa Dua” is “two islands” in Indonesian. Nusa Dua is a tourist district perfect for a family outing day. There is an awe-inspiring Water Blow, one of the best natural formations by the sea in Bali.

You can even ride on a camel over the white sand at Bali Camel Safaris. The camels take you on a laid-back journey under the sun.

If you are seeking a relaxing family holiday by the sea, the Nusa Dua Beach is ideal for you because the beach is so clean and flawless, with the shoreline lined with restaurants, a shopping centre and options for watersports. If you like grilling by the beach, go ahead and enjoy barbecuing at the Nusa Dua Beach Grill. Dine with a view of crystal clear waters.

You can also take a boat to Serangan Island, also known as Turtle Island, and visit turtles, birds, snakes and other animals inhabited in Bali. 

2. Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran Bay is a well-known white sandy beach with gorgeous sunset scenery, making it one of the most romantic beaches. The beach is also known for the fresh seafood served by the sea. Imagine dining at a table on the beach with the magnificent sunset view. This is what Jimbaran Bay has to offer!

More importantly, this area is not packed with tourists, so you can enjoy a secluded and peaceful moment with your loved ones, taking a walk in the sea breezes.

As Jimbaran is inhabited by the local community, besides being a luxury resort, you can visit the local markets or get a massage. Before you know it, it’s time for a seafood dinner on the soft white sand as the sun sets.

3. Amed Beach

A beach holiday offers the chance to go diving and snorkelling. Located on the north-eastern part of Bali, Amed Beach is arguably the most unique beach in Bali, overlooking stunning landscapes with volcanoes on the horizon.

The water is crystal clear and warrants a dive to have a glimpse of the Balinese marine life. Discover vibrant aquatic beauty while escaping to the undersea world. Don’t forget to take an underwater camera with you, so every Insta-worthy photo opportunity is not missed.

The US cargo shipwreck is a prominent dive site, along with other wreckages from World War II. Of course, expect to meet and greet teeming marine life, such as tropical fish, stingrays, and even reef tip sharks.

Besides diving, Amed Beach is also a snorkelling paradise, along with many other water sports.

4. Seminyak Beach

Seminyak Beach is located in the southern part of Bali, with an impressive 5km stretch of soft sand. Five-star hotels, top restaurants and bars line the shoreline. It is one of the best upscale beaches in Bali, if not the most sophisticated. Y

The energetic ambience of the area characterises the mood here. Go sunbathing, surfing, swimming with your friends, or have a drink with your toes in the golden sand.

If you want to try out diving, check out the Adventure Scuba Diving Bali based in Seminyak. You can enrol yourself in a PADI course and begin your very first underwater journey.

Alternatively, if you are already a seasoned diver, why not sign up for a dive trip? A lot of dive spots are just in the vicinity of Seminyak, which can be reached by a short boat ride. 

5. Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is a member of a trio of islands located south-east of Bali. From Bali, you can take the traditional Jukung, a public boat in bali, and arrive in 90 minutes. There is a wide array of activities you can do here for a whole fun-filled day, if not more.

First, don’t forget to visit Atuh Beach if you fancy some more sunbathing on a white sand beach, while surrounded by high cliffs and bizarre rocks. As if that’s not luxurious enough, there’s more to be discovered in Manta Bay. For keen divers, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance not to be missed. As the name suggests, you might run into a majestic manta undersea. Watch huge mantas sweeping through the sea bed in close range.

If you like hiking, take a short hike up and you will find yourself with spectacular views from the cliffs. You can easily find accommodation on the island and extend your stay. Renting a motorbike might also be a good idea if you wish to travel around the island. Don’t forget to haggle for a lower price, as it is the norm of doing business here in Bali.

You will never get enough of Bali once you set foot here. Book a 5-hour flight to Bali with Cathay Pacific, enjoy the excellent service on board and be pampered by the professional crew. Cathay Pacific is one of the safest and best airlines globally, flying you off to your destination with care.

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