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Bali Locals Reveal Which Beaches Are Perfect For Tourists

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Bali is one of the best destinations in the world for a beach vacation. Not only does the island have pristine stretches of soft white sand but also plenty of black sand beaches loved by locals for their healing qualities.

Whether looking for a beach where you can party ’til dawn or a place to chill out with a book, there is a beach for everyone in Bali. 

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Part of the appeal of Bali as a vacation destination is ease of access. The beaches along the southern coastline are perfectly set up for tourists.

There is easy and direct access from the airport, plenty of accommodation to choose from, and a great selection of local and international restaurants to explore.

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Beaches like Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and more recently, Canggu have become the go-to destinations for a beach vacation in Bali. But there is so much more to the island than these few beaches.

As with every travel destination, locals know the best and most secret spots to enjoy.

Since Bali is a reasonably small island, tourists don’t need to go very far from the beaten track in order to discover a new beach that they may well be able to experience all to themselves. 

According to recommendations shared by local people with DetikTravel, Bali’s best beaches aren’t necessarily the most famous ones.

The best beaches in Bali, according to local sea lovers, can be found in all corners of the island and are not to be missed. 

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Thomas Beach

Thomas Beach is one of the last remaining hidden gems in Bali. And it won’t be for long. The stunning beach sits in the heart of Uluwatu and can be reached via a steep and winding stairway. The hike is well worth breaking out in a sweat, and the views of the ocean are absolutely breathtaking. 

Uluwatu is undergoing a huge tourism boom right now. The area was once visited by adrenaline-seeking surfers who were brave enough to tackle the wild waves of the Bukit Peninsula, and now the resort has become home to some of the finest beach clubs on the island.

Thomas Beach is the perfect place for a proper relaxed beach day. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available to hire, and there are cold drinks stands at the ready for those essential refreshments. 

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Amed Beach 

Amed Beach may not be much of a secret anymore, but it is certainly an underrated destination.

Graced by the shadow of Mount Agung and home to some of the best diving schools in Bali, Amed has long been a destination of choice for nature lovers who are seeking a relaxed and restorative retreat. 

Amed Beach is a resort destination in its own right and is a great alternative to destinations like Kuta and Seminyak for tourists seeking a place to use as a base to explore the cultural wonders of Bali. 


Medewi Beach 

Medwei Beach is another secret spot best loved by surfers. Located in West Bali, the charming village of Medewi and neighboring Yeh Sumbul is well worth the 70km drive from the center of the island. 

Medewi Beach is home to some gorgeous surf retreats and traditional guesthouses. For anyone looking to experience a more authentic side of Bali, away from the resorts of Seminyak, Sanur, and Nusa Dua, Medewi is the place.

The vast, mostly empty beach backs onto a stunning stretch of verdant green rice paddies and traditional villages. 


Pandawa Beach 

Pandawa Beach in the very south of Bali is increasing in popularity and is not to be missed. Much loved by locals and domestic tourists, Pandawa Beach is a great family-friendly hangout in Uluwatu. 


Earlier this week, the community announced that they will be re-zoning the beach landscape so that tourists of every kind have an enjoyable stay.

The beach will be divided into a public area, an eco-tourism zone, a beach club zone, and a private hire section for photoshoots and events. 

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Wayan Bo

Monday 21st of August 2023

Perhaps name change into Batavia could attract more tourists from EU to visit our beautiful island.


Monday 21st of August 2023

My favorite beaches are the ones without bogans.

Wayan Bo

Sunday 20th of August 2023

The best beach is your bathtub.