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Top 5 Beaches in Bali - Bali's 5 Most Beautiful Beaches

A holiday in the tropical island paradise of Bali would be incomplete without a trip to each of its most beautiful beaches!

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Padang Padang Beach, Uluwatu

Padang Padang Beach is a hidden coastal gem located in the Southern Peninsula of Bali. Located between Bingin and Padang Padang, the beach is acclaimed for its azure, crystal-blue waters and glistening white sand that appears to stretch for miles on end. Visitors to the area will have no trouble finding the beach thanks to a handy signboard located on the main road opposite the coffeehouse, Suka Espresso. One will have to make their way down a rather steep flight of stairs to get their feet in the sand. When the tide is high, the reef is covered with mesmerising turquoise water that permits beach-goers to safely swim and splash about. Further down the beach is a small warung where people can cool down with fresh coconut water or grab a bite at the restaurants lining the beach that serve both traditional and Western cuisine. Situated in close proximity to Alila Villas Uluwatu and other luxury resorts, the beach is a notable favourite amongst tourists residing in the area.

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Balangan Beach, Kuta

Balangan Beach, with its 550m stretch of golden sands bordered by a tall limestone cliff, is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. Luxury villas are aplenty in the beach's vicinity and are the preferred choice for tourists who have their hearts set on waking up to the sun, sea, and sand. Aside from its aesthetic value, the beach also features one of Bali's longest left-hander surfer breaks and consequently sees surfers and sunbathers from all around the world flock to it. Finding Balangan Beach has been made easy with clearly marked signs in place at the intersection closest to the beach. Picturesque sunsets from atop the cliff at the end of the beach are a sight to behold. Unsurprisingly, taking in the stunning views here happens to be one of the most popular recreational activities amongst beach-goers.

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Nyang Nyang Beach, Pecatu

Located close to the Uluwatu temple is Nyang Nyang Beach. In spite of the general consensus being that the beach is the least accessible of all beaches in Bali, the challenge of hiking down to reach it and the unparalleled ambience visitors to the beach are what makes it a must-visit for both the Bali residents and tourists. Upon entering the beach, one will observe that there are more cows than people. The atmosphere at Nyang Nyang Beach is considerably more laidback than that of most other Bali beaches. This makes it ideal for those interested in getting away from the hustle and bustle that is characteristic of most spaces in Bali. When conditions are favourable, the waves are most conducive to advanced surfers who wish to ride the waves undeterred.

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Geger Beach, Nusa Dua

The East Coast of Bali's Bukit Peninsula is famed for its calm, turquoise waters which are perfect for swimming and frolicking. Geger Beach remains one of the few beaches in Nusa Dua that has managed to retain its island charm. With clean sand, no hawkers to be seen and affordable accommodation available nearby, Geger Beach is at the top of many a Bali tourist's bucket list. A small warung serves up delicious, traditional dishes and a quaint shop rents out snorkelling gear and canoes to those interested in some relaxed fun in and atop Geger Beach's warm, welcoming waters.

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Green Bowl Beach, Ungasan

Green Bowl Beach is one of the best surf spots in Bali for advanced surfers. This small, white-sand beach sits on the Southern Coast and attracts plenty of monkeys thanks to the long stairway through the jungle one has to access to enter the beach. Warungs in the area sell a selection of chilled beverages, fresh coconut water, and snacks, particularly for the beach goers to cool down with after the tiring stair climb in the midday heat. The beach is also known for having resident bats in caves along the beach; an unusual sight for beach-goers, who can see hundreds of bats asleep hanging from the caves' ceilings.