Top Five Tranquil Bali Beaches

11 September 2012
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Everybody loves Kuta's white sand, surf, spectacular sunsets, bargain shopping and colourful nightlife. It's a high-voltage holiday destination; the pace is fast and fun.

It's easy to spend a few days hard at play in Bali's most popular tourist spot. When you're done playing hard, treat yourself by heading out of Kuta and discovering some of the more tranquil beaches Bali has to offer.

These secluded spots are guaranteed to slow your step. Be inspired to look around and enjoy the natural beauty of Bali's best-kept secrets while relaxing and re-energising during what might just be the most memorable part of your trip.

Here are our top five tranquil Bali beaches.

Pantai Geger

The secluded Pantai Geger, past Nusa Dua, in the south of the island is an ideal location for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. With its pristine white sand, fresh sea breezes and private beachfront accommodation options, Pantai Geger is an ideal honeymoon destination.

 Pantai Geger (Getty)

Not just for romantics, this peaceful beach is perfect for families, safe for swimming, kayaking, walking and lazing the day away. Enjoy a bite to eat at Geger Café and take a leisurely stroll up to Geger Temple before you go.

Impossible Beach

Along from Balangan Beach, lies the secluded Impossible Beach, located 30 minutes from Denpasar Airport and just five minutes from the famous Uluwatu Temple.

Popular with surfers from beginner to pro-level, this beach is accessible via a short trek downhill. Well worth the hike, Impossible Beach boasts stunning views, a clean camping spot and some of Bali's best waves.

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach, located in the Bukit region of Uluwatu, beckons surfers and those who seek somewhere for an entire day of relaxation. Rocky cliffs provide protection and privacy, while friendly locals offer snacks and cold beers (the ever-popular Bintang) at shorefront warungs.

 Balangan Beach (Getty)

Spend the day surfing, swimming, building sandcastles and watching the waves roll into shore. Take a walk in your reef shoes - a rocky base hides beneath this pristine sand and stay until after sunset, feeling rested and ready for the next day of your Bali stay.


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Pantai Kecil

For the truly intrepid beach seekers, Bali's Pantai Kecil (Little Beach), hidden away near Padang Bai, is a challenge to get to. Accessible only by a 500 metre long trek down a steep, rocky path, Pantai Kecil boasts beautiful blue and turquoise water, white sand and gentle sea breezes moving through the coconut tree leaves.

A warning though; inexperienced swimmers should be careful of the strong currents and enjoy the solitude and sunshine from the safety of the beach.

Amed

For a tranquil beach experience of a completely different kind, drive two hours north of Denpasar to discover Amed, a unique beach where the sand is volcanic black and the water's edge is lined with traditional outrigger fishing boats.

 Amed's black sand (Getty)

Snorkel and see colorful coral and an abundance of reef life up close. Divers of all abilities will be thrilled with a number of wrecks and prime dive locations nearby.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.