The top activity on everyone’s Bali bucket list is almost always hitting the beach. The Indonesian island is famous for its hot humid weather and miles of sandy beaches, but not all of these were created equal. Due to a variety of factors, some natural and some the result of mass tourism, a few Bali beaches will leave you disappointed. Others will make you feel like you’ve landed in a dream. Keep reading to find out which beaches in Bali are the best to visit and which ones are the worst.

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Best: White Sand Beach Speaks For Itself

White Sand Beach is pretty self-explanatory. When most people envision the ideal tropical holiday, the imagine crystal blue waters and white fluffy sand that is soft and never warms up too much, even under the blazing sun. This is why White Sand Beach is often thought of as one of the best beaches on the island of Bali. It’s simply stunning.

Known to locals as Pasir Putih, White Sand Beach is sometimes called Virgin Beach and is located on the eastern coast of the island in the seaside town of Candi Dasa. Not only does this beach look beautiful, but it is located in a remote area and is considered to be off the beaten track. This is an ideal beach to visit if you don’t want the throngs of tourists that tend to come with more popular beaches such as Kuta. Which brings us to our next point…

Worst: Kuta Beach Is Filled With Rubbish

It may be one of the most popular beaches in Bali among international tourists, but that doesn’t mean Kuta Beach is one of the best beaches on the island. In fact, when you compare it with some of the other beaches that are available, it’s one of the worst.

Many seasoned travelers who have been there, including the travel blogger Adventurous Kate, report that Kuta has been ruined by rubbish. In recent years, as the area has become more popular with tourists, the standards of the beach have gone down.

It’s a real shame because Kuta has many other wonderful things going for it. It’s located close to a number of top resorts and is considered to be one of the most popular destinations in Bali. If it keeps getting trashed, the beach might become off-limits like several other beaches across Southeast Asia.

Best: Jimbaran Bay Is A Private Getaway

You can tell just from looking at pictures of Jimbaran Bay that it is one of the best beaches in Bali. With those gorgeous white sands and clear turquoise waters, how could it not be? But it’s not just the sand and the water that makes it such a great beach. There’s also the seafood.

According to The Honeycombers, Jimbaran Bay is often thought of as the “seafood hub” of Bali. The beach features several seafood restaurants where the ingredients served up literally come straight from the sea and arrive on your plate the very same day. People come from all over Bali to enjoy romantic dinners by the water and enjoy some of the freshest seafood around.

The water itself at Jimbaran Bay is usually very calm, so the beach is great for swimming with young children or water sports such as paddle-boarding.

Worst: Sanur Beach Might Not Be What You Expected

The results are in and Sanur Beach is considered one of the worst beaches in Bali by at least a few seasoned travelers. Unlike the soft sands of Jimbaran Bay and White Sand Beach, the sand at Sanur is a gray color and feels rough to walk on. That means that this beach is certainly less than ideal for long romantic walks. Earth’s Magical Places even suggests that walking along Sanur Beach can be compared to walking on glass.

Sadly, Sanur seems to be another beach in Bali that has been tainted by rubbish. While this is a recurring problem on the island, some beaches have been hit harder than others by the trash epidemic, and Sanur looks to be one of them.

That said, not all of Sanur Beach is the same quality. In some areas, the sand is much nicer and there is much less rubbish dumped in the water. But there are also areas of the beach that most tourists would want to avoid.

Best: Kelingking Is The Insta-Ready Beach

Scoring a good Instagram pic should not be the only reason you go to the beach. But let’s face it: in this day and age, getting a decent photo for social media is high on a lot of people’s priority lists, especially when they’re traveling. And if that’s the case, Kelingking Beach is one of the best beaches that you can go to.

In fact, Kelingking is actually famous for being the site of so many Instagram posts. It is located on Nusa Penida, an island that is located off the island of Bali. It takes about an hour to get there by boat and is far less commercialized than Bali itself, or even the neighboring island Nusa Lembongan.

When you’re exploring the beautiful Nusa Penida, you’ll come across so much more than the stunning beach. Be prepared for dirt-track roads that will make you feel like you’ve landed in an Indiana Jones film, as well as local places to eat and several untouched hidden bays and rock pools.