Life’s A Beach: Bali’s Best Hidden Shores

Now that winter is truly a distant memory (for the time being, at least), you may have begun to set your sights on your next sunny clime. Jetting off to some tropical location is something that you might dream of doing to escape the city in summer, but with so many countries out there to choose from, how can you be sure you’re getting the right patch of sand?

Fear no more. We’re journeying to the ends of the earth so you don’t have to guess, doing the legwork to discover the very best of Bali’s beach spots. (After all, someone’s got to do the heavy lifting, don’t they?)

Let’s start our beach tour in Pemuteran, the ultimate destination if you’re looking to take things back a gear or two. A diving hotspot, the beach itself attracts relatively few tourists; with everyone exploring the local waters, there’s all the more space on shore for you. The sea makes for perfect swimming conditions and, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, there are tons of diving expeditions on offer in the area. Expect an azure blue sky and crystal clear waters as far as the eye can see.

Pemuteran Beach

Secret by name, secret by nature, Bali’s Secret Point is the ultimate in offthemap beach spots. Located on the tiny island of Nusa Ceningan, the beach is compact and isolated, complete with white, sandy bay and calm waters. Great for both those looking to relax and those who want to take to their surfboards, Secret Point truly is the best of both worlds, helping you to really get away from it all.

Secret Point

Sitting atop a maze of coral reefs, the Blue Lagoon is really something that merits a visit. Accessible by boat, the beach is well cut off from tourist hubs nearby, making it the perfect place to catch up on a little R&R. Blue Lagoon is dotted with palm trees and plants, helping you to cool off from the consistently hot weather, and the blue seas make for the perfect view at this chillout point. The coral, however, is really the main attraction here, and seeing it up close on a snorkeling expedition might just make your trip all the more worthwhile.

Blue Lagoon

If you’re interested in seeing a little more of Bali’s nature, secluded beach Lovina should be high up on your list. Known for its dolphin tours, the beach is a hotspot for nature lovers, with fleets of boats carrying tourists out to sea every morning. If you’re not interested in taking a look at Bali’s friendliest creatures, hanging back on the beach is a fine option. With so many visitors heading out to the seas, Lovina’s volcanic black sand beach is often relatively empty, giving you all the more space for a little reflection.

Lovina Beach

While Bali might be paradise on earth, it certainly has its wilder parts, and if you’re on the hunt for something a little off the beaten path, Pantai Soka can offer you the world and more. Limestone and vegetation cover parts of the beach, but if you keep walking through the wilderness, you will most certainly reap the benefits as the beach is surrounded by jagged cliffs and wild, volcanic pools. Take along your camera and prepare to get lost in the view.

Pantai Soka

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.