Bali is an island rich in culture, sunshine, and beautiful beaches. Whether it's a romantic seaside dinner, surfing on the best waves, or family-friendly water sports, this island has something for you to explore and get back to your best self.

Most of the best beaches can be found in the south—the tourist hub of this sun-kissed island. You not only have an abundance of surfing spots and seaside lounges, but great food, malls, and nightlife nearby. If you're looking for a Bali beach holiday with the best beaches where you can get your tan on and forget about the daily grind and focus on getting back your A-game, here are the best beaches you can consider.

1. Nusa Dua

One of the best destinations for a wholesome Bali beach holiday, Nusa Dua features pristine white sands, palm trees, and calm waters making it perfect for a romantic getaway or family trip. Although it's among the calmest beaches on the island, you can still enjoy water sports such as windsurfing. Plus, it's surrounded by various other attractions for you to explore and be inspired by.

2. Broken Beach

Broken Beach is a picturesque location on Nusa Penida Island, which is an hour's journey from Bali by speedboat. It's called Broken Beach due to the archway that connects the ocean to its inland pool. If you’re interested in discovering unique terrains that you cannot find anywhere else, you can explore the beautiful bay or sunbathe there with a day trip to Nusa Penida.

3. Crystal Bay

Also located on Nusa Penida, Crystal Bay is the perfect beach for those looking for an idyllic beach with crystal clear waters. This cove, isolated by its surrounding hills, is quieter than other beaches making it a popular spot for serious snorkellers and scuba divers to be at one with nature underwater.

4. Kuta Beach

Kuta became the tourist hub of Bali thanks to its wide beaches, exhilarating waves, and gorgeous sunset views. There's no shortage of clubs and bars here making it popular among young adults who like to party after spending the whole day in the ocean. There's no shortage of surfboard rental and drink stalls here so you can easily quench your thirst after a round of surfing and find enjoyment and opportunities to socialise and meet new people just around the corner.

5. Legian Beach

Legian is a great place if you have plenty of surfing in your Bali beach holiday plans. Located between Kuta and Seminyak, it's less hectic but still has plenty of things to do. After taking a dip in the water, you can shop at the nearby malls, get massages, and eat at the numerous restaurants and cafes for a truly gastronomic experience.

6. Seminyak Beach

Located further north of Kuta and Legian, Seminyak Beach is the more sophisticated option along the west coast. With its classier hotels and shops, Seminyak is popular among families. With big waves, the waters here are more suitable for surfing than swimming. Nonetheless, we highly recommend you enjoy the sunset here, away from crowds so that you can say you’ve truly seen Bali in all its natural glory.

7. Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran Beach is ideal if you're looking for a quiet place to relax and have a swim, yet still being close to the airport. This beach with a wide, curving bay has calm waters, with tame waves, and actual fishing villages. The best part of all is definitely the affordable seafood restaurants nearby. Enjoy the fresh catches, delectable dishes and the smell of barbeque as you dine the way locals do while basking in the cool evening sea breeze.

8. Sanur Beach

Situated on the east of the peninsula, Sanur is a quiet beach with hotels and cafes that cater to a more discerning crowd. There are practically no waves here thanks to breakwaters. With the long cycling and walking path, you can spend some active leisure time here when you're not exploring Bali's cultural attractions and find much needed peace and quiet to reconnect with your inner self.