Geger Beach has calmer waters than some other beaches on the island, and is a place you can swim at. It's located in Nusa Dua and while one end has been developed, it still has a virtually untouched side to it. This place is popular with the local expats who live in the area instead of tourists, so you can expect it to be quite empty most of the time. There's even a seaweed farm here where you can see the seaweed farmers working if you come at the right time.
Amed is one of the more unusual spots on the island thanks to its black volcanic sand. Located on the east coast of Bali, it's close to Mount Agung, where it gets its black sands. Amed is popular with divers and snorkelers as the nearby waters are known for vibrant marine life and a few wrecks near Tulamben and Lipah Beach. You'll be able to see traditional fishing boats and locals mining salt along the beach, giving you a glimpse of the locals' livelihood on your Bali travels.
Green Bowl Beach is a stunning location with green algae-covered rocks visible all along its coast during low tide. It's located to the west of Pandawa Beach in the south of the island and requires you to climb down a long flight of steps to get there. There's also a cave filled with bats by the beach where you can see hundreds of them sleeping in the daytime.
Gunung Payung Beach is one of the best hidden beaches in Bali as it's also quite accessible. Located at Nusa Dua, it's just a few minutes east of Pandawa Beach, at the bottom of the cliff from Pura Dhang Kahyangan Gunung Payung. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the coast from up the cliff, or go down to enjoy some swimming and snorkelling. You'll also get to see seaweed farmers and sea urchin collectors at work
Hidden in the luxurious coasts of Nusa Dua is Sawangan Beach. Thanks to the number of luxury resorts in the area, Sawangan Beach is not well known even though it's a gorgeous public beach. It has clean, white sand and calm, shallow waters making it one of the best beaches in Bali to swim at. There are also a few restaurants in the area. The beach is located in front of Hilton Bali and is accessible through a small street beside the hotel.
If surfing is a priority on your travel to Bali, then Suluban should be high on your list of beaches to visit. The beach itself is small but it has a gorgeous cave that takes to you to another world when you're in it, so even if you don't surf, Suluban is worth the visit. The waves here are thrilling and challenging, which attract experienced surfers. Located in Uluwatu, you need to climb down steps and go through some narrow paths in the rock to reach it.
Nyang Nyang Beach is special as it has some of the cleanest white sands in Bali. Coupled with the lush green slope backing it, this beach is easily one of the most gorgeous on the island. It's situated close to Uluwatu and shouldn't be too hard to find as there are signs in the area to point the way. There are parts of a wrecked boat on the shores and a garden of wild flowers that make for great Instagram-worthy photos. Just be ready to climb down the 500 steps to get to the beach.
No travel to Bali is complete without spending a day or two at the beach, and the ones listed above are some of Bali's best beaches that you can visit without running into a large crowd. If you want to stay at a world-class resort with a pristine beach on its doorstep, why not check out Club Med Bali. We not only have exceptional service and facilities, but also an expansive beach with our own Bali Swing and Beach Bar. Book a stay with us today!