11 Best Beaches in Bali for Swimming

Are you looking for the ultimate beach day? Bali is home to some of the most stunning crystal blue waters, perfect for an afternoon swim or just great beach lounging.

From hidden gems to the vibrant and bustling shores, we’re sure there’s something here that’ll take your breath away!

Let’s dive right in – here are our picks for the 11 best beaches in Bali for swimming.

1. Dreamland Beach

Dreamland Beach, or as it’s now officially known, New Kuta Beach, has rightfully kept true to its original name and is one of the best beaches in Bali.

With steep limestone cliffs looming above its pristine white sand beach and laid-back surf vibe, this Uluwatu hotspot is one of the most swimmable in the area.

Follow the path from the entrance and make your way through dozens of shops, hit two birds with one stone and browse for souvenirs as you make your way down!

Though tourists have certainly started to flock in droves to get a glimpse of those postcard-worthy views, Dreamland still remains relatively uncrowded during the low season – it’s definitely not lacking in its idyllic charm.

So if you’re mentally picturing your own bit of paradise sans hordes of sunbathers fighting for beach umbrellas, point your compass towards Dreamland; we can guarantee you won’t regret it!

dreamland beach, bali

2. Seminyak Beach

Seminyak Beach is quite a scene! With waves for playing in but not huge enough to be intimidating, you can enjoy some fabulous swimming, boogie-boarding or even your first attempts at surfing.

While there’s loads of room to find a beach spot and set up a towel, rent a sun lounger to elevate your day.

It’s the perfect spot to work on your tan while people-watching and you’ll never go hungry with so many excellent restaurants and beach clubs nearby.

La Plancha beachside restaurant is a popular spot – grab one of their vibrant beanbags and settle in.

There’s so many things going on here, you can even go horseback riding on the beach!

3. Pandawa Beach

Pandawa Beach is the best spot in Bali if you’re aiming to do some serious swimming – although, it’s known to be pretty crowded.

Don’t let that stop you though; the fine white sands, gentle waves and long coast backed with looming cliffs mean this beach is one of the most beautiful in Bali.

Be sure to bring shoes, as the beach can be rocky, but that’s nothing compared to its big draw – a reef calms the ocean and there are often colorful fish and sea turtles to marvel at.

Not only that, there’s plenty of convenient warungs and beach clubs offering cold coconut drinks if you need some time out from all the swimming.

But with such stunning scenery, you might find it hard to resist getting straight back into the water… it’s a paradise made for swimmers.

Plus, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, kayaks are available for rent too!

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4. Padang Padang Beach

Not only was Padang Padang Beach made famous from the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” but it has some of the best conditions for swimming.

With an abundance of white sand and turquoise waters all surrounded by rocky headlands, you can have yourself the ultimate beach day.

Getting here might be a bit of a trek as you’ll need to walk down about four flights of steps. There are super cute monkeys on the way too – just watch out they don’t steal your stuff!

Also, keep in mind that this beach is pretty small so it can get quite crowded; try to get there early.

crystal bay beach nusa penida
crystal bay, nusa penida

5. Crystal Bay

Make your day an adventure by taking a day trip to Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida – it’s the perfect spot to dip your toes in and the safest beach to swim on the island.

It is quite literally called ‘Crystal Bay’ because of its clear ocean waters, and it’s one of those rare beaches that doesn’t require any trekking and stair-climbing – what a win!

Of course, we also have to pay homage to the incredible sunsets here; when you’re done frolicking in the waters, plop your beach towel down and watch nature put on its daily show.

6. Lovina Beach

The north coast of Bali is positively bohemian and Lovina Beach definitely stands out for being a little different among the more typical south coast shorelines.

Although the volcanic sand has a brown and shadowy black tint, it’s soft and powdery.

After your swim, kick back at one of their traditional beach warungs, complete with lounge beanbags and string lights.

Get ready to watch an epic sunset while indulging in an ice-cold Bintang (or two).

7. Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua is basically Bali’s answer to The Hamptons, with its white sandy beaches and world-class golf course.

It happens to be one of the best swimming beaches in Bali, too – just make sure you time your visit right.

High tide is when this beach really comes into its own; otherwise, you can walk out to the edge of the reef.

nusa dua beach, bali

8. Virgin Beach

Virgin Beach is where it’s at if you’re looking to do some swimming on Bali’s east shore. This shoreline is lacking the gnarly waves so leave your boogie-boarding dreams behind.

But don’t forget your snorkels! You can explore the depths of the crystal blue waters and enjoy something a little different than what most beachgoers are used to experiencing.

Unlike other beaches on this part of Bali, white sand lines this coastline, which is perfect for lounging post-swim. Your best bet for nearby refreshments are the local warungs situated on the banks.

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9. Kuta Beach

Is it swimming you’re after? Kuta Beach is your go-to spot. This blissful 1.5-mile shoreline of golden sand has become the ultimate tourist destination for anyone visiting Bali.

From locally loved sunset spots to kite-flying, souvenir buying and – of course – swimming, this beach has something for everyone.

Plus, if you’re after a cold Bintang after swimming, there are plenty of bars and restaurants right across the street.

Make sure your Balinese holiday features a splash at Kuta Beach!

10. Jimbaran Beach

If you’re looking for a sandy spot for swimming, Jimbaran Beach is definitely the place to be.

The waves are mild here, perfect for swimming and boogie boarding. It might not be a surfer’s paradise but if you’re new to the board, it’s definitely a safe haven.

People come here to chill on the sand and soak up that Bali sunshine, so this really is a place for relaxing rather than big adventure.

Tip: sign up for a sunset dinner on the beach, it’s something you can’t miss out on!

jimbaran beach with dining tables
jimbaran beach with dining tables

11. Amed Beach

Clear waters, black sand shores, and the majestic Mount Agung volcano form a beautiful backdrop to Amed Beach.

Whether you’re an accomplished swimmer or still learning your strokes, it’s the perfect spot to dive into the water.

If you’re lucky enough, you could even share your swim with a local turtle! There are also amazing snorkeling spots along with some shipwrecks nearby.

It’s basically a sea-lovers paradise, and there’s hardly ever anyone around.