Find out what the best beaches in Indonesia are as awarded by millions of real travelers.
Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Luxurious accommodations, including several golf resorts, abound at Nusa Dua on southern Bali’s Bukit peninsula. Surfing and diving are popular activities for adventure seekers. The white sands beckon sun junkies and those in pursuit of breezy relaxation. Geger Beach is safe, clean and popular with both vacationers and locals.
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Gili Trawangan is the sort of island you fall in love with at first sight. One of three Gili Islands, it's becoming easier to reach thanks to speedboats that cover the journey from Bali in 90 minutes. Book a beachside bungalow for an indulgent yet affordable experience. Have an early morning dive, go snorkeling, take in the sunshine, and feel your stress disappear.
Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
The island of Nusa Lembonga is one of Indonesia’s most precious gems. Clear waters and quiet beaches make this an ideal family vacation spot or romantic getaway for party-shy couples. Though Nusa Lembonga is small, it packs a lot of beauty into its eight square kilometers. Limestone cliffs and mangrove forests add to the magical island ambiance.
Lombok is a paradise of pristine beaches, crystalline waterfalls and towering volcanoes. The milky white beaches of Kuta tumble into a deep blue sea that bobs with the kind of waves that surfers dream of. The waters of nearby Sekotong boast sloping soft and hard coral reefs, the ideal environment for diving and snorkeling. To the north, the Gili Islands (accessible by ferry or chartered boat) feature some of the best water sports experiences around, including diving, sea kayaking and fishing.
Bintan is the largest island in the Riau Archipelago. On the north side of the island are the Bintan Resorts, which cater to travelers. There are many opportunities to enjoy the beaches. The water center at the Resort offers water activities, including surfing. For those who want to experience the island on land, Bintan offers horseback riding, hiking, biking and educational eco tours. Of course, travelers can also enjoy the views of the South China Sea while idling on the sands in the gorgeous warm temperatures.
Travelers come from all over to take in the stunning ocean vistas and laid-back lifestyle of Amed. Have a massage while lazing around the soft sands of the eastern beaches. The coarse black volcanic sand at Amed Village Beach is a must-see. But even with its calm and relaxing pace, Amed offers plenty of ocean activities. Try your hand at snorkeling, diving, fishing or sailing in the clean, crystal-clear waters full of ample and diverse sea life.
Everyone who visits Bali should go to Jimbaran at least once to experience a seafood dinner on the beach at sunset, just a few feet from the waves, while roaming musicians serenade you. Travelers say that the surf here is mild and the beach fairly quiet. Book a spa experience in Jimbaran for complete relaxation.
Located in South Bali, Canggu is a true surf destination. The best surfers from all over the world come to ride its renowned, challenging waves. But the surf is not solely for the experts; there are plenty of instructors available for surfers of all levels. If you think surfing is a spectator’s sport can hire a professional guide to horseback ride along the shoreline or rice fields. The dark black sandy beaches of Canggu boast impressive views of the famous sunsets.The area has some charming cafes and restaurants right by the beach, as well as relaxing spas worth the visit.
Tanjung Benoa, Indonesia
The peninsula of Tanjungbenoa, with its coconut groves, milk-white sands and majestic mountain backdrop, epitomizes the beauty of southeastern Bali. The calm waters are ideal for parasailing, snorkeling, jet skiing and diving.
Located in the south, Seminyak has some of the nicest beaches in Bali. Be sure to catch the legendary sunsets and enjoy the tranquil beauty. For a rich cultural experience after a day of tanning and relaxing, take in an authentic Balinese ceremony on the beach, complete with gamelan players and offerings to the gods.