1. Sundays Beach Club
When in Bali, visiting Sunday Beach is a must. For those of you who dream of fabulous beaches, with the clearest turquoise sea and golden sands, and a relaxed, healthy vibe, Sunday Beach has it all. The beach is privately used by residents of the exclusive Ungasan Resort; however it’s accessible to visitors for a daily rate of 300,000rp (approx. £18) per adult and 50,000rp (approx. £3) for children; which when you think about what’s included is an absolute bargain.
For the whole day, guests can relax and enjoy complimentary watersports including kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding and more; with full beach club access, complimentary towels and wifi, and travel to and from the beach via a quaint whickered inclinator cabin which will take you through the stunningly lush green trees, whilst you enjoy breathtaking views of the beach and ocean from above. This in itself is a brilliant experience so definitely recommended. Then, when you arrive at the beach, each guest can enjoy deliciously fresh seafood, cocktails, smoothies and more at the beach bar, where they’ll receive 150,000rp complementary credit.
Try the Avocado Dream shake. Deliciously cooling and creamy, it’s full of avocado, coconut milk, vanilla milkshake and a little chocolate syrup mmm…
2. Gili Air Island ‘The Turtle Capital Of The World’
The Gili Islands are some of Bali’s most visited attractions. Comprising of three tiny and secluded islands approx. 1hr off the coast of Bali, near Lombok - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – the islands offer visitors the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of watersports and hiking, mingle with the locals, and enjoy the clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches surrounded by hilly green mountains – the stresses of the real world a distant memory.
We love Gili Air the most as it’s full of character and great for those who want to relax on the beach, sunbathe and participate in fun sporting activities, rather than party. There’s an incredible turtle hatchery where you can watch the turtles being born in their natural habitat; Bio Rock reef regeneration projects; and some great restaurants, including an Irish Bar, an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant and, our favourite, Pura Vida – a bamboo bar where you can listen to live bands and jazz music, whist sitting on luxuriously huge pillows and enjoying thin crust pizzas fresh from the wood-fired oven.
For those of you who are more adventurous and strong swimmers, there are also opportunities to go snorkeling, scuba-diving and wonder at the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of swimming with turtles, giant squid, colorfully exotic fishes and many other sea-life in their natural habitat. It’s absolutely beautiful so don’t forget to bring an underwater camera to capture the memories.
Interesting Fact: In an attempt to protect the peaceful atmosphere and unpolluted environment, the islands don’t permit any motor transport so, if you are looking to travel around, you’ll be treated to traditional methods including horse and carts, bicycles and walking.
You can visit for a day trip but many people prefer to stay overnight for the beach parties and bonfires. You get to the island by boat but be warned: the locals will take your money and say you can come home later at night, around 8-9pm, but you can’t. The last boat back to the mainland leaves at 6pm so, if you’re going to spend the day there, ensure you leave early in the morning so that you can enjoy everything.
If you are staying overnight, try to be on the beach at sunset so that you can enjoy watching the magnificent orange sunset over Bali’s Mount Agung in the west. Unmissable!
3. Watersports at Nusa Dua / Geger Beach
Nusu Dua is lovely - full of white sandy beaches, sparkling crystal clear waters and home to some of the best hotels in the world. The area offers an almost ‘all-inclusive’ experience so is perfect for couples and families looking to relax, have some fun and enjoy the natural beauty and culture of Bali without travelling too far away from the hotel. There’s a selection of nightlife, restaurants, golf courses, cultural temples and opportunities to shop. Plus, the beach offers many opportunities to partake in adrenalin fueled watersports including jet skiing, parascending, speed boating, waterskiing, surfing, fly boarding and more. Something for everybody!
What we love most about this area is that, to begin the activities, a speed boat will take you approx. 100m or so away from the shore to small sand dunes in the middle of the ocean, where you can stand and practice or, if you’re not participating, you can take photos of your friends as they soar high into the air.
The dunes in themselves offer one of the most incredible views on the island as, standing in the middle of the sparking blue ocean, completely dry, with panoramic views of the ocean with its little fishes, the golden beach and charming Balinese huts, the sensation is healing and almost godlike. It’s not somewhere you’d usually think of to go but, trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Note: The activities here aren’t as cheap as they are in other areas but it remains popular thanks to the wide variety of activities that are available all in the same place.
4. Sanur Beach
Sanur beach is one of the nicer beaches in Bali and full of character. The main beach is located on the Eastern side of the island’s isthmus and has a relaxed, coastal atmosphere, where you can lay back, relax and enjoy a refreshing coconut water whilst watching groups of old-school Balinese fishermen walk into the water with their fishing rods high, hoping to catch the fish of the day. Against the beautiful blue skyline, the crystal clear warm waters and the golden sand, they really are a beautiful vision.
This area is perfect for families with young children as the waters are clean, crystal clear and shallow, and the beach isn’t crowded so you can relax and enjoy the sun, safe in the knowledge that your children can play safely in clear view. For those who prefer to be active, the beach also offers a variety of watersports and is only a short stroll away from an eclectic array of restaurants, bars and shops where you can enjoy a variety of entertainment whilst watching the sea; or enjoy Balinese arts and culture.