The moment you set foot on Bali the sea breeze will gently caress you and softly whisper these Persian words of the famous poet and musician Amir Khusrau in your ears:
“Agar Firdaus bar roo-e Zameen ast,
Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast.”
which translated into English means:
“If there is a paradise on earth,
It is this, it is this, it is this”
Bali is considered by many as one of the world’s best islands and a dream destination for honeymooners and families alike. Bali is a heady concoction of natural beauty, culture, and spirituality, all blending harmoniously together. The one striking aspect of Bali is the seamless harmony of the people, environment, and spirituality or God. This harmony permeates each and every aspect of life on the island and makes for a unique and at the same time satisfying holiday experience.
Bali is known for its iconic beaches, lush green paddy fields, volcanic mountains and some of the best and surreal resorts of the world. Bali is also known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, owing to its rich culture and the wave of spirituality that permeates it. Here we focus only on some of the best beaches of Bali which offer miles and miles of spotless sands and gamboling waves as well as a throbbing beach life with resorts and water sports.
Kuta beach may be described as the nerve center of Bali with a throbbing party life. In addition to its pristine white beaches, the sea at Kuta and its consistent waves make it a veritable surfers paradise. If you have always wanted to surf but did not know how then head to Kuta Beach for your first surfing lessons. Kuta Beach is dotted with resorts and is a hub for international tourists who congregate here in thousands. If you are looking for some really vibrant night life you can head to Kuta beach to have a rocking time.
Kuta Beach is 11 kilometers away from Denpasar and is accessible easily by public transport.
Nusa Dua Beach
The Nusa Dua beach has been developed into a luxurious enclave with exclusive and luxurious resorts, recreational facilities, fine dining restaurants and even a golf course for golf aficionados. The enclave has been developed by the Bali Tourism Development Board. The Nusa Dua beach has huge stretches of golden sands which are serenaded by palm trees and other lush vegetation. The clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean lend the beach a mystical aura. The clear waters also make it a great place for snorkeling.
Whether you want to send your adrenaline racing with some diving or you just want to sit on the soft sand with your legs in the clear blue waters and watch the setting sun, Nusa Dua beach is the place for you.
Nusa Dua is about 19 kilometers away from Denpasar and is easily accessible by public transport.
As you saunter leisurely on the white sands of this beach, it is likely that you will recollect an old story. The story of a little boy who threw starfishes that had been washed onto the beach, back into the sea.
The crystal clear waters at the Sanur beach will ensure that you encounter some form of sea life or the other. You can also indulge in you childhood passion of collecting sea shells on the sands of Sanur beach. In addition, the water here is mild and gentle and one can just jump into the water and have fun like a dolphin dancing in the waves.
Sanur Beach is about 16 kilometers away from Denpasar and is easily accessible by public transport.
Pantai Kecil Beach
This is a secluded beach and a relatively unknown gem. It is also known as Pantai Bias Tugel. Pantai Kecil literally means, ‘Little Beach”. The beach is hidden and accessible after a trek of about 500 meters across a rocky path.
You are sure to let off a sigh of awe at the end of the trek when you cast your eyes on a vast stretch of golden sand with the blue water gently caressing the beach and coconut palms swaying in the sea breeze. It is the kind of a beach which will unleash the child in you and you will run yelling in gay abandon to jump into the water and frolic with the waves. But a word of caution here as the sea tends to be a bit rough and not the best of places for a leisurely swim, especially if you are not an expert. This beach is where you can commune to your heart’s content with the sun, sand and the sea in solitude.
The treasures of Bali seem never to end, every time you return you are sure to discover one or the other hitherto undiscovered gem. Indonesia is a country where you can spend a lifetime admiring the beauty of nature and imbibing the spiritual atmosphere that envelops the island nation.
The best way to experience luxurious and rejuvenating Bali is to stay at one of the numerous resorts that adorn this beautiful island. One of the places where you can enjoy picturesque views from Balinese style villas is Karma Kandara.
If you are inspired and want to discover true bliss in Bali, one starting point to start planning your trip to Indonesia is traveloka.com, a valuable resource to help you book your flights and hotel.
Also check out our post about 5 Reasons Why Indonesia is a Dream Come True which talks about the Seductive Beaches, Borobudur, Komodo National Park, Dances of Indonesia and Food of Indonesia.
Bali is bliss and the beaches of Bali beckon one and all. If you wish to see Indonesia beyond Bali then head to Flores.
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