Bali’s got black sand beaches too!

We usually think of soft white sand when we think of the perfect beach, but imagine this: volcanic ebony-coloured sand, contrasting against emerald waters of the ocean. Bali’s got a couple of those shores, especially in the East, North and West coast.

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Keramas Beach in Gianyar

This black beauty is known to be a great place to surf, and it’s dotted with shacks for grabbing a bite. However, it’s not the ideal place to lay down and get a tan as you will find litter! Here’s a reminder of how you can help keep Bali’s beaches clean with Bye Bye Plastic Bags.


Not your typical beach (apart from the black sand, of course), Amed tucks in a flat bottom lagoon. The great thing about that? It makes this beach the perfect spot for beginner snorkelling and diving.

Lovina Beach 

You’ll know you’re here when you see a dolphin statue as a landmark, and it’s there for a wonderful reason: dolphin watching! All year round except during the rainy months between February to April, the dark-skinned spinner dolphin is frequently spotted.

Echo Beach 

Thanks to its advanced reef breaks, Echo Beach is one of the top surf spots on the island. Make no mistake though as this is one beach that’s suited solely for experienced surfers! Luckily for all, surfers or otherwise, Echo Beach is extremely popular, clean and well-maintained.

Pererenan and Seseh

These two beaches are separated only by rivulets from the nearby villages’ irrigation system. They’re also surf hunts in Bali, in fact, Seseh Beach has its own Seseh Surf Community which encourages the surfing talent among the village’s youth!

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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