When we first arrived on Bali, we thought of it like many of the smaller islands we had visited in other parts of the world, assuming that the beach would be at our feet. Bali is a much larger island, and though the beach is always right there, it is not always easily accessible or ideal for enjoying the shore.
There are many options on Bali, some of which are quite exotic with black, volcanic sand. Surfers flock to Bali for the waves, though we mostly enjoyed the sunsets.
Many beaches are comprised of rocks and pebbles. Some are filled with sand dollars. Some seem swimable while others don’t seem as welcoming. We’ve heard people say that a lot of the water is now polluted, with waste and sewage having few alternatives other than the ocean; the rivers that flow naturally are often contaminated and polluted, with plenty of runoff from the local agriculture that has grown with the population, both domestic and immigrant, and demand for exports.
But the beaches are beautiful, and offer a lot of variety to experience. Here are some of our favorite beach moments on Bali.
James found a lot of time and large surfaces of sand to doodle, and left some temporary art on the beaches to be washed up by the tides over night.