Happy hours and happy crowds, water sports and five-star resorts – yes Bali’s south coast is where all the action is, where lifestyle and leisure come together for an island experience that beckon many to its shores.
From slow-moving Sanur to the new buzz of Canggu and the lavish quarters of Nusa Dua, variety and excitement run along the southern coast meaning it’s rare to run out of things to do and places to see. Blessed with black sand beauties on its western side, as well as golden beaches backdropped by dramatic cliffs at its most southern point, even the coastline offers diversity. Certainly Bali’s busiest area, we trust the south actually needs no introduction, but this brief guide serves as a highlight reel of what you can get up to all year round in Bali’s most sought-after spots.
The seas around Bali provide endless experiences: those looking to jump into the deep-end of water-based activities, beyond snorkelling and diving, will have plenty to quench their thirst with Bali’s plethora of water sport offerings.
Of course, not all water sports are found in the water, as high-altitude thrills also take place at Tanjung Benoa, the island’s main playground for water sports. Friendly waters and neighbouring resort complexes are to thank for this! Yes, if you’re looking to speed on a jet ski, take a tumble on a banana boat or check out the views with some parasailing, this is where to go.
Whatever you decide to take up, be sure that the guides will show you the ropes, including the how-to’s and safety procedures of you chosen water sport. If you’re not much of an adrenaline-seeker, some guides will be happy to accompany on your ‘ride’.
If you’re staying in a resort, ask a hotel staff to organise your chosen activities. For visiting guests, you’ll come across agencies in the area or representatives on the beach that offer activities and packages. Advance bookings are not typically required.
Enjoying the same southeast views, adored for its relaxed coastal ambience, Sanur beaches offer waves that break far out in the distance, making its shores ideal to swim, sunbathe, or better yet, go sailing!
Accompanied by a colourful jukung fishing boat, you’ll glide through clear azure waters on a catamaran staffed by skilled crew – with you as the skipper! Learn the ropes of sailing by opting for half-day sailing sessions or go all the way and sail to the Gilis or Lombok on a week-long sailing excursion.
If you’re here for a break, a surf break that is, well Bali has so many to offer! Kuta is the original surf capital of the island, where it has now become a haven for those looking to learn to catch their very first wave. Canggu, located north of Kuta, also boasts great waves for beginner to intermediate surfers, and has become a buzzing new surfers hangout. For the real daredevils looking to distance themselves from the novices, head to Bukit Peninsula where thundering barrels entice the brave and the skilled. Padang Padang, Dreamland, Impossibles, Balangan, Suluban and Bingin are where the big shot surfers will go. Beginners, steer clear, unless you’ve come to learn a thing or two.
Home to one of the best sunset spots on the island, Potato Head Beach Club has become a household name among Bali’s prestigious day-club and nightlife scene. The beach club hosts four restaurants, four bars, an infinity pool and large lawn, all overlooking the Indian Ocean. Open every day from breakfast until late, Potato Head holds sought-after programmes of dance parties and exhibitions supporting local and international DJs, musicians, artists, and architects. Accompanied by consciously curated cocktails and dishes, often promising unique take Indonesian twists, you can be sure to have a good time at this beach club meets cultural hub. Keep your eyes peeled for their regular one-day music festival, Sun Down Circle, that goes from sunrise to sunset.
Jalan Petitenget No. 51B, Seminyak
+62 361 473 7979
A long-time Canggu favourite, Finns Beach Club is an oceanfront party destination that offers 170m of beachfront and views out to the Indian Ocean. This beachfront hotspot features four pools, nine bars (including two swim up pool bars), five restaurants, and yes, even a sushi bar. Its prestigious location on the famous Berawa surf point makes it a buzzing spot for surfers and swimmers alike to catch waves both during the day, even offering nighttime surfing for the real fanatics! Finns Beach Club is a place for an all-day to sundown party, bottomless cocktails and front row seats to sunsets! If you’re looking for more exclusivity, join the newly reopened Finns VIP Beach Club, which now features two additional pools, making the Finns Beach Club complex the biggest beach club on the island.
Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu
+62 361 844 6327
From the Las Vegas nightclub scene to Bali’s daytime entertainment life, OMNIA has made its way to the stunning limestone cliffs of Uluwatu. OMNIA Dayclub Bali is the most talked about new player in the island’s entertainment landscape, with its name even making its way around the world. Envision a glittering infinity pool that extend out into the ocean, a swim up bar, and VIP Cabanas to accompany day-long poolside beats from the world’s top names. Music is what OMNIA is known for and OMNIA Dayclub Bali lives up to the name, bringing in the world’s biggest electronic music arts to the island on a weekly basis. The culinary heartbeat of the day club is London’s modern Japanese restaurant, Sake no Hana. Framed by nature, the open-air space perches above OMNIA Bali but merges seamlessly with the buzz of the main Lounge. Bask in the pool party scene of Bali’s current showstopper of a beach club!
Jalan Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Uluwatu
+62 361 8482 150
A day spent at Artotel Beach Club is as easy as ABC. A casual, laid-back space for guests of all ages, Artotel Beach Club in central Sanur makes it the perfect location for some all-day, laidback leisure, offering an unparalleled beach club experience in this neighbourhood. Featuring a lagoon pool, a multi-purpose lawn and tree-house playground, four bars, a restaurant and lounge, ABC hosts a wonderfully diverse crowd. Local families, couples and tourists all gather here on the calm shores of Sanur for comforting quality food and drinks, great music that all ages will love and just an all-round good time by the beach.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan No.35, Sanur
+62 361 449 1888
Manarai Beach House is ISMAYA Group’s first beach club establishment tucked gracefully within the Nusa Dua resort complex. Perched right on the picture-perfect beach, Manarai marries Balinese tradition and modernity, concocting the right ingredients for a perfect summer on the island. Equipped with two swimming pools and comfy day beds with a pristine beach view, Manarai elevates the tropical experience with world-class music and entertainment that ISMAYA Group is loved for. World-famous Executive Chef Stefan Poyet adds the oomph to Manarai’s beach club scene with his comfort and unique tastes of international and local Balinese cuisines, as well as whimsical cocktail selections.
Beachfront at Sofitel Nusa Dua Lot N5 BTDC, Nusa Dua
+62 361 4772727
The playful and quirky Roosterfish Beach Club is a great, family-friendly beach club in Pandawa Beach. As the name suggests, Roosterfish is all about fusing the world of land and sea, showcased by its location, culinary offerings, and ambience. Headed by Chef Danang Wijanarka with more than 18 years of experience in the culinary industry, expect tantalising surf and turf dishes and other tasty delights. The beach club prides itself in its chilled cocktails, signature oversized drinks, big buckets of Bali’s coldest beers and refreshing home-made juices alongside Balinese favourites and bites from their outdoor sunken BBQ pit. Expect icy drinks and beach volleyball under the sun!
Jalan Pantai Pandawa, Uluwatu
+62 361 2003588
For a hotspot in Tanjung Benoa, Santai Beach House is a cool place to be. Located at Sadara Resort, Santai (meaning ‘relax’) offers a homely leisure experience in south Bali. Laze your time away in the warm sand, lounge in their daybeds, and sate your appetite with delicious nibbles and tasty cocktails. Their daily happy hours start from 3PM to 5PM – a perfect aperitif session to welcome dinner and the magical Bali twilight sky. The venue offers a lovely, laidback resort feel enhanced by alfresco settings, cool ocean breezes, and an inviting pool. Just kick off your flip-flops and enjoy the view.
Sadara Boutique Beach Resort Jalan Pratama No. 24, Tanjung Benoa
+62 361 772 010
Ayodya Beach Club & Grill exudes a beach club atmosphere by day and an intimate romantic dining venue by night. The venue overlooks a 300-metre stretch along the enchanting white sands of Mengiat beach, arguably one of Bali’s most laid-back beaches. Ayodya Beach Club & Grill is open for lunch and dinner, featuring a menu of delectable selection of top-quality meat, such as Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, and more from their popular iron grill station. Enjoy a lively beachside ambiance and satiate your culinary desires with Ayodya’s signature dishes, as lapping waves and the trendy seaside strip creates an exceptional holiday setting.
Jalan Pantai Mengiat, Nusa Dua
+62 361 771 102
Set in a stunning cove, Karma Beach Club in Ungasan is where you CAN spend your days blissful, barefoot, and carefree. The breathtaking location spoils you with a crescent of shimmering white sand that leads to a tranquil blue lagoon that you’ll won’t find anywhere else. Dive in for the ultimate sand-and-surf-hedonism at Karma Beach and enjoy family-friendly, fun-filled days of water sports, beach combing, oceanside spa treatments, and private cabanas. When the night falls, star-filled nights are accompanied by DJs, live music, cocktails, and seafood feasts.
Jalan Villa Kandara, Ungasan
+62 361 848 2200
Sultry beach club by day, iconic dining experience by night, Sundara is Four Seasons’ elegant all-day beachfront destination in Jimbaran Bay and home to Bali’s longest Sunday brunch. From its award-wining dining and designer cocktails, you’ll find yourself grazing on sumptuous tapas-style plates or indulging in the Asian-inspired dinner by the luxurious beachfront 57-metre infinity pool. Sundara’s Sunday Brunch is 6-hours long, making it the longest on the island, and features five different menus on rotation from modern Australian, Indian, Asian, to French-style desserts with local flavours. Finish the day off with Sundara Sundowners, where you are treated to live music, sunset views, and two-for-one cocktails.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran
+62 361 701 010
W Bali Seminyak’s fashionable seaside restaurant brings flavours of the sea to your table, in the form of pan-Asian fare with the right amount of Western flair. Starfish Bloo sits gorgeously by Seminyak beach and pays homage to nature – incorporating Bali’s bountiful fresh seafood, exotic fruits, herbs, and vegetables. From the oversized booths evoking giant lobster traps, the perfectly curated à la carte sharing plates and snacks will have you grazing on sizzling seafood and regionally-inspired dishes. Starfish Bloo’s lively Sunday “scene to be seen” brunch is a stylish yet ‘delish’ way to finish off your week-long Bali activities.
W Bali Seminyak, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
+62 361 4738 106
The coastal dining experience at Seasalt celebrates wild-caught seafood, sustainably harvested from the waters around Indonesia. Their ocean-inspired menu is simple yet brilliantly highlights the rich abundance of the underwater world. From innovative dishes such as the ‘Bowl of Smoke’ (black cod, moshio cracker, cured duck yolk, and coffee wood smoke), to wholesome sushi platters and poke bowls, Head Chef Vivian Vitalis serves a plethora of exquisite plates to indulge in. Seasalt also dives into the next wave of mixed drinks – sustainable, zero-waste cocktails.
Jalan Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Seminyak
+62 361 3021 888
Whether its their signature afternoon tea, stunning sunset location, or the after-sun bonfire session, award-winning seaside venue Sunset on Seminyak at Anantara is praised for all the right reasons. The beachfront bites and exotic cocktail selections are the cherry on top to the SOS coastal experience. Their daily afternoon lets you immerse in the al fresco experience overlooking the pool and Indian ocean. For an exciting sundown time, enjoy their signature sharing food and exotic concoctions from behind the bar. Afterwards, SOS Dining offers an open-kitchen concept where you have specialty steak selections to drool over.
Jalan Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak
+62 361 737 773
Cosy up inside a coastal cave tucked away at Nusa Dua Beach, where the term ‘dining with a view’ is elevated to a whole different level. Samabe’s Cave Dinner offers the perfect intimate setting for a romantic feast. The venue can accommodate up to six couples, who are seeking a city escape and a heavenly, picture-perfect evening by the white sand beach, promising an unforgettable private dining experience. You will feast on a vast selection of dishes from Prime Cuts BBQ, seafood, to Sticky Thai Rice Pudding to sate your sweet tooth.
Jalan Pura Barong Sawangan, Nusa Dua
+62 361 846 8633
Boasting unobtrusive ocean views and Balinese-influenced Mediterranean and Californian-inspired cuisine, Sands Restaurant puts an emphasis on fresh food in their all-day dining experience. The chefs here at Sands are not only responsible to create tantalising dishes, but they are also entertainers. The shore-side restaurant embraces an open-kitchen concept with live action shows from chefs, such as ‘Mie Tarik’ noodle-making. Guests can give cooking a try under the guidance of highly skilled chefs. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the restaurant’s casual ambiance is complemented by the signature walk-in wine cellar.
Jalan Kartika Plaza, Tuban, Kuta
+62 361 75 999 1
Highly regarded as one of Bali’s premier beachfront seafood options, Arwana Restaurant specialises in a wide range of fine seafood dishes, cherry-picked by expert chefs every morning fresh from the local fish market. The tropical scenery and panoramic views of a shimmering beach and ocean elevates the al-fresco terrace concept and teakwood interior, making it a stunning spot for coastal dining in Bali. The unrivalled offer of an oyster and sushi bar spoils you with exquisite indulgence, as well as the fish and prawns a la carte, pasta dishes, and other non-seafood fare.
At The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Nusa Dua
Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot N2, Benoa
+62 361 3005635