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Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

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Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?


We are planning a trip to Bali in April. 2 adults and a 10 year old boy. The beach is important to us. We would like to be able to swim safely and enjoy lovely clean sand and water (also not be dependent on tide). Not sure if it is possible to snorkel anywhere directly from the beach in Bali? Anyway the packages we are looking at at the moment go to either the Bali Garden Beach Resort - Kuta, Discovery Kartika Plaza - Kuta/Tubau or Hotel Bali Hyatt - Sanur. Can anyone give me info on the beaches at these hotels?

Also any other general info surrounding the Hotels would be really useful - we would hate to be in a very commercial area, but we will want to walk to local restaurants etc for dinner (preferably local cuisne - a McDonalds right near by would be our worst nightmare).

Thanks for any info.

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1. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

if you are looking for somewhere to snorkel, you musn't miss out Menjagan island! Though i haven't got pics but you really have to go there! the place is GORGEOUS!!!! it's slightly to the west of bali. You have to get a driver to drive you to the dock and from there, there's a diving/snorkelling company that you can rent mask/fins and also book your snorkelling trip out to Menjangan island. Off my memory, we rented 4 masks and also plus boat rental plus some other funny charges they added like parking and toilet charges, we paid about Rp 620,000 for 6 pax. Rental of boat is about Rp 420,000 which can easily fit more than 10 pax. And mask and fins are Rp 20,000 each. It takes 30mins to reach the island and once you are there, the guide will bring you into the water and snorkel for an hour before you are given time to rest and another hour of snorkelling at a different snorkelling site before returning to mainland Bali. It was a fantastic snorkelling experience you must not miss!!! The coral walls are just AMAZING!

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2. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

On the question of which hotel to stay in the Bali Hyatt would be a much better choice especially with a 10 year old boy. We stayed there a few years ago so can't comment on the current state of the rooms but the grounds are fabulous. Last couple of times we were there we stayed at Griya Santrian which is a smaller hotel also right on Sanur Beach but there would be more for a 10 year old to do at the Hyatt. Sanur has lots to do in terms of eating out, shopping etc but it's mot as busy as Kuta.

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3. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

if you'd hate to be in a very commercial area then don't stay in Kuta.

Sanur is much less commercialised, plenty of restaurants, white sand beach but there are tides, however when the tide is out you can swim in the pool.

Here's a link to a recent forum post which mentions the Hyatt:


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4. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

Thanks everyone for the useful information! Sanur sounds more up our street. Approx how long does it take to get from Sanur to Menjangan Island? The snorkelling sounds wonderful there. Anyone got any snorkelling tips on the Sanur side of the Island?

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5. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

definetly sanur would be the choice for you, I havent stayed at the hyatt but we live close by and it looks fantastic. You could also go to amed for snorkelling but you would do an overnight trip as it is about 3 hours from sanur.

In sanur there are loads of restaurants, plenty of great places and far less commercial than kuta or legian.

enjoy your holiday

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6. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

I also recommend the Bali Hyatt in Sanur. Our 10 year old loved it.They include a free day trip to the Grand Bali Hyatt in Nusa Dua with water slide and a great base for other day trips. I recommend you book a two or three night stay in Amed for the brilliant snorkelling right of the beach-take some beach shoes as the beach is rocky. We stayed at Apa Kabar in Amed-beautiful.

Have a fantastic holiday!

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7. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

As you are booking it as a package who are you going with.

We always book a package to Bali (flights+hotel) from Munich as it is always cheaper than booking it independantly.

Last year went with Meiers Weltreisen (Discovery Kartika + Singapore Airlines).

They had a rep in the Hotel so we booked a snorkeling trip with them to Padangbai. Picked up at our Hotel. They also picked up at Sanur - bit of a drive

Maybe could have got it cheaper elsewhere but took the hassle out of it. Not particularly bothered about the language (We're English/German) but the guy who ran the dive school that took us out was Austrian - hence used by German speaking tour companies (we had mixture of Germans/Austrians)

On the Discovery liked it a lot and would go back.

Kuta is very busy and sometimes feel over hectic. Would say in recent years a bit more hassle from people on the street (wanting you to buy something etc) has a bit of a rep for party types - doesn't bother us as we're never out that late

We tend to walk along the beach from the Discovery towards Hard Rock/Poppies to avoid the town when not interested in shopping.

Prefer to stay at this end though.

For your info the Waterbom Water park is across the road from the Discovery

The Beach in front of the Hotel (ok very short walk of a matter of 10metres along the coast walkway) is grey sand. The roughness of the sea up the beach varies. The sea near the Discovery relatively calm but you only have to walk up the beach for 10-15mins for the waves to start - popular surfing area.

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8. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?


If snorkelling is really important to your family, I wouldn't stay the whole holiday in Sanur, but split up in several places.

Sanur is very cosy, we love it for some days. Maybe you can book a "starter package". Maybe I translated wrong, but in Holland we call it this way, just a flight and then 2 or 3 nights hotel. This could be Sanur.

Then you can book yourself hotels in places like Amed, Pemuteran or near Menjangan island for snorkelling. But these beaches are not white, but with black sand, but you can snorkle right off the beach.

If you tell your budget per night, I'm sure you will get a lot of advise on this forum about nice hotels near the beach.

Hope this helps you.


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9. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

Thanks again everyone. "Giftzwerg" we are looking at a package from Vögele Reisen at the moment - we are an English/Austrian mix living in Switzerland. But we would consider flying out of Münich or Frankfurt if we can get a good package out of Germany - that is no problem. The reason for a package is that we only have 2 weeks and with a 10 year old I don't really want to loose valuable time sorting out places to stay while we are there (a half day can easily be lost) apart from that I am a real organisation freak and like to get all the info in advance so I can make comparisons and suss it all out - part of the excitement of going on holiday for me ;-). But we would definitely consider staying maybe 1 night/2days somewhere else if it is worth the trip for either snorkelling or experiencing a special trip to another part of the island. Although that would cost us extra I guess it would still work out cheaper in the long run as a package is so much cheaper than seperate flights to Bali and individual hotel prices. It would mean we could leave all our stuff at the "package"/booked hotel. Maybe 1 night away in the first week and 1 night away somewhere else in the 2nd week - at simpler hotels than the "package hotel" - perhaps even a home stay? Anyone any experience with staying with a family in Bali?

The snorkelling does sound great and we are very keen. Hope it is as great as it sounds and not that we are totally spoilt by our trip to the Maldives two years ago.

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10. Re: Best beaches in Bali for swimming and possibly snorkelling?

Hi lat-7 we also love Sanur and I'd say if you choose only one place that would be it. If you really want to snorkel do spend a few nights somewhere else it is well worth it. Both for the snorkeling and the drive itself.

I agree that with only two weeks you want to know where you are staying and roughly what you are doing . But you should be aware that organising anything once in Bali is ridiculously easy, there is always someone to book it, drive you, feed you and pick you up.

Here's a link to my blog I'll send you to the page with the photos from our recent trip to Menjangan Island …blogspot.com/p/january-2011-snap-shots.html If you look at the top of the page under the main photo there are links to other pages and on there are photos of a lot of places you are talking about.

Check out Ubud for a couple of nights if you end up going north west it's on your way.

I would say go straight from the airport to Ubud for 3 nights, then up to Pemuteran or Amed for 3 nights and finish with 8 nights in Sanur. But I do like to move around:)

Cheers Deb.

P.S. (People often also reccommend Nusa Lembongan which is just a boat ride from Sanur but over there you need to be aware of extremely strong currents)

Edited: 08 February 2011, 20:36