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CNN: Pack your bags and go! 14 of Bali’s best beaches



Bali's reputation for offering a total escape continues to draw international visitors to the gorgeous island in droves.
 
 
Lining the island's eastern shore, this black beach is big with divers. The surrounding area is filled with coral and multiple shipwrecks.
Lining the island's eastern shore, this black beach is big with divers. The surrounding area is filled with coral and multiple shipwrecks.
 
There are opportunities for any budget, and the most popular activity (hanging out on a beach) won't cost you a thing.
 
 
 
Many have been deterred by the major resorts popping up around Dreamland, but the soft-sand beach itself is still worth a visit.
Many have been deterred by the major resorts popping up around Dreamland, but the soft-sand beach itself is still worth a visit. 
 
 
The white and black sands that line each beach are as stunning as the waves that crash onto them.
 
Each has its own perks so visitors of all types should be able to find one to fall in love with.
 
The waves can get high at this beach, making it popular with surfers. Rough water and a sharp ocean floor mean most beach-goers are happy to admire the view.
The waves can get high at this beach, making it popular with surfers. Rough water and a sharp ocean floor mean most beach-goers are happy to admire the view. 
 
 
Surfers travel from all over the world to challenge their skills.
 
For die-hards, Balangan Beach's waters can get so rough that non-surfers are often advised to stay near the shore.
 
The nearby cliffs offer breathtaking views.
 
 
 
Balian's black sand fills the dunes and provides an escape from Bali's bustling areas. It's a great place to grab a beer and enjoy the sunset.
Balian's black sand fills the dunes and provides an escape from Bali's bustling areas. It's a great place to grab a beer and enjoy the sunset.
 
For adventurers, there are plenty of hidden beaches waiting to be found.
 
Karma Beach and Nyang Nyang require hefty treks on rough terrain, but the outcome is worth the effort.
 
 
 
The hundreds of steps required to reach this secluded beach keep large crowds away. Nearby caves provide shade on hot days.
The hundreds of steps required to reach this secluded beach keep large crowds away. Nearby caves provide shade on hot days. 
 
 
Both are largely isolated and left unattended throughout the year, so it's almost like having your own private beach.
 
No matter your preference, Bali is stocked with wonderful beaches.
 
This beach is accessible only through a rough and rocky path, but the effort is worth it. You'll practically have the white sand, coconut trees and turquoise water to yourself.
This beach is accessible only through a rough and rocky path, but the effort is worth it. You'll practically have the white sand, coconut trees and turquoise water to yourself. 
 
 
White limestone cliffs are a dramatic contrast to the blue waters at this small surfing beach on Bali's Bukit Peninsula. Visitors can stay in everything from surfing camps to boutique resorts and private villas.
White limestone cliffs are a dramatic contrast to the blue waters at this small surfing beach on Bali'sBukit Peninsula. Visitors can stay in everything from surfing camps to boutique resorts and private villas. 
 
 
 
The descent to this exclusive beach is made via funicular (for a small fee) rather than by stairs. Services include cocktails and shaded lounge chairs -- the area belongs to a high-end beach club open to the public.
The descent to this exclusive beach is made via funicular (for a small fee) rather than by stairs. Services include cocktails and shaded lounge chairs — the area belongs to a high-end beach club open to the public.
 
 
 
Jimbaran Beach sits on Bali's southwestern coast, where the mainland connects to the Bukit Peninsula. It's home to luxury resorts like the Four Seasons and the Intercontinental. Restaurants line the shore with tables on the sand.
Jimbaran Beach sits on Bali's southwestern coast, where the mainland connects to the Bukit Peninsula. It's home to luxury resorts like the Four Seasons and the Intercontinental. Restaurants line the shore with tables on the sand.
 
 
Kuta sits in a bustling resort town that was once a quiet fishing village. Now, surfers and party hounds from around the world come to ride the long waves and hit the clubs.
Kuta sits in a bustling resort town that was once a quiet fishing village. Now, surfers and party hounds from around the world come to ride the long waves and hit the clubs.
 
 
Yet another beach that requires some work to get to. Once you find the gate, you'll walk down a series of stairs before emerging at the deserted beach. There are no showers, no restrooms, no vendors.
Yet another beach that requires some work to get to. Once you find the gate, you'll walk down a series of stairs before emerging at the deserted beach. There are no showers, no restrooms, no vendors.
 
 
 
"Eat, Pray, Love" fans may recognize this beach as the place where Julia Roberts' character meets her love interest. The water is safe to swim and the surf is some of the most exciting in all of Indonesia.
"Eat, Pray, Love" fans may recognize this beach as the place where Julia Roberts' character meets her love interest. The water is safe to swim and the surf is some of the most exciting in all of Indonesia. 
 
 
Though not as touristy as Kuta, Sanur is filled with beachfront resorts. Yet its small fishing village charm is still intact, with local warungs holding their own against luxury hotels.
Though not as touristy as Kuta, Sanur is filled with beachfront resorts. Yet its small fishing village charm is still intact, with local warungs holding their own against luxury hotels. 
 
 
The surrounding area is filled with five-star resorts like the St. Regis Bali and the Mulia. The water is typically calm, which makes rental kayaks, dinghies and paddleboards hot commodities.
The surrounding area is filled with five-star resorts like the St. Regis Bali and the Mulia. The water is typically calm, which makes rental kayaks, dinghies and paddleboards hot commodities.