Bali is not an island that has swimming friendly beaches. Beautiful – yes, for surfing – absolutely yes. But for swimming, it is important to know where to go and when.
The most populated and popular parts of Bali’s coastline – from Bingin and Kuta to Canggu – have dangerous rip tides and undertows. It is Indian ocean that surrounds Bali after all, and oceans are unpredictable as much as they are breathtakingly amazing. Best areas to swim are in Nusa Dua and Sanur, where the water is calm.
Nusa Dua Beach is clean and the ocean is not so wild, so you can spend a day on the beach and relax, swimming and sunbathing with no worries. The same goes for Sanur. Since there is a reef there, the big waves break far away from the shore. The beach is thus safe for those who are not comfortable swimming in the open water.
Suluban Beach, near famous Uluwatu surf break, is set against stunning dramatic cliffs, and the water here is as turquoise as it gets. To access this amazing beach, you need to walk down the steps at Uluwatu and through the caves. If you are a passionate swimmer you will love it! Not for beginners though. But beware that when the tide is high, swimming spot is inaccessible, so you need to check the tide times for your trip there.
Also be extra careful and don’t swim on beaches where red flags fly! They put them there for a good reason. The currents can sweep you out to sea and under before any- body on shore can attempt a rescue.■