Bali’s beaches are one of the island's top attractions. Ocean swimming safety depends on your location, the time of year, and the conditions.
Bali beaches often have very strong currents, especially at the famous surf breaks along Bukit Peninsula and at Kuta Beach. Not all beaches in Bali have lifeguards on duty. Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Sanur beaches have trained lifeguards minding the beaches - at all the rest, you are on your own.
Southwest Bali beaches are known for strong riptides and undertows. If a beach has red flags, do not swim there. Use caution when surfing, and moderation when choosing which surf breaks you can handle. Be careful surfing and swimming in areas with coral reefs, which are sharp and can cause cuts with infection.
Use ample sunscreen to avoid sunburns while in the ocean and be aware of the small but potential danger of tsunami in Indonesia.
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