The rough and pure Uluwatu beaches are experienced as some of the best beaches in Bali. The south coast of this Indonesian island boasts beautiful beaches but also rugged limestone cliffs, world-class surf breaks, insane viewpoints to watch the sunset, high end clifftop bars, but also hipster surf cafes, skateboard parks, traditional temples, healthy cafes and restaurants and much more! To find out about all the best things to do in Uluwatu, read this blog post. But in this guide I will share the 10 best beaches in Uluwatu, here we go!
How to visit the Uluwatu beaches
The best way to get around in Bali is always on a moped. Despite the traffic can get really busy and crazy, its always the fastest way to get around. The roads in Bali are narrow, so with all the cars driving around, traffic jam is ‘business as usual’. With a moped you can manoeuvre easily through all the cars.
Best time to visit the Uluwatu beaches
The best time to visit Bali is roughly between April and October during the island’s dry season. But this doesn’t mean that the other months its only raining. In fact, rainy season in 2019 and 2020 was really dry! Only some days heavy rain, but mostly sunshine, some overcast and only a small shower at the end of the day. So don’t get discouraged to book your holiday to Bali in rainy season, it’s super green and lush during that period!
In terms of the best time to go to the Uluwatu beaches you don’t have to worry. The beaches are usually never crowded with tourists. However, as with anywhere in Bali, the best time to visit any location is always early in the morning! Make sure to plan ahead for the afternoons as well because the Uluwatu sunsets are insane! There are many viewpoints from where you will have an impressive sunset view on the Indian Ocean. If you’re a surfer then you’ll love Uluwatu as it’s a popular surf spot! There are many surf camps in Uluwatu, but you can also go out into the waters with your own surf board or rent one at the beach. Uluwatu is one of the best areas for catching waves in Bali!
Take the tide into account when visiting the Uluwatu beaches
All the beaches in Bali are affected by the tide. This means that you need to take into account when it’s high tide or low tide. Especially with the beaches who have a small stretch of sand like Green Bowl beach and Tegal Wangi beach. For surfers it is super important to know the tides, but also as a tourist! For example when you want to relax in the natural pools at Tegal Wangi beach, you can only see them and sit in them with low tide and when the sea is really calm. At Green Bowl beach there is almost no beach anymore with high tide. So be prepared and check the tides before planning a day trip to one of the beautiful Uluwatu beaches.
10 BEST ULUWATU BEACHES
Suluban beach is a spectacular beach in Uluwatu Bali. Also known as Blue Point beach and Pantai Suluban Bali, this place is super interesting with all the caves and coves, beach bars and amazing surf conditions. Suluban Beach is famous for its left-hand point break that is very popular among skilled surfers. But there are many more things to do as there are many hipster surf cafes and it’s one of the best places to watch sunset in Uluwatu!
How to get to Suluban beach
Suluban beach Bali is located in Uluwatu on the very southwestern tip of Bali. The best way to get here is on your rental moped. You can easily rent a moped in the main tourist hubs throughout Bali such as Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, and Uluwatu. Make sure to have an international drivers license and always wear a helmet!
What to expect at Suluban beach
Before you can enter Suluban beach, you first have to zigzag past dozens of clifftop bars, small warungs, souvenir shops and surfboard rental shacks until you reach the Suluban Beach Cave where you eventually reach the beach and ocean.
From the Uluwatu cliff you will have an amazing view on the ocean, the famous Uluwatu surf break lies adjacent to the Uluwatu cliff which offers the most incredible view of the surfers from above. So after you’ve explored the beach, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the afternoon and watch surfers in action before the sun sets.
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Suluban beach – Best Uluwatu beaches
Padang Padang beach
Padang Padang beach, also known as Labuan Sait beach with locals, is one of the most popular beaches in Uluwatu. There are several reasons for it, one being because this beach made its appearance in the Eat Pray Love movie. But Padang Padang also has one of the best waves to surf in Uluwatu. Besides these reasons, Padang Padang is just a beautiful, pure and almost adventurous beach with the unique rock caves, tidal swimming pools and secluded beaches.
How to get to Padang Padang beach
Padang Padang beach is located in the southwest of the Bukit Peninsula in the Pecatu region. The best way to get around in Bali is on a scooter. You can rent scooters at many spots throughout Bali including Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, and Uluwatu. Scooter rental is usually between 50,000 and 100,000 IDR per day depending on the model and CC’s you choose. When you arrive at the entrance of the beach, you will see that there is quite large parking area at the opposite of the stairs to the beach. There you can park your scooter for 2000 IDR.
What to expect at Padang Padang beach
The crystal clear blue- greenish seawater and its beautiful white sand beach combined with several caves makes Padang Padang beach an unique spot. Some people might even remember this beach from the movie ‘Eat Pray Love’ with Julia Roberts. It’s a fact that after this movie came out, Bali gained a lot of attention. More and more travellers came to Bali after that for an ‘Eat Pray Love’ experience. Therefore, this beach also gained more visitors over the time, and is now one of the most famous beaches in Bali to visit.
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Drone shot Padang Padang beach – Best Uluwatu beaches
Thomas beach is one of the most undiscovered and underrated Bali beaches. The beautiful 200-meter stretch of soft white sand, rolling turquoise waves covering a crystal-clear reef of aqua blue water and the colourful beach umbrellas makes it the perfect tropical beach getaway.
How to get to Thomas beach
Thomas beach is just a little further than Padang Padang beach (also known as Labuan Sait beach). Keep an eye out for a black and yellow sign that reads ‘Thomas Bali Guesthouse’, turn off the main road here and follow the white chalky road down to the car park. There is no parking fee and you will see a little shack next to the stairs where you can buy drinks and snacks. You have to take the stairs to get down to the beach which takes a short ten-minutes. After this little work out you can relax at the beautiful shoreline of Thomas Beach.
What to expect at Thomas beach
Thomas beach is a very pretty 200 meter long beach with fine soft white sand, turquoise crystal-clear water and some beach shacks selling sun beds, umbrella’s, food, drinks and surfboards. Because Thomas Beach is still a bit under the radar as a popular tourist beach destination, you will likely have this hidden gem almost entirely to yourself. There are a few warungs to grab something to eat or have a drink and no big beach clubs are around which gives an authentic and laid back beach experience. But sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent for 50,000 IDR per person per day.
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Thomas beach topdown – Best Uluwatu beaches
Tegal Wangi beach
Tegal Wangi beach has a lot to offer, either with low tide or high tide. Therefore it’s one of our most favorite Uluwatu beaches. We already came here 3 times!
Many locals flock to the cliffs of Pantai Tegal Wangi to watch the sunset. But the hidden gems are at the beach! You can watch the sunset from the cliffs or beach, explore the caves along the beach, bath in one of the natural rock pools (only with low tide!), or even go cliff jumping!
Tegal Wangi beach viewpoint – Best Uluwatu beaches
How to get to Tegal Wangi beach
Tegal Wangi Beach is located in the Southern tip of Bali on the west side, also known as the Bukit Peninsula. The beach can be found right behind Ayana resort and is actually the Jimbaran region. You can easily get to Tegal Wangi beach with your own rental scooter from the Kuta, Canggu, Seminyak area.
What to expect at Tegal Wangi beach
The beach itself is not the perfect sunbathing spot. With high tide there is not even a real beach to spread your towel on. But the caves on this beach are interesting, especially for photographers. You can get a really cool angle at the last cave with sunset. We waited here until a big wave hit the rocks so it would create a huge splash. See the end result we created during our last time visiting Tegal Wangi beach. The best time to visit this beach is with low tide. Only then you can visit the caves and you might be able to relax in the natural rock pools.
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Tegal Wangi beach sunset cave – Best Uluwatu beaches
Green Bowl beach
Green Bowl beach sits at the base of lush verdant cliffs and is one of the most secluded and beautiful Uluwatu beaches! The cave which offers shade and shelter for beachgoers, the unending views on the Indian Ocean and the soft white sand are only a few ingredients why this hidden beach is so perfect.
How to get to Green Bowl beach
Green Bowl Beach is located on the far southern tip of Bali in the Bukit Peninsula in Ungasan.
If you are coming from the Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu area it is approximately a 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey to reach the beach, also known as Pantai Green Bowl in Bahasa, depending on the traffic around Kuta.
What to expect at Green Bowl beach Uluwatu
Green Bowl beach is found behind hills and trees. When you arrive at the carpark at the top of the cliffs, you have to pay a small parking fee of 2,000 IDR. To get to the beach, you have to descend the 300 concrete steps down. The hike might be daunting at first but once you start you will soon realize that it’s nothing too serious and totally worth it! The fifty meters long glistening patch of white sand and the far reaching view on the ocean will give you the feeling as if you are on a castaway island. But the impressive Bali cliffs above you and the cave at the beach will still give you that secluded feeling.
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Green Bowl beach – Best Uluwatu beaches
Bingin beach in Uluwatu, also known as Pantai Bingin, is one of our favorite Uluwatu beaches. There is such a charming vibe at this beach where you can only enter by following the winding stairs down along cute beach / cliff houses. It almost gives you the feeling as if you are in Greece with a Balinese vibe. Besides the chill vibes, Binging beach is also a surfers paradise. The fast left-hander barreling wave brings surfers in from around the globe. There are also some great restaurants ON THE BEACH which is quite unique in Bali.
How to get to Bingin beach
Bingin beach is located along the western coastline in the region Pecatu, which is composed of hilly landscapes with limestone cliffs and isolated small beaches. The best way to get to get around in Bali is on a scooter. You can rent scooters in the main tourist hubs throughout Bali like Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, and Uluwatu. After parking and paying the parking fee of 2000 IDR you have to walk down the winding stairs down along cute cliff houses until you reach the beach.
What to expect at Bingin beach
On the beach you can expect restaurants having their table set up on the beach. Surfers running up and down the beach to catch the waves. Vacationers who are tanning the day away and of course enough cafes to relax in the shade with a drink. With sunset the beach vibes really come to life when people gather to the restaurants to eat fresh fish and drink a Bintang while watching the sunset and surfers catching the last waves.
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Bingin beach with sunset – Best Uluwatu beaches
Melasti beach is located in the south of Bali and has some of the clearest blue water. With the soft white sand and the impressive huge limestone cliffs, this beach is one of a kind. There are local restaurants as well as more upscale and luxury beach clubs around this beach. So there is something for everyone! With calm and shallow water, Melasti beach is a perfect get away for families and couples from the busier beaches.
How to get to Melasti beach
Melasti beach is located at the most southern point of Bali in the Peninsula Ungasan. It takes about an hour drive from the Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta area. It’s easy to get to the beach location as the roads are pretty new.
What to expect at Melasti beach
As you head down to Melasti beach, the drive through the limestone cliffs is just incredible. The twists and turns through windy roads along the towering cliffs and the view on the intense blue Indian Ocean is something that’s typically south Bali. The beach itself is beautiful with soft white sand and crystal clear water. The newly opened boho beach club Palmilla is the perfect spot for people who are looking for a luxury, relaxing day at the beach. But there are also sun bed and umbrellas for rent at the beach.
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Melasti beach – Best Uluwatu beaches
Pandawa Beach, locally referred to as Pantai Pandawa, is a beautiful white sandy beach in the south of Bali surrounded by high limestone cliffs and aqua blue water of the Indian Ocean. The approximately 1 km long beach is flanked by two small capes on the left and right side as a kind of barrier. It makes the beach look like a crescent moon when seen from the sky.
With stunning panoramas and a serene and quiet atmosphere, this beach is perfect for a day of relaxing, snorkeling and enjoying one of the best Uluwatu beaches.
How to get to Pandawa beach
Located in the Bukit Peninsula, Pandawa beach is a bit outside of the route that tourists normally take in Bali. But if you’re a beach lover, you have to go south to explore the beautiful white soft sandy beaches in Bali. As most of the other beaches in Bali have black sand due to the volcanic activity.
Pandawa beach is easy to reach with motorbike or car from the busier areas like Kuta, Semiyak, Canggu. It is a 60 – 80 minutes ride to get to Pandawa beach and its all concrete road. Before entering the beach area, you have to pay the entrance fee of 15 000 IDR per person at the toll gate. Then you will get a ticket which you (sometimes) have to show upon entrance to the beach. You will see lots of parking spots at the entrance of the beach and shops to buy drinks, snacks or ice cream.
What to expect at Pandawa beach
When entering the beach, you will be amazed by the beautiful panoramas of high cliffs, powdery white soft sand and aqua blue water. It’s definitely worth a day trip. Especially for families, or couples seeking for a quieter beach to relax, but still with the conveniences of a popular beach. Sun beds and umbrellas which are scattered around the beach are for rent. And if you’re hungry or thirsty, there are many shops offering different food. The seawater is calm, shallow and completely safe to swim.
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Pandawa beach – Best Uluwatu beaches
Balangan beach Bali is a 200 meters stretch of white soft white with panoramic views on the Indian Ocean. Located on the west coast of Bali, Balangan beach is every evening blessed with a spectacular sunset that creates a romantic vibe. Pantai Balangan is also very popular amongst surfers, in particular experienced up to professional surfers.
How to get to Balangan beach
The best way to get around in Bali is to hire a motorbike and drive yourself. It’s roughly just over an hour drive from Canggu, Kuta, Seminyak.
What to expect at Balangan beach
Once you’ve arrived at the car park of Balangan, you’ll find a few local restaurants and shops selling refreshments and snacks. You can either walk directly to the beach or to the cliffs to get to the popular viewpoints. If you only want to go to the viewpoint, you can actually keep driving towards the right all the way up to the lookout to avoid walking from the carpark. To get to the beach, park your vehicle and head straight down the stairs. Don’t be surprised to see many photoshoots going on with, especially, Chinese wedding couples. Fortunately, there is enough space at the cliffs to find a spot to sit down and admire the sunset and beautiful views. Balangan beach itself is a long, low strand at the base of rocky cliffs. It’s covered with palm trees and in pristine condition with soft white sand and it’s fairly quiet. The left of the beach is typically where you’ll find surfers catching the waves. Towards the right of the beautiful beach you’ll find sun beds and umbrellas available for rent.
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Balangan beach – Best Uluwatu beaches
Nyang Nyang beach
Nyang Nyang beach is a beautiful stretch of 1.5 kilometre coastline. It’s one of the most cleanest and untouched beaches in Bali due to the location and the effort it takes to get down to the beach to reach it. The soft white sand, clear water and ship wrecks give this beach a true untouched and natural feel. Don’t expect to find any warungs, beach clubs, umbrellas or other tourists here. Nyang Nyang beach really is an off the beaten path destination, and is therefore a perfect little adventure for people who like to explore deserted beaches.
How to get to Nyang Nyang beach
Nyang Nyang beach is located in the Bukit Peninsula in the Southern point of Bali. Getting to the parking area is easy, especially if you are using Google Maps. Set your destination to Nyang Nyang Beach and Google Maps brings you there! From Jl Raya Uluwatu Pecatu Street you will have to turn right if you are coming from the Uluwatu Temple direction, along the street you will see a sign where you will drive straight into the parking lot.
What to expect at Nyang Nyang beach
The path down to beach is a steep rocky road, so bring some comfortable shoes or slippers with you. After rainfall the trail can even be a bit slippery, so be aware of loose gravel.
It takes around 20 minutes walking down to the beach and the path is well sign posted. The views during the walk down are just beautiful, an extra good reason to take a break and admire the stunning panorama of the Indian Ocean. When you’ve reached the end of the steep road, the gravel turns into dreamy white soft sand and you will most likely see an empty beach which you’ll have all for yourself!
When we visited Nyang Nyang beach it was completely clean, no plastic or washed up wood. But this can vary entirely depending on the season. It depends on the season that you visit Bali in which state you will find the beaches. Trash is known to wash up from the ocean towards the end of monsoon season.
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Nyang Nyang beach – Best Uluwatu beaches
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