Green Bowl Beach in Uluwatu sits at the base of lush verdant cliffs and is one of Bali’s most secluded, and beautiful beaches! It was actually the first beach we ever explored in Bali! When we stayed in Ubud back in 2016, we drove all the way to the south to Green Bowl beach to have a relaxing afternoon. And after visiting three more times after that first time, we can say that this beach made it in our top 3 most beautiful beaches in Bali!
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. Read in this blog post everything you need to know about Green Bowl Beach Bali!
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.
Scooter rental is typically between 50,000 – 100,000 IDR per day depending on the model and amount of CC’s. Or you can rent them on a monthly basis from anywhere between 700,000 IDR and 1,500,000 IDR. Alternatively, if you are not comfortable driving a scooter, you can rent a car with private driver in Bali or if you want to explore more of Bali in one day, you can book one of the many day tours available, depending on your needs!
Best time to go to Green Bowl beach
The best time to get to Green Bowl beach is throughout tide, once the calm crystal clear waters provide nice snorkeling options. But if you only want to relax at the beach or watch the sunset, any time is possible except high tide. There wont be much beach left with high tide.. And always be aware of the current and power of the waves as there is no beach guard on duty.
During the week Green Bowl beach is mostly uncrowded, but it draws more people in the weekends, including a few persistent vendors.
In terms of the best months to visit Green Bowl beach, right after rainy season and some weeks after, the surrounding area of this beach is super green. As months go by in dry season, there is almost no greenery left in the months right before rainy season. This means that in general the best months to visit are November until April – May, depending on the rain.
What to expect at Green Bowl beach
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. Some warungs and shops line the edge of the carpark if you wish to grab a meal or a drink before heading down to the beach.
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. You might feel your calves the next morning haha!
Make sure that you don’t have loose items hanging around. Like sunglasses or a hat or food, because the monkeys here are very cheeky and can potentially rob you. This also applies to your scooter, don’t leave anything behind! We left a bottle of water in the cup holder in front of the scooter, and guess what, the bottle of water was gone when we got back from the beach! With dusty finger prints all over the scooter, it was very clear who was the suspect.
Things to do at Green Bowl Beach
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.
Green Bowl beach is the perfect spot for peace seekers, if you want to take an afternoon nap, or to watch a romantic sunset with your loved one.
Wander through the crystal clear shallow waters and discover how incredibly turquoise it is. Sometimes it even doesn’t seem like there is water at all, because it is so clear and calm. Perfect to go snorkeling, so don’t forget your snorkel gear if you’re in for some underwater activity! There is so much marine life around the reef and rocks. But always be care full with the current!
But apart from the pristine sandy shores and relaxing vibes, this is also a popular surf spot for die-hard surfers. The reef breaks just offshore producing excellent swell and it is far less crowded than the more popular surf spots like Blue Point and Padang Padang. It attracts skilled surfers favouring the uncrowded waves and exotic location of this beach.
Also among the unique features of Green Bowl Beach are massive limestone caves that enclose little rock shrines, and additionally offer shade and shelter for beachgoers. A fun thing to explore once you’re done sunbathing, relaxing or snorkeling.
Take the tide into account
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 when you want to surf, snorkel or do any other water activity. Check the tide times here.
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