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TEGAL WANGI BEACH BALI – Complete Guide with many tips!

Tegal Wangi beach might not be the first beach that comes to your mind for a perfect day on the beach in Bali. Depending on the tides, sometimes there isn’t even an accessible beach here! But Tegal Wangi beach has a lot to offer, either with low or high tide. Many locals come to the cliffs of Pantai Tegal Wangi to watch the sunset. But there is much more to explore at this beautiful beach! You can find a hidden cave and tidal pools on this beach. But you have to take into account the tides. Read in this complete guide to find out about all the best things to do at Tegal Wangi beach and the best time to visit. 

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Best Uluwatu tours

If you want to explore the best of Uluwatu with a private tour, then it is highly recommended to book a tour with a private driver so you can explore everything at your own pace. Because of Bali’s popularity it is highly recommended to book your tours in advance as it is likely that tours sell out. So don’t wait with booking until you get to Bali. Choose your favorite tours here and secure your booking! All of these tours include air conditioned transport with hotel pick up and drop off, certified guides and sometimes also lunch and the entrance fees. You can reserve now and pay later, with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

  • Uluwatu beaches, GWK Cultural Park and Uluwatu temple tour. A combination of the best culture and nature activities that southern Bali has to offer. Explore the most southern region in Bali with a private driver and English speaking guide to learn more about the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park and soak in the sunshine at Uluwatu’s best beaches. You will finish the day with a spectacular sunset at Uluwatu Temple and watch the famous Kecak Balinese Cultural Dance.
  • Uluwatu beach club hopping tour. This private tour will take you to the best Uluwatu beach clubs to enjoy a day of relaxing at some of the best infinity pools and beaches that Uluwatu has to offer.
  • Customisable full day tour along the best spots in Uluwatu. Have your own private driver for a day to visit all the best spots in Uluwatu. Make your own itinerary and explore every location at your own pace.
  • Uluwatu white sand beaches tour and sunset at Uluwatu temple. Discover some of the best beaches in Uluwatu during this private tour. While visiting the beautiful white sand beaches you can swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters or rent a jet ski, fly-board or banana boat at your own expense. After the beach fun you will visit Padang Padang beach before watching the sunset at Uluwatu Temple and see the traditional Kecak dance show overlooking the sea.
  • Underwater Sea Walking Experience Nusa Dua. Explore Bali’s stunning underwater life while walking on the bottom of the ocean with a professional guide. The sea walker is a soft dive system that is designed specifically for those who are not confident swimmers or do not wish to dive.
  • Fly Board experience Nusa Dua. Fly high over the ocean with a Flyboard and get the adrenaline pumping!
  • Watersports Fun Package Nusa Dua: Jet Ski, Parasailing and donut boat. Have the best of three watersports activities in Nusa Dua. Soar in the air while parasailing, drive a jetski yourself and have fun on the donut boat.

General travel must haves for Bali

Before we dive into this blog post, let’s check a few things to make your travels in Bali easy and safe.

Have you thought about how to get around in Bali? A scooter is the easiest way if you’re comfortable driving one yourself.

  • Book your scooter or motorbike here to get around in Bali. This is the most convenient way to arrange your rental motorbike, especially because it gets delivered and picked up for free to your accommodation within Ubud, Canggu, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Seminyak, Uluwatu, Kerobokan, Jimbaran, Sanur. Requirements: 20 years old; international car (B) drivers license for scooters (or moto (A) license for motorcycles); copies of passport and drivers license.

Do you prefer a private driver for the day and the freedom to create your own itinerary?

Did you already book your accommodation? 

Are you insured during your travels?

  • Buy your travel insurance here. Safetywing not only includes coverage for travel delay, lost checked luggage, emergency response, natural disasters and personal liability. But also covers all your medical expenses for hospitalisation.

How to get to Tegal Wangi beach

Tegal Wangi Beach is located on the southwest side of Bali in the Jimbaran region. The beach can be found right behind Ayana resort. You can easily get to Tegal Wangi beach with your own rental moped from the Kuta, Canggu, Seminyak area. But take into account that the traffic around Kuta, especially Ngurah rai airport, can be crazy! So make sure you are confident driving a moped around in Bali. You can rent mopeds for around 50,000 – 100,000 IDR per day depending on the CC’s and model you choose. Bigger moped, bigger price 😉

We went to Tegal Wangi beach three times. Two times when we stayed in the Nusa Dua, Uluwatu region and one time from Canggu. You can easily combine this beach if you are already in Uluwatu, or when you make a day trip down to south Bali. The traffic can be crazy around Kuta, especially between 4 – 6 PM. So take this into account if you drive south for sunset.

Once you pass the entrance of Ayana resort, you have to drive all the way down until you see the parking lot. There you can park your scooter for free and make your way down to the beach.

Another option is to rent a private driver which is pretty popular for day tours around Bali. Prices usually start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours) including gas but excluding any entrance fee.


What to expect at Tegal Wangi beach

Tegal Wangi is actually named after the temple perched on top of the hill. After you’ve parked your moped, you will see a small vendor selling corn and coconuts. Perfect if you are thirsty or hungry for a sunset snack.

If you pass the vendor you will see a path leading to the cliffs of Pantai Tegal Wangi where many locals gather together to watch the sunset. This viewpoint offers an impressive view on the limestone cliffs and blue ocean water of Bali. If you don’t feel like going down to the beach this is a great place to watch the sunset. Take a blanket with you so you can sit down comfortable while taking in the views.

But, if you’re not going down to the beach, you’re really missing the ‘hidden gems’ which can be found at the beach. The natural pools and beach cave are perfect photo opportunities with sunset! Take into account that it has to be low tide to see them. Check the tides here.

Things to do at Tegal Wangi beach

This beach has a lot of different things to offer. There is actually something to do for every person and every mood! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go cliff jumping when the tide is high enough. For a romantic afternoon the cliffs or the beach itself gives a perfect setting to enjoy the spectacular views. But also photographers can enjoy their time here with many great spots to catch the sunset. There are also natural pools for the ones who like a bath in combination with a stunning Bali sunset!

Viewpoint on the cliff

From the cliffs of Tegal Wangi beach you have amazing views on the ocean, the beach, surroundings cliffs and of course the sunset. It is the perfect setting for a relaxing spot to watch the sunset in Bali. Take a blanket, some snacks and drinks, and you will have a relaxing, romantic afternoon.


Relax in the natural Tegal Wangi beach rock pools

Walking down along the rocks, will get you to the beautiful white powdery beach. The paved steps make it safe to go down for every age and it only takes a few minutes. The ocean here is beautiful blue and turquoise, and the beach is super clean with powdery golden sand. With low tide, the coral reef is exposed which creates some amazing natural rock pools. When a wave comes rolling in, it fills up these natural pools with water creating a warm water plunge pool. Always be careful with the strength of the ocean, make sure to only make use of the natural pools when the ocean is calm!

The famous Tegal Wangi cave

If you walk to the end of the beach, you will see two caves hidden underneath the cliff. The first cave is a little one which makes it a great spot to find some shelter. But the second cave is much higher with a beautiful perspective on the beach and ocean. Here you can take spectacular pictures using the cave as your frame and the ocean as your background. Especially with sunset this is a must do! Wait for a huge wave to crash upon the rocks to create an unique picture with motion. Make sure to use a fast shutter speed to capture the splashing wave. 

See the photo we took here.


The Tegal Wangi beach itself

If you’re coming to Tegal Wangi beach and it’s high tide, don’t be disappointed because it still is a great place to watch sunset! You can also take some pictures with the sunset and rocks on the beach. But with high tide it is not possible to go to the cave. It’s even dangerous as the waves are constantly crashing into the cave. That one time we went to this beach with high tide we took the pictures you’ll see below with sunset. Just to show you that this beach is beautiful at every day of the month! You just need to adjust your expectations on certain times with this beach considering the high and low tides.


Tegal Wangi beach cliff jumping

For the adrenaline junkies it is even possible to go cliff jumping here! From the cliffs above the beach are some spots where you can jump. Our friend Jackson Groves has a blog post specifically about cliff jumping at Tegal Wangi beach. Read it here to find out about all the details for the best cliff jump spots at this beach. Most important is that it’s high tide and you must be a good swimmer. The current can be strong around the coast of Bali, so make sure it is safe to swim!

Take the tide into account

Just like many other beaches in Uluwatu, is Tegal Wangi beach also affected by the tide. This means that you need to take into account when it’s high tide or low tide. We even went three times to Tegal Beach to get the perfect circumstances. Once the tide was too high so we couldn’t reach the cave. The second time the sunset was very cloudy and the third time we were lucky with low tide and a beautiful sunset. So finally we could take the picture we had in mind for so long!


More Bali travel blogs

We hope you enjoyed this blog post about Tegal Wangi beach.

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