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 flock to the cliffs of Pantai Tegal Wangi to watch the sunset. But there are some ‘gems’ at this hidden beach! Read this travel guide to find out about all the best things to do at Tegal Wangi beach. And definitely put a visit to this beach on your Bali itinerary!
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. But take into account that the traffic around Kuta, especially Ngurah rai airport, can be crazy! So make sure you are confident driving a scooter around in Bali. You can rent a scooter for around 50,000 – 100,000 IDR per day depending on the CC’s and model you choose. Bigger scooter, bigger price 😉
We went to Tegal Wangi beach three times, two times from the Nusa Dua, Uluwatu region and one time from Canggu. The best option is to combine this beach if you are already in Uluwatu, or 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 start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours).
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 scooter, 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 dirt trail leading to the cliffs of Pantai Tegal Wangi where many locals gather together to watch the sunset. This viewpoint offers spectacular views of the rugged cliffs and crystal clear blue water along the southern coastline of Bali. If you’re not feeling like going down to the beach this is a great place to watch the sunset (take a blanket with you to sit on and something to snack and drinks!).
But some really nice ‘hidden gems’ can be found at the beach. The natural jaccuzi’s and beach cave are perfect photo opportunities with sunset! Take into account that is has to be low tide to see these gems, 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
The cliffs of Tegal Wangi beach offers 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.
Tegal Wangi beach rock pools
If you walk down along the rocks, you will get 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. You will discover the natural rock pools which are exposed on the coral reef. These natural jacuzzi like pools fills up with water when a crashing wave rolls in from the ocean. With sunset, you can get a fantastic reflection photo along the edge of the rock pools. But always be careful with the strength of the ocean, make sure to only make use of the natural pools when the ocean is calm.
Pantai Tegal Wangi caves
If you stroll along the beach to the very end until you can’t go further, you will find two caves underneath the cliffs. The first cave is a little one in the cliff which makes it a great spot to sit in. But the second cave is much larger and more impressive. It is around five meters tall and five meters deep. Here you can take stunning photos from inside the cave facing the ocean, especially with sunset.
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 the 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 these pictures 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!
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