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 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 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!
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