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THINGS TO DO IN ULUWATU, BALI – The Complete Guide
With high and impressive limestone cliffs towering above the Indian Ocean, luxury cliff top beach clubs, some of the best beaches and surf spots in Bali, Uluwatu offers different things to do than the rest of Bali. You can see a beautiful Bali sunset every evening and relax on another beautiful beach the next day! Read in this blog post about all the best things to do in Uluwatu!
Best time to visit Uluwatu
The best time to visit Uluwatu is between April and October. But expect the nature to be a little bit more dry at the end of the dry season. On the other hand, the nature is greener right after the rainy season (March, April, May). In November rainy season starts in Bali until March. But in Uluwatu it doesn’t rain that much as in the rest of Bali.
How to get around in Uluwatu
The best way to get around in Uluwatu is with a rental moped. It’s a bit hilly in the Uluwatu area, also known as Bukit Peninsula, so be prepared to go up and down with your moped. The roads are well maintained and it’s not as busy traffic as in the rest of Bali. Of course you can also hire a private driver for a day trip, or book a tour so you can visit the Uluwatu highlights in one day.
Where to stay in Uluwatu
The best area to stay in Uluwatu is Pecatu or Bingin. You can find many options from affordable guesthouses, bungalows, to more luxury private villas or the high end luxury resorts like Six Senses and Banyan Tree. During the times we went to Uluwatu, we usually stay in an affordable bungalow or guesthouse. But one time we had the honor to collaborate with Six Senses Uluwatu which was amazing! If you have the budget, we would definitely recommend to stay at Six Senses.
Watch a magical sunset at Karang Boma cliff
The Karang Boma cliff, also known as Uluwatu cliff, is a jaw-dropping 70-meter high limestone cliff which goes straight down into the ocean. With an incredible 180 degrees view on the Indian ocean, this is one of the most impressive Bali viewpoints and some of the best places in Bali to watch the sunset. The Karang Boma cliff is located near the Uluwatu Temple so you can easily combine these two with a visit. There is enough space to just sit down and enjoy this wonderful view. Take a towel with you to sit on, eventually some snacks and drinks, and you will have one of the most memorable afternoons in Bali!
Eat fresh BBQ fish at Bingin beach
Bingin beach is one of the beautiful Uluwatu beaches you have to visit. The vibes here are something different with the cute alleys and winding stairs along the cliff top houses leading you down to the beach. At sunset, the beach changes into a basic on-the-beach BBQ dining area. With the sand between your toes, the sound of the crashing waves and the warm tones of sunset above you, you can enjoy a freshly BBQ’d fish. You can choose the type of fish you want, and get it brought to you when it’s finished. This was one of our best evenings in Uluwatu! Bingin beach is one of the few beaches in Bali where you can dine literally on the beach. As far as we known only Jimbaran Bay and Bingin beach have the options with restaurants on the beach.
Bingin beach is one of the few beaches in Bali where you can dine literally on the beach!
Uluwatu is one of the best places in Bali to surf with its world-class surf breaks. Surfers from all over the world come here to enjoy the famous left break and ride the barrels. But also for beginners are suitable areas to surf in Uluwatu. Padang Padang is one of the most popular surf spots in Uluwatu, but also Bingin beach and Dreamland Beach are great spots to surf. At every beach in Uluwatu you will find surf shacks where you can rent a surf board. But there are also many surf camps offering surf classes and organised retreats.
Visit GWK Cultural Park
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is a huge recreational park used for big music events, exhibitions and conferences. You can see the location of the park from far away because of its impressive 121-meters tall bronze statue of Lord Vishnu which was revealed inside the park in September 2018. It took twenty-eight years (due to the global economic crisis) and around $100 million to build the statue!
Explore Tegal Wangi beach and cave
Tegal Wangi beach has some beautiful hidden gems. The beach itself is beautiful with lots of rocks on it, therefore it’s not the perfect beach to chill on. But the natural jaccuzi (rock pools) and beach cave are perfect photo opportunities with sunset! Many people, either locals and tourists, come to Tegal Wangi beach and the cliff to watch the sunset. With low tide you can go down to the beach to see the cave and natural rock pools. Before going to Tegal Wangi beach, check the tide here.
The beautiful cave at Tegal Wangi beach with sunset
Pantai Tegal Wangi seen from the cliff
Chill at one of the Uluwatu beach clubs
Uluwatu has many beach clubs in all sorts of categories. The very luxury, high class lounge clubs, but also the laid back backpackers beach clubs. Both have amazing vibes, but of course be prepared to pay more at the luxury clubs for a day bed. It’s absolutely worth it to chill a day at one of these beach clubs! Below some of the Uluwatu beach clubs:
Omnia Beach Club
Sundays Beach Club
Single Fin Club
Watch the Kecak Fire Dance
The traditional Kecak Fire Dance is a form of Balinese Hindu dance and music drama that was developed in the 1930’s in Bali. It involves dancing, chanting, elaborate costumes and loads of excitement. It’s a cultural experience in Uluwatu you can’t miss! The entrance fee for the Kecak Fire Dance show is 150,000 IDR per person and takes place during sunset.
Enjoy your private beach at Thomas
For the peace seekers, Thomas beach is a great option to go to. Not known by all travels and tourists, this very pretty 200 meter long beach with fine soft white sand, turquoise crystal-clear water and some beach shacks is a beautiful beach to go to. If it’s low tide you can explore the rocky outcrops, secluded beaches and small caves along the coastline. But with high tide you can evening surf at Thomas beach. The beach shacks sell sun beds, umbrella’s, food, drinks and surfboards, so you’re basically set for the day!
Bali has many beautiful temples to visit, but one of the most scenic temples must be the Uluwatu temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Built on the 70 metre high cliff and facing west, it’s also a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. Another attraction to visit here is the Kecak Fire Dance. More about that in another section of this blog post. The entrance to the Uluwatu temple is 50,000 IDR per person.
Relax at Padang Padang beach
Padang Padang beach gained a lot of attention because of its appearance in the Eat Pray Love movie. But Padang Padang also has some 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. Perfect for a day of relaxing!
Every Saturday there is a party held at Padang Padang beach which is really worth to visit if you like beach parties!
Uluwatu is a very popular spot in Bali to go paragliding. There are a few companies scattered around in Uluwatu offering paragliding tours along Bali’s south coast. The tandem flight consists of a short instructional briefing followed by an approximately 20 minute flight. Imagine the Bali sunset in front of you, the sea below you and the shoreline besides you. An unforgettable experience and definitely a unique activity to see Bali from above with your own eyes! Don’t forget to bring your sport shoes for this activity as flip-flops are strictly not allowed.
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. The cliffs surrounding Balangan beach are the perfect viewpoint on the ocean, and are especially popular by (Chinese wedding) photographers with sunset.
Single Fin in Uluwatu is the most popular bar for travelers, surfers and backpackers to go to. It’s located at the top of Uluwatu Beach. You will pass Single Fin when you’ve parked your moped and you make your way down to Suluban beach. On Sundays, Single Fin turns into a real party spot. These Sunday Sunset Sessions have free entry and host live bands and Dj’s producing deep-house and other music genres. As the night progresses, the music gets louder and the party vibes gets wilder!
Explore Suluban beach
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 fantastic things to do as it’s also one of the best places to watch the sunset in Bali.
Although Uluwatu is not the foodie heaven as Canggu is with all the amazing Canggu restaurants, you can still find some really good restaurants in Uluwatu.
Some of our favourite Uluwatu restaurants:
Secret Spot (vegan & tasty)
Bukit Cafe (tasty and healthy meals)
La Baracca (Italian)
The Cashew Tree
Gooseberry Cafe and Boutique
Explore Green Bowl beach
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’s also one of our favorite beaches to go to for a relaxing and secluded day at the beach. It takes some effort to get down to the beach. But once you’re there, you will realize it was worth it!
The cave offers shade and shelter for beachgoers, and the unending views on the Indian Ocean in combination with the soft white sand are only a few ingredients why this hidden beach is so perfect!
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