Uluwatu, the relaxed, trendy and off-the-beaten-path destination in Bali. The hilly peninsula in the southern tip of Bali offers world-class surf breaks what makes it a mecca for surfers.
With the azure blue waters, white-sand and limestone cliffs like Nusa Penida, it can be easily said that Uluwatu owns the most beautiful beaches in Bali. We went there twice and we would recommend to spend a few days there. Find out about all the things to do in Uluwatu in this full guide.
Uluwatu is away from the big busy cities like Kuta and Seminyak. The roads are straightforward and quiet and easy to explore by motorbike. Plus, note that it is a restricted area for applications like Grab or GoJek. You will hardly find a driver there, so better rent a scooter or pay a man to drive you where you want during 10 hours. Send us a message to have the contact of our awesome driver.
TEGAL WANGI BEACH
Tegal Wangi Beach is one of the most unique ‘hidden’ beaches to grace the western rim of the southern Bukit Peninsula, and despite the fact it’s not very well-known amongst locals, it is ‘in plain sight’, and publicly accessible. Tegal Wangi Beach is named after the temple perched on top of the limestone cliff that overlooks the coast, reachable via a paved road just to the right of the entrance of the glitzy Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran.
Tegal Wangi Beach offers breathtaking seascapes. This beach was, quite casually, kept a secret among wedding photographers over time, admired for its simple and barren beauty making particularly exotic backdrops. The best time to visit is before sunset and around the ‘blue hour’ (18:00 – 19:00).
2. SULUBAN BEACH
Suluban Beach is one of Bali’s most unique coasts, concealed by natural limestone formations and accessed via steps and log ramps through narrow gaps in the rock.
Nicknamed ‘Blue Point’, Suluban Beach lies at the end of Jalan Mamo in the coastal area of Labuan Sait, the same locality shared by famous surf spots Padang Padang and Uluwatu.
The best time is during low tide, which reveals more spaces and accessible sandy paths, together with tide pools which you and your friends can have a pleasurable soak in. Surfers come and go, high tide or low, with the prized breaks being only a short paddle out.
3. ULUWATU TEMPLE – PURA LUHUR ULUWATU
Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level !
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is definitely one of the top places on the island to go to for sunset delights, with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean and daily Kecak dance performances. Balinese architecture, traditionally-designed gateways, and ancient sculptures add to Uluwatu Temple’s appeal.
‘Ulu’ means the ‘top’ or the ‘tip’ and ‘watu’ means a ‘stone’ or a ‘rock’ in Balinese.
There are two entrances to Uluwatu Temple, from the south and the north. A small forest lies at the front and hundreds of monkeys dwell here. They are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. The serpentine pathway to the temple is fortified by concrete walls on the cliff side. It takes about an hour to get from one end to another as there are several fenced points along the way to stop. The views from the bottom of the water surging up against rocks and the ocean horizon are remarkable.
4. KARANG BOMA CLIFF
Karang Boma Cliff is one of the most scenic and incredible Uluwatu cliff top viewpoints in Bali. If you visit at sunset, you’ll be sure to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets ever! Karang Boma Cliff is definitely an up and coming gem so be sure to visit before it becomes full of tourists.
Karang Boma Cliff is already starting to catch the eyes of some tourists thanks to Instagram. At the moment, this location is popular among photographers and locals watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean. This place is the busiest during sunset so if your not after the golden lighting, head there during the day for some peace and quiet.
Karang Boma Cliff is very high and there are no support barriers so be careful. Once at the viewpoint you’ll see picturesque views of the Uluwatu coastline.
This location really is a perfect spot to watch the sunset. To no surprise, we saw a group of locals enjoying a beer and listening to some music. Appreciate the stunning scenery and listen to the waves as they crash below for a perfect end to any day.
5. GARUDA WISNU KENCANA
Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or GWK for short, is the name of a cultural park on Bali’s hilly southern coast famous for its gigantic statue of Vishnu riding on the back of a ‘garuda’ (a supernatural eagle-like being).
The cultural park has become one of the favourite places in Bali for art and cultural performances, exhibitions, and conferences. GWK is now one of the world’s tallest statues and erected on the top of the hill, with a magnificent panorama of Bali.
6. MELASTI BEACH
One of the newest beach as tourist destinations in Bali which is now in the process of roads construction and supporting beach facilities is, Melasti Beach Ungasan. Although it still under construction, you even can visit Melasti Beach in Ungasan.
Many engaged couples chose the beach as a pre-wedding photo location, with the background of the cliff, or the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.
El Kabron Cliff Club is a Spanish restaurant and cliff club overlooking the Indian Ocean on the cliffs of Pecatu. You can also enjoy a great selection of signature cocktails while soaking in its gorgeous free-form infinity pool.
Its borderless edge overlook some of Bali’s most favourite surf breaks. While regular surfers will know the area like the back of their boards, the site is quite a search for first-timers. From the main Jalan Uluwatu heading toward Padang Padang, El Kabron Cliff Club is at the end of a long and winding limestone and dirt road. The search, nevertheless, is really worth the view and the vibes.
Ulu Cliffhouse is a brand-new beach club on the cliff-side overlooking the ocean. The well-decorated beach club has super comfy beds to relax and a big pool to spend your afternoon. The second part of Ulu Cliffhouse, called Ocean Deck is accessible via a wooden stair down to the ocean along the cliff-side.
9. SINGLE FIN’S
Single Fin is the most popular cliff side bar of Uluwatu. It is located on the walk down towards Suluban Beach. Single Fin’s is good for a drink, snack, relaxing vibes, and a great sunset. Sundays are usually busiest where they organize parties with live DJ sets.
Plus, there is an amazing infinite pool, with free entrance, you just have to pay your drinks !
10. SUKA ESPRESSO
It is a small cafe located in the heart of Uluwatu You will find amazing food and coffee !
11. OMNIA DAYCLUB
Experiencing the limestone cliffs of cliffs of Uluwatu in Bali is breathtaking in itself, but there’s a new day clubin Bali that’s threatening to steal its thunder. OMNIA Dayclub brings another meaning to ‘daylife’ with its five-star service and array of unparalleled concepts – here’s what we know.
Find the name OMNIA familiar? That’s because the day club is an extension of the famous OMNIA Nightclub, one of the greatest nightclubs in Las Vegas with a diverse roster that boasts some of the world’s most sought-after DJs.
Infinity pools are all the rage, and the one at OMNIA Dayclub boasts endless views of the Indian Ocean – free for all guests to use.
Entrance is not free and it is VERY expensive there ! But it is worth it, at least just for the incredible design and architecture. Go there just to have a drink and enjoy yourself in the beautiful infinite pool.
Where to stay in Uluwatu:
It is best to find accommodation in the Pecatu area. From there, all major things to do in Uluwatu are within a 20-minute motorbike ride.
Another popular and even quieter area is all the way down south in Ungasan which hosts Omnia Dayclub, Sundays Beach Club, and The Edge.
The surf vibe is more in the area of Uluwatu Temple and Single Fins.
Uluwatu offers a hostels, guesthouses and hotels for every kind of budget. Search hotels or B&B’s.
Best time to visit Uluwatu
The best time to visit Uluwatu is between April and October. Expect a little more rain in the months March and November.