17 x Things To Do in Uluwatu, The Full Guide (don’t miss number 5!)

17 x Things To Do in Uluwatu, The Full Guide (don’t miss number 5!)

17 x Things To Do in Uluwatu, The Full Guide (don’t miss number 5!)

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. Find out about all the things to do in Uluwatu in this full guide.

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17 x Things to do in Uluwatu

Uluwatu is away from the big busy cities like Kuta and Seminyak. The roads are straightforward and quiet and easy to explore by motorbike.

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1. Balangan Viewpoint

The viewpoint on the northern tip of Balangan Beach provides a panoramic view over the 200-meter wide beach. Balangan Beach is popular for both surfing and sunbathing.

During sunset, a handful of wedding photographers are working at the viewpoint. You might want to avoid this by visiting earlier in the day.

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2. Nyang-Nyang Beach

Nyang-Nyang Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. A 1.5-kilometer pristine white sand beach along the limestone cliff coastline. Nyang-Nyang has almost no visitors because is it hard to reach the beach.

➳ Read: Most Beautiful Beach on Nusa Penida, Bali

3. Uluwatu Temple

One of Bali’s most scenic temples, build on top of a 70-meter high cliff is Uluwatu Temple.

Not as famous as Tanah Lot at Canggu, however, during sunset time the Kecak Dance performance attracts a lot of visitors. (see number 9)
The entrance fee to Uluwatu Temple is 50.000 IDR.

Good to know: No drones allowed.

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4. Enjoy a private beach at Thomas Beach

A beautiful white-sand beach tucked away and so quite unknown. It has a handful of small beach bars that sell coconuts and rent surf or paddleboards.

When entering the beach via the stairs from the top, the beach really looks like a gem. Thomas Beach in Uluwatu was our personal favorite beach to relax.
Must read: 3-week Indonesia Route

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5. Karang Boma Cliff (Uluwatu Cliff)

A jaw-dropping 70-meter high limestone cliff, straight down into the ocean; Karang Boma Cliff, better known as Uluwatu Cliff is located near Uluwatu Temple and is a fantastic place to visit before sunset. Karang Boma Cliff is one of those places you must-see in Bali.

➳ Read: 3-day Nusa Penida Trip from Bali

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6. Chill at Bingin Beach

Bingin is a quiet hidden beach that can only be entered via a small alley followed by a 5-minute walk down via the stair. The beach is great for sunbathing and having a drink at one of the beach restaurants.

On this prime location, there are a handful of hotels and guesthouses that offer a beautiful view to wake up with.

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7. Sunset Point Uluwatu Bar

Grab a drink, beanbag and enjoy the views are Sunset Point. The bar in Uluwatu has a pool and bar on a prime location.

8. Padang-Padang Beach

A small sandy bay that once got popular because of its feature in the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. The beach itself has a lot of umbrellas for sunbathing and relaxing. It is an easy walk down where you will meet a lot of monkies. Don’t worry, they are not interested in you. The entrance to visit Padang-Padang beach in Uluwatu is 10.000 IDR (0.75 USD).

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9. Kecak Fire Dance

The Kecak Fire Dance is an iconic dance performance in Bali. A group of 65+ human vocals acts as instruments that strengthen a story told in the form of dance. All of this happens during sunset time on a cliff-top amphitheater inside the Uluwatu Temple complex.

The show was incredibly impressive and we think your 3-week Bali Route isn’t complete without this experience. It is from 6 – 7 PM and costs 150.000 IDR (10 USD) per person.
Tip: Make sure to buy a ticket around 5 PM since it usually sells out.

➳ Read: Things to do in Ubud

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10. Suluban Beach

Suluban Beach is on everyone’s list of things to do in Uluwatu. The actual beach has a shipwreck on it and is only accessible via a small hole between the rocks. The surfing point, named Blue Point is incredibly popular with surfers which can be entered via a cove.

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things to do uluwatu suluban beach

11. Sunset or Party at Single Fin’s

Single Fin is the most popular cliffside 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.

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12. Visit the cave at Pantai Tegal Wangi

The cliffs at Pantai Tegal Wangi are a popular sunset spot for both locals and tourists. A small stairway leads down to a white-sand, almost secluded, small beach. On this beach is a cave which is a great place to take a photo during sunset time. It is not recommended to visit this during high tide.

➳ Must read: 3-week Indonesia Route

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13. Surf in Uluwatu

Uluwatu is surfing. Surfers from all over the world come to surf on the world-class surf breaks. These are all break for experienced surfers. The easier waves are found at Dreamland or Padang Padang.

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14. Ulu Cliffhouse

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.

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15. Paragliding

See the spectacular coastline of Uluwatu from high up in the sky during sunset time. Daily flights take off from the cliff at Nyang-Nyang Beach. Wearing flip-flops is not allowed :-)

16. Dreamland Beach

Dreamland beach is popular with beginner surfers and sunbathers. There are a lot of shops and small beach clubs located near the beach to drink or eat. We personally found this our least favorite beach in the area.

things to do uluwatu dreamland beach

17. Visit GWK Cultural Park

GWK Cultural Park is a huge park used for music events, exhibitions and conferences. In September 2018, a 121-meters tall bronze statue of Lord Vishnu was revealed inside the park. Due to political issues, it took 30 years to finish the statue!

Best restaurants Uluwatu

Uluwatu is very trendy with loads of beach clubs and delicious restaurants. These are our favorite restaurants in Uluwatu.

Suka Espresso (best food & coffee!)
Bukit Cafe (tasty healthy meals)
La Baracca (Italian)
Drifter Cafe (breakfast & coffee)
Mango Tree (Mexican)
Land’s End Cafe (best vegan)

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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.

➳ Get $35 off your AirBnb booking in Uluwatu.

How to get to Uluwatu

Uluwatu is located about 45 minutes from the airport and 1.5-hour from the popular areas Kuta, Seminyak & Canggu. The best way is to get a taxi or Grab to Uluwatu which costs about 175.000 IDR (10 USD) from the airport.

Driver tip: Contact our Balinese friend Yande and his team on Messenger.

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How to get around Uluwatu

The best way to get around Uluwatu is by motorbike. You can rent a motorbike for 60.000 IDR per day and explore the entire area. Uluwatu is quiet compared to other areas in Bali, so it shouldn’t be too hard to drive around.

Other options are Grab, Gojek or Taxi. A driver can get you to a lot of highlights in just one day. Our buddy Yande is the best!

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.

Hotels Uluwatu

Uluwatu offers hostels, guesthouses, and hotels for every kind of budget. Search hotels or B&B’s.

➳ Get $35 off your AirBnb booking in Uluwatu.

03/03/2020 https://www.saltinourhair.com/bali/uluwatu/
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  • Nikki Kanji

    Thank you so much for this guide! So useful. We went to the Uluwatu Temple and Kecak dance and it’s worth updating on the blog the entrance to the temple is now 50k and the fire show is 150k. It was still worth it of course – but yes, it is become quite steep now! Also the ticket counter opens at 5pm :) big hug x

  • Parth Parekh

    Hey…We are travelling to Bali in the month of May on our honeymoon for 9 nights. 3 nights in a AirBnb nearby Uluwattu Temple, 3 nights in Nusa Penida and 3 nights again in AirBnb in Ubud.

    Should we skip going to Kuta or Seminyak from Uluwattu? And is to safe to drive scooters in Uluwatu?

    Since Nusa Penida is still not well developed, is it safe to stay three nights there? Which are the best places to stay there? Which are the good restaurants and is it worth staying 3 nights at Nusa Penida?

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Parth, Thanks for your comment! Yes skip Kuta/Seminyak or maybe just stay one night there before the airport for ease. Totally safe to drive a scooter but as with all places in Bali, just make sure to exercise caution as the roads can be unpredictable and always wear a helmet! Nusa Penida is well worth spending a few nights on and has some beautiful places to visit/stay/eat. You can find more information on Nusa Penida here https://www.saltinourhair.com/bali/nusa-penida-trip/. If you want to stay somewhere more developed, stay over on Nusa Lembongan/Ceningan and do a day trip over to Penida. Have a beautiful honeymoon!

  • Hi!
    I would like to end my trip in a place not too far from DPS airport 1 day before I leave, I have a few options: Canggu, Seminyak and Uluwatu. I don’t think Seminyak will be my cup of tea but what do you reckon between the other 2 places, any preference or recommendations?

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Ruth,

      It depends what you like. Canggu has a bit more going on, lots of lovely boutique shops, markets, live music and places to eat. Uluwatu has beautiful cliffs and coastline and is great for surfing. Canggu is probably a little bit more convenient to get to the airport ☺️

  • I noticed on one of your posts that you relocated cities during one of your hired tours. Did you feel comfortable leaving your luggage in the vehicle while stopping at the different attractions?

  • Hey guys, I really enjoy your blog! I was wondering about getting around ulu. My boyfriend and I are traveling together and neither of us want to drive. We do want to see all these places though and hang at the beach for a decent amount of time. Could I hire a driver from your friend’s services and ask them to go to all the places listed above? What does the driver do while you enjoy the beach? Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Katie,

      Yes definitely hiring a driver is a good option as you have the freedom to plan. While you are relaxing on the beach, the driver normally stays behind and gets some food or relaxes too :) Have a great time!

  • Hi, do you think it would be worth it to do a day trip from Seminyak or Nusa Dua to Uluwatu? We would really like to see the temple and maybe one or two other spots.


    • Salt in our Hair

      Yes definitely! It’s so beautiful and it’s not a far drive from Seminyak. You can hire a grab or take a private driver and make a day of it. Enjoy!

  • Hello, my boyfriend and I will be finishing up 7 weeks of travelling Indonesia in Uluwatu!

    We are there for three nights. Where would you advice staying.

    We are on a budget but want to treat ourselves to somewhere nice for the final days.

    We want to be able to get to everywhere easily, possibly via renting a scooter.


  • HI there, looking to stay in Ulu with a nearly 3 year old April 2020, recommendations on where to stay that is kid friendly. Areas and accommodation?? Ta :-)

  • Hi, this info is fab :) I know Uluwatu is great for surfing, but if I based myself there would I find any calmer places around where I can paddle board without surf?

  • Hi! I have just 2 full days in Bali, it’s short and I want to make sure it’s amazing… Would you recomend to stay in Uluwatu or Canggu? And Top 3 MUST DO? I plan to return at some point with more time… I am traveling alone, but love to speak to pretty much everyone.. :)

    • saltinourhair

      hi! If you only have two full days, we would recommend staying in Uluwatu since there are more things to do nearby :) You can easily drive around on a motorbike there as well because the roads are quiet.

  • We’re a couple travelling to Bali in June.We only have 2days in Ullu.
    Which places do you think we can skip?

    • saltinourhair

      Ok so skip Pantai Tegal Wangi, Ulu Cliffhouse, Dreamland Beach, GWK, surfing, and Single Fin. :-) Enjoy!

  • hiii, i planning to visit bali in JUNE 2019 how many days would you suggest me to stay in Ullu to visit all the above places.

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