Uluwatu Beaches Guide – The Best Beaches In Uluwatu

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Everybody visiting Bali longs for the white sand beaches and crystal clear water. So we toured the South to find the best Uluwatu beaches and here they are.

Uluwatu Beaches Guide – The Best Beaches In Uluwatu

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Getting Around Uluwatu
Best Time To Visit + Tips
Melasti Beach
Green Bowl Beach
Pandawa Beach
Jimbaran Beach
Suluban Beach – Uluwatu Beach
Nyang Nyang Beach
Balangan Beach
Tegal Wangi Beach
Bingin Beach
Padang Padang Beach
Where To Stay In Uluwatu

What To Pack? We’ve put together our Ultimate Travel Packing List for every type of trip.

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GETTING AROUND Uluwatu

Getting around Uluwatu couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:

RENT A SCOOTER:

We always choose to rent scooters, which start at around 50,000 IDR per day, and explore ourselves. 

However be sure to read up on our Renting A Scooter In Bali guide beforehand!

Most accommodations will allow you to store your big bags with them, even after checkout.

So if you’re comfortable on two wheels, and looking for somewhere to rent scooters from, you can book a trusted scooter rental here.

HIRE A DRIVER:

Another option is to rent a driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Bali, and they start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours).

You can opt for standard 5 seater vans, or larger minibuses for bigger groups.

This is a great option for those looking to design their own itinerary. Simply jump in, tell you driver exactly where you wish to go, and he’ll navigate the most efficient route.

If you’re looking for for a reliable service, you can book a private car with a driver for the day here.

TAKE A TOUR:

Some of the best days out we’ve had in Bali have been on private tours.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

There’s even a Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour, for those looking to photograph its most recognisable locations.

From sunrise hikes, to waterfall treks and island hopping, there’s plenty to keep you busy on the bustling island!

Book your Uluwatu Tours: Uluwatu: Top Tours & Activities

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Stay safe when exploring the Uluwatu beaches!

BEST TIME TO VISIT + TIPS

The best time to visit Bali is between April and October, the island’s dry season.

There are so many beautiful Uluwatu beaches in the south, that they’re typically never crowded with tourists. However, as with anywhere in Bali the best time to visit is always earlier in the morning!

If you’re a surfer then Uluwatu is a popular spot for you! We’d certainly recommend getting out into the deep waters of the ocean, as here is known to be one of the best areas for catching waves life in Bali!

Make sure to plan ahead for the evenings as well as the Uluwatu sunsets are insane! A great option if you’re looking for a tour is the Bali Sunset: Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran Bay.

WHAT TO PACK

Underwater Camera: GoPro HERO7

Waterproof Phone Case: LifeProof Fre Waterproof Phone Case

Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50

Dry Bag: Earth Pak – Roll Top Waterproof Dry Bag

Microfibre Towel: Microfibre Quick Dry Towel

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Heading out for a surf!

Melasti Beach

We’ll start with our best beach in Bali – Melasti Beach! It was like a snippet of the Philippines within Indonesia…

This picturesque spot was a little out of the way but well worth the 1.5 hour trip down South.

A beautiful beach located below a high cliff with unspoiled blue sea. The long coastal strip gives you plenty of space to perch yourself in and switch off for the day. Melasti Beach has the calmest waters out of all the Uluwatu beaches.

Before you head down to our favourite of the Uluwatu beaches, don’t forget to capture a scenic photo from above.

Click HERE for our full Melasti Beach Bali – The Best Beach In Bali blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Melasti Beach from above

Green Bowl Beach

Second on the list, again this is one of the best Bali beaches!

A hidden gem amongst the south coast. After walking down many steps we made it to the plush spot that is Green Bowl Beach.

This 30-metre coastal strip with coarse white sand is located at the bottom of a 75-metre-tall cliff. At the base, you’ll come across 2 large limestone caves that house small rock shrines. They also provide shade and shelter for beachgoers and surfers throughout the day.

Green Bowl Beach is about 15 km south of Kuta. To get to the beach, you’ll need to descend hundreds of concrete steps down a cliff face. Going back up can be a challenge, but the scenic bird’s eye view keeps you going along the way.

Green Bowl Beach is definitely one of the best white sand beaches in Bali.

Click HERE for our full Green Bowl Beach Bali – Crystal Water In Paradise blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Green Bowl Beach is one of many hidden Uluwatu beaches

Pandawa Beach

Hidden behind huge limestone cliffs, Pandawa Beach was once known as secret beach. 

It used to be super difficult to access because it was located within a deep valley and surrounded by all the white stone cliffs.

It’s definitely worthy of a day trip, especially for families. The seawater is calm and completely safe to swim.

It’s a great addition to all the beautiful white sand beaches in the south. The water is aqua blue and the sand is soft and powdery. It’s no wonder the word got out about this beach!

Click HERE for our full Pandawa Beach Bali – A Complete Guide blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Pandawa is a pretty calm spot down South

Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran Beach is also known as the home of luxury hotels, including the likes of the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay and the InterContinental Bali Resort & Spa.

Jimbaran’s 4km-long arc of sand is mostly clean and there is no shortage of places to get a snack, drink or seafood dinner, or to rent a sun lounge.

The bay is protected by an unbroken coral reef, which keeps the surf more mellow than at popular Kuta further north, although you can still get breaks that are fun for bodysurfing.

We headed over to Jimbaran Beach and experienced a beautiful pink, fluffy sunset. All whilst watching the locals play football and families messing around. 

Although it’s popular amongst locals, we believe this is one of the most touristy Uluwatu beaches too. 

If you’re heading down to Jimbaran there’s also a famous fish market you have to check out as well as plenty of fancy hotels in the area.

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More of a locals beach Jimbaran makes for a great sunset spot

Suluban Beach

Suluban Beach, commonly referred to as Uluwatu Beach, is the most popular spot for surfers and makes a great place to hang out for the day. You can even enjoy if from above at one of the many cliff top bars!

The beach itself is completely different to all the other Bali beaches. This one is a real adventure, climbing down the windy stairs and exploring beneath the limestones cliffs.

Half of the beach is shaded by the caved cliff and the other half catches the sun throughout the day. This little gem was definitely one of our favourite beaches on the island.

Suluban Beach has so much to offer from, surf and beach bars, to exploring and taking pictures. Be sure to check the tide times before you visit. 

Click HERE for our full Suluban Beach Bali – A Complete Guide To Visiting blog.

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Suluban Beach is a real hidden gem

Nyang Nyang Beach

Nyang Nyang Beach is a pristine 1.5-km stretch of white sand on the southernmost coast of Bali. Remote and secluded by cliffs, the beach calls for a long trek down a lush cliffside to reach it.

This is where the famous graffiti’d vessel lays, a popular spot for tourists. There’s even a little hidden swing making for an awesome photo opportunity using the ocean as a stunning backdrop.

Nyang Nyang Beach was another one of our favourite Uluwatu Beaches because it was so clean and secluded.

We’ve heard many stories about people visiting this beach and finding lots of trash scattered everywhere. However, when we visited, it was completely clean.

Please know that, different seasons in Bali depend on what state you will find the beaches in. Trash is known to wash up from the ocean towards the end of monsoon season. 

Bali’s rainy season runs from October to April, with the wettest months being December and January. No matter what the season you can expect a tropical, warm and humid climate all year round.

Click HERE for our full Nyang Nyang Beach blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Nyang Nyang Beach is easily one of the best Bali Beaches

Balangan Beach

One of the best Uluwatu beaches for sunset, as well as surf!

Balangan Beach is one of Bali’s most scenic spots, featuring a gorgeous half-kilometre stretch of golden sand between vegetated limestone cliffs. Locally referred to as Pantai Balangan, there’s a reef just off the coast that creates one of the longest left-hander breaks on the island.

You can also sit right on top of the cliff at Balangan Beach and watch the sun go down over the horizon. It’s such a beautiful place and so much so that we even spotted a wedding shoot taking place whilst visiting.

Several local warungs are on the coastline, serving simple local surfer meals, together with cold refreshments and beer.

Click HERE for our full Balangan Beach Bali blog, including prices and how to get there.

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The lookout from Balangan Beach viewpoint

Tegal Wangi Beach

Naturally formed rock pools make for an awesome ‘private jacuzzi’ at Tegal Wangi Beach – one of our other favourite sunset spots. The caves and the rock formations definitely make this beach unique and another easy spot to spend an evening.

Tegal Wangi Beach is certainly the most unique out of all the Uluwatu beaches.

Click HERE for our full Tegal Wangi Beach blog, including prices and how to get there.

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Tegal Wangi Beach and it’s jacuzzi rock baths

Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach is one of Bali’s preferred surf spots, where you can enjoy a calm and relaxing setting and also grab the famous Instagram photo with it’s huge boulder and tiny tree on top.

The waves and the reef break are strictly for advanced riders, but everyone can enjoy the scenic beauty from the stretch of white sand.

At lower tides, the waters are suitable for swimming and snorkelling. You can explore the hilly terrain for a bird’s eye-view, or families can simply enjoy leisure activities down on the coast.

Along the hills are various local Warungs and small villas that have sprung up over the past few years.

Although there was a lot of rubbish washed up on the beach when we visited. If you do plan to check it out, be sure to check the tides before you visit.

You can check the tides here.

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The famous Bingin Beach

Padang Padang Beach

Padang Padang Beach is a stunning 100 metre-long stretch of sand that’s accessible down a flight of stairs and through a unique hollow rock entrance. The surf has a steady set of barrels during good weather, attracting wave riders from around the world.

This beach is also a regular spot for international surfing events, such as the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang.

At the bottom of the jungle walk lies a small bay with calm waters which makes it a popular spots for families and an exotic setting for friends to chill out too. 

Watch out for the monkeys on the way down!

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Padang Padang Beach – A beach surrounded by trees

WHERE TO STAY IN Uluwatu

Luxury – Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort – Anantara is one of the most popular places to stay in Bali. Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort boasts facilities such as an outdoor infinity pool, a fitness centre and a spa. Each room comes with a hot tub and free Wi-Fi. The resort is within a 15-minute drive of the Hindu temple, Pura Luhur Uluwatu and Nusa Dua Beach. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with luggage storage, airport transfers and a free shuttle service is available to Padang Beach. Each room comes with a living area, air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, an audio jack and a personal safe.

Mid-Budget – Le Grande Bali – Situated in Uluwatu, Le Grande Bali offers an outdoor pool, spa and a tennis court. Spacious rooms at Le Grande Bali each have a flat-screen cable TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and personal safe. All rooms come with a balcony or terrace. En suite bathrooms have a bathtub and separate shower, and guests can relax with a massage session at D’Spa or make use of the karaoke, sauna and hot tub facilities. Free high-speed Wi-Fi is also provided in all areas.

Budget – Made Roejas Homestay – Featuring a restaurant, a garden, and a shared lounge, Made Roejas Homestay provides accommodation in Uluwatu for travellers on a budget. The air-conditioned homestay also offers a seating area, free WiFi and garden views. Set just 6.8 miles from Uluwatu Temple, both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are also available at Made Roejas Homestay.

For more places to stay in Uluwatu you can check the latest prices here.

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6 Comments

  1. February 21, 2018 / 5:49 am

    that is informative post with some hidden gems of bali

    • Wanderers & Warriors
      February 22, 2018 / 6:33 am

      Thanks so much! Definitely some hidden Bali gems!

  2. Hillary Raymer
    January 26, 2019 / 11:02 am

    These look amazing! Which beach had the swing in the picture at the top of your post? I’m headed to Bali this May 🙂

    • January 30, 2019 / 2:23 pm

      Hey Hillary, that photo was at Nyang Nyang Beach, just up near the bubble hotel. 🙂

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