10 best things to do
With its breathtaking cliffs, incredible beaches and laid-back trendy vibes, Uluwatu is for sure one of the best places to visit in Bali. Surfers will love the awesome waves and the free spirit of this part of the island. Uluwatu is located in the South of Bali on the Bukit peninsula and is home to some of the best beaches in Bali. Here is a list of what to see in Uluwatu - best sights for a perfect Uluwatu itinerary.
So you are in Uluwatu, things to do for you are:
Spend a day at a beach club
Uluwatu beach clubs are great for enjoying this paradise island with family and friends, or also a good place to meet people for solo travelers looking to make new friends. Go to one of the cliff beach clubs to have unique Uluwatu experience, The most famous Uluwatu beach clubs are:
Sundays Beach Club, a little piece of paradise with direct access to the beach. Explore the crystal-clear lagoon doing water sports, enjoy live music with a beautiful cocktail and end the day with sunset bonfires and toasting marshmallows. What can be better.
Address: Jl. Pantai Sel. Gau Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80362 T: +62 813 53477702
Omnia, an upscale beach club that has the best parties in Bali with the biggest DJs from all over the world. Check out their calendar for upcoming events
Address: Jl. Belimbing Sari, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364 T: +62 361 8482150
Oneeighty - a clifftop day club with a stunning sky pool 162 metres above the Indian Ocean. The name comes from a breathtaking 180° panorama
Address: Jl. Goa Lempeh Banjar Dinas Kangin, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361 T: +62 361 8470700
An iconic temple on the edge of a cliff 70 meters above the ground is dedicated to the divine spirits of the sea. Come here at sunset, between 6 and 7 pm, to watch the Kecak Fire Dance performance. This iconic show at the cliff-top amphitheatre is especially dramatic at sunset. Note, no drones are allowed.
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
The name speaks for itself - it is one of the best beaches in Bali for both surfers and sun seekers. There are many beach clubs and warungs. Get a drink and relax on a comfy sunbed with an umbrella
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Laid-back and loungey, the vibe here is relaxed yet lively. Located on one of the numerous cliffs it is facing the sunset, so starting 5.30 a happy crowd gathers here to enjoy the amazing view and a cold drink. You will easily find this bar with a map, but if you are just passing by it is easy to miss the turn: there is no sign whatsoever and the road is bumpy. Nevertheless, everybody seems to know the place - it is always full of people. Despite being so popular, the bar is keeping the prices low - a drink will only cost you some 30k IDR (less that 3 dollars)
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361
T: +62 812 3893 0018
Have a pescetarian meal
Being so close to the ocean, you should definitely enjoy fresh fish at a vegetarian/pescetarian restaurant with a creative title “The place with no name”. While it is not a beachfront restaurant, the artistic interior, great service and most importantly delicious fish and seafood meals make it one of the best restaurants in Uluwatu.
Address: Jl. Labuansait, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361 T: +62 821 4687 3229
Have a drink at Single Fin
One of the best things to do in Uluwatu at night. Single Fin is a popular place for surfers and sunbathers to chill and enjoy the amazing view after a hot day. On Sundays there is usually a party with DJ set. The bar is located at the top of the cliff above the Saluban beach and as you go down there are more restaurants and tourist shops.
Address: Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu, Jl. Labuansait, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361 T: +62 361 769941
Nyang Nyang Beach
Nyang Nyang Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali and one of the least crowded. This 1,5 km long white-sand beach along the cliff coastline looks untouched by civilization until you reach a small warung and a capsule hotel. This beach is a bit hard to reach, so it is often overlooked by tourists - indeed going down the cliff may be a challenging task. But the flour white sand and azure waters will be a reward for an adventurous traveler. In my Instagram post you will find and info on the safe and easy ways to get to Nyang Nyang Beach
Uluwatu is the best place for surfing in Bali, so if you always wanted to try surfing this is the place. No wonder there are surf camps all over the place and you can also just get a couple of classes to start with. The best beginner surf spots in Bali are:
- Padang Padang, the spot where the majority of beginners learned to surf
- Dreamland, the only non-reef break on the Bukit
- Kuta beach, ideal for learning to surf due to its unbroken white wave, which means you’ll get more ride time and make progress quicker.
GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana)
GWK is one the best tourist attractions in Bali - the culture park stretches across 250 hectares of land. The landmark of this complex is a huge statue of Vishnu, a prominent Hindu god, on top of a mythical Indonesian garuda bird. You can see this statue from far away before even reaching Uluwatu. Many music festivals and other art-related events are held here all year round.
Address: Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364 T: +62 361 700808
Enjoy the stunning views of glistening blue waters, limestone cliffs and lush greenery from the air on tandem paragliding in Uluwatu. Start off at a golden beach and along with the wind above the beautiful Bali sights.
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Where to stay in Uluwatu
Uluwatu is very tourist friendly and there are a lot of options: from 5-star beach resorts to cheap hostels.
Padang Padang is a lively area with many beaches around and a big selection of cafes and restaurants.
Suluban is a go-to place for surfers. Stay here for great waves during the day and surfers’ parties at night. This is where the infamous Sing Fin is
Ungasan, in the South, is a quieter and more upscale area which hosts luxury beach clubs like Omnia Dayclub or Sundays Beach Club.
How to get to Uluwatu
Uluwatu is 45-minute from Bali airport. You can always get a taxi in the airport or book a driver to pick you up.
From other popular destinations in Bali, like Kuta, Seminyak & Canggu, you can easily get to Uluwatu by car or scooter. The ride will take about 1,5 hour.
How to get around Uluwatu
The best way to get around Uluwatu is to rent a scooter. There are many shops along the road and the average cost is 60k IDR. Cars for rent and taxis are also available. Everywhere in Bali it’s a good idea to use GoJek or Grab to get a ride - these apps operate like Uber in Asia, looking for drivers in your area.
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