You’ll find Bali’s best beaches in Uluwatu. If you compare Bali to the USA, we like to say Canggu is the SoCal of Bali with its hip vibe and surf culture. But Uluwatu is the Hawaii of Bali! (And since we used to live in Hawaii, we have a serious love for Hawaii).
Let’s just say that when you consider the breathtaking Uluwatu scenery, the world-class waves, and the perfect combination of white sand and azure water, Uluwatu beaches are hands down the best on Bali island.
As you head closer to Uluwatu, the black sand beaches give way to soft white sand, turquoise water, limestone cliffs, and some of the best surfing in the world. Whether you are going to catch some waves or just want to relax on the stunning beaches, Uluwatu is a must for any Bali itinerary.
You could spend weeks exploring all the beaches near Uluwatu, which most travelers don’t have time for. But don’t worry. We’ve got you! Since we’ve spent the last year and a half in Bali, we have already done the legwork for you.
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Where is Uluwatu
Uluwatu is located on the Bukit Peninsula, a knob-like projection of land on the southernmost tip of Bali. Uluwatu is located specifically on the southwestern side of the Bukit Peninsula. Still, we’ve found that travelers, and even many residents on the island, refer to the whole surrounding area as Uluwatu.
How To Get to Uluwatu
Driving a scooter in Bali is definitely the quickest and easiest way to get around the island. You should have experience driving motorbikes and always wear a helmet. You can expect to pay $5-10 daily for a motorbike rental.
Hiring a car and driver for the day is another popular choice for visiting Uluwatu. Generally, the cost for this is $35-50 a day. The great thing about using a driver is that you relax during the drive. You also benefit from the driver’s local knowledge and recommendations!
Most of the time, we prefer to rent a car when we travel to Uluwatu. This allows us a little more freedom to come and go as we please. We actually wrote a really in-depth guide on this, so check out everything you need to know about renting a car in Bali.
Best Time to Visit Beaches in Uluwatu
The best time to visit Uluwatu is the dry season, which runs about April to October. You will be more likely to have sunny, dry days to enjoy this amazing part of the island.
Wet season has its perks, too! It usually rains every day during the wet season for an hour or two, but it is often sunny the rest of the day. There are also less tourists on the island. See Bali weather by month for more details.
The best time of day to visit the beaches depends on the beach! Beaches on the island’s east side are the best for sunrise, while west-facing beaches are the best for sunset.
Otherwise, we encourage you to check the tide schedules. Some of the beaches change drastically between tides, so know before you go!
Beaches in Uluwatu Map
Best Beaches in Uluwatu
In this guide, we’ve narrowed it down to the 17 best beaches you must visit in Uluwatu!
1. Melasti Beach
Melasti Beach is our favorite place on the island for a family beach day. Unlike most beaches in this area, you can park right down by the water—no long treks down stairs like you will experience at most beaches near Uluwatu.
The turquoise water is crystal clear, and the sand is white. Rock formations block most of the waves and create a perfect swimming beach suitable even for kids. We tend to alternate between basking in the sun, throwing a frisbee or football, and going for long swims in the perfect water.
As the tide goes out, small tide pools pop up full of brittle stars and other tiny creatures. The beach gets shallow and turns into a perfect place to cool off, relax, or let small children splash and play.
Umbrellas and loungers are available to hire, and a nice little warung sells coconuts and drinks right on the beach. There are smaller warungs available near the parking area, or several fantastic beach clubs if you are in the mood for something nicer.
And just to sweeten the deal, Melasti Beach has a really nice set of public showers to rinse off before you head out.
2. Suluban & Uluwatu Beach
Suluban Beach is one of the island’s most unique and beautiful beaches. You will also hear it referred to as Blue Point Beach Uluwatu or Pantai Suluban. There is a world-renowned left-hand surf break, but surfing isn’t the only thing to do here.
You can access Suluban Beach through Uluwatu Beach. You will go down concrete steps past restaurants, bars, and little shops. When you get to the bottom, you’ll see huge limestone cliffs on either side of you. We actually love coming at high tide to watch the water crashing through the cliffs. It’s amazing!
However, low tide is the best time to visit because you can venture left through rock caves onto Suluban Beach. I have also heard people call it Hidden Beach. At low tide, the beach expands here for sunbathing. While not a great swimming beach, there are plenty of tide pools and places to soak in the water.
If you visit in the afternoon, we recommend venturing up to one of the restaurants or bars on the cliffside to watch the surfers and enjoy an incredible sunset.
3. Nunggalan Beach
Nunggalan Beach is a hidden gem in Bali. It is off the beaten path on the Bukit Peninsula’s southwest side. The beach is accessed by hiking down a trail about 30 minutes from the parking area.
At the bottom of the trail, the beach opens up to that turquoise water and soft white sand you come to expect in this area of the island. But unlike other beaches in Uluwatu, you will have Nunggalan Beach almost to yourselves! When we were there last, only two other couples were on this vast stretch of beach.
The great news is that you don’t have to give up luxuries along with the crowds. There is a nice little warung right on the beach with even a few beach loungers and umbrellas to hire. This is ideal for spending the day with a good book, soaking up paradise while sipping on a coconut.
Our favorite thing about Nunggalan Beach is the shipwreck! Colorful, graffiti-style artwork covers a boat’s hull resting in the sand. The shipwreck makes a great spot to hang out and take Instagram-worthy pictures.
At low tide, Nunggalan Beach connects to Nyang Nyang Beach. So if you are keen for a nice beach walk, this is a good time to go.
4. Gunung Payung
Pantai Gunung Payung is still a bit of a hidden gem in Uluwatu. This beach has white sand turquoise water, and is very clean! We’ve been at different tides and times of the day, and it has never been busy.
You have two options to get to the beach from the parking area. If you want a bit of exercise, the stairs are the way to go. But on the days when you need a break, you have the option of taking a shuttle, too!
The highlight of Gunung Payung Beach is a huge cave! It is beautiful, fun to explore, and a nice bit of shade to relax in on a hot day.
The perfect time to visit Gunung Payung is when the tide is going out. That way, the water is deep enough to rent kayaks to paddle around or go for a swim. The cave cannot be reached at high tide, and the beach becomes very small. The water is very shallow at low tide, and tide pools appear.
Sun loungers with umbrellas and a small restaurant are available here, as well.
5. Dreamland Beach
Dreamland Beach is nestled at the base of limestone cliffs with turquoise water and golden sand. There are plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas to hire, along with a Balinese restaurant with nice, cold drinks.
Like many beaches in Uluwatu, Dreamland is well-known as a great surf spot. Depending on the tides, you can also swim here (although I always recommend being careful of the currents in Bali).
At low tide, you can venture south along the beach to explore beautiful tide pools and a huge expanse of beach.
One of my favorite things at Dreamland Beach is getting a beach massage! I get one every time I go, and they are always amazing.
As it is known locally, Pantai Dreamland is also a great spot to catch the sunset. The cliff next to the beach is often packed with locals at this time for a reason.
6. Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl Beach, also known as Pantai Green Bowl, is a secluded patch of paradise at the southern end of the Bukit Peninsula. What makes this beach unique is that it nearly disappears at high tide.
As the tide goes out, a gorgeous beach appears surrounded by coral reef and turquoise water. Set against the backdrop of the verdant green mountain, Green Bowl Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali.
Part of what keeps this beach quiet is that it requires a trek down about 300 stairs to reach the beach. Luckily there are a couple of spots to rest as you head back up!
Once you make your way down, you will find there are no services here except for a couple of enterprising women who pack coconuts and a few other wares down the stairs to sell. We recommend bringing towels and enjoying one of those coconuts while stretched out on the sand.
This beach draws surfers at mid-tide looking for a less crowded line-up. Unknown to many, this is also a great little spot for experienced snorkelers. There can be a strong current, so make sure you always use fins.
Rock pools are exposed at low tide, and the shallow sea is perfect for relaxing for a soak.
7. Balangan Beach
Pantai Belangan, as it is known locally, is an epic surf beach and one of the most amazing places to watch the sunset.
Surfers come from all over to enjoy the long left-hand reef break. And the rest of the people come to enjoy the golden sand and turquoise waters. We recommend hiring a beach lounger and umbrella and sipping on fresh coconut between sessions of swimming and surfing. If you are hungry, there are plenty of little restaurants and warungs to find something tasty.
Venture toward the north end of the beach to discover small caves and hidden temples. Local fishermen tend to hang out in this area; overall, this part of Balangan Beach is much quieter. A perfect spot for a morning meditation and swim!
Overlooking Balangan Beach are platforms built onto the northern cliff. These are very popular for wedding photo shoots and Instagrammers alike. They are also the perfect spot to watch a stunning sunset.
If you come right at low tide, tide pools appear, which can be fun! But keep in mind that surfing becomes difficult with the shallow reef.
8. Karma Beach
Karma Beach is a perfect little beach at the base of Karma Kendara Resort. It is touted as a private beach, but at low tide, it connects to Melasti Beach on one side and Sundays Beach on the other.
You can expect a gorgeous, clean beach with white sand and turquoise water. At mid-tide, it is possible to paddleboard and snorkel.
Beautiful beach beds and facilities are available, but you will need to pay the entrance fee to the Karma Kandara Beach Club to take advantage of these.
9. Sundays Beach
Sundays Beach is a premium beach experience. The main access is paid admission from the Sundays Beach Club on the above cliff. The beach is maintained and clean, with gorgeous white sand and stunning blue water. With beach club access, you are given full use of all the club amenities, including beach chairs, umbrellas, SUP, and even snorkeling equipment.
Sundays Beach is located on the other side of Karma Beach and is considered a private beach. However, it is possible to access it at low tide through Melasti and Karma Beaches.
10. Nyang Nyang Beach
Nyang Nyang Beach is located on the southwest side of the Bukit Peninsula, very close to the famous Uluwatu Temple. Set at the base of limestone cliffs, this beach has soft white sand and crystal-clear water.
The main things to do at Nyang Nyang Beach are surfing, sunbathing, and paragliding. But our favorite thing is to enjoy the few big rock pools that form at low tide. They are the perfect size for little kids to explore with a mask and snorkel.
There is a lot of confusion out there between Nyang Nyang and Nunggalan Beaches. You will read guides that tell you that Nyang Nyang Beach has a colorful shipwreck, but this is actually the neighboring beach of Nunggalan. It is only accessible from Nyang Nyang at low tide but is quite a long walk.
11. Tegal Wangi Beach
Tegal Wangi is located closer to Jimbaran and is a popular place to watch the sunset. The view from the cliffs encompasses rugged cliffs and stunning ocean views. This area is popular for couples taking wedding photos and people looking for a more secluded sunset experience.
What makes Tegal Wangi unique are the unique rock formations that create small natural pools at low tide. These pools can be used to relax, cool off, or even take photos! Just be sure to watch your steps, as they can be slippery. You may also come across some locals fishing in these pools.
While Tegal Wangi doesn’t have a proper beach, it is still worth the visit for its stunning views and unique rock formations.
Update: Heads up. Last time we visited in late 2023 the access was closed down, and locals told us that it was permanent.
12. Pandawa Beach
Pandawa Beach is often called the “secret beach” of Bali, and it’s not hard to see why. Tucked away behind towering limestone cliffs, this stunning beach is only accessible through a private road with an entrance fee. But trust us, the journey and the cost are worth it.
Pandawa Beach boasts fine white sand and crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming and lounging under the sun. The beach also has colorful umbrellas and bean bags, creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.
But the real charm of Pandawa Beach lies in its seclusion and natural beauty, making it a popular filming location for local movies and TV shows. So don’t be surprised if you see some familiar scenery while exploring this hidden gem.
Besides soaking up the sun and dipping in the ocean, visitors can rent kayaks or go parasailing to get a different perspective of the beach and its surroundings. Plenty of local vendors also sell snacks and drinks if you need to refuel during your stay.
When you’re done relaxing, take a walk along Pandawa Beach’s famous cliffs, where you can admire the intricate statues carved into the rock face. These statues represent the characters from the epic Mahabharata story and add a touch of culture to this already beautiful beach.
13. Thomas Beach
Thomas Beach is a stunning hideaway between the bustling beaches of Uluwatu and Padang Padang. It boasts soft white sand, clear waters, and stunning cliffs, providing amazing photo opportunities. Unlike other beaches in this area, Thomas Beach is still relatively untouched and undeveloped, making it perfect for those looking to escape the crowds.
The name “Thomas Beach” comes from a small warung that used to be the only establishment on this beach. Today, a few more warungs and cafes are scattered along the coast, offering delicious local dishes and refreshing drinks. Visitors can also rent sunbeds and umbrellas if they plan on staying for a while. But even during peak season, Thomas Beach remains relatively quiet, providing the perfect spot for relaxation and reflection.
You can also walk along the shore, which leads to a small rock pool perfect for swimming or cooling off from the sun. And when you get hungry, try some of the local grilled seafood vendors offer on the beach.
14. Padang Padang Beach
Padang Padang Beach, also known as Labuan Sait Beach, is a popular spot for surfers and beachgoers. Located on the southwest coast of Bukit Peninsula, this beautiful beach boasts golden sand and crystal-clear waters.
The main attraction at Padang Padang Beach is its consistent waves that attract surfers worldwide. But even if you’re not a surfer, this beach is still worth the visit for its beautiful scenery and tranquil atmosphere.
To access Padang Padang Beach, you must pass through a small cave and climb several flights of stairs. It may be challenging for some, but the payoff is well worth it. Visitors can also rent sunbeds and umbrellas or grab a bite to eat at the nearby warungs.
And if you’re planning a visit, be sure to check the tide schedule as the beach is almost non-existent during high tide. But when the water recedes, it reveals stunning rock formations and hidden pools that are perfect for exploring and taking photos.
15. Pemutih Beach
Pemutih Beach, also known as White Sand Beach, is a hidden gem tucked away on the east coast of Bali. It boasts fine white sand and crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming and relaxing under the sun.
What sets Pemutih Beach apart from other beaches in Bali is its stunning views of Mount Agung. On a clear day, visitors can admire the majestic mountain while enjoying the beach’s serene atmosphere.
Pemutih Beach is also a popular spot for snorkeling and diving, with its pristine waters showcasing abundant marine life. Visitors can rent equipment from nearby vendors or join a guided tour to explore the underwater world.
But even if you’re not into water activities, Pemutih Beach is still worth the visit for its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere.
16. Bingin Beach
Bingin Beach is a popular surfing spot located in the southern part of Bali. It boasts consistent waves and a relaxed atmosphere, making it perfect for both beginner and experienced surfers.
But even if you’re not into surfing, Bingin Beach is still worth the visit for its stunning views and laid-back vibe. The beach is surrounded by towering cliffs covered in lush greenery, creating a serene and picturesque setting. Spend the day lounging on a beach chair or exploring the small caves and rock pools along the shore.
Bingin Beach is also known for its vibrant nightlife, with plenty of beach bars and cafes offering live music and delicious food. And if you’re lucky, you may even catch a traditional Balinese dance performance while enjoying the sunset.
17. Pura Geger Beach
Pura Geger Beach, though not technically in Uluwatu since it is closer to Nusa Dua, is worth mentioning for its unique blend of beach, rock formations and temple. This beautiful white sand beach is home to a small Hindu temple, providing a cultural touch to your day in the sun.
Visitors can relax on the soft sand while admiring the intricate architecture of the temple and its surrounding gardens. And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk along the cliffs for stunning views of the ocean and nearby islands.
Other Uluwatu Places of Interest
Beaches aren’t the only thing to see in the Uluwatu area. Plenty of cultural and historical sites are worth visiting, such as Uluwatu Temple and the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. Visitors can also catch a traditional Balinese dance performance at the open-air amphitheater in Uluwatu.
And for those looking to indulge in some retail therapy, Uluwatu has several markets and boutiques offering unique souvenirs and local handicrafts. Don’t forget to haggle for a better price!
Uluwatu offers a perfect combination of stunning beaches, cultural experiences, and natural beauty.
Karong Boma Cliff
Karong Boma Cliff is a unique gem just a short walk from Uluwatu Temple. This cliff offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and is an excellent spot for watching the sunset.
But be careful when standing near the edge, as no railings or barriers protect visitors from falling. However, this lack of safety measures adds to Karong Boma Cliff’s untouched and natural charm.
*Update- Last time we were here in late 2023, the actual cliff had been fenced off, and it was not possible to walk out on the cliff itself. It was still cool to see it and get some epic drone shots!
** Another tip, if you visit Karong Boma Cliff, is to be aware of the monkeys; they can be quite cheeky, so hang on to your loose items and avoid bringing food with you.
Jaran Hill is a picturesque spot just a few minutes drive from Uluwatu Temple. It offers stunning views of the surrounding beaches and ocean, making it popular for watching the sunset or taking photos.
The hill is relatively easy to reach, with stairs leading up to its peak. But be prepared for some steep climbs! Once at the top, visitors can relax on one of the many benches and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
FAQ: Beaches in Uluwatu
Absolutely! Uluwatu is a must-visit destination in Bali, offering stunning beaches, cultural experiences, and breathtaking views.
Some of Bali’s most beautiful and pristine beaches are found in Uluwatu. White sand, turquoise blue waters, green landscapes, and shear limestone cliffs create picture-perfect beaches.
The best time to visit the beaches in Uluwatu is during the dry season, from April to October. You’ll have a better chance of sun and clear water.
Padang Padang Beach is the easiest beach to access in Uluwatu, with a parking lot and stairs leading down to the shore.
Yes, the beaches in Uluwatu are generally well-maintained and clean for Indonesia. However, visitors should still be conscious of their waste and dispose of it properly to help keep these beautiful beaches pristine.
There are some very strong currents at the beaches in Uluwatu, so make sure to pay attention to the signs and be advised that there are rarely any lifeguards on duty.
Where to Stay in Uluwatu
Uluwatu has several accommodation options, ranging from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxurious resorts. Many of these accommodations offer stunning ocean views and easy access to popular beaches.
The Bingin area is a popular location if this is your first time visiting Uluwatu. It offers a mix of budget-friendly and mid-range options and some stunning villas. The Uluwatu area is also home to several high-end resorts, perfect for those looking for a luxurious stay.
For those on a budget or looking for a more authentic experience, staying in homestays or guesthouses in nearby villages can be an excellent option.
What to Bring to Beaches in Uluwatu
When visiting the beautiful beaches of Uluwatu, it’s important to be prepared with some essential items. Here are a few things you should bring with you:
- Reef Safe Sunscreen: With its sunny and hot weather, sunscreen is a must when visiting the beaches in Uluwatu. Regularly apply to protect your skin from the strong UV rays.
- Swimsuit: Duh.
- Lightweight beach towel: Most beaches in Uluwatu do not provide towels for visitors, so be sure to bring your own. You can also use it as a picnic blanket or makeshift cover from the sun.
- Water: It’s essential to stay hydrated under the sun. Bring a filled reusable insulated water bottle with you so you won’t need to purchase single-use plastic bottles.
- Snorkel gear: If you’re heading to an Uluwatu beach where snorkeling is an option, make sure to bring your own since quality rentals are not easy to come by.
- Cash: While some vendors may accept credit cards, most will only accept cash, so keeping some on hand for small purchases and tipping is a good idea.
Things to Know About Beaches in Uluwatu
Uluwatu is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Bali, but it is important to know that the majority of them require some effort to reach. Be prepared for stairs and steep paths, especially when visiting the hidden beaches.
Also, some beaches may not have lifeguards on duty, so it’s important to exercise caution and only swim in designated areas if you’re not an experienced swimmer. And as always, be respectful of the environment by not leaving any trash behind.
Lastly, keep in mind that Uluwatu is a popular tourist destination so some beaches may get crowded during peak season. Consider visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and enjoy a more tranquil experience.
Last Words – Uluwatu Beach Guide: Best Beaches in Uluwatu
Uluwatu is truly a paradise for beach lovers, offering a unique blend of breathtaking natural beauty, vibrant culture, and thrilling adventure activities. Uluwatu will deliver whether you seek tranquility by the seashore, a spontaneous dive beneath the turquoise waters, or epic surf sessions. So pack your bags with the essential items, respect the local environment and culture, and experience what these incredible Uluwatu beaches offer.