Nyang Nyang Beach Shipwreck In Uluwatu, South Bali

by David & Intan

Nyang Nyang Beach is one of the bigger white sand beaches in south Bali, with clean blue water and lots of wide open space, plus a photogenic wooden shipwreck.

The walk down and back up is a bit of a killer, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for a nice quiet beach without the crowds!

More recently, a plane was installed at the top of the Nyang Nyang cliff as a photo spot and future hotel, which seems tacky, but at least the beach is still enjoyable.

This travel guide will explain how to get to Nyang Nyang Beach, and everything you need to know before you go!

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Nyang Nyang Beach Bali

Nyang Nyang beach sits at the bottom of a big cliff, and to reach it you’ll have to hike down from the parking area above.

That sounds scary, but it’s not at all. The hike takes about 20 minutes on the way down and 30 minutes going back up.

There are a few sections with loose rocks you could slip on, but it’s never anything dangerous at all. We wore sandals and that was fine all the way.

Climbing back up is pretty exhausting and there aren’t always drinks for sale here, so I’d recommend bringing some water!

Nyang Nyang cliff

Nyang Nyang Beach Shipwreck

Nyang Nyang beach is famous for the shipwreck in the sand, but that’s technically located at Nunggalan Beach, which is a bit farther.

You can still reach the shipwreck from Nyang Nyang since both beaches are connected, but it’s a long walk in the sand to get there — more than 2 kilometers (1 mile).

If you’re mainly wanting to see the shipwreck, then go to Nunggalan Beach instead. It’s much easier to reach from there.

Either way, the Nyang Nyang beach shipwreck is a very cool spot to sit and take pictures for your Instagram. The views in the background are amazing too.

There used to be two Uluwatu shipwrecks here (both fragments from the same boat), but sadly one of the pieces seems to have washed away.

Nyang Nyang Beach Shipwreck in Bali

Colorful shipwreck       Colorful shipwreck

Nyang Nyang Beach Shipwreck in Bali

Nyang Nyang Plane

An abandoned Boeing 737-200 airplane was relocated to the edge of Nyang Nyang cliff in 2021 to serve as a photo attraction and future hotel.

Apparently there are plans to turn this Uluwatu plane into some kind of luxury villa, although I kind of hope the idea falls through.

Personally I think it’s tacky and devalues the natural scenery at Nyang Nyang. I liked it best when it was an empty green cliff overlooking the beach.

This just seems to be yet another example of the sad lack of nature conservation in Bali and the rest of Indonesia.

Entrance Fee

FREE as of 2020.

There’s no parking fee or entrance fee at Nyang Nyang Beach.

How To Get To Nyang Nyang Beach

Nyang Nyang Beach is located in the Uluwatu area of south Bali.

The best way to get there is to rent a scooter or hire a private car and driver (both of these can be booked online).

It’s 30-45 minute drive from the Kuta area, depending on traffic.

There’s a small parking lot with some food shacks and paragliding shops, and the hike starts from here.

Just follow the narrow path down the road until you reach the beach!

(Side note: if you’re mainly wanting to see the shipwreck, then go to Nunggalan Beach instead. It’s much easier to reach from there compared to Nyang Nyang.)


More Uluwatu Beaches

Looking for more information on the best beaches in Uluwatu?

Check out my Uluwatu Beach Guide and list of the top things to do in Uluwatu Bali!

Best Uluwatu Tour Packages

If you want to explore Uluwatu Bali with a tour package, there are lots of great online options available.

GetYourGuide has Uluwatu tours that include scenic beaches, clubs, sunsets, and iconic locations like Uluwatu Temple and the GWK cultural park. They also offer some neat activities like tandem paragliding.

We've used this company for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they're great. Highly recommended!


Bali Private Driver & Motorbike Rental

If you want to explore Bali in the comfort and safety of a private car with an English speaking driver, my top recommendation would be GetYourGuide.

Their price is 650k Rupiah ($45 USD) for a full day of driving and sightseeing in Bali (up to 10 hours) for 1-5 passengers. That's the total price for the whole car + driver + petrol! It's a great deal. They also offer affordable hotel transfers from the airport.

If you'd rather travel by motorbike, they have that too. Their scooter rentals start at 140k Rupiah (~$9) and include a helmet, rain coat, and free delivery in the south Bali area.

We've used GetYourGuide for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they're great! Highly recommended.

Book Now: Bali Private Driver / Scooter Rental

Nyang Nyang Beach Camping – Bubble Hotel

If you want more adventure, there are bubble hotels at Nyang Nyang Beach where you can stay the night!

We haven’t tried this, but it looks fun. Just don’t go expecting a luxury experience, but I still think it would be fun to try for at least one night.

The beach itself is amazing, so it would be a great place to wake up in the morning.


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