Uluwatu Bali: 19 Top Things To Do In Uluwatu
Uluwatu is a scenic, hilly area in the southwest corner of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. It’s named for the famous temple perched on the cliffs, but there’s lots more to do in Uluwatu Bali than just see the temple!
This area is known for its blue waves, impressive sea cliffs, white sand beaches, fancy clubs, and top quality surfing. There’s something for everyone here, and you can reach the Uluwatu area in about 1 hour of driving from Kuta, Canggu, and the other popular tourist hotspots in Bali Indonesia.
We’ve visited Uluwatu and the Bukit Peninsula many times over the years, but it seems like we’re always discovering new things to see and do here. Read this travel guide for our complete list of all the top things to do in Uluwatu Bali!
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Top Things To Do In Uluwatu Bali
1. Uluwatu Temple
Of course you have to start with the epic 1,000 year old temple that gave Uluwatu its name!
Uluwatu Temple sits on the edge of a big cliff and it’s one of the most popular places to watch the sunset in Bali, Indonesia. Hide your sunglasses! The monkeys here are known for trying to snatch anything they can.
More info: Uluwatu Temple
2. Bingin Beach
This is a photogenic beach with exotic boulders and seaweed covered rocks. Great for scenic pics or surfing, and it’s less crowded than some of the others.
There’s a bit of trash and rubble lately from hotel construction, but some high quality accommodation and restaurants are starting to spring up here.
More info: Bingin Beach
3. Pemutih Beach
Pantai Pemutih is a popular surfing spot with some cliffside hotels and a small (but nice) white sand beach.
Not too many people seem to know about this one, which makes it that much better.
4. Padang Padang Beach
This is a neat little beach tucked into the cliffs. To get to it, you have to squeeze through a narrow passage in the rocks and then walk down some steps.
Padang Padang is a popular spot for surfing, or you can just sip a fresh coconut and hang out on the white sand with the monkeys.
More info: Padang Padang Beach
5. Thomas Beach
This is one of Bali’s nicest beaches, and it’s one of our favorite things to do in Uluwatu. It has a long strip of white sand scattered with boulders, and not too many people.
6. Suluban Beach
Suluban is a secluded beach with some caves and huge rocks to explore, but my favorite thing is the restaurant view. It’s an epic place to grab breakfast while exploring Uluwatu Bali.
More info: Suluban Beach
7. Batu Jaran Hill
This is a huge cliff near Uluwatu Temple, but there are no crowds and no safety fences to block your view of the waves crashing on the rocks below.
You can see the Uluwatu pagoda in the distance, and we even spotted a few sea turtles in the waves. It’s an incredibly photogenic spot that most tourists don’t seem to know about yet.
We just discovered this viewpoint recently, but it’s one of my new favorite things to do in Uluwatu!
More info: Batu Jaran Hill
8. Karang Boma Cliff
This is another steep cliff near Uluwatu, but it’s on the south side of the temple and requires a short walk from a separate parking area.
It’s a great spot for sunset, and you should have the place mostly to yourself.
9. Nunggalan Beach
This is one of the bigger white sand beaches in south Bali. The walk down and back up is a killer, but you’re rewarded with a huge private beach and a cool shipwreck for pictures!
More info: Nunggalan Beach
10. Melasti Beach
This is a developed beach at the bottom of a road carved into the cliffs.
It’s one of the more popular beaches in south Bali, and there’s even a neat photogenic Balinese style gate where you can take pictures.
11. Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl is one of my favorite hidden beaches in Uluwatu Bali. It’s a long walk down to the beach, but you’re greeted by a perfect stretch of white sand and two big sea caves to explore.
More info: Green Bowl Beach
12. Gunung Payung Beach
This is a hidden beach overlooked by cliffs and a quiet Hindu temple.
You have to walk a long stairway down to the beach, but then it’s all yours. If you walk along the coast, there’s even a big sea cave.
13. Dreamland Beach
Dreamland has a nice long stretch of white sand lined with sunbeds you can rent.
Sadly this beach has gone a bit downhill in recent years because of trash washing up from the ocean, but hopefully things improve again.
14. Tegal Wangi Beach
This a small beach near the Jimbaran area, about 30 minutes from Uluwatu Temple.
My favorite part about this one is the big sea cave, but it’s also known as a great place to catch the sunset. There two sea caves on the beach, but you have to walk a bit farther to find the best one.
More info: Tegal Wangi Beach
15. Uluwatu Cafes
The Uluwatu area is loaded with hip cafes and restaurants to suit every niche.
Some of our top picks would be Suka Espresso, Nalu Bowls, La Baracca (Italian), Mango Tree (Mexican), and The Loft.
16. Uluwatu Beach Clubs
The beaches and cliffs around Uluwatu are just perfect for clubs, so naturally it has quite a few.
A few to check out are Ulu Cliffhouse, Sundays Beach Club, El Kabron, and The Edge.
Our absolute favorite club for sunset is the Oneeighty cliff pool at The Edge!
17. Uluwatu Massage
Practically every third building in Bali is a massage shop, and Uluwatu has plenty of them too.
Balinese massage is fantastic and the prices can be very affordable, at 150k Rupiah ($10 USD) or less for a 1 hour body massage.
It’s the perfect way to unwind after a full day of hiking or touring.
18. Surfing Uluwatu
The Uluwatu area is famous for its world class surfing spots. There are a bunch of them, but check out Dreamland Beach or Padang Padang for starters.
19. Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK)
This is a cultural park in the center of the Bukit Peninsula, about 20 minutes from Uluwatu Temple.
It’s used for exhibitions and Balinese cultural events, but most people know it for the giant statues of Hindu figures.
The centerpiece of the park is a statue of the god Vishnu riding the mythical bird Garuda. At 120 meters tall (400 feet), it’s one of the tallest statues in the world.
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Their price is 450k IDR ($30 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 steal.
If you'd rather travel by motorbike, they have that too. Their scooter rentals start at 85k IDR (~$6) and include a helmet, rain coat, and pickup in the south Bali area.
We've used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they're great! Highly recommended.
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