Green Bowl Beach, also known as Pantai Green Bowl, is rated as one of the best beaches in Uluwatu located in the southern region of Bali.
Perched at the base of verdant cliffs, this beautiful white sand beach surrounded by a coral reef and turquoise waters is not to be missed during your visit.
I have put together this complete guide including how to get there and what to expect when you arrive.
WHERE IS GREEN BOWL BEACH?
Green Bowl Beach is located on the east side of the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu, South Bali.
HOW TO GET TO PANTAI GREEN BOWL?
If you are staying in the Uluwatu region, I recommend renting a scooter and making the short drive over to the beach.
For those of you who are coming from Kuta, Seminyak, or Canggu, it’s approximately a 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey to reach Pantai Green Bowl.
Don’t feel confident riding a scooter? Another great option for getting around Bali is to hire a private car and a driver for the day and experience all that the island has to offer.
- Experienced Driver
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off
- Mineral water
BOOK NOW → PRIVATE CAR WITH DRIVER
Another alternative when planning a trip to Uluwatu is to book a full-day tour to experience the best beaches in Uluwatu and other popular attractions in the Bukit Penisula.
This Full-Day Uluwatu Tour includes a pick-up and drop-off from your hotel and the places you’ll get to visit are Pandawa Beach, Melastic Beach, Padang Padang, Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Fire Dance, and a seafood dinner on Jimbaran Beach.
Book Now → Full-Day Uluwatu Tour
ARRIVING AT GREEN BOWL BEACH BALI
You will arrive at a large parking lot at the top of the cliffs and it’s here where you will have to pay a small parking fee of 2,000 IDR.
Small warungs and convenient shops line the edge of the parking lot if you wish to grab a meal and some drinks before heading down to the beach.
From the parking lot, you will have to descend around 300 concrete steps to reach the shoreline. Going down is the easy part, it’s coming back up that can be unforgiving.
Mind your hat and any other loose items that you may have as the monkeys swinging around in the treetops on the way down are very cheeky and can potentially rob you.
The steps down to the beach
Drone shot of the beach
WHAT TO EXPECT AT GREEN BOWL BEACH
The hike down to the beach can be daunting at first but once you emerge at the end of the stairs, you will soon see why it’s totally worth the adventurous efforts.
A small patch of glistening white sand, no more than fifty meters long, gives you a sense of being on a castaway island. The turquoise water to go with will have you in disbelief that this stunning beach actually exists.
You can wander through the shallow waters and discover how incredibly crystal clear the water is. It’s practically see-through and it seems as if the water isn’t even there at all.
Apart from the pristine sandy shores, it’s a popular spot for die-hard surfers. The reef break just offshore produces excellent swell and it is far less crowded than the more popular beaches such as Uluwatu Point and Padang Padang.
At low tide, you can wander around the caves and further down the coastline to discover other secluded sandy areas and dozens of rock pools.
The surf break
Crystal clear waters
Glistening white sand beach
Exploring the caves
BEST TIME TO VISIT
I recommend visiting early morning before it gets too hot in the midday sun and you can enjoy a few hours down on the beach to yourself before it gets crowded.
If you do decide to visit later in the day, I highly recommend sticking around for sunset which is generally around 6 pm. The sunsets down here in the Bukit Peninsula light up the skies like I have never seen before!
At the top of the cliffs, you can also find some epic viewpoints for those toes-over-the-edge type shots.
Viewpoint on the cliffs
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
The Bukit Peninsula boasts many other awesome locations that are worth checking out after visiting Pantai Green Bowl.
Click on the links below to see all other points of interest in Uluwatu.
- Karang Boma Cliff
- Jaran Hill Sunset Viewpoint
- Nyang Nyang Beach
- Suluban Beach Uluwatu
- Thomas Beach
- Padang Padang Beach
- Bingin Beach
- Balangan Beach
WHERE TO STAY NEAR PANTAI GREEN BOWL
Uluwatu has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Canang Sari Villas
I’ve stayed at Canang Sari Villas a few times and it’s one of the best 4-star accommodations! Featuring 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom villas with private swimming pools, beautiful gardens, equipped kitchens, large living space, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, free wifi, and ocean views. There is also a spa center and squash court for guests to use. Close to beaches, cafes, and shops. Perfect for families, friends, and couples.
Mid Range: Bukal Sari Villas Uluwatu
Awesome 3-star accommodation boasting a swimming pool, restaurant, gardens, and outdoor swimming pool. There is free wifi and each room is spacious and modern with private bathrooms. Continental or à la carte breakfast is included for all guests. Close to Uluwatu Temple and beaches. Great for couples, families, and friends.
Budget: Bali Beats Guesthouse Uluwatu
One of the best budget accommodations in Uluwatu. Bali Beats features an outdoor swimming pool, garden terrace, and free wifi. There are a restaurant and bar as well as a shared kitchen for guests to use. Close to beaches, cafes, and restaurants. Perfect for solo travelers and friends on a budget.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN ULUWATU.
BEST TOURS IN BALI
WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI
When visiting Bali, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Balinese sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
MORE BALI TRAVEL GUIDES
- Nusa Penida Guide: Things To Do In Nusa Penida
- Nusa Lembongan Guide: Things To Do In Lembongan
- Nusa Ceningan Guide: Things To Do In Nusa Ceningan
- Bali Travel Guide: 2 Week Bali Itinerary
- Bali Waterfalls Guide: Best Bali Waterfalls
- Bali Beaches Guide: Best Beaches In Uluwatu
TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or it’s your first trip overseas, here are some useful travel resources to help you kick-start your next adventure!
- BOOKING.COM – search and book accommodation worldwide
- SKYSCANNER – compare and book cheap flights to anywhere
- VIATOR – find tickets, tours, and experiences around the world
- BOOKAWAY – book buses, trains, and transfers online in advance
- RENTAL CARS – search all rental cars in your next destination
- GROUP TRIPS – join one of my epic small group trips
- TRAVEL INSURANCE – purchase World Nomads travel insurance
- TRAVEL MONEY CARD – get a Wise card today for free
Looking for more? Check out my Travel Resources page for further help with your trip planning!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions, please drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
For a quicker response, be sure to join Jonny Melon’s Travel Tribe on Facebook and post your questions or recommendations to our awesome community.
THANKS FOR READING
Hey friend, thanks for reading this guide!
Please know this post may contain affiliate links. When making a purchase through one of my links, I earn a small kickback at no extra cost to you and it’s a big help to keep the site up and running. Rest assured, I only promote products and services that I personally use and recommend.