Melasti Beach (Pantai Melasti) is often described as one of the best beaches in Uluwatu and rightly so!
Boasting a beautiful white sand beach hidden by a large limestone cliff, this place is definitely not to be missed on your next visit to Bali.
The large rock formations made this beach very hard to access once upon a time which contributed to it being one of Bali’s hidden beaches.
Due to the recent development of the road, it is now easily accessible and is quickly becoming more and more popular with visitors. Despite the weekend crowds, it’s an awesome place to come relax for a day.
I have put together this complete guide for visiting including how to get here, the best time to visit, things to do when you arrive, and much more!
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WHERE IS MELASTI BEACH?
Melasti is located in the Ungasan region on the Bukit Peninsula and is therefore better known as Melasti Beach Ungasan Bali. Not to be confused with the other Melasti which is located on the west side of the island near Tanah Lot Temple Tabanan.
When you arrive, make sure you stop at one of the viewpoints on your way down the windy road through the tall, impressive limestone cliffs and take in the stunning views!
HOW TO GET HERE
If you are staying in the Uluwatu region, I recommend renting a scooter and making the short drive over to Melasti Bali.
For those of you who are coming from Kuta, Seminyak, or Canggu, it’s approximately a 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey, depending on traffic.
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
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PANTAI MELASTI ENTRANCE FEE
Adults visiting Pantai Melasti pay an entrance fee of 10,000 IDR at the ticketing booth at the turnoff.
If you are visiting for a wedding, photoshoot, or other special events, additional costs will apply.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The two seasons in Bali are dry and wet. Dry season is between May and September, warm sunny days with an average temperature of 30ºC guaranteed.
The wet season lasts from October through April and while it’s still warm and sunny it’s defined by occasional downpours that often appear seemingly out of nowhere.
How you time your visit during the day is completely up to you and your preferences. Early morning sunrise strolls, sunbathing in the hot sun during the day, late afternoon for sunset, anytime is a good time really.
Tip: If you are trying to avoid crowds and have a place in Bali more or less to yourself, the earlier you get to a place the better.
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The recent developments at Melasti Beach have added convenient amenities for visitors.
There are toilets, showers, and changing rooms on site. There is also a convenience store, several little Warungs (local eatery) and a large parking lot to accommodate beachgoers.
Bring some cash to purchase drinks and snacks, pack your camera, swimmers, a towel and plenty of sunscreen.
THINGS TO DO AT MELASTI BEACH
Pantai Melasti Bali is mostly a place where people come to spend a full day out at the beach. There are not many options for water sports besides swimming in the calm, turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.
It is one of the cleanest beaches in Bali and the perfect place to come and relax and soak up some Bali sun.
Pantai Melasti is made up of three parts. During low tide, little rockpools form along the shoreline of the middle part and create a perfect place to cool off.
This attracts the most visitors, but I recommend checking out the eastern and western parts as well.
On the east, you will come across a naturally formed cape from limestone, and on the west side is the best place to see the sunset.
The beach is surrounded by cliffs and if you look closely, you’ll find a number of viewpoints with stunning views of the ocean.
There is also a newly built arena to host local ceremonies and performances.
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WHERE TO EAT
You will find several Warungs (small local restaurants) down by the beach where you can grab a quick, delicious meal and a fresh coconut for cheap!
If you want something fancier, La Palmilla Beach Club, a luxury day club offering VIP beach services, a swimming pool, cabanas, and a thriving bar is definitely worth a visit.
You can also walk along the shoreline to the west and check out Karma Beach Club which boasts a day-club style restaurant and bar on the water’s edge!
Melasti Beach is one of Bali’s most beautiful white sandy beaches along the southern shoreline of the island and the gorgeous scenery makes it well worth visiting.
The drive down the windy road right through the tall cliff will be spoiling you with unforgettable views!
I guarantee Melasti Bali will take your breath away with its sheer beauty and is just one of the many reasons why the Island of Gods has become such a popular vacation spot for people from all over the world.
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OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST IN ULUWATU
The Bukit Peninsula boasts many other awesome locations that are definitely worth checking out.
Click on the links below to see all other points of interest near Pantai Melasti.
- Karang Boma Cliff
- Jaran Hill Sunset Viewpoint
- Nyang Nyang Beach
- Green Bowl Beach
- Suluban Beach Uluwatu
- Thomas Beach
- Padang Padang Beach
- Bingin Beach
- Balangan Beach
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, Melasti Bali, Padang Padang, Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Fire Dance, and a seafood dinner on Jimbaran Beach.
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WHERE TO STAY IN ULUWATU
Uluwatu has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See this list of accommodations in Uluwatu 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 in the Bukit. 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. Featuring 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.
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