Thomas Beach is one of the most beautiful and most underrated beaches in Bali. Boasting a 200 meter stretch of soft white sand, rolling turquoise waves, and shady beach umbrellas, this is the perfect spot for a day of swimming and beach bumming during your visit to Uluwatu.
I have put together this complete guide including how to get there, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS THOMAS BEACH BALI?
Thomas Beach Bali can be found along the southwest coastline of the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu, South Bali.
HOW TO GET THERE?
If you are staying in the Uluwatu region, I recommend renting a scooter and making the short drive over to Pantai Thomas.
For those of you who are coming from Kuta, Seminyak, or Canggu, it’s approximately a 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey.
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Aerial perspective of the 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, Melastic Beach, Padang Padang, Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Fire Dance, and a seafood dinner on Jimbaran Beach.
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ARRIVING AT THOMAS BEACH BALI
Keep an eye out for a black and yellow sign that reads ‘Thomas Bali Guesthouse‘, turn off the main road here and follow the white chalky driveway down to the parking lot located on top of the cliffs.
There is no fee for parking and it’s a short 10-minute walk down the steps to reach the shoreline.
The stairs down to the beach
Surfing the waves
WHAT TO EXPECT
Thomas Beach fly’s under the radar as a popular tourist spot and you’ll most likely get to enjoy this beautiful beach almost entirely to yourself.
It’s hard nowadays to find a secret beach in Bali as the tourism industry continues to grow but there are always incredible locations to be found such as this one. It’s truly an underrated slice of paradise in Uluwatu.
On occasion, Pantai Thomas picks up the swell that rolls in from the more southern beaches, and when it does, it’s a great spot to surf some uncrowded waves.
If you need to rent a surfboard you can do so from a small surf shack located on the north end of the beach. The cost of a surfboard rental is around 50,000 IDR for two hours.
At low tide, you can discover some of the rocky outcrops, secluded beaches, and small caves along the coastline nearby to the main beach. To check the tide times in advance, click here.
For all the beachgoers who simply like to relax and unwind, this is the perfect spot for exactly that. Rent out an umbrella on the sand for the day for only 50,000 IDR and watch the world go by all the time while sipping on a Kelapa (fresh coconut).
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An aerial perspective
Secluded beach at Pantai Thomas
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 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.
Sunset on Thomas Beach Uluwatu
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
The Bukit Peninsula boasts many other awesome locations that are worth checking out.
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
- Green Bowl Beach
- Padang Padang Beach
- Bingin Beach
- Balangan Beach
Suluban Beach Uluwatu
WHERE TO STAY IN ULUWATU
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 in Uluwatu. 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.
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