Thomas Beach Bali – The Ultimate Guide [2023]

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Thomas Beach is one of the most beautiful and 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.

It’s located exactly halfway between Padang Padang Beach and Suluban Beach (Blue Point Uluwatu).

Click here to see the location on Google maps. 

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HOW TO GET TO THOMAS BEACH

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.

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.

Includes:

  • Experienced Driver
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Mineral water
  • Petrol

BOOK NOW → PRIVATE CAR WITH DRIVER

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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.

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Sunset in Uluwatu
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Pantai Thomas Uluwatu

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ULUWATU TOUR

Planning a trip to Uluwatu?

Why not book a full-day tour to experience the best beaches in Uluwatu and other popular attractions in the Bukit Peninsula?!

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 Beach, Padang Padang Beach, 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 Suka Cafe, and the entrance gates to Thomas Beach are located directly opposite.

Turn off the main road here and follow the rocky road down to the parking lot located on top of the cliffs next to a small warung.

There is no fee for parking and it’s a short 5-minute walk down the steps to reach the shoreline.

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The parking lot and shop
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Follow this path down to the beach
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First glimpse of Thomas Beach Uluwatu

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THOMAS BEACH

Thomas Beach is a hidden gem 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.

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’d like to rent a surfboard you can do so from a small surf shack located on the northern end of the beach.

The cost of a surfboard rental is around 50,000 IDR for two hours.

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Secluded beach
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Surfing the waves

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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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Golden hour at the beach
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Ultimate beach vibes
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Secluded shoreline at the southern end

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST

The Bukit Peninsula boasts many awesome locations that are worth checking out.

Click here to see all other points of interest in Uluwatu.

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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 the best places to stay during your visit.

Below you’ll find properties suitable for luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.

LUXURY: ANANTARA RESORT

Anantara Resort is at the height of luxury, located on the edge of the cliffs in Uluwatu overlooking the ocean.

Features include an infinity pool, fitness center, spa, multiple restaurants, bars, and on-site cultural workshops.

There are many different rooms, suites, and villas on offer to suit everyone’s needs.

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MID RANGE: SAL SECRET SPOT

Sal Secret Spot is the best place to stay in Uluwatu for travelers on a mid-range budget.

Features include a swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and a restaurant, and it’s located just a few minutes walk to Bingin Beach.

The rooms are spacious and have a terrace, a private bathroom, a minibar, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.

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BUDGET: ONE DEGREE SUNSET HILL

Located on the hillside overlooking the ocean, One Degree Sunset Hill is the best hostel in Uluwatu.

This property offers dorm rooms and private rooms, and other features include an infinity pool, a tour desk, and breakfast is included for all guests.

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For More Options, See My Complete Guide On Where To Stay In Uluwatu

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WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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.

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