The beaches in Uluwatu are rated as some of the BEST beaches in all of Bali.
Uluwatu in Bali’s south not only boasts magnificent beaches but also features rugged limestone cliffs, world-class surf breaks, sunset viewpoints, beach bars, healthy cafes, traditional temples, and much more!
I have put together this ultimate guide to the 17 BEST Beaches In Uluwatu including where to find them, the best times to visit, and what to expect at each one.
ULUWATU BEACHES OVERVIEW
Here is a quick overview of the 17 Best Beaches In Uluwatu that you will find in this post:
- Suluban Beach
- Padang Padang Beach
- Thomas Beach
- Bingin Beach
- Balangan Beach
- Tegal Wangi Beach
- Dreamland Beach
- Melasti Beach
- Sundays Beach
- Karma Kandara Beach
- Gunung Payung
- Green Bowl Beach
- Nyang Nyang Beach
- Nunggalan Beach
- Karang Boma Beach
- Pandawa Beach
- Jaran Cliff Beach
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17 BEST ULUWATU BEACHES
Here is your Ultimate Guide to the 17 BEST Beaches In Uluwatu that are not to be missed on your next visit to Bali.
SULUBAN BEACH ULUWATU
Suluban Beach (also known as Blue Point Uluwatu and Pantai Suluban) is the most popular among all of the other Uluwatu beaches.
Suluban Beach is world-renowned for its left-hand point break, but there are plenty more fantastic things to do at Pantai Suluban other than surfing!
Upon arrival, you’ll see a large parking lot and the fee for parking is 5,000 IDR for scooters and 15,000 IDR for a car.
From the parking lot, it’s approximately a 10-minute walk down a set of concrete stairs that zigzag past dozens of clifftop bars, small cafes, souvenir stores, and surfboard rental shops before it eventually emerges on the shoreline.
You can hang out on the beach here though I recommend crawling through the Suluban Beach cave and finding yourself on the sandy shores of Hidden Beach.
Not only is Suluban Beach one of the top places to visit in Uluwatu, but it’s also where the famous Single Fin Bar resides at the top of the cliffs.
Every day of the week Single Fin Uluwatu offers beers, snacks, live music, and the best views overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Single Fin Bar is best renowned for its famed ‘Sunday Sessions’ where resident and international DJs play hourly long live sets.
It has people flocking here from all around the island just to experience a Sunday session at Single Fin.
Single Fin Uluwatu is by far my favorite spot to watch the sunset on the Bukit Penisula, though you have to get there early as it gets super crowded and it’s hard to find a seat.
Full Blog Post → Suluban Beach
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PADANG PADANG BEACH
Padang Padang Beach (Pantai Padang Padang) is a famous Uluwatu beach that is best for surfing and beach bumming!
There are a number of awesome things to check out during your visit to this stunning beach such as unique rock caves, tidal swimming pools, secluded beaches, and world-class waves.
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When you arrive, you’ll see a ticket booth on the side of the road and the entrance fee is 10,000 IDR.
From here, a narrow staircase leads down from the top of the cliffs and through a limestone cave that emerges on the shoreline.
Padang Padang Beach features a semicircular cove with golden sands which is surrounded by lush vegetation and verdant cliffs.
There is plenty of space to perch up in the shade of the cliffs or in the middle of the beach if you want to work on that summer tan!
Natural rock formations and secluded beaches make for the perfect spot to go for a dip or simply relax and read a book.
Padang Padang Beach in Uluwatu also plays home to a world-renowned surf break which is typically a left-hand barreling wave.
The best months to surf at Padang Padang Beach are in the dry season between May and October.
This particular reef break works best in offshore winds from the east and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest.
For beginner surfers, you can book surf lessons online in advance.
If you already know how to surf, you can rent a surfboard down on the beach from one of the surf shacks. The going rate is around 100,000 IDR for 2 hours.
Full Blog Post → Padang Padang Beach
Thomas Beach is one of the most beautiful and underrated beaches in Uluwatu.
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 on the Bukit Peninsula.
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.
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, Thomas Beach 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).
Full Blog Post → Thomas Beach Uluwatu
Bingin Beach (Pantai Bingin) is a surfer’s paradise featuring world-class waves and a pristine shoreline for everyday beachgoers!
But it’s not just the waves that have people flocking to Bingin Beach, there are a number of other things to do and see at one of the best Uluwatu Beaches.
There are no roads that lead directly down to Pantai Bingin so you’ll have to park your scooter at the top of the cliffs in the designated parking lot and the cost of parking is 2,000 IDR.
From the parking lot, follow the signs and you’ll find a paved alleyway that leads past some hilltop accommodations to a set of stairs that will take you all the way down to Bingin Beach.
This particular Uluwatu beach is a hotspot for surfing and if you would like to rent a surfboard there are a few surf shacks that have a wide selection of boards to choose from.
The cost of a surfboard rental is 50,000 IDR for two hours. Surf lessons are also available, just inquire with the guys at the surfboard rental shacks.
If you’re not a keen surfer, no worries because there is lots of exploring to be had.
Head south along the sand and around the rocky outcrops to find smaller secluded beaches and abandoned beach shacks at the base of the cliffs.
Full Blog Post → Bingin Beach Uluwatu
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Balangan Beach (Pantai Balangan) in Uluwatu is one of the most picturesque beaches in Bali and it’s easy to see why!
This stunning Uluwatu beach became very popular when a photo taken on the cliffs went viral on Instagram and it’s now one of the most visited beaches.
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When you arrive at the parking lot on the edge of the cliffs at Pantai Balangan, you’ll have to pay a small parking fee of 5,000 IDR.
Once you have parked up, follow the dirt trail around to the right which leads you to the Instafamous viewpoint overlooking the beach.
To get down to the shoreline from the top of the cliffs, there is a set of concrete stairs that lead straight down to the beach from the main parking lot.
Some of the best things to do at Balangan Beach include:
- Take an Instagrammable photo on the cliffs
- Explore the caves and small hidden temples on the rocky headland
- Hang out with the local fisherman on the north-end cliffs
- Surf some waves at the popular Balangan Surf Point
- Drink a coconut under the shade of an umbrella
- Watch the sunset from the cliffs
Keen on a paddle? Surfboards can be rented from one of the many surf shacks located along the shoreline for as little as 50,000 IDR for two hours.
One of my personal favorite spots to surf in Uluwatu is right here at Balangan Surf Point.
Whether it is low tide or high tide, the Balangan surf break has a long left-hand wave that breaks off the point and right into the bay.
Post-surf, you can sit under the shade of a beach umbrella along the beach which costs around 50,000 IDR for a couple of hours, or the whole day if you wish.
Believe me, it gets very hot down on Pantai Balangan and you’ll want to retreat out of the sun and rehydrate with a fresh coconut!
Full Blog Post → Balangan Beach
TEGAL WANGI BEACH
Tegal Wangi Beach is a slice of paradise and one of my personal favorite beaches.
Pantai Tegal Wangi is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike who flock here to watch the sunset from the cliffs or to go swimming in the rock pools along the pristine shoreline below.
There is a small parking lot on the left-hand side when you arrive at Tegal Wangi Beach.
The viewpoint at the top of the cliffs offers spectacular views of the rugged coastline and the stunning blue waters along the southern beaches.
Take the stairs down to the beach and discover the natural rock pools and caves that can be found beneath the cliffs.
At sunset, you can put your photography skills to the test and try to get a reflection photo along the edge of the rock pools or get some shots from within the cave.
Full Blog Post → Tegal Wangi Beach
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Dreamland Beach (Pantai Dreamland) is another one of the many stunning beaches in Uluwatu.
Boasting limestone cliffs, golden sands, and turquoise waters, this is a beloved beach that’s not to be missed.
Pantai Dreamland is located halfway between Balangan Beach and Bingin Beach, and it’s easy to get to via the access road.
There is a parking fee of 5,000 IDR for scooters and 10,000 IDR for a car.
Dreamland is one of the south coast’s famous surf spots. The waves are fun and, on most days, suitable for all levels.
A short paddle out to the beach break takes you to short rights and quick lefts, that work best on low tide.
As the name suggests, the beach is a dream location that is not only good for surfing but makes a great spot for relaxing, tanning and enjoying dips in the clear blue water.
There is also a restaurant and bar at the beach to grab a bite to eat post-surf or to relax with a cocktail and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in Bali.
Full Blog Post → Dreamland Beach Uluwatu
Melasti Beach (Pantai Melasti) is often described as one of the best beaches in Uluwatu thanks to its glistening white sands hidden by a large limestone cliff.
Pantai Melasti is located on the east coast of Uluwatu and is easily accessible by a road that leads right down to the shoreline.
When you arrive, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee of 10,000 IDR before making your way down the windy road through the impressive limestone cliffs.
There are toilets, showers, and changing rooms down by the beach, as well as a convenience store, several Warungs (local eatery), and a large parking lot to accommodate beachgoers.
Melasti is one of the cleanest beaches in Bali and the perfect place to come and relax and soak up some Bali sun.
You can also visit one of the few beach clubs including La Palmilla, a luxury day club offering VIP beach services, a swimming pool, cabanas, and a thriving bar.
Another top-rated spot to check out is TT’s Beach Club, featuring an immersive bamboo structure, infinity pool, restaurant, and cocktail bar.
Full Blog Post → Melasti Beach
SUNDAYS BEACH & CLUB
Sundays Beach is a private beach located on the east coast of the Bukit Peninsula, featuring a beach club, watersports, a restaurant and bar, and luxury cliff-top accommodations.
Although this beach is not public, Sundays Beach Club is a private piece of paradise with so much to experience.
The entrance fee is 450,000 IDR per adult, and 250,000 IDR for children aged 5 – 11.
This includes food and beverage credit to use at the restaurant and bar, inclinator access to the beach, oceanfront seating, a towel, and the use of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
Sunday’s is open every day from 10 am – 8 pm, but please note seatings are on a first-come, first-served basis so I recommend arriving as early as possible.
Unwind, soak up some sun, jump in the ocean, enjoy the music, and toast marshmallows by the fire to wrap up a day in paradise.
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KARMA KANDARA BEACH
Karma Kandara Beach is another idyllic location around the corner from Sundays Beach Clu, boasting an oceanfront venue and a private beach to go swimming.
Nestled into a small cove you’ll find Karma Beach Club where you can perch up for the day.
As far as I know, you are allowed access to the beach if you simply order some food and drinks from Karma Beach Club.
You can access the beach from the western end of Melasti Beach by simply walking along the shoreline for 100 or so meters.
Alternatively, there is access through the Karma Kandara Hotel located at the top of the cliffs.
It’s the perfect spot to hang out with your friends or family, lounge out on the day beds, enjoy some delicious cuisine, and cool off in the ocean.
GUNUNG PAYUNG BEACH
Tucked away from the more crowded Uluwatu beaches is Gunung Payung, also referred to as GP’s.
There is easy road access and a parking lot at the top of the cliffs from which you will then have to walk down some stairs to reach the shoreline.
It’s one of the lesser-known beaches in the Bukit and personally one of my favorites because you won’t find many tourists here.
Although the beach is almost always deserted, Gunung Payung is a popular spot for surfers that come here to surf the reef break which offers decent waves.
GP’s is a must-visit if you’re on the hunt for a secluded and clean beach to go for a swim without having to battle the crowds.
Please note that there are no food and beverage options here so be prepared with snacks and drinking water to take down to the beach with you.
GREEN BOWL BEACH
Green Bowl Beach, also known as Pantai Green Bowl, is one of the most secluded beaches on the east coast of the Bukit.
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.
There is a large parking lot at the top of the cliffs and a parking fee of 2,000 IDR.
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.
A small patch of glistening white sand, no more than fifty meters long, welcomes you at the bottom of the stairs.
The turquoise water to go with will have you in disbelief that this stunning beach actually exists.
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.
Full Blog Post → Green Bowl Beach Bali
NYANG NYANG BEACH
Nyang Nyang Beach is one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches on the Bukit Peninsula.
The glistening white sand and turquoise waters make this beach a must-see location during your visit to Bali.
The easiest way to get down to the beach is via the west entrance because there is a newly constructed road that leads from the top of the cliffs all the way down to the shoreline.
Upon arrival, there is a small ticketing booth where you’ll have to stop and pay an entry fee of 5,000 IDR to access the beach.
I recommend visiting Nyang Nyang Beach earlier in the 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 Nyang Nyang Beach later in the day, I highly recommend sticking around for sunset which is generally around 6 pm.
You’ll also find a few local beach vendors where you can grab something to eat and drink during your visit.
Full Blog Post → Nyang Nyang Beach
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Nunggalan Beach is situated along the same shoreline as Nyang Nyang Beach, however, it’s much further to the east and there is a separate access point.
The jump-off point at Nunggalan is located in front of a hotel and you can safely park your scooter in the parking lot free of charge.
Follow the path along the right-hand side of the hotel and when you come to a fork in the track, take the path down to the right which eventually emerges on the shoreline.
The trek down the cliffside to get to the beach takes around fifteen to twenty minutes via a set of steep stairs so make sure to wear suitable footwear.
After the hike down, head straight ocean to cool off in the calm waters and then grab a fresh coconut from one of the local beach vendors.
A shipwreck can also be found on the beach which is half-buried in the sand. It’s a very popular spot to take photos sitting or standing on the boat.
KARANG BOMA BEACH & CLIFFS
Karang Boma is without a doubt one of the best sunset viewpoints on the island of Bali.
The Karang Boma Cliff overlooks one of the most picturesque beaches in the Uluwatu region.
There is an entrance fee of 10,000 IDR to visit Karang Boma Beach which is to be paid upon arrival.
The rocky cliffs at Karang Boma tower above a stunning beach below and Uluwatu Temple can be spotted on a peak in the distance.
It’s possible to walk out to the very edge of the cliff but do so at your own risk. It’s approximately a 100-meter drop to the shoreline so please be very careful when exploring this location.
Visiting Karang Boma Cliff is truly an exhilarating experience and marveling at the panoramic views overlooking the Bali Sea is what makes this place so unique.
Full Blog Post → Karang Boma
Pantai Pandawa is truly a special gem, featuring a picture-perfect white sand beach dotted with beach umbrellas and milky blue waters.
It’s no wonder why this Uluwatu beach is becoming more and more popular.
The entrance fee at Pandawa Beach is 15,000 IDR and there is easy road access that leads directly to the shoreline at the base of the cliffs.
Pandawa Beach is a popular spot for surfing out on reef breaks about 50 meters from the shore where you will see a left-hand and a right-hand wave on a decent swell.
You can rent a board on the beach for around 50,000 IDR for 1 hour if you wish to go for a paddle.
Other than surfing, there is a safe place for swimming closer to the shore in the shallow waters which is the perfect opportunity to go for a dip to cool off.
Pandawa Bali is very well developed with toilets, showers, and changing rooms, as well as a convenience store, multiple restaurants, food stalls, a spa, and a beach club.
Safe to say that Pandawa Beach is not to be missed on your list of beaches to visit in Uluwatu.
Full Blog Post → Pandawa Beach
JARAN HILL BEACH
Last but not least is Jaran Hill which boasts an incredible viewpoint that overlooks one of the best beaches and surf breaks.
The curvature of the limestone cliffs, the colorful coral reef, and the infamous surf spot known as ‘Secrets’ are what make Jaran Hill a top place to see in Uluwatu.
The road to Jaran Hill turns from asphalt, to paved and then eventually to a rocky dirt trail that will lead you right down to the Uluwatu Lighthouse where the trail ends.
You can park your scooter here at the Uluwatu Lighthouse and then follow the walking trail toward Jaran Hill to enjoy the view from the cliffs.
I recommend visiting this spot at sunset with a cold Bintang in hand.
Full Blog Post → Jaran Hill Cliff
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.
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.
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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HOW TO GET AROUND THE BEACHES IN ULUWATU
The best way to get around Uluwatu and all the beaches is by car or by scooter.
If you are staying in the Uluwatu region, I recommend renting a scooter for a few days and exploring the Bukit Peninsula at your own pace.
Don’t feel confident riding a scooter? Another great option for getting around Uluwatu is to hire a private car and a driver for the day and experience all that the Bukit Peninsula has to offer.
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- Drinking water
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