Balangan Beach (Pantai Balangan) in Uluwatu is one of the most picturesque beaches in Bali and it’s easy to see why! Balangan became quite popular when a photo taken on the cliffs went viral on Instagram and it is now one of the most visited beaches in Uluwatu.
I have put together this complete guide of Balangan Beach including how to get there and what to expect!
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WHERE IS BALANGAN BEACH & HOW TO GET THERE
Balangan Beach Bali can be found on the south-west coastline on the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu.
The best way to get to Balangan Beach Bali is on a scooter. You can rent scooters in the main tourist hubs throughout Bali including Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, and Uluwatu.
Scooter rental is typically 50,000 IDR per day or you can rent them on a monthly basis from anywhere between 600,000 IDR and 700,000 IDR.
From Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu, it’s approximately a 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey to Balangan Beach depending on traffic.
Alternatively, if you are not comfortable driving a scooter, you can rent a car in Bali and head out to Balangan Beach on 4 wheels instead of 2.
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The Instafamous spot at Balangan Beach
ARRIVING AT BALANGAN BEACH
As you near the entrance to the carpark on the edge of the cliffs at Pantai Balangan you’ll be stopped by a local Indonesian man to pay a small parking fee of 5,000 Rupiah.
Once you have parked up, follow the dirt trail around to the right which leads you to the Insta-famous viewpoint overlooking Balangan Beach shown in the image above!
To get down to Balangan Beach from the top of the cliffs you can find a set of concrete stairs that lead straight down to the sand from the main carpark.
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THINGS TO DO AT PANTAI BALANGAN
I have visited Balangan Beach several times now and so I have made this list of fun things to do and discover on your next visit to this awesome location.
• Take an Instagrammable photo on the cliffs at Balangan Beach
• Explore the caves and small hidden temples on the rocky headland at Pantai Balangan
• Hang out with the local fisherman on the north-end cliffs at Balangan Beach Bali
• Surf some waves at the popular Balangan Surf Point
• Drink a coconut under the shade of an umbrella along Balangan Beach
• Watch the sunset from the towering cliffs that overlook Balangan Beach Surf
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Golden sands at Balangan Beach
The left-hand point break at Balangan Surf
Local fisherman on the cliffs at Balangan Beach
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BALANGAN BEACH BALI
Balangan Bali is not only a popular spot for keen surfers and landscape photographers, but it’s also a location where dozens of wedding shoots are held.
Each time I have visited Balangan Beach I have witnessed many wedding photoshoots on top of the cliffs using props such as old muscle cars and flowered archway arrangements.
If you are looking to get some quick photos of Balangan Beach from the cliffs, you need to be swift as to not get in the way of these wedding shoots.
Keen for a paddle? Surfboards can be rented from one of the many surf shacks located on the sand at Balangan Beach for as little as 50,000 Rupiah for two hours.
One of my 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 at Balangan Beach.
Post surf, you can sit under the shade of beach umbrella along Balangan Beach which costs around 50,000 Rupiah 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!
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Drone shot of Balangan Beach
A wedding shoot on the cliffs at Pantai Balangan
Balangan Beach Uluwatu
WHERE TO STAY NEAR BALANGAN BEACH
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 and budget backpackers. 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 centre 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.
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• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii
• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
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• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case
• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket
• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
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• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Balangan Beach please drop me a comment below.