BALANGAN BEACH IN ULUWATU!
Balangan Beach (Pantai Balangan) in Uluwatu is one of the most picturesque beaches in Bali and it’s easy to see why! Balangan Beach 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 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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Balangan Beach Uluwatu
ARRIVING AT BALANGAN BEACH
As you near the entrance to the car park on the edge of the cliffs at Pantai Balangan (Balangan Beach) 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 car park.
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
The Instafamous Balangan Beach
Golden sands at Balangan Beach
The left-hand point break at Balangan Surf
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 hundreds 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.
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SURFING AT BALANGAN BEACH
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!
Drone shot of Balangan Beach
A wedding shoot at Pantai Balangan
Balangan Beach Uluwatu
PIN LOCATION OF PANTAI BALANGAN
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 near Balangan Beach Bali 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 near Balangan Beach! 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 near Balangan Beach 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 near Balangan Beach! 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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AIRBNB BALANGAN BEACH
Another option for accommodation near Balangan Beach is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in the area.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BALANGAN BEACH
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF BALANGAN BEACH
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