Jaran Hill is one of the best sunset viewpoints in Uluwatu. I recently discovered the Jaran Hill cliffs by perusing Google maps on my phone in search of some interesting landscapes and when I arrived at Jaran Hill for sunset, I knew I had found a hidden gem.
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WHERE IS JARAN HILL & HOW TO GET THERE
Jaran Hill is located on the most western tip of the Bukit Penisula in south Bali.
If you are staying in the Uluwatu region you can rent a scooter for approximately 50,000 Rupiah per day and make your way over to Jaran Hill.
If you are coming from Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu it is approximately a 1-hour to 1.5-hour journey to Jaran Hill.
For scooter rentals, you can ask your accommodation to organise this as they are always able to help.
Alternatively, keep your eyes peeled along the main roads in the Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta and Uluwatu regions and you will be sure to find a scooter rental shop.
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Watching the sunset on the cliffs at Jaran Hill
WHAT TO EXPECT AT JARAN HILL CLIFF ULUWATU
Jaran Hill reminded me of Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida. The curvature of the limestone cliffs, the colourful coral reef and the infamous surf spot known as ‘Secrets’ are what makes Jaran Hill one of the best viewpoints on the Bukit Peninsula.
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.
I parked my scooter at the Uluwatu Lighthouse, which I believe is not even a functioning lighthouse, and then walked through some small bushes towards the Jaran Hill cliffs.
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Sunset at the Uluwatu lighthouse on Jaran Hill
Drone shot of Uluwatu lighthouse on Jaran Hill
JARAN HILL CLIFF ULUWATU – CONTINUED
There are three viewpoints at Jaran Hill:
#1 Uluwatu Lighthouse
There is a hole in the fence that surrounds the Uluwatu lighthouse and it is easy to climb to the top via the internal stairs to the first tier and then up the ladder to the viewing platform on the top.
If you have never experienced a sunset from the top of a lighthouse before, this is your chance.
#2 Jaran Hill Cliffs
Directly in front of Uluwatu lighthouse, there is a viewpoint that overlooks the curving limestone cliffs and the ‘Secrets’ surf break beneath Jaran Hill. Not a bad spot for a cold Bintang while you watch the sunset!
#3 Jaran Hill
Walk down to the very tip of Jaran Hill to experience panoramic views of the Bukit Penisula coastline. If you look to the left you can spot the Uluwatu Temple and to the right-hand side, you can see as far down as Uluwatu Beach.
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Bintang’s and sunsets on Jaran Hill
Drone shot of Jaran Hill Uluwatu and Secrets surf spot
JARAN HILL – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Jaran Hill is a popular spot for the locals to hang out away from the more crowded spots such as Karang Boma Cliff and Uluwatu Temple, so please respect them when visiting Jaran Hill.
There are no rubbish bins provided at Jaran Hill, so if you plan to have a few Bintang’s at sunset please be sure to take any empty bottles and rubbish with you.
The best time to visit Jaran Hill is for sunset which is between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm.
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 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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Another option for accommodation in Bali is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Bali.
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• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Jaran Hill Uluwatu, please drop me a comment below.
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