DISCOVER SULUBAN BEACH IN ULUWATU!
Suluban Beach, also known as Blue Point Uluwatu and Pantai Suluban, is a spectacular beach that can be found in the Bukit Peninsula in South Bali.
Suluban Beach is world-renowned for its left-hand point break that is very popular among surfers, but there are plenty more fantastic things to do at Pantai Suluban other than surfing!
I have put together this complete guide to Suluban Beach including how to get there, how much it costs, the best time to visit and what to expect!
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WHERE IS SULUBAN BEACH & HOW TO GET THERE
Pantai Suluban is located on the very southwestern tip of the Bukit Penisula Bali in Uluwatu.
The best way to get to Suluban Beach is on a scooter. You can rent scooters in the main tourist hubs throughout Bali such as 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 Suluban Beach Bali depending on the traffic.
Alternatively, if you are not comfortable driving a scooter, you can rent a car in Bali and head out to Suluban Beach on 4 wheels instead of 2.
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ARRIVING AT PANTAI SULUBAN
There is a parking lot located at the top of Uluwatu Cliff near Suluban Beach and the fee for parking is 5,000 IDR for scooters and 15,000 IDR for a car.
From the parking lot, it is 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 you reach the Suluban Beach Cave.
On my way down to Pantai Suluban, I stopped in at one of the locally run cafes to grab a light snack and a cold Bintang beer for around $5. Once you see the view of Suluban Beach on the way down the stairs I am sure you will want to stop for a minute too.
The famous Uluwatu surf break lies adjacent to the Uluwatu cliff which offers the most incredible view of the surfers from above, all the while sipping back on a cold one.
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Watching the sunset at Pantai Suluban
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SULUBAN BEACH
Once you’ve had a bite to eat and drink, continue to traverse down Uluwatu cliff via the concrete stairs which eventually emerges on the sand down at Suluban Beach.
There are always surfers that frequent Suluban Beach Cave who are either paddling out to surf or coming back in from a session. This is the main entry and exit point for surfers who are game enough to surf Uluwatu’s famous left-hand break at Blue Point.
Suluban Beach is not the most ideal spot for sunbathing as the waves coming in and out of the Suluban Beach Cave are unpredictable and can potentially pose a risk of being washed out.
In saying this, I have been to down to Suluban Beach on many occasions and as long you have some common sense of assessing the conditions around you, Suluban Beach Cave is safe to enjoy and explore.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SULUBAN BEACH
The best time to visit Pantai Suluban Bali is during low tide, ultimately revealing more sandy beach spaces, easier access to explore the Suluban Beach Cave and small rock openings that lead to the hidden Suluban Beach.
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Uluwatu Cliff and Suluban Beach
Hidden Suluban Beach in Uluwatu
HIDDEN SULUBAN BEACH
Mind your head crawling through the Suluban Beach Cave and find yourself on the sand shores at the hidden Suluban Beach. This is my favorite Uluwatu beach to explore and chill on the entire Bukit Peninsula Bali!
There is a pretty awesome shipwreck at the foot of Uluwatu cliff on the southern end of Suluban Beach. It seems graffiti artists have creatively used this shipwreck on Suluban Beach as their blank canvas to express their artworks.
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SINGLE FIN ULUWATU – SUNSET BAR
Not only is Suluban Beach one of the top things to do in Uluwatu, but a sunset beer at Single Fin Uluwatu is also a MUST.
Every day of the week Single Fin Uluwatu offers beers, snacks, live music and the best views overlooking the Indian Ocean and Suluban Beach.
Single Fin Bar is best renowned for its famed ‘Sunday Sessions’ on the top of Uluwatu Cliff where resident and international DJs play hourly long live sets. It has people flocking to down Uluwatu Beach from all around the world 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 Bali, though you have to get there early as it gets super crowded and it’s hard to find a seat.
Resident DJ at Single Fin Uluwatu
Sunset from Single Fin Bar Uluwatu
Uluwatu Surf is a very famous left-hand barreling reef break at Blue Point Uluwatu. Uluwatu Beach is home to many international surf events throughout each year that attracts professional surfers from all around the world.
This particular Uluwatu beach can be surfed on all tides, but it typically breaks better on a mid to low tide.
The best months to surf at Suluban Beach is in the dry season, May to October. Pantai Suluban works best in offshore winds from the east and the ideal swell direction is from the south-west.
You can check the live stream video on the Uluwatu Surf Cam to see the conditions beforehand.
Surfing Blue Point Uluwatu on sunset
Surfers down on Suluban Beach
WHERE TO STAY NEAR SULUBAN 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 Suluban Beach 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 Suluban 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 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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WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI
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 SULUBAN BEACH
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