Uluwatu Beaches are rated as some of the BEST beaches in all of Bali! The Bukit Peninsula in Bali’s south not only boasts magnificent beaches but also rugged limestone cliffs, world-class surf breaks, insane sunset viewpoints, cliff top bars, hipster cafes, skateboard parks, traditional temples and much more!
Safe to say the Bukit Peninsula Bali is a must-see region on the famed ‘Island of the Gods’.
See below for The Ultimate Guide to The Best Uluwatu Beaches that are not to be missed on your next visit to Bali!
THE 10 BEST ULUWATU BEACHES
#1 SULUBAN BEACH ULUWATU
Suluban Beach, also known as Blue Point Uluwatu, is one of the most popular Uluwatu beaches that can be found in the Bukit Peninsula Bali! Pantai Suluban Uluwatu lies beneath a looming cliff face that can only be accessed by adventuring through the limestone caves.
ARRIVING AT SULUBAN ULUWATU BEACH
There is a carpark located at the top of Uluwatu Cliff and the fee for parking is 5,000 rupiah for scooters and 15,000 rupiah for a car.
From the carpark, it is approximately a 10-minute walk down a flight 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SULUBAN ULUWATU BEACH
I traversed down the Uluwatu cliff via the concrete stairs and sunk my toes into the sand down at Suluban Beach. There were some surfers down in the Suluban Beach Cave either paddling out to surf or coming back in from a session. This is the main entry and exit point for surfers wishing to surf the famous Uluwatu surf break at Blue Point.
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.
Suluban Beach – Best Uluwatu Beaches
#2 PADANG PADANG BEACH
Padang Padang Beach, also known as Pantai Labuan Sait, is a famous surf spot on the Bukit Peninsula Bali, Indonesia. Padang Padang Beach has a number of awesome things to check out such as the unique rock caves, tidal swimming pools, secluded beaches and world-class waves, making it one of the best Uluwatu Beaches.
ARRIVING AT PADANG PADANG ULUWATU BEACH
There is a car park conveniently located across from the entrance to Padang Padang Beach which costs 2,000 rupiah to park up your scooter for the day.
Padang Padang Beach Entrance Fee: When you arrive to Padang Padang Beach you’ll see a ticket booth at the top of the stairs and here you will be asked to pay a 10,000 rupiah entrance fee.
Follow the narrow staircase down through a limestone cave which leads directly down to the shoreline on Padang Padang Beach Bali. Be sure to keep any loose belongings out of reach from the monkeys on the way down to Padang Padang Beach as they have been known to snatch purses, sunnies, hats, phones, food and drinks.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PADANG PADANG ULUWATU BEACH
If you are looking to ride some waves at the famous Padang Padang Surf Break there is a small beach shack run by the local surf life-saving guards who offer surfboard rentals for around 100,000 rupiah for 2-hours. For beginner surfers, you can ask one of the locals to take you out for some surf lessons at one of the best Uluwatu Beaches!
On low tide, there is a lot of exploring to be had around the foot of Padang Padang Bali cliffs. Natural rock formations and secluded beaches make for excellent photo opportunities or the perfect spot to read a book.
For food and drinks, there are half a dozen local warungs to order fresh seafood or a local nasi goreng dish to fill the stomach and your choice of soft drinks, coconut water or a cold Bintang beer to wash it all down. All this for as little as $5 – $10.
Pantai Padang Padang – Best Uluwatu Beaches
#3 THOMAS BEACH
Thomas Beach Uluwatu is up there as one of the most beautiful and underrated Uluwatu Beaches in Bali. Thomas Beach offers a 200-meter stretch of soft white sand, rolling turquoise waves and a cluster of shady beach umbrellas all of which are waiting to be discovered.
ARRIVING AT THOMAS BEACH ULUWATU
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 the car park on top of the cliffs at Thomas Beach Bali. There is no fee for parking which is great and it is only a short 10-minute walk down the steps to reach the shoreline at Thomas Beach.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THOMAS BEACH BALI
Thomas Beach fly’s under the radar as a popular tourist hotspot meaning you’ll have this beautiful Uluwatu beach almost entirely to yourself.
On occasion, Thomas Beach picks up the swell that rolls in from the more southern Uluwatu 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 Thomas Beach Bali. The cost of a surfboard rental is around 50,000 rupiah for 2-hours.
On low tide, you can discover some of the rocky outcrops, secluded beaches and small caves along the coastline nearby to Thomas Beach. To check the tide times in advance click HERE.
For all you beachgoers who simply like to relax and unwind, Thomas Beach Uluwatu is the perfect spot for just that! Rent out an umbrella on the sand for the day for only 50,000 rupiah and watch the world go by all the time while sipping on a Kelapa (fresh coconut).
Thomas Beach – Best Uluwatu Beaches
#4 BINGIN BEACH
Bingin Beach is a surfers paradise when it comes to pumping waves! Bingin Beach Surf is one of the most demanding reef breaks in Bali that has surfers flying in from around the globe to try their luck at getting shacked on the fast left-hander barreling wave. 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 more popular Uluwatu Beaches.
ARRIVING AT BINGIN BEACH
As there are no roads down to Pantai Bingin you’ll have to park your scooter at the top of the cliffs in the designated car park and the cost of parking is 2,000 rupiah. From the car park, you’ll find a paved alleyway that leads down passed some hilltop accommodations and to a set of stairs, that is cut into the side of the cliffs, which head all the way down to the sand at Bingin Bali.
THINGS TO DO AT BINGIN BEACH ULUWATU
As you know by now Bingin Beach is a hotspot for surfing. If you would like to rent a surfboard there are a few surf shacks located right on the sand at Pantai Bingin that have a wide selection of boards to choose from. The cost for surfboard rental is 50,000 rupiah for 2- hours. Surf lessons are also available at Bingin Beach, just inquire at the surfboard rental shacks.
If you are not a keen surfer there is a lot of exploring to be done down at Bingin Beach. Head south along the sand and around the rocky outcrops to find smaller secluded Uluwatu beaches and abandoned beach shacks at the base of the Bingin Beach Cliffs.
For food, my favourite Bingin Beach restaurants are Kelly’s Warung and Lucky Fish.
Pantai Bingin – Best Uluwatu Beaches
#5 BALANGAN BEACH
Balangan Beach is a glistening white sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliffs located on the Bukit Peninsula in Bali’s south. Pantai Balangan became quite popular when a photo taken on the cliffs went viral on Instagram and it is now one of the most visited Uluwatu Beaches.
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 IDR (50c). Once you have parked up, follow the dirt trail around to the right which leads you to the Instafamous viewpoint on the cliffs.
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.
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 traditional 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
Pantai Balangan – Best Uluwatu Beaches
#6 TEGAL WANGI BEACH
Tegal Wangi Beach is a tucked away slice of paradise in the southern region of Bali. Pantai Tegal Wangi is a popular spot where the locals like to hang out on the cliffs and on the pristine beach below. Not many tourists know about Tegal Wangi as they are drawn towards the more popular Uluwatu Beaches.
ARRIVING AT TEGAL WANGI BEACH
There is a small carpark on the left-hand side when you arrive at Tegal Wangi Beach. Sometimes the gates for the carpark are open and you can park inside for a small fee of 2,000 Rupiah (20 cents). If the gates are locked you can park up anywhere outside the gates on the gravel patches.
There is no entrance fee to visit this wonderful beach haven unlike most of the Uluwatu Beaches. You will see a dirt trail from the carpark that leads directly to the top of the cliffs at Tegal Wangi Beach.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TEGAL WANGI
The viewpoint from the top of Tegal Wangi offers spectacular views of rugged cliffs and electric blue water along the southern coastline of The Bukit Peninsula. The furthest cliff point you can see from this viewpoint is the more popular Balangan Beach.
The Tegal Wangi Beach Rock Pools
Take the stairs down to the beach beneath the cliffs and discover the several natural rock pools that can be found on the exposed coral reef. The natural jacuzzi like pools fills up with water with each crashing wave that rolls in from the ocean. On sunset, you can get a fantastic reflection photo along the edge of the rock pools.
The Tegal Wangi Beach Caves
Stroll along the sand to the very end of Tegal Wangi Beach until you can go no further and you will find 2 caves underneath the cliffs. The first cave is a small little dugout in the cliff that is progressively becoming larger with the bigger swells that hit this Uluwatu beach. The 2nd cave is much larger and more impressive than the 1st. It is around 5 meters tall and 5 meters deep. This is the perfect secluded spot to lay down a sarong and listen to the waves echo throughout the cave as they crash on to the shoreline. You can take a photo from inside the cave facing out over the horizon for a cool perspective.
Pantai Tegal Wangi – Best Uluwatu Beaches
#7 GREEN BOWL BEACH
Green Bowl Beach Bali is one of the best, most secluded Uluwatu beaches on the Bukit Peninsula. Green Bowl Beach sits at the base of verdant cliffs next to a small village known as Ungasan.
ARRIVING AT GREEN BOWL BEACH BALI
You will arrive at a large carpark at the top of the cliffs at Green Bowl Beach and have to pay a small parking fee of 2,000 rupiah (20c). Small warungs and convenient shops line the edge of the carpark if you wish to grab a meal and drinks before heading down to Green Bowl Beach Bali.
To access Green Bowl Beach Bali, you will have to descend the 300 odd concrete steps down to the beach. Mind your hat and any other loose items you may have on your person as the monkeys swinging around in the treetops are cheeky and can potentially rob you.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT GREEN BOWL BEACH BALI
A small patch of glistening white sand, no more than 50 meters long, gives you a sense of being on a castaway island. The turquoise water to go with will have you in disbelief that such places exist. I wandered through the shallow waters and discovered how incredibly crystal clear it was, practically see-through and it seemed as if the water wasn’t even there.
Apart from this pristine Uluwatu beach, Green Bowl is 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 Uluwatu Point and Padang Padang.
On low tide at Green Bowl Beach Bali, you can wander around the caves and further down the coastline to discover other secluded sandy areas and dozens of rock pools.
Pantai Green Bowl – Best Uluwatu Beaches
#8 NYANG NYANG BEACH
Nyang Nyang Beach is one of the cleanest and most beautiful Uluwatu beaches in all of Bali. The blinding white sand and turquoise waters make this beach a ‘Bali Bucket List’ location. If you are planning a trip to visit the famous Blue Point Uluwatu, definitely check out Nyang Nyang Beach while you’re at it.
ARRIVING AT NYANG NYANG BEACH
You will arrive at the parking lot that is in front of a hotel and then you take the path down to the right-hand side of the hotel. When you come to a fork in the track, take the path down to the right.
The trek down the cliffside to get to Nyang Nyang beach takes 20 minutes. The stairs are quite steep in areas and some parts are very rocky so make sure you have suitable footwear.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT NYANG NYANG BEACH ULUWATU
The first thing we did as soon as we arrived was run straight for the ocean to cool off! When you are in the water, look back at the route that you have just trekked down and you’ll be amazed at the dense greenery that covers the cliff walls at one of the most beautiful Uluwatu Beaches.
On Nyang Nyang Beach there is a shipwreck that is half buried in the sand. It is a popular spot to take photos sitting or standing on the boat. Graffiti artists have also taken advantage of this wrecked vessel to display their artworks.
Pantai Nyang Nyang – Best Uluwatu Beaches
#9 KARANG BOMA BEACH
The Karang Boma Cliff is one of the best sunset viewpoints on the island of Bali, Indonesia. I have visited this particular viewpoint in Uluwatu on countless occasions to explore the unique cliffs that soar high above the waves below. The Karang Boma Cliff over looks one of the best Uluwatu Beaches on the Bukit Peninsula Bali.
ARRIVING AT KARANG BOMA BEACH
When using Google Maps to find the Karang Boma Cliff, it will lead you to the end of a paved road and to a small car park out the front of a locked gate. At first, I thought I was going to have to climb this gate to make my way down to the cliffs though, I found a dirt trail on the right hand side of the gate that lead us all the way down to Karang Boma Cliff.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT KARANG BOMA CLIFF
There is an entrance fee of 10,000 rupiah to visit Karang Boma Cliff due to its recent popularity. As my friends and I made our way down closer to the cliff edge, we were in complete awe of the landscape that surrounded us. The rocky cliffs tower high above a stunning reef break below and Uluwatu Temple can be spotted on the peak of a nearby cliff in the distance.
Karang Boma Cliff – Best Uluwatu Beaches
#10 JARAN HILL BEACH
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 that overlooks one of the best Uluwatu Beaches for sunset, I knew I had found a hidden gem.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT JARAN HILL CLIFF ULUWATU
Jaran Hill reminded me a little bit 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 Bali.
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.
Jaran Hill Uluwatu – Best Uluwatu Beaches
GETTING AROUND THE BUKIT PENINSULA BALI – ULUWATU BEACHES
The best way to get around the Bukit Peninsula Bali is on a scooter. For scooter rentals, you can ask your accommodation to organise this as they are always able to help.
Alternatively, keep your eyes peeled in the main tourist hubs throughout Bali including Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Denpasar, Ubud, Uluwatu etc. and you will be sure to find a scooter rental shop.
Scooter rental is 50,000 rupiah ($5) per day or you can rent them on a monthly basis from anywhere between 600,000 rupiah – 700,000 rupiah. ($60 – $70).
Uluwatu has hundreds of accommodations to chose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay that caters for luxury travellers to budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
MAP OF THE BUKIT PENINSULA BALI
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Happy Adventuring 🙂