Wondering about the best things to do in Uluwatu, Bali? We got you!
The Bukit Peninsula (commonly referred to as Uluwatu) consists of much more than just the famous Uluwatu cliffs. Everything south of Denpasar Airport is considered to be the Bukit Peninsula.
Most travelers spend their entire trip north of this area in more popular areas like Kuta, Canggu, or Ubud. While these are beautiful Bali areas worth visiting, Uluwatu has some of the best beaches on the island and some of the most fun places to visit in Bali.
So it’s safe to say that you don’t want to skip out on Uluwautu!
11 Top Things To Do In Uluwatu
After exploring the entire peninsula, here are all of the best things to do in Uluwatu, including a few places to each and tips for getting around the area.
Let’s dive in!
1. Watch the Sunset at Padang Padang Beach
Though the beach is smaller than we expected, Padang Padang is one of the best beaches in Bali for sunset.
It’s also a great place to come and explore during low tide since you can walk out into the ocean over 100 meters without the water coming past your knees and walk below the coastal cliffs.
The surf break at Padang Padang is known across the globe as the “Bali Pipeline”– a near-perfect tube for advanced surfers. If you are a beginner, we recommend visiting one of the other beaches in Uluwatu without such shallow reefs.
P.S. There is an entry fee of 15K ($1), and you must walk down over 100 steps to get to the shore.
2. Learn to Surf at Balangan Beach
Balangan Beach is one of the longest beaches in South Bali, and it’s an excellent place for anyone to hang out, but it’s especially great for travelers hoping to move from beginner waves to intermediate surfing.
Come at high tide for the best surfing. You can rent a board for just 30K IDR/hour ($2)!
At Balangan Beach, there are a variety of restaurants right on the beach and plenty of vendors to browse through souvenirs. The only downside to this beach is the rocky ocean floor. If you want to swim, you must bring some reef shoes!
Overall, this beach is fantastic and makes for a great afternoon!
3. Stay at a Luxury Resort (Without the Luxury Price).
Uluwatu is full of stunning luxury resorts, so if you’re looking for where to stay in Uluwatu, you’ll have many options.
These beautiful villas are among the best parts of staying in the area, and the best part is that you can find 4- and 5-star resorts for the price of a motel room in Europe and Asia!
The Elementum in Dreamland and Ulu Segaru Resort in Nusa Dua are two of the best, affordable resorts to check out. Both have beautiful pools, suites, and tons of amenities.
4. Visit Karang Boma Cliff
The cliffs you’ll see in Uluwatu are absolutely ridiculous, and none are more impressive than Karang Boma Cliff.
Suspended hundreds of feet above the sea, Karang Boma Cliff is your chance to see one of the most dramatic cliffs in Bali! If you’re feeling brave, you can walk right up to the edge (just be careful with no barriers)! There is a viewpoint on the other side of the main cliff that allows for some epic photo-ops.
To many’s surprise, this place isn’t crowded, is easy to find by motorbike, and is close to all the beaches listed above.
5. Uluwatu Temple & The Kecek Fire Dance
From Karang Boma Cliff, it’s just a short drive (or walk) to Uluwatu Temple. The views are equally as beautiful, with the addition of the Temple perched right at the edge of the cliffs.
Be aware that entering the temple area requires a 30K IDR ($2) fee.
Uluwatu Temple is famous for hosting the Balinese Kecak Fire Dance at sunset every night. It’s touristy but an iconic thing to do in Uluwatu, so consider buying a ticket and staying to watch!
6. Go for a Swim at Dreamland Beach
Dreamland Beach is very touristy, so it can be crowded in the evenings, and lots of people come here to hang out at Klapa Beach Club during the day.
However, the good part is that the waves start pretty far from shore, and the floor is soft and sandy. This makes it relaxing and enjoyable to swim!
It’s important to remember that you can only go swimming during high tide at Dreamland since there will be waves (and surfers) that make it relatively unsafe.
To find out the tide forecast for today, check Magic Seaweed!
7. Get a Smoothie at Bingin’ Beach
Bingin’ Beach requires a little bit of work to get to (almost 200 steps down to the beach), but after arriving, you’ll be rewarded with soft sand, little crowds, and warungs serving delicious smoothies on the beach.
You can surf, but that’s not why we recommend visiting.
Bingin’ Beach is a laid-back, boho-style beach that’s a favorite among expats for kicking back and relaxing in the sun all day.
8. Relax in an Infinity Pool
Many resorts in Uluwatu are known for offering food and drinks next to their infinity pool, but a couple of places are also open to the public.
For example, Single Fin is an upscale restaurant & bar overlooking Uluwatu Beach. The bar is famous for its live music, surf watching, and a dreamy infinity pool. Single fin is expensive, but if you have the budget, it’s a beautiful venue to have a romantic dinner. They also have live music on weekends.
Another great spot is Mana Uluwatu, an affordable Latin American restaurant & bar.
The view is incredible, and they have an infinity pool overlooking the cliff, similar to Single Fin.
9. Explore the ‘Hidden’ Suluban Beach
Suluban is found in a minor breach between the Uluwatu cliffs. It’s super small but very beautiful and uniquely tucked between the cliffs.
It’s known as a ‘hidden’ beach,’ but that’s no longer the case at all. It’s extremely crowded, so you should make sure to get here early and don’t plan on spending the entire day here.
Yet it still gets five stars!
The surf here is pretty intense, so unless you’re experienced, leave it to the pros.
10. Enjoy Water Sports At Nusa Dua
Uluwatu’s east coast is significantly more calm than the west. But what it lacks in the surf, it makes up for with a huge variety of water sports! The best place to go for water sports is a few kilometers north of Nusa Dua Beach, in an area called Benoa Bay.
Many companies will take you parasailing, scuba diving, jet-skiing, tubing, deep-sea fishing, and more! Unfortunately, they are not the most inexpensive. You can expect a 15-minute parasailing ride to cost about 2,000,000 IDR ($100), but there are more affordable combo packages if you book online.
11. Visit the Hatch for late-night shenanigans
Hatch is a favorite of ex-pats and travelers in Uluwatu! They serve up delicious dishes and a groovy atmosphere. There are even themed events every night, including a rotating selection of things like Old School Hip Hop Mondays, Game Nights, Live Music on the weekends, and open-air markets.
How To Get Around Uluwatu, Bali
Rent A Motorbike
We cannot recommend renting a motorbike in Bali (especially for traveling around Uluwatu).
Everything here is very spread out, and you may have some trouble finding taxis at a moment’s notice.
One of the easiest ways to find a scooter is to book one online (Bikago is a reputable company), but you can also find local rentals around, and even villas/resorts often have a few scooters on hand to rent out to their guests.
Expect to pay about 100K IDR/day ($5).
Taxis & Ridesharing Apps.
Uber is no longer operating in Bali, so tourists have to take local taxis or use alternative ride-sharing apps, such as Go-Jek or Grab, which are both readily accessible in Southeast Asia and available all around the island of Bali.
You can download the app and call a grab from anywhere. The price is about 50-75 cents per km, which makes it the most expensive form of transportation on the island. However, the price is still relatively cheap compared to hiring a personal driver for the day.
Final Thoughts On Uluwatu, Bali
Traveling to Uluwatu is an amazing experience, and we hope you have time to do all the best things in the area! It will be even more memorable if you have the budget to stay in a lovely villa with an ocean view!
If you only have time for one beach, make it Balangan Beach. Whether you want to sunbathe, surf, or have dinner on the water, it’s the best all-around beach. It’s also close enough to other popular areas in Bali that you can quickly stop here on a day trip to Uluwatu!
- East Bali travel guide
- How to travel respectfully in SE Asia
- The devastating effects of social media in Bali
- Top waterfalls in Bali