Sitting in the very south of Bali within the ‘Bukit peninsula’ (hilly region) is the wonderful area of Uluwatu. Much more chilled out than its slightly northern counterparts like Kuta and Canggu, this area is a must-visit. There are a ton of things to do in Uluwatu and it’s arguably one of the most beautiful parts of Bali!

Why should you visit Uluwatu?

Uluwatu is perfect for those who are coming to Bali and hoping to avoid the crowds. Don’t get us wrong, there are still other travellers here, but much less than most other parts of the island. We were surprised on our first visit to see the beauty of the area. The cliffs of the coastline, beautiful beaches and crazy sunsets are enough to keep us recommending Uluwatu to anybody who’ll listen!

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The top things to do in Uluwatu

We never visited Uluwatu during our first time in Bali and that’s something we now regret. After visiting, we’re sure that we’re going to spend some time here each time we come back to Bali. To find out what we love about the area check out our list of top activities below. We hope we can inspire you to visit because we know you’ll love it as much as we do!

1. Stand On Top Of Karang Boma Cliff

How does standing on top of a cliff, staring down into the stunning blue waters of the Indian ocean sound? Awesome? Though so! This might sound exaggerated, but we promise you it’s not. Karang Boma cliff is one of the southernmost points of Bali. With a sheer cliff face and blue waters crashing into its base you won’t want to miss this. Head there in the evening and be blessed with one of the best sunsets you’ll ever see.

Entrance Fee: 10K
Parking Fee: Free Parking
Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu Pecatu

2. Watch The Fire Dance At Uluwatu Temple (Pura Uluwatu)

Arguably the best-known landmark in the area. Pura (temple), ulu (edge) and watu (high cliff) will tell you all you need to know about this temple. It’s a temple, located on the edge of a very high cliff. It’s a beautiful landmark with a rich cultural history. It has a great view and every night there’s a traditional performance of the Balinese Kecak fire dance. There are other places to watch the fire dance, but Uluwatu temple is known as the best!

Entrance Fee: 30K Per Person
Parking Fee: Free
Kecak Fire Dance Fee: 100K Per Person (Including entrance fee)
Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu Pecatu

3. Grab A Surfboard And Catch Some Waves

Uluwatu is less busy and touristy than other areas of Bali. Though it does attract one specific kind of tourist…surfers. The area has many beaches that offer great surfing experiences. There is a reason people travel from as far as Brazil to surf in Uluwatu. Though some of the beaches are more ideal for experienced surfers, why not get a lesson on Padang-Padang beach?

The best beach for the beginners: Padang Padang Beach

The best beach for advanced surfers: Bingin Beach

4. Visit The Abandoned Aircraft

We’re not going to lie, we first noticed this spot on Instagram. Surely seeing an abandoned plane in the middle of Bali sounds interesting to anybody right? Located in the bottom of a crater is this full sized aircraft. The most intriguing part is trying to imagine where it came from and how it was transported here. There are rumours that it will be turned into a restaurant, but for now, what’s happening is anybody’s guess. At the very least, it’s a cool spot for a picture.

Entrance Fee: Free
Parking Fee: Free
Location: Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan

5. Chill Out On Melasti beach

We had read online that Bali’s beaches weren’t all that impressive. We found stories of them being dirty, crowded and not ideal for swimming. After visiting Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu, we had given up hope of seeing a nice beach in Bali. *In steps Melasti beach*.

You’ll find this epic beach around 20 minutes from Uluwatu temple. There are roads carved through the cliffs and down to the beach. Walk along the white sand, bathe in the crystal clear water, chill on a sunbed and grab a cheap Bintang. This beach is as nice as any we have been to and the two times we visited it wasn’t busy at all.

Entrance Fee: 5K Per Person
Parking Fee: 2K Per Motorbike
Location: Gg. VIII, Ungasan, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80234, Indonesia

6. Explore The Caves At Suluban beach

Also known as Uluwatu beach, this beach, unlike the temple isn’t located at the top of a high cliff. It’s located at the bottom of one. The beach itself is nice but the waters seem more suited to surfers than swimmers. One stand out feature is the cave you have to walk through to get to the beach. It’s a unique place and if you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough you’ll see the local monkeys too!

Entrance Fee: Free
Parking Fee: 5K Per Motorbike
Location: Jalan Mamo

7. Hike Down To Nyang Nyang Beach

Does a wide open beach with almost nobody on it sound appealing to you? Then head to Nyang Nyang. We mistakenly ended up on this beach but it was a good mistake, to say the least. It’s a tough walk down and back up the steep gravely path but that’s part of its charm. The fact that it’s not 100% easily accessible means you might have the beach to yourself! No other tourists, nobody trying to sell you cheap souvenirs…just you, the beach and the sun. Ah, perfect!

Entrance Fee: Free
Parking Fee: 5K Per Motorbike
Location: Pantai Nyang Nyang, Bali, Indonesia

8. Relax At Bingin Beach

A photo of Bingin Beach in Uluwatu Bali

Another white beach with turquoise blue waters? Yes. Head to Bingin beach for another great place to chill. It’s not the biggest, but its also not the busiest beach you’ll ever visit. There are a few hundred steps down, passing through a little village of shops/warungs, to access the beach. We promise you, the walk down is worth it. We found a nice beach with only a few people sunbathing and a few more people surfing.

Entrance Fee: Free
Parking Fee: 5K Per Motorbike
Location: Jl. Pantai Bingin, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

9. Find The Shipwreck At Nangollan beach

If an abandoned plane isn’t enough for you, search for the shipwreck. You’ll find the ruined boat on Nangollan beach where local artists have turned it into a masterpiece. Getting there requires an interesting and tough walk down through the forest path. The ship offers a great photo opportunity and the beach, like Nyang Nyang, is fairly secluded and quiet.

Entrance Fee: Free
Parking Fee: 2K Per Motorbike
Location: Jl. Batu Nunggalan, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

10. Take Pictures at Balangan Beach Viewpoint

Balangan beach has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. It’s no wonder that this is one of the most popular places for local wedding photographers to take their pictures. The soft white sand makes the beach perfect for sunbathing and the waves make this one a popular surfing spot.

Head up the cliff to get an epic view over the beach and out into the Indian ocean. Photos taken from up here are sure to make your friends jealous on Instagram. If you do a little more exploring from this point you may even find the small cave temple.

Entrance Fee: Free
Parking Fee: 5K
Location: Jl. Pantai Balangan No.54, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

11. Laze In The Natural Rock Pools At Tegal Wangi Beach

Tegal Wangi is actually located in Jimbaran, but only 30 minutes ride from Uluwatu. We highly recommend heading to this beach for sunset. It’s easy to access and the natural rock pools give this beach its own unique charm. It’s not ideal for swimming, but you’ll appreciate its beauty when you sit in the cave looking out at the sunset lit sky.

Entrance Fee: Free
Parking Fee: Free
Location: Jl. Tegal Wangi, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

12. Have The Best Breakfast At Nalu Bowls Uluwatu

Smoothie bowls and Bali are basically the same things, aren’t they? One, if not the best, place to get a smoothie bowl is at Nalu Bowls. There are locations in Canggu and Seminyak too, but we’d recommend heading there for breakfast in Uluwatu. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence, but our go-to smoothie bowl is called ‘Uluwatu’ itself!

Smoothie Bowl Price: 70k +15% Tax
Location: Jl. Labuansait No.63, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Best Nightlife/Party in Uluwatu

Sunset Point @sunset_point_uluwatu

The name speaks for itself. A great place to watch the sun go down with a cool drink in hand. Sunset point is also open during the day where you can watch the surfers below and even take a dip in the pool.

Omnia @omniabali

This international club is relatively new in Uluwatu. An all-day party destination where you can dance, sing, sunbathe, swim and drink to your heart’s content. Although Omnia is expensive for Bali standards, it’s a great place to go if you’re wanting a treat. Did we mention it’s perched atop a 100m cliff!

Single Fin @singlefinbali

The main bar to be at night time. Visit on a Wednesday or Sunday for a great night out!

What do you think about our top things to do in Uluwatu?

So, have you visited Uluwatu yet? If you have, did you see any of our favourite things to do? We’d love to hear all about it as well as what you think about our list. If you’re still planning your trip, did our list get you excited? If there’s anything you want us to add or any questions you have to ask us, please do so in the comments below!

Where to stay in Uluwatu

Backpacker Budget

SR Hostel – The highest rated hostel in Uluwatu, this place is perfect for those wanting to make friends. With a free buffet dinner every night and only a 10-minute scooter ride from Melasti beach (our favourite beach) it’s a great option for those on a budget.

Mid-Range – Budget

The Gong – We stayed here on our stay and it was the perfect location. The hotel is a couple of minutes ride to beautiful beaches, the Uluwatu temple and walking distance to some great cafes. Add this to crisp clean rooms and a great pool, it’s a winning combination.


Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali – 5* accommodation located next to Dreamland beach.  Definitely a great place to stay with easy access to Uluwatu and Jimbaran and for a great price too! Choose the ocean suite room for great views of the sunset and sunrise.

For more accommodation in Uluwatu, you can check here. 

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  1. This is such a good list of things to do in Uluwatu. Really wish I had read this before I went for the first time, would have saved me a lot of research! Such a beautiful area of Bali, can’t wait to go back!

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