Uluwatu is located on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, at the very most southwestern tip of the island. Uluwatu is known for it’s limestone cliffs, magnificent beaches, and world class surf for both beginners and professionals alike.
Uluwatu is also famous for its namesake, the Uluwatu Temple.
Add to all of this a bundle of amazing cafes and restaurants and one will have no problem remaining entertained for their holiday.
Activities in Uluwatu
Uluwatu Temple and Kecak dance
The Uluwatu Temple is a popular gem that hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists flock to each day. One could spend hours walking along the temple grounds with its many different sections and pathways. The best time to visit is at sunset, where you miss the steaming midday heat and get to watch the sky shimmer in front of your eyes.
Additionally, when you go at sunset, you have the option of watching the kecak and fire dance, a traditional Balinese performance with beautiful costumes and intricate movements – a real sight to behold!
- Bingin Beach – As you arrive in Bingin, you’ll notice a few inviting cafes in the small town but then prepare to tackle quite a few hundred steps to reach the gem that is Bingin Beach. But it’s all worth it! As you descend, you’ll pass many types of accommodation as you watch the Indian Ocean swirl below.Once you arrive on the sand, find a spot to lay out your sarong and relax or better yet, have a go at a surf lessons which are offered by various companies.
- Dreamland Beach – The name speaks for itself. Dreamland is one of the only beaches that is simply a full stretch of soft, white sand without all the rocks and coral that comprise most of the other beaches in Uluwatu. The waves here are massive – they move slowly but engulf your mind and vision. And the water? It’s crystal clear, unlike many have ever seen. Dreamland is a quiet spot, with only one restaurant and hotel nearby so be sure to pack your lunch or snacks so you don’t go hungry!
- Padang Padang Beach – A very small beach but a perfect spot for a quick dip in the sea. Getting onto the sand of Padang Padang is a marvel in itself. Once you pay your entrance fee at the top, you traverse down many steps through a narrow limestone cave (one person at a time!) til your feet meet the sand. The area is also full of playful monkeys so hide your snacks and sunglasses!
- The Impossibles Beach – Once you park your scooter, you’ll walk to the top of the windy rock staircase that takes you down to Impossibles Beach. It is a long climb down but the view is gorgeous and like everything in Bali, a once in a life time experience.Surrounded by massive rocks, the beach itself is very small and usually completely deserted. You’ll be surprised if you even find one other person here. Going at low tide allows you to sunbathe in the water. If you can’t get enough of Impossibles, there is the option of staying overnight up on the cliffs behind you where there are small villas jutting out over the beach.
Cafes / Restaurants
- Drifter Café – Probably the most popular, and most delicious, brunch spot in Uluwatu. Whether it’s the cacao smoothie bowl or the vegan burrito that takes your fancy, you’re sure to leave completely satisfied. There is a great workspace at the back of the restaurant if you need to hunker down and be productive. Drifter also has a unique shop on the premises so you can stock up on souvenirs, from t-shirts, surf memorabilia, swimwear, books, and other favourites.
- Bukit Café
If you’re spending a day beach hopping from Bingin to Padang Padang, pop in to Bukit Café which is situated
directly in between the two beaches.
- This café, with a western influence, churns out delicious breakfast like the Greek Omelette and mouth-watering lunch and dinner including veggie burgers or the surf and turf.
- Kelly’s Warung – Located right on Bingin Beach, go upstairs to Kelly’s for a delicious dragon fruit smoothie or veggie wrap as you watch the surfers below catch some waves.
- La Barraca – This rustic, cozy, candlelit wood fired pizza joint is the perfect spot for a romantic date night or gathering with a group of your best friends. The pizza is authentic, tasty, and there are countless options to choose from. It’s so popular that there are also now locations in Canggu and Kerobokan.
Best places to catch the sunset in Uluwatu
- Jimbaran Beach – Gather your friends and make your way to Jimbaran Beach for a seafood dinner feast! Each evening, the restaurants that line up along the beach set up tables directly in front of the crashing waves so you can enjoy the fresh catch of the day while your toes are buried in the sand. Arrive in the 5’clock hour to watch the beautiful, bright colors light up the sky during sunset.
- Sundara at the The Four Seasons Resort – You’ll splash out a bit of cash to watch the sunset from Sundara but it’s sure worth it! The outdoor mezzanine has comfy couches, delicious food and drinks (buy one get one free cocktails during happy hour!), an infinity pool overlooking the beach, live music, and a fire pit once the sun goes down. It’s truly a great combination for a night out with your best mates.
- Reggae party on Padang Padang beachfront – Each Saturday, Padang Padang hosts a huge party directly on the beach complete with a live reggae band. There is a bar set up so you can enjoy a Bintang while dancing the night away with your toes in the sand.
- Sundays Beach Club – Although the entrance fee is 300,000 rupiah, rest assured that a day at Sundays is worth every penny. When your taxi drops you off at the main entrance, you can take a quick dip in the infinity pool before walking down a myriad of steps to wait your turn to hop on board the inclinator which takes you down to the beachfront. Once you arrive, you’ll find a lively bar and restaurant and water sport activities like paddle boarding. Or just plop down on a bean bag chair, grab a snack, and enjoy a full day of relaxation. On a Sunday, they have a bonfire right on the beach where you can roast and toast s’mores as you move into your week ahead.
- Single Fin – Few people visit Uluwatu and skip out on an evening at Single Fin. This 3-tier restaurant and cliff top beach club is great for both a cheeky sunset beverage and casual dinner or if you’re looking for more of a party, be sure to visit on a Sunday night, where there will be a live DJ pumping out the tunes for a festive dance party until the wee hours of the night.
A trip to Bali is sure incomplete without a visit to Uluwatu! It hosts some of the most beautiful beaches on the entire island and whether you want some peace and quiet or a more lively vacation, there’s plenty to choose from. So pack a bag and head on down to Uluwatu for surf, sun, and good vibes!