Best Beaches Uluwatu (2020, The Ultimate Beach Guide)

best beaches uluwatu

Uluwatu is home to arguably some of the best beaches in all of Bali. The area in the South doesn’t only feature a stunning selection of beaches, but also delicious food, temples, luxury villas, scenic views, and some of the best surf spots in the world.

We’ve assigned ourselves the challenging task of finding the best beaches in Uluwatu. Beaches of every kind are found here, from isolated stretches mixed with incredible views to surfing hotspots popular with all types of travellers. Here are the best ones to add to your itinerary.

With so many incredible beaches to choose from, it can be challenging deciding which beach to visit. We hope this guide helps make your decision easier when looking for the best beaches in Uluwatu.

Bingin Beach (Pantai Bingin)

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Bingin Beach (Pantai Bingin) is one of Bali’s most famous surf spots. The beach is located along the western coastline, in the Pecatu Village. To get to the beach, you will need to walk down a long and steep set of stairs. For such a stunning beach, it tends to remain surprisingly quiet.

The beach is extremely popular with surfers for both beginners and advanced surfers. Even if you’ve never surfed before, Bingin Beach is a great place to learn. We wouldn’t advise swimming at Bingin Beach, as there are strong currents and sharp coral in shallow water.

There are a few restaurants that sit along the beach, serving a great selection of fresh food and cold beverages. The prices are reasonable and the quality is high. Bingin Ombak Warung is a personal favourite of ours and serves plenty of yummy dishes. If you go for breakfast, make sure to try the Bacon & Egg Roll!

Overall, a beautiful secluded beach with plenty of beach restaurants. Ideal for surfers, boasting some of the best surfing waves in the South.

Suluban Beach

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You can’t visit Uluwatu without seeing Suluban Beach. It’s a unique gem featuring a stunning beach with caves that attracts surf lovers and all sorts of beach lovers.

Suluban Beach, otherwise known as Blue Point, is a hidden paradise. It’s one of Bali’s most unique beaches, hidden by giant limestone formations and accessed by travelling down a long set of steep and challenging stairs. Suluban Beach is very clean, and the waters are crystal clear. It’s a particularly great spot to watch the sunset.

The beach resembles a miniature city, and there are plenty of things to do asides surfing. During the descent down to the beach, you will find a large variety of restauraunts, cafes, and small surf shops. Single Fin is one of the most popular venues and serves a delicious selection of food and drink. On Sundays, the vibrant restaurant hosts one of the biggest parties in Uluwatu, hosting live bands and local DJ’s.

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You can reach the beach by motorbike, but there is a parking fee of 5,000 IDR. There is an abundance of scooter rental shops around the area.

Karma Beach

karma beach

Karma Beach is a private stretch of sand, and exclusive to resort guests only. To access the beach, you will need to pay a hefty entry fee (roughly 500,000 IDR), which includes a ride down to the beach in a cable car. It’s relatively quick and a pretty stylish way to arrive.

Snorkelling, kayaking, swimming, and paddle boarding are just some of the watersports you can enjoy here. Make sure to take care, as the waves can sometimes be extremely harsh. If water sports aren’t your thing, then indulge in a massage in one of the private cabanas on the beach.

Balangan Beach

uluwatu viewpoint

When visiting Uluwatu, most travellers will look for white-sand beaches with picturesque views. Balangan beach is one of these beaches, stretching across 200m and featuring panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

Overlooking the beach are two famous viewpoints and a particularly popular spot for wedding shoots. The first is a rocky edge which is usually the busier of the two. Further along, you can find the second viewpoint, which is a big circular platform covered in thick vines. Arrive early, as it can get crowded quickly with flocks of tourists and wedding photographers.

If you are travelling to Balangan Beach by scooter, you will need to pay a parking fee of 5,000 IDR. Once you’ve parked, follow the dirt track around to the right which takes you to the famous viewpoint overlooking the beach. To get down to the shore, take the set of stairs found in the main carpark.

Padang Padang Beach

padang padang beach

Padang Padang Beach (locally referred to as Labuan Sait Beach) is a popular destination for surfers and beach bums. The beach is reachable down a set of stairs and through a narrow limestone opening. For those of you looking for an unspoiled beach with beautiful scenic views, then you must visit Padang Padang Beach.

Unfortunately, the beach can become fairly crowded – especially during the high season. If you don’t like busy beaches, then try to arrive early. Monkeys are an added attraction, however, remain vigilant. The monkeys will rummage through your bags if you aren’t watching. Keep all food and drink out of sight as they will steal it from you.

There is a carpark conveniently situated opposite the entrance to the beach which costs a fee of 2,000 IDR per motorbike. You will also have to pay a small entry to access the beach (15,000 IDR) which you can pay at the top of the stairs.

Nyang Nyang Beach

Nyang Nyang Beach is one of the most isolated and beautiful beaches in all of Bali. Famous for its white sand, great surf spots, and clear turquoise waters.

The beach is relatively difficult to reach and will require you to hike down an extremely steep road. The reward for doing so is one of the cleanest beaches in the South.

Despite the beach not being ideal for swimming due to dangerously strong currents, it’s an excellent stop for some surfing.

There are no conventional shops or restaurants on the beach, so make sure to bring your own food and fresh-water. You will occasionally find the odd local vendor selling drinks and other accessories, but the selection is sparse.

Dreamland Beach

dreamland beach

While Dreamland Beach is further out of the way from other more touristy beaches, it boasts a beautiful stretch of water and a peaceful beach to bask in the sun. Like the majority of beaches in Uluwatu, this one is also mostly for surfers. Swimming is difficult due to the big waves. If you do swim, stay away from the surfers to avoid a colliding with a surfboard.

Dreamland is arguably the best beach in Uluwatu with white sand, scenic views, and crystal clear waters. It’s the ideal place to relax, surf, tan, and get an affordable massage by the beach. It’s refreshing to hear the ocean waves during a full-body massage.

There is a plentiful selection of restaurants and cafes alongside the shore where you can grab a bite to eat.

Green Bowl Beach

green bowl beach

Green Bowl Beach is another beautiful beach in the South. This hidden gem feels like a private beach as it’s a lot less crowded than its adversaries.

After a long walk down a steep set of stairs, you are rewarded with this white sand beach, surrounded by incredible caves and sparkling waters. Not ideal for young children, but perfect for couples, surfers, and solo adventurers.

The water makes an excellent spot for swimming, but keep an eye on your belongings as you may encounter some thieving monkeys. Prepare your own food and drink before arriving, as there are no shops or restaurants on the beach.

Melasti Beach

Another one of the best beaches in Uluwatu is Melasti Beach. The beach is situated below a high limestone cliff, surrounded by blue waters and spectacular views. We recommend getting here by scooter, although a taxi is just as viable. Located to the left of Karma Beach, and only a ten-minute walk from Green Bowl Beach, Melasti is a beach you can’t miss seeing!

The sunsets here are second to none, and there are plenty of quirky little bars to grab a cheap drink and watch the sun go down. When the tide is low, you can walk out to witness the corals with numerous starfish living among them.

Pandawa Beach

pandawa beach bali

Pandawa has everything you would expect from a top beach: turquoise waters, soft sand, and a pleasant atmosphere. Great for families with children due to the clean waters and mild waves. Beach activities include Snorkelling, kayaking, and swimming.

There is a small entry fee to enter the beach, plus additional charges to hire a sun lounger and umbrella. One thing to note is that the beach lacks shaded areas; so if you want to escape from the sun, you will need to buy food or drink from one of the local stalls. The toilet and shower facilities also cost a small price to use.


 

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