Uluwatu is world-famous for its beautiful beaches, stunning views, and luxury villas. If you are travelling to Bali, Uluwatu is not to be missed. Regardless of being an off-the-beaten-path destination, there are still plenty of exciting things to do.
Surfing enthusiasts and beach bums travel to Uluwatu chasing waves and popular Sunday parties at Single Fin which is also home to perhaps the most stunning sunsets on the island.
From world-class beaches to incredible surf spots, we are going to share the best things to do in Uluwatu.
Single Fin Bali
Single Fin is one of the most popular spots in Uluwatu. Whether you’re looking to kick your feet up with a cold beer, watching the sunset while listening to some chilled out tunes, or if you want to experience the vibrant nightlife at Bali’s most famous Sunday session, Single Fin is an excellent choice.
- Bonus Tip: If you’re coming for sunset, make sure to arrive early to secure yourself a good seat. We advise arriving before 5 pm as it can get pretty busy from 6 pm onwards.
Nyang Nyang Beach
Nyang Nyang beach is one of the most stunning and isolated beaches in all of Bali. Soft white sand, clear turquoise waters, and incredible surf sports, Nyang Nyang beach makes for the perfect day out.
One unique feature of this beach is the shipwreck that lies half-buried in the sand — providing an opportunity for some remarkable photography.
The beach has very little visitors due to its steep and challenging road to get there. It’s definitely worth the hike, as you are rewarded with a beach to almost just yourself at the end of it.
- Bonus Tip: Make sure to bring food and drink with you as there are no restaurants on the beach.
OMNIA Dayclub Bali
There is arguably no better beach club in Uluwatu than OMNIA. It’s an all-day party that boasts a swimming pool, local DJ’s, good vibes, and stunning views, all while sitting 100m above the Indian ocean.
If you’re looking for Ibiza-like atmosphere in Bali, then you’ve found it. The environment is surreal, and there is an excellent mix of international partygoers. The views from the club are amazing, and there is a wide selection of food and drink. The prices are slightly high; however, you certainly get what you pay for.
- Bonus Tip: The entry price for OMNIA is 200,000 IDR per person. For that, you are entitled to enter the club, but not use any of the sofas, daybeds, cabanas, or VIP bungalows.
Your trip to Uluwatu wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Uluwatu temple. Situated upon a 70-meter high cliff, Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s most scenic temples.
It’s believed that Uluwatu temple is one of six key temples in Bali’s spiritual pillars and one of the most famous for its spectacular views. The temple boasts some wonderfully designed architecture with its very own unique style. Here is also a popular place to watch the sunset.
- Bonus Tip: Watch out for the monkeys. There are warning signs throughout the park for monkeys stealing your belongings. Take these warnings seriously, as we’ve witnessed this happen on multiple occasions.
Rent a Scooter and explore the Beaches
Uluwatu is home to many beautiful beaches; but to explore them all, you’re going to need a scooter. Rental shops are abundant throughout the island, and prices tend to start at 70,000 IDR per day.
Once you’ve got your scooter, there are many incredible beaches to visit, including Suluban Beach, Padang Padang Beach, Blue Point Beach, Dreamland Beach, and plenty more.
- Bonus Tip: Wear a helmet. Not only can you get fined for not wearing a helmet, but it is also for your own safety. The roads in Indonesia can be dangerous, and there are many traffic-related accidents each day.
Balangan viewpoint is a popular spot for sunset and to admire the breathtaking views below. Many wedding shoots take place here, so don’t be surprised if you see couples walking around in wedding attire.
The beach is a great hit for surfing enthusiasts, so it’s an ideal stop to watch the surfers catch some waves.
There are two main viewpoints at Balangan. The first is a rocky edge that overlooks the sea below, which is usually the most popular. Further along, you will find the second viewpoint, which is a big circular floor covered in thick vines.
- Bonus Tip: The viewpoint can become very crowded so it’s best to arrive early to avoid flocks of tourists and couples taking wedding shoots.
Take a Spa Day
If you have enough time, taking a day to relax and unwind in one of the many luxury spas can sometimes be needed. The best retreats in the area include Karma Spa, Anantara Spa, Esthetic Day Spa, and The Spa At The Edge.
There is a range of packages available, including massages, healing and rejuvenation, facials, and plenty more. The prices vary, but they tend to be comparatively cheap when placed next to western prices.
- Bonus Tip: Travelling can be extremely tiresome. Spa days are a great way to relax and rejuvenate after a long day of exploring.
Uluwatu Temple Kecak Fire Dance
During sunset, Uluwatu Temple comes alive as performers take to the stage in a Kecak Fire Dance. The dance usually starts at 6 pm and is very entertaining to watch.
- Bonus Tip: We advise wearing appropriate clothing when visiting Uluwatu Temple as a sign of respect. Generally, anything that covers your shoulders and knees is acceptable.
Uluwatu is world-renowned for its legendary surf spots. Visitors from all over the world come to Uluwatu to surf its incredible surf breaks.
While Uluwatu is generally more suited to the more advanced surfers, there are some great beginner spots such as Dreamland and Padang Padang Beach, situated only a short drive away.
- Bonus Tip: Surfing in Uluwatu can be hazardous for those without adequate practise and experience. If you’re a beginner, we advise taking lessons at one of the neighbouring beaches such as Dreamland or Padang Padang before attempting Uluwatu.
Grab Food At Drifter Surf Cafe
Drifter Surf is hands down one of the best places to eat in Uluwatu. There is an excellent range of healthy dishes available throughout the day, with a focus on local and fresh ingredients.
The atmosphere in Drifters Surf Cafe is terrific with its very own unique and relaxing vibe. The food is fantastic and always exceptionally well presented. For digital nomads, it’s a great place to come with your laptop while indulging in a yummy smoothie bowl.
- Bonus Tip: After you’ve finished, browse the shop to find a range of underground labels and surf-inspired art.
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