Well known for the famous cliff-hanging temple, Uluwatu offers a vast number of beaches for both surfing and relaxing. Continue reading to discover the best beaches in Uluwatu, Bali.
Located on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu hosts stunning beaches and fabulous surfing spots with some of the best waves in the world. A good way to reach the beast beaches in Uluwatu, Bali and explore the area is by renting a motorbike.
For avid and intrepid wave riders, Balangan beach is the best kept secret. Ranked 1st in CNN Go’s “Bali’s best 5 hidden beaches”, Balangan receives relatively few visitors. The amazing mixture of black and white sands, the pond-like hollow spaces with clear water and the unique green and dark brown musty stone texture makes Balangan a delightful paradise and well worth the effort required in finding it.
Pantai Tegal Wangi Beach
One of the best Uluwatu beaches is Tewal Wangi due to its natural formed pools and the the high cliffs surrounding the spot. Even though Tegal Wangi beach is quite small, it has one of the best views in Bali and it’s still unknown for most of the tourists. If you are looking for a romantic beach at dusk, don’t hesitate to catch the sunset here! Keep in mind that there are no restaurants/shops on or near this beach.
Padang Padang Beach
A lovely and very popular beach with a big surf break offshore is Padang Padang. Accessed from a stepped pathway on the north side of the bridge 3km north of Uluwatu Temple heading towards Pecatu. The white sand beach here is a little bit narrow when the tide is high but is otherwise very nice indeed. Known as the Balinese pipeline, Padang Padang is a very fast long barrelling only for expert surfers.
Another renowned surfing spot worth to visit with unrivalled views over the Indian Ocean is Bingin. The five star wave here make it one of the most demanded surfing points in Bali and the world. At low tide it can be very shallow and for experts only whilst at high tide the wave can break very soft and is where the children learn to surf. A short walk from Bingin is Dreamland beach, a charming white sand beach suitable for novice surfers.
Located between Padang Padang and Binging, this beautiful beach is a hidden gem made of rolling waves covering a crystal-clear reef of glistening blue water and stretches of white sand. The steps down to Thomas Beach are almost as endless as they seem. Lucky you can stop every few metres to soak in the view and take greast photos from above! This beach used to be “secret” – known only to the locals, and it’s still one of the most underrated beaches in Bali.
Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl is a small white-sand beach known as one of the best surf spots on the island. Access to the beach is from a long stairway through a monkey jungle. Once you descend all the stairs, you will get to this secluded heaven which is right in front of some tall cliffs. Among the details of the beach are two limestone caves, serving as a small shrine and give shade to beachesrs and surfers against the sun. They are also home to some resident bats.
A cool place for ending a surf journey is Single Fin, a relaxed bar perched on the cliffs for all to enjoy. However, if you are looking for an exclusive beach club in Uluwatu far away from the madding crowds, you should definetely head to Sunday Beach Club at the base of a breathtaking Bukit cliff top.
Here, the best beaches in Uluwatu, Bali. Either for surfing or relaxing, make sure to visit some of these idyllic spots when traveling in the Island of Gods. You won’t regret!