Planning a trip around Bali and searching for the best things to do in Uluwatu in 2023? Well, you’ve come to the right place, as I just spent the last 3 months living in the Uluwatu area – and it’s easily my favorite area of Bali!
There’s this really unique and relaxing vibe down there that is hard to explain, but it aligns perfectly with the laid-back surfing culture you’ll encounter while exploring Uluwatu. There are so many incredible Uluwatu attractions, restaurants, bars, beaches, beach clubs, spas, and hotspots that you could easily spend weeks soaking up the paradise life.
Renting a moto and exploring all the different beaches is a must, but a personal favorite is being constantly amazed at the jaw-dropping sunsets that occur most nights down in Uluwatu!
With the relaxing atmosphere, incredible dining options, luxurious beach clubs, and so many other amazing things to do in Uluwatu – I guarantee you’ll fall in love with this Bali destination just as much as I have!
While you could easily spend weeks down in Uluwatu, you really can see and do just about everything here in 3-4 days! If you’ve been there recently, and have any recommendations you think I need to add to this list – shoot me a message on Instagram!
Best Places to Stay in Uluwatu
First things first, let’s talk about accommodation. You really shouldn’t do Uluwatu just as a day-trip, so please stay down there for a few days to explore everything the south of Bali has to offer!
- Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu (HOTEL) — This is one of my favorite places to stay (location wise) in Uluwatu! The rooms are luxurious but the prices are pretty affordable, and you’ll be right in the center of everything Uluwatu has to offer.
- Mu Bungalows (BOUTIQUE HOTEL) — I’ve actually mentioned visiting this place on my list of Uluwatu things to do, but it’s also an epic place to stay because it has stunning views from an iconic infinity pool. I first discovered this place as a backpacker back in 2014, and it’s a hotel I’ve returned to many times!
- Alila Villas Uluwatu (LUXURY HOTEL) — If you’re not traveling on a budget, then look no further and book your stay at the Alila Villas! Not much else needs to be said, because it’s a total 5* experience that’ll truly blow your mind.
- Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa (MARRIOTT PROPERTY) — If you’re anything like me, you’ll be loyal to a hotel brand, and I personally love Marriott properties. I stayed here at the Renaissance for 6 weeks, and it’s such a gorgeous property with everything you need for a top-notch vacation experience. It’s a bit of a drive from the downtown Uluwatu area, but well worth it. The breakfast buffet is absolutely incredible!
- SR Hostel Uluwatu (HOSTEL) : If you’re a backpacker on a strict budget in Uluwatu, then look no further than staying here at SR Hostel Uluwatu which has a free buffet dinner every night!! It’s got everything a backpacker wants: a cheap, clean, comfortable place to sleep, a place where you can meet other backpackers.
ALSO READ: The ULTIMATE BALI ITINERARY | How to Plan The Perfect Bali Vacation
Getting Around Uluwatu
If you’re new to traveling around Bali, you’ll quickly learn that renting a scooter is the most common form of transport when exploring different parts of the island!
I’d also say that it’s the BEST place to learn how to drive a scooter in Bali. The roads are well maintained, and while Uluwatu is gaining a lot more visitors than in the past, it’s still not as busy/chaotic as Canggu, Kuta, and Ubud.
Whenever I go to Uluwatu I rent a scooter through Uluwatu Scooter Rental – and they’ve always been amazing to deal with. They’ve even organized hotel drop-0ff/ pick-up services, which makes my travels A LOT easier. Their What’s App Number is: +62 857-9232-8771. They offer great bikes and good rates (even better if you rent for a week/month).
If you don’t feel comfortable driving a scooter in Bali (lots of people prefer to hire cars) — one of the best things to do in Uluwatu is hiring a private-driver for an entire day. It’s super affordable (especially if you’re traveling with a partner or group of friends), and all the drivers in Bali are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They can help you organize a full-day itinerary of places to go (temples, secluded beaches, clubs, etc), and you can make the most of your time without worrying about driving.
Top 25 Things To Do In Uluwatu
Alright, let’s break down what all my favorite things there are to do and see in the area! Originally when I wrote this article I only had a Top 10 list, but since returning I’ve updated it to include a TON more. While it may be difficult to visit ALL of these places, it’s definitely worth a shot!
1. Visit Uluwatu Temple & Kecak Fire Dance
Exploring this Balinese Hindu sea temple is one of the most amazing Uluwatu things to do and a must-visit! It’s built on the edge of a 230-foot sea cliff, providing tremendous views from the temple of the iconic Uluwatu cliffs. Most of the temple was constructed by Empu Kuturan during the 11th century, so you can be sure there’s plenty of history to learn about.
Don’t be surprised by the number of Macaque monkeys that inhabit not only the cliffs but the temple itself. It’s best to leave all your jewelry at home as these monkeys have a knack for thievery. The monkeys have also learned the skill of bartering, so if your jewelry does happen to get pinched, offering them some fruit may earn you your belongings back.
The Uluwatu Temple does have a small entrance fee of 50,000 Indonesian Rupiah, but it is worth every penny. Enjoy the scenic strolls along the cliffs, marvel at the beautiful temple, and take pictures of the cute by mischievous monkeys.
My main travel tip for visiting Uluwatu Temple would be to go during sunset, as you’ll get the chance to witness the traditional Kecak Fire Dance. It involves dancing, chanting, elaborate costumes and loads of excitement.
All this takes place in the temple while the setting sun acts as a beautiful backdrop. It’s a cultural experience in Uluwatu not worth missing out on. I’ve done it a couple different times and always enjoy it! For first-time visitors to Bali/Uluwatu – it will absolutely be a highlight!
2. Surfers & Sunsets at Pantai Suluban | Uluwatu Beach
The most popular and lively part of Uluwatu is Suluban Beach (most commonly known as Uluwatu Beach), which offers tons of restaurants, bars, and surf shops.
You simply can’t go to Ulutwau without watching the insanely talented surfers from up above from one of the many bars/restaurants. You’ll be blown away about the size of the waves, but even more blown away by the beautiful sunsets every night.
There are tons of epic viewpoints to choose from, but probably the most popular spot would be Single Finn (see below).
3. Sunday Sessions at Single Finn Club & Restaurant
There’s arguably no better place to be on Sunday in Bali than at the legendary Single Finn in Uluwatu! It’s located at the very top of Suluban Beach, and is the prime spot to watch the talented surfers from above while destroying a delicious meal and cold beer.
As the night progresses, the music gets louder, and the party vibes are seriously amazing! It’s free entry, there’s always a good turnout, and the music tends to be quality house music!
Travelers in Bali all flock down to Uluwatu for the Sunday night parties at Single Finn, and you’re guaranteed to meet a ton of awesome people. The food and drinks are great (albeit a bit pricey for Bali standards).
4. The Istana
The Istana quickly became one of my favorite places to visit in Uluwatu, mainly for their Sauna / Steam Room / Infrared Sauna + Cold Plunge spa experience. It’s such a refreshing and rejuvenating experience that always makes me feel like a million bucks.
It’s also at an absolutely stunning location with panoramic Uluwatu cliff views that will leave you speechless. They also offer a ton of other activities like yoga, guided meditation, cryotherapy, massages, and so much more! It’s become a Uluwatu must-visit in the past couple years!
If you’re wondering what to do in Uluwatu for some relaxation – look no further than the Istana!
5. The Cashew Tree
The Cashew Tree is hands down one my favorite places to eat in Uluwatu! It’s located really close to Bingin beach, so you’ll definitely need to swing by for a delicious meal and one of their healthy smoothies. Every time I go to Uluwatu I eat here as much as possible, and my mouth is watering just thinking about their refreshing smoothies, entrees, and desserts.
They’ve been offering weekly specials recently, so go their once and check out what the week’s menu is. Last time I was there I got a delicious curry for only 50K IDR (which is about $3.50 USD).
6. Infinity Pool Sunset Bliss at Mu Bungalows
During my first trip down to Uluwatu – I was lucky enough to have friends tell me about this place.
The infinity pool will blow you away, there’s a jacuzzi perfectly located to watch the sunset, and it’s one of my favorite boutique hotels in Bali! Every time I take people to Uluwatu, I make sure I take them for an infinity pool sunset swim at Mu Resort! It’s also a really amazing options if you want a nicer / more luxurious stay in Uluwatu.
For Uluwatu travelers who aren’t staying at Mu Bungalows, they offer Day-Passes – so you can swing by for epic views and sunset swims for a small fee. They’ve also recently opened up a new restaurant there and the food is amazing (especially the pastries).
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7. Sunday’s Beach Club
2023 Update: After two years of being closed, Sunday’s Beach Club is back open!
I was fortunate enough to spend a day at Sunday’s Beach Club during my first trip to Bali, and it completely blew my mind! Yes, it is a bit expensive for Indonesian standards, but it’s worth every penny. This private beach is amazing, the food is incredible, and it’s simply a fantastic way to spend a day. There are dozens of incredible resorts and hotels nearby, there’s also a decent happy hour selection, and nighttime bonfires.
There is an entrance fee for a day-pass, but that goes towards your food and drink. If you do decide to spend a day here at Finn’s, it might just be your favorite day you spend in Uluwatu! Everything there is honestly just so lush, and they treat their guests super well.
Bring a book, some sunscreen, and relax on the beach while you knock back some cocktails or fresh coconuts!
8. The Edge in Bali
If you’ve been on Instagram in the last five years, chances are you’ve seen this famous Uluwatu hotspot!
Known for its infinity pool alongside the cliffs of Uluwatu, The Edge in Bali is a hotel/resort, but guests can also come and experience the pool on a day pass as well. While there is an entrance fee (that goes towards the purchase of food) and prices are quite expensive, it’s worth every penny to swim in the pool and admire the epic Uluwatu coastline views.
You could easily spend all day drinking and swimming in the pool to escape the heat, but it’s another place I highly recommend coming here an hour or two before sunset! The way the light hits the coastline during golden hour is magical, and it also makes for a pretty cool photo!
9. Savaya Bali
Simply the coolest and best place for nightlife in Uluwatu & Bali
While there are tons of places to enjoy some drinks and dancing in Uluwatu, I’d say that Savaya Bali is the most beautiful and EPIC club on the entire island. When the biggest DJ’s and artists from around the world come here, THIS is where they play.
It has everything you look for in a club – epic views, sunsets, lights, production, swimming pools, bottle service, tasty food, drinks, and so much more. Check out their parties on the weekends for an incredible experience.
I recently attended two back-to-back nights here at Savaya for Rufus Du Sol & Black Coffee, and partying and dancing while swimming in the infinity pool was an experience I’ll never forget! They are CONSTANTLY organizing parties, so if you plan your trip in advance you can schedule it and attend a wild party.
You can also follow them on Instagram for event details — plus they regularly announce contests/ promos where you can get free tickets/ guest-list. Either way though, if you’re looking for a good night out in Bali – YOU MUST check out Savaya while traveling around Uluwatu.
10. Padang Padang Beach
Padang Padang Beach is one of Uluwatu’s most beautiful and iconic beaches, and for good reason! It’s quite spacious (with some places with shade for my fellow fair-skinned folk), and is a fun place to spend a couple hours. It’s one of the quintessential Uluwatu attractions, and you’ll drive by it many times as you explore the Bukit.
Padang Padang Beach is also home to one of the most unique weekly parties in Uluwatu! Bali is one of the best party islands in Southeast-Asia, and you definitely need to check out the weekly event at Padang Padang every Saturday night! While it wasn’t happening when I was living there recently, events are starting to pop back up again!
11. Uluwatu Beaches
Whether you’re backpacking through Bali or enjoying a stay at some of the best luxury resorts in Uluwatu, the best part of your stay should be the gorgeous beaches. Each and every one of them is picture-perfect and should be added to your Bali Instagram checklist.
While some of them are great for swimming, others provide the perfect waves for surfing. But all of them can offer a fantastic beach day with stunning scenery and crystal clear waters.
And having your own moto to is pretty much essential when visiting Uluwatu (or else you’ll be spending a ton of money on taxis/ Gojeks) and wasting a bunch of time. Uluwatu is a fantastic place to learn how to ride a moto though, and renting one should only cost about $5-6 USD per day.
The Best Beaches in Uluwatu include:
- Suluban Beach
- Tegal Wangi Beach
- Padang Padang Beach
- Bingin Beach
- Dreamland Beach
- Nyang Nyang Beach
- Nunggalan Beach
- Melasti Beach
- Green Bowl Beach (A really cool secluded beach but the hike down can be intense)
- Pandawa Beach
- Karma Kandara Private Beach (Club)
All of these are fantastic beaches and worth a visit! If you don’t have your a moto, what you could do is hire a driver for the day (which is super affordable in Bali), and you could do a full day of beach hopping. All of these are within a 15-20 minute drive max from the main area of Uluwatu.
Travel Advice | PLEASE make sure you have proper travel insurance coverage if you rent a moto and drive around Bali. Unfortunately, accidents do happen (especially when people drink & drive), and you want to make sure you are covered if something happens.
I personally suggest HeyMondo due to their extensive range of cover for all situations and trip lengths, their fair pricing, and their handy app which allows you to not only manage any claims within the app, but also access free assistance online so you don’t need to rack up an expensive phone bill while abroad!
12. Ulu Cliffhouse
Ulu Cliffhouse is a relatively new beach club located on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, and it’s simply an Uluwatu must visit! They have a pool with plenty of loungers, so prepare to feel pampered in this stunning location. Order cocktails while you relax by the pool, or head down to the private beach at the end of a narrow pathway.
The views from Ulu Cliffhouse are unrivaled and provide some wonderful photo opportunities. This is one of the Uluwatu attractions that you’ll want to document for ‘the Gram’.
The food is delicious, the staff are super nice, and it’s also a great place to do some co-working (I’ve brought my laptop there many times to work from their beautiful oceanfront tables).
13. Tuesday Cinema Night at Ulu Cliffhouse
One of my favorite things to to do in Uluwatu is watching a movie every Tuesday night! They transform the chic beach club into a movie theater and offer the same menu for dinner and drinks.
It’s my new favorite way to watch a movie, and I went at least 5 or 6 different times when I was living in Uluwatu. Movies start around 7PM, but I’d recommend getting there a bit early to enjoy a fresh coconut or bintang and watch the sunset.
14. Balangan Viewpoint
Just to the right of Balangan Beach, you’ll find the stunning Balangan viewpoint, situated on top of a cliff. It’s easy to get to and provides panoramic views of the beach, ocean, and coastline.
It’s a beautiful place to take photos, but be warned that in the evening just before sunset the viewing point does get rather crowded. For this reason, it may be best to visit in the afternoon. After taking in the wonderful sights, head to the beach for a light meal at one of the beachfront restaurants.
15. Explore The Cave at Pantai Tegal Wangi
The cliffs at Pantai Tegal Wangi are a popular sunset location. But breaking free from the crowds is often the best option. Take the small staircase down to the secluded beach and explore the small rock pools that line the shore.
There’s also a cave on the beach which provides some great photo opportunities. Just be sure to check the tides before heading to the beach. It’s important to visit at low tide as the beach becomes very small during high tide which can become dangerous.
16. Uluwatu Surfing
Surfing is by far one of the best things to do in Uluwatu! The locals have found some amazing spots, so whether you’re an avid surfer, or just starting out, there’s a surf spot suitable for you.
Padang Padang is one of the more popular surf spots in the area. The best part is it’s suitable for both advanced surfers and wave seekers that are just beginning their surfing journey. The two breaks make this possible. If you’ve got a lot of experience under your belt, head to the famous left break and ride the barrels. If you’re just starting out, surf the gentle beach break to the right.
Suluban, Bingin, and Dreamland Beach are other locations ideal for expert surfers. They’re also wonderful locations to watch some pro surfing. So, if the waves are calling you, be sure to add surfing to your Uluwatu itinerary.
17. Bali Paragliding
For those adrenaline junkies looking to take to the sky, there are daily paragliding flights that take off from the cliff that overlooks Nyang Nyang Beach! I haven’t personally gotten the chance to do this yet, but I’ve seen paragliders and it looks incredible!
Make sure you’re wearing closed shoes, as the company won’t let you fly in slip-slops. It’s also a great idea to bring a Go-Pro if you have one as you’ll want to preserve these memories for as long as possible.
It costs around $100 USD for a 30-minute tandem flight – Contact the people at Bali Paraglide Tours for reservations
18. GWK Cultural Park
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is an impressive 240 hectares and features some incredible works of art. The main attraction at this cultural complex is a 492-foot statue of Vishnu, as well as one of the mythical bird Garuda.
Apart from strolling the grounds and admiring the statues, you can also visit the on-site reflexology center, the souvenir store, and the theater. Often you’ll be able to catch a performance by traditional dancers – this always takes place by the big statue of Vishnu.
I’ve actually been fortunate enough to attend a music festival here, and it’s such an awesome place to visit in Uluwatu! Just be sure to bring plenty of water, as you’ll get tired exploring in the Bali humidity.
19. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
Beauty treatments in Bali are extremely cheap, and Uluwatu is no exception. It’s not uncommon that you end up paying one-eighth of the price you would pay in the USA. You’ll find nail bars, massage parlors, reflexology centers, and hair salons scattered all over Uluwatu. So, why not spend a day making the absolute most of them.
Taking some time off will allow you to recalibrate after all the exploring you’ll be doing. This is one of the top things to do in Uluwatu for those wanting to relax.
If you’re not on a tight budget, you can also visit world-class spa facilities at resorts like the Spa Alila at Alila Villas Uluwatu.
20. Karang Boma Cliff
Karang Boma Cliff offers spectacular views, similar to those at the viewing point near Uluwatu Temple but with far fewer people crowding the area. The viewing point is located between Uluwatu Temple and Nyang Nyang Beach – the turnoff is marked by a laminated sign.
There are a couple of locals that have set up a toll gate of sorts to make money off the tourists. They don’t charge much to get through but if you’d like to skip the informal payment make your way there earlier in the day. They only seem to set up shop in the afternoons when they know there’ll be a fair amount of people wanting to visit. There is very little in the way of protection toward the edge of the cliff, so be careful and don’t venture too close to the edge.
21. Jimbaran Bay Beach Dinner
Not exactly in Uluwatu, but having dinner and watching the sunset go down in Jimbaran is an absolute must for all visitors to Bali. Complete with deliciously fresh seafood, candle-lit ambiance, and cold bintangs…it’s a perfect way to spend an evening.
Read all about the Best 10 Restaurants at Jimbaran Bay, and don’t miss out on a gorgeous sunset dining experience. I’ve tried a few of the restaurants on the list, and every one of them was incredible! Oh, how I miss the food in Indonesia!
22. Travel Photoshoot
Uluwatu is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Bali, so where better to hire a photographer and document the most picturesque moments of your vacation or honeymoon.
There are many photographers all over Uluwatu, so sourcing one is never difficult. They’ll be able to take you to the most stunning locations in the area. As well as having a photographer, they’ll act as a guide to hidden locations you wouldn’t have otherwise have discovered.
You’ll end up with a stunning collection of photographs to remember your trip by, and have an awesome time creating those memories. Set aside at least one day of your trip to go on a photo mission. If one of your fellow travel companions knows what they’re doing with a camera, this can even become a free activity.
23. Pre-Game / Afterparty at a Mart Party
Before and after the major club events, parties, and festivals down in Uluwatu – all the party-goers head to one of the Mart’s to have some drinks. It might sound a bit funny, but these can be so fun and get pretty wild! I brought my portable music player there several times, and had kick-ons for hours!
It’s a younger/ backpacker crowd full of international travelers and surfers, and some nights can be hit/miss, but if you’re there during a good mart party, you’ll love it!
24. Relax in the Sea Jacuzzi Pools
There are incredible natural ‘jacuzzi’ pools at Tegal Wangi Beach. It’s not a very popular beach amongst the locals, so you’ll often find it very quiet. Wedding photographers seem to be the only locals interested in this hidden gem.
It’s a great place to relax on the beach during the day, and you’ll have access to the ‘jacuzzi’ pools as soon as the tide is low enough. The sunset is also absolutely magnificent from this spot, like most other places in Uluwatu. But the privilege of being able to watch it without a crowd around you is a rare treat.
Spend the day lazing in these natural pools for a free spa-like experience. You’ll also be able to take some unique photographs in the pools, especially if you have a waterproof camera to make use of.
25. Never Miss A Sunset
Last, but not certainly not least…I personally think that Uluwatu is simply best place in Bali to watch the sunset. There are so many amazing viewpoints to choose from, but my favorites are Uluwatu temple, Uluwatu Beach, or Mu Resort.
Am I Missing Any Epic Things To Do in Uluwatu?
I revisited Uluwatu in January 2019, but unfortunately I only had a couple days down there as I was attending a music festival! I’m sure there are so many more epic things to do in Uluwatu that are on this list, and would love to keep this article updated with the best information! So let me know if you think I need to add any awesome activities to this list!
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Hi Jone , This by far is the best post on Uluwatu that I have come across . Could you please help me understand if one needs to be staying in the Mu Resort to enjoy the sunset from the infinity pool ?
My sincere apologies for the incorrect address. Hi Dave :)