Uluwatu is easily my favorite area of Bali! There’s just this special relaxing vibe down there that is hard to explain, but aligns perfectly with the laid-back surfing culture. There are so many incredible things to do in Uluwatu, and you could really spend weeks down here living it up in paradise.
I personally love renting a moto for a few days, exploring all the different beaches, and being constantly amazed at the gorgeous sunsets. There’s awesome nightlife, delicious food, and plenty of fun things to do in Uluwatu, and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it just as I have.
While I could easily spend weeks down in this area of Bali, you really can see and do just about everything here in 3-4 days! I’m actually planning a trip back to Bali soon, and can’t wait to get back to Uluwatu! 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!
- Renting an Airbnb is definitely a solid option for Uluwatu, and always my preferred way of travel accommodation these days! Here are a few stellar places that I know you would love!
- SR Hostel Uluwatu: 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
1) Watch The Surfers + Sunset at Uluwatu Beach
You can’t go to Ulutwau without watching the insanely talented surfers from up above. 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).
2) 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 Uluwatu 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 is top-notch deep-house.
3) Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at Cashew Tree
The Cashew Tree is hands down my favorite place 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. Everytime I go to Uluwatu I eat here as much as possible, and my mouth is watering just thinking about their smoothies.
4) Sunset Magic at Mu Resort
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 resorts 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.
5) Luxury Relaxation Day at Sunday’s Beach Club
I was fortunate enough to spend a day at Sunday’s Beach Club, and it completely blew my mind! Yes, it is a bit expensive for Indonesian standards, but it’s worth every penny. The 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 nightlife bonfires.
6) Saturday Night Party at Padang Padang Beach
Padang Padang beach is one of Uluwatu’s most beautiful beaches, and also home to one of the best parties on the whole island! Bali is one of the best party islands in Southeast-Asia, and you defintiely need to check out the weekly event at Padang Padang every Saturday night!
7) Dinner on The Beach at Jimbaran Bay
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!
8) Rent a Moto & Explore All The Beaches
You’re basically going to need a moto when you go down to Uluwatu. Without one, you’ll basically feel stranded. There are so many different areas to explore, and you should try and visit all of them if you have the time. Uluwatu Beach, Padang Padang Beach, Bingin Beach, Dreamland Beach, etc. All amazing and beautiful, and worth a visit.
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!
9) 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!
10) Explore Uluwatu Temple
Exploring this Balinese Hindu sea temple is one of the most amazing Uluwatu things to do. It’s built on the edge of a 230-foot sea cliff, providing tremendous views from the temple. 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.
If you stay on into the evening 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.
You could also book this tour if you’re looking to do Uluwatu as a day-trip from other parts of Bali
Bali Sunset: Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran Bay: “Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean during an awe-inspiring evening on the southern tip of Bali. Attend a traditional “kecak” dance performance at Uluwatu Temple, perched on the cliffs above the sea. Savor an optional seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay.”
11) Investigate the Best Beaches in Uluwatu, Bali
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. Padang Padang Beach, Suluban Beach, Dreamland Beach, and Bingin Beach are some of the favorites in Uluwatu.
12) Enjoy Panoramic Views at 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.
13) Watch the sunset at the iconic Sunset Point
If you’re wondering what to do in Uluwatu in the evenings, then heading to Sunset Point is the answer. It’s a bar that presents absolutely magical views over a sheer cliff face. Grab a bean bag and join the locals as the sun sets over the sea.
They also make great drinks, so you can enjoy this experience cocktail in hand. The bar is open from 11 am to 10 pm every day so you can arrive in the early afternoon and enjoy an entire day basking in the sun and enjoying the view.
14) 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.
15) Hang Ten on Some of the Best Waves in Bali
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.
Bingin Beach 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.
16) Relax on the Cliffside at Ulu Cliffhouse
Ulu Cliffhouse is a beach club located on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean. They have a pool and 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’.
17) Take to the Sky for More Incredible Views
There are daily paragliding flights that take off from the cliff that overlooks Nyang Nyang Beach. And there’s no better way to enjoy views of the stunning coastline than from the sky. This is sure to be one of the Uluwatu activities you won’t want to miss out on.
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.
I’d recommend this company:
“Experience Bali’s stunning shoreline and sacred sea temple from the air on tandem paragliding flights in Uluwatu.
Start on the golden beaches of Uluwatu’s infamous coast and soar on tropical thermals over the spiritual Bukit peninsula on this scenic paragliding flight. Overlooking the Great Temples that stretch out over the rugged cliffs, witness pristine secret beaches, blue seas, lesser known Hindu temples and waves breaking over coral reefs – fully organised and operated by an experienced pilot! All you have to do is relax and enjoy the view.”
18) Explore 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. If you’ve been asking what to see in Uluwatu, this has got to be on your list.
If taking a guided tour of the cultural park is more to your taste, check out the link below.
Uluwatu: GWK Cultural Park, Beaches & Uluwatu Temple Tour – (This is another tour option that would be best for people who aren’t staying in Uluwatu)
19) Take a Scooter Ride Along the Coastline
If you’ve been to Bali before, you’ll be well aware that the roads are often very congested. But this is where Uluwatu differs from the rest. Although the main road contains a little traffic, the rest of the roads are fairly empty, making it a great place for a road trip.
Hire a scooter and take a ride along the coastline. There are plenty of beaches to be explored, and taking a scooter to each and every one is a great way to do it. You’re unlikely to pay more than $7 USD to hire a scooter for the day, so it’s a relatively inexpensive adventure.
20) 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 US. 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.
21) Check out 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.
22) Visit the Undiscovered Corners of Uluwatu
Uluwatu was once the undiscovered gem of Bali, but in recent years it’s become quite a destination hotspot. If you’re looking for things to do in Uluwatu that will allow you to escape the crowds, then take a day trip to the southern shores of the Bukit Peninsula.
Green Bowl is a stunning beach near Uluwatu and is always very quiet. It’s a small piece of paradise with crystal clear waters and makes a great escape from the crowds. Because it’s not a tourist destination, be sure to pack a picnic and come prepared as you won’t be able to rent loungers or umbrellas when you arrive.
23) Have a 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.
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.
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 personallyt 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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