Uluwatu is popular among the surfer community. If you are not into surfing, don’t let this dissuade you from exploring this beautifully lush part of southern Bali. Uluwatu is perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the more touristy areas of Bali. It offers the perfect balance of nature, beaches and relaxation.
WHAT TO SEE
Head over to the main parking area of Nyang Nyang Beach at the top of the cliffs. From there you can take a steep, slippery dirt path down or you can take the 500 steps. We chose the dirt path down and the stairs back up.
There are 2 parking entrances. The one we took led us down a walking path of probably 300 stairs to a few beach restaurants. The beach itself was pretty rocky and more desirable for surfers rather than sunbathers. However, we noticed the beaches up the way from us (Padang Padang, Green Bowl) looked like they had more attractive sandy beaches.
This temple is situated on the side of a 70m/230ft high cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. This temple is very picturesque at sunset. As cute and funny as they are, beware of the monkeys as they will try to borrow your belongings!
WHERE TO EAT
This cliff side restaurant offers fantastic views of the ocean and sits just next to the Nyang Nyang beach parking. Enjoy a drink and a meal as your breathe in the fresh ocean air and gaze upon the horizon. This place is perfect break after returning from Nyang Nyang beach.
This street side restaurant makes some great local and western fare. Grab and table in their airy space and enjoy your food as life buzzes by on the street.
This modern cafe cooks up more western style fare but still at affordable prices. The cute outdoor patio offers a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a meal, drink or just an afternoon coffee.
Situated on the side of the cliff overlooking Bingin Beach, this restaurant hosts quality views of the ocean. Being west facing, it offers fantastic sunset views. The food is great and so are the ice cold beers! We’d definitely recommend this spot for a sunset dinner experience.
WHERE TO STAY
We couldn’t recommend this place enough! We were greeted by the local dogs and puppies before entering our adorable little room. They even put some fresh frangipani on the bedding, which I really appreciated (the small details). It was clean, basic and for 16USD a night you can’t complain.
HOW TO GET AROUND
Grab and Uber are the most commonly used taxi apps in Bali. Of course, you can also use a local taxi – in this case we suggest sticking to Blue Bird as other taxi companies have a pretty sleazy reputation. That being said, depending on where you choose to stay in Uluwatu, availability of these taxis can be scare as this area is still rather rural. You can also work with your accommodation to organize a ride or a driver for the day.
Alternatively, if you feel confident and comfortable on two wheels, rent a scooter from either your accommodation or a scooter rental shop for the day. We rented a scooter from Maya Rustic for just $3 a day. Don’t forget your helmet! Safety first – always.
1 DAY ITINERARY
Breakfast – Drifter Surfshop Cafe & Gallery
Morning – Nyang Nyang Beach
Start your day with a refreshing swim in the blue waters down on Nyang Nyang Beach. Throw down a towel and soak up some rays to get you energized for the day. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen, towel, water (you will get very thirsty) and some mosquito spray if you want to avoid getting bitten.
Alternative beach option: Green Bowl Beach.
Lunch – Nunggalan Corner
Afternoon – Bingin Beach
After lunch, head over to Bingin Beach. Slap on some more sunscreen and get relaxed as you the listen to the waves crashing out on the rocks. Bring a book to read or take a nap in the warmth of the sun.
Alternative beach option – Padang Padang.
Dinner – Kelly’s Warung
Once you have gotten your fill of the beach, grab a sunset dinner at Kelly’s Warung. Enjoy the beautiful view as your munch down on some good food and quench your thirst with a well-deserved, ice-cold Bintang.
Total Budget: $45 for two people
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