Hidden beaches with virgin sands and the bluest waters imaginable, Uluwatu is a beach paradise – the best in Bali!
Beneath towering limestone clifftops, you will find beaches with perfect surfing waves and pristine beaches where you can swim with your family.
Uluwatu is home to fantastic clifftop bars and fabulous beach clubs. There are trendy cafes, laid-back bars, buzzing nightlife, and many incredible spots to watch the famous Island Sunset. If you love beaches, clifftops, sunsets and surfing, Uluwatu is where you will want to be!
Here are 17 things you MUST DO in Uluwatu in 2024
1. Go for drinks at Single Fin
Single Fin is a famous rooftop bar in Bali, right above the most famous Uluwatu surf break discovered in the 70ties. It’s one of Uluwatu’s best places to go for sunset drinks. You can sit at the bar or out on the large sunset deck. There’s excellent food to try, and in the morning, you can start your day here with Revolver coffee and a smoothie bowl before or after surfing. Enjoy live music every Wednesday evening, and check out the Sunday Sessions with international DJs and live acts. It’s a great place to meet people and have a fabulous time.
2. See the Kecak fire performance at Uluwatu Temple
Every evening, you can watch a traditional Balinese fire dance performance at the clifftop Uluwatu Temple around sunset time. Arrive a bit earlier to see the temple complex and meet the local tribe of macaque monkeys. Just before sunset, the performance starts, telling the ancient Hindu Saga of Ramayana. It’s quite an experience involving a choir of over a hundred men, beautiful costumes, handmade masks, humour, drama and fire acts. The show takes place at an open-air amphitheatre beneath the sunset- and then the starlit sky.
3. Stay at a clifftop villa
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to the view of the ocean, the infinite horizon and a private infinity swimming pool surrounded by tropical greenery? Uluwatu has the most spectacular clifftop villas with incredible views and fabulous features. Check out the best villas in Uluwatu here. Uluwatu is also a top destination for weddings and other events. There are fantastic wedding villas in this area of Bali.
4. Experience Uluwatu’s most famous surf breaks
With powerful and consistent barreling waves, “Ulu”, as the surfers call it, is one of the top destinations to surf in Bali. The best places are beneath the Uluwatu Temple and Padang Padang. 5 different peaks make up the waves in Uluwatu and vary in size and swell. When you go surfing in Uluwatu, it is important to be aware of the surfing conditions and honest about your skill level, as the waves can be challenging. If you’re a beginner, take lessons and start at beginner-friendly places such as Binging.
5. Walk in Julia Robert’s footsteps at Pandang Padang Beach
Have you seen the movie Eat, Love, Pray, where Julia Roberts and Brazilian superstar Javier Bardem fall in love? Well, the dreamy beach scenes in this film were shot in Bali at Padang Padang Beach in Uluwatu. The beach is beautiful, with golden sand and clear blue water. It’s a great place to swim and relax for the day, and it’s also a famous surf spot with challenging barreling waves behind the reef a little further away from the shore. Upon entering this beach, you may see some monkeys, too, and remember you will be walking in the footsteps of Julia Roberts.
6. Rent a scooter and drive around the Bukit
Nothing is more fun than renting a scooter and driving around the beautiful Bukit Peninsula coastline, exploring hidden beaches and stunning viewpoints. Start at Jimbaran Bay and make a circle passing Balang Beach, Dreamland, Bingin, Padang Padang, Suluban Beach, Nyang Nyang and then onwards to Nusa Dua to see Nusa Dua Beach, Pandawa and Geger Beach. On the way, you can stop at a good-looking cafe, grab some food at a local warung, stop for clifftop drinks, or do whatever. You are free as a bird!
7. Lounge at cliff clubs, rock bars and beach clubs
With rugged limestone cliffs and mesmerizing sunsets, Uluwatu has many prestigious cliff clubs, rock bars and beach clubs to check out. El Kabron is the place to be for sunset cocktails and tapas, but there’s also Ulu Cliffhouse and Savaya, where you can lounge and sunbathe in style, spoiling yourself with delicious food, drinks, views and pampering from head to toe. Sunday’s Beach Club is another must-visit. You can spend the entire day and night here. It’s a beautiful beach with lounge beds, bean bags, good music, food, drinks and watersport activities. In the evening, you can have a bonfire on the beach with marshmallows or enjoy an outdoor cinema experience with your feet in the sand. It’s great fun for the whole family!
8. Have a seafood feast at Jimbaran Bay
The place to be for fresh seafood is at Jimbaran Bay. From sunset until late, when all of the stars are shining brightly in the night sky, you can munch on delicious freshly caught seafood at one of the seafood restaurants on the beach at Jimbaran Bay. One of the most famous beach restaurants is Menega Cafe. Another option is to come here early to grab fish from the fish market and grill it at the villa for a holiday home feast. The beach BBQs at Bingin Beach are great, too!
9. Watch a fabulous sunset
You’ll never get enough of it: gazing at the magical island sunset! Uluwatu has breathtaking sunset views. With your feet in the sand or from a clifftop bar, Uluwatu has many amazing sunset spots.
10. Explore the GWK Cultural Park
GWK stands for “Garuda Wisna Kencana,” and it features a 122-meter-tall statue of the Hindu God Vishnu and his mythical bird Garuda. It’s one of the largest monuments in the world and truly impressive to see. The 60-hectare park features cultural activities and performances. Beautiful gardens allow you to stroll around and try authentic Balinese snacks and delicacies.
11. Work out at Uluwatu’s gyms
Do you feel like a bit of a workout and want it with a view? If not for the gorgeous ocean and clifftop views, there are stunning beach babes and tanned surfer dudes. Uluwatu has some amazing gyms with high-quality equipment and classes. Fondue is great for Pilates. At Bali Training Centre, you can join a class of Muay Thai and Bambu Fitness is great for CrossFit.
12. Eat, drink and hang out at fabulous Uluwatu cafes
While everybody thinks of Seminyak and Canggu as hot spots for trendy cafes and restaurants, Uluwatu is quickly ranking up. Amazing coffee with single-origin beans crafted in any style, delicious smoothie bowls, homemade bread and healthy salads, Uluwatu has many cute, highly Instagrammable cafes with good music, fun people, amazing views and a wonderful ambience. From hipster and trendy to family-friendly and laid-back, if you want to go cafe hopping, Uluwatu is great! We love Drifter, The Cashew Tree, Suka Espresso and Lands End Cafe.
13. Jimbaran Hill Paintball Arena
Up for an afternoon of fun with friends and family? Head to the Jimbaran Hill Paintball Arena, and you’re all set. The battlefield has the set of an authentic Jungle village with bushes, bunkers and derelict houses. It’s the perfect playground to get your adrenaline flowing in a free and fun setting.
14. Go Paragliding
Up for even more adrenaline in your blood? Go paragliding at the remote and stunning Nyang Nyang Beach. It takes a little hike to get down to Nyang Nyang Beach and back up the cliff again, but you can also take the easy way and paraglide down from the clifftop above Nyang Nyang. The view, the whole experience, it is fantastic!
15. Spa time
At some point, it is time to relax and hit the spa! From 5-star luxury spas to a sandy massage on the beach, you can experience it all in Uluwatu. On the beach, you get the sound of the sea while you dream away and let go of all of the tension in your body. Most spas come with jaw-dropping views and a tranquil ambience where you can fully recharge your being. Go for a full-body Balinese massage, or try one of those pampering spa packages with body wrap, body scrub, facial, manicure and pedicure. Spa packages for couples and families are also available. Check out our favourite spas here.
16. Soak in a natural jacuzzi at Tegal Wangi Beach
The rock pools at Tegal Wangi Beach create natural jacuzzis with every wave that rolls in from the Indian Ocean. The ambience at this beautiful beach is secluded and tranquil, with mesmerizing views, especially around sunset time. You can soak in the natural rock pools and take amazing photos to lure all your friends to visit Bali. A magical place!
17. Explore Uluwatu’s nightlife
Flashy and sophisticated nightclubs with international DJs, cool bars with live bands, and underground parties, Uluwatu has a buzzing nightlife! Single Fin is not only a surfers’ hub and sunset hang-out spot but also a place to enjoy Uluwatu’s vibrant nightlife with events, DJ sets, and live music. El Kabron Cliff Club turns into another hot spot for nightlife after sunset and dinner in style, and The Cashew Tree is a relaxed, laid-back venue to meet like-minded travellers and enjoy live music.