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Uluwatu is a popular destination in Bali, famous for work class surfing, beautiful beaches nestled on the side of cliffs and stunning sunsets. But this isn’t all Uluwatu has to offer.
Here are 9 things to do in Uluwatu.
Visit Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple is perhaps the most picturesque temple in Bali (and the world), overlooking the dramatic coastline of the Bukit Peninsula. The view from the temple’s cliff top location is one not to be missed on a trip to Uluwatu. See my guide to visiting Uluwatu Temple.
Enjoy a cocktail at Single Fin
Single Fin is a restaurant and bar located on the edge of Uluwatu cliffs, offering some of the best views in the region. A trip to single fin is a must at sunset. Might I suggest a watermelon martini and poke bowl. Expect to pay premium prices for food and drinks at Single Fin.
Soak up the sun at the beach
Uluwatu is surrounded by beautiful Beaches.
Some of my favourite beaches in the area are Uluwatu Beach, Padang Padang Beach and Dreamland beach.
Uluwatu Beach – Down the stairs from Single Fin, you will find Uluwatu Beach, hidden through a cave formation. Expect pristine water, white sand, and entertainment in the form of surfers as they ride one of the biggest, most popular waves in Bali. Uluwatu Beach can only be reached at low tide.
Padang Padang Beach – This picture perfect beach is the perfect place to spend the day and learn to surf. Unlike Uluwatu, the waves here are smaller and better for the beginners.
Dreamland Beach – Dreamland beach is my favourite beach in the area as it best for swimming. At Dreamland Beach you will find a large area of soft sand to relax on, and can easily enter the ocean to swim in the tropical water. If you are at Dreamland Beach, make sure you walk up to the headland for a 360 degree view of the region.
Bingin Beach – Bingin Beach has interesting rock formations along the coast, paired with white sand and great views of the Bukit Peninsular coastline.
Learn to surf
There are no shortage of waves in the Uluwatu region. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner, you will be able to find a wave for you. If it is your first time, a lesson is recommended.
You will find plenty of spa options available to you in Uluwatu. At least one (two, three or more) afternoons should be spent pampering yourself, you deserve it.
Choose from a massage, body scrub, facial, manicure or pedicure, reflexology and more. Or if you can’t choose, why not do them all.
Eat delicious food
One of the reasons why I love Bali so much is the food. You can get just about any cuisine you desire, all made with fresh, healthy ingredients. One of the best restaurants in the Uluwatu Area is Muzz Cafe Organic. They have a large menu filled with healthy and nutritious meals, at affordable prices.
Bali is a yogis paradise. Most yogis head to Ubud, but Uluwatu has plenty of yoga classes available.
Appreciate the sunset
Sunset from this part of the island is spectacular. Some of my favourite places to watch the sunset are Single Fin and Dreamland Headland. Be sure to put your phone down and give yourself time to appreciate the beauty of a sunset.
Yep, that’s right. One of my favourite things to do in Uluwatu
Getting to Uluwatu
Uluwatu is in the Bukit Peninsular region. From the airport, it is 1 – 2-hour drive depending on traffic. Expect to pay around 250,000 IDR for a one way trip. Once in Uluwatu, the best way to get around is by hiring a bike. This will cost around 50,000 IDR per day.
Places to stay in Uluwatu
There are lots of accommodation options in Uluwatu, ranging from guest houses, bed and breakfasts, Airbnb, hotels and luxury resorts. I recommend using booking.com to search for accommodation. If you book using this link, you will receive a $25 cash back after your stay.
Travel Insurance for Uluwatu
Travel insurance is a necessity. I recommend World Nomads.
Safety in Uluwatu
In terms of crime, Uluwatu is relatively safe. Regardless, you should always:
- WEAR A HELMET
- Avoid flashing your valuables
- Keep an eye on your belongings at all times
- Lock your belongings in the hotel safe
- Remain aware of your surrounding
- Avoid unknown streets at night
- Don’t drink too much