Uluwatu, Bali

Travel Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Planning a trip to Bali? This Uluwatu travel guide is your one-stop-shop for what to expect when exploring this beautiful, beachy destination! We break down all the best food spots, places to stay, things to do, and more in this Uluwatu travel guide below.

Uluwatu is a beautiful and popular destination in Bali, located on the southern tip of the island. It’s known for its stunning cliff top views, white sand beaches, and epic surf breaks, making it a haven for surfers and beach-goers alike.

The area offers a mix of surf culture, luxurious clifftop living, and local village life, making it appealing to a variety of travelers. Uluwatu is home to the iconic Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple, one of the most important and beautiful Hindu temples in Bali, and is also home to some of the most luxurious resorts and beach clubs on the island. The area has a laid-back atmosphere, with a focus on relaxation and enjoyment of the beautiful surroundings.

There are many activities to choose from, including surfing, beach days, visiting temples and cultural sites, and enjoying the many stunning sunset views.

Quick Tips


The native language is Indonesian, which has a unique dialect in Bali. But most people speak some level of English.

When To Visit

During the dry season (April – October). But be prepared for more expensive flights and accomodations during the high season. If you don’t mind a few rainstorms, you can also consider visiting during the wet season (November – March).


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR proof of negative COVID-19 test if unvaccinated; Purchase a ‘visa on arrival’ at the Indonesian airport; Passport that is valid for 6 months from date of arrival; Additional health questionnaires may be required upon arrival  

Getting To Uluwatu

Because Bali is an island, you will need to arrive via flight to the Denpasar-Ngurah Rai International Airport. The most direct routes to fly to Bali include: From the US via Singapore or Hong Kong; From Europe via SIngapore or Kuala Lumpur; From Japan via Tokyo; or direct from Australia. Once at the airport, Uluwatu is about a 50 minute drive. We recommend using the ride share app Grab to book a ride upon arrival. 

What To Expect

Getting Around

Rideshare apps, like Grab and GO-JEK, are popular amongst tourists and a very convenient way to get around. But if you want to experience Bali the authentic Balinese way, we highly recommend renting a scooter! Scooters are cheap, convenient and will save you a lot of time in traffic all across the island. 


Bali is pleasant year round! Throughout the year, the daytime temperatures hover between the mid-80s and low 90s, with only the humidity and precipitation patterns changing. Bali only has two seasons, rainy season (November through March) and dry season (April through October).

While the rainy season is known for lower rates, you also need to keep in mind the combination of rain, humidity and high temperatures (ew), as well as the decreased visibility for diving and unrelenting mosquitos.

Bali’s dry season provides warm temperatures without too much rainfall and humidity – ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, sailing and sunbathing. However, this pleasant weather doesn’t come cheap.

Throughout the year, the daytime temperatures hover between the mid-80s and low 90s, with only the humidity and precipitation patterns changing.


Indonesian people are some of the friendliest people we have ever met, and Bali is extremely safe for travelers overall! That said, it’s always a good idea to keep your wits about you and make sure your valuables are secure and out of reach at all times. You also need to watch out for road safety, especially if you are renting a scooter. 

What to Pack

Due to its tropical atmosphere, Bali fashion is generally informal. When planning what to pack, choose clothing in lightweight fabrics to keep you cool in the humidity, such as flowy sun dresses with sneakers or sandals and beachwear. Swimsuits are almost always acceptable to wear in this beach town. Oh, and DONT FORGET bug spray and sunscreen!!! 

What about money


The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). This can definitely get a bit tricky, so we recommend memorizing a few simple conversions. For example: 15,000 IDR is about $1 USD ($0.96), 150,000 IDR is about $10 USD ($9.58), and 500,000 IDR is about $30 USD ($31.95).


Bali is a super budget-friendly destination, so it’s pretty easy to visit the island and not have to worry about breaking the bank. However, South Bali is the most visited region on the island, so you should expect slightly higher prices than in central or north Bali. 

Cash or Credit Cards?

There are plenty of ATMs throughout Uluwatu and we always recommend keeping cash on you while in Bali. Most upscale restaurants also accept credit cards.

Tipping Culture:

While many places include a 5-10% service fee, tipping is not expected on top of this. However, if you receive excellent service and wish to leave a tip, it will always be appreciated.


Uluwatu Neighborhoods


Balangan Beach

This up-and-coming area is slightly off the beaten track (about 20 minutes from the popular areas) and less developed than the rest of the Bukit Peninsula.

As a result, you can expect chilled vibes, gorgeous beach views, an authentic charm, and affordable villas at half the price of those in Bingin.

This is a great area to stay in if you are after a relaxing vacation and/or hoping to avoid the backpacking and partying crowd.

Highlights include Balangan Beach Viewpoint, sunsets from warungs on the beach, and open land with cows and natural beauty.

Bingin Beach / Dreamland

Driving south from Balangan, your next stop will be Dreamland Beach, and next to it, Bingin Beach.

These are two of the best beaches in Uluwatu and it’s a great central location for your adventures in the Bukit Peninsula.

You can expect relaxed vibes close to the beach and slightly more expensive prices than other areas in Uluwatu.

Highlights include the seafood BBQ on the beach, Cashew Tree, Drifter’s Cafe and El Kabron Beach Club. 

Padang Padang

With its popular beaches, central location, famous surf break, and large selection of cafes, bars and restaurants, this is the go-to area in Uluwatu! Situated between Bingin and Suluban, Padang Padang is a great place to base yourself if you want to be close to all the action.

It’s a hub for backpackers and solo travelers as there’s always a hive of activity, and some of the best restaurants and cafes are only a short walk away.

This is one of our top recommendations when choosing a place to stay!


Home to the famous Ulu’s surf break and Single Fin Beach Club, Suluban is on par with Padang Padang! The area, which is located between Padang Padang and Nyang Nyang, is a great place to stay if you are a surfer, party-goer, or just after an action-packed vacation.You can expect a big nightlife scene, world-famous waves, a booming restaurant scene, breathtaking sunsets at Sunset Point, and a plethora of warungs lining the cliffs over the ocean. This is one of the few areas that is fairly walkable. 


Ungasan is the southernmost coastline of Bali with secluded beaches and luxury villas sat atop rugged limestone cliffs. Famous for its beach clubs and luxury resorts, this is the go-to place for honeymooners and those looking for luxurious Uluwatu resorts, infinity pools, and Instagrammable views.


Uluwatu Accommodations


The Edge


Towering over the edge of the Indian Ocean on a cliff, The Edge hotel is insta-famous for its breathtaking glass-bottom infinity pool that jets out onto the coast 150 meters below. It is easily one of the most architecturally stunning pools in the world, but that’s only part of the reason why this resort is one of the most sought-after places to stay in Bali. Each of the eight ultra-spacious villas that make up The Edge feature a private sundeck, state-of-the-art entertainment systems with a private home theater, a well-equipped kitchen, a wine cellar, a cigar lounge, and a private butler. 

Alila Villas Uluwatu


If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury experience in Uluwatu, you’re going to want to stay here. The modern, eco-friendly villas at Alila are super-spacious and super-stylish. Each comes with a butler, private pool and a chic poolside cabana. You can get to a private beach but you’ll have to descend over 600 stairs to reach it (typical Uluwatu!)– and then make your way back up again – so most guests choose to hang by the beautiful 50-meter pool instead, or retreat to the yoga center and spa. This gorgeous property is also a top choice for couples getting married in Bali.

Anantara Uluwatu


The perfect place to stay if you are looking for budget luxury in Padang Padang. Simply put, this place is everything, so book it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Located on a cliff overlooking the Impossibles Surf Break, this gorgeous hotel offers two infinity pools, beach access via a private elevator, private balconies with hot tubs, a delicious oceanfront restaurant, and incredible spa & more. The rooms are immaculate and spacious, and the king-size beds are super comfy. 

The Istana


If you’re wondering where to stay in Uluwatu for the best sunset views, look no further than The Istana. Perched on a cliff in the Suluban area of Uluwatu, The Istana offers one of the most luxurious experiences in all of Bali. Not only does it boast an incredible location, but this Uluwatu resort has a famous spa and wellness center, as well as a gorgeous pool and outdoor bar. It’s the place to come to if you want to start your day with yoga and meditation and end with a delicious meal with few other people around. 

Boho Bingin Beach Bali


This beautiful, laid-back gem is a great option if you’re looking for somewhere to stay under $200 right on Bingin Beach. The hotel oozes chilled vibes with a friendly atmosphere, and has a gorgeous infinity pool and hotel bar in a prime location. You can expect large rooms that come complete with aircon and private bathrooms, and beautifully decorated spaces with stunning aesthetics.

Pink Coco


Where we stayed! Pink Coco is a charming boutique hotel just a stone’s throw away from Padang Padang Beach. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for affordable accommodations with a fun atmosphere, holiday vibes, and a great location in Uluwatu. The charming rooms are tastefully decorated and have their own unique characteristics, which include quirky paintings and funky features. And just outside you’ll find 2 majestic pools, surrounded by palm trees and sun loungers, as well as a gorgeous spa. Oh, and did we mention it is adults only? This place is hard to beat if location and price are what you are after. 

Three Monkeys Villas


Three Monkeys Villas offers a selection of private bungalows at an affordable price point. With the high ceilings, large ensuite bathroom, and beautiful front porch, it’s the ideal base for your Bali adventures. The gardens are stunning and the pool is inviting, no matter what time of day it is. A delicious breakfast is also included in the price. Given the prime location and affordable price, this place is hard to beat.

Padang Padang Inn


Featuring a large outdoor pool and a spa center, this budget hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the action! Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant, room service, a sun terrace & more. 

S Resorts Hidden Valley


If you are wanting to stay near all the famous luxury day clubs without shelling out a fortune overnight, then this is the place for you! The hotel is centrally located and affordable, offering free breakfast, rental scooters for $7 / day, daily yoga classes, great massages and a perfect location. 

Uluwatu Things To Do


Get Pampered at a Spa

Uluwatu is a great place to enjoy a massage or spa treatment, with many options available at incredibly affordable prices. Balinese massage is known for its quality and can be found at many massage shops and spas throughout the area. Some of the highest-rated massage places in Uluwatu are below but it seems that you can find good massage experiences at many locations in the Bukit Peninsula. Many of the high-end resorts in Uluwatu also have their own spa and massage centers, which may be more expensive but are also highly regarded. 

        • Laniakea Spa

          One of the best massages we got during our trip to Bali! This spa is elite and even offers a complimentary flower and sea salt foot scrub for the perfect overall package.

        • Zahra Spa

          If you’re looking for a peaceful ambiance and classic spa packages, this is a great spot. The masseurs are great and the prices are just as good.

        • OurSpa Uluwatu

          This new spa in Uluwatu offers a variety of treatments from certified Indonesian aesthetic doctors. They use local ingredients for all their spa treatments and you can trust they know what they’re doing.

Marvel at the Sunsets

Offering miles of shoreline on the western side of the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu is the perfect place to watch a sunset! From chic pool clubs with fancy cocktails to more laid-back backpacker bars, there’s something for everyone. In addition to the bars and restaurants, there are also hidden beaches, coves, and lookout points that offer stunning views of the sunset. A few of our favorite spots include the Uluwatu Temple, Single Fin Beach Club, Karang Boma Cliff, Nyang Nyang beach, Binging beach, El Kabron Cliff Club and Sunset Point. 

Single Fin Beach Club

A popular and highly regarded spot for tourists and locals alike, with its stunning views, great food and drinks, live music, and fun atmosphere. We recommend getting here at least an hour before sunset to snag a seat with a great view. The best nights to enjoy Single Fin are Wednesdays and Sundays, when the crowds are dancing and the music is bumpin! This experience is a MUST!

Uluwatu Temple

Located on a rugged cliff top above the Indian Ocean, the Uluwatu Temple (also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is one of the holiest temples in Bali and is considered a protective landmark that guards the island from evil sea spirits. The temple is known for its breathtaking views and beautiful Balinese culture, and is particularly popular during the daily Kecak Fire Dance, which is performed at sunset. Visitors to the temple should dress respectfully (although sarongs are provided) and be aware of the mischievous monkeys that may try to steal items such as sunglasses and cameras. The temple is about a 10-minute drive from Bukit and about 25 minutes from Pecatu, and is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Uluwatu.

Explore the Best Beaches

Uluwatu is known for its beautiful white sand beaches and excellent surfing, and there are many beaches in the area worth visiting. While some of these beaches may charge an entrance fee, they are all worth visiting for their beauty and recreational activities. Some of the best beaches in Uluwatu are listed below:


      • Padang Padang Beach

        Known for its scenery and surfing and made famous by the movie version of Eat Pray Love. Take surfing lessons or sunbathe alongside the cliffs.

      • Bingin Beach

        The most famous beach known for surfing. Sit back and enjoy the massive waves and scenic views while enjoying a drink at one of the many beach front restaurants and bars. 

      • Dreamland Beach

        A quiet beach with white sand and blue waves, this is a great spot to go and sunbathe while relaxing with Uluwatu’s famous cliffs behind you.

      • Balangan Beach

        A bit further north, this free beach has white sand and blue waves and is popular for pre-wedding photoshoots and sunset viewing.

      • Thomas Beach

        Just next to Bingin Beach, Thomas Beach is one of Bali’s best beaches offering some of the greatest waves for surfers alongside a strip of white sand scattered among boulders.

      • Melasti Beach

        A bit off the beaten path, this highly developed beach has a long strip of white sand and clean water, and several fancy clubs lining the beachfront.

      • Suluban Beach

        A secluded beach with caves and huge rocks to explore and a lively area with surf shops, restaurants, and bars.

Uluwatu Restaurants

restaurant with flowers

The Cashew Tree covers everything from family-friendly brunches and lunches in the al fresco dining area, to live acoustic performance in the evenings. The fully stacked café-style menu is fresh, healthy and organic, featuring a variety of dishes inspired by international cuisine. 

Located at the Mu Boutique Resort, this romantic spot is known for its stunning views of the ocean, its breathtaking sunsets, and its modern Indonesian cuisine. The menu features a variety of dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables, as well as a wide selection of cocktails and wines. 

palm tree

This popular cliffside restaurant and beach club is famed for its cliff-edge infinity pool, ocean views and Mediterranean-inspired menu. You can expect tapas, grilled meats & seafood, served alongside creative cocktails and live music. El Kabron also hosts events and parties, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. 

wood bench and hanging lights

Offering ocean views, live music and a lively atmosphere, this trendy spot is popular for sunset drinks & dinner. The menu features a variety of international dishes, including award-winning poke bowls, juicy burgers, Mexican plates, and pasta, as well as a selection of local Indonesian specialties. 

girl walking into store<br />

Located in the Karma Kandara resort, this all-day cafe and pizzeria provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and delicious, healthy food. Some popular menu items include the coconut and ginger quinoa bowl, the kale and avocado salad, and the Nourish bowl with grilled chicken. They do have two locations in Bukit; one in Ungasan and the other in Bingin.

white tables

With an island-wide reputation for stellar dining, designer drinks and exquisite food, this is the place to be for fine dining. It is known for its luxurious setting, with an open balcony overlooking the ocean and a taster or a-la-carte menu featuring unique cocktails and a variety of dishes with French, Japanese, and Arabian influences. 

This popular Italian restaurant is known for its wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, and a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Located on the main road above Thomas Beach, La Baracca is a great place to enjoy a relaxed meal with a rustic island atmosphere.


A popular and highly regarded spot for tourists and locals alike, with its stunning views, great food and drinks, and lively atmosphere. You can expect high-quality contemporary comfort food, gorgeous views over the ocean, icy-cold beers and cocktails, and an impressive roster of live bands and DJs. 

Uluwatu Bars

cliff sunset

A popular and highly regarded spot for tourists and locals alike, with its stunning views, great food and drinks, and lively atmosphere. You can expect high-quality contemporary comfort food, gorgeous views over the ocean, icy-cold beers and cocktails, and an impressive roster of live bands and DJs. 

beach sunset

Located in Jimbaran Bay, this popular, open-air bar is known for its stunning 180-degree views of the aquamarine waves, limestone cliffs, and breathtaking sunsets. The bar features music from renowned DJs and has a dress code requiring patrons to wear trendy, smart attire. While the drinks are good, the main attraction is the stunning views of the bay.

deck on cliff

The spot to be Friday nights! As you descend the massive staircase, get ready for massive crowds, great drinks and live music. Plan to arrive around 10 and stay all night long. Ulu Cliffhouse is a gorgeous multi-story beach club on Uluwatu’s Bukit coast. The views are stunning. The food is outrageously good (order the lamb skewers and the burger!!)… andddd they have frosé. What else could you ask for?

beach club

A must-not-miss for a full afternoon and evening in the sun! If you are after a breathtaking, boujee scene, Sayava is the place to be. During the day you can enjoy the sun, numerous pools, bottle service, and delicious sushi. As soon as the sun goes down, get ready to dance the night away as the cover-ups come on and the DJs get started! 

white beach

This hidden gem doesn’t get the same crowds as some of the other beach clubs, making it the perfect cozy spot to take in the breathtaking views of Uluwatu’s sunsets. Ritual is the perfect combination of tropical sunset meets stunning elegance. Definitely come here if you are looking for great energy and a really nice atmosphere with incredible ambience.

pool on edge of cliff

The Edge hotel‘s dayclub – Oneeighty- is a perfect spot to post up for the day. Their food is delicious, and their views are impossible to beat. Not to mention their insta-famous glass-bottom infinity pool that jets out onto a cliff 150 meters below. It is easily one of the most architecturally stunning pools I’ve ever seen, and well worth a trip to The Edge.

waterfront bar

Everyday feels like a Sunday down at this stunning beach club, tucked at the bottom of the cliffs on Bali’s southern coast. With beach-friendly fare, designer drinks, loungers by the ocean , water activities and evening bonfires, this is the perfect place to post up for an entire day.  

Nestled in a jungle-covered cove, Karma Beach Club offers an intimate and romantic ambiance. To make the most of your visit, arrive early to snag a cabana, kayak around the corals at low tide, pose for pictures in the nearby cave, and then relax on a beanbag to watch a movie on the beach after sunset. Overall, Karma Beach Club is the perfect private beach date spot.


 Stunning cliff top views, white sand beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and epic surf breaks… what more could you ask for? Uluwatu was anasolute dream to visit and should be at the top of your Asia bucketlist! Thanks for reading! Thanks for reading and please reach out for any questions or recommendations. For more Asia recommendations, check out our Ubud Bali Travel Guide, which is just over an hour from Uluwatu by car.

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