Uluwatu Beach Bali is located in Pecatu Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia. The beach is named after a Hindu temple which was built on the edge of a cliff. Uluwatu Temple is the oldest temple in Bali Island and has a breathtaking view over the Indian Ocean. If you want to seek for a more secluded place other than the typical Kuta or Sanur Beach in Bali which are crowded with people, Uluwatu Beach can be a great choice.
The beach is located in a secluded place below the cliff. To reach the beach, you can go down the stairs for about 200 meters from the parking area. The stairs are flanked by two natural rocks that made it looks like a cave. You then continue the trek through a 50-meter narrow stairs. During peak season, it can cause a long queue because the visitors have to walk through the stair one by one. However, the splendid view of Uluwatu Beach is worth the effort spent to reach the beach.
The beautiful sandy beach is paired with blue water and big waves that make it as one of the best surfing points on the island. It is no wonder that many international surfers come to Uluwatu Beach, which is also known as the Blue Point, to test their skill. So, if you were a professional surfer, dare yourself to try the big wave in Uluwatu Beach!
Uluwatu Beach is not as crowded as in Kuta Beach, although it is close to a busy street. You might be able to enjoy the beautiful view of the beach without too many people around. The stunning beach has a white and soft sand. Get yourself a tanned skin and enjoy the sun in Uluwatu Beach.
The facilities in the location are pretty complete. However, due to its big waves, the place is not very recommended for family who bring children to the beach, unless they stay away from the water.
For a more budget-friendly location, you may visit part of Uluwatu beach which offers free entry and more affordable cafes. There is a more sophisticated place to enjoy the beach which is by staying in Blue Point Bay Villa. The incredible location of the villa offers serenity and unobstructed view of Indian Ocean. The villa can also be used as a place for a wedding reception or event party.
Watching Sunset and the Spectacular Kecak Dance in Pura Luhur Uluwatu
Apart from enjoying the beach, you might also visit Pura Luhur Uluwatu which is situated on the edge of the cliff, 100 meters above the Uluwatu beach. The temple is open for tourists. However, one must wear a proper dress to enter the temple. There is typical Balinese long cloth that you can borrow at the entrance.
One that cannot be missed when visiting Pura Luhur Uluwatu is watching Kecak Dance performance. A special amphitheater was built on the edge of the cliff which faces the Indian Ocean thus you can enjoy the performance of Kecak Dance while waiting for the sun to set. The spectacular view during the show will be one of the most memorable experience for the visitors. To get the best seat, it is best to come early to the arena. Thus, you might be able to choose the best view to watch the sunset.
How to Go to Uluwatu Beach Bali
Uluwatu Beach can be reached by a 35-minutes driving from Ngurah Rai International Airport. However, it is a little difficult to find public transportation to reach the place. The best option is by renting a car or motorcycle from Kuta or the nearest town. Many tour agents offer a package to Uluwatu Beach and some other interesting places which is more convenient for the tourists.
If you plan to do surfing in Uluwatu Beach, the following tips might be important to pay attention to.
- It is best to come during the dry season, which is from April to September.
- The best spot to do surfing is on the right side of Bali peninsula or Uluwatu Temple where the wind flows from the southeast to the west and creates big waves, making it ideal for adventurous-experienced surfers.
- In Uluwatu, you can find a cluster of six different reef breaks, Secrets, Temples, Bombie, Peak, Outside Corner, and The Racetrack. The reef breaks are clustered on the southwest tip of Bukit Peninsula, with 100 meters distance between each of the six peaks. You may also connect a fun ride from Bombie, which is the deepest wave among the six breaks, clear through The Racetrack
- It is always more convenient to bring your own surfboards. However, the fee for board bag can be really expensive. You may rent boards in some shops and restaurants around the location, or find one in the town to get better selections and cheaper price. You may find a decent board for about Rp80,000.00-100,000.00 a day in the town.
Lastly, when visiting the temple, it is best not to bring many things as wild monkeys can be found everywhere in this temple. Sometimes, they steal tourists’ stuff like sunglass, hats, or even camera. So, protect your things safely!