Uluwatu, located in the Southwestern tip of beautiful Bali is home to a number of gorgeous beaches and is a popular destination on the island in its own right. Some of the best beaches in Uluwatu are even known for world class surfing or for vibey beach bars and an unbeatable atmosphere.
However, visitors to Bali tend to stick to Kuta and Seminyak’s expansive coastline, which is honestly, far less nice. Uluwatu’s beaches are cleaner, less busy and less crowded. Some beaches are really tucked away, or even nestled at the foot of cliffs, meaning there’s no high rise hotels or big beach bars dominating the area.
So read on to find out more about the best beaches to visit in Uluwatu.
Best Beaches in Uluwatu
Certainly not a secret anymore, this beach can get quite busy but its location is quite special and the water is easily accessible. As I mentioned, Uluwatu is mostly cliffs, so Padang Padang, like the others is quite the downwards trek.
The locals have clocked onto the potential and now charge a small before you can descend down the stairs. There’s some light building work going on so it will be interesting to see what materialises over the coming months, but for now, it’s a low-key beach with just a handful of vendors.
This is a cool little beach side community, with a real back-to-basics vibe. Surfers and backpackers still head here and to me, it felt a little bit like Bali before tourism really took over. It’s a jumble of little inns, cafes and locals’ homes all in a mish-mash built into the cliffside. It’s hectic to climb down, but at beach level you’ll find soft white sand, locals’ keen to take you out for a surf and some great cafes, such as the well-known Kelly’s Warung.
Located at the furthest most point on Uluwatu, this rocky beach is one of the most popular surf spots in Bali. Not ideal for laying out and sunbathing, it’s a real adventure to descend all the way down if that’s what you’re planning to do.
It’s very rocky and surfers have to take care. However, it’s a beautiful area and home to the amazing Single Fin bar, one of Bali’s best sunset spots (Read more about this here).
More of an area in Uluwatu, rather than a single beach. Ungasan is home to a number of beautiful beaches with private access. Possibly with the bluest waters around. I would highly recommend paying the entry fee to spend the day at Sundays Beach Club – you can read my full guide to spend the day there here.
Nusa Dua is Bali’s is an enclave of luxury 4 and 4 star hotels and resorts, with nearly every big name hotel brand located here. It is quite different to the rest of the island, and even Uluwatu. It’s roads are perfectly maintained and lined by beautifully manicured gardens. Each hotel has a grand entrance of some type and nearly all of them offer shuttles to the impressive Bali Collection outdoor shopping mall.
We stayed in the Courtyard by Marriott Nusa Dua in the heart of the resort. We had a fabulous stay and actually really enjoyed our time in Nusa Dua, more for relaxation and calm.. but isn’t a real representation of Balinese life. You wouldn’t really head to Nusa Dua for a beach day if you weren’t staying in one of the luxury hotels.
Where to stay in Uluwatu
Luxury options – Both the Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort and the Banyan Tree Ungasan hotel are two of the best places to stay in Uluwatu, if not the whole island of Bali! Both resorts offer exceptional facilities, from infinity pools and private villas, to excellent service. Banyan Tree in fact is a lifelong favourite hotel brand of mine!
Mid-Budget – Courtyard by Marriott Nusa Dua. I love staying here and found it had everything I needed in a wonderful location. The huge swimming pools and lazy river were definitely a hit with me (and all the kids on holiday!)
Budget – Padang Padang Breeze. A great choice for a lower budget, near all the action and pleasant comfortable accommodation.
For more places to stay in Uluwatu you can check the latest prices here.
Best Beaches in Uluwatu Bali
So here’s my guide on the most beautiful beaches in the gorgeous part of Bali. All are easy to drive between and you could even beach hop a couple in a day!
Feel free to ask any further questions regarding beaches in Bali in the comments section below and if you’re looking for a beautiful hotel to stay in on the island, check out my review of Kalapa Resort & Spa here.
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