Uluwatu is a hilly surf destination overlooking the Indian Ocean. You can easily get to Uluwatu by Canggu or Denpasar by car and will take about 40 minutes to an hour. Once you get to Uluwatu, it is best to rent a motorbike or you’ll have to walk around town. In this guide to Uluwatu, you’ll find some insight into our lodging, where to eat, and things to do in the area!
During our time in Uluwatu, we stayed at Tregge Surf Camp. Although it says surf camp in its name, it’s not by the beach or a surf camp by any means. It is though a lovely place to stay with good and spacious rooms with AC. The owners are really nice and you can order food from their restaurant as well. We also rented a motorbike from them for a reasonable price. The outdoor areas are really beautiful.
Uluwatu Temple – This is one of Bali’s most scenic temples as it is built on top of a 70-meter cliff. The entrance fee is 30K IDR/$2.15USD. This is also where you can get tickets for the iconic Kecak fire dance that typically costs 100KIDR /$7.14USD and typically occurs during sunset time.
Thomas Beach – This beautiful white sand beach is tucked away so it’s not as popular as the other beaches in the area. The entrance is located right across the street from Suka Espresso and La Baracca. Motorbike parking is free and you’ll head down a steep set of stairs. The view down is beautiful. It has a small handful of beach bars where you can rent day beds for 50K IDR/$3.50 USD for the whole day as well as surfboards.
Bingin Beach – This beach is also tucked away and can only be entered through a small alley and then a 5-minute walk down a set of stairs.
Single Fin’s for sunset – This is a popular spot to watch sunset as this cliffside bar has incredible views. It is located on the walk down toward Suluban Beach. They do have happy hour Bintang deals which is always a good thing! If you enter the area where Single Fin’s is located, you’ll have to pay a 5K IDR /$0.35 USD entrance fee that is valid for a whole day just make sure you bring your ticket with you for re-entry.
Balangan viewpoint – This viewpoint is at the northern tip of Balangan Beach and gives you panoramic views over the beach. During our visit, there were at least five wedding shoots going on which can be a little distracting but also fun people watching. Sunset views there a must. Entrance to the viewpoint is free and motorbike parking is 3K IDR/$0.21 USD.
Surf in Uluwatu – Surfers all around the world come to Ulutwatu to experience these waves! Beginner breaks are located at Dreamland or Padang Padang.
Karang Boma Cliff – This has to be one of our favorite spots in Uluwatu. The 70-meter limestone cliff gives you views seeing straight down into the ocean. Its close to Uluwatu Temple and its definitely a must see place if you’re in Bali. There is no entrance fee except if you bring a drone which cost 100K IDR/$7 USD.
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Suka Espresso – This is a good spot to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. We enjoy breakfast here twice and the options were always great. Coffee was always really good as well. Staff and service was always excellent.
La Baracca – If you’re looking for some delicious pasta, this spot is amazing. The pasta dishes made us feel like we were in Italy. The breadbasket in the beginning was always done before our entrees were brought out. We splurged one night and bought a bottle of wine and it was also delicious! If there is a wait for a table, you can hang at the bar next door.
Land’s End Café – This local spot is a great place to grab some breakfast. The portions are just right and the smoothie bowls are delicious. The owner is an awesome New Yorker who was really great.
District 6 – This place was decorated like it was made for Instagram. The food was decent but definitely not our favorite.
Doppio Zero – We ordered takeaway pizza at this place and it was pretty good! If you’re craving pizza, check this place out!
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