Seminyak, Ubud, and Kuta are the most popular areas in Bali, but in the South, there’s an equally stunning place. Uluwatu will enthrall you with its historic and cultural attractions, beaches, and views of the Indian Ocean. The area has plenty of gems, and this list is more than happy to help you out. Here are the 7 best things to do in Uluwatu. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuits and your camera!
1. Take a trip to Uluwatu Temple and watch the Kecak Fire Dance
Located on the top of a cliff 70 meters (230 feet) above sea level, Uluwatu Temple is well-renowned for its traditional Balinese architecture, centuries-old sculptures, and splendid views of the sunset and the Indian Ocean. Prepare to be mesmerized by the sights as you explore the temple, which is one of Bali’s holiest places of worship. In front of the site is a forest where you will see monkeys roaming around. These monkeys are believed to be protectors of the structure. Entrance fee is around 3 USD, and if you’re wearing shorts, you will be given a sarong and sash. Another highlight of the temple is the awe-inspiring Kecak Fire Dance, which is from 6:00pm to 7:00 pm and takes place at the amphitheater. For around 5 USD, you will see an artistic interpretation of the famous Ramayana epic through traditional dances. The music is provided not by instruments, but with the voices of the performers.
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
2. Swim, surf, or relax at Green Bowl Beach
If paradise is what you want, then Green Bowl Beach will give it to you. You need to go down over hundreds of concrete steps before reaching the secluded area, but once you arrive, it will certainly be worth it. You can lie down on the white sand and savor the tranquility or go for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Experienced surfers will definitely enjoy the fast waves. Low tide, which is until 3:00 pm, is the best time for snorkeling. It’s where you will get a good look at the colorful coral reefs. The beach also has limestone caves housing hundreds of bats. See the flying creatures up-close and don’t forget to take photos of them. Entrance to the beach costs around 0.38 USD.
Green Bowl Beach
Address: Jalan Pura Batu Pageh, Ungasan, Indonesia
3. Check out the unique Labuan Sait Beach
What makes Labuan Sait Beach in Pecatu Village one-of-a-kind is that it’s surrounded by rock cliffs. You need to go through the gaps of the cliffs to reach the beach, giving you an adventurous experience. Upon arrival, you can relax on the soft white sand and admire the view or dip your body into the turquoise water. Just like the other beaches in Bali, Labuan Sait is also a good spot to surf. Bring out your surfboard and have a fun time conquering the waves. Make sure you take photos of the sea and the surrounding landscapes as well. The beach was used as the location of the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and for the music video of the popular band Michael Learns To Rock. It costs around 0.75 USD to enter this exotic paradise.
Labuan Sait Beach
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
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4. See the cave of Suluban Beach
The waves of Suluban Beach reach up to 3.6 meters (12 feet), making it another surfing paradise. It’s also surrounded by limestone landscapes, all of which provide perfect photo opportunities. However, if you want a different kind of experience, then go explore the cave. Apart from being the area where the surfers rest, the cave is also known for its unique rocks. It certainly has that fantasy movie feel. You can take pictures or just let the sights capture your imagination. Entrance fee to the site is around 1.5 USD. If you just want to stay on the beach, the best time to visit is during low tide. There are tide pools, and the area is more spacious.
Address: Jalan Mamo, Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, Indonesia
5. Explore Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Ungasan aims to promote the arts, culture, and spirituality of Bali. It covers an area of 250 hectares (618 acres), and it is located 260 meters (853 feet) above sea level, offering stunning island and ocean views. At the highest level of the park known as Wisnu Plaza, you will see the statue of Hindu deity Vishnu. You might also catch a traditional Balinese dance performance here. In the near future, the park will add a statue of Vishnu riding on the back of the mythical bird Garuda. Another highlight of the plaza is the Parahyangan Somaka Giri, a fountain believed to have healing powers. At the main commercial area, there are four walls with intricate carvings depicting the life of Vishnu. It’s also the area where you can buy artworks and many other souvenirs. Huge events like concerts are held at the Lotus Pond, which is surrounded by limestone blocks. At the Indraloka Garden, not only will you get a good view of the island, but you will also have a chance to watch a Kecak dance show. The show starts at 6:30 pm. Garuda Wisnu Kencana is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and the entrance fee is around 5 USD.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Address: Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Website: Garuda Wisnu Kencana
6. Eat at Single Fin Bali and enjoy the view
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Near Suluban Beach is a cliff side restaurant that has a laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy a wide variety of dishes while marveling at the view of the Indian Ocean and the surfers in action at Single Fin Bali. The most popular dishes include pizza, burgers, tacos, steaks, ribs, curry, and fried noodles. If you’re in the mood for some sweets, then don’t forget to try out the Cream Caramel. As for the drinks, they serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. The place is usually quiet during the day, but at night, it gets livelier when the surfers start coming in. Sunday night is the best time to visit because it’s where you can watch acoustic bands and DJs. Single Fin is open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Single Fin Bali
Address: Pantai Suluban, Jl. Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Bali, Indonesia
Website: Single Fin Bali
7. Taste the barbecue dishes of Warung Iga Bali
Just a 10-minute drive from Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Warung Iga Bali is a restaurant offering the best barbecue dishes in the island. It’s open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, and apart from its delicious pork and beef ribs, it’s also famous for its fish and chips, fried rice, burgers, and salads. Beverages include juices, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and mocktails. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, your appetite will surely be satisfied here.
Warung Iga Bali
Address: Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Website: Warung Iga Bali
Have a memorable time in Uluwatu
South Bali is beautiful, and Uluwatu can prove it. Let these seven activities give you a deeper appreciation for the town. Not only is it for surfers, it’s also for those who want to enjoy nature and learn about the rich culture.
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