Uluwatu, The Best Place to Surf in Bali

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Bali is known for its world-famous waves, and Uluwatu, Indonesia is the best place to surf in Bali. This place is trendy, relaxed and a little bit off the grid. This surfing spot and the utmost beauty of Bali, Uluwatu, is located on the island’s southwestern tip. Uluwatu offers something for everyone with its fantastic combination of pumping waves and an incredible sunset. 

On the move to Uluwatu | best place to surf in Bali

You’ll find a laid-back, hip atmosphere at Uluwatu in Bali that’s nevertheless off the beaten path. Surfers come to the southern tip of Bali’s steep peninsula because of its world-class surf breaks. Uluwatu’s beaches, a bit similar to Nusa Penida, have crystal-clear waters, great beaches, and sheer limestone cliffs. Moreover, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you entertained when you’re not in the water. It’s relatively less busy than Canggu, Kuta or Seminyak.

Good to know: Uluwatu is one of Indonesia’s top 6 holiest places.

Getting around in Uluwatu?

Uluwatu is located in the southern part of Bali. The best way to get here is by car, but you can also take a bus or taxi. If you’re coming from the airport, the best way to get to Uluwatu is by car. There are many rental companies at the airport, so you can easily find a car that suits your needs. Once you’re in Uluwatu, there are several ways to get around. You can walk, take a bus, or rent a motorbike.

Amazing Things to do in Uluwatu:

In addition to surfing, there are plenty of other things to do and places to visit in Uluwatu. Let’s have a look at them.

  • Relax and surf at Balangan Beach
  • Visit Uluwatu Temple
  • Watch the Kecak Fire Dance
  • Go on a Sunset Cruise

Visit Balangan Beach | Best place to surf in Bali

The beach is beautiful and perfect for relaxing, swimming, and sunbathing. There are also several restaurants and cafes in the area, so you can always find something to eat. I would suggest Froggy warung for the nasi goreng and I would definitely skip the new restaurant of Gordon Ramsey. Make sure to also go to the viewpoint on the North part of the beach.

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Visit Uluwatu Temple

The temple falls on the list of some best and oldest temples built at such an incredible height. It is situated on a 70-meter-high cliff and offers a breathtaking sunset view. This temple protects you against the evil spirits according to Hinduism. But please be aware of the cheeky monkeys! They are known to steal tourists of their belongings.

Do you know: You cannot take drones inside the temple.

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Kecak Fire Dance

The Kecak Fire Dance is a well-known Bali dance performance. An ensemble of 65+ human vocals serves as instruments to enhance a dance-based drama. For me, this one was something really impressive, because it really embodies the culture, history and faith. Also imagine this dance, with a backdrop of the ocean in a cliff-top amfitheater during golden hour, within the Uluwatu Temple.

Showtime: from 6-7 in the evening and the costs around 10 euro (150.000 IDR).
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Go on a Sunset Cruise

No trip to Uluwatu is complete without watching the sunset. For a truly romantic experience, find a spot early, as the sun sets quickly in Bali.

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Where to stay in Uluwatu

The choice is yours, here in Uluwatu. From homestays that are cheap to luxury hotels or beach houses. If you want to be close to the action, stay in Padang Padang filled with resorts and bars. More into the off the beaten track and an up-and-coming area? Go to Balangan Beach where I’ve had the best stay at the White Palm (definitely check this out). Ungasan is the place for infinity pools, beach clubs and luxury resorts. Are you more looking for something remote? To enjoy some peace? Go to Nyang Nyang.

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Additional information | best place to surf in Bali

No matter how and when you choose to get to Uluwatu, you will have a fantastic time. With its world-class waves and stunning views, this is the perfect place to surf in Bali. Further, if you have an extended vacation in Bali, then Ubud, Canggu, Seminyak or Amed are also a great places to visit.

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