Things to do in Uluwatu

  1. Visit the Uluwatu Temple – The Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s most recognisable temples, built on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean. Visitors can explore the temple and take in the spectacular views. Tour guides are available to provide information about the history and significance of the temple.
  2. Watch the Kecak Dance, a traditional Balinese dance show that is performed at dusk close to the Uluwatu Temple. The attendance of people at the performance and their transportation to and from the location can be handled by tour operators.
  3. Surfing – Uluwatu has some of Bali’s greatest waves, making it a surfer’s dream. Equipment and lessons for surfing are available from surf stores and schools.
  4. Beaches: Bingin Beach, Padang Padang Beach, and Dreamland Beach are just a few of Uluwatu’s stunning coastline. Local sellers provide sun loungers and umbrellas for hire to tourists.
  5. Uluwatu has a strong yoga and health scene, with a number of yoga studios and wellness facilities offering lessons and services like massages, meditation, and detox programmes.
  6. Water Sports – Uluwatu offers a range of water sports activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and stand-up paddleboarding. Tour operators can arrange for visitors to participate in these activities and provide all necessary equipment.
  7. Cliff Jumping – Cliff jumping is a popular activity in Uluwatu, with several spots along the cliffs offering jumps of varying heights. Visitors can hire a guide to show them the best spots and ensure their safety.
  8. Local fishing boats cruise the coast. Sailing on the open sea, feeling the salty air in your hair, and drinking a cold drink is unmatched. A native fishing boat cruises Uluwatu’s majestic coastline, pausing at beautiful beaches and secluded coves for a refreshing swim. The Black Pearl, which leaves Jimbaran at 4pm and goes along the coast for sunset, is our favourite. The boat has a cooler with cold drinks and beer and offers local boats of various sizes. Pre-booking is essential.
  9. Spend the day at a cliff club – Given its stunning location on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, Uluwatu has a variety of amazing cliff clubs that will elevate your island experience. At Savaya, El Kabron Cliff Club, or Ulu Cliffhouse, you can enjoy a nice beer or cocktail.
  10. Scoot the Bukit! The Bukit has broad roads and lots of space to explore, unlike Seminyak, Canggu, and Ubud. To explore The Bukit’s vast scenery, rent a trustworthy scooter. This method is ideal for exploring hidden bays and clifftops. However, you must wear a helmet and only consider it if you have experience. Bumpy roads may be hectic.
  11. GWK Cultural Park statue tour – The 60-hectare GWK Cultural Park, home to Bali’s most famous landmark, the Garuda Wisna Kencana statue, should be on your Uluwatu itinerary. The statue, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty and Christ the Redeemer, depicts the Hindu god Wisnu with Indonesia’s national emblem, the Garuda eagle. GWK Cultural Park is more than just one Balinese monument. The Kecak Fire Dance, Balinese food, gardens, and outdoor music festivals are also available.
  12. Uluwatu’s top eateries Seminyak and Canggu were Bali’s cuisine hubs. With its cute cafes, excellent cliff-side fine dining, and all in between, Uluwatu is fast growing. The top Uluwatu restaurants range from family-friendly to Michelin-starred. Drifter, The Cashew Tree, and Mana Uluwatu provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  13. Padang Padang Beach: “Eat, Pray, Love” Do you remember Julia Roberts’ beach romance with a Brazilian man in “Eat, Pray, Love”? Padang Padang Beach in Uluwatu. It’s likely you’ll fall for it too, not just because of the tanned surfer throngs but also because of the quiet cove-like waters that flow from the bright white bay, surrounded by magnificent rock formations and world-renowned waves. It’s a small beach, so go early around daybreak to see Padang Padang’s natural beauty before the crowds arrive to see Ms. Roberts.
  14. Uluwatu’s top beach clubs – Even though Uluwatu is known for its clifftop sites, numerous top-rated beach clubs have moved to the blinding white sand below, accessible via private inclinators, serpentine roads, and crumbling stairways. Sundara Beach Club in Jimbaran or Sundays Beach Club in Uluwatu are our favourites. Melasti Beach has TT Beach Club, Minoo Beach Club, and Palmilla Beach Club, all on one stretch of sand.
  15. Beachfront massages in Uluwatu are a must-do in Bali. At most Uluwatu beaches, local women provide $5–10 massages on sunbeds. At Sundays Beach Club’s open-air Spa Bales, you can upgrade your spa experience.
  16. Wake up to Bingin Beach waves. A six-star hotel is appealing, but a bohemian-style boutique hotel on Bingin Beach is better. The Sun & Surf Stay offers riverfront rooms with relaxing waves and fresh sea air. Bingin Cliff House and Mahi Mahi Beach Shack, island-chic cottages above the sand, are excellent for sharing with friends.
  17. Seafood beach feast BBQ – Bali is known for its fresh seafood and ample ocean. Local fisherman leave Uluwatu for their daily catch and return with seafood for a BBQ. Bingin Beach is a quieter alternative to Jimbaran’s seafood sunsets. Arrive before sundown and look for plastic tables and chairs on the sand—no reservations needed.
  18. Uluwatu’s lofty elevation and west-facing vista make for beautiful sunsets. World-class sunset bars create unique cocktails to complement the stunning landscape. El Kabron, Ulu Cliffhouse, and Mana Uluwatu offer magnificent sunsets. Single Fin is another surfing community.
  19. Water sports are accessible on every beach in Uluwatu. Sundays Beach Club is great for stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling, while adjacent Nusa Dua has jet skiing, banana boating, and wakeboarding. Bali water sports are a must-do.
  20. Uluwatu’s top infinity pools Did you visit Bali if you didn’t swim in a beautiful infinity pool? Luckily, Uluwatu offers some of Bali’s best infinity pools, including Alila Villas Uluwatu’s gravity-defying pool and Oneeighty cliff club’s glass-bottomed pool.
  21. Uluwatu’s greatest boutiques sell Bali-made goods. Uluwatu features several basic, unassuming stores providing beach essentials, many of which are locally manufactured. Drifter, Uluwatu’s original surf centre, sells island-grown ocean clothing, while ELCE sells Bali-made bikinis. Cove, a lifestyle boutique, offering boho beachwear, handmade souvenirs, and island vacation needs.
  22. BGS serves amazing Almond Milk Lattes. BGS is the best place to discover local and expat hangouts before and after the beach. Due to its great coffee, this surf shop and coffee shop is Uluwatu’s community hub. Their creamy, vanilla-spiked Almond Milk Latte is popular. BGS is an Uluwatu must-see after one drink. They also have a fashionable Canggu site and two Bukit locations in Dreamland and near Single Fin.
  23. Single Fin Sundays—party all night! In Uluwatu, Sundays are not for relaxing. The Single Fin cliff bar’s Sunday session launched the craziest and most spectacular Sunday nights in this area. The bar on Uluwatu’s cliffs offers spectacular ocean views and is the best place to enjoy live music and party till dawn with enormous crowds and original surf crews. This event requires dance shoes.
  24. Go fancy at a six-star resort — Uluwatu’s beaches have many charming and rustic hotels, but it’s worth splurging on a luxurious hotel in Bukit for one night. The Alila Villas Uluwatu and The Ungasan Clifftop Resort are luxury, all-villa resorts on cliffs. Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu and Bulgari Bali Resort are also noteworthy.
  25. Break a sweat at Bali Training Centre in Bingin if you’re a fitness enthusiast who prefers surfing and beach-hopping. You’ll be surrounded by attractive and fit people, including tanned surfer males and beach gals. Uluwatu’s fittest attend the center’s daily Muay Thai, HIIT circuit training, Kettlebells, Core & Booty programmes. The Cashew Tree next door offers handy post-workout meals.
  26. Yoga studio with a view: downward dog. While Ubud is known for spiritual pursuits, Uluwatu is the spot to practise yoga in open-air shalas with stunning ocean views. Morning Light yoga studio at Uluwatu Surf Villas offers ocean-breeze courses, or you can join the locals for sunset yoga on Balangan Beach’s cliffs. With our complete list of Bali’s greatest yoga studios, you can travel to more.
  27. Jenggala in Jimbaran lets kids and adults decorate ceramics. Participants can produce ceramics and decorate and paint them to make unique gifts. This fun project is for all ages and artistic talents. Jenggala kilns fire all ceramics in four to five days. If you want to take your masterpiece home, prepare ahead and provide enough time before your flight.
  28. Roadside warungs were Uluwatu’s only restaurants until recently. Fortunately, many of these traditional restaurants still serve some of the best Indonesian and Balinese cuisine. Nasi goreng, babi guling, beef rendang, tempe manis, and more are available for $2–$3. Yeh Yehs, Stop Makan Yuk, and Warung Ganesha are tourist-friendly options. Ask locals for suggestions.
  29. The Cashew Tree hosts acoustic sessions. The Cashew Tree in Bingin is a popular local eatery. Thursdays are great for live music without the party atmosphere. Acoustic shows by local and touring bands create an intimate atmosphere. Order a drink or cocktail from the bar, meet new people and sway to the guitar and singing under the stars.
  30. Enjoy a sumptuous Sunday brunch on the Bukit peninsula—Bali has a world-class brunch culture. Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, and Jimbaran provide top-notch bottomless breakfasts with Champagne banquets, ocean views, and excellent service. Start with our Bali brunch recommendations.

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