Uluwatu

Known For

  • Luxurious Resorts
  • An iconic temple
  • Trendy beach clubs
  • Surfing
  • Yoga
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Fancy spa treatments

Party, Surf and Splurge at Uluwatu

Uluwatu is the name of a breathtaking and important temple “Pura Luhur Uluwatu” at the very southern end of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. It is also a name given to a nearby surf break, which is considered to be one of the best in the world. For the past few years, the area was developing very rapidly. World-class beach clubs, high-end accommodation and luxurious spas are built on spectacular locations overlooking the endless Indian Ocean. 

Affordable guest houses, surf and yoga camps can also be found in Uluwatu, these type of accommodation is a perfect choice for those travelling on a budget. 

Uluwatu Brief

Beach and Surf

Beaches in Uluwatu are good places for sunbathing and swimming, although sometimes these can be hard to access as they are situated at the bottoms of cliffs. At the north side of the temple, there are several hidden beaches such as Suluban, Padang-Padang, Bingin, Dreamland, Balangan and Green Bowl. 

Massive left-hand barrels are routine at surf spots nearby, makes it perfect for intermediate and advanced surfers. Beginner surfers are strongly advised to hire an instructor when surfing in Uluwatu.

Culinary

Local food options are relatively limited in this area. Still, some nice little warungs cater mostly to tourists, as well as an increasing number of funky small restaurants serving high-quality international fare. Great cafes serving excellent coffee, smoothie bowl, and sandwiches are located nearby beaches and main streets. Excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner usually will cost you around Rp. 50.000 – 150.000.

Entertainment

Many beach clubs open till late every weekend. Big clubs are usually invited famous DJs from around the world during the holiday season. Most of these places will charge you an entrance fee or have a minimum purchase policy, so you better ask in advanced and make a reservation before your arrival.  Age restriction and dress code policies may also be applied.

Some humble cafes around the Uluwatu surf break have live music shows at night. The bars in the area are always busy but tend to close early.  

Transportation

Most of the upscale hotels and villas in Uluwatu provide transportation service for their guests. Some beach clubs, spas, and restaurants offer return shuttle service for their VIP guests. Be noted, free shuttle is not always applied, some business will charge you extra, or sometime you will need to spend a specific amount of money to get free transport. If you prefer more privacy, hiring a car rental with a driver is the perfect choice. Renting a scooter from a rental, also a great idea; but only if you have an experience to ride two-wheelers.

There are many accidents reported in Uluwatu recently. Some tourists are forcing themself to ride their scooter after drinking bottles of beers, narrow and winding roads with minimum lightings at night are dangerous combination which leads to unfortunate incidents. 

Accommodation

Accommodation aimed at surfers and backpackers is plentiful around the Uluwatu surf break, it will cost around USD 10 – 25/ night. Some newer and fancier cliff-side hotels are also available starts from USD 75. High-end beach resorts are also available starts from USD 900. Many stunning private villas are also on offer for long- and short-term rental.

Culture / History

The present Uluwatu temple complex was built under the instructions of a Javanese Hindu sage in the 11th century and later developed by Hindu priests. However, it is said to have been the site of a temple for much longer. It is considered to protect the island of Bali from evil spirits. The surf break of Uluwatu first gained international attention in the 1970s, and since then has attained almost mythical status as one of the world’s best waves.

Activities

Uluwatu is one of the must-visit areas in Bali. It has several iconic attractions you shouldn’t miss on your Bali vacation. Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is a large structure that is almost 1,000 years old. The complex is set on breathtaking limestone cliffs with crashing surf below. It is also home to a large colony of mischievous monkeys, so visitors should watch their loose possessions carefully! Kecak dances are regularly performed here at sunset. At the surf break of Uluwatu, steps and paths lead down to a cave and beach that open onto one of the world’s most famous surf spots. Along the cliffside, warungs, surf and souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants serving the never-ending crowd of surfers who travel from around the world to give the wave a try, as well as visitors who want to enjoy the view.