Nusa Ceningan, Bali – Guide and Accommodations

Nusa Lembongan’s little sister, Ceningan, has much more to offer than its size suggests. Besides the many things to discover, there are also good accommodations to choose from.

Despite being a tiny island nestled in Indonesia, Nusa Ceningan boasts a whole host of exciting adventures, stunning views and beautiful beaches. Whether you’re a beach-bum or an avid surfer, head to paradise island and get your fix.

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Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan. Photo by Aussie Assault

Where is it

Nusa Ceningan is an island just off Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia. The two islands are connected by a famous yellow bridge, barely wide enough to fit two lanes of moped traffic! This smaller island is often overlooked but has so much going for it. It is not o be missed if one is visiting the Nusa Islands.

Nusa Ceningan
Ceningan Scenery. Photo by Dennis Keller

Where to Stay

There are some beautiful and cozy accommodation options on Nusa Ceningan. You will find the options here more affordable than the ubiquitous luxurious hotels in Nusa Lembongan. You will be surprise to find yourself in a private paradise with only mid-range prices (50 – 100 USD) such as:

Svaha Private Villas Ceningan
These beachfront villas come with a mix of modernity with the traditional Balinese style. They come with private pools and stunning views. With top rated service, these villas are arguably the best on this island.
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The Bridge Huts
If you’re looking for a bungalow hut experience, here is the place for you. Charming privates huts with world class swimming pool, it is the best mix of both worlds.
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The Palms Ceningan Hotel
Complete with an infinity pool and plenty of peace and quiet. This is one of the most popular hotel this little island.
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Le Pirate Beach Club
Another popular hotel in Nusa Ceningan, this is the ultimate getaway if you’re after a huge pool, delicious beach-side cocktails and great views.
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Budget (below 50 USD)

For those on a budget, best places to stay are the Secret Point Huts, Yellow Bridge Guesthouse * and The Dafish Accommodation Bar & Cafe *.

What to Do

We suggest staying here for a few days, to really give yourself time to get into the swing of the island life. During your visit, make the most of the island by exploring all that it has to offer.

Relax and Unwind

The beaches around Nusa Ceningan are beautiful – picture white sand, palm trees and sparkling azure water. There are plenty of hotels with pools that you can use, normally for a small outside-guest fee. Swim in the ocean and admire the crystal-clear waters, or rent a snorkel and get in touch with the marine wildlife.

Nusa Ceningan
Bridge to Ceningan. Photo by Aussie Assault.

Blue Lagoon and Mahana Cliff

The Blue Lagoon is a sight you may be familiar with if you follow any Indonesia-based Instagram accounts! These blue waters are absolutely stunning and well worth a trip. For the braver among you, visit Mahana Cliff – the famous cliff-jump spot on the island. The waters are generally safe (make sure you don’t go alone though!) and the views are amazing.

Dive Deep

Whether you’re new to the wonder of scuba or already have several qualifications under your (weight) belt, the waters around Ceningan have to be explored! Join the team at Ceningan Divers and experience the ocean in the best way possible.

Nusa Lembongan
Island Views. Photo by Aussie Assualt.

Take a Hike

Nusa Ceningan is natural beauty defined. This island is covered in lush greenery, with plenty of local wildlife to spot. Spend a day hiking through the jungle and get lost in the wonderful world of Indonesian nature. Be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen though, it gets very hot!

Yoga

Yoga is one of those things that is always spiritual and incredible, so imagine that with stunning views in the most serene environment. Head to Ceningan Yoga Shala for a truly magical experience. This little zen-den is home to great classes for all abilities, and offers the perfect blend of uplifting, energizing and soothing.

Nusa Ceningan
Ceningan Views. Photo by Selamat Made.

Seaweed Farming

Yes, you hear that right! Ceningan’s south-side is home to seaweed farms and is a very popular trade with locals on the island. Head down to watch them hard at work, or offer to join in or simply soak in the local everyday life.

Eat

As always, eating is a huge part of the culture when traveling through Indonesia. Ceningan is home to a huge array of eateries, ranging from traditional ‘warungs’ (picture roadside stalls serving delicious local food) to Western-style restaurants. For tasty Indonesia treats, head to The Dungki Bendega Resto and indulge yourself. Those craving a taste of home should make their way to Next Level, home to pizzas, Aussie-style smoothie bowls and fresh salads. Kill two birds with one stone and grab some delicious food while taking in the views at Ceningan Cliff Restaurant.

Day Trips

If you have time, why not hop over to a nearby island for a day or two? The trio islands of Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are all well-linked and boat rides are cheap and easy to sort out. Bali isn’t too far, either, but we’d suggest giving yourself some time out to relax among these three paradise islands.

Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan. Photo by Aussie Assualt.

Nusa Lembongan
Whether you visit Lembongan on your way to or from Ceningan, give yourself a few days to fully explore it. There’s some incredible surf, great little spas and delicious food. Lembongan offers a good mid-point between busier Bali and quiet little Ceningan. Rent a moped and zip around – there are so many lovely beaches and hikes that you can enjoy!

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Nusa Penida
This island is bigger than Lembongan and Ceningan, and has a lot more going on. Head here for a day and soak up the hustle and bustle of island life. Go diving, take a trip to the stunning Pasih Uwug or just enjoy the beauty around you. Nusa Penida was to be one of the most photographed areas of Indonesia, and there’s a reason for it. Head here and see for yourself.

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Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida. Photo by Anastasia R.

Why visit

For anyone seeking that perfect paradise life – lazing beach days, salty hair and sunshine – Ceningan is probably the ultimate destination! Popular Bali is beautiful but can sometimes lack the serenity that this tiny island offers. Nusa Ceningan is the perfect place for taking a break from it all and just enjoying the natural beauty that this world has to offer. Switch off, tune in and enjoy.

How to Get There

Nusa Ceningan is best reached from Nusa Lembongan, via the famous bridge. We’d suggest heading to Lembongan for a day or two before nipping across the bridge to Ceningan. To get to Lembongan, fly into Bali and take a fast boat from one of the main ports there. Sanur is one of the biggest harbors in Bali, and is a 30-40 minute drive away from Bali’s airport. From there, a boat will take you around 30 minutes, with the price varying with each boat company and season you visit in. Once you’re in Lembongan, hop on a moped and drive on over!

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Guide to Seminyak, Bali – Beach, What to do, Nightlife and more

Seminyak is Bali’s expat hub, home to a beautiful beach, quirky boutiques, delicious restaurants and the coolest nightlife in Bali. There are also a lot of things to do in Seminyak. Hundreds flock there to see and be seen, thanks to its Instagram-friendly charm, but there are secret spots for those who prefer to keep a low profile.

Seminyak is often dismissed as being a mere tourist attraction, with beachfront bars and Aussie-ran restaurants making it a far cry from the ‘real’ Bali. There’s actually a lot more to this vibrant city than meets the eye, with plenty of little local eateries tucked down side-streets, a great surf scene and a whole host of friendly locals who’ll let you hop on their moped for a guided tour of this Balinese gem.

Seminyak Beaches
Seminyak Beaches. Photo by Marc Veraart

What to Do

Relax

Bali is one of the most chilled out places in the world, but Seminyak can feel a bit hectic and busy at times. Head to one of their world-class spas to escape and unwind. Spa at The Samaya is the best of the bunch, with a huge range of relaxing, holistic treatments. Head to The Spa at The Amala for tropical vibes centred on healing elixirs, aqua-pilates and feel-good vibes.

Seminyak Spas
Seminyak Spas. Photo by McKay Savage

Shop

Seminyak is home to some amazing little boutiques, stocking everything from hand-crafted jewelry to locally-made fabrics and clothes. Load up on delicious herbs and spices, as well as Balinese delicacies as you wander the streets. If you’re craving a bit of class, don’t worry – there are streets lined with popular brands, such as Gooseberry Intimates, as well as a Seminyak Village shopping mall that is home to international stores like Bamboo Blonde. There are always fun market stalls just outside the mall that offer dinky souvenirs and fun, bright jewelry and sarongs.

Surf

Seminyak has a few beaches, the best surfing one being Double Six beach. Head to surf school Bali here for surf lessons or rent a board and get stuck in. The waves depend on the season, so speak to a professional if you’re not 100% sure what you’re doing!

Surfing in Seminyak
Surfing in Seminyak. Photo by Farley Roland Endeman

Yoga

Did you even go to Bali if you didn’t get a yoga session in? Luckily, there are loads of places to practice, so get your kit on and get bendy. Jiwa Yoga is a calm oasis tucked in the centre of Seminyak, so is really easy to get to from most hotels and hostels. Seminyak Yoga Shala is another fantastic choice for those looking to wind down.

Seminyak beach

Some of Seminyak’s beaches aren’t great for swimming, sadly, so we’d suggest heading to world-famous Potato Head Beach Club if you fancy a dip. Get here early if you want to grab a sunbed or lounger as it gets very busy! It’s attached to the hotel so you can only imagine how many people flock poolside… There’s normally a DJ or live music later on in the evenings, but try and get down for sunset if you can – their infinity pool is lined with palm trees and gives you an amazing view of the sun setting into the ocean in front of you.

Potato Head Beach Club
Potato Head Beach Club. Photo by Lavinia Elysia

Cook

Get stuck in with the local culture and learn some life-skills at Nia Cooking Class! This is a wonderful place to meet new people and have fun getting experimental in the kitchen. Go with an empty stomach and an open mind… You’ll be taken a foodie’s tour of Seminyak (expect spice-filled markets) before enjoying a jam-packed cooking class.

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Seminyak Temples
Seminyak Temples. Photo by Marc Veraat.

Where to Stay

Villas are particularly popular in Seminyak but besides that, there are a lot of options of places to stay here. Booking.com is a good place to plan your accommodation in Bali because most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Seminyak:

The Legian Bali, Seminyak
For those who wants a well located beachfront villa with modern and high-class style. This hotel comes with pool that seems to run into the ocean, the feeling of tucked in an oasis all by yourself, and a well-designed garden with goldfish pond. There’s also yoga every morning and customized breakfast.
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The Oberoi, Seminyak
For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notables are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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Swiss-Belhotel Petitenget
This hotel is hands down one of my favorite places I’ve stayed while in Seminyak – the pool is glorious, the rooms are huge and very clean and the breakfast buffet is full of a delicious mix of Western and Balinese food.
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If you’re on a budget, book a bed at Capsule Hotel New Seminyak – the friendly staff make it feel like home, and the beds are arranged into little pods to give you privacy. It’s very cheap, with the option of private rooms, too.

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Seminyak Sunset
Seminyak Sunset. Photo by Graham Hills

Seminyak Nightlife

Those after a night out have a lot of choice, too, but these are our two top picks. There are some super classy wine bars (head to Vin+ for a huge wine menu and stunning surroundings) or La Favela for old-school fun and great music. The club is covered in plants and cool bits and bobs, as well as interesting people from all walks of life.

What to Eat

Any foodies will be totally spoilt for choice in Seminyak, as there are many good restaurants in Seminyak. If you’re a brunch-fiend, get your body down to Café Organic and indulge in great coffee, vegan delights and interior-inspo! Café Moonlight Bali is definitely on my hot list of food spots in Seminyak and is full of healthy juices, amazing pancake stacks and really friendly staff.

Sea Circus is famous for its food as much as its colorful wall – just head to their Instagram page to see what we mean. Motel Mexicola is one of the most fun restaurants in Seminyak and is a haven of avocados, tequila and positive vibes!

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Motel Mexicola, Seminyak
Motel Mexicola, Seminyak. Photo by nydia hartono

How to Get There

Seminyak is close to Bali’s main tourist airport, Denpasar International. A taxi ride will take around 30 minutes, depending on traffic, and there are set prices so you know you’re being charged a fair amount – expect to pay around IDR175,000 (around $12). Uber does exist in Seminyak, but there are ongoing disagreements between Uber and taxi drivers so it’s up to you what you feel comfortable doing.

If you’re already in Bali and fancy heading to Seminyak, it’s a pretty easy destination to reach. It’ll take around an hour or so to get here from Ubud, another popular place in Bali, and around an hour to drive up from Uluwatu. You can easily come from Lombok if you fancy flying, or you can get a boat-taxi shuttle service from Lombok and the Gili islands.

While in Seminyak itself, walking is probably the easiest way to get around. If you want to escape the heat, hop in a cab – make sure it’s an Uber or a BlueBird car though! There are some taxi services around Bali that take advantage of tourists and newbies, but this company use a meter and are reliable and safe. There are some copycat taxis in town with similar names and logos, but look out for light blue taxis with clear ‘BlueBird’ branding and you’ll be fine!

Sunset in Seminyak, Bali
Sunset in Seminyak, Bali. Photo by Simon_sees

One of the best ways to travel is to find your own paths as you wander. Seminyak is full of fun, tourist attractions but is also home to pop-up food stalls and great street food, beautiful (unofficial) shops on the side of the road and stunning temples nestled in backstreets. The joy of Bali is exploring, so take time to go off-track and discover Seminyak’s hidden gems.

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Nusa Dua, Bali – Accommodations, Things to Do and more!

Nusa Dua is one of Bali’s most exclusive regions, but don’t let that put you off. Among the many luxurious accommodations, private beaches and fancy restaurants, there are still many things to do. Here also lies Bali’s classic culture and unrelenting friendliness. Nusa Dua, or ‘two islands’ as it translates to in Bahasa Indonesia, is home to some of Bali’s best.

Nusa Dua is all about spending your time in total comfort. The resort enclave has three gates: Main Gate, North Gate and South Gate. Some resorts have private beaches for their visitors; however, other areas are easily accessible to general public. This fishing village also offers a range of water sports facilities as well as many mid-range and budget hotels that were difficult to find in Nusa Dua.

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Map of Nusa Dua, Bali

Map of Nusa Dua, Bali

When is the best time to go

Nusa Dua, located in Bali Island, enjoys a tropical climate. The rainy season here lasts from October to March. The best time to visit Nusa Dua is period from May to August when the weather remains pleasant and cool, just perfect for exploring tourist attraction or enjoying adventurous activities.

Nusa Dua Accommodation

Nusa Dua is often referred to as Bali’s ‘gated community’, as it is full of pricey and luxurious hotels. This can feel pretty exclusive, and there are some incredible options if you’re happy to splash out.

St. Regis Bali Resort
At the highest is this famous world-class resort that is highly rated. With its own private beach and impeccable service, you will definitely find yourself in paradise here.
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Other notable high end resorts on Nusa Dua are Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa * and Samabe Bali Suites & Villas *.

For a villa, Rumah Bali * is stunning and makes the perfect spot for any lazy sunbathers.

INAYA Putri Bali
Featuring clean and modern design, every villa has direct acces to the pool that runs along with palm trees lining it. With beautiful sea view from the rooms and a quick access to the beach, it is no wonder this villa is one of the top choice in Nusa Dua. To top it off, price starts only at 150 USD!
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If you’re on a bit more of a budget, don’t panic! You can find some lovely, cheaper places to stay in this region. For even more budHouse of D16 * is a lovely little hostel in Nusa Dua, and Clamonic House * is perfect for travelers on a budget.

Alternatively, stay in nearby Tanjung Benoa and take a day trip to Nusa Dua. There are much cheaper options for accommodation here, such as Sari B&B.

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Things to Do in Nusa Dua

Hit the beach and sightseeing

Geger Beach – locally known as Pantai Geger. This beach lies in Sawangan area, about 3 km from Nusa Dua. It is a public beach, considered safe for swimming. You can also enjoy some delicious snacks at the beach side warungs at this beach. his white sand beach is fringed with palm trees and offers lots of comfy deckchairs to relax on. There are several small cafes here, so you can eat while keeping your toes in the sand. You have to pay a small entry fee (around 3,000 – 5, 000 IDR), but this feels totally acceptable once you see how clean and well-kept the beach is.

Mengiat Beach is one of the quieter beaches, so you can expect to have some space to yourself. Unlike some of the other beaches in Bali, you’ll pretty much be left to it by locals selling their wares. While it can sometimes be nice to have people randomly pop up and offer you a foot massage, it’s also quite nice to drift off in your own little bubble of relaxation.

Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach. Photo by Adhi Rachdian

Water Blow Rock Formation – located north of Grand Hyatt Hotel. This site is worth watching for the rock formation and the giant splash formed due to the collision of water waves with rock walls. From a distance, splashing water appears like milky white foam sliding down from the top of the rock.

Museum Day

If you’re after an afternoon of culture, Museum Pasifika is a great place to visit. This museum is pretty spread out and has over 600 pieces to enjoy. It documents various pieces of history, art and culture from all over the world. There is a beautiful mixture of sculptures, paintings and artefacts on display, and entry costs 100, 00 IDR.

Sports activities

Water-Sports – while many of the beaches here are pretty much designed for lazy days, there are also opportunities for the thrill-seekers among you. If you’ve ever wanted to try out kite-surfing, or fancy yourself whizzing around on a jet ski, now is your chance! Head to the nearest beach and see what’s on offer, or book through your accommodation for great rates. There are many companies in Nusa Dua that offer equipment on rent for water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, etc. There are some excellent surfing sites here that remain crowded during ideal weather conditions. Tourists can enjoy sports like tennis, gym and squash in some of the five-star hotels and resorts.

Water sports at Nusa Dua, Bali

Water sports at Nusa Dua. Photo by Donald Man

Bali Jetpacks is a fantastic company, offering a range of fun water activities, ranging from donut-rides (perfect for families with young kids) and water jet-packs for those after something a real adrenaline rush! This company take safety very seriously, and will make sure you have an amazing time, whatever you get up to…
Snorkelling is the perfect mid-point for anyone who wants to do something more exciting than sunbathing, without going too wild. The reef around Nusa Dua is studded with turtles, brightly-colored schools of fish and striking coral.

Get Your Golf On – as you’d expect from a 5-star region, Nusa Dua is home to some incredible golf courses. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, head here for an afternoon of high-quality fun. Bali National Golf Course is any golfers dream – stunning greens, a challenging course and wonderful customer service. Make a day of it and enjoy the on-site café.

Private Beach @ Nusa Dua, Bali

Private Beach at Nusa Dua, Bali. Photo by sektordua

Rainy day activities

Bali is the land of sunshine, but, just in case it rains (or you fancy a break from the beach!), there’s still plenty to do.

Hit Bali Collection for some retail therapy and enjoy the mix of chain stores and restaurants. This isn’t a local mall or market, so expect to pay similar prices to back home. Nike, Billabong and Quiksilver have outlet stores here, and there are also some lovely places to pick up souvenirs or local crafts.

Spa – Enjoy some pampering with selection of choices for spa, one of the latest in Nusa Dua, SPA Healthland, incorporates “medical-spa” concept which involves preventing illness and improve well-being. There is also the popular Zahra Spa. Try out a traditional Balinese massage, pamper yourself with a mani/ pedi or indulge in a full package, complete with delicious food and a range of calming treatments to soothe your soul. The Laguna also offers wonderful spa treatments.

Tanjung Benoa from Nusa Dua
Tanjung Benoa from Nusa Dua. Photo by salis

What and where to eat

While this region is seen as Bali’s crème de la crème, there are also dining options for those on more of a budget. For anyone after something a bit cheaper and cheerful, make a stop at Secret Café and sample some delicious Indonesia food. Those craving the comforts of home should take the time to visit Nusa Dua Pizza – it does what it says on the tin, and very well! Warungs along the Jalan Srikandi in Bualu village offer authentic Balinese food at much cheaper prices. Benoa Cafe, Bumbu Bali, Café Bagus, and Kacak Bali are some of the reasonably priced restaurants in Tanjung Benoa area.

If you do fancy going all-out, head to Kayuputi at The St. Regis – this place knows how to do fine-dining, so go with an empty stomach and dress up. Table8 has to get a mention, partially for their stunning interior, but mainly for their incredible menu. Banyubiru at The Laguna Resort is the perfect place for a romantic meal out. For some fresh seafood and wine, go to Kendi Kuning Restaurant which is located in between Tanjong Benoa and Nusa Dua.

Restaurants in Nusa Dua
Restaurants in Nusa Dua. Photo by PYONKO OMEYAMA

How to get there

Nusa Dua is down in the south-west of Bali and is easily-reachable from Denpasar Airport. It’s a very well-known region, so you shouldn’t have any problems getting there. It takes about half an hour from the airport and will cost around 150, 000 IDR. From the airport, you have options of either hiring a prepaid taxi or a metred taxi. A pre-paid taxi fare costs between Rp 90,000 and 115,000. Metred taxis are cheaper than a prepaid taxi but they don’t enter the main airport area and you’ll have to walk a few hundred metre distance to avail this option. If you are coming from Denpasar, you can use the public transport dark-blue bemos that depart from Tegal bemo station at Denpasar or a taxi. Bemos are not allowed to enter the Nusa Dua area, and you’ll have to either walk the distance (about 2 km) or hire a taxi from the entry gate.

Many people head to Nusa Dua for the day from nearby Tanjung Benoa. Benoa is lovely and has a certain charm to it, but the beaches here sadly aren’t very nice for swimming or sunbathing on. A quick twenty-minute drive to Nusa Dua will soon have you dipping in and out of turquoise waters and enjoying the quiet, resort-front beaches.

White sand beach at Nusa Dua, Bali

White sand beach at Nusa Dua, Bali. Photo by skyseeker

How to get around

Metered taxis are freely available to get around in Nusa Dua and Tenjung Benoa areas. Another option is the public bemos that regularly ply around two resort areas. Rented bicycles and cars, available at many hotels, can also be used to explore the area.

Where to go nearby

Denpasar – the administrative capital of Bali. Puputan Square, Bali Museum, Taman Budaya Cultural Center, Pasar Badung and Pasar Kumbasari are some of the best sites to explore in Denpasar.

Kuta– located about 11 km from Nusa Dua and famous for its magnificent sandy beaches and dynamic nightlife. Surfing, shopping, eating, and partying are some of the favourite activities to enjoy while in Kuta.

Serangan or Turtle Island – a turtle conservation island where you can see hatching of turtle eggs in traditional houses.

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Top 10 Things to do in Uluwatu, Bali

Uluwatu is a coastal tourist hub popular with surfers, but there are plenty more things to do here besides.

From amazing food to lazy beach days, Uluwatu has something for every type of traveler. Here are our recommendations of the best things to do in Uluwatu.

Visit the famous Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is one of the most visited temples in Bali, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s set on top of a high cliff, with amazing views of the ocean. There are winding paths along the coast-line which lead you to various different parts of the temple. There’s also a cobbled path along the forest, so beware of monkeys!

Be respectful when visiting any temples in Bali, and cover your knees, shoulders and chest. You can also borrow a sarong when you arrive, so don’t worry too much if you forget! I’d suggest taking a few hours to explore and make sure your camera is fully-charged as the views from this cliff-edge temple are unreal.

Beach in Uluwatu, Indonesia
Beach in Uluwatu, Indonesia. Photo by Graeme Churchard

Check out beautiful Uluwatu beaches

There are some pretty beaches in Uluwatu that don’t offer much to surfers, but have everything any sunbather could possibly want. Thomas Beach is a beautiful place to visit if you’re after clean sand, clear waters and some peace and quiet. While it can get quite busy with tourists, it has a really chilled out vibe to it.

Bingin Beach is popular with surfers but is really nice to visit during low-tide. You can snorkel here, or just enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Most beaches in Uluwatu have some little cafes or bars dotted along them, so you’ll be able to find cold water or, realistically, cold beer!

Bingin Beach, Uluwatu, Indonesia
Bingin Beach, Uluwatu, Indonesia. Photo by Jumilla

Try our some of the best restaurants in Uluwatu

Probably one of the best things to do in every new place you visit, eating is an attraction of its own in Uluwatu. Thanks to its beachy location, there are heaps of seafood restaurants here. For cheap local food, visit Waroeng Jadul Blangkon or treat yourself to a meal at DUGONG. Bukit Café is perfect for Aussie-inspired brunches, and Café La Passion is the best pick for cozy evenings with movies, live music or just chilled vibes.

Have seafood dinner in Jimbaran

Head over to nearby Jimbaran by hiring a private driver. Your accommodation will be able to recommend someone to you, or you can use Bali’s best taxi service – BlueBird. Jimbaran is more of an upscale area of Bali than Uluwatu is, which means that it’s packed full of fancy beach restaurants. If you’re after something tasty but cheap, make your way to Bawang Merah Beachfront and wander until you find something you’re happy with.

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Seafood dinner in Jimbaran Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Seafood dinner in Jimbaran Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by 123_456

Try Surfing!

I had to include this, just because it’s Uluwatu! If you’re new to surfing, start off with a lesson to ease yourself in to it all. Padang-Padang beach, one of the best beaches in Uluwatu, is perfect for any beginners, and there are always places to rent boards or have lessons. Take something to cover your shoulders and back (or rent/ borrow a rash-guard) and slather on the sunscreen. You’ll be out for a while and the sun gets super strong here! Of course, there are also places like Bingin Beach that offers world-class waves, but these are only for pros.

Surfing can seem pretty scary but is actually such good fun. It’s also a crazy workout for your arms, so have a snack before you go. I skipped brekkie because I was so nervous and ended up really struggling with my energy levels.

Surfing in Uluwatu, Indonesia
Surfing in Uluwatu, Indonesia. Photo by Sergio Fernández

Balinese Dance

Uluwatu temple is just one venue that hosts regular Balinese dance performances. There are dances shows regularly held all over Uluwatu, so you can find one close to your accommodation if it’s easier. Dance and performance highlight the deep culture that Bali is built upon, and fire shows are just one of the amazing variations. Look out for ‘kecak’ dances, as well as ‘barong’ performances and get ready to embrace the weird and wonderful world of Balinese dance.

These dances are different to anything else in the world, and involve masks, drum music and dramatic make-up, on both men and women. I’d definitely suggest taking the time to see one of these shows, as they are truly unique to Balinese culture. Make sure you wear insect repellent, as most theatres are just outdoor spaces with some chairs or beanbags laid out.

Balinese Dance, Uluwatu, Indonesia
Balinese Dance, Uluwatu, Indonesia. Photo by Marmontel

Indulge in a Spa Session

If you’re in Bali, you need to try out a Balinese massage, and Uluwatu is a great place for some me-time. Esthetic Day Spa is a beautiful haven where the staff will ensure you’re pampered and relaxed the whole time. The service here is fantastic, and this is a wonderful place to spend an hour or two to wind down after traveling.

There are smaller spas everywhere in Uluwatu, so you can stop off by the side of the road for a quick foot massage if you fancy! The service here won’t be what you’re used to back home, so don’t expect a private room and utter silence. These little places tend to be more laid-back and there’s normally some chatting and giggling going on, which makes it quite fun.

Yoga

As with pretty much anywhere in Bali, yoga is very popular in Uluwatu. Head to Morning Light Yoga Studio to stretch out your body. There is a really lovely spiritual side to yoga here, which is partly thanks to all the movies and books about ‘finding yourself’ that is set in Bali. It’s also just a great way to wind down, focus your mind and work your muscles. Traveling can wreak havoc on your body, with time-zone struggles, heavy bags and uncomfortable journeys. Uluwatu is the perfect place to soothe your soothe, look after your body and check in with yourself.

Sunset in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Sunset in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Tom Booth

Nightlife

Single Fin Beachgets pretty busy on Sunday nights, so head here for pizza and Bintangs in the evening. There are also other, unofficial nights around Uluwatu if you want to get out and meet new people. Café La Passion offers tasty Mexican and Italian food, as well as brilliant live music nights. If you’re after something a bit livelier, Summer Waroenglooks small from the road but has a huge outdoor area with amazing reggae nights on Tuesdays. Equally, grabbing a couple of cold beers and making your way to the nearest beach tends to work pretty well, too.

Sunset over Pura Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia.
Sunset over Pura Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Ferry Octavian

Day Trip

Take a day trip to nearby Ubud and explore the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary! Ubud is a quirky, super popular place to visit full of artists. If you fancy getting some shopping in, Ubud is the place to do it. There’s a long street of market stalls, so you can load up on sarongs, jewelry and souvenirs to take home.

The Royal Palace is also well worth visiting if you have time, and is pretty central to Ubud. There are loads of great little cafes, restaurants and gelato stalls all over the centre! Give yourself a day to wander around and explore.

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Where to stay at Uluwatu, Bali

If you wish to stay nearby this wonderful temple, you will be spoilt for choices in the Uluwatu area of Bali. There are a number of very good reviews hotel, bed & breakfasts and homestays around here.

Gravity
For those looking for a charming retreat or an alternative to their honeymoon, this is touted as the best accommodation in Uluwatu area with its chic and charming design. The view from the poolside here is also to die for.
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Yoga Searcher Bali
Another popular hotel here is the with yoga retreats, organic spas and cooking classes. The hotel also features a calming pool and delicious organic foods.
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Pandawa Beach Homestay
For a budget option in Uluwatu area, this is definitely the place. Located only 5 minutes drive from the Pandawa beach, this place is best value for your money, with air-conditioned rooms and personal terraces for chilling out.
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