Best Beaches in Uluwatu, Bali

If you are looking for Uluwatu beach, then you are looking at this beautiful corner of southwest Bali, with some of the best beaches around. This area is well known for one of the best temples in Bali, Pura Luhur Uluwatu or Uluwatu Temple. This temple perched at the edge of the rock overlooking the sea, leaving a deep impression to those who visit it.

Besides visiting this majestic temple, there are actually a lot of places to discover in Uluwatu. One of the activities if of course checking out many beautiful beaches around here. Many of the spots are popular with the surfers, but some of the beaches are also great for swimming and just lying under the sun.

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Padang-Padang beach, Bali
Padang-Padang beach, Bali. Photo by Philip Al

Balangan Beach

This beach top the list of best beaches in Bali for its secrecy. This small and quiet beach need to be accessed through local villages, where cattle graze the fields and local people go about their daily lives. The currents here are strong and the waves are high, therefore it is usually not recommended for swimming. But when the tide is low, it is a perfect beach for strolling, with waves lapping your feet as you enjoy the sun. One of the famous hotel in Bali is located at this beach, the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *

Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

Padang-Padang Beach

Located close to Uluwatu temple, this is a beautiful beach with big rock, overgrown plants and monkeys. To get here, you would need to pass a narrow passage and steep steps. Becuase of this, this beach is still somewhat of a hidden paradise. When the tide is high, it is good for swimming but beware of sharp corals and sea urchings. A luxurious villa that faces this beautiful secret beach is the Suarga Padang-Padang *. While an alternative affordable option would be the Pinkcoco Bali *

Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Mossy rocks at Padang-padang beach, Bali. Photo by indrabastari

Nyang Nyang Beach

Yet another relatively unknown beach in Bali, Uluwatu seems to keep all of them. This beach also requires some effort to get to, with going uphill and downhill a winding street and through a small forest. As there is quite a slippery 550 steps down, it is not recommended for children. The effort is well worth it though when you find yourself on white sandy beach with crystal blue sea. There are not many tourists here usually and instead, you will find the locals harvesting seaweed. You may swim when the tide is low. Being such a secluded beach, it is not surprising to find that the only few places to stay around here, with top options are the luxurious Bulgari Resort Bali * with its own elevator down to the beach and the further afield Alila Villas Uluwatu *

Sunset at Nyang-Nyang Beach
Sunset at Nyang-Nyang Beach. Photo by David Periang Hendra

Bingin Beach

Well known to the locals, this beach provides good waves for surfers while also provide an opportunity to swim. There are many local bars, warungs and cafes here along with the many homestays to choose from. Though not the most beautiful beach, it still provides a good enough sun and sea experience. There are also big slippery rocks around here when the tide is out, so be careful. A good luxurious option here would be Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort * while Sal Secret Spot is an excellent mid-range option that is walking distance from the beach.

Bingin beach
Bingin beach. Photo by Lakermance

As you can see, Uluwatu beach would mean a myriad of beaches dotted around Uluwatu area. These beaches listed here are definitely worth a visit if you are in Bali. They are out off the usual beaten tracks of Bali despite their beauty.


Best Accommodations in Uluwatu Area

If you wish to stay in Uluwatu area, you will be spoilt for choices. 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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Top 10 Best Beaches in Lombok

Lombok is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia and is rivalling Bali with its beaches. On your visit here, you can expect the same white sandy beaches and azure waters but without the crowds. So if you are planning on a trip to West Nusa Tenggara of Indonesia, make sure Lombok is on your list!

Many people are now opting to skip Bali altogether and travel straight to Lombok, and if you choose to go this way, you will be rewarded with a wide range of beaches to choose from. Here is our list of the best Lombok beaches for you.

Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Frantisek Krivda

Pink Beach

If you have never visited a pink beach then now is your chance. Also known as Tangsi Beach, this beach has the in a pretty shade of pink. This is one of only two pink beaches in Indonesia (the other one is in Flores) and although it is famous for its strawberry blonde sand, it is rarely crowded. You can spend the day here relaxing on the sand or go for a swim in the neighbouring sea. Pink Beach Lombok is located in the small village Sekaroh, Jerowaru on the east. The luxury hotel Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp is located along this pink coast,

Pink Beach Lombok, Indonesia
Pink Beach Lombok. Photo by Schristia

Selong Belanak Beach

If you want to learn to surf but don’t want to do with the crowd at Kuta Beach in Bali, then head to Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok. The surf here is of the same standard, with small to medium-sized waves, and you can rent a board and hit the water in a more relaxed and serene environment. Local fisherman also uses this beach, and you can take in the pretty coloured boats here that bob on the water. Right at this beach you will find very affordable boutique hotel such as the favourite Bukit Indah Boutique Accommodation *

Mawi Beach

Just a little down the coast from Selong Belanak is the Mawi beach. It is most famous as a surfing beach as there are some nice breaks here which make it popular with surfers who make their way here from Bali. The breaks here are recommended for advanced surfers only as the sea has a rocky bottom. The water, however, is pristine as is the fluffy white sand, so if you don’t surf, you can still come here and relax on the beach. You can also take in the stunning views here across the bay over to Selong Belanak. One thing to note here is that there is no board rental available, so you will need to come prepared.

Selong Belanak Beach - Hidden Beautiful Beach in Lombok, Indonesia.
Selong Belanak Beach, a hidden one in Lombok. Photo by celebrityabc

Beaches on the Gili Islands

The Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok are made up of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Gili Trawangan is the most developed island and has a long strip of sandy beach that runs around it. The island is also known for its pristine seas, and you can go snorkelling or diving here and enjoy a range of underwater delights, including turtles and sharks. If you want a more secluded beach spot, then consider heading to Gili Meno. This island is known for being popular with honeymoon couples thanks to its small size and intimate atmosphere, and you can spend time on the main beach here enjoying the warm sand and the clear seas. If you want to stay on Lombok but still with quick access to the Gili Islands, Hotel Tugu * is an excellent choice.

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Gili Trawangan, one of the Gili Islands, Indonesia.
Gili Trawangan, one of the Gili Islands. Photo by Luis Medina via Wikimedia Commons

Segar Beach

To the east of Kuta Lombok is Segar Beach which sits in a delightful small cove. The is one of the best beaches in Lombok as it is made up of pretty sand and coral. When the tide is out, you can walk across the sand to a large rock protruding from the bay. This beach is also known for its nice surf break, and some of the main surf competitions in Lombok are held here. During which the beach can get quite crowded, so it is best to check if there is a competition ahead of time if you want to beat the crowds. The nearest hotel to this beach is the trusty Novotel Lombok Resorts and Villas *.

View of Kuta, Lombok from a hill near Pantai Seger, Indonesia, Indonesia.
View of Kuta, Lombok from a hill near Pantai Seger, Indonesia. Photo by Whatsinaname at wts wikivoyage via Wikimedia Commons

Pandanan Beach

To the north of Senggigi in Lombok is Pandanan Beach. It is one of the least visited beaches on the island, so it is a good choice if you want to beat the crowds. The beach hugs a long strip of coastline, and you can expect clear seas and fluffy white sand. If possible, try to come here in the late afternoon as the beach is known for its gorgeous sunsets. It is one of the most romantic and secluded beaches in Lombok, which makes it perfect for couples. Senggigi also boasts the best beaches to stay in Lombok, with choices such as the Qunci Villas Hotel and the Sundamala Suites and Villas *.

Tanjung Aan Beach

Tanjung Aan beach has the claim to fame of being one of the most beautiful south coast beaches around Kuta in Southern Lombok. Lush rolling hills surround the beach, and you can hike to the strip of sand here and then go for a swim to cool off. To get to Tanjung Aan beach from Mataram takes around an hour and a half, but it is more than worth it for the pretty views. Not too far off is the popular and high-end luxury hotel Villa Sorgas *. Book well ahead if you want to secure a place here.

Blue sea of Tanjung Aan beach Lombok, Indonesia
Blue sea of Tanjung Aan beach Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Suryanata budi via Wikimedia Commons

Mawun Beach

If you want to spend time relaxing on a beach in Lombok, then head to Mawun beach. This secluded beach is around an hour and a half away from Mataram, the capital city of Lombok and 20 minutes drive from Kuta. It is also one of the Lombok’s best beaches for swimming as the waves are small and the currents are gentle. You can spend the afternoon here, sunbathing on the white sand or enjoy a refreshing coconut from a local stall. If you want to stay near this beach, don’t miss out the beautiful Mawun Raya Resort *

Mawun Beach Lombok, Indonesia.
Mawun Beach Lombok. Photo by Whatsinaname via Wikimedia Commons

Cemara Beach

If you want to get off the beaten track, then head to Cemara Beach in eastern Lombok. This beach is also known as one of the most beautiful in the area and it is surrounded by pretty vistas and lush scenery. The beach is made up of a long strip of white sand that backs onto clear seas and this is a great choice if you want to go swimming or snorkelling.

Picking fishes at Kuta Beach, Lombok, Indonesia.
Picking fishes at Kuta Beach, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Tanti Ruwani via Wikimedia Commons

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach in Lombok is not to be confused with Kuta Beach in Bali and is one of the most popular beaches in Lombok. It is however, also one of the most crowded beaches on the main island, especially at the weekends, but it is also a good place to choose as a base. The beach stretches for some seven kilometres and you can go swimming or snorkelling here. There are also several small local cafes dotted along the shore called warungs where you can get some simple Indonesian dishes like fried rice or noodles. You can also relax on the sand with fresh coconut and this can be a good choice if you don’t have much time to explore the other more secluded beaches in Lombok. Nearby to Kuta, Lombok, there are many choices of places to stay, with best-rated Mana Retreats *.

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Top 10 Bali Off The Beaten Track

Nobody likes to be in crowded and busy places, especially during travels. Many of us independent travelers would seek out for places that are less touristy and less packed with people. Bali is no exception, where many travelers came in hope to find places where they can escape the crowd. Most tourists end up being disappointed due to the overcrowding of tourists. But fret not, there is still some charm to Bali that is still quite undiscovered. Let us bring you to Bali’s off the beaten tracks, in secret and unique places, and you will find the magic that made Bali famous in the first place.

Kintamani

Kintamani is located in the centre of Bali and not particularly that well known yet in the tourist circles. It has amazing views, including that of the famous Mount Batur. It is filled with villages, old temples, and rice fields, where you can just take a walk and get a sense of life among the locals there. There is also a Bali Elephant Safari Park, where you can get an up close feel with elephants, including feeding, touching and riding them through the jungle. You can also savour the Asian Palm Civets coffee here, which is one of the most expensive coffee in the world.

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Mount Batur view at Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia

Mount Batur view at Kintamani, Bali

Singaraja

Singaraja is the place to go in Bali if you are interested in learning more about the history and backgrounds of Bali. There’s the Lontar Museum in Singaraja that displays a range of information regarding the Balinese culture. It was established in 1928 and has a library that contains over 3000 manuscripts on lontar leaves, which include poetry and government content. If you are interested to know more on the royals that lived in Bali, then you can get an idea by visiting the living quarters of the late king Anak Agung Putu Djelantik.

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Munduk Village

Waterfalls at Munduk, Bali, Indonesia

Waterfalls at Munduk, Bali


Munduk is an area where you can go on treks in the villages, taking dips in waterfalls and traversing rice fields. It is known for the eco-tourism project that was planned to enhance the beauty and nature of this place. This includes the Puri Lumbung Cottages, which is one of the main resorts in this area. Staying here will guarantee tourists a view of the spectacular sunsets and local sceneries, including rice fields and the nearest coastline. This place is also famous for its amazing canyoning experiences.

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Lombok

Lombok, although not exactly in Bali, though recently known as “the other” Bali, is a place that is different from the other popular tourist places in Bali. Lombok is filled with activities that will keep tourists on their toes in a good and healthy way. It is also popular for surfing and is also known as a cool surfing village. There are also secluded coves and villages that picture a different image than the one tourists are used to in Bali. Come here soon to discover the magic before it gets onto the tourist trails and no longer be one of the off the beaten path.

-> Check out our Lombok Travel Guide to read more about this alternative to Bali.
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Pura Taman Ayun Temple at Mengwi, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Taman Ayun Temple at Mengwi, Bali

Mengwi

Mengwi is located near the popular tourists’ area, Ubud. It is surrounded by rice paddies and peaceful ambiences. Mengwi is considered a great spot for families with children and couples as well. It features nice and decent places of accommodations for visitors. Places to visit and explore include temples, a mountain, coffee plantation, waterfall, lakes, vegetables and fruits gardens, and much more. One of the Top 10 Temples to Visit in Bali, Pura Taman Ayun, is located here. There are also lots of activities for families, including massages and horseback riding. Other than Ubud, Mengwi is also located near Munduk; so tourists can always take a short trip to these areas.

Tabanan

Tabanan is an adventurous place in Bali, as getting there itself is quite a voyage to take through the unpaved roads. The place has the most beautiful scenery of green rice paddies. It is the ultimate place to go if you are looking for some peace and quietness in life. It is a great place for families with kids and it offers comforting accommodations. One such popular place is the Bali Eco Stay. Some places to stay are located close to the animals and the fields. Tabanan is a great place for natural resources, which include rivers and waterfalls.

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Rice fields at Tabanan village, Bali, Indonesia

Rice fields at Tabanan village, Bali

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is a tiny island in the east of Bali with crystal blue water and white sandy beaches. It is a nice and peaceful area that is also home to NusaBay Lembongan (Waka Nusa), a resort that provides traditional huts as rooms to tourists. Nusa Lembongan features a better beach than those found in the popular areas in Bali, largely due to the lack of . The water at the beach is a nice temperature and diving activities are provided on the island as well.

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Karangasem

Karangasem is a place that offers something different from the cosmopolitan places of Bali. This countryside area in Bali features only natural beauty at its best. It is filled with amazing green views, cool breezes as well as great volcanic sights. An interesting activity that can be found at Bali Asli, which is a cooking school that offers experiences like no other cooking schools including the chance to live a day as a fisherman or as a local Balinese person.

Cooking class at Bali, Indonesia

Cooking class at Bali

Gili Islands

Gili Islands is a must visit place to those for those who are truly seeking out the unknown and for some adventure. Technically not on Bali island, this trio of islands are easily accessed from Bali by boat. These idyllic islands offer what popular and packed places in Bali do not have – serenity and untainted nature. This includes no vehicles like cars and motorcycles. The Gili Islands is famous for its coral reefs, turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Accommodations choices are many in this place such as the popular Pearl Trawangan, Desa Dunia Beda or Wilson’s Retreat *.

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Beach and sea at Amed, Bali, Indonesia

Beach and sea at Amed, Bali

Amed

Amed is not that popular in Bali among tourists, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an abundance of activities that can be enjoyed. There’s the Mimpi Dive Resort for those, who want to try out this activity. Others include the Amed Dive Center and the Adventure Divers Bali. For snorkelling activities, there’s the Jemeluk bay that offers excellent activities. There’s also a place called Tulamben that visitors claim to be a secret delight. Nearby Amed, there’s the Blue Lagoon Beach and also, the Padang Bai beach. Stay at quality mid-range Bali Dream House or Soka Amed Beach. For luxury seekers, there is the Griya Villas and Spa * that’s a favourite of many.

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Our Top 10 off the beaten track in Bali will take you to unusual places that will make you feel the soul and heart of Bali. There are so many activities that can be done and so many places yet to discover when you decide to visit Bali this way.

Photo credits from top: William Cho, Philip Kendall, m4sh.3d, baliwebs.com, Isabel Sommerfeld and Aleksandr Zykov

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UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia

Indonesia has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for both cultural and natural, ranging from temples and early settlements to National Parks and rainforests.

Some of the Indonesia’s world heritage sites are under threat of losing its characteristics and properties inscribed by UNESCO.

Map of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia Map

Map of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia

Borobudur Temple Compounds

Borobudur Temple, Java Indonesia

Borobudur Temple, Java

This 9th century temple is one of the largest Buddhist temple in the world and is unique in structure and carvings in compared to other Buddhist temples in Asia. Thousands of Buddhists does their pilgrimage here in Borobudur during Waisak day. One of the most popular place to stay in Borobudur is the Manohara Hotel *, that connects directly to the temple gorund and offers a good sunrise trip as well.

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Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park, a volcanic island, is inhabited by around 5700 Komodo Dragons (giant lizards) which exist nowhere else in the world! It is a famous site for scientists to study the theory of evolution.

Besides this important attraction, the islands also have white sandy beaches, various wildlife and rich in marine life and reef corals in clear blue sea.

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach. Photo by Adhi Rachdia

Prambanan Temple Compounds

Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, Java

Candi Prambanan is a well known ancient Hindu Temple that stood majestically nearby Yogyakarta in Java. You will sure to find yourself standing in awe as you were greeted by the looming Prambanan temple that looks somewhat foreboding yet mesmerizing. It is one of the largest Hindu temple architecture in Southeast Asia.

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Ujung Kulon National Park

This national park is located at the extreme south-western tip of Java. It is part of the Sunda, including Ujung Kulon and its islands and the natural reserve of Krakatoa. This location exudes natural beauty and its inland volcanoes are the fascination to many experts. One can find species of endangered plants and animals here, for example the Javan rhinoceroes.

Trees at Ujung Kulon National Park, Java, Indonesia

Trees at Ujung Kulon National Park, Java. Photo by ovancantfort

Sangiran Early Man Site

This is the excavation site of the first hominid fossil discovery and also other 50 fossils of Homo Erectus, which are half of the world’s known. Sangiran has been inhabited for more than one and a half million years and the site is the key to understanding human evolution. The site is located in the Central Java, 15 kilometers north of Surakata in the Solo River Valley.

Replica fossil from Sangiran, Java, Indonesia

Replica fossil from Sangiran, Java. Photo by Gerbil, via Wikimedia Commons

Lorentz National Park

Lorentz National Park is a protected area but open to travelers to visit.

It has the tallest island peak in the world which is the Mount Carstensz Pyramid (Gunung Puncak Jaya), at 4884 metres tall on the Jayawijaya range, and it is surrounded by beautiful glaciers.

Lorentz National Park is the home to more than 630 species of birds and 123 species of mammals. 70% of bird species in Papua can be found in this park!

Also, it has many indigenous tribes still living here that go back to thousand of years in existence.

Birds of Paradise in Lorentz National Park, Papua, Indonesia

Birds of Paradise in Lorentz National Park, Papua. Photo by Luc Viator

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Comprise of three national parks – Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Sebat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

Bukit Lawang in Gunung Leuser National Park is famous for its Sumatran Orangutan and many go for Orangutan trekking in chance to view the Orangutan in natural habitat or visit the Orangutan Viewing Platform during feeding.

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Mother and Baby Orangutan @ Bukit Lawang

Mother and Baby Orangutan. Photo by Arian Zweger

Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

The cultural landscape of Bali consists of the five terraces and the water temples. The temples are a wonder itself with a complete water management system since the 9th century. One of these temples is the Pura Taman Ayun temple, one of the top 10 temples to visit in Bali. The subak is a philosophical concept of Tri Hita Kirana, bringing together realm of spirit with the human world and nature. The subak system has proven to be successful for the farming society.