Uluwatu is one of the main tourist areas in Bali, Indonesia. Situated on the southwestern tip of the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu is known for visually stunning clifftop views, golden sunsets, beach clubs and world-class surf breaks. In recent years, it has become an increasingly popular destination for visitors to Bali, earning its place amongst the likes of Canggu, Ubud and Seminyak.
Getting to Uluwatu is relatively easy. From other parts of Bali, it’s easy to get here via taxi, hotel transfer, or a rideshare service like Gojek or Grab (Bali’s equivalent of Uber). For international arrivals, Uluwatu is easy to reach as it is conveniently located 20-35 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Uluwatu overflows with eclectic attractions and activities that provide a glimpse Balinese culture and tradition. Suspended on a dramatic cliff edge, Uluwatu Temple is one of the most unique stops in Bali, providing expansive views of the Indian Ocean and serving as one of the best places in Bali to watch Kecak dance, a form of Balinese Hindu dance.
Above all, Uluwatu is loved for its stunning coastline, amazing surf spots, and unrivalled selection of beaches including Thomas Beach, Bingin Beach and New Kuta Beach. Surfers from around the world travel to ride the waves of Uluwatu’s best surf spots at places like Padang Padang and Suluban.
But that’s not it. As the sun sets, Uluwatu transforms into a dynamic nightlife hub, with the iconic Single Fin Beach Club being a local favourite and so many great restaurants and bars to try as well. From the Ulu Cliffhouse to La Baracca Uluwatu and Hatch Bar & Restaurant, there is no shortage of places to eat and drink here.
Regarding where to stay in Uluwatu, visitors have the option to tailor their experience based on preferences, choosing between two types of accommodation: beachfront hotels and secluded luxury retreats. For incredible luxury accommodation in the centre of the action, Anantara Uluwatu is one of the best hotels in Bali. Alternatively, for a more serene and isolated retreat, places like Six Senses Uluwatu offer a sanctuary tucked away from the bustling town.
Our guide takes you through everything you need to know to make the most of your visit to Uluwatu. From the best attractions and accommodation options for your Uluwatu itinerary, to hidden gems that only locals know about, we have you covered.
Without further ado, here is our guide to Uluwatu.