Below is my one day Uluwatu itinerary!
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After being holed up in Canggu for a couple of days, I begged my hostel to get me out for the day. They suggested an Uluwatu itinerary that made for a fab a day trip. I said Go For It without really knowing what that entailed. They booked a driver for me and arranged for him to take me to the best spots in just one day. Gotta admit, it turned out pretty great!
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GARUDA WISNU KENCANA CULTURAL PARK
My first stop was Garuda Wisnu Kencana, which is famous for its giant statues. It covers a fairly large area so – as well as catching a glimpse of some bloody massive statues – it’s also home to a gorgeous panaramic view over Bali and an amphitheatre. The ampitheatre has daily Balinese performances. It was cool to see people playing traditional Balinese music while others danced in their traditional costumes.
I didn’t really see other Western tourists there but around 11am tour buses piled into the car park like it was the only place left on earth. So I would recommend heading to this spot early. Thankfully I was leaving at this point so got to explore without the swarms!
This was my most expensive spot of the day – 125000 – which includes a free drink, access to the full grounds and a return shuttle bus to the largest statue.
Avoid queues and get a ticket in advance here
It’s only 3.50GBP / 4.27 USD to walk around the main complex
This was my absolute highlight of the day and unquestionably worth doing. The temple is upon a cliffside and you can take a walk along the cliff-edge in either direction – or both directions, as most people chose too. I was there on a windy day and hearing the sea crash against the rocks below made reminded me of gorgeous old literature; the atmospheric setting where some great story begins.
Uluwatu Temple was built in the 11th century. It is popular to visit Uluwatu Temple for sunset (around 5pm, dependent on the month). You can then stay to see the traditional Kecak dance performance at 18:00 – another reason to add the temple to your Bali bucketlist. It costs an additional 150K IDR (on top of the temple entrance fee) if you decide to stay for the dance.
Entry fee was 30000 for adults or 20000 for kids
I spent the afternoon being taken to a couple of beaches. The first, Pandawa Beach, would be perfect for a beach day. It was a huge stretch of white sand with plenty of different spots to yourself up for the day. If you’re after a place to relax for a while, this would be it. Having been solo and restless and not in luck with the sun, I didn’t stay for so long and was off to my next beautiful spot…
Padawa Beach was 15000 entry.
PADANG PADANG BEACH
I really liked Padang Padang Beach because the rocks made for a more atmospheric, picturesque setting. I even walked down to the beach via a stone staircase which passes through a cave! As a restless solo traveller, I’m not so good at taking a breather, so a more dramatic setting was perfect for me. The main beach was smallish and quite cramped, but walking along just a little I found some more private spots.
The truth about this photo? It was actually raining! So kudos to beautiful Uluwatu beaches for being so gorgeous even on a rainy day.
Padang Padang was 10000 entry fee.
No, I didn’t surf. I have never tried to surf. I will probably never try to surf. I am very talented in the art of watching surfers though. Head to any of the beaches along the Uluwatu coast and you’ll find a great spot to surf or just awe at those who can.
Surfboard rental is possible as well are lessons.
Padang Padang Beach is said to be one of the best surf spots in Bali, with breaks suitable for both beginner or expert surfers depending which area you surf in. Alternatively, Bingin Beach or Balangan are popular. Uluwatu is a famous surfing area for highly-experienced surfers. Beginners should only surf Padang Padang Right when in Uluwatu.
The coast of renting a surfboard is usually from around 8 USD a day, though prices widely vary. A surf lesson will cost more like 30-35 USD. A well-reviewed surf school may cost slightly more.
You’d be mad not to finish your day in Uluwatu with a sunset, particularly as the sun sets early in Bali and you can still make it back to your accommodation for a good time even if you’re staying elsewhere.
Check out TEBING KARANG BOMA to watch the sunset from the cliffs! The roar of the waves crashing upon the cliffs below as the sun sets behind the horizon is a truly tranquil experience. Perfect.
Getting to Uluwatu:
- A private car usually costs around 500K per day but it’s possible to negotiate. It can also cost more depending on how many hours you need the driver for.
- Holiday-makers can book a tour for a more seamless trip around Uluwatu.
Check Klook.com for a list of reasonably priced Uluwatu tours and private cars
ON A BUDGET:
- The most popular way to get to Uluwatu is to rent a scooter for the day from your accommodation in South Bali. This would cost around 30K – 40K IDR per day.
- It is also possible to order a scooter taxi through the go-jek app all the way to Uluwatu for around 70K IDR. However, this is not ideal if you want to see several places as they often aren’t walking distance from each other.
Besides Uluwatu, there are also many attractions on the Bukit Peninsula all the way to Nusa Dua.
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That’s all folks.
Thanks for a great day Uluwatu!