10 Best Attractions in Uluwatu and Bukit Area

Best Places to See in Uluwatu and Bukit Area

The best attractions in Uluwatu and Bukit, Bali’s southern limestone cliff-fringed peninsula, include one of the island’s most iconic temples, together with gorgeous coastlines that also serve as world-class surfing playgrounds. With its vast coastal length and exposure to the Indian Ocean, Bukit attracts wave riders from around the globe to its variety of surf spots.

For one of the must-see cultural performances, head to the open amphitheatre right next to the Uluwatu Temple to see the kecak dance against a dramatic sunset backdrop, or head to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park in Jimbaran. Alternatively, golfers will enjoy the scenic greens at the premier course in Pecatu, overlooking one of the gorgeous beaches, or splash away at the water park next door. Here we present to you the best places to see while in and around Bali’s famous Uluwatu and Bukit area.

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    Uluwatu Temple

    Uluwatu Temple, locally known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is one of the must-see temples in Bali, second to Tanah Lot in the western coast of the Tabanan regency. The temple sits on the south-western edge of a limestone cliff that is surrounded by a forest, home to hordes of grey long-tailed macaques. The surf breaks near Uluwatu is also named after the temple, which is part of the premier surfing playgrounds of the island’s southern coast. During the evenings, the cliff temple and setting sun serve as a wonderful background to the kecak dances that are regularly held at the open-air theatre, located only several hundred meters south of the complex. Beware of the monkeys, as they are naturally adept pickpockets, and don’t fall victim to the avoidable scamsRead More...

    • Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran
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    Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, or ‘GWK’ for short, is a major landmark project in the hills of Jimbaran, comprising a half-built, to-be-completed statue of the Hindu god Vishnu and his mythical guardian Garuda eagle. The vast 250Ha grounds features a multi-use venue, and is a great stopover along your travels to the other highlights within the Bukit area. In its current form, the god’s torso, his hands, and the Garuda are located in separate venues and become icons for each. And when complete, the project will result in a towering 145m-high landmark, visible from low-lying areas north of the peninsula, and which will be included in the world’s list of tallest landmarks. There’s an onsite restaurant, shopping arcade and Segway rentals that you can enjoy for cruising around the vast site. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 08:00 - 22:00
    • Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran
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    As one of the most captivating dance performances, the Kecak dance, also frequently dubbed ‘the monkey chant’ or the ‘fire dance’ due to its use of a tall fire torch as its centrepiece, is one of the island’s most famous performances. It features an artistic live rendition of an episode from the Ramayana epic, particularly involving the monkey army and its main protagonists and antagonists, namely Rama and Sita, and the evil Ravana. The absence of any orchestral accompaniment throughout the performances makes the Kecak dance unique, and the only choruses are the result of the polyrhythmic singing by the male dancers, sounding like ‘keh-chuck’, giving the dance its name. The best place to see it is at the open amphitheatre next to the Uluwatu Temple, which uses the setting sun and ocean horizon as its immersive theatrical backdrop.  Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 18:30 - 21:30
    • Location: Uluwatu Temple, Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran
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    As one of the island’s most desired pro surfing spots, Padang Padang Beach is also a beach lover’s destination. The locals refer to the beach as Pantai Labuan Sait and gained popularity over the recent years due to its consistent swells and secluded but picturesque setting. The beach is within several minutes’ transfer from the Anantara Bali Uluwatu luxury resort, and a 45-minute drive from the main hub of Kuta. Accessing the beach involves a traversing a flight of stairs and a hollow rock crevice, which opens to the gorgeous stretch of sand. A temple overlooks the surf and a horde of macaques inhabit the forested cliffs. The waves are for advanced riders, but the beach welcomes weekender families and sunbathers, and there are local stalls that open regularly on the sand offering light meals, cold drinks and even board rentals.  Read More...

    • Location: Labuan Sait, Pecatu village, Uluwatu and Bukit Area
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    Suluban Beach

    Suluban Beach, also known as Blue Point beach, is the neighbouring pro surf spot north of Uluwatu. The beach features a narrow stretch of sand, which requires descending a steep staircase and going through rocky openings to reach. Its name means ‘to crouch under’ in Balinese, inspired by the act of getting through these openings. Surfers from all over go for its long and powerful swells, and it also provides consistent barrels to ride through. The cliff top overlooks the surf, making it one of the best places to witness the action taking place down on the waves, and a number of stalls that line the area make it a great place to lay back and enjoy a snack or cold beer against the sunsets. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Pantai Suluban, Pecatu, Jimbaran
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    Balangan Beach

    Balangan Beach is a notable mention in Bali’s collection of ‘hidden beaches’ and pro surf breaks. It is the gorgeous coast that the signature hole 15 of the New Kuta Golf course overlooks. The beach is only a dozen steps down from the cliff, but it’s a good idea to head up the hills beforehand and take a peek from the vantage point for great panoramic angles. The golden stretch of sand meets the vast blue ocean, and you can see from afar the surfers having fun in the breaks. Those into photography will love to linger on for the dramatic sunsets from above. The waters are swimmable, but it’s a predominantly a surfer’s playground and there are no lifeguards on duty. Several thatch-roofed and stilt terrace warungs (traditional food stalls selling simple meals, snacks and refreshments) and cafes dot the eastern side of coastline.  Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Pantai Balangan, Pecatu, Jimbaran
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    Pandawa Beach

    Pandawa Beach, also referred to locally as ‘Pantai Kutuh’, is one of the island’s southernmost beaches, featuring a kilometre stretch of white sand that is great for swimming and a variety of water sports. A number of local restaurants also line the coast, offering anything from pastas, burgers, steaks to Indonesian fried rice and seafood barbecues. The beach is fringed by a carved limestone cliff that features carved arches each housing large statues that depict a hero character from the Mahabharata epic. The heroes, known as the ‘five Pandawas’, inspired the new popular name of the beach. The beach is an hour’s journey from Kuta, while those staying at the nearby Samabe Bali Suites & Villas or in the Nusa Dua area can reach the Pandawa Beach within half an hour’s drive.  Read More...

    • Location: Kutuh Village, Uluwatu and Bukit Area
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    Dreamland Beach

    As one in the collection of secluded beaches obscured by rugged limestone cliffs around the western coast of the Bukit Peninsula, Dreamland Beach is accessible past the vast mega complex of the Pecatu Graha and Pecatu Indah Resort. Here, you can enjoy great waves for surfing, and the sweeping views of its fine stretch of golden sand against azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Pecatu Indah Raya, Pecatu, Jimbaran
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    Bingin Beach

    Bingin Beach forms part of south Bali’s group of world-class surf spots, only several kilometres from Padang Padang and Uluwatu. The beach features a calm and relaxing limestone cliff-fringed coastline, with waves and a reef break that is strictly for advanced riders. Great swimming and snorkelling can be had during lower tides, and non-surfers can also enjoy the beach up high from the hills overlooking the coast and horizon. Bingin is an hour’s drive down from Kuta, and only several minutes north from Uluwatu. The waves here aren’t as big as Uluwatu’s, the barrels are consistent but shorter, making it a challenging one. A number of local stalls on the cliff serve light meals and refreshments.  Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Pantai Bingin, Pecatu, Uluwatu and Bukit Area
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    New Kuta Golf

    New Kuta Golf

    The New Kuta Golf is one of the island’s premier golf courses, featuring a championship standard course and Indonesia’s first links style layout. The par 72 golf course offers enough variety to ensure a satisfying experience for all golfing skill levels. There are 18 holes, with its signature cliff-top hole 15 overlooking the gorgeous Balangan Beach. The whole course covers a vast 85 hectares with turf consisting of seashore paspalum grass. The golf course is right next to the water park of the same name and is only a 20-minute transfer from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban. Complete onsite facilities include the Link Restaurant serving western and Indonesian favourites, as well as a pro shop, a spa, and a number of meeting facilities.

    • Opening Hours: 06:00 - 17:00
    • Location: Pecatu Indah Resort, Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran
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