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Co-written by Dawn Pillay, Jiayi Ng, Abigail Chang, Oceana Setaysha, Soma Dutta, Tey Kher Ying, Antonia Fransiska
When it comes to travelling to Bali, you always hear people raving about popular areas like Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, and even less popular areas like Candidasa. However, rarely do you hear about South Bali as it is perceived to appeal to honeymooners and day-trippers only.
We certainly don’t understand why, since Uluwatu, Jimbaran and Ungasan offer the best views of the majestic Indian Ocean that you rarely find anywhere else on the island.
Sure, you might have come across Uluwatu Temple and the delicious seafood at Jimbaran Bay – but did you know that there are so much more things to do in other South Kuta areas? Here, we guide you through these different places in South Bali, and as always, the best things to do here.
Attractions in Uluwatu & Ungasan
Paradise for surfers and luxury seekers
Uluwatu and Ungasan is paradise for surfers with the many world-class surfing spots like Suluban Beach, Padang-padang Beach, Balangan Beach and more. There are also many places with panoramic cliff-top and sunset views, suitable for those who want to enjoy stunning views.
And with ultra luxurious ocean-front hotels like The Edge, Bulgari, Khayangan Estate and more, it is a place where wealthy individuals come to holiday, or even throw luxe events like weddings.
So what’s there to do in Uluwatu and Ungasan? Read on further to find out more!
Explore a hidden beach
Uluwatu is home to many of the island’s best beaches. While you are here, make sure you explore some of the hidden beaches here. Here’s 4 of the best beaches to explore.
1. Wander into a cave – The Suluban Beach
Everyone knows Suluban Beach to be a surfers’ paradise, but Suluban Cave might just be the real treasure here.
Looking almost like a movie set from the Pirates of the Caribbean series with its otherworldly glamour, Suluban Cave oozes both mystery and mystic.
Located directly under Uluwatu, the cave actually leads up to the beach near Uluwatu Temple, another incredible sea temple you should definitely visit too!
Named because of its algae-covered rocks seen at low tide, Green Bowl Beach could have become the next big tourist destination.
But the demolishment of the nearby Bali Cliff Resort left the beach as an abandoned paradise, which remains known to only a select few.
Although the beach is difficult to find due to tricky turns down a few tiny roads, it is a stunning example of Bali’s natural beauty.
To get to the beach, you have to descend hundreds of steep concrete steps, before you can sink your feet into the sand.
Green Bowl Beach is also famed for its resident population of bats living in beachside caves, you can often see hundreds of sleeping bats at noon. If you are not scared of flying creatures, you can even snap a once-in-a lifetime Green Bowl Beach photo from the inside.
3. Virgin Sands : Nyang Nyang Beach
Care for a beach all to yourself? That’s Nyang Nyang for you!
The white pristine sands of the beach are lined by a towering green cliff, which keeps it away from prying eyes. If you are quite the explorer and looking for some solitude, this secluded beach in Southern Bali is perfect for a little adventure.
To get to the beach you need to follow a dirt track close to Uluwatu Temple and keep a lookout for a sign saying “Nyang Nyang Surfing Beach”.
Next, you cross a field where you will find a drinks stall (the only one in the area as the beach is devoid of all shops and stalls also) before alighting the 500 flights of steps that finally open up to the beach.
So yes, getting there might be an adventure in itself, but we’d say it is definitely worth the effort.
Especially with the parts of an abandoned vessel laying around the beach – perfect for a photo-op, or even a quaint little exploration.
4. The High Cliff at Melasti Beach (Ungasan)
One of the most captivating beaches on Bali’s southern coast is largely ignored by tourists. It’s mostly in-the-know photographers who make it down to Melasti, drawn to its beautiful rock formations and stunning high cliffs.
Take note not to mistaken this Melasti beach (Ungasan) with the one near Tanah Lot, where after the rain, a spectacular waterfall often appears on the clifftop, tumbling down on the sand and washing out into the ocean.
Chill out at a cliffside restaurant or bar
There’s nothing like a meal with a magnificent view. In the Uluwatu/Ungasan area, you can find many restaurants – from mid-range to up-class, with majestic clifftop views. Whether you’re looking for a place to kick back and relax, or a chilled cocktail by the beach as the sun sets, there are plenty of choices here at Uluwatu/Ungasan.
Here are some of our favourite places to enjoy a cheeky beverage or two, with a million-dollar clifftop view.
5. Sunset chic at Bali’s southernmost cliff: Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant by Banyan Tree Ungasan
Watch the glorious Indian Ocean roll underneath your feet as you indulge in sophisticated cocktails, aperitifs, shisha and Arabian-influenced snacks and drinks.
Where better to relax with friends, than in an eclectic North African ambiance?
Ju-Ma-Na at Banyan Tree Ungasan matches fine-dining with sunset views that are to-die-for.
Perched at 70-m high and with seamless floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, Ju-Ma-Na’s minimalist white décor is designed to exceed your loftiest expectations.
It also has a spacious wooden deck for you to chill out. Let the ocean breeze caress your senses.
Food at Ju-Ma-Na is a work of art – its quirky French-Japanese menu combines the best of the Eastern and Western cuisine.
You can even expect mini masterpieces on your plates once your food is served.
Dinner? Kickstart with the signature Tuna Nicoise salad and Scallop and Chips dish.
An exquisite drink to look out for is the bubbly Ju-Ma-Na Royale, champagne infused with Yuzu essence and a single floating rose petal on the surface.
6. For the Surf-watchers: Single Fin
Watching the sun set in swanky cliffside establishments can get quite touristy and pretentious.
How about a laidback and no-frills atmosphere?
Head out to Single Fin at Blue Point, Uluwatu.
In the day, it’s generally quiet and relaxed as people saunter in to enjoy the views of Uluwatu, and watch surfers in action on the world-famous surf break below. The evenings get more lively as the surfer dudes and yoga babes start streaming in.
The best night to visit? Sunday – when they host their weekly parties with live acoustic bands and DJs.
The menu is fairly simple (think pizzas and tacos coupled with the perfect bottle of ice cold Bintang), but the impressive unobstructed view of the Indian Ocean is definitely the main scene-stealer.
7. Authentically Spanish food – El Kabron
The El Kabron restaurant and club opens at 11.30am and closes only at 10pm, so you can actually party all day and well into the night.
And you’d probably love to!
The establishment sits on a clifftop overlooking the Indian Ocean, a view you can enjoy as you feast on Spanish cuisine in the glass-fronted dining room, sunbathe on the deck in front of it or lounge in the infinity pool.
Perched on the cliff edge, you can almost imagine going over the edge as you take in the sunset from the pool.
Live DJs will entertain well into the night and you can dance in this open air club, high on paella, sangria and life.
Planes – huge ones – seem to be all the rage in Bali right now.
Earlier, we found one carefully wedged between houses in Kuta, and guess what? Turns out that’s not the only “abandoned” plane in the vicinity – there’s another one in South Kuta, near the idyllic Pandawa Beach.
Check this out on Google Maps!
The two planes bear an uncanny similarity to each other – both have people claiming to be their owners, with plans to turn these gigantic flying contraptions into restaurants.
These planes have yet to come to fruition, though for now, this abandoned plane serves as a unique attraction for adventure-loving seekers, who would love to attempt walking on a wing without risking their necks.
The Luhur Uluwatu Temple, often known simply as Uluwatu Temple, is another Balinese coastal temple famous among both visitors and locals.
Perched on the edge of a high ocean cliff, this temple offers visitors an unforgettable stunning view of the horizon that you won’t want to miss.
And do stay for the popular evening Kecak Fire Dance (a Balinese dance and music drama), set against a backdrop of Uluwatu’s breathtaking cliff edge views.
Hanuman being burned in Lanka, a Ramayana episode in Kecak dance performance
Not only is the temple known for its many photography points, gorgeous sunset vistas, but you may also have heard of the occasionally pushy group of monkeys that call the temple home.
Remember to watch out for your belongings – these mischievous little creatures would love to pick your pockets!
A meditating women had her slippers stolen by a monkey
As the island’s top surfing destination, Uluwatu attracts thousands and thousands of people who come here to dance on the waves of Bali. Whether you are a beginner looking to experience surfing for the first time, or out on the hunt for world-class surf spots – Uluwatu has everything you need.
There are many surf camps and surf schools around here, where you can take surf lessons or theory classes to learn the correct techniques.
If you are at beginner or intermediate level, try Balangan beach. The waves are relatively easy and there are lots of fairly skilled surfers where you can watch from the shore and hone your skills. Sometimes, the wave lengths can go up to 300m on a good day!
For advanced level surfers, you can head on to Padang-Padang beach, where the quality of waves is totally epic. It has the most dangerous and hollowest waves that only the pros and kamikazes dare to attempt. There are also a lot of surfing competitions held in Padang-Padang.
(Please take note that novice surfers should refrain from attempting these world-class waves.)
Relax to the music of soothing waves at these ocean spas
11. A genuine spa by the sea experience in Jimbaran – La Joya
A minute’s walk from Balangan Beach are the traditional thatched roof villas of La Joya, where you’ll find one of the most amazingly located day spas in Jimbaran.
Step through the garden path and let loose as you stretch out beneath the thatched roof of the open air massage villa.
With treatments ranging from ancient Ayurvedic massage to hot stone therapy, shiatsu and traditional Balinese and Thai massage, you’ll never run out of options.
You’ll also get to lounge in the spectacular elevated plunge pool overlooking Balangan and the endless blue ocean beyond!
12. Splurge on the royal treatment on an amazing ocean deck – Karma Kandara
Located in the glamorous villa resort of Karma Kandara, the massages here are nothing short of royal treatment.
What makes the spa here so extraordinary is the incredible massage deck.
Towering above the gardens to overlook the awe-inspiring Indian Ocean, the luxurious treatments here will take your every worry away (as long as you’re not scared of heights!).
The treatments here cost slightly more than other affordable spas, but for a uniquely Balinese luxury experience, we think spending the extra buck is a worthy indulgence.
Ps: Try a soak in the Himalayan Crystal Salt Pool, and the Infrared Detox Sauna!