Trying to decide which location for your dream holiday to Bali can be tough work, but if you haven’t yet considered the beautiful spots of Jimbaran and Uluwatu on the Bukit Peninsula, then you need to read on…
A taxi ride from Kuta to Uluwatu will take around 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic, but it will all be worth it when you escape the hustle and bustle of Kuta and allow yourself some relaxation on one of the many beautiful beach spots that surrounds the Bukit Peninsula.
I highly recommend hiring a moped once you arrive in Ulluwatu, and like all other spots in Bali, you don’t have to look far to find a bike rental shop.
Taxis are available but they are few and far between. Some of the beaches are down much smaller roads so a moped would certainly provide the best transport and of course a solution to those darn traffic jams!
Yes, it’s top of the list and yes it is another temple and you may be pretty bored of these if you’ve been travelling around Asia for quite some time but Uluwatu has something pretty spectacular to offer. They host Kekac Fire Dance shows, which is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances. I recommend heading to the cliff top amphitheatre just south of the temple, (and at sunset for additional ‘wow’ factor!) tickets will cost you around IDR 100.000 per person. But do be warned about the group of pushy monkeys who call the temple home, anything shiny and interesting they will certainly try to grab from you – even if it is neatly tucked into your pocket!
There are many beautiful white sandy beaches; which are easily accessible on the Bukit Peninsula, here are my favourites:
Green Bowl Beach:
is known for good waves but be warned, it is located at the bottom of a hill so be prepared to endure extra cardio whilst climb some stairs on your way back up – the view is worth it I promise!
is a truly beautiful beach with a big surf breach just offshore. Sometimes the white sandy beach can be a little narrow at times of high tide but regardless it really is a beautiful spot.
also known as Blue Point Beach is the neighbouring pro surf spot of Uluwatu. It does require you to descend a steep set of stairs and to crouch through rocky openings to reach, but that is half the fun right?! If you don’t fancy the steep stairway down, hang around at the cliff tops and witness all the surf action below you because this spot provides powerful swells and constant barrels to ride through!
Garuda Wisnu Kencaca:
is a cultural park that can be found in the hills of Jimbaran, featuring a half-built, to-be-finished statue of the Hindu god Vishnu and his mythical guardian eagle. Once completed, the god will stand at 145m tall, visible from low-lying areas of the north peninsula. You can also eat at the on-site restaurant and hire segways to get around!
Uluwatu is not an area where you will find a crazy nightlife scene, if that’s what you are looking for, I would suggest staying in Kuta and Seminyak. However, the surf culture here is so huge that you are most likely to find somebody willing to join you for a cold beer at Single Fin Bar. This cliff top bar is where you will find most surfers hang-out with a Bintang after their intense day out on the waves. The bar is regularly packed as the sun starts to set because the views truly are breath-taking – they also make a mean pizza if you are feeling peckish! This place truly has a great vibe, there is frequently live music in the evenings and they also put on quite a show for the Sunday night Sessions!
A second spot that I could not get enough of was Nalu Bowls, a small smoothie bowl and acai shack attached to Single Fin Bar. Their acai bowls are perfectly refreshing after a full day surfing, and with the great selection of toppings, so you can really have some fun making it your own! The bowls are so gram-worthy also!
If you cannot get enough of those chic sunsets, check out Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant at Bali’s southernmost cliff. Indulge in cocktails, shisha and Arabian influenced snacks and drinks whilst you watch the Indian Ocean roll under your feet. The décor of this beautiful restaurant will exceed even the highest of expectations but of course, be prepared to pay for such luxuries!
And maybe the quirkiest attraction that Bali has to offer is the abandoned plane which is located in South Kuta, along the Jalan Nasa Dua Selatan Road and just a 5-minute driven from Pandawa Beach. Currently there is gossip of the owner wanting to turn this wreck into a restaurant but for now, it serves as a unique tourist attraction for attention-seekers who have always dreamed of walking on the wings of a plane! There is also an abandoned plane wedged between two houses in Kuta, but I never made it to that one – one abandoned plane was certainly enough for my trip!
Another little gem I stumbled across purely by accident was perfume making at Ayana Resort – where you can create your own scent during a ninety minute workshop – starting at just $80.00 USD
And finally, you cannot visit Uluwatu without enjoying a cocktail or cold Bintang at Rock Bar. You have to take a cable car to get to this bar. Yeah, you read that right – a cable car. If you aren’t already amazed at this then I suggest you read that last sentence again. Located 14 metres above the Indian Ocean you can order a drink and enjoy the spectacular views! Rock Bar is a hot spot however so I would recommend arriving before 5pm to beat the mad sunset rush!
Have I missed any of your favourite spots? Let me know in the comments! I love to read about your must-visits!