Suggestions for a day trip to Uluwatu
A 45-minute-drive from Seminyak or 1-hour-drive from Canggu leads you to Uluwatu. Here’s what to expect from a day trip.
Day trip to Uluwatu
Uluwatu is a location known for beautiful clifftop views and has some of the best beaches of Bali. It’s about a 45-minute-drive from the Seminyak camp and a 1-hour-drive from the Canggu camp which makes it a perfect destination for a day trip. So, what are you waiting for? Here’s what to expect from a day trip to Uluwatu.
First you grab a healthy breakfast at the Kima Surf Camp in Canggu or Seminyak and then it’s time to go. As soon as you reach the Uluwatu area the roads get less crazy and more scenic. If you’re an inexperienced driver this is an area where you could possibly learn how to drive. But be careful because scenic also means that there could be some puddles in the road.
Your first stop on the day trip to Uluwatu is Balangan Beach. It’s quite easy to get to this long, tropical beach. There are enough restaurants and sunbeds but there is also enough space to just spread your sarong on the white sand. Enough to see, but not too crowded: the perfect balance, we would say!
Kelly’s Warung at Bingin Beach
Bingin Beach is one of Bali’s many surf spots. From the restaurants on the cliff you can watch all the Bali surfers catching the huge waves. A nice and affordable option to have a bite is Kelly’s Warung. They have beanbags as well as long chairs and regular tables, good food – both western and local – and a relaxed setting. This is a place where you can definitely spend your whole afternoon without getting bored.
Padang Padang (Thomas) Beach
From Bingin Beach you drive to Padang Padang Beach in just 10 minutes. Padang Padang can be quite touristy. But next to Padang Padang you have ‘Thomas Beach’. According to the locals this is the original Padang Padang Beach, next to the famous one. Thomas Beach is quieter and more relaxed than Padang Padang, but still has enough local restaurants. For less than 2 Euros you rent a sunbed for the whole day. Add another Euro and you can get a coconut with it. What else do you need for a relaxed day at the beach?
Kecak and Fire Dance at Uluwatu’s temple
Uluwatu temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is a Balinese Hindu temple and one of the most spectacular temples in Bali. It’s located on the top of a steep cliff 70 meters above sea level. Every night at sunset there is a traditional Kecak and Fire Dance performance. The traditional Balinese dance attracts a lot of tourists so it’s good to be there on time, so you don’t have to elbow your way through to get your hands on tickets. The entrance is 100K IDR.
The flyer says: “The combination of ancient ritual, dance, drama, and sunset and cliff setting makes Kecak Ramayana & Fire Dance one of the most spectacular dance performances imaginable. Accompanied by a choir of chanting and singing men, this will be a memory that will stay with you long after you leave the Islands of the Gods.” I could describe the performance but this is something you really have to see for yourself.
After the Balinese performance it’s time to face the monkeys in the parking lot. The monkeys are not scared of people at all so be careful with your phone and glasses. Still got your stuff? Time to go for dinner at The Place with No Name. This restaurant is just a little bit north of the temple and they serve the best pescatarian and vegetarian dishes in Bali with just that pinch of Balinese spice.
Not ready to go home yet? Check Single Fin if you’re in for a party! If it’s a Sunday evening you probably find some other Kima guests on Uluwatu day trips there.
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