Uluwatu is the most famous surfing destination on the Bukit peninsula of Bali. Renowned for its world-class surf conditions, stunning cliffs and breathtaking sunsets, backpacking Uluwatu is a MUST for those who want to take advantage of the beautiful setting.
With outstanding views, amazing accommodations and a whole load of incredible activities, Uluwatu is a little harder to get around than Canggu and Ubud, but the curving roads and steep hills make for a fun adventure.
Any Bali first timer or keen surfer NEEDS to try out Uluwatu! Here is everything you need to know.
Why go Backpacking in Uluwatu
Uluwatu is an amazing destination for backpackers. The stunning coastline, lush tropical forests, and the iconic Uluwatu Temple make it a must-go for every island visitor. It’s a great spot for adventurous travelers, and those looking to relax and take in the area’s incredible beauty.
For the adventurous traveler, there is tons to do in Uluwatu. The area is home to some of the best surfing in the world, with numerous breaks and long stretches of beach providing perfect conditions to hang ten. It is also a mecca for rock climbing, with numerous limestone climbing spots to choose from and incredible vistas from the top.
While, if you’re looking for a more laid back experience, there are plenty of other things such as sunset chasing, beach lounging, beach clubs and spas.
With some of the most stunning natural scenery in all of Bali, take in stunning dramatic cliffs, tropical forests, and crystal-clear waters. The beaches in Uluwatu are MAGNIFICENT with hidden coves and lagoons to discover.
If you have already explored the rest of the island and would like to immerse in real tropical beach BEAUTY, Uluwatu is where to do it!
Where to Backpack in Uluwatu
Hop on your bike and get out to explore the rolling hills, vast cliff sides and outrageously perfect beaches of Uluwatu.
There are so many amazing spots to discover, here are some of our fave Ulu places to stay!
Backpacking in Padang Padang
Padang Padang, or you may have heard it be called Labuan Sait, is just one of Uluwatu’s amazing beachfronts.
Hidden down the cliff side, it has crystal clear waters and white sand with towering rocks protruding from the waters. A great spot for the surfers of Bali, it is important to be aware of the strong currents, they can quickly carry away unsuspecting surfers and swimmers.
The beach is a top spot for spending a day in the sun, cooling off in the shallow reef and enjoying aa chilled, lazy beach day. It’s a pretty decent walk down to the sand, but not too strenuous.
Accommodation options in Padang Padang include affordable hostels, villas and hotels, mostly walking distance from the beach. Have your own piece of paradise to return to after a day of lounging on the sand. Be sure to hang around for sunset with an ice-cold coconut from one of the local warungs – the Uluwatu sunsets are on their own level!
The best time to visit Padang Padang is during the peak season, from April to October. Surfers can enjoy the best of the waves, and the weather is top notch!
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Padang Padang:
Backpacking Jalan Raya Uluwatu
Start your central Uluwatu journey at the iconic Uluwatu Temple. This majestic Hindu, Balinese temple is perched high on a cliff, overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is truly a stunning, picturesque spot.
Explore the temple complex, take in the stunning views, and even catch a traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance.
After the temple, there are plenty of other activities to keep backpackers busy along Jalan Raya Uluwatu.
The area is home to some amazing surfing spots, with plenty of options for beginners and experienced surfers. There are also a lot of bars and restaurants along the street, ranging from luxury restaurants to budget dining spots.
No matter your budget, Jalan Raya Uluwatu is a great place for a backpacker to explore and enjoy. Although it is known for luxurious villa stays, budget friendly hostels are easy to find.
For shoppers, there are lots of markets and boutiques. Many of these are home to traditional Balinese items and handmade crafts, making them perfect for souvenirs or gifts.
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Jalan Raya Uluwatu:
Taste Of Bali Hostel
Taste Of Bali Hostel
Backpacking in Pecatu
If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and some great outdoor activities, Pecatu needs to be at the top of your Uluwatu backpacking list.
Pecatu is home to two of the most famous beaches in Bali; Dreamland Beach and Pandawa Beach. Dreamland Beach is a great spot for a day of sunbathing, swimming, and people-watching, while Pandawa Beach is known for its stunning white sand, crystal-clear waters, and great surfing conditions.
For those who enjoy an active holiday, the hilly landscape has plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring. The village also has a handful of hostels and guest houses, making it easy to find somewhere to stay.
If you’re looking for a more freeing experience, Pecatu is has a number of nudist beaches. These hidden coves are for relaxing and letting yourself go.
It also has a vibrant nightlife, with clubs and bars to keep you entertained.
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Pecatu:
Taste Of Bali Hostel
Taste Of Bali Hostel
Backpacking in Bingin
Bingin Beach is the MUST GO place for surfers and beach lovers. It is famous for its high-quality surf, with five-star waves that are big, powerful and challenging. It’s a great destination for those who want to hone their surfing skills and catch some great waves.
It’s also a great spot for those looking to relax, with plenty of places to sunbathe and take in the scenery. Some of the best restaurants in Uluwatu are located in Bingin with majestic ocean views.
The best part of backpacking in Bingin is the amazing views, casual vibes and amazing accommodations.
For days lounging on the sand, dining beachfront and catching beautiful sunsets, Bingin is a stunning destination.
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Bingin:
Backpacking in Ungasan
Melasti Beach is a great draw to the area of Ungasan. The stunning beach has crystal clear water, white sand, and incredible towering cliff surroundings.
Spend lazy days basking in the sun on the sand, dipping into the ocean, and playing on a kayak or paddleboard with your loved ones. The beach is lined with warungs and stalls where you can buy ice-cold drinks, snacks and rent day beds. It’s a perfect spot for families!
The outstanding cliffs are a magical backdrop for a stunning sunset and memorable time with your family and friends.
Our Favorite Places to Stay in Ungasan:
Sultans of Swell
Sultans of Swell
Travel Tips for Backpacking Uluwatu
For beach-goers, surfers and the adventurous, backpacking in Uluwatu is a must! Here are a few of our top tips for making the most of your time;
- The easiest way to get around Uluwatu is with a motorbike, however that’s not always accessible. If you aren’t keen on driving yourself check out GO-JEK and Grab apps for getting around.
- Keep an eye out for warnings at the beaches! Occasionally the currents and conditions may not be safe for swimmers, be sure you stay aware of any potential warnings.
- Eat at some of the best local warungs and restaurants on the island. Not only is the quality of food incredible, most of the spots have magnificent views.
- Uluwatu is home to beautiful temples, waterfalls, beaches and cliff sides. Take the time to explore some of the local attractions and soak up the natural beauty of the area.
Uluwatu is one of the most naturally beautiful areas of Bali with its stunning cliff sides, ocean views and white sand beaches.
A true gem of the island, it is packed with culture, beauty and things to do. Head to the very southern tip of the island for some of the most amazing beaches and sunset spots.
Any good Bali backpacking trip should have a few nights stay in Uluwatu.
Featured image: Suluban Beach Uluwatu