Renowned for its magnificent location the beautiful limestone cliff-fringed coastlines of Uluwatu and Jimbaran are one of the top places on the island to go to for sunset delights, with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean. You’ll find here Bali’s best surf spots and reef breaks, but it’s also home to ancient sea temples and magnificent landmarks, like the picturesque cliff-top Uluwatu Temple and the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park.
Things to do in Bali
1. Uluwatu Temple and Kecak dance
Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level.Spoil yourself with a massage experience at the award-winning Theta Spa for the afternoon and after being recharged, visit the world famous temple and watch the most famous performance of Bali, the Uluwatu Kecak Dance where an epic Ramayana performance is set on the cliff overlooking the spectacular views of the ocean waves lapping below.
2. Surfing
Uluwatu is well-known among surfers, but be careful this is not a place where you should start learning. If you are already experienced in riding those waves here is the place where you can improve your skills. Go with an expert instructor, who knows where you can enjoy the most epic scenery and the best waves. If you want to learn go to nearby Sanur beach, which is optimal for beginners or to try yourself before hitting the waves in Uluwatu.
3. Iconic beaches
This area is famous its “hidden” beaches It’s one of Bali’s most unique coasts, concealed by natural limestone formations and the beaches can be accessed via steps and log ramps through narrow gaps in the rock. Enjoy the beautiful coast and the scenery from above and fly over the coast line or feel like Julia Roberts and relive the scenes of Eat, Pray Love visiting the iconic Padang Padang beach. See the Waterblow, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park and explore all the beauties of the area on a day-trip or just relax and enjoy the beauties of Karma Kandara Beach.
4. Sunset dinners and cruises
This region with it’s stunning views is perfect for an outstanding dinner. Enjoy a freshly caught seafood such as fish, prawns, crabs, squid, and mussels after admiring the spectacular kecak dance or a not to miss opportunity is to go on a dinner cruise and enjoy a romantic dinner in the sunset on deck.
Our insider tips
Lucy’s recommendation
Uluwatu’s potential for incredible surfing first caught the attention of global audiences with the release of the Australian environmental surf documentary “Morning of the Earth” in 1971. Unless you are an experienced surfer, Uluwatu’s surf is strictly for sightseeing and relaxing. But if you are already into surfing it is a place you shouldn’t miss. Go with an experienced local instructor and enjoy those big waves!
Trevor’s recommendation
It’s sometimes hard to do a program together with my girlfriend, but combining a unique shoe shopping experience with a Harley Davidson ride is definitely the best combo. You can visit internationally well-known shoe maker, Ni Luh Djelantik (American actress like Uma Thurman and supermodel Gisele Bundchen wear her high heels) and then you ride a Harley Davidson down the coast to Uluwatu.
Adam’s recommendation
Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is one of the must-see temples in Bali, second to Tanah Lot in the western 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. To visit this temple and experience the dance, which is based on the Ramayana epos is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Good to know

Monkey safety

In the compound of Uluwatu Temple there are a lot of monkeys. Wear minimum accessories and keep any valuables securely zipped in your bag, or avoid taking them with you. When visiting the temple don't feed or approach the monkeys unsupervised – they are wild animals, not pets.

Respect the culture

On temple visits you must wear a sarong, usually with sash (waistband) around your waist. Temples are generally very cheap or free to visit. However, most keepers will show visitors to a 'donation box', or offer sarongs at the entrance (don't worry if you didn't bring one). Always use right hand for gesturing; never left hand or feet.

Beach safety

Tides can be very strong and unpredictable. If you want to learn to surf book in with a professional licensed surf school, who can ensure you’re learning in a safe environment.
Some beaches are marked by flags or signs as being especially dangerous, so as with all warnings, pay attention and steer clear! Most beaches in Bali aren’t staffed by lifeguards.
Reef cuts need proper medical attention, so don’t leave them and risk infection. See a doctor as soon as possible.