UluWatu, Bali

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Uluwatu is a budget friendly tropical paradise located in southern Bali. Its roots in tourism began in surfing back in the 1970’s, and it has since become a world class surf destination. Surfers flock to “Indo” or “Bali” to have a once in a lifetime surfing adventure, and Uluwatu is a key location. More than just surfing, Ulu Watu has tours of a Balinese Hindu Temple, yoga retreats, world class beaches, encounters with Bali Long Tailed Monkeys, and fun nightlife. The best part is for what you pay for hotels in busy western cities, you can get a personal ocean view villa. If your allure is more budget friendly, you can find super cheap deals to extent your stay for long periods of time. Visa’s allow you to stay 30 days, with a 30-day extension. Uluwatu is a short drive south from the Denpasar Airport, and the name Ulu Watu means “lands’ end rock”. If you are planning a trip to Bali, we recommend making Uluwatu a priority location.  

Going Surfing. Padang Padang Beach. Uluwatu. Bali. Indonesia. Ono Vita
Surfing Padang Padang Beach. Ono Vita

Uluwatu beaches

PADANG PADANG BEACH

Padang Padang Beach, Bali - Ono Vita

BEAcHES IN ULUWATU - padang padang beach

There are a few beaches in the area, all worth seeing, but most noteworthy is Padang Padang Beach. It is famously shown in the movie Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts (Eat, Pray, Love in Ubud, Bali – Ono Vita).  The beach is situated at the bottom of a cliff with the only way up and down being stairs. Despite the limited access, locals keep the beach well supplied, so you can have refreshments, rent a beach umbrella, and take surfing lessons without having to use the stairs. The size of the beach changes vastly with the tides revealing a rocky bottom during low tide, and a narrow stretch of sand at high tide. If you are lucky, or have enough time, you will come across the Bali Long Tailed Monkeys right on the beach. It is amazing to watch them, but they will steal so keep a close watch on your belongings if they are around. Locals are friendly, and will certainly be trying to sell you something on the beach.

TOUR ULUWATU temple - pura luhur uluwatu temple

Uluwatu Temple. Bali. Ono Vita.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple is a quick scooter ride from the main accommodation area (a taxi or walking are other options). The Temple is actually many temples in a cliff side complex overlooking the Indian Ocean. There is a small admission fee, and the hours are from 8am to 6pm daily. One major attraction is the historical Balinese dance performance. The dance is performed each evening, and it can draw a crowd making the evenings a crowded time. When walking the paths of the Temple you will be sure to see Balinese Long Tailed Monkey’s. The architecture is truly artistic, and when mixed with the landscapes, a walk around Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple is like being in another world.

Uluwatu Temple - Ono Vita

MORE ACTIVITIES IN ULUWATU

For most, the Temples, beaches, and dining will occupy the majority of their time in Uluwatu. There are plenty of other activities to do, foremost being surfing. You can also take yoga classes, do fitness training, go to the spa, or shop at beachy and Balinese stores. We would recommend saving your scuba/snorkeling and Asian cooking experiences for other regions of Bali. Don’t take that wrong, the water is beautiful here but there are more developed scuba locations. The food is very good too, but more westernized. Here are a few links to other activities in Uluwatu that you may be interested in:

Surf Lessons - Padang Padang Surf Camp

Bali Travel & Surf Guide - Surfline

Yoga - Bali Spirit

Training - Bali Training Centre

Shop - Single Fin Store

Padang Padang Beach Aerial Image Uluwatu Bali Indonesia Ono Vita
Padang Padang Aerial - Ono Vita