Ultimate Uluwatu Day Tour

Many of the iconic scenes associated with Bali can be found in Uluwatu, the almost an island peninsula in the south of Bali. Uluwatu has spectacular beaches with some of the best surfing on the island, the 2nd most visited temple and the incredible architectural wonder that is the Garuda Wisna Kencana.

This is one of my favourite tours where you can choose one of my pre-planned itineraries but then mix it up on the day depending on how much fun you’re having at one of the many beaches that make Bali famous.

I have personally vetted all the drivers I work with. They text me when they pick you up and again when you have been dropped off at the end of the day. I also email your driver’s name, profile photo, vehicle photo and phone number beforehand to ensure your safety and provide confidence.

You won’t have time to visit all of these in one day, but here are my recommended itineraries. Remember, you can change it anytime you like by discussing it with your driver, and you don’t have to visit any of the beach clubs I mention, but I include them because sundowners overlooking the Indian Ocean is definitely an iconic Uluwatu experience.

I have personally vetted all the drivers I work with. They text me when they pick you up and again when you have been dropped off at the end of the day. I also email your driver’s name, profile photo, vehicle photo and phone number beforehand to ensure your safety and provide confidence.

Itinerary 1: GWK + Beaches + Sunset Kecak Dance

  • GWK
  • Padang-Padang Beach
  • Single Fin
  • Suluban Beach
  • Uluwatu Temple + Sunset Kecak Dance

Itineray 2: GWK + Beaches + Uluwatu Temple + Sunset Drinks

  • GWK
  • Melasti Beach
  • Palmilla Beach Club
  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Bingin Beach
  • El Kabron or Rock Bar

Itinerary 3: Beaches + Uluwatu Temple + Kecak Dance

  • Balangan Beach
  • Padang Padang
  • Single Fin
  • Nyang Nyang Beach
  • Uluwatu Temple + Sunset Kecak Dance

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Seriously, this is totally worth visiting. The statue, in honour of Visnu, the Hindu god, and the mythical bird Garuda, is 75 m high and 65 m wide and because it sits on a pedestal the total height is 121 m and weighs 4,000 tonnes.

Garuda Wisna Kencana Cultural Park - Best Tourist Attractions in Bali
Garuda Wisna Kencana Cultural Park – Best Tourist Attractions in Bali

Melasti Beach

Melasti Beach is on the southernmost tip of Bali, in an area of Uluwatu called Ungusan. Getting there early means beating the crowds and nabbing a close by car park.

Melasti Beach - Uluwatu Tour - Bali Holiday Secrets

Suluban Beach

One of my favourite beaches, its tucked away among the washed out cliffs and is a photographers wet dream.

Suluban Beach - Uluwatu Day Tour

Uluwatu Temple

Of of the top 2 attractions in Bali (the other being Tanah Lot), Uluwatu Temple is striking for its location on the southern end of Bali above rocky cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Uluwatu Temple - Bali Holiday Secrets

Padang-Padang Beach

You need to walk downstairs paved in between the rock walls to get access to Padang-Padang beach, but it’s worth it for the sheltered swimming.

Padang-Padang Beach stairs - Uluwatu Day Tour

It’s only a small beach but you can rent umbrellas and buy basic drinks like fresh coconuts and of course the ubiquitous Bintang.

Padang-Padang Beach - Uluwatu Day Tour

Bingin Beach

Bingin Beach is famous for its outstanding and very accessible surf.

Bingin Beach - Uluwatu Day Tour

Single Fin

Excellent spot to stop for lunch, watch the sunset or party after dark.

Single Fin - Uluwatu Day Tour

Dreamland Beach

Dreamland Beach - Uluwatu Day Tour

El Kabron

El Kabron is a small but reasonably high-end restaurant and “beach club” on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. It’s a wonderful sunset spot and the perfect place to wind down after a hard day’s sightseeing around Uluwatu. It isn’t cheap, but you’re paying for the view and the small but spectacular pool overlooking the Indian Ocean.

El Kabron - Uluwatu Day Tour

If you are planning on going, reservations are a must.

Open: Mon-Sun 11 am -11 pm
Reservations: +62 813-3723-5750

Rock Bar

Another iconic sunset spot is Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort. Again, if you want to get a table for sunset you must book well in advance.

Rock Bar - Uluwatu Day Tour

Rock Bar doesn’t accept reservations unless you are a guest of the report, so its a case of getting there early enough to secure a good spot. They have a dress code, so you can’t rock up straight form the beach.

The drinks are some of the most expensive in Bali, with cocktails ranging from 220-250k and a Bintang will set you back a cool 100k not including 15% tax and service. But if you don;t mind dropping some coin it’s a spectacular and unique location.

Open: 16:00 – 24:00 Mon-Sun
Address: Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran

Kecak Dance – Uluwatu Temple

One of the most popular attractions in Bali is the nightly Kecak Dance performance held in an intimate amphitheatre on the Uluwatu Temple grounds.

It is a truly unique experience. If you want to make this part of your Uluwatu Day Tour please select the Kecak Dance itinerary, as our driver will need to make reservations for you to purchase your tickets.

There is a queue for those who have made a reservation to buy tickets and a much longer queue for people wanting to buy tickets without a reservation, or it may even be sold out. So having our driver book ahead is the smart move.

If you want to see the Kecak Dance you need to queue for advance bookings at 4:30 pm, buy your tickets and then you can spend some more time exploring the temple grounds before heading back to the amphitheatre no later than 5:30 pm to make sure you get a good seat as it isn’t allocated seating.

Please note this tour doesn’t include the price of the tickets – we just make the reservation and of course, pick you up the show to return to your hotel or villa.

Kecak Dance - Uluwatu Temple - Bali Holiday Secrets

Uluwatu Day Tour Map

Uluwatu Day Tour Map


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