Solo Traveler's Guide to Uluwatu: The Best Way to Spend your Time

Uluwatu is a vibrant part of Bali. It is colourful, very social and is a great place to surf. It is not overrun with crowds like other places in Bali can be. It is also generally quite safe so if you are a solo female traveller, you can feel secure. Socializing often revolves around beach activities, surfing, and sunset drinks. The area boasts of stunning natural beauty, from pristine beaches to dramatic cliffs.

To make your life easier, we have summarised 7 of the best socialisation spots for you to hang out during your time on the Island.

  1. Padang Padang Beach is approximately 15 minutes from the main centre. You can get to it by scooter or taxi and you can expect to meet both tourists and locals there. You can surf and swim in this laid-back natural seascape. This is the sort of place you go to for its natural beauty and serene atmosphere rather than commercial establishments. However, in the surrounding area, you can find small shops selling beach essentials like sunscreen, snacks, and souvenirs. There are also several cafes and warungs (local eateries) nearby where you can buy food and drinks.
  2. Single Fin: Single Fin is a popular beach bar and restaurant located about 10 minutes from the main centre, on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It has a gorgeous view and is a must visit sunset spot. You can get to it by scooter or taxi. Its more popular among tourists and has moderate prices. Drinks range from $3 to $8 and most people give it a rating of 4 out of 5. They often host live music events, DJs, and surf competitions.
  3. Uluwatu Temple: This should already be on your itinerary if you are planning to visit Uluwatu. Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is a Balinese sea temple dedicated to the spirits of the sea. It is one of the nine directional temples meant to protect Bali from evil spirits. It was built in the 11th century by a Javanese sage named Empu Kuturan. It takes 20 minutes to get there from the main centre by scooter or taxi. They charge an entrance fee of $3.50 for foreigners. Word of warning: you should be on alert for monkeys who love to steal things from unaware visitors. Every day at sunset, they do a traditional Kecak dance performance.
  4. Karma Beach: 25 minutes from the main centre by taxi, this upscale, touristic beach is a 4 out of 5 experiences for most. You can also get to it by funicular ride down the cliffside. It has an entry fee of $15. It is quite secluded and has a luxury tone – plush sunbeds, snorkelling, gourmet food, cocktails, turquoise water – that sort of thing.
  5. Suluban Beach (Blue Point Beach): Both tourists and locals like to go to this beach. It is a great surfing location. It is about 20 minutes from the main centre by scooter or taxi and it has towering limestone cliffs. It pretty surreal that you access this beach by going through a narrow cave entrance, and step out into a beautiful beach. Word of caution – it can be tricky to navigate through the caves so be careful. If you get your footing in check, though, you can explore the unique rock formations on the beach. The vibe here is rustic and adventurous.
  6. Sundays Beach Club: This beach club is predominantly a tourist attraction about 25 minutes from the main centre by taxi. They have an entry fee of $25, including gourmet-level food and non-alcoholic drinks. They also have delicious craft cocktails for sale. The club exists on a beautiful stretch of beach that offers a luxurious beachfront experience with a laid-back vibe. This is the sort of place you visit for a day on beachfront cabanas. You can also kayak and snorkel. The atmosphere here is chic and relaxed.
  7. Bingin Beach: If you want to experience a bit more of a local vibe, or go to a stellar intermediate surf spot, this is your place. It is about 15 minutes from the main centre by scooter or taxi. Please be careful when taking the steep stairs leading to it. Bingin Beach offers a more off-the-beaten-path experience for solo travellers. Spend your day exploring tide pools, surfing and eating at great (and very affordable) beachfront cafes. The vibe here is bohemian and relaxed, attracting surfers, artists, and travellers.

There is lots to do in Uluwatu. You need not be worried about boredom as a solo traveller. There are plenty of opportunities to be social and to spend time alone, whichever you prefer. We hope you have a great time.


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