What to See
Uluwatu Temple (Pura Uluwatu) is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples. Though a small temple was claimed to have existed beforehand, the structure was significantly expanded by a Javanese sage, EmpuKuturan in the 11th Century. Another sage from East Java, Dang HyangNirartha is credited for constructing the padmasana shrines and is claimed to have attained Moksha here. Even more remarkable than the temple itself is its location, perched on a steep cliff 70 metres above the roaring Indian ocean waves. There are more steep headlands on either side and sunsets over Uluwatu are a sight to behold.
The entrance fee from 2012 is Rp 30,000 and you need to be properly dressed to enter. Sarongs and sashes are available free at the entrance. Guides, once famously mercenary, hassle visitors less than they used to, although they will offer to “protect” you from the monkeys, for a tip of course. Note that while you are free to walk around the temple grounds, the central courtyards can only be entered during special rituals.
The temple is inhabited by large number of monkeys, who are extremely adept at snatching visitors’ belonging, including bags, cameras and eyeglasses. Keep a very close grip on all your belongings and stow away your eyeglasses if at all possible. If you do have something taken, the monkeys can usually be induced to exchange it for some fruit. Needless to say, rewarding the monkeys like this only encourages them to steal more. Locals and even the temple priest or monkey ranger will be happy to do the job for you, for NO tip required. The cliff is fascinating but the temple itself is not as impressive as others in Bali.There is also a very scenic cave underneath with rock formations leading onto a beach close to the temple. This is a popular spot for surfers.
Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple Bali’s Iconic Sunset background.
Kecak Fire Dances Uluwatu (TariKecakUluwatu), Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple Bali’s Iconic Sunset Dance Show 22 TheKecak Fire Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances, famous for its dominant use of human vocals in place of gamelan instruments to accompany the dance-drama at its core. Your visit to the island won’t be complete without seeing a show, and the best place to do so is at the cliff-top amphitheater located just south of the Uluwatu Temple on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula and at sunset for added drama. IDR 100.000/Person.
Garuda WisnuKencana Cultural Park with 240 hectares area has many facilities such as amphitheater, Street Theater, Exhibition Hall and Lotus Pond besides a statue with 146 meters height and 64 meters of Garuda wing span will be the largest statue in the world when completed. The statue represent god Wisnu with his mount a Garuda bird. Some parts of the statue such as Wisnu chest statue has been completed and can be seen how big the statue is. Open from 8a.m. to 8p.m. local time with entrance fee Rp60,000 ($6.3) for each foreign tourist and Rp30,000 and Rp25,000 for domestic adult and domestic child respectively. PantaiPandawa Spectacular cliff with five giant statues of Pandawa Family from the epic of Mahabharata inside man-made cave. This is a must see place.
New Kuta Golf Course
The New Kuta Golf is one of the island’s premier golf courses, featuring a championship standard course and Indonesia’s first links style layout. The par 72 golf course offers enough variety to ensure a satisfying experience for all golfing skill levels. There are 18 holes, with its signature cliff-top hole 15 overlooking the gorgeous Balangan Beach. The whole course covers a vast 85 hectares with turf consisting of seashore paspalum grass. The golf course is only a 10-minute drive from Hillstone Uluwatu Villa.
There are number of good white sand beaches on the Bukit Peninsula which many consider the best in Bali:
- Green Bowl Beach (Hidden Beach Unggasan), Jl. PuraBatuPageh, Ungasan (Hotel Bali Cliff). Green Bowl beach is the beach which is located in the southern part of Bali. And most of the landscape of the southern part of Bali Island is hills and the lower part in a beautiful beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Automatic Green Bowl Beach is known for good waves are located at the bottom of the hill. we will have to pass through hundreds of stairs to reach this beach. So prepare extra effort to reach Green Bowl Beach’s beautiful. Parking IDR 5.000.
- Balangan Beach (pantai balangan), Jalan pantai balangan, Ungasan (turn right on NirmalaSupermarket, follow the road about 6 km until you reach the beach).Balangan beach is in area of Bukit of the peninsula with beautiful sea views as well as one of the best sunsets in Bali. a very beautiful place as unspoiled and few tourists who visit here, just the surfers who know this place. Now, this is no longer a place for surfers but for a photograph prewedding, the majority coming from China. Parking IDR 5.000.
- Bingin Beach. Another white sand beach north of Padang-Padang and south of Dreamland. The beach here is not easy to access as the cliffs are high but the ocean views alone make the visit worthwhile. From the village of Pecatu head towards Padang-Padang and look for informal signs on your right directing you to “Bingin Surf”. Proceed down the maze of small roads here, paying aRp 3,000 toll if the village attendant is there until you reach the obvious parking areas at the clifftop. There are two sets of steps down the cliff to the beach which are known as the northerly and southerly steps. Don’t be surprised if you have to walk through grassy fields with cows and narrow pathways. Women offering massages might chase you from the parking lot. They’ll back off after a firm ‘no’.
- Dreamland Beach. Formerly a very beautiful beach which has been ruined by the adjacent PecatuGraha Indah “New Kuta” development, sadly it has turned into “Nightmare-land”. There are still excellent surfing conditions, especially for intermediate surfers & on days when other breaks are too big to surf.
The break goes right & left, is not too shallow and has decent shape. If you do visit this beach, try to imagine how glorious it was before the bulldozers moved in. The entrance road to PecatuGraha Indah is about 2 km southwest of Ungasan on Jl Uluwatu, and is impossible to miss adorned as it by huge statues and truly massive, intrusive billboards. The entrance fee to use the road down to the waterfront is now not available anymore. Visitors must go through the Klapa Lounge and pay Rp 100.000.
- Padang-Padang. A truly lovely beach with a big surf breaks offshore. Accessed from a stepped pathway on the north side of the obvious bridge 3 kilometers north of Uluwatu Temple heading back towards Pecatu. The white sand beach here is a little bit narrow at the highest of tides but is otherwise very nice indeed.
- Labuan Sait Beach (Padang Padang Beach), Jalan Labuan Sait, Pecatu (Near Dreamland Beach). One of the exotic white sand beach in South Bali is a target of surfers namely Padang Padang Beach or better known by the name of the Labuan Sait beach. The beauty of the beach labuan sait not less beautiful than the other beaches in Bali. View on the coast of Padang-Padang /labuan sait is very charming with its clear water turquoise, white sand is soft and the sound of the waves that break up the beach, so the beach is suitable for recreation, relaxation, sunbathing and surfing. For beach padang-padang the most unique among the other beaches is the beach is surrounded by cliffs solid rock. To reach this beach you have to go through a gap cliff only fit one person and down the stairs, one by one to reach the seaside, making this one interesting thing for tourists who come and you will not find anywhere else. Besides the uniqueness of the beach, you will be spoiled by the beauty of the coral reefs. Ticket IDR 10.000.
To the west of Padang-Padang Beach is secluded Suluban Beach, also known as Blue Point Beach. Access is not as public as that for Padang Padang, hence it is generally very quiet here. Even at high tides with the rolling surf, Suluban Beach has a rather wide sand beach.
As the tide recedes some 100 meters, Suluban Beach makes a nice exploratory wade among the rocks, corals, and seaweed. The view from the Suluban cliff-line above is a show of spectacular ocean colors.
- Nyang Nyang Beach. A natural untouched beach. Just right in welcome entrance sign to Uluwatu temple turn left. Best looking beach from Puri Bali Restaurant. 300 over steps to reach the beach. Be ready with your water. No one at the beach either lives nor selling anything. you will see some cows and dogs belong to the locals.
- Pandawa Beach. Pandawa Beach located in Kutuh village, a small village in the southern part of Bali. It just 15 minutes from the center of Nusa Dua hotel complex area.
- Blue Point Beach (PantaiSuluban), Jalan Raya Subulan (ungasan).This beach is less prestigious than Kuta, Sanur or Nusa Dua. But if you have visited this beach, you’ll surely be fascinated with the exoticism of this offer. If you want to see the beach from the top, the café area has a great vantage point. But if you want to enjoy the sensation of clear water, you can go down the steps to the beach. To reach this beach, you have to walk down past the rather steep hill derivative, through a gap of two cliffs. Physical beaches with white sand is similar to his brother: Padang-padang beach and Dreamland beach. After reaching the shore, you’ll enjoy its beauty because the beach is surrounded by a wall of rock that juts into such caves, and large rocks that you can sit on while looking at the scenery. The high rocks surrounding the beach and the notches are indented, making it an attractive beach viewed from any angle. parking IDR 5.000.
Beside the beauty of the beach, Pandawa Secret Beach is one of the prime area Bali to cultivate seaweed. Daily activities of the local farmers become an unique attraction for the tourist. Seaweed could be processed in to more than 500 products, including food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
- Gunung Payung Beach (South Bali Beach), Jl. Gunung Payung, Nusa Dua. Location at Kutuh village has a tourist charm which have not been widely known. A direct hills overlooking the Indian Ocean called GunungPayung Beach. On the coast within 30 km from Denpasar, you will be enchanted by the beauty of the green hills that blends with the blue water. From the top of the hill, you can see the white sand beaches and crystal clear sea water while feeling the cool air around gunung payung beach have a soft textured white sand, blue sea water graded green, and there were not many visitors at this beach. So this beach is perfect for those of you who want a vacation to a deserted beach, a natural and wanted privacy. Entrance fee : IDR 5.000/Pax,Parking : IDR 5.000/Car.