The west coast of Uluwatu ended up being one of my favorite places in Bali.
It felt like there was a good mixture of people, food, and activities.
There’s a wide variety of beaches to choose from also.
During my stay I wanted to visit as many as possible to see which were the best.
A lot of people talk about Bali like it’s the greatest place in the world(it’s not).
One thing I find funny about that is how they fail to mention the overwhelming amount of plastic everywhere.
Indonesia is the 2nd largest plastic polluter in the world(behind China).
All that plastic ruined a lot of expectations I had for Indonesia.
I was completely surprised how so many “Instagram-worthy locations” I went to were actually quite shitty.
Good, OK, or Shit.
I was looking forward to Uluwatu and the many beaches to choose from.
So I took notes when I visited to see if they were actually Good, OK, or Shit.
Some beaches in Uluwatu have 2 names which can be confusing.
Especially when there’s 2 different Padang Padang beaches.
I’ve listed both names to help you Find or Avoid these spots.
Starting from the Northwest of the coast down to the South here’s my review of 7 beaches in Uluwatu:
TEGAL WANGI Beach.
2,000 rupiah Scooter Parking.
There’s a warning sign near the parking that advises not to swim here due to the strong waves and tide.
I was there during high tide and I would say that sign is VERY correct.
During the low tide there are natural rock formation “jacuzzis” that you might be able to sit in and enjoy.
However, during high tide they were hard to notice through the water.
You’d also get pummeled and wrecked by the waves if you tried to sit in them.
The beach itself is also pretty small and there’s not much room for sun bathing.
Tegal Wangi is a cool beach to take pictures at, but that’s about it.
3,000 rupiah Scooter Parking.
Balangan beach is one of the worst beaches in Uluwatu; and quite possibly all of Bali.
It smells and the locals are burning wood and washed up trash on the beach.
Completely avoid this place!!
Any review of this place that says it’s a good beach is lying through their teeth.
Dreamland beach is very popular for all the right reasons.
But it is slightly difficult to find with a steep one-way road leading to very limited parking.
Once on the beach you’ll notice there’s plenty of food and drinks in the area.
The water is also relatively clean(for Uluwatu standards).
A little crowded near the entrance of the beach, but the further away you go the quieter it becomes.
There’s some decent sized waves out in the distance for surfing.
And the waves near the shore aren’t too rough, making it a nice area for swimming.
LABUAN SAIT Beach/Pantai Padang Padang.
3,000 rupiah Scooter Parking, 10,000 rupiah Entry.
Labaun Sait beach is in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”.
That would probably explain why there’s so many people there.
It’s also a very, very popular surfing area.
None of this I knew before arriving.
It is extremely small, very crowded, and not worth more than 5 minutes of your time.
Which is about exactly how long I stayed there.
After walking down the stairs that goes through a small cliff crevice I entered the beach.
I walked the length of the beach in about 2 minutes.
Looked around and noticed everyone was just watching the surfers in the distance.
And then I left.
I’ve never left a beach quicker in my life.
THOMAS Beach/Padang Padang.
This is the Padang Padang beach that you want if you’re looking to swim or relax.
Most people know it as Thomas beach though.
This beach is large and pretty clean.
There’s food and drinks near the entrance, as well as many areas to relax.
Near the Warungs you can rent beach beds with large umbrellas.
You can also have drinks from the warung sent to you.
If you go further away from the entrance you have more uninterrupted areas to lay down and relax.
The waves at Thomas Beach also didn’t seem too bad and weren’t extremely rough.
ULUWATU Beach/BLUE POINT.
5,000 rupiah Scooter Parking.
Uluwatu Beach is another very busy beach.
It’s popular for surfing, but it’s also full of restaurants too.
Single Fin is one of the few popular bars for tourists to party at.
So the bar stays busy all the time.
The beach area is still really cool to visit though.
However, you have to visit it during the low tide.
When the high tide is in, there is no beach.
Low tide also reveals another beach that is accessed through the cliff.
You might have to ask people how to get there, or look for people ducking into a small cliff opening and follow them.
If you do you’ll be rewarded with a bigger beach that also has chunks of a washed up boat on shore.
It’s definitely a cool place to hang out.
Unfortunately there is too much coral for any good swimming.
NYANG NYANG Beach.
Nyang Nyang beach has a lot of potential.
There’s plenty of room for parking at the top.
Then it’s about a 10-15 minute hike down(and up).
The path you take has plenty of tree covering from the sun, but is also home to a bunch of mosquitoes.
Eventually you’ll come to a fork in the path, but they both take you to the same beach, just different areas.
The path to the Left is rocky steps.
The path to the Right is flat dirt/mud.
Once you’re on the beach there’s 2 warungs and plenty of sand all to yourself.
This beach is huge and it’s empty.
The waves seemed a bit too big for swimming.
During low tide the shore was sprinkled with ocean trash and tree branches.
The trash was bearable depending on where you stayed.
There’s also a big chunk of boat washed up on this shore as well.
If you’re looking for a huge beach with few people, food, and only “some” trash than this is a good one to go to.
Maybe there’s some hope.
I visited these beaches during November.
Which means there were a decent amount of storms during that time.
That might have something to do with the amount of ocean trash in some of these areas.
So if you visit these beaches in June and they’re nothing like I described that might be why.
However, I’m sure there’s no luck for Balangan Beach.
That beach was absolute shit.
Have you explored many of the beaches in Uluwatu ?
Which ones were your favorites?