Oh, Uluwatu….The absolutely beautiful thing about Bali, besides the scenery, people and food, is the versatility that this island offers. In just a two hour drive, you can go from the middle of the jungle in Ubud, to the most beautiful, white sandy beaches of Uluwatu. Uluwatu and Bingin Beach are our personal favorite places on the entire island.
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How To Get Around Bali:
Scooter: The most popular mode of transportation in all of Bali. You can rent one for $5-7USD per day. NOTE: PLEASE be careful on these scooters as I’ve personally met people who’s brakes have gone out and crashed, breaking countless bones and ending up in the hospital. Do get travel insurance prior to coming (as you should for any trip).
Driver: There’s no easy way around Bali, unless you hire a driver. It’s much more vast than you think! If you’re looking for a reliable, affordable, safe driver, Mr. Agus Yudi is your man! He’s by far the BEST driver we’ve had in the many months we’ve spent exploring Bali and his english is GREAT! Contact information on photo above.
Where To Store Your Boards/Suitcases In Bali:
If you’re in need of storing your surfboards or suitcases for a day, week, month, etc., then Bali Board Storage in Kuta (near Discovery Mall) is the BEST place around. We stored 2 suitcases and 2 duffel bags for the day for around $10USD. The owner is super friendly and they are really safe and reliable.
Where To Stay In Uluwatu:
Temple Lodge is a REAL Balinese accommodation. Each suite (there are only seven), has it’s own theme, with its own eclectic Balinese decor. Get the Gecko Suite-it has it’s own outdoor seating area and shower overlooking the beach. If the weather is clear, you can see Mt. Batur Volcano in the distance while showering…it’s EPIC! Temple Lodge is situated on top of a cliff, just above Bingan Beach (5 minute walk) and also has it’s own pool. $190USD/night (by wire bank transfer only FYI).
NOTE: There is no air-condition but it was very comfortable with the fan. Also, you’ll have to sleep with mosquito nets, which is a really fun experience !
Hideaway Villas Bali:
If you’re looking for more of a modern, chic accommodation, then look no further than Hideaway Villas! Villas start at $138USD/night.
Bale at Bingin Guest House:
Located in the middle of the cliff above Bingin Beach, Bale At Bingin is an affordable accommodation for the budget traveler. NOTE: There is no hot water or aircon. $48USD/night
Where To Eat & Drink In Uluwatu:
Temple Lodge hosts its own adorable little restaurant with delicious, homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Be sure to get the banana pancakes for breakfast and pesto chicken ciabatta for lunch!
Just a 10 minute scooter ride from Temple Lodge, Single Fin is an incredible restaurant on a cliff, with the BEST views (and mediocre food)! Be sure to make a reservation (request a sunset view table) and go EARLY to have some cocktails before sunset. Skip eating here as it’s overpriced with dismal food.
Balangan Cafe offers up pasta, pizza, burritos and local Indonesian food alike for around $3.75 per dish.
What To Do In Uluwatu:
Bingin Beach is a secluded, quiet beach with a few restaurants and bars and is great for surfing and relaxing. We posted up here the ENTIRE day of my birthday, drank Bintang’s, hung out with stray dogs and bounced around in the waves. It was perfect. Note: Be sure to wear water shoes, as we cut our feet on the rocks.
Padang Padang Beach:
Padang Padang Beach is another fan favorite in the area. It’s a small, beautiful beach to surf and chill.
Uluwatu Temple is situated 100 meters above the water on the edge of a cliff. It is well worth the visit as it’s just a 15 minute ride from Bingan Beach. The cost of entry is $30,000IDR ($2.25USD) per person. Tip: Go at sunset and catch the Kecak fire dance performance from 6-7pm. NOTE: Bring along a sarong and pants, as you’ll be required to cover if you enter the temple. Also, watch your sunglasses and loose items, as there are mischievous monkeys roaming around!
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Things To Note:
The current in Indonesia is the rupiah.
Be sure to bring along a sarong/cover up to enter temples.
Negotiate when purchasing items/souvenirs from street vendors.
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