July 17, 2015 | talktraveltome | Leave a comment Located on the Butkit Peninsula, Uluwatu is a popular tourist destination and one of the few places you can see sheer cliffs meeting the Indian Ocean. However, as it is so popular with tourists it’s more difficult to get a real feel for the Balinese culture, but that certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a visit. Known for it’s spectacular views, Uluwatu is one of our favorite weekend destinations and one of the best known surf locations in the world. If you’re headed to the southernmost part of Bali, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 things to do around Uluwatu! 1) Pura Luhur Uluwatu If you’ve ever seen Instagram pictures of Uluwatu you were probably looking at Pura Luhur Uluwatu, also known as the Uluwatu Temple. Although the temple itself is fairly simple, the location is what makes it so spectacular. It’s one of Bali’s nine directional temples and situated 70 meters above the Indian Ocean, making you feel like you’re on top of the world! It’s a popular place to visit for sunset, but because of the crowds we’d suggest going earlier in the day. Like most temples, you will have to wear a sarong in order to enter, but if you don’t have your own they will provide a snazzy purple one before entering! Price: 20,000 IDR (about $1.50 US) 2) Cliffside Bar at Sunset Uluwatu is well known for it’s incredibly beautiful sunsets and those visiting should take full advantage. Most of the well known sunset bars are going to be a little on the pricey side, but sometimes you need to treat yourself to a cold drink and great view! Below are a couple of places we checked out and would recommend visiting: El Kabron The Rock Bar at Ayana Resort 3) Watch The Best Surfers in Bali Uluwatu is a world class surf spot and attracts some of the best surfers around. If you want to check them out in action, we recommend stopping by Uluwatu Beach as it offers several great vantage points from which you can enjoy a coconut and watch these pro’s shred some gnarly waves! We spent an afternoon at Delphi Warung and brushed up on our surfer lingo. Side note: Uluwatu Beach is enclosed with high cliffs, so it’s not the spot for sunbathers but worth stopping by for a great photo opp. 4) Enjoy the Beaches Once you’ve had you’re fill of watching surfers enjoy the waves, take a dip in the Indian Ocean for yourself. Uluwatu has several cliff side beaches for sun bathers and those looking to do some water sports. Very Important: check the tide schedules before you go. Once high tide rolls in there isn’t much of a beach left to enjoy. Our favorite beaches were Padang Padang, Bingin, and Dreamland. Padang Padang has a ton going on, with water sport rentals and beachside cafes. Bingin is a more secluded beach with a longer cliffside decent (It’s a workout!), but it also has lots of great cafes build into the cliffside. During low tide, Dreamland has the most sand of all three and is our preferred beach for laying out and soaking in those cosmic rays! Padang Padang Beach Bingin Beach Dreamland Beach 5) Experiencing the Night Life After the sun goes down you can still keep the party going at Single Fin. It’s one of the largest and most well known beach bars in Uluwatu, and especially popular on Sunday nights with their Sunday Sessions. With multiple levels, there’s typically more than one band and/or DJ pumping those jams making it a great hangout no matter what type of music you like to party to. Have you ever been to Uluwatu? What was your favorite thing to do?