Uluwatu

Simply spectacular

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What we say: 4.5 stars

This is, without doubt, one of Bali's most spectacular beaches. Cliff backed, the multiple surf breaks make this one of the most famous of Bali's waves.

With a multitude of bars and warungs built into the cliff, this is also one of the best for just taking in the scene. The beach can be reached by two separate spurs of Jalan Pantai Suluban, each of which terminates at one end or the other of the staircases that weave their way down, rabbit-warren like, eventually doubling back on themselves, threading under an enormous rock ledge and opening out into an amphitheatre of luminescent turquoise waters and gleaming white cliffs. This is an incredible and magically beautiful place.

Near the cliffs are a series of deep ponds where people swim or frolic, actually, and we found it peculiarly reminiscent of the pools at Pamukkale in Turkey. They're incredibly photogenic.

Depending on the tide and how wet you're willing to get, you can rock hop in both directions from the main entry point to find other, more private slithers of sand to relax on.


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