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From Canggu to Uluwatu: The Highlights

Embarking on a journey from the vibrant town of Canggu to the breathtaking cliffs of Uluwatu is a must-do trip for anyone visiting Bali. This picturesque route offers a fusion of tropical landscapes, cultural wonders, and idyllic beaches. We’ll guide you through the highlights to make your trip from Canggu to Uluwatu an unforgettable experience.

Stop 1: Tanah Lot Temple

Located northwest of Canggu, Tanah Lot Temple is an iconic Balinese landmark, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the Gods of the sea. Perched on a rocky outcrop amidst the Indian Ocean, immerse yourself in the spiritual ambience and snap some incredible photos of this architectural marvel. One of the best times to visit is at sunset, when the temple turns into a silhouette against the glowing backdrop of the sun going down, although it’s still a mesmerising experience during the daytime.

The Tanah Lot Temple is a site of religious significance to the Balinese people, so any visit should be respectful of this holy site. Dress modestly in clothing that covers the shoulders and knees and be aware that foreign tourists are not allowed inside the actual temple, only Balinese nationals.

Stop 2: Canggu Surfing

Canggu boasts some of the best surf spots in Bali suitable for both beginner and advanced surfers. Depending on the duration of your trip from Canggu to Uluwatu, a stop at one of its renowned surf beaches will make your trip truly exhilarating, whether you decide to take to the water yourself or simply spectate as surfers wait to catch their next wave. Some of the best surfing can be found on Echo Beach and Batu Bolong Beach. If you’d rather save your surf for Uluwatu, you can discover some of Uluwatu’s best surf breaks here.


Stop 3: Padang Padang Beach

Nestled on Bali’s southwestern coast, Padang Padang Beach is a paradise for beach lovers. With its crystal-clear waters, golden sands, and impressive waves, it’s a popular spot for surfing and sunbathing. Take a refreshing swim, soak up the sun, or simply unwind with a book under the shade of a palm tree.

Stop 4: Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance

Uluwatu Temple, perched atop soaring cliffs, is a cultural gem and a must-visit on a trip from Canggu to Uluwatu. Explore the temple grounds and witness a captivating Kecak dance performance during sunset at 6pm. As the rhythmic chants and intricate choreography unfold, you’ll be immersed in Bali’s rich cultural heritage, through a combination of dance, drama, music and fire performance. The admission fee for this unforgettable experience is around 30,000 rupiahs to access the temple and 150,000 rupiahs to experience the iconic Kecak dance.

Stop 5: Sunday’s Beach Club

Ending your trip in Uluwatu wouldn’t be complete without paying a visit to one of the area’s local beach clubs, where you’ll be able to soak up the authentic tranquillity of Bali. Sunday’s Beach Club offers exactly that in the most beautiful beachfront location, suitable for both adults and kids. Enjoy a delicious beach-inspired menu by day and stay into the night to enjoy live music whilst sipping cocktails. At Sunday’s Beach Club, every day’s a Sunday, a place to unwind and let your cares melt away. Upgrade the luxuriousness by booking a sunbed on the elevated sundeck or even a private beach bungalow.

What is the distance from Canggu to Uluwatu?

The distance between Canggu and Uluwatu is approximately 20km or 12 miles. Whilst short, it’s a scenic trip along Bali’s southwestern coast that you don’t want to miss. The journey usually takes around 90 minutes, but there are places you’ll want to stop off along the way.

How to get from Canggu to Uluwatu?

There are many options to travel from Canggu to Uluwatu. The quickest way will be by taxi, or you can check with your accommodation in Bali if they offer any vehicle services. The Ungasan team can organise a whole range of Uluwatu experiences, from helicopter tours and ATV adventures to a luxury vehicle to visit the local surroundings. 

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