Despite its infinitely increasing popularity, Thomas Beach still remains a secluded hotspot for holidaymakers and locals alike. From the moment you step onto its soft sand and experience its beautiful and tranquil setting, you’ll realise instantly why this is one of Uluwatu’s most idyllic natural havens.
Once only accessible via neighbouring Padang Padang (Labuan Sait) beach, now a short trek down a picturesque and rugged staircase will lead you to its yellow sand and two-toned blue water. The 175 steps down are perhaps why it remains a secluded retreat, but it is a small price to pay to reap this beach’s bountiful offering.
The turquoise water is calm enough for swimming, which isn’t always the case in Bali, where the ocean more suited for surfing. The creamy sand is soft enough to lie or stroll on and there’s always plenty of space to feel as if you’ve stumbled upon your own private sanctuary.
To enjoy the secluded nature of a beach, sometimes you have to sacrifice amenity. Not at Thomas Beach, where you’ll find spots to rent an umbrella or sunbed and discover a small scattering of local huts to buy some much-needed refreshments.
During low tide, you can venture out and find some of the rocky outcrops, secluded beaches and small caves along the nearby coastline. But perhaps the best way to experience Thomas Beach is to simply take a dip and seek respite from the midday sun. On occasion, when the beach picks up the swell that rolls in from the south, it becomes a great setting to surf some uncrowded waves.