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Secret Beach In Bali’s Uluwatu Offers The Most Magical Sunsets

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Bali’s Uluwatu is home to some of the most mesmerizing sunset spots on the island. The rugged clifftops of Uluwatu offer a spectacular vantage point to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean.

As Uluwatu booms in popularity, Bali lovers are always on the lookout for a sunset spot that is undiscovered.

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Sitting nestled between iconic Bingin Beach and Dreamland Beach on the Bukit Peninsula is the stunning and secret Cemongkak Beach.

The little-known beach offers incredible sunset views, away from the crowds, and is a great spot for surfing and sunbathing in the daytime too. 

There is no entry free to access Cemongkak Beach, though visits should be prepared for a little bit of a hike.

Given the high cliffs of Uluwatu, anyone heading that side should brace their legs for some pretty serious ascends and descends if they want to enjoy the best of the Uluwatu coastline. 

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When the tide is out, the pristine stretch of coastline is revealed. Soft white sand is peppered with moss and seaweed-covered boulders, giving the beach plenty of character.

The light turquoise water gets the best of the midday sun and is always the perfect temperature. 

The secret is definitely out of the bag when it comes to Cemongkak Beach, and the hideaway is gaining steadily increasing interest from both local and international tourists.

Australian surfer Thomas James shared his experience of the beach with reporters. 

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He shared, “I have been in Bali for almost two weeks and stay in the Pecatu area. The waves at this beach are good for surfing, so I have been here several times.”

The beach is perfect for sunset picnics and BBQs. Local resident Andi Saputra told reporters, “While having a picnic here, the BBQ was fun, and the wind wasn’t strong either. It’s good to enjoy the sunset.” 

According to both Saptura and James, Cemongkak Beach remains something of a secret because it’s a little harder to access than other beaches in Uluwatu.

Tourists visiting Cemongkak Beach must remember to leave at least 20 minutes before the last light as the trail down to the beach is not lit up at night. 

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For tourists keen to enjoy the view over Cemongkak Beach but not brave the steep descent, be sure to check out El Kabron Bali.

The luxurious cliff-top beach club specializes in serving some of the finest seafood in Uluwatu. Guests have access to an incredible swimming pool, exceptional service, and great music as they enjoy iconic Uluwatu views from the heat of the day through to the cool breeze of a starlit evening 

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Bingin Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Uluwatu. Great for surfing, sunbathing, and all kinds of fun in the sun, it’s easy to see why Bingin Beach sits high on a beach lover’s bucket list in Bali.

There’s always a bit of a buzz at Bingin; it’s the kind of spot where tourists mingle with one another, and the parties start organically. 

The stretch of beach is lined with cafes, bars, and restaurants that are busy day and night, serving up local classics and international favorites.

Lucky Fish Lounge is one of the most popular eateries on Bingin Beach. The menu features an incredible range of seafood, beach snacks, and of course, ice-cold Bintang beers.

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Dreamland Beach sits on the northern edge of Cemongkak Beach and is another lesser-known beach that deserves more praise.

Best known for surfing, Dreamland Beach offers a perfect day out at the beach. There are plenty of sun loungers and shady umbrellas available to hire and more than enough space to set up your own camp with towels and blankets if that’s more your vibe. 

Dreamland Warung really has a monopoly as one of the only big cafes on the beachfront. The cafe serves everything beach-bound tourists could wish for and more.

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The European-inspired menu offers plenty of pasta, salads, pizzas, and burgers, as well as light snacks and kids-sized portions to keep everyone happy. 

The walk down to Dreamland Beach is easier than many other beaches in Uluwatu, and parking at the clifftop costs IDR 15,000, though entry to the beach itself is free. 

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S P

Monday 4th of September 2023

Not a secret for long.. why do you out all these places???? Wtf man

Randy

Thursday 7th of September 2023

@S P, exactly...I shudder to think what will happen next when the main Jalan Uluwatu in Bukit is already congested. You have to know the side streets to avoid the Main Street. Sigh.

Jacques Millard

Monday 4th of September 2023

My wife and I visited Bali for the first time recently. The hotel where we stayed was very nice and the staff were great. We decided to take a trip in the minivan after the boy at the hotel talked us into it. It was quite disappointing because the boy stopped soon after we left the hotel and picked up one of his friends. He said he can speak English. Then he drove in a village and dropped the boy off and a different boy jumped into the front seat. The village was interesting and there were many wild dogs and chickens, and the driver said we had to tip the old man in the village, so we did. We visited a Temple and we had to pay for parking, and also buy some piece of material, and then we had to pay for an entrance fee, but we never saw the temple. Then on the way back we were stuck in traffic for two hours, but the two boys in the front of the minivan had a great time. We don’t think we will come back, but we enjoyed the hotel very much.

Randy

Thursday 7th of September 2023

@Exp, you are such an expert !! why the hell are you still living in Bali when you paint a big brush that all low level Balinese are con Artists. Most Aussies may all be cheap from what I hear as well. I have come across people in Bali that never extracted me money but rather help me understand and assimilate with the local culture. The difference starts an unconditional attitude and unbiased approach with the locals.

Randy

Thursday 7th of September 2023

@Jacques Millard, one trip makes you a decision not to ever return to Bali. N’importe quoi!!! It takes one biased person to spoil an adventure. La prochaine fois au lieu de demander a des gens qu’on a des doutes, mieux demander au personal de l’hotel.

When people cut corners to save a buck, they get into trouble then blame the whole country for it. Quel honte !!!

Exp

Tuesday 5th of September 2023

@Jacques Millard, Exactly like my first visit to Bali some 20 years ago apart from the traffic jams these days. Some things never change like low level Bali cons to extract a few dollars from the tourists. But at least some stories for the grandchildren.

Exp

Monday 4th of September 2023

Every little beach access all over this peninsula is going to be ruined by noisy and unsightly beach clubs with high minimum spend, watered out drinks and bali belly food. Not my words: Just check google reviews for these clubs (and select 1 star to see the truth).

Wayan Bo

Monday 4th of September 2023

Surfing in Bali is sometimes a comedy, in Europe for example some sea lovers take air mattress’s to the sea and in Bali there are surfboards.

Exp

Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Do not forget to mention the unsightly rotten structure left from an abandoned villa there.