Suluban Beach is one of the most unique and beautiful in all of Bali! Otherwise known as Blue Point Beach, it has become an iconic place in Uluwatu to surf or simply take in the views. So whether you’re heading out into the waves or for a drink at Single Fin Bali, here’s everything you need to know!
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Where is Suluban Beach?
Suluban Beach is located on the Southwest Coast of Bali in Uluwatu. This area is famous for its big surf, good vibes, and relaxing atmosphere. The actual location is in Pecatu Village under the large limestone cliffs. Know that like many beaches in this part of Bali, it’s a bit of a climb down!
Suluban Beach is also nearby the famous Uluwatu Temple. So if you’re coming from a different part of the island it’s great to combine it with other activities.
How to Get to Suluban Beach Bali
Main Parking Area
The most popular spot to park is right outside Single Fins’s restaurant on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. When driving down the road there is a small ticket booth where you have to pay a fee to enter.
Head all the way to the end to a massive parking lot which stays full from morning to night. At this entry, you’ll pass the famous Single Fin Bali restaurant and make your way to the stairs.
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Second Suluban Beach Entrance
This is more of a hidden location but a great spot near Istana Spa and Mana restaurant. It’s a small parking area with a local collecting the fee to get down to the beach.
The steps are steep and it’s more of a jungle walk when getting to Suluban Beach this way! If you are going to hit Single Fin Bali and more of the popular places then the first parking spot is definitely better.
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Short Hike Down to Suluban Beach
As you walk down the stairs, you’ll see a little beach that is shaded from the large rocks above. It resembles a cave with how high the cliffs tower over you! Right in front is a small opening where most of the surfers take off from to paddle out.
To the left there is also a small hole in the rock wall that can only be visited during low tide! This is the most important thing to know about this Uluwatu Beach. Only at low tide can you pass through and make your way out onto the larger stretch of sand known as Suluban Beach.
Can you Swim at Suluban Beach?
It’s honestly not an ideal place for swimming. The shallow ocean and sharp reef don’t allow you to do much more than dip in for a quick cool down on a hot day. There are better swimming beaches nearby like Dreamland and Padang Padang Beach if you would like to visit these, too.
Suluban Beach is more about adventuring through the caves, watching the surfers, and grabbing some food and drinks on the cliffs above. The whole area is fun, but know that it’s not your typical swimming beach!
→ How to Visit the Amazing Dreamland Beach in Uluwatu Bali
Surfing at Suluban Beach Bali
While Suluban Beach isn’t ideal for swimming, it’s actually one the surf meccas of Indonesia! Travelers come from all over to hike down to Blue Point Beach and surf the epic waves of Uluwatu.
One thing you should know is that this is not the place to learn to surf. In fact, it’s definitely for experts and experienced surfers only. We’ve watched with our own eyes as a beginner surfer got pulled out to sea in a riptide! Luckily, he ended up making it to another beach.
Also, know that you’ll need to paddle out rather far to surf at Suluban Beach. If you don’t have your own can rent boards at many of the small shops heading down to the water! These small local stores also sell souvenirs, snacks and drinks!
Why is it Also Called Blue Point Beach?
Okay, now this is a little confusing! The beaches are all essentially the same but go by several different names. Other than Suluban, it’s known as Blue Point Beach or simply Uluwatu Beach.
The name Blue Point Beach comes from the popular Blue Point Bay Villas that sit directly above it. We actually stayed at this resort and it was super convenient! There is a pool which overlooks the ocean and is connected to Single Fin Bali restaurant.
Single Fin Bali & More Cliffside Restaurants
Did you know one of Bali’s most popular restaurants is at Suluban Beach? That’s right! Single Fin Bali sits perched high above the ocean, and serves up drinks and food to hungry travelers.
Really, the view alone is worth a trip to Single Fin Bali. Yet, it’s also known as a fun party spot at night! Personally we didn’t love the mostly Western food options here, but it’s definitely worth it for the drinks and views.
And don’t worry… This is far from the only restaurant or bar near Suluban Beach. Directly under Single Fin Bali are steps that take you down closer to the water.
Along these narrow steps there are countless bars and restaurants to enjoy! You can find everything from local Indonesian food to Italian, all with a view of the ocean!
Sunset at Suluban Beach Cliff
The bars we described above are also the perfect place to watch the sunset at Suluban Beach Bali. Remember, you’ll only be able to go down to the actual beach during low tide and walk around. So if the timing doesn’t work out you can treat yourself to some sunset drinks or an ice cold coconut for golden hour.
One more HUGE word of warning. This is a highly active monkey zone! Almost every night we watched the sunset at Suluban Beach we saw packs of monkeys jumping from the roofs of the restaurants and spooking tourists. Just watch your belongings and make sure not get to too close!
Have any questions about Suluban Beach in Bali or want to share your own tips from your visit? Let us know in the comments below!
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