Uluwatu Temple in Bali complete guide
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The awesome Uluwatu temple Bali is one of the most visited templed in Bali. It was originally built in dedication to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. A visit here will give you the chance to see the amazing Kecak fire dance, monkeys and the stunning Uluwatu Temple sunset. You may have seen the Pura Tanah Lot or Pura Tirta Empul, which are more top temples to see in Bali. So, if you have seen these and enjoyed them, you will love the temple of Uluwatu.
There is a lot of history around this Bali temple and it’s an epic experience to just explore the lands and take photos. If you can stay for the sunset, then I highly recommend you grab the opportunity to see one of the best Bali sunsets. If you’re wondering what Uluwatu means, the name Uluwatu comes from ulu, meaning ‘lands end’, and watu, meaning ‘rock.
Uluwatu Temple Bali Entrance Fee 2019
How much is the Uluwatu Temple entrance fee price? The cost 30,000 IDR per adult and 20,000 IDR for children
The Uluwatu temple opening hours are from 09:00 – 18:00.
If you want to pray at the temple, it is open for 24 hours! However, this is more for the locals!
How To Get from Kuta to Uluwatu?
You can get a taxi from Kuta to Uluwatu which is an easy journey.
How long does it take to get from Kuta to Uluwatu?
A taxi ride will take around 25-minutes. However, if you’re using a scooter then it will probably take you around 35-45-minutes.
How much is the taxi ride from Kuta to Uluwatu?
You will have to pay around 55,000 IDR for the taxi one way. My advice is to hire a scooter for around $3 for the day. Hiring a scooter in Southeast Asia is the best and cheapest way of transportation. However, if you have never ridden a scooter before then you should probably opt for the taxi.
Check out the Google map below for the exact location of Uluwatu temple:
Uluwatu Temple Sunset
You have two option; option 1 is to just visit and watch the sunset at Uluwatu Temple. Option 2 is to watch the Kecak fire dance (I will talk about this in a minute).
Either way, you should arrive at around 5pm to watch the Uluwatu sunset. You can find an amazing seat and then take some epic photography.
The sunsets in Bali are amazing! If you haven’t seen one yet then you’re in for a treat! You can certainly fill your Instagram account with these amazing sunsets.
To get here, make sure to check out the Nusa Dua to Uluwatu travel guide!
Kecak Fire Dance Uluwatu Bali (Uluwatu temple dance)
A ticket to the fire dance will generally cost around 75,000 – 100,000 IDR ($5 – $7). This will give you access to the show and a leaflet describing the night’s events. Also, there is parking available for 3000 IRD which is not even a $1.
I know you may feel like that some tourist points in Bali should be free, like the temples. However, we should remember that we are supporting the locals when we pay these small entrance fees and it does help the local Balinese communities maintain the structural well-being of these amazing places.
The Kecak fire dance is one of the most popular attractions in Bali. This amazing show consists of loud human vocals and of course – dancing with fire.
If you book the Uluwatu Temple tour then the fire dance is usually included in the Bali tour. However, you do have the option to just turn up and pay the entrance fee.
Like I mentioned further up in the post, the Kecak dance is done at sunset so you will need to arrive at the temple later in the day.
If you’re visiting here during peak season in Bali, then you should try to get there a little earlier just so you get a good position to watch the show.
What time does the Kecak fire dance start? The Uluwatu Temple dance will start around 6pm. However, as I mentioned you should get there early to get a seat as they do fill up fast. If you wondering how long the Kecak fire show is on for – it lasts for around 45 minutes.
Dress Code For The Bali Temple
Before you enter there is a dress code for the Uluwatu temple. You must wear the traditional cloth which is known as the ‘sarong’. However, girls can wear a long skirt and a top that covers the shoulders. These rules are Balinese tradition and it shows good respect by following them.
You will notice that all the temples in Bali have a dress code and it’s just the rules we have to respect and follow as tourists.
Also if you want, you can buy sarongs for cheap at any market in Bali. You can buy a sarong for around $3 and it’s a great memory to take home with you!
Uluwatu Temple Monkeys
You may be wondering is Uluwatu safe? This is a general question from tourists because of the monkeys that patrol around this area. I have spoken about monkeys in there natural habitats like the monkey beach Phi Phi and the Ubud monkey forest.
It is not a hidden secret that monkeys can be very cheeky and this goes the same for the Uluwatu monkeys. So, here are some of the rules to remember;
- Keep your camera on a strap around your neck
- Leave valuables you don’t need back at your accommodation in Bali
- Don’t try stroking the monkeys
- I wouldn’t even bother about taking any snacks for yourself
- Don’t tease the monkeys
- Avoid trying to take selfies
Following these simple guidelines will help you stay safe when the monkeys at Uluwatu temple come near you. Other than that the monkeys are awesome and it’s an experience to see them.
Where to stay near Uluwata?
There is plenty of awesome hotels in Uluwata so don’t worry about having to travel back to where you’re based i.e. Ubud or Seminyak.
Okay, let’s have a look at some top places to stay in Uluwata;
Check out this awesome Uluwatu YouTube video:
The temples in Bali are amazing! You will have an awesome day out travelling to either of them, but I assure you the Uluwatu Temple Bali is one of the best.