Melasti Beach (Pantai Melasti) Bali Travel Guide

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Melasti Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Uluwatu, frequented by both tourists and locals. What was once a hidden gem in Bali just a few years ago, Melasti Beach has since been widely developed for tourism. Whilst still incredibly beautiful, don’t go expecting the secret spot of yesteryears.

Best time to visit Melasti Beach

Given how busy Melasti Beach can get, it’s best to get there as early as possible to beat the hoards of locals and tourists. It’s also a nice spot to watch the sunset, however, there will be a lot more people with the same idea.

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How to get to Melasti Beach in Uluwatu

By far the best way to get around Bali is by scooter – this island is just not made for cars. Most accommodations will be able to arrange a scooter rental for you, and if you hire for multiple days you can usually haggle down to around 60,000 IDR per day.

Melasti Beach is located in the very south of Bali along the Bukit Peninsula in Ungasan. You can follow this Google pin for directions, as there is another beach with the same name in Legian. If you’re staying in Uluwatu it’s only a short drive to this Bali Beach, however, if you’re staying in Canggu then it’s quite the journey.

You’ll cruise down a beautiful winding road until you reach the beach, backed by towering limestone cliffs. As you drive down to the beach there’s a big Melasti Beach sign, as well as a number of areas where you can pull over and take in the view.

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What to bring to Pantai Melasti

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Melasti Beach Entrance Fee

As of 2022, you will have to pay 12,000 IDR entrance fee including parking, which seems to increase every year as tourism keeps on growing. You should also bring additional money to rent a beach umbrella, buy some drinks or pay for a beach club day pass.

What to expect at Pantai Melasti Bali

We had read in other blogs that Melasti Beach is one of Bali’s best beaches, so we went in with somewhat high expectations. Truthfully, it’s definitely not our favourite as it’s been very commercialised since a lot of the older blogs have been written.

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In saying that, Melasti Beach is still a beautiful stretch of waterfront, and we can’t blame resorts and beach clubs for wanting to capitalise on this epic location. In fact, you can expect it to get even busier in the near future, with more resorts under construction.

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Melasti Beach isn’t known for surfing and is more of a place to chill and enjoy a dip in the ocean. If you just want to hang out on the beach and pay as little as possible, you can find shade from the cliffs in the morning.

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Another option depending on your budget is to rent a beach umbrella, or if you feel like going all out you can pay for a beach club day pass. There are a number of beach clubs to choose from, like Palmilla Bali Beach Club or TT Beach Club.

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On the east side of this Bali beach is an arena-type space, made for Kecak performances and ceremonies, and has bathrooms, showers and warungs nearby. A lot of helicopters come and go from this area as there is a landing pad, so be mindful of this when flying your drone.

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It’s hard not to notice the pirate ship being built, which we’re thinking may soon be a beach club when it’s complete. Just beyond the pirate ship, the land juts out into the ocean, and this is known as the southernmost point of Bali.

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