Nunggalan Beach (Pantai Nunggalan) is one of the most stunning beaches in Uluwatu with its pristine sand, turquoise waters and forest-covered cliffs stretching for 2 kilometres – not to mention a shipwreck!
What makes this Uluwatu beach especially attractive is how few tourists there are, an uncommon sight in Bali. We’ve put together this handy guide covering everything you need to know before you go, from the best time of day to visit, to the entrance fee and what to expect.
Best time to visit Nunggalan Beach in Uluwatu
If you want to have the entire beach to yourself then the earlier the better, however, this beach is always pretty quiet. We found high tide was best, as the water was just lapping the shipwreck.
How to get to Pantai Nunggalan Beach
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. If you’re not comfortable driving in Bali, you can always hire a private driver online.
One main reason Nunggalan Beach is so quiet is due to the hike down to the beach. You’ll need to park next to Villa Plenilunio at the top of the cliff, and from there you’ll begin your descent on foot to the beach.
It’s around a 20-minute hike down the cliff face, mostly under the shade of trees but still blazing hot in the Bali sun. Fortunately, there are plenty of local warungs on the way down where you can stop to refuel with a fresh coconut.
Once you make it all the way down you’ll come out on a grassy field with cows, and from there it’s a home stretch to the beach. Be prepared for the hike back up, as it is a lot more tiring!
What to bring to Pantai Nunggalan Beach
Nunggalan Beach Bali Entrance Fee
There’s no entrance fee for Pantai Nunggalan Beach, however, you will need to pay 5000 IDR for parking. You should also bring some additional cash if you want to rent an umbrella or buy drinks.
What to expect at Nunggalan Beach
Nunggalan Beach (Pantai Nunggalan) is a paradise of soft, golden sand stretching into the distance as far as the eye can see. You’ll have no trouble finding your own spot on the sand to lay down a towel, relax and enjoy the view. If you’re looking for a bit of shade you can rent an umbrella for around 50,000 IDR (negotiable) or set up in the shade of a pandanus tree.
Aside from the peace and privacy, what draws visitors to Nunggalan Beach (Pantai Nungglan) is the Instagrammable shipwreck. If you head west along the beach, towards Nyang Nyang, you’ll come across what’s left of an old ship, which has since been completely graffitied. It makes for a great spot to pose for a photo!
The great thing about this Uluwatu beach is that it’s also possible to swim in, unlike so many of the other beaches in Uluwatu. You won’t find a terrifying shore break here, but there is a lot of rock and reef so keep that in mind. If you’re interested in surfing, there is a surf break, but you’ll need to hike down the cliff with your own surfboard.
If you happen to be at this beach during low tide, you can continue along the coast to Nyang Nyang Beach.
Hot tip: start at Nyang Nyang Beach and you won’t have to hike all the way down – and up – to reach Nunggalan Beach. However, if it’s high tide you won’t be able to cross between the beaches.
That’s about it for our complete travel guide to Pantai Nunggalan Beach, one of our favorite beaches in Uluwatu and all of Bali!
We hope you will enjoy this beach as much as we did. Make sure to check out the rest of the beaches in the area as we have created an entire blog post of the 12 best beaches in Uluwatu.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below and we will definitely message back as soon as we can!
More Beaches In Uluwatu
Uluwatu has been blessed with some of the best beaches in Bali. Check out more of the stunning beaches in the area: