Suluban Beach is one of the most unique beaches in Bali, hidden at the bottom of a treacherous cliff in Uluwatu. Whilst often referred to as Suluban Beach and Uluwatu Beach interchangeably, they are in fact two different beaches. Uluwatu Beach sits at the bottom of the staircase, whereas Suluban Beach can be accessed through the cave.
Whether you want to visit Suluban Beach or Uluwatu Beach, we’ve put together this guide outlining everything you need to know about these two beaches in Bali.
Best time to visit Suluban Beach & Uluwatu Beach
The best time to visit Suluban Beach really depends on what you’re there to do. If you’re there to surf, you can check the forecast here, but if you just want to explore this stunning beach then it’s best to visit between low tide.
If the tide is too high then it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to visit the hidden beach south of the cave. Suluban Beach is also a great place to visit in the afternoon and stay for sunset.
How to get there
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.
Once you arrive at the parking lot across from Quicksilver, head west towards the ocean continuing past Single Fin, through a whole bunch of restaurants and down the long stairs until you reach the beach. Tip: it’s well worth stopping at one of the restaurants or bars to enjoy the view of the surf on your way down.
What to bring to Suluban Beach in Uluwatu
There’s no entrance fee for these Bali Beaches, however, you will need to pay 5000 IDR for parking a scooter or 15,000 IDR for a car. You should also bring some additional cash for the beach bars on the cliff if you fancy a drink overlooking the surfers.
At the bottom of the stairs sits Uluwatu Beach, a small but beautiful paradise hidden within a cave. Keep in mind this beach can get crowded, and since the beach itself isn’t very big you might be setting your towel down pretty close to your neighbor.
If you find it’s too busy for you to enjoy, you can always continue up the stairs to Delpi Rock Cafe, an awesome spot to have lunch and swim in the pool (for a fee).
Many local vendors are stationed at the bottom of the cove if you want to buy a snack or a drink.
This Bali Beach is a popular spot for surfers, but if you just plan on spending some time on the beach we highly recommend visiting during low tide, or at least close to low tide. You’ll be able to go all the way out below Delpi Rock Cafe and there’ll be a lot more sand to go around.
After spending time at Uluwatu Beach, head to the left of the stairs and go through the hole in the cave until you pop out onto Suluban Beach. Backed by a towering cliff, this hidden passage is the only way onto this Bali Beach.
You’ll see a lot of surfers at both Bali beaches, who come to surf the break known as Blue Point Uluwatu. Blue Point is not recommended for beginners.
If you stay until sunset, keep an eye out for the monkeys that climb down from the cliff. As cute as they are, the monkeys here are fearless and are known to terrorise tourists. They will steal anything they can get their hands on, including phones. We watched one steal someone’s phone and take it up the cliff.