Bali – Uluwatu Temple and Padang Padang Beach

Bali, Uluwatu temple

I had ear marked my second day in Bali for sightseeing and culture especially as I wanted to tick off a few items on my “things to do in Bali” list. Reading Jessica (Tuulavintage) and Brooke’s (worldofwanderlust) blogs had me salivating at the breathtaking vistas in Bali and I couldn’t wait to see them in person. In contrast to other countries I’ve been to, it seems as though group tours are not really a thing in Bali, instead you hire a private driver who takes you around for the day or half the day and lets you visit various points of interest at your leisure. This was good in one sense because you get to do as much or as little as you want on your sightseeing tour, however, I wish I could have done a group tour because it usually an excellent way to make new friends!

There are a number of recommended drivers on Tripadvisor, however, I was lucky enough to have Made, a driver introduced to me by a new Bali friend. As a solo traveller, it was important for my peace of mind to have a personal recommendation for the driver. That said, there are tons of user reviews on Tripadvisor for various drivers/tour guides so I doubt one can go wrong with selecting someone to show you around the island.

I started the day off early with breakfast at around 9am at La Lucciola, a beach side restaurant in Seminyak. I tucked into my breakfast of scambled eggs and enjoyed the view and sounds of the crashing waves right in front of us.

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After breakfast, our first stop was Padang Padang beach – a popular surfing beach at the bottom of a hill in Pecatu.

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The beach is quite small, so it seemed more packed than I usually prefer. However, I managed to find a nice spot on the side to lay back, enjoy the view and people watch.

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The sun finally got to me, so I took a nice dip in the sea and made my way to the exit.

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Next stop, my favorite part of the day – Uluwatu temple, a temple perched right on the corner of a cliff with spectacular views of the indian ocean on one side, and the jungle on the other.


Everyone going into the temple had to wear a sarong for modesty reasons.

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We spotted these cheeky monkeys on our walk to the other side of the cliff, soon afterwards they stole a woman’s iphone 6 and ran off into the jungle. So my advice is, be careful!

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The monkeys even had their own swimming pool to cool off! Lucky sods!

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If you are looking for a things to do in Bali from Seminyak, Kuta or even Ubud, feel free to copy my itinerary above! It was an excellent but exhausting day!



  1. April 17, 2015 / 12:36 am

    These look amazing! How did you get such great pictures if you’re travelling alone?

      April 19, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you! I asked people to take photos of me, plus, selfies ;-)

  2. July 16, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    So I just watched your video on YouTube about your Bali trip, and just read your blog on it.. Omg! I must say I’m so jealous, I didn’t know Bali was that beautiful! Definitely going to be my next backpacking trip! (: Thank you for sharing, and keep up the good work!

  3. Afia
    July 28, 2015 / 2:14 am

    hello, how do I get the contact for your driver? I’ll be going in a girls to Bali next 2 weeks. Thanks for the blog post!

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