Visiting Green Bowl Beach is a great idea for a day trip if you’re staying in Uluwatu, Kuta or even Canggu. It’s much quieter than any other beaches and has lovely white sand and amazingly clear water with a beautiful turquoise shade of blue.
This post is a comprehensive guide on how to find it, what to expect and much more.
Where is Green Bowl Beach?
Green Bowl Beach is located on the southern part of the Bukit Peninsula. It’s neighbouring with Pandawa beach to the east and Melasti beach to the west. It will take around 30 minutes to get here from Denpasar where Bali’s international airport is located and about similar time to get here from Uluwatu main area.
How to get to Green Bow Beach Bali?
Scooter rental can be found in various locations in Uluwatu and normally cost 50k IDR per day, and you’re expected to fill up the petrol yourself. If you prefer to book it in advance, you can also pre-book your scooter which includes delivery to your hotel. Alternatively, you can email your hotel, and they may be willing to arrange it for you or advise on the nearest motorbike rental.
Always check the scooter before you embark on your ride. Check breaks and make sure you are given a helmet. Also, check the lights which are super important, especially if you’re planning to embark on a sunset mission and will be coming back to your accommodation in the dark!
You can find Green Bowl Beach Uluwatu easy by typing the name in the Google Maps. I recommend you use earplugs for voice directions instead of looking at your phone.
TIP: Use an Indonesian SIM card for the cheapest internet while you’re in Bali.
If you prefer not to use a motorbike, you can either book a driver for a whole day or download a Go Jek or Grab app on your smartphone (they are Asian equivalents to Uber Drive) and get a lift with them. I don’t have the experience getting back from this location, it’s a little remote, and you may have to go back onto the main road to catch Go Jek back to your accommodation.
My personal experience using Go Jek and Grab is very good. They are reliable and efficient and so much cheaper than a Taxi which charges typically more if you’re a tourist!
Getting there and parking
On the way to the beach don’t be surprised to see small monkeys on the road as you’re getting closer to the beach car park at the top of the hill. There is plenty of them on the car park, so mind your belongings because those cheeky little creatures are ready to snatch things of you and disappear into the jungle!
There is no parking fee here (which is rare amongst Uluwatu beaches), just leave your scooter by the small Warung on the cliff, preferably in the shade. Having said that always have some small change (10k IDR) in case this changes and locals decide to show up to collect some money.
If you haven’t got any snacks or drinks, this is the place to buy it. The beach is small, and there are no cafes or vendors, so make sure you at least have enough water with you.
Walk to the left from the Warung until you find a path down. Follow it down until you find the beach. The descent is not too bad, the track is decent, most of the way made up of concrete stairs, and it takes about 10-15 min.
What to expect
The beach is small and relatively quiet. There is a small cave where you can sit if you prefer to be in the shade.
Expect to find alluring turquoise water so clear that you won’t be able to resist it!
The sea is much calmer here so you can have a peaceful swim, but at low tied it’s also shallow for a long time before it gets deep enough to have a proper dip.
The sun gets behind the cliff in the afternoon covering the beach in the shade almost entirely so that’s something to have in mind if you would rather sunbathe.
There is no shops or restaurants, so don’t forget to take your snacks and water.
Best time to visit
Any time is good to visit Green Bowl beach which doesn’t get crowdy like other more popular Uluwatu beaches. If you want to sunbathe, I recommend going in the morning or early afternoon. Also, the beach is great to hang out in the evening at the golden hour. The stairs back are in pretty good shape, so it’s safe to walk back up in the dark.
Other nearby beaches in Uluwatu
Read my other Bali Beach guides:
Places to stay in Uluwatu
This property consists of luxury private villas with its own infinity pools overlooking the ocean. From the moment you set your foot in this hotel, you will be thoroughly spoiled, and all your desires will be met. The villas are spacious, modern and very secluded. The hotel is located a few minutes’ walk from Melasti beach and a short drive from Green Bowl beach.
This hotel is situated in a lush garden away from it all. Green Bowl and Pandawa beaches are a short 10 min drive away and you can reach Melasti beach in 15 min. The property offers various types of rooms as well as wooden bungalows for a close to nature feel, some of them come with a private pool.
This budget hotel is located 9 min drive from Bingin beach and 15 min from Padang Padang beach. It’s not really than close to Green Bowl Beach, it takes about 30 minutes, but I love this option. The bungalows are so beautiful, and for this price, it’s really worth to stay here. There is a lovely pool with sun loungers, a good breakfast, free daily water, scooter rental and massage booking. It’s also within walking distance to a selection of restaurants and shops.
Day Backpack – Visiting beaches in Bali is like an adventure and usually require a fair amount of hiking. So, I always take a comfortable backpack with me instead of a beach bag. Wearing a backpack allows me to have my hands free for support when I’m climbing up or down the stairs to the beach. Kanken backpack is my favourite minimalist back. It’s made of durable material, very comfortable and cute!
Go Pro camera – Go Pro is small and so lightweight, which is essential when you need to carry it all day in your backpack. And it takes excellent quality videos and photos.
Water shoes – to wear in the sea.
Water flask – I always carry my reusable water bottle with me. It’s great at airports to fill up water for free. Many hotels, hostels and cafes in Bali also offer free water refills. I don’t like using plastic unless it’s absolutely necessary and it also keeps my water chilled all day!
Fast-drying towel – It takes little room in the backpack and dries fast, which is perfect for a beach adventure.
Eco-friendly sun cream – The sun cream usually washes off when we swim, so it’s essential to choose one that doesn’t harm the ecosystem and the reef.
For more tips on what to pack, visit “Bali Packing List“.