Nyang Nyang beach is one of the quietest and very unspoiled by tourism beaches in Bali. With powdery, white sand and turquoise water, it is the perfect destination for a beach day away from the crowds of more busy Bali beaches. Not to mention the colourful shipwreck which is the ideal spot for an Insta worthy shot.
This post is a complete guide to everything you need to know before visiting Nyang Nyang.
How to get to Nyang Nyang Beach Uluwatu?
Nyang Nyang Beach is situated on the south-west coast of the Bukit Peninsula in Uluwatu. It will take around 17 m minutes to get here from Uluwatu Beach, 40 minutes from Kuta and just over an hour from Canggu.
You can find this beach by typing its name on Google Maps. Directions should take you all the way to Villa Plenilunio Bali where you can park up.
They recently started to charge for the parking a fee of 5k IDR. Unless you arrive before the parking boy starts its shift, make sure you’ve got some cash on you. Most beaches in Bali now take a small fee for parking and entrance.
Hike down to Pantai Nyang Nyang
Hike down to Nyang Nyang
Once you’ve parked and paid, follow a path to the right along the edge of the fence of Villa Plenilunio. The hike down takes about 20 minutes. The track is a little steep at times with loose rock, but it’s not too difficult. I recommend you wear some sturdy shoes – trainers or ‘adventure sandals’ will be perfect for this hike. Also, take with you some mosquito repellent. The mossies are waiting in the forest to get you, and I learnt it the hard way.
There will be some beautiful views of the ocean, so make sure you stop for a few seconds to appreciate them. Also, there are some shacks on the way down where local people normally sell snacks and drinks to the beachgoers.
On the way down, you’ll see some beautiful rock formations, and there will be a crossing, but whatever route you take, you’ll end up on the beach. For your reference, I took the path on the right.
The way back is a lot harder and will take up to 30 minutes. Prepare yourself for a sweaty and pretty exhausting hike up. I recommend making sure you’ve got some water left. We actually didn’t, but luckily the universe sent as a lady carrying ice-cold beverages on top of her head! We bought some cold soda, and it felt like heaven.
What to expect at Nyang Nyang Beach
When you arrive at the bottom of the forest, a pristine clean beach awaits you. The beach is wide and goes a fair distance which is perfect for taking a long stroll.
The sand is so soft, almost like a powder with a lovely golden tone. And the water has a dreamy turquoise shade and depending on the tide can be perfect for taking refreshing deep.
Nyang Nyang is still a hidden gem, and you can expect no crowds but only peace and quiet. If you’re luckily (like I was), you even may be able to enjoy this little paradise totally by yourself.
The biggest attraction of the beach is a shipwreck that’s been abandoned and left, right on the beach. The wreckage is covered in beautiful graffiti and is a perfect subject to take some awesome pictures! You can check it out on Instagram; it’s pretty popular there.
Best time to visit Nyang Nyang
Any time is right to visit this beautiful beach. However, if you really want to take some nice pics of the shipwreck, I recommend visiting in the morning when the sun is on the other side. After midday, the sun goes west, and the lighting is too harsh for the shipwreck shots.
Another good idea will be to stay for the sunset if it’s a sunny day and chances of seeing an epic sunset high.
However, have in mind that there is a 30 minutes hike back through the forest. If you’re visiting solo, I would give it a pass.
What to take with you
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!
Power bank – This is so handy to recharge your phone (especially practical if you use Google Maps on your phone to get to locations, which can quickly drain the battery).
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 “.
Where 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 Nyang Nyang beach.
Sal Secret Spot is situated a 14 minutes’ drive from Nyang Nyang Beach and close to a range of good Uluwatu cafes such as Gooseberry Café and Drifter Café and within walking distance from another gorgeous beach – Bingin. The property has several minimalist but cute cottages and a lovely, boohoo styled pool area. The lady that looks after the hotel is very friendly and helpful. I actually stayed here myself and enjoyed it.
This budget hotel is located 9 min drive from Bingin beach and 15 min from Nyang Nyang. 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.
Other Beaches Nearby
If you’re interested in discovering more Uluwatu Beaches check out my other guides:
Best Uluwatu tours
Nyang Nyang beach is one of my favourite beaches in Bali. It is one of the cleanest beaches with lovely, soft sand and turquoise water. It’s got a picturesque shipwreck, and it’s secluded with hardly any people on it. What’s not to like.
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