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.
Where to stay in Uluwatu
Luxury– Suarga Padang Padang
Suarga Padang Padang is a sustainable boutique hotel featuring 36 villas built with a minimal impact on the environment using recycled wood and solar panels. It’s located on a clifftop boasting some epic views over the ocean, an infinity pool, and it’s only a five-minute walk to Padang Padang beach and a seven-minute drive to Bingin beach.
This boho boutique hotel is located right on the cliff, where you can feel and hear the ferocious waves crashing against the shore. The location is also great for some of the best Uluwatu cafes as well as it is within walking distance to Padang Padang Beach.
Budget – Sal Secret Spot
Sal Secret Spot is situated within walking distance to Bingin Beach, a white sanded beach excellent for swimming with a calmer sea. Rooms are small but comfortable, and there is a beautiful boho-style pool area to enjoy.
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
What to take with you
Mirrorless camera – I love Sony cameras! If you’re looking for an entry-level, compact camera that takes awesome photos, go for Sony Alpha 6400, I’ve used it for years and took some excellent pictures with it. For a more advanced selection, I recommend Sony A7iii, I can’t be more happy with it, and I know lots of professional photographers and creators who use it too.
Power bank – power bank to charge my mobile phone saved my life a few times, no kidding. It is handy if you’re using Google maps which is a drain on the phone’s battery. I recommend choosing a lightweight one
Raincoat – I know you’re probably thinking I’m crazy, but trust me, the raincoat is essential, especially if you’re scootering your way through the island. When it’s rainy, it actually gets cold on the scooter, and during the rainy season, which is between November and April, it rains buckets!
Reusable water bottle – water flask, especially thermal ones, is so practical here in Bali. Many hotels and restaurants let their guests refill the bottles for free in an effort to reduce plastic use on the island.
Sun cream – this is another essential to carry with you and frequently reapply. Choose an eco-friendly and vegan one to do your part for the environment.
Adventure sandals – sports sandals with straps are the best type of footwear for any Bali adventure. They dry quickly and are sturdy enough to keep you safe on your hikes. I use North Face sandals, I’ve had them for years and they never let me down.
For more tips on what to pack, visit “Bali Packing List “.
Other Beaches Nearby
If you’re interested in discovering more Uluwatu Beaches check out my other guides:
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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