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Unveiling Uluwatu's Hidden Gem: Nunggalan Beach and Nyang Nyang Beach Adventure Guide

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Shipwreck at Nunggalan Beach in Uluwatu, Bali
Nunggalan Beach

This hidden gem was not easy to find, and honestly, it’s probably not for everyone. In Uluwatu, Bali, Nunggalan Beach is most known for the shipwreck with vibrant graffiti art. First, let me say that the picture above was taken after a massive storm, which is why the beach looks filled with debris. You'll need to take a short 20minute hike, but it's worth it if for a beautiful beach with less crowds. Also, you can walk along beach, over rocks and through the water to explore Nyang Nyang Beach.

When we went on this adventure we ended up lost at times, so I'll guide you through the journey to Nunggalan Beach and Nyang Nyang Beach so that you can do it with ease.

Navigating the Path to Nunggalan Beach: A Hidden Gem in Uluwatu

Nunggalan Beach Ultimate Guide
Nunggalan Beach Directions

Navigating our way to Nunggalan Beach proved to be an adventure in itself. Even our driver had trouble finding the exact location, but luckily some locals guided us towards the hidden path leading to our destination. To get a beach walk in and also see multiple beaches, we had our driver drop us off at Nunggalan Beach and then later pick us up at Nyang Nyang. If you are scootering or driving yourself, go left at Villa Plenilunio to park. Bring cash as there is a small fee. To the right is the path to the beach. It's about a 20 minute hike through the jungle to the beach. Sometimes there are a few warungs with snacks and drinks on the way down.

Ultimate Guide to Nunggalan Beach in Uluwatu Bali
Path to Nunggalan

We visited during the monsoon season, and the lush jungle surrounding the area created a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so be sure to wear and reapply bug spray. To make your journey more enjoyable, remember to wear comfortable water shoes, especially if it has rained recently, as the path can be slippery. They will also come in handy if you are making the trek through the water to Nyang Nyang.

Experiencing the Untouched Beauty of Nunggalan Beach

Once we reached the bottom, the mesmerizing beauty of Nunggalan Beach unfolded before our eyes. The stunning cliffs, clear waters, and the invigorating scent of saltwater filled the air. Since we went so early, we had the privilege of having the entire beach to ourselves, making it a truly private and unforgettable experience. You can swim and surf hear, however, it's going to be mostly reef. So again, I'd recommend water shoes.

Path to Nyang Nyang Beach from Nunggalan Beach in Uluwatu, Bali
Path to Nyang Nyang from Nunggalan Beach

Journey to Nyang Nyang Beach

After reveling in the tranquility of Nunggalan Beach, we set off to Nyang Nyang Beach. Determining the right direction posed a small challenge, as "right" can be interpreted differently. But with the help of a friendly local fisherman, the only person in sight after walking for quite sometime, we found our way. If you are looking at the ocean, Nyang Nyang Beach is to the right. Prepare yourself for an exhilarating trek, climbing over rocks and wading through the ocean. Do not go unless it’s low tide, you have water shoes, and you feel comfortable. There are no lifeguards here. The beach will unveil as you walk through the water and over the rocks.

Path to Nyang Nyang Beach from Nunggalan Beach
Path to Nyang Nyang

Directions to Nyang Nyang Beach from Nunggalan Beach in Uluwatu Bali
Direction to Nyang Nyang Beach from Nunggalan

Nyang Nyang Beach

Arriving at Nyang Nyang Beach marked a moment of triumph. We removed our water shoes and savored the sensation of soft sand beneath our toes. As we strolled along the shore, we discovered a charming coconut shack, offering refreshing coconuts and the iconic Bali beer, Bintang. Indulge in a well-deserved treat as you take in the picturesque scenery and relish the tranquility of Nyang Nyang Beach before making the trek up to the top. Cars are not allowed down to the beach, so you will need to meet your driver at the top.

Coconut Stand at Nyang Nyang Beach in Uluwatu
Coconut Stand at Nyang Nyang Beach


Our unforgettable adventure to Nunggalan Beach and Nyang Nyang Beach in Uluwatu, Bali, revealed the hidden treasures of this mesmerizing region.

Overall, it was a remarkable morning adventure, and we continued our day by unwinding at Palmilla Beach Club at Melasti Beach, indulging in fresh seafood and pizza while lounging in the sun. Now that you're ready for this adventure, remember to plan it during low tide, wear water shoes, and embrace the unique charm of each beach. If you are driving yourself and don't want to do the trek to both beaches, you can always just choose one beach for the day, or drive yourself to each beach.



Hi! I'm Emily, a passionate traveler, creating detailed guides, itineraries, and tips to simplify planning and enhance your trips.

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