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Karang Boma Cliff In Uluwatu: The Best Sunset Viewpoint In Bali

Karang Boma Cliff, located in Uluwatu, is without a doubt one of the best sunset viewpoints in the whole of Bali.

It’s a beautiful hidden gem to add to your list of places to visit in Uluwatu or Bali, and it doesn’t take long to visit this beautiful photo spot, which is great if you’ve got a jam-packed itinerary!

We just came back from Bali and a visit to Karang Boma Cliff, so here you can find out all the latest information on how to get there, entrance fee, when to visit, and what to expect at Karang Boma Cliff.

This is especially useful if you plan to visit Karang Boma Cliff viewpoint on your own without a guide.

karang boma cliff sunset viewpoint uluwatu bukit peninsula south bali

Karang Boma Cliff is also known as Uluwatu Cliff, and chances are you may have seen photos of it if you’ve been checking out the most Instagrammable places in Bali.

The great thing about visiting the Karang Boma Cliff viewpoint is that it never really gets too busy.

You’ll enjoy beautiful uninterrupted views of the ocean and the rugged coastline, plus you’ll be able to get some lovely photos of Uluwatu Temple and the famous cliff photo from here.

The setting actually reminded us of the clifftop views between Bondi Beach and Watsons Bay in Sydney!

Where Is Karang Boma Cliff?

Karang Boma Cliff is located in south Bali in the Uluwatu region on the Bukit Peninsula. Here is the Google maps location.

Karang Boma Cliff sunset viewpoint Uluwatu google maps location

Looking at the map, ‘Karang Boma Cliff’ marks the sunset viewpoint, ‘The Copy Cart’ marks the popular cliff photo spot where you can stand, and the ‘Dimastos sunset point’ marks another viewpoint you can walk to.

Karang Boma Cliff viewpoint is less than a 10 minute drive from Uluwatu Temple, and a 15 minute drive from the stunning Suluban Beach and Uluwatu Beach.

The journey to Karang Boma Cliff from Ubud takes almost two hours, and the journey from Canggu takes around 1.5 hours.

Therefore it’s definitely best to make a day of it and visit Karang Boma Cliff sunset viewpoint on a full daytrip to Uluwatu, or even stay overnight a few days.

Uluwatu is home to the best white sandy beaches in Bali, as well as plenty of cultural sights, trendy cafes, restaurants and beach clubs, so there is so much to do here you can easily spend a few days exploring!

How To Get To Karang Boma Cliff

From the main road (Jl. Raya Uluwatu Pecatu) turn off onto Jl. Batu Lesung. If you’re coming from the direction of Uluwatu Temple, it is the entrance on the right just before Nyang Nyang Beach. 

Follow the directions on Google maps, continuing along the road for a few minutes until you reach a big locked gate at the end of the paved road. Don’t worry – the entrance isn’t closed, you just need to go down the dirt path on your right!

If you’re in a car, you’ll need to park your car here by the gate and walk the final few hundred metres down the unsealed dirt path that leads to the cliff. It should take you about 5 minutes.

If you’re on a scooter, you can drive down this dirt path, and there’s an area for parking scooters nearer the viewpoint. The dirt path will open out onto a grassy area, and you’ll be able to enjoy the views right in front of you.

To your right you’ll see Uluwatu Temple, to your left you’ll see the popular cliff photo spot.

Uluwatu Temple in Bali from Karang Boma Cliff viewpoint

Arriving By Car Or Scooter

It’s up to you if you prefer to arrive by car or scooter.

Personally I prefer driving a car or hiring a driver as opposed to being on a scooter as the roads are really bumpy and hilly in Uluwatu, so it just makes the journey far more pleasant if you’re in an air-conditioned car.

If you’re not confident on a scooter, don’t attempt to learn in Uluwatu, just book a cheap Grab or Gojek ride.

You can always book a Grab or Gojek motorbike so you’ll be on the back of a scooter with a local driving it, if you still want to experience being on a scooter.

Alternatively, hire a driver for the day to take you around all the spots in Uluwatu. We hired this driver for the day in Bali and it was very affordable.

You can choose exactly what spots you want to visit and for how long, so many people prefer to hire a drive as opposed to doing an organised tour as it is more personalised.

If you arrive to Karang Boma Cliff by car as opposed to motorbike, you’ll only have to walk an extra 5 minutes (about 200 or so metres) along a flat gravelled path so it doesn’t make that much of a difference.

Karang Boma Cliff Tour

If you’d prefer to do a tour, check out this day tour that visits Karang Boma Cliff, Uluwatu Temple (including the Kecak Fire Dance), coffee plantations, as well as some of the best beaches in Uluwatu!

Karang Boma Cliff Entrance Fee

The entrance fee at Karang Boma Cliff is 10.000 IDR in cash (this includes parking). If the ticket officers see you have a drone, there’s an additional charge of 100,000 IDR to pay.

I understand the Balinese people want to make money, but personally, I think this is an excessive amount to pay, and just an example of how the Balinese seem to be trying to capitalise on every small thing these days.

If they don’t see you have a drone, and you walk along the cliff a little bit away from the ticket officers, I’m sure you can fly your drone with no problem and without having to pay.

But they had seen our drone bag as we entered and so loudly demanded the money from us, which in all honestly made us lose the vibe to even want to drone here.

Best Time To Visit Karang Boma Cliff (Opening Hours)

The best time to visit Karang Boma Cliff is at golden hour – an hour before sunset, so at around 5-6pm. Alternatively, if you prefer to visit without the crowds and heat then visit just before sunrise – around 5-6am usually.

However, the views are beautiful at any time during the day, so don’t worry if you can’t make it here for sunrise or sunset.

By visiting during the middle of the day, you’ll actually avoid all the tourists too as most of them only come here for sunset!

karang boma cliff sunset viewpoint uluwatu bukit peninsula south bali

As this is one of the best viewpoints in Bali, if you want to get your photo standing on the edge of the cliff at sunset, you may have to wait in line a few minutes for a photo.

However, the queues are nothing like the queues for other places in Bali such as at Kanto Lampo, the Nusa Penida treehouse or the Gates Of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple!

Karang Boma Cliff is still a relatively hidden spot (for Bali) so it’s never overcrowded.

In terms of the best time of year to visit Bali in general, March until May is a good time (except the busy Easter holidays) as humidity is lower, the sky is clear, and the rainy season is over (rainy season runs from October until February).

If you do happen to visit during the rainy season, be very careful as the ground may be slippery.

Things To Do At Karang Boma Cliff

Enjoy The Views

Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views from the towering cliffs over the ocean, as well as the view of Uluwatu Temple sitting on a cliff in the distance.

If you wish, you can stroll along the cliff, but be very careful at the edge as the drop is steep and around 100 metres to the rocky shoreline.

Wooden fences surround the majority of the cliff area, so make sure to stay on the path, but always take care of your footing and explore this location at your own risk, especially during the rainy season when the paths can be slippery.

Don’t get too close to the edge and never risk your life for a photo. And be very careful if you plan to bring children here. Also be extra careful if there are strong winds.

Uluwatu Temple in Bali from Karang Boma Cliff viewpoint

Watch The Sunset

As mentioned earlier, Karang Boma Cliff is one of the best sunset viewpoints in Bali! Due to its location, you can watch great sunsets here.

The location is very peaceful, surrounded by nature and stunning views, so it offers the perfect spot in Uluwatu to unwind and watch the sunset.

Take A Karang Boma Cliff Photo

The cliff to the left of Karang Boma Cliff viewpoint is the popular photo spot you’ve maybe seen on Instagram. It’s a rocky outcrop that protrudes over the ocean.

At sunset there may be a line of people waiting for their photo, but not at other times during the day.

Seeing the photos, it looks like this viewpoint is very isolated, hard and scary to get to, as well as hard to get a photo of you there, especially if you’re travelling on your own.

However, the cliff is actually very close and it’s not as scary as it looks so it’s easy to get a photo, whether someone will take the photo for you, or you’ll just be using your tripod.

It just takes a couple of minutes to walk to the spot, and the flat area on the cliff is pretty large so you don’t have to walk right to the edge of the cliff to get a good photo. 

Be careful using a tripod if there are strong winds here.

karang boma cliff sunset viewpoint uluwatu bukit peninsula south bali

Bring A Picnic

Lots of people coming to Karang Boma Cliff bring a picnic to enjoy at sunset! It’s a great place to enjoy a picnic with friends and family while enjoying the breathtaking views.

You can also buy a coconut or drink at the entrance if you forgot to bring anything!

What to bring to Karang Boma Cliff?

  • Cash: In Bali make sure you always have some cash available as most tourist spots charge an entrance fee – yes even some beaches. You’ll need cash (10,000 IDR per person) for your entrance to Karang Boma Cliff viewpoint, plus if you want to buy anything at the stall here. 
  • Drinks and snacks: There aren’t any places at Karang Boma Cliff to get decent food, so you can either enjoy some food beforehand at one of the warungs on the main road such as Warung Bejana, or you can bring food and drinks here to enjoy.
  • Picnic blanket: If you want to enjoy a picnic here at Uluwatu Cliff, it’s a good idea to bring a picnic blanket!
  • Insect repellent: Especially if you’ll be visiting around sunset.
  • Camera and tripod: You’ll definitely want to capture some photos of the ocean views from Karang Boma Cliff, so bring your camera, and tripod if you take photos using them. 
  • Drone: The landscape and scenery around Karang Boma Cliff is spectacular when seen from above, with the towering cliffs, crashing waves and beautiful greenery. If you have a drone, consider bringing one but bear in mind as mentioned, you may need to pay 100,000 IDR to fly it.

Is Karang Boma Cliff Accessible For Those With Mobility Issues?

Karang Boma Cliff is not particularly suitable for those with mobility issues as it does require a 5 minute walk down an unsealed gravel path to get to the viewpoint.

There is also no dedicated footpath, and no seats to sit down on – just the grass. Facilities are very limited in this natural attraction but they do have a bathroom at least!

For somewhere more accessible with equally lovely views, very close by you will find Dimastos Sunset Point.

This is a better option for those with mobility issues as you can drive your car all the way up to the grass, plus they also have benches where you can sit and enjoy the views.

History Of Karang Boma Cliff

Karang Boma Cliff translates to “God’s Rock”,and in the past it was used by the Balinese people as a lookout point to protect their island from invaders.

The strategic location of the cliff ensured they had a clear view of any approaching ships, which would give them enough time to prepare for battle.

Nowadays, Karang Boma Cliff is still considered a sacred site by the Balinese people, and often it is used for offerings and religious ceremonies.

Nearby Tourist Attractions Near Uluwatu Cliff

Uluwatu and the Bukit Peninsula are great areas of Bali to explore, full of many stunning locations that you should check out while you’re in the area.

If you’re here just on a day trip, along with visiting Karang Boma Cliff, make sure to check out some of the gorgeous beaches here – they are some of the best beaches in Bali, as well as a visit to Uluwatu Temple.

If you have more time, you’ll ideally want to spend at least a couple of days exploring all that Uluwatu has to offer, including all of its famous white sandy beaches and other unique spots such as the Tanah Barak Cliff Road and the GWK statue!

Uluwatu Temple

Just a 10 minute drive from Karang Boma Cliff is Uluwatu Temple. Uluwatu Temple, perched high on a cliff overlooking the ocean, is a must visit on any Bali itinerary.

The views from here are stunning, although it is a lot more crowded than Karang Boma Cliff! From 6-7pm each evening you can watch the Kecak Fire Dance performance at Uluwatu Temple’s amphitheatre.

Note that the Kecak Fire Dance often gets booked out so it’s advisable to book a ticket online so you don’t have to arrive early to queue for a ticket. Book your tickets here.

Explore Nearby Beaches:

The Bukit Peninsula, where Uluwatu is located, is home to the best beaches in Bali. Not only for their white sand and clear turquoise waters, but also because many of them also offer stunning sunset views.

Balangan Beach in particular is a great place to watch the sunset, and is a great place for surfing. Suluban Beach is also popular with surfers, and has some incredibly unique rock formations that it’s definitely worth a visit!

Padang Padang Beach is a lovely little beach but it does get crowded so arrive early on in the day. Thomas Beach is a lovely hidden beach that doesn’t get too busy and has some lovely little beachfront cafes!

Thomas Beach Uluwatu Bali

Melasti Beach is also home to spectacular white sands, and if you’re after a beach with a spectacular entrance, head to Pandawa Beach where you’ll find the impressive Tanah Barak Cliff Road – a road carved through towering cliffs!

All of these spots do get quite busy, so if you’re after a beach where you’ll basically have the place to yourself, head to Nyang Nyang Beach.

This beach is pretty hard to get to, down a steep narrow gravel path, but it’s home to 1.5 km of pure white sands.

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Where To Stay In Uluwatu

Uluwatu is home to hundreds of different types of accommodation ranging from budget to luxury.

During our last visit, we stayed at the lovely Ronja Boutique Hotel and really recommend it. It was in a quiet area yet very close to many restaurants and beaches, and there are just 7 suites so it always felt very peaceful there.

Plus being able to go straight from the balcony right into the pool was bliss! Here you can read our review about Ronja Boutique Hotel!