Attraction Jl. Tegal Wangi, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia Published on: 26-03-2016
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Why Tegal Wangi Beach is special ?
Tegal Wangi Beach is named after the temple perched on top of the limestone cliff that overlooks the coast, reachable via a paved road just to the right of the entrance of the glitzy Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran.
Tegal Wangi Beach offers breathtaking seascapes with cool natural features – low tides and crimson sunsets reveal seaweed-covered stony barriers that add an abstract border and foreground to its wider ocean views. This beach was, quite casually, kept a secret among wedding photographers over time, admired for its simple and barren beauty making particularly exotic backdrops. The best time to visit is before sunset and around the ‘blue hour’ (18:00 – 19:00).
What to explore at Tegal Wangi Beach?
A hundred meters or so down the winding road from the Ayana, a car park adjacent to the Pura Tegal Wangi temple is obstructed by a high wall, which adds more mystery to first-time visitors – or instead deter them altogether. But once you find your way in, small glimpses of the ocean panorama are visible behind the hill’s shrubbery. It’s these views of the Indian Ocean from a hundred meters up from Tegal Wangi Beach that draws young local couples to the grassy headland, all laying claim to each of the their ‘favourite spots’.
From this vantage point southward you’ll be able to observe the glimmering torches of the wharfs in the distance and the famous Rock Bar of the Ayana Resort. It’s quite an overwhelming idea that you are experiencing the same great views of luxury, for free (simply bring your own drinks!). Fishermen’s boat lights speckle over the silky waves and you can also see the virtually endless flow of airplanes approaching and landing at the Ngurah Rai Airport runway in the far north.
Down below on the white sand there are usually a few photographers with their tripods and brides and grooms-to-be dressed in their best for their pre-wedding photos. You can head down to the sands of Tegal Wangi Beach, carefully descending via a stony walkway.
Due to its natural features and absence of any lifeguards, extra caution should be taken at all times around Tegalwangi Beach, up on the hills and down on its coast. The grassy headlands are borderless and while they provide breathtaking unobstructed panoramic views, they can be quite hazardous during strong winds. Swimming around the waters is not recommended due to the rocky beds and strong undercurrents, but low tide does reveal small pools that are enjoyable to have a soak in.
How to get to Tegal Wangi Beach?
From Kuta take the Bypass towards Nusa Dua, take the Uluwatu turnoff in Jimbaran. Drive towards the Intercontinental hotel along Jl. Raya Uluwatu, taking the right hand turn just after it (Jl. Bukit Permai). Follow this along the coast to the left, past the Four Seasons (Jl. Karang Mas), looking out for the right hand turn indicating Pura Tegalwangi. When you reach the temple you’ll come to a large parking area. The temple overlooks the cliff to the NW. About 50 meters before the temple to the left side is the beach.
- Nice white sandy beach
- Good Spot for Photoshoot
- Where to see sunset
- Beautiful Hidden Gem
- Sunset Watching Spot
Jl. Tegal Wangi, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Tips for you
I was still a one-way trip from the Pura Uluwatu, Suluban, Dreamland Beach and last Tegal Wangi Beach. At the time I got to the location, I guess only the ocean view from the top of the hill alone (many visitors sitting / photographed) after I saw the way to the edge of the hill shores. To reach its shores should be down a path of stones so be careful. Dipantainya sizable waves besides the scenery was very beautiful (when there were some couples who are doing the pre-wedding photos), especially at sunset. Anyway cool
Tip: Don't go using Uber or Grab Taxi, since there's no reception whatsoever. Either you have your own car/motorbike or charter a transport. (Taxi is possible, but that would mean they also have to wait for you) Tip 2: For Thrillseekers! Right before the Tegal Wangi beach parking lot (where it has the Tegal Wangi Temple) there will be a dirt trail leading to the north. This is the Cliff Jump Tegal Wangi, about a 10 m drop to the sea. Park your vehicle before the dirt trail, and walk about 10 minutes north. At the fork, go left. I went there first time in the afternoon about 11 pm, and found the cliffside trail entrance and the beach nearly deserted. The trail down to the beach is difficult to go through for the uninitiated (perhaps the elderly above 65) but not impossible. The beach itself is not recommended for swimming because of the many corals, but it's pretty okay for a dip. When I went back there for the sunset over the horizon, many people, more locals than foreigners are there to watch it. It doesn't feel too crowded, but there are many people nonetheless. As for the Cliff Jump area, if possible, bring a local who knows how to venture the jump itself, since there are some corals that are not dangerous when you jump in, but you may hit when you are swimming back to shore, since the waves can be quite strong.