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Nyang Nyang Beach: The Most Beautiful Hidden Beach in Bali

Nyang Nyang Beach is hands down, one of the best beaches in Bali Indonesia.

If you have heard of Nyang Nyang beach, you were likely captivated by the exotic shipwrecks that lie ashore and make quite the “hot spot” for Instagram photos.

Shipwreck on Nunggalan beach
The shipwreck on Nunggalan beach

I want to clarify for all the (future) visitors that the “Nyang Nyang beach shipwreck” is actually NOT on Nyang Nyang beach, but is found on Nunggalan beach.   Some websites and bloggers name Nyang Nyang beach Uluwatu as the destination to see and photograph the insta-famous shipwrecks, but it is incorrect.  

I believe the confusion comes from the fact that Google Maps identify two locations as Nyang Nyang, although one location is actually Nunggalan.   

The beaches are both located within a few minutes drive from one another in Uluwatu Bali at the south tip of Bukit Peninsula. 

Nyang Nyang beach and Nunggalan beach are equally stunning surrounded by the famous Uluwatu cliff coastline.  But they have separate entrances and are distinct beaches (meaning, they are not connected).   No matter which beach you end up, I assure you that they are both best hidden beaches in Bali and great locations to enjoy a quiet beach day on the pristine white sand with a panoramic view of the turquoise ocean.

nyang nyang beach: view of nunggalan beach from the top of cliff
View of Nunggalan beach from the top of the cliff

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Both Nyang Nyang and Nunggalan have a long stretch of white sand shores, perfect for a nice stroll.  The two beaches certainly have the longest and the most beautiful white sand beach in Bali that I have ever seen. 

I visited both beaches in the midst of the high season and still encountered only about ten separate groups the entire day!   Compare that to the west coast of Bali (Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu) where you will run into the same number of people within the first 2 minutes you plant your feet on the sand.

At Nyang Nyang and Nunggalan, you can easily find your private corner and enjoy the blue horizon in peace. 

I found that the west coast is not only overcrowded with tourists but also not as scenic.   When you imagine Bali beaches, you may picture white sand beaches with clear blue waters.   Unfortunately, you will not find that on the west coast.

I think the majority of disappoints expressed about Bali beaches stem from this disconnect between reality and visitors’ expectations about these popular destinations.

So in this post, I want to share with you where you CAN actually find the beach you dream of when you think of Bali.  I honestly think Nyang Nyang and Nunggalan are the best white sand beaches in Bali.  

Read on to find out where you can find this secret beach and how you can add it to your epic adventures in Bali!

Mo taking a stroll on a deserted beach at Nyang Nyang beach in Bali
Taking a walk on Nyang Nyang beach

Getting Around in Bali

If you are heading to Bali for the first time, be sure to read Bali Transportation Guide for tips on how to best get around the island during your visit!

Nunggalan Beach Bali

Let’s get back to the shipwreck, as it is a unique set up on the beach, providing a fantastic photo opportunity!

Although you will see many bloggers and websites citing Nyang Nyang beach as the wreck’s location, it is actually on a less-known beach called Nunggalan beach.

When you enter “Nunggalan beach” in google maps, it will pop up in the result and will pin you to a location called “Nunggalan Nyang Nyang beach.”

This is actually the correct location of Nunggalan beach.  If you enter “Nyang Nyang beach,” you will be directed to another location further to the west.

How to Get to Nunggalan Beach

Nunggalan beach is located about 30 minutes from Nusa Dua area or about 45 minutes from the Kuta/Legian area.

You can either rent a scooter or hire a driver in Uluwatu, then head towards Uluwatu Temple on Jalan Raya Uluwatu Pecatu.  You will see a small sign for Nunggalan beach and a bigger round sign for “Villa Plenilunio” on your left-hand side (before Nyang Nyang).

a street sign for entering Nunggalan beach
Turn left at this sign

When you see the “Villa Plenilunio” and “Nunggalan beach” sign, turn left and stay on the road for another 5 minutes or so through some pastures until you reach the Plenilunio villas.   You will see a sign for parking, as well as arrows pointing to “the beach.”

By the way, if you see a sign for Nyang Nyang beach off of Jalan Raya Uluwatu Pecatu, you missed the entrance for Nunggalan.  If you follow that sign, you will end up on another beach, Nyang Nyang!

Once you park your car/scooter, start walking towards the coast on a small path next to the villa building.  You will trek down the cliff for about 20 minutes on rocky steps.  The climb down is not too strenuous, and can be done in sandals – just take your time and mind your steps, as some rocks are steep.   

On route down to the beach, there are a few shacks selling drinks – coconut water, bottled water, even beer – and simple local snacks.   You can pick some up along the way (if you didn’t pack any already), or there are also some shacks on the beach.  

How to find the Shipwreck on Nunggalan Beach

About halfway down the climb, you will come to a fork in the path.  Stay right.

Nunggalan beach fork signs
When you reach this fork, stay right

When you reach a flat pasture, you are nearly there!   Just keep walking towards the beach, and the wreck will appear in your purview.

When I visited Nunggalan beach in August 2018, there was only one shipwreck remaining on the shore.  Even though I had read that there were two wrecks, the second one had deteriorated beyond recognition.   But the bigger one still stood – it’s interesting to see the various artwork that appears on this wreck, as it constantly changes!

Nunggalan beach at low tide
At low tide, you can splash around in the shallow "pool"

If you go at a time of the day when the tide is pulling out, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the shallow pools of water that collects between the rocks.   I wouldn’t recommend swimming out in the deep during high tide, as the waves are powerful and dangerous.  

If you walk to the left of the wreck, you will see some beach umbrellas that you can rent for the day.   There are no beach chairs though, so bring your own beach towels or sarongs to sit on 😉

Now slather on some sunscreen, put on you favorite music and enjoy the beautiful beach day on this secret gem of Bali!

Mo laying on the beach in the shallow water at Nunggalan beach
You can practically have this view all to yourself!

Nyang Nyang Beach Bali

Nyang Nyang beach location is just up the road from Nunggalan.  The entrance to Nyang Nyang beach will appear on the left, as you approach towards Uluwatu Temple.   You will see a blue square sign on your left that says “Nyang Nyang beach.”

Just a minute or two on a small paved road, you will reach a parking lot where you can park your car/scooter.  Surrounding the parking lot, you will find a few snack stands where you can buy food and drinks.  Otherwise, there is a small warung (if you can call it that) on the beach that sells some beverages.

How to Get to Nyang Nyang Beach

To get to Nyang Nyang beach from the parking lot, you will hike down a hill that is rocky and gravely.   Be very careful, as the hill is steep and slippery with gravel in some parts.   For Nyang Nyang, I recommend that you wear sneakers to trek down because the gravels make footing unstable.

If you survive the 20-25 minute trek down the cliff and reach a flat pasture without sliding or falling, you are home free!

View of Nyang Nyang beach from the top of cliff
Stunning view of Nyang Nyang beach from top of the cliff

Similar to Nunggalan, you will have access to a long stretch of white sand beach at Nyang Nyang that you will likely share with only a handful of people.   I walked from one end to another which took me about 30-40 minutes if that gives you an indication of how long the Nyang Nyang beach is.

There are no wrecks on this beach, but the view is incredible.  Some of the best beach views on the entire mainland of Bali if you asked me.  

Travel Tips

To make the best of your time at Nyang Nyang, it’s essential for you to check the tide chart.   If you go at high tide, the water will be too high and you will not have a beach to enjoy.    I went around 9 am (I wanted to get there before the crowd), and on that day, the tide was starting to recede, and I had just enough space to take a nice long walk on the beach. 

By the time I left the beach around 11:30 am, a handful of couples and groups of friends had started to arrive.  But I wouldn’t say it was “crowded” by any stretch of the imagination!  I encountered maybe about 5 -7 groups all morning.

Swimming:  Uluwatu is known for great surf breaks (which enhances the clifftop views), and swimming on a remote beach like Nyang Nyang is not recommended.   On the day that I went to Nyang Nyang, the surfs were quite big and even a strong swimmer like myself felt reluctant to enter the water.  

I splashed around in the shallow (ankle deep) to cool off, and that was good enough for me!

Food:  There is a small shack on the beach selling things like refreshments and light snacks.   I also saw a man with a cooler selling beer and water.   If you plan to spend the entire day on the beach, I would recommend that you pack a picnic basket/bag!

Nyang Nyang beach: view of Nunggalan beach from top of cliff
An incredible view of Nyang Nyang shoreline

Where to Stay in Uluwatu

If you are looking for an epic beach vacation in Bali – or even just a beach day – skip the Travel Guide destinations and head straight to Nyang Nyang beach or Nunggalan beach for a true paradise.   You will not be disappointed 😉

For the best places to stay in Uluwatu close to these beaches, check out some of my favorite places in town:

Budget = Olas Homestay (~$15/night)
Mid-Range = Uluwatu Breeze Village (~$45/night)
Luxury = Hideaway Villas Bali (~$145/nigiht)  The private swimming pool you get with a view is spectacular!

Other Beautiful Beaches in Bali

By the way, if you are a hopeless beach bum like me and love traveling the world to discover hot beach spots, check out my other favorite beach in Bali, Bias Tugel in Padang Bai.  I say Bias Tugel ranks equally as the most beautiful beach in Bali with a breathtaking panorama of pure white sand and turquoise waters. 

Aside from white sand beaches, did you know that Bali also hosts black sand beaches along the east and north coasts of the island?  Made of volcanic sand, a black sand beach in Bali is worth exploring especially if you have never seen it before! 

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If you are looking for the best white sand beach in Bali Indonesia, look no further than the Nyang Nyang Beach in Uluwatu! With a long stretch of powdery beach surrounded by cliff walls, Nyang Nyang is undoubtedly the best hidden gem on the island and the most beautiful beach in Bali. Check out this travel guide for all the travel tips you need to make your next Bali travel an epic vacation! Indonesia Travel | Indonesia itinerary | Bali Beaches | Southeast Asia Travel | #bali #beaches #asia
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  • Michelle

    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous post! I love how you clarified the misconceptions of not only the 2 secret beaches but of the beaches on the west coast in general. Your tips on locating the beaches are going to be so helpful when I FINALLY get to go to Bali. LOL!

    • Mo

      Thank you Michelle! I hear so many people recant the stories of their disappointing visit to Bali, and it makes me so sad when I know there are beautiful spots here 🙂 I hope to show others how to get off the beaten path and explore some more of these hidden gems! I hope you make it to Bali soon 🙂

    • Mo

      My pleasure, Raquel! So many visitors stick to the west side, seeing only Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu and get only a limited view of what Bali has to offer. I hope you get to return to Bali and explore some more beautiful beaches next time 🙂

  • Emily

    So many posts about Bali out there… But I’ve never hear of these beaches! What a great find. I much prefer quieter spots, so I’m definitely bookmarking this for later.

    • Mo

      Yes, Bali has sadly become a commercialized destination over the last several years, but there are still many incredible hidden finds! I hate going anywhere where there are massive crowds – to me, it takes away the “authentic” vibe and feel of the destination, which is the reason I am traveling in the first place! I love getting off the popular track when I travel and exploring some undiscovered routes 🙂

  • Dina

    This post was so encouraging to read, because a hidden, non-touristy beach is not what comes to mind when I think of Bali! In fact, I was turned off by how crowded the beaches were – seems I wasn’t looking hard enough. Will note these great suggestions for next time!!

    • Mo

      Thank you Dina – I’m so glad that this post gave you tips and inspiration for your next trip 🙂 It’s exactly why I write these posts so that visitors of Bali can actually experience the beautiful side of this exotic island, and not walk away with disappointments!

    • Mo

      Yes, I guess you call it a treasure hunt 😉 It’s a bit of a trek to get down the cliff, but it’s SO worth it when you get to enjoy that stunning view with hardly anyone else! I hope you get to enjoy some of these gorgeous views on your trip to Bali!

  • Kelly

    So Bali is on my list and O hate tourists so I am.saving this guide for when I get here. As well as that transportation guide. And thanks for a clarification for where the shipwrecks actually are. So appreciated!!!

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