Uluwatu Bali offers amazing surf breaks and stunning views complete with fantastic nightlife. Though the consistent swell and the cold beer would be more than enough to keep you entertained during your whole stay, make sure you also pay a visit to the cliffside Uluwatu temple.
Trust us, you’ll be set for vacation photos for life.
Here is our surfer’s guide to Uluwatu Bali:
Uluwatu is located in the southern tip of Bali, about an hour’s drive from the airport. You’ll know you’ve reached your destination once you start passing by shirtless guys with surfboards strapped onto their motorbikes. With their long hair blowing in the wind (no helmets, obviously), it might look like the very picture of carefree, but the roads around here are very steep and hilly and acci-dents are common. So pay attention.
Surf in Uluwatu Bali
Life in Uluwatu pretty much revolves around surfing as the area offers some of the best surfing in the world. It’s no wonder that you can’t turn a corner without seeing a sign advertising board rent-als, ding repairs or surf lessons. There are plenty of beaches to choose from, with such enticing names as “Dreamland” and “Impossibles” alongside “Bingin” and “Padang Padang”.
Though the conditions really are fantastic, keep your wits about you. Due to its impressive swell, Uluwatu is not the best place for absolute beginners, so it’s wise to get your feet wet in the smaller waves in and around Kuta before heading for the lineup in Uluwatu.
Eat in Uluwatu Bali
Uluwatu offers a nice mix of trendy Western dining and down to earth local fare. For healthy snacks, head to the local branch of iconic Bali Buda (Jl. Raya Uluwatu). Om Burger (Jl. Labuansait No. 432) is conveniently located right next to Padang Padang beach and serves up tasty, healthy burgers alongside terrific views overlooking the ocean. Stop Makan Yuk (Jl. Raya Uluwatu No. 7) loosely translates as “Stop and Eat”. This is a great place for sampling some seriously tasty Indone-sian food. You don’t need to know the language or the names of the dishes as you can simply point at whatever looks good in the display window. The place offers great value for money and the cli-entele is a nice mix of visitors and locals.
Sleep in Uluwatu Bali
If you’re looking for ease and comfort, you can set up shop in one of the numerous surf camps that can be found around these parts. Places like Rapture Surfcamp (Jl. Labuan Sait) will cater to your every surfing need, while places such as the Temple Lodge (Jl. Pantai Bingin) will give you the freedom to surf when you feel like it while also offering treats such as onsite yoga classes.
Uluwatu is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in Bali, but if you’re travelling on a budget, don’t worry. There are plenty of affordable guesthouses in the area as well. Sal (Jl. Pantai Bingin) offers good value for money in a terrific location close to the beach.
Party in Uluwatu Bali
Single Fin (Jl. Mamo) is a local cliffside legend and it’s a terrific venue for catching some live music and DJs. The Cashew Tree (Jl. Pantai Bingin No. 9) is a nice option as well with cold drinks and local bands playing regularly. Many of the high-end resorts have rooftop bars, but for a more down to earth experience, head on over to the beach. Sitting on the sand with your toes dipped into the ocean is the hands down best place for watching the sun set into the ocean while sipping a cold beer. If you’re lucky, things might get a little bit more exciting as beaches such as Padang Padang regularly host parties to celebrate full moon and other special occasions.