Travel Diary: Uluwatu, Bali – Surfer Paradise

IMG_8931 (2)Do you ever wish you were an athletic 20 year old traveling in Asia with an open itinerary? Uluwatu, Bali evokes this kind of yearning. I’ve been learning to surf on Seminyak Beach and I was asking my teachers where they go to catch the big breaks. One word: Uluwatu.IMG_8959 (2)A friend of mine surfed Uluwatu in the 60s (when he was an athletic 20 year old with an open itinerary). He said they had to hand their surf boards to each other down the side of a cliff to reach the water. And while Uluwatu still requires a fit physique to reach, there are now a warren of trails and stairs that reach the beach. Surfing is a whole other story.
IMG_8936 (2)IMG_9040Located on the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu is home to some of the biggest and most prestigious surfing competitions in the world. We happened to visit during low tide, which requires surfers to walk across the reef to catch the breaks. At times like this, the waves are for experts only.IMG_9019 (2) IMG_8997 (2)

There is an entire village built up on the side of the hill overlooking the breaks at Uluwatu. Warungs (cafes) will store your personal goods while you surf, in hopes you’ll buy a Bintang (beer) and some food after you’re done. There are also a ton of internet cafes where surfers are uploading pix of their latest surfing exploits to their jealous friends all over the world.IMG_9027 (2) IMG_9047Did I mention the buff bods? Oh yeah, there’s that too. Lots of eye candy…

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And after a day of surfing, there aren’t much more beautiful places in the world to grab a beer and watch the waves break against the sunset…IMG_9048 IMG_9044Are you an expert surfer? For more info on surfing Uluwatu, go here.

The Bukit Peninsula is connected to Kuta through Jimbaran by the busy Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua and this is the only route in. Traffic is pretty crazy so expect at least a 40 minute drive from Kuta.

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