Things to do in Uluwatu
Surfing, sun baking, exploring the southern part of the island, 5 star seriously luxurious cliff top resorts & villas, great massages or just chilling out on the beach. Uluwatu is all about fun in the sun. It has a very vibrant, young buzz about the place. You see it every where. ‘Ulu’ is a great alternative to the other busier parts of Bali.
Uluwatu is located on the southern part of Bali in the Bukit area. If your a surfer then your probably going to go to Uluwatu to surf the famous waves and breaks on the peninsula. If your a newbie then following are some great things to do in Uluwatu and the Bukit.
- Go Surfing The Uluwatu surf break is famous and if you are wanting to get some great barrels on your holiday then try surfing here. To get to the surf you need to walk down some steep stairs and paddle out through a cave entrance (see below). A word of warning. The surf here can be hazardous so take care and do not go out if you are a beginner as the waves break over a sharp coral reef. You can rent all your surfing equipment in the shops at Uluwatu as they rent surf boards out by the hour at around Rp 100 000 ($10).
- Sunset Drinks If you are going to do anything in Uliuwatu, yo must at least watch the sunset over the ocean. The rock face area at Uluwatu is dotted with local bars and restaurants and this is where you can grab a cold beer and watch the amazing sunset. It really is spectacular as you can see the colours of the horizon change from a light blue to a fiery red. At around 5 pm the place gets really crowded as tour buses from other areas of Bali converge on Uluwatu all for the same reason, to see the amazing sunset. So make sure you get here early to get the best front row table.
- Single Fin Bar & Restaurant If you want to party, meet new people and have a few drinks then Single Fin on Sunday afternoon is the place to be. Watch the sunset drink a few cocktails and then wait for the music to kick in. Single Fin has live music and DJ’s and becomes a big party scene as the evening wears on. It’s the biggest night time venue in the Uluwatu/Bukit area and people wait a whole week just so they can let their hair down on Sunday night.
- Swim and sun bake at Uluwatu If you are staying around Uluwatu in a hotel or villa a great day out is to spend the day on the beach here and enjoy the sun and the ocean. Watch out for the tides as it’s best to come here when its low tide and you can bath in the swallow water.
- Spend a day or 2 in Bingin Bingin is a little piece of paradise and many people simply never come here. It is so laid back, quiet and the best part about it is there is a beach where you can surf, eat and spend you days lazing in the sun. If you are staying in Bingin the best thing to do is look for some villa accommodation. Generally they are quite cheap and most of them come with a private pool There are a few hotels in the area but they tend to get booked out very quickly. The climb down to the beach is worth the effort as it’s far less crowded and more peaceful than other beaches in the Bukit and Bali. There are quaint local run, really top warungs here where you can have breakfast, lunch and a romantic dinner on the beach under the stars. The beach scene at Bingin is fun, laid back and very unpretentious. The surf gets quite large here so take care as it’s all reef here with sharp nasty rocks. Make sure you are here for the sunset at Bingin as it is breath taking! Hang around for a fresh seafood dinner once the sun goes down cooked by the locals in their restaurants on the beach front.
- Grab a local massage Like all areas in Bali there are places where yo can go, de-stress and have a massage. Uluwautu is no exception. Along the road that leads you to Uluwatu from Bingin and Padang there are about a dozen day spas and body treatment boutiques.. One in particular is absolute bliss – Tara massage. It’s famous so you will need to book days in advance. A hour massage will set you back around $20 – really good value considering how good you will be feeling!