If you are looking for nature’s beauty along with some adventure to indulge in, head to Uluwatu beach in Bali. Merely 2 km from Uluwatu Temple, the gorgeous Uluwatu Beach is a great place for beach bums and surfers. The limestone rocks amid the mountains make the beach looks like a postcard picture. The gorgeous and exotic location offers a perfect setting for restaurants with a view.
The road from Uluwatu temple to the beach spot is smooth and beautiful. You might lose your GPS signal on the way since the road runs through the wilderness. Hence do not shy away asking for directions from locals or shopkeepers.
The parking spot
You can park your two wheeler near the shacks where they charge you 3000 IDR as “parking fee”. 5000 IDR is the fee for car park.’
Don’t worry about helmet or unlocked items on bike. No body steals in Bali. (Of course, you won’t leave your camera and wallet behind). From the “parking” walk abuot 50 meters to reach a flight of steep stairs. Descending is easy but ascending becomes a humongous task. You might find monkeys lazing around the stairs and most of the time they do not bother tourists. Stay calm and quiet while passing by them. Not making eye contact with them might help averse attack. Here is my experience of visiting the monkey forest on the first day of my trip.
Towards the beach
After descending the first flight of stairs, you’d cross a crowded market place selling food and renting beach essentials. Cross the market to reach another staircase that stands atop the beach. The sight of the beach is absolutely thrilling.
My thrill doubled on spotting two dogs. A lazy, hairy, no-so-friendly dog on the stairs and one super friendly, adventure loving, black dog on the beach. The latter loved splashing in the water. Needless to say I befriended the canine immediately.
The beach place resembles a place from a fairy tale book where the ocean waves lash through two huge rocks. It’s too picturesque for words.
It’s advisable to keep your belongings on the rocks at a height, safe from water. The waves gush through the mountains and rise as high as five feet. I had almost lost my bag and shoes in one such wave. Thanks to the gentleman on the beach who leaped into the water to retrieve my things. Even the not-so-friendly dog got annoyed when he got wet. haha Locals warn of high tide in evenings. Better leave the place before evening when the shore is submerged in water.
Before the wave lashed the shore, husband and I soaked in the beauty. He even took the risk of wading to rock in the center. The enormous sea made him speechless. You can cross the beach stretch beneath the staircase and walk further for surfing or other water sports.
You can go beach hopping on several other beaches around Uluwatu. Each beach promises breathtaking beauty, adventure, and pleasant ambiance. Padang Padang, Suluban and Dreamland Beach are to name a few.
P.S. This trip of mine to Bali was in Aug 2017.
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