The Uluwatu peninsula in Bali is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It has amazing cliffs that drop off into the sea and fine sand beaches nestled into little coves between the towering rocks. There isn’t much space to build up big things so it has a laid back town/village vibe aside from the most famous spots like Uluwatu itself. There, you can find a restaurant every 15 steps down the cliff toward the roaring waves. Some of the beaches are very calm, but Uluwatu is where the big boys surf. The scene is essentially monochromatic, only blue water and sky, paired with white clouds and surf.
Our plan in Uluwatu was that I would do yoga and my boyfriend would surf. I’m from California, but the “cold” Northern half, so the waves aren’t exactly my second home. I found great yoga at the Uluwatu Surf Villas for an hour and a half every morning. I’d drop my boyfriend off at the beach, go to yoga and then pick him up for lunch. It turned out the road between Uluwatu and yoga was closed for bridge repairs so I had to go on a winding dirt road for about half an hour instead of 5 minutes over the bridge. It was definitely an adventure, but Google maps made it easy. It was amazing how nicely everything in Bali came together.
The peninsula has lots of nice beaches! Uluwatu is a little rough for swimming but great for surfing. The sand beach disappears at high tide. Padang Padang is nice to lay out on and go for a dip. It seemed like a good place to learn to surf too. Further up the coast, we stayed for a bit at Bingin Beach (at Romeo Beachfront Bungalows). The beach is set back from the road a bit and good for those long walks on the beach. The sunsets in Bali were incredible everywhere.
We also went to the kecak performance at Uluwatu’s monkey temple. It was a really special experience I’d recommend. The men chant an amazing beat that makes a wonderful soundtrack for the dances and story of Ramayana. The chanting men also sort of sway and dance to the beat too. Different men make different sounds which harmonize and intermingle to create something amazing. The temple is also a great place to see the sunset and some scary monkeys. They like shiny things and will take them from you.
There are a variety of restaurants on the peninsula. We had great Mexican, salads, curries, and gluten free burgers (check out my post about GF restaurants), and of course, lots of Nasi Goreng (Balinesian fried rice that’s available everywhere). The Cashew Tree has good fresh healthy food and a morning yoga session. There was a good selection of food and a variety of lodging choices too. Most everything was stunning. Uluwatu is definitely every bit as amazing of a paradise as people say.
More on Bali coming soon: Ubud!