Uluwatu – surf area of Bali
Uluwatu is one of the most beautiful places in Bali and a real Mecca for surfers. This area has a fairly convenient location – only 20 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from Kuta. Jimbaran, a popular touristic spot for sunset drinks and dinners at a fish restaurant, is only about 5-10 minutes drive from Uluwatu.
Most of the villas in Uluwatu are built in incredibly beautiful places on hills and cliffs above the ocean. They offer all imaginable wonders of the modern architecture, interior design and landscape . To spend your holiday in a place enjoying the stunning views of the ocean, watching the sunrises and sunsets, taking in the incredible fresh ocean air – it is truly the best place that you can chose in Bali!
Uluwatu beach, the road to which is hacked through the coastal cliffs, offers excellent conditions for surfing all year round. However, surfing in Uluwatu is not for the beginners: the reefs here are sharp and the waves are very high. For the same reason, Uluwatu beach is not ideal for swimming. For those who wish to swim, the nearest option is Padang Padang beach – a peaceful enclosure guarded from the waves by the rocks that frame the beach. Another beach close to Uluwatu is Suluban where the annual surfing championship takes place.
In Uluwatu stands one of the most important and the most beautiful temples in Bali – Pura Luhur Uluwatu. The white and gray building of the temple, dedicated to the spirits of the sea, is perched on the ledge of a cliff, overhanging the ocean at a height of over 100 meters. In the light of the sunset it looks just magical. According to the ancient Balinese legend, the temple was built in the 11th century out of the remnants of the ship of the sea god Dewi Danu. And five centuries later in this place lived a holy man Nirartha who attained nirvana on the edge of the cliff. In the memory of this event a three-storey pagoda was built in this place. The Uluwatu temple is surrounded by a picturesque woodland inhabited by sacred monkeys . The animals are cared for by the monks. Tourists can, for a small fee, visit this place, feed the monkeys and make some excellent photo shots. In the evening time on the square in front of the temple you can see the famous Kecak dance. Also in Uluwatu is located a water entertainment centre for children with slides, pools and other amusements.