Uluwatu is located on the south-west tip of the Bukit peninsular, south of Jimbaran. Uluwatu has become a popular place for tourists to visit due to its beautiful beaches, iconic Ulutwatu Temple and upholding its reputation as one of the top surf destinations, world wide.
On our first day in Bali, we decided to head to ULUWATU to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about. We arranged a driver to stay with us for the day and combined his recommendations with our own list to make sure we saw as much as we could.
Here is our list of stops and recommended destinations when visiting the south-west coast of Bali.
A DAY TRIP TO ULUWATU
First stop of the day was to NUSA DUA, the home of water sports. On arrival we were presented with a long list of water sports and activities to choose from. You can choose from banana boating, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling and so on.
The ‘Glass boat and snorkelling experience’ caught our eye so we booked ourselves in straight away.
Unfortunately, we were massively disappointed with our dirty old tinnie that had a small hole in the middle. aka. the glass floor. We were dropped in the middle of the sea, that was nothing special and spent the entire time fighting against the current. Sure, there was a lot of fish circling us, but the water was far from clear and by the time we got back in the boat i was covered in sea lice and fighting off a near asthma attack.
On the other hand, those banana boating looked like they were having a really fun time.
We were then taken to ‘turtle island’. At first we thought was really cool and we were assured they were ‘looking after the animals’. We happily posed with all the animals and had a turn holding one of the turtles. It wasn’t until we saw a snake with its mouth taped shut and a large pit of turtles with barely any water that we realised it was probably not the best spot for these animals.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that sounds like somewhere you would like to visit…
The Next stop of the day was to Dream Land beach, renowned for its dangerous shore break, yet exceptionally beautiful.
Dreamland Beach was exactly as it sounds, a dream land. We spent an hour lazing on the beach, watching the hurely surf team set up their tents and enjoying lunch with a view.
Why not hire a deck chair and make a day of it.
After lunch, we were taken to the Uluwatu Temple. Uluwatu temple is one of six temples believed to be spiritual pillars in bali. We were in awe of its beautiful location positioned on the cliff’s edge.
At the entrance, there were several monkeys lazing around in the sun. We held onto our belongings, as advised by our guide, stopped for a photo and then continued on down the path. Sure enough, one of the monkeys decided they liked the look of Jay’s shoe and started his mission to steal or destroy it. As humorous as it was to watch, there were moments where i thought the monkey was ready to pounce on us. Unsuccessful in his mission, he wondered off back up the tree.
After walking around the temple a few times, our driver took us to our last beach for the day, Padang Padang Beach.
Padang Padang Beach was my favourite beach on the trip!
Here we simply relaxed, sipping on coconuts as we lay in the sun!
Our trip to Uluwatu was a day very well spent!
Have you ever been to Bali? What was your favourite part of your trip?