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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Breathtaking Uluwatu Surfer's Beach, Bali, Indonesia

If I am to count the number of truly spectacular beaches that I find really memorable and enchanting, I guess they would all fit in one hand.

Maya beach in Koh Phi Phi, Haad Rin beach in Koh Pangan, Caramoan in Camarines Sur, Philippines, and Boracay are among them. 

Last week, I was able to visit yet another beach that I find truly amazing and unforgettable. 

Uluwatu Surfers beach, located in the Bukit peninsula in the southern tip of Bali, Indonesia is one gorgeous place that attracts thousands of visitors yearly. My tour guide said that your visit of Bali would not be complete  if you haven't checked out this place. I thought he was exaggerating.

It turned out that he wasn't.

The beach, facing the Indian ocean, features the best waves in all of Bali and only professional or seasoned surfers go there. Waves here often reach several meters easily discouraging those with little surfing skill. Often times, he beginners and intermediates often go to Kuta and Seminyak beaches. 

It does not have a very long beach especially during high tide. But it features a hidden alcove which serves as the entry point for surfers. The small patch of white sand only serves as the exercise point of the surfers. Spectators and supporters stay here. They, however, will not be spared from the onslaught of waves that crash against the alcove.

To get to this alcove, one will have to soldier on a long steep stone stairway, and pass through several restaurants, surf shops and private homes. 

Inside, the light penetrating the alcove creates an enchanting scenery you won't see anywhere else in Bali.

Uluwatu beach is also popular to those who are after the perfect sunset. The restaurants that sit on top of the Bukit peninsula offer a spectacular view of the sun setting on the Indian Ocean. These restaurants also serve as the common lounge of the pro surfers who visit the beach every day.

To get to Uluwatu beach, you can hire a private van, taxi or motorcycle from Kuta or Seminyak. The travel times takes about one hour. The entrance fee is around 3,000 Indonesian rupiah.

The first time I saw Uluwatu was during an episode of The Amazing Race. Since then, this place has been a goal of mine. Seeing it for the time, it took my breath away. And I know that I will come back again very very soon.












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