One of my favorite things to do, no matter where I am in the world, is find a great beach to enjoy. Bali is known around the world for its pristine tropical beaches and warm water, it therefore only made sense to hit up a few local beaches in Bali and soak up a little Indonesian sun before I started my Yoga teacher training course in Ubud.
This week I decided to venture off to the South side of Bali and explore Uluwatu Beach. Situated on the tip of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, a large limestone peninsula that includes the famous cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu, as well as many of Bali’s best beaches. What a sight!! Upon arrival I couldn’t help but gasp a little when my feet first stepped onto the white-sand small beach area which met with crystal-clear, blue waters. The white sand beaches are a treat compared to the dominant black volcanic sand and pebble beaches. It was everything I had hoped it to be — and more!
Some exploration and I happened upon a a small secluded beach hidden under the rocks. Far from the crowded of Kuta. My own little piece of paradise. Althought I think I got lucky as apparently this spot is quite a tourist attraction at times and can get quite busy. At high tide it’s totally inaccessible unless you are floating on a surfboard so I guess I hit it lucky.
If you’re an experienced surfer, then Uluwatu is definitely the place for you! The waves are fantastic and full of energy, just waiting for surfers to take advantage. If you’re not a surfer, that’s okay, you can practice your yoga asana on the beach… or just enjoy the sun, quiet and a good book.
Leave it to me to forget a towel to lay down upon the sand and relax with; however, to my advantage, there are many locals on the beach with huts full of goodies to bring home – including many beautiful sarongs, which doubled as a beach blanket!
Uluwatu’s beaches are the perfect spot for chilling out and soaking up the sun, grabbing a tasty bite to eat, sipping on a fresh coconut and watching the surfers take on the powerful waves produced by the Indian ocean which break over the long, exposed stretch of reef. At low tide you can even take a walk out to the reef and take a closer look in the rock pools at the colourful tropical fish swimming around. To end the day make sure to head up to the top of the cliff and sip on a cocktail while watching the sun set. It feels like you are sitting on the edge of the world.
If you have the time, a love for the sun, enjoy beach hopping and sipping on a fresh coconut, Uluwatu is a must-see beach!