Bali daytrip to Uluwatu
Instead of a lazy weekend, most of our guests at the surf camp choose the option to go on a daytrip on sunday. We usually don’t offer surf lessons during the weekend. The surf spots in Bali are mostly too crowded then and our surf guides need a day off from time to time, too :) This time, it was decided to go on a tour to Uluwatu, which is one of our favourite destinations, besides Ubud, the Kings Graves, the monkey forest and the temple of Tanah Lot. On the way to Uluwatu we usually stop by at another famous surf spot of Bali, that goes by the name of Padang Padang. Afterwards we often join the traditional firedance ceremony at Uluwatu.
The streets of Kuta are a little less crowded during the weekend, but still busy, compared to the roads in Europe or anywhere else in the western world.
Padang Padang – one of the best surf spots in the world
Padang Padang is not only a lovely beach, it is also one of the most famous surf spots in the world, that offers perfect conditions nearly all year long. Just 30 meters away from the parking lot,the beach of Padang Padang is entered through a steep stairset, cutting through between the cliffs. The beach itself is just a short stretch of 200 meters, next to a high cliff on the left and sharp rocks to the right. The waves break over a shallow reef 70 meters away from the beach and even if you don’t surf you will be well entertained by those who do. The real Padang Padang, a shallow, barreling lefthander, which is not visible from the beach cause it is hidden behind the cliff, usually hosts a bunch of real good surfers on the. Beginners and intermediates are well served on the smaller break, right in front of the beach, that goes by the name of “Baby Padang”. Like usual, the beach is pretty busy with vendors of all kinds of souvenirs, surfboard rentals and little warungs. Since the beach is not that extended, it gets crowded early and runs out of shady places pretty fast, but if you stay longer you can rent an umbrella to stay cool.
Overview from the above the beach at Padang Padang
The famous Uluwatu cliffs and reefbreaks
After Padang Padang, it’s not that far until you arrive at Uluwatu, which is another well known surf spot in Bali, famous for its long and hollow tube rides in front of a stunning view from the cliff. Both spots are considered to be “pro spots” and only well trained surfers should go out there, especially at a swell size which brings the spots to life, somewhere above the 6ft. mark.
The Channel, your way into the break at Uluwatu
Big spray and cutback at Uluwatu
Watch the surf and relax
All the way down the cliffs at Uluwatu, many small shops, cafés and restaurants are built into the cliff walls, which offer everything to satisfy the needs of the visitors. On a good day, you can spend hours and hours, just catching affordable food from the restaurants, have a few cold beverages and watch the incredible surf. If you surf there yourself, every single wave will be caught by professional photographers on the cliff and you can buy your shots later in one of the booths, that are specialized in that business. A common price for your shots is about 150.000 IDR.
Campers hanging out at one of the restaurants on the cliff.
Traditional Balienese firedance
If you are not too tired after your Uluwatu experience, our drivers take you to the temple where you can enjoy the traditional firedance ceremony at Uluwatu, before everybody gets transferred back to the Stormrider Surf Camp.
Firedance ceremony, Uluwatu at sunset