Surfing Uluwatu – Bukit Waves Bali Indonesia
Uluwatu Surfing Tips:
- Respect the locals!
- Shallow Reef! Know where you are.
- Remember where to go back in.
- Watch the wave from a Warung first.
- Be prepared for a late, fast drop.
- Wear a leash.
- Wear waterproof, reef-safe sunblock.
When surfing Uluwatu, the entry to the surf is down between the cliffs and out from the caves. It’s one of the more beautiful entries to the surf you’ll ever experience. Make sure, as you’re paddling out, to look back and make sure you recognize where to go back in. It all blends together from the line-up.
Be careful of the shallow reef as well as the fast drops. It’s a little tricky when dropping in. To better understand the wave, it’s best to watch it from above first. There are 2 locations to watch the surf. The first is up through the cave on a slightly sketchy wood stairway to a viewing platform. The other is at the warungs (cafes) to the right of the caves and surf. You can watch the waves safely with a drink in hand and a nice little meal.
As with any surf break, make sure to be respectful of everyone surfing. Don’t drop in and be courteous. Bali line-ups observe Aloha (much better than in Hawaii.) Spread the Aloha.
The best spot to stay when surfing Uluwatu is the Puri Uluwatu Villas. The villas sit perched up above the surf with great views and private access to the surf trail. You get up, check the waves from your room, and then walk through the jungle straight to the surf. It doesn’t get better than that.
If the waves aren’t optimal, enjoy lunch or breakfast with some cocktails at the villas. Or take a walk down to the warungs or Single Fin to enjoy a cocktail and food directly in front of the waves for some entertainment.