Never a dull moment in the Bukit- Things to do when the waves go flat
Even if you’re on a full send surf trip in Bali, you might get a bit surfed out or just need a day off to let your body recover. Luckily, Bali is the Island of the Gods and there is countless other activities. Pool parties, temples, food, or enjoying the Bali sunset, Bali is an adventures dream. There is never a dull moment, get out and take advantage of the island paradise.
Ulu Temple sunset/ Kecak Dance
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of Bali’s best sea temples. The temple is located on the edge of Bali’s famous limestone cliffs and facing the Indian ocean, positioned high atop a 70 meter cliff. It offers the best panorama and sunset view. There is no clear age of the temple but it is thought to be over 1000 years old with the main renovation happening in the 11th century. Dedicated to the spirits of the sea, the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is an architectural wonder in black coral rock.
You don’t want to miss is the traditional Kecak Dance also known as the fire dance. Fortunately, the Uluwatu Temple offers one of the best venues in all of Bali to enjoy this enchanting performance. Everyday starting at 6:00 pm the dance starts at the sun begins to set.
One of Balinese artistic masterpieces in the form of a dance and musical drama. “Cak, Cak, Cak, Cak…” the chant goes on. Trance like, hypnotic, the fifty or so bare chested men sway with the rhythm. A story of a princess stolen from her prince by the evil monkey demon. The narrative follows the prince and his challenges to get here back.
Kecak Dance 100.000
GWK Cultural Park
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is a park full of traditional statues and monuments. Devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who became his companion. Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is the largest in all of Indonesia and is 75-m tall, 65-m wide statue, everyday GWK also offers many Indonesian traditional music and dances, especially Balinese. They offer 11 different music and dance showings varying from Barong Keris Dance to Salsa lessons. GWK also offers a culinary adventure though your taste buds make sure you check Jendela which gives a panoramic view of the park and the perfect spot to catch the sunset.
- Adult (domestic) :: IDR 40,000
- Adult (foreign) :: IDR 60,000
Catch a movie at Drifter surf shop
Drifter is a place to chill and appreciate the large collection of one of a kind surfboards, clothing, hand selected books, artwork, collectibles. Drifter Cafe Uluwatu is serving fresh healthy food for breakfast, lunch, and Dinner. Drifter is known for its gorgeous driftwood structure and interior, and of course its gallery of collectibles. Every Wednesday night at 7:30 they play an iconic surf movie in the back courtyard. They clear out all the tables and place beanbags and nice seating for your viewing pleasure. They offer up a select menu with a focus on clean fresh local ingredients that fuel your surfing and active lifestyle needs.
Indonesia’s 13,600 islands make up the world’s largest archipelago, having around about 54,720 km (about 34,000 mi) of coastline creating a surfers paradise. Thousands of miles of island coastline receive consistent, powerful, swells from the huge storms of the Southern Indian Ocean. With no major landmass to block or alter these swells, they arrive to the reefs and shores of Indonesia as well groomed, orderly, long lines. Some of the best waves on earth. With the main season between April and October when swell swinging up from the Roaring 40s and Howling 50s brings endless waves slamming the Bali coastline.
From beginners to the pros around Bali there is a wave for everyone. Check out our blog about the best surf spots in the Bukit.
Sunset in Uluwatu- Beer at single fin
On the very Southwest corner of Bali lies the famous surf spot Uluwatu, however it’s not just one of the best surf spots but the most incredible locations to catch a sunset. Perched atop the limestone cliff is SingleFin with party vibes and delicious western food it’s literally at the top. But don’t shy away from heading down the steps and finding your way into one of the many local warungs where the beer is half the price and the vibes are just as groovy. Sit back order some hot chips, grab a Bintang, and watch the sunset over the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean while the surfers enjoy some of the best waves of the world.
Eat the local food
Food, glorious food. The local cuisine, whether truly Balinese or influenced by the rest of Indonesia and Asia, draws from the bounty of fresh local foods and is rich with spices and flavors. Part of Indonesian cuisine, demonstrates indigenous traditions, as well as influences from other Indonesian regional cuisine, Chinese and Indian. The island's inhabitants are predominantly Hindu and culinary traditions are somewhat distinct with the rest of Indonesia. The sheer variety and quality of the local cuisine will have your taste buds dancing from warung to warung. The fragrant aromas of Balinese cooking will taunt you wherever you go. You can’t come to Bali without eating the island’s stable foods like nasi goreng, mie goreng, and nasi campur.
No matter where you end up eating from local street food to a 5 star dining experience you will not be disappointed.
Uluwatu being the biggest little surf town has a very unique and thriving party scene. Unlike most of Bali, Uluwatu offers one big party per night. This culture brings everyone in town together every night keeping the party’s inclusive and pumping.
Surprisingly to most, Sunday Funday is the biggest party of the week. SingleFin Sunday’s go off. With 3 levels of mayhem and music you’re guaranteed to find something to groove to. But be ready, it can be chaos. Standing room only on the dancefloors and drunk Aussies as far as the eye can see. Get on their level and get ready for a great night.
Mondays are the mellowest since everyone is hungover and still recovering from SingleFin however, Can Chill offers live music, cheap beer, and good vibes. How can you not love classic covers with an Indo twist. The perfect spot to recover or get back on the horse.
Tuesdays are for the Reggae party, Summer’s Warung is always jumping. If you come to Uluwatu and don’t see Ulu Roots you missed out. Ulu Roots is the local reggae band, with the best Bob Marley covers and some classic of their own they are always a good time.
Wednesdays are back at SingleFin, not as packed as Sundays. With more breathing room and a little better for social interaction it’s a great place to meet the opposite sex and see where the night takes you. On Wednesdays SingleFin turns into the MingleBin.
Thursdays are another one of the mellow evenings but it’s beginning to gain traction and quickly becoming another great night. UlU Garden is an newer venue but its epic, with open seating and a huge dance floor. They even have a giant swing to keep you entertained by swinging yourself or people watching. Ulu Garden features all the best local bands and are offering up some of the cheaper beer and cocktails.
Who’s your favorite DJ? They might not be playing at UlU Cliffhouse, but they will have your new favorite DJ that you didn’t know existed. The Cliffhouse has an infinity pool over the limestone cliff looking directly into the ocean, it’s the classiest night of the week but everyone is getting drunk. The dance floor is going to be packed and with half off drinks on everyone's on the level full of liquid courage. Don’t be surprised if you hear a few cannon balls splashing into the pool.
Saturday-Padang Beach Party
Is any trip to Bali really complete without dancing all night with your toes in the sand? The Padang Padang beach party is always packed! After talking the walk down the tretorious stairs to the sand you will be greeted by cheap Bintangs and a full stage built just for the party. With local bands starting off the night till midnight and DJ’s spinning records till the sun rises. Leave your shoes and sandals in your scooter because on the high tide you will get your feet wet. Just be ready to dance till your legs want to fall off.
Depending on the quality of the surf the next day it will reflect on the vibes of the party but nevertheless every night is a good night. On that same note, the Monday morning crowd is always lacking a few of the boys who got after it a little too hard Sunday night. Keep that in mind when planning your surfing plans for the week.
Go to a beach club
Feeling classy and want to be catered to hand and foot? Want to spend the day lounging on a daybed or swinging in a hammock? Uluwatu offers some of the best beach clubs in Bali. The newest being Omnia, which is taking over. They have the world best DJ’s playing shows around an infinity pool covering 100 meters of clifftop 90 meters above the ocean. Want to be carried down the cliff in a gondola to a white sand beach with every amenity on offer from kayaks to snorkel equipment then Sundays is the hot ticket. Want to live on the edge and get your best instagram photos head to Oneeighty. With one of the most beautiful pools in all of Bali, it’s placed atop the cliff with jaw dropping extension of the pool that jets off the cliff with a glass bottom. Not for the faint of heart.
- Omnia- Free entry unless a headlining DJ is playing
- Sundays- 350k entry with a 200k food credit
- Oneeighty- 400k with 350k food and drink credit