The legendary place called Uluwatu holds a special place in surf lore. Surfing Uluwatu is associated with crème de la crème of the sport and the lifestyle.
In fact it was Uluwatu that made the island internationally famous among surfers to begin with.
Uluwatu is situated on the southwestern tip of the Bukit Peninsula, which protrudes like a golf club from the south coast of Bali. Aside from surfing, Uluwatu is famous for the 11th century Hindu temple that attracts tourists from all over the world. And while surfers may love a visit to the stunning temple above the waves, it’s what lies below that draws them to surfing Uluwatu. And these are waves that deserve their respect.
Surfing Uluwatu is mainly the domain of professional and expert surfers. Beginners are better suited to hone their skills at nearby Padang Padang Right, a beach break with friendlier waves suitable for longboarders and those learning the art. Uluwatu can be dangerous for those without the proper skills and experience. Luckily, besides Padang Padang, Uluwatu is nearby other hot spots like Bingin, Dreamland and Impossibles.
“Uluwatu, in the southern end of Bali, is always pumping waves and gets good conditions with a South swell and Southeast trade winds. Expect 2-to-10 foot waves. It’s the most famous wave in Bali.”
The 5 breaks of surfing Uluwatu
Uluwatu is actually 5 breaks (starting from the north): The Peak, Racetrack, Outside Corner, Temples and The Bombie. Each has a character all of its own depending on swell and time of day. Surfing Uluwatu is famous for consistency, so throughout the day conditions should be good at several times.
Things to keep in mind when surfing Uluwatu
- Large swell with low tide means pros and experts only
- All tides provide good conditions for small and medium swells
- Wear reef booties
- Use a large board with a strong leash
- Ask locals surfers and instructors about when to surf
- Surf with caution!