Site of one of Bali’s most famous tourist attractions, Uluwatu has been drawing in tourists and surfers in growing numbers since the early 1970s.
From a historical standpoint, Uluwatu is home to a spectacular 11th century Hindu temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu), which affords great views and houses some very crafty monkeys, who are definitely not to be trusted. Consider yourself warned: keep your sunglasses, wallets, cameras and other belongings out of their reach!
Uluwatu temple features staggering views over the Indian Ocean, exciting traditional Balinese dance performances and a host of other cultural aspects that remind visitors that they are in a country with a wealth of tradition, and not just a beach resort. Only 3 km from Padang Padang and Rapturecamps Bali, Uluwatu is located in Pecatu village in Bali’s South Kuta district. It is accessible via taxi from Kuta in around 30 to 40 minutes.
Uluwatu’s potential for incredible surfing first caught the attention of global audiences with the release of the Australian environmental surf documentary “Morning of the Earth” in 1971. This film helped to establish and encourage the natural relationship between the surfing community and ecological values. This deep appreciation comes from not only enjoying nature’s beauty, but participating in it or even “becoming one” with Mother Nature by catching that perfect wave.
Unless you are an experienced surfer, Uluwatu’s surf is strictly for sight seeing and relaxing in front of. Pros as well as local surfers revere Uluwatu’s waves perhaps as much as the priests in the temple above revere their Hindu gods. Uluwatu is in fact not a single surf spot, but instead home to 5 top breaks (Bombie, Racetrack, Temples, Peak and Outside Corner). Make no mistake: these are big waves. It’s also in close proximity to other top breaks and beaches including Padang Padang, Bingin, Dreamland, Impossibles and Suluban.
Other options in Uluwatu besides temple visits and surfing include golf, getting married at Tirtha Wedding Chapel and having a spa treatment or two.