This is a large limestone peninsula which, bar a sliver of land just south of the airport, would be a separate island. It is rugged and dry, and pre-tourist development this was a real backwater of Bali.
The Bukit (as it is commonly referred to) includes the famous cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu, a number of Bali’s very best beaches including Balangan, and the top surfing spots on the island. As is so often the case, it was intrepid surfers who really opened up the eyes of the world to this part of the island.
The Bukit Peninsula is southernmost point of Bali, Indonesia.
The Bukit Peninsula is connected to Kuta through Jimbaran by the busy Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua and this is the only route in. Take this main road south to the junction with Jalan Uluwatu II (the famous McDonald’s junction), turn west towards Jimbaran Bay, continue about 2 km and at the four road junction make a sharp left up the hill (signposted for Uluwatu). Continue on this road into the heart of the peninsula.
A taxi from Kuta to Uluwatu for example takes 30 to 40 minutes on winding roads and will cost about Rp 120,000 one-way. If you are just visiting for the day, consider asking the driver to wait trip as it can be difficult to find transport back. Figure on paying the taxi driver Rp 20,000/hour to wait. Joining a tour can be a cheaper way of getting to Uluwatu and this destination is very widely offered by tour operators all over the island.
Exploring the Bukit lends itself very well to a rented motorbike. A number of the nicer beaches are reached via small roads or dirt tracks and a motorbike is the best method. Taxis are not plentiful but can be found. There is a taxi stand at Padang-Padang just north of the bridge and one or two taxis are often sitting there waiting for customers.
A few bemos ply the main routes only but they are neither regular nor reliable.
Accommodations in Uluwatu, Bukit Peninsula
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Places of Interest
Uluwatu Temple (Pura Uluwatu)
Pura Uluwatu is located in Pecatu Village, Kuta Distric and about 30km From Denpasar City, perched at the south western tip of Bukit Peninsula, where sheer cliffs drop precipitously into the clear blue sea, the temple hangs right over the edge. Uluwatu temple is built perched over the sea, this temple is one bali’s most famous sight. Uluwatu is one of Bali’s six major Sad Khayangan ( teritorial temple ), it was established in the 11th century by the Holy Priest Empu Kuturan and the Uluwatu has added by Dhanghyang Nirartha or famous with ” Pedanda Sakti Wawu rawuh “. Danghyang Nirartha retreated to Uluwatu for his final days, when he attained Moksa, freedom from earthly desires. Enter the temple it through anusual arched gateway flanked by statue God Ganesh. Inside, dual elephant head Ganesh figure and a Kala (evil) Head guard the second entrance archway, an open pavilion sits in the last inner courtyard, and the three tiered temple stand watch over the every edge of the cliff.
The real attraction is the location for good angle, especially at sunset, walk around the cliff top to the left or south of the temple, watch out for the local monkeys, considered sacred leap along the grey temple walls and between the trees. The late afternoon here are balmy and breezy. the sunset against a backdrop of silver waves, the dark silhouette of the temple in front of the scene. This time to take the camera and capture the unforgetable uluwatu sunset.
The entrance fee is Rp 6,000 and you need to be properly dressed to enter. Sarongs and sashes are available free at the entrance. Guides, once famously mercenary, hassle visitors less than they used to, although they will offer to “protect” you from the monkeys, for a tip of course. Note that while you are free to walk around the temple grounds, the central courtyards can only be entered during special rituals.
The temple is inhabited by large number of monkeys, who are extremely adept at snatching visitors’ belonging, including bags, cameras and eyeglasses. Keep a very close grip on all your belongings and stow away your eyeglasses if at all possible. If you do have something taken, the monkeys can usually be induced to exchange it for some fruit. Needless to say, rewarding the monkeys like this only encourages them to steal more. Locals and even the temple priests will be happy to do the job for you, naturally in exchange for a tip (Rp 10,000-50,000).
There is also a very scenic cave underneath with rock formations leading onto a beach close to the temple. This is a popular spot for surfers.
There are number of good white sand beaches on the Bukit Peninsula which many consider the best in Bali:
Rated by some as the single best beach in Bali and one which receives relatively few visitors. It takes a bit of finding but from the main junction at Ungasan heading out from Jimbaran towards Uluwatu turn right (west) by Nirmala Supermarket. The road then twists and turns for about 6 km until you reach the beach. Keep following informal signs to “Balangan” or “Balangan Surf” and a west-northwest bearing. This is a stunning beach and well worth the effort required in finding it. There are a few very laid-back warungs on the beach and even a couple of bungalows where you can stay the night.
Another white sand beach north of Padang-Padang and south of Dreamland. The beach here is not easy to access as the cliffs are high but the ocean views alone make the visit worthwhile. From the village of Pecatu head towards Padang-Padang and look for informal signs on your right directing you to “Bingin Surf”. Proceed down the maze of small roads here, paying a Rp 3,000 toll if the village attendant is there, until you reach the obvious parking areas at the clifftop. There are two sets of steps down the cliff to the beach which are known as the northerly and southerly steps. Don’t be surprised if you have to walk through grassy fields with cows and narrow pathways. Women offering massages might chase you from the parking lot. They’ll back off after a firm ‘no’.
Formerly a very beautiful beach which has been ruined by the adjacent Pecatu Graha Indah “New Kuta” development, sadly it has turned into “Nightmare-land”. There are still excellent surfing conditions, especially for intermediate surfers & on days when other breaks are too big to surf. The break goes right & left, is not too shallow and has decent shape. If you do visit this beach, try to imagine how glorious it was before the bulldozers moved in. The entrance road to Pecatu Graha Indah is about 2 km southwest of Ungasan on Jl Uluwatu, and is impossible to miss adorned as it by huge statues and truly massive, intrusive billboards. The entrance fee to use the road down to the waterfront is currently Rp 10,000.
A truly lovely beach with a big surf break offshore. Accessed from a stepped pathway on the north side of the obvious bridge 3 kilometres north of Uluwatu Temple heading back towards Pecatu. The white sand beach here is a little bit narrow at the highest of tides but is otherwise very nice indeed. Padang Padang beach in Bukit Peninsula is compared to the legendary North Shore surfing mecca of Oahu in Hawaii, citing the Padang Padang wave as Bali’s crown-jewel. Indeed, Padang Padang has garnered so much acclaim that the internationally renowned Rip Curl Cup Invitational has been staged here annually since 2004. Bali also features many other appealing surf spots near Padang Padang, offering traveling surfers a wide variety of settings to explore.
To the west of Padang-Padang Beach is secluded Suluban Beach, also known as Blue Point Beach. Access is not as public as that for Padang Padang, hence it is generally very quiet here. Even at high tides with the rolling surf, Suluban Beach has a rather wide sand beach. As tide recedes some 100 metres, Suluban Beach makes a nice exploratory wade among the rocks, corals and seaweed. The view from the Suluban cliff-line above is a show of spectacular ocean colors.
Things to do in Bukit Peninsula
Uluwatu is a very well known destination among surfing enthusiasts. Most of the surf spots are only suitable for advanced or expert surfers though – the waves are big here. The main surfing spots are Uluwatu, Dreamland, Padang-Padang, Bingin/Impossibles and Suluban.
Kecak Dance (monkey dance) performances are held at Uluwatu temple daily between 6PM and 7PM. Tickets for the visually spectacular, if rather unoriginal show (it was invented in the 1930s), cost Rp 50,000.
Chosing to get married or renewing vows in Bali is increasingly popular, and the Bukit Peninsula is the most popular destination for such ceremonies. There is a stunning, modernist, purpose-built cliff-front wedding chapel close to Nyang Nyang Beach and the Bulgari Hotel, and a number of resorts offer specialist wedding packages and planning.
Tirtha Wedding Chapel Jl Raya Uluwatu, Banjar Dinas Karang Boma, Pecatu , +62 361 8471151 , This impressive chapel was designed by leading architect Glen Parker and is stuningly located on the cliff top above Nyang Nyang Beach. The architecture is very modern indeed, and the chapel is essentially a series of glass-walled triangular pavilions surrounded by reflection pools. Full wedding planning services offered.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is a private cultural park on the Bukit Peninsula at the southern end of the island of Bali in Indonesia. Bukit is a limestone plateau with Uluwatu to the west and Nusa Dua to the eastern. It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who is his companion.
Currently, the statue of Vishnu is 23 m high, although the original plan was for a 146 meter gold plated Vishnu riding Garuda on top of an 11 storey entertainment complex. The idea was not without controversy, and religious authorities on the island complained that its massive size might disrupt the spiritual balance of the island, and that its commercial nature was inappropriate.
As Bukit is a limestone peninsula, there are a number of sea caves on the coastal area and inland, spread around the peninsula. The interesting thing about the caves is that most of them belong to the prehistoric times and thus they are considered holy. One such cave is Gua Selonding. How ever one disadvantage of going to the caves is that they can be reached either on motorbike or by foot going through the rough tracks.
These caves are within temple sites or shrined areas. On the road to Uluwatu are the caves Pura Gua Gong and Pura Kayu Sijih. Both of them are worth a visit and a walk around. Another good one to visit is Gua Peteng. On reaching to Kutuh on the small track a cave is located close to Cengeling. You can ask the locals about any caves in the area and they would be more than happy to help you.
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