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Uluwatu: The Most Famous Wave in Bali


Uluwatu is the most famous wave of Bali . There is always some swell here so it’s also always crowded. The spot offers several waves which are working with different swells and tides:

The Peak: best at mid and high tide. Closes out at low tide. In front of the cave. it’s the most consistant. Short and powerful waves, tubes. The take off is moving. It works from 1ft to 8ft. The most crowded. One of the sections closes more than the others.

Racetracks: 100 meters further. fast wave, a lot of sections with easy tubes. Best at low tide and at 6ft. Can hold bigger swell. On the right tide and the right swell, "The Peak" connects with "Racetraks" (you need to be a good tuberider). Over 10ft, Racetracks breaks until "The Corner".

Inside Corner: best at mid and low tide with a 6ft swell. At first, it’s a fun wave and the final bowl is a tube. Don’t do a cutback just before the bowl! Take plenty of speed, stay high in the face and trim. You will pass the tube.

Outside Corner: the REAL Uluwatu. Works only with big swells (>8 feet) and at low tide. The lower is the tide, the better is the wave. Take at least a 7’ board. It is a succession of long walls good for carving and, sometimes, a beautifu

l final tube. The length is around 300 meters.

Temple: less surfed. Two waves in fact ("Outside temple" and "The Bombies"). Only for experts because the water is very shallow. For them, it is a incredible tube when it works.

To Stay

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Bulgari Resort Bali

Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin 80364 Uluwatu

Flamingo Dewata Villa

Jl. Raya Uluwatu Bali Bali

Puri Segara Village

Jl. Pantai Suluban Bali

Jaya Homestay

Jalan. Labuan Sait Pantai Suluban 80361 Bali

Sandat Mas Cottages

Jalan. Pantai Suluban Bali Bali

The Gong

Jalan. Pantai Suluban 80364 Bali

Lagen Cliff Villa Bali

Jl. Pantai Suluban 80361 Bali

Kiky Home Stay

Jalan. Labuan Sait Bali

Villa Anugrah

Jl. Pantai Suluban 80364 Bali Bali

Mamo Hotel Uluwatu

Jalan. Pantai Suluban 80364 Bali

Three Monkeys Villas

Pantai Suluban - Uluwatu Street 82161 Bali

Padang - Padang Breeze

Jalan. Labuan Sait A4, Padang-Padang Bali

There are many accommodations from warung (warung is a traditional cafe), motels, hotels to villas. The prices range from $5 to $2000 for a day. If you stay in a warung you just need to pay for the meals. You’ll find better accomodations like starred hotels near resorts. Just click the Find a Hotel button.


Just a quick reminder, this IS a tropical island. Don’t leave home without these: 

  • A good hat and water-proof sun-screen
  • Basic first-aid kit, antiseptic dressing, etc.
  • Sand-shoes
  • Board-shorts, 1 pair light-weight, long-pants and long-sleeve wind cheater
  • At least two towels. Heed what the late Douglas Adams warned in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; never underestimate the power of towels. And sunglasses
  • Personal toiletries, after-sun cream and insect repellent (because the only bloodsuckers you should befriend are the Red Cross)
  • When you just want to lie under the sun: iPod and books
  • Immortalize your moments: camera or handycam
  • Booties, at least 2 surf-boards. Surf shops are easy to find thoughâ 
  • Light-weight wet-suits, rash-vest, gate helmet and spare leg-ropes

To Buy

Naturally, the souvenirs around here are sea-related products, such as items made of seashells and corals. But of course, there are also the modern kind of merchandises, such as T-shirts.

Get There

Uluwatu is about one hour drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. You can use a taxi from the airport. Or you can go to Denpasar and to find a travel agent or auto rental. Many rentals also provide motorcycles.

To Eat

Various restaurants and cafes throughout Uluwatu, from cheap food stalls to luxury restaurants.

To Do

 Spot information for surfing at Uluwatu:

  • Type of break: reef break
  • Type of wave: hollow barreling wave
  • Direction: left hand
  • Bottom: coral
  • Average lenght of ride: long
  • Suitable for : expert level

Detailed information:

  • Crowd level: a big crowd
  • Best tide: mid
  • Ideal board size: 6’8-7’4 Mini gun
  • Ideal wind direction: south-east

Wavesize & wetsuit:

  • Spring - Summer - Autumn - Winter
  • Overhead: 6’- 8’ - Ok : 2’- 4’ - Overhead: 6’- 8’ - Overhead: 6’- 8’
  • Boardshorts - Boardshorts - Boardshorts - Boardshorts

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  1. Joey

    Saturday, 27 June 2015
    “ Nice scenery, relaxing and good food!
    I will miss uluwatu! ”

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