Kilian Garland’s Travel Journal from Bali!
Part 2 – The Bukit
Perhaps the most luxurious and relaxing part of our trip to Bali was our stay on the Bukit Peninsula. After our stint in Canggu, it was time to search for bigger waves and warmer water. We settled in at the Pink Coco at Padang Padang, dropped off our luggage, and quickly walked down to the beach to escape the heat. We were amazed with our hotels proximity to Padang and the perfect waves that kept coming into the bay when we arrived. The water is aquamarine clear and as warm as a bath tub – it’s paradise!
After a short scooter ride down the road I was at Uluwatu. It is a pretty gnarly spot with incredibly steep stairs to get to the break, heavy rips, and a razor sharp reef. But once you get out, you’re amazed at the direction the waves break and power that they have. Timing the tide is critical at Uluwatu because to hit the lineup you either have to walk over coral (at low tide) or time a lull through a giant cave (at high tide).
The view you get from out in the water is quite amazing. The cliffs in the area are something to behold with a bit of street art just peeking out from an abandoned hotel above.
I lost myself studying all the marine life while in the water on the Peninsula. Thousands of micro organisms in the tide pools just beneath the surface and large tropical fish while surfing, it’s a divers paradise.
The one thing you have to watch out for there are the monkeys at the Uluwatu temple. They are extremely aggressive and will take your belongings including hats, sunglasses, your wallet, bottled water, shoes, etc. Although it was entertaining for a moment, one couldn’t help but be a bit frightened at their assertiveness. We spent about seven days total in the area and could have stayed longer. It was a dream!
Part 3 of Kilian’s Bali Travel Journal coming soon!