Pioneer in Paradise // Part 2

Kilian Garland’s Travel Journal from Bali!

Sundance Beach Pioneer Kilian Garland checks the surf at Uluwatu, Bali.
Sundance Beach Pioneer Kilian Garland checks the surf at the Bukit Peninsula, 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!

The clear, warm water and beautiful views have been attracting visitors to the Bukit Peninsula for decades.
The view looking out at Uluwatu. These clear, warm waters and beautiful views have been attracting visitors to the Bukit Peninsula for decades.
Bali Kilian Garland
First day down on the beach at the Bukit!
Cat
Cat soaking up the summer sun in her Acacia Swimwear.
The
The pool at the Pink Coco. The best place to be after a surf sesh.
The Pink Coco Pool at night.
The Pink Coco Pool at night.

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).

Setting up for a snap at Ulus.
Setting up for a snap at Ulus.
The wave at Uluwatu is trickier than it looks.
The wave at Uluwatu is trickier than it looks. I found a few tubes out there after figuring it out.

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.

Street art atop the cliffs above Uluwatu.
Street art atop the cliffs above Uluwatu.
Clifftop view of the Bukit Peninsula on Bali.
Clifftop view from the Uluwatu Temple.
Lucky to be in Bali.
Lucky to be in Bali.

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 sea life looked alien compared to the stuff we see inn Cali.
The sea life looked alien compared to the stuff we see in Cali.

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!

These monkeys have become expert thieves.
These monkeys at the Uluwatu Temple have become expert thieves and are very aggressive.
We
We could have lived here in this paradise forever, but it was time to move on to the other side of Bali.
Cat in front of the caves at the base of the cliffs at Padang.
Cat in front of the caves at the base of the cliffs at Padang.
Just one more before sunset.
Just one more before sunset.

Part 3 of Kilian’s Bali Travel Journal coming soon!

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