Uluwatu the most famous wave of Bali

Uluwatu the most famous wave of 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 (>8ft) 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 beautiful final tube. The length is around 300 meters.

Temple: less surfed. 2 waves in fact ("Outside temple" and "The Bombies"). Only for experts because the water is very shallow. For thoses,it is a incredible tube when it works.

Spot information for surfing at Uluwatu (globalsurfer.com):

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'
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Getting There

To reach Uluwatu from The Ngurah Ray International Airport by using Taxi, rent car/motorcycle or using travel agent. Its about 1 hour drive.

Where to Stay

There are many accommodations from Warung (warung in a traditional caf), motels, hotels until Villa. The range price in $5 until $ 2000 for 1 day. If you stay in warung you just pay for the meals.


There are many surfing spot near Uluwatu such as: Padang-padang beach, Dreamland beach, Bingin beach, Impossible beach.

Dining Guide

Various restaurants and cafes throughout Uluwatu, from cheeps price to a luxury restaurant.

Souvenir Tips

Sea-related products, such as items made of seashells, corals and t-shirt, etc.

Other Things to See or Do

There is Temple near the beach, its one of the best temple in Bali called Uluwatu Temple. In the Temple you can see a lot of attractions such as:Watching traditional Bali dace performance, Watching Sunset (very good view from Uluwatu Tample).

Travel Tips

A good hat and water-proof sun-screen.
Basic first-aid kit, antiseptic dressing, etc.
Sand-shoes and thongs.
Board-shorts, t-shirts, 1 pair light-weight, long-pants and long-sleeve wind cheater.
Two towels and sun-glasses.
Personal toiletries, after-sun cream, insect repellent.
Walkman, camera, handy-cam and books.
Booties, 2 surf-boards.
Light-weight wet-suits, rash-vest, gate helmet and spare leg-ropes.

Baliwaves- http://www.baliwaves.com/
Surfing Indonesia, periplus action guide.
Global Surfer- http://www.globalsurfers.com/