Uluwatu Temple

ULUWATU TEMPLE

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 10 ft, 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.

Uluwatu TempleOutside 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 beautiful 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.

Activities

To Eat, To Buy, To Stay, To Do

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

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. 

TO STAY
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.

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

(Source: www.globalsurfer.com. Image credit: www.baliwaves.com)

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.

(Source: http://www.indonesia.travel)

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Rafting in Bali

Rafting in Bali

Bali is a tropical island in the Indonesian archipelago. The climate is hot, with temperatures averaging around 86 degrees F all year. The best time to visit the island is between May and August, when it is slightly cooler and mainly dry. The island has several tumultuous rivers that are ideal for whitewater rafting, and trips are available throughout the year.

Rafting Tours

All of Bali's rafting companies provide free hotel transfers in air-conditioned vehicles. A welcome drink also is included, and morning tours finish with a hot buffet meal. Waterproof bags are supplied for keeping your valuables safe, and shower facilities are provided at the end of the trip. Some companies also offer a souvenir video or photographs of your tour for an additional fee.

Health and Safety

Bali's rafting companies have an excellent safety record. Most use Avon rafts with safety hand ropes and toe-cups, as approved by the World White Water Rafting Association. Helmets and life jackets, which meet international standards, are provided, and an instructional briefing is given before the trip. Reputable rafting companies use only professional, experienced guides, many of whom are trained in emergency first aid. Children under 6 are not permitted to ride.

What to Bring

Rafters should wear lightweight shorts or bathing clothes with a T-shirt in case they fall into the river, and should bring along a complete change of clothing and a towel. Rubber-soled sports shoes that can be securely fastened are the most suitable footwear. Although a helmet is used while rafting, it is still a good idea to wear a sunhat, and sunscreen is vital. Bring along a camera to take shots of the beautiful Balinese scenery, but ensure that it is secured in a waterproof bag during the trip.

Ayung River

The Ayung River is Bali's longest waterway and a number of rafting companies operate from here. The start of the course is approximately one hour's drive from the resorts of Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua. The 7-mile run has a class II to III rating, which means that it is suitable for beginners. The course includes 27 sets of rapids and several short drops. The route winds through steep-sided gorges with cascading waterfalls and tropical rain forest. The trip lasts around 90 minutes.

Telaga-Waja River

This river is more challenging than the Ayung and suitable only for people who are physically fit. The rafting course, which begins at the foot of Mount Agung, an active volcano, is a continuous 7.5-mile stretch of whitewater and hairpin bends. Riders are sure to get soaked as they paddle though waterfalls, and the trip ends with a hair-raising 13-foot drop at Bajing Dam. Transfer time from Denpasar is around 90 minutes, and the rafting trip lasts for approximately two hours.

Melangit River

The starting point is about 45-minute journey from Denpasar, and the course runs through a rain forest canyon, with steep cliff sides and numerous waterfalls. This is a challenging run, with sharp bends to negotiate, more than 30 rapids and drops of between 3 and 13 feet. The river is classed as a II to III, but can increase to level IV during the rainy season of October to March. It is suitable for rafters of intermediate skill.

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