There are already plenty of sources,
that inform you about the waves and surf at
Dreamland, Balungan, Padang Padang and Uluwatu Beach.
Just click away on sites such as:
Surf The Earth
Surf on Line
Plenty of Bali's surf shops
offer the free surf "magic wave" magazine,
with surf talk,
along with tide charts
to help you make your choice.
Happy surfing Guys!!!
For those surfers or beach lovers
who have not been to
Dreamland since Dec. 2007,
may be in for a surprise.
All the local warungs were pulled down.
A new cement construction,
with restaurants, shops, a walkway
for the buses of tourist to load off at,
will soon to come!
If you plan to visit the Bukit at high tide,
and you’re not going for surfing,
but to enjoy a the beach and a swim,
then visiting tide chart web-sites
can be a helpful source.
Because of the extensive coral that
surrounds the Bukit,
swimming can be dangerous
when the swell is up and kicking.
The best in this case is to
visit Padang Padang Beach.
If you’re the kind that
gets addicted to the laid back
life style that one can
currently find in Uluwatu,
you may not want to have to
go down into town.
But then you need to plan ahead concerning cash.
There are no money exchangers in Uluwatu.
There is one ATM in this area
and that is located at the Nirmala grocery store
Usually in the ATMs,
you can only withdraw 3,000,000 Rp
and according to you bank,
you can only withdraw 9,000,000 in a day,
and then there may be a limitation
as far as how much you can
withdraw in a week.
Most venues in Uluwatu,
with the exception of
places like the Bvlgari Hotel,
you can not pay with a credit card
or traveler’s checks.
So, keep this in mind,
because money matters
when paying the bill.
In the recent years,
with the population growth,
real estate has gone through
a major boom in different parts of the world
With more and more people
feeling crowded and dragged down,
there has been more more of those
who seek a piece of so-called paradise.
Ever since the new ‘Freehold’ trend
of buying property came into effect,
more and more foreigners
have come here to invest in Bali.
prices go up and up,
leaving local expats who live here,
refusing to pay these commercial prices.
So, the new trend is
to partner up with the
local Balinese of the area
who claim they own sectors on the beach.
Even though the government says
it is against the law to
own a piece of land on the beach,
several expats come to a verbal,
business agreement with these locals
who claim they own these sectors,
and start to construct on the beach.
under the hope to be protected by them.
What is concerning here,
is when you look at the cliff,
you can see with erosion and time,
pieces of the cliff can easily
come tumbling down,
not to mention that we are on
a Fire Ring where earth quakes occur often,
possibly leading to tsunamis.
But it is typical of humans to
underestimate Mother Nature.
Then, there is the poor coast
of one of the most beautiful parts of Bali,
taking the beating of the construction.
If the internet at Java Juice Bar
is full or running a bit slow,
there is another option at
Internet Padang Padang Inn.
Since both internet cafes
use a different provider,
if one is running slow
you can always hop to the other.
Jl Melasti No, 432
Tel. 361-847 0682
When you approach Dreamland for the first time,
the first impression that you might get
from the amazing colors of the sea
is one of total awe.
After going there a few times,
you start understanding the
layout of the beach.
On the far southern end,
is where most people who don’t
want to walk all the way across
towards the northern end,
stop and stay.
This includes the tour buses
loaded with Indonesians visiting
the beach while they are fully dressed.
So don’t be surprised if
at one point while you are sun bathing
in your tiny winy bathing suit,
if a swarm of clothed Indonesian
surround you in a crowd
taking photos of each other,
like if a beach was a national monument.
Towards the middle,
you get more of a mixed crowd
including plenty of Auzies that run the show.
Towards the northern end,
you get a lot of the European expats
hanging around in front of Warung Del Mar.
There are also great occasional beach parties
held there at sunset time,
especially during the month of August.
there are no more warungs,
but plenty of coral reef with
a little natural pool here and there
and the occasional stroller heading
towards Balangan at low tide.
Have great beach day!
Like in any place in the world,
there are up beat places to chillin’ out places.
If you are not into surfing,
but just enjoy beautiful sunsets,
white sandy beaches,
clear water, and gorgeous scenery
and want to relax to the rhythm of the beach life,
then this area can be an option.
While staying in this area,
not much is needed.
Hanging out in a sarong and
bathing suite all day is the norm.
No formalities here.
Just kick back a relax!
Some web-site links that may be of help,
if surfing is your fancy.
Bali Surf Photos
Bali Surf Connection
In may cases,
people come over with
their hand phones,
buy a chip to connect it
with a local phone provider
and find that it just doesn’t work.
The cause of this is,
usually the monopoly of
the phone providers back at home.
Buying a phone here,
is not cheap.
Even 2nd hand.
So, if you don’t want to deal with the cost,
there are Wartels that
you can make local and long distant calls.
Traveling a bit more south on Jalan Uluwatu,
and then taking a right at the corner where a wartel is
and some other shops,
follow the signs that lead to a dirt road to Bingin Beach.
You can not ride a motor bike or car all the way down.
But they did pave the once upon a time,
very dusty and rocky road!!
There is a small so-called parking lot,
and from there on
it’s a journey of numerous steps down.
At different levels,
there is an abundance choice of places to stay.
This attracts a large amount of surfers
to sojourn here while waiting for that perfect wave.
Just make sure you ask
wheather the room has a squat or sit down toilet.
The beach is pretty rocky,
so definitely bring the rubber shoes
if you plan to stay here.
Sometimes there may be strong currents,
but the beach is a bit more protected by a neighboring cliff
than at Dreamland.
But definitely the beach is not as nice.
You can see Dreamland Beach in the near distance.
So if it’s just for the accommodation or surfers
that you plan to stay here,
you can always hop on the motorbike
and enjoy the beauty just a few minutes away.
(Click on more pics to see where it is on the map)
For more on Bingin, click on: Bali Blog
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With the popular Dreamland Beach next door,
Balangan Beach is easily over looked.
Which I guess you can say,
helps keep the beauty, serenity
and peace you can find here.
Once you drivedown the new road
that was made recently,
you can actually ride all the way up
to the few thatched warungs located on beach
offering simple meals and cold drinks.
At low tide you can see the
expansive reef that protects this oasis,
offering hours of idling
while seeking shells, sea urchins, crabs,
or just floating in one of it's natural pools.
Carry a pair of rubber shoes
to avoid any sharp rocks.
But at high tide,
some amazing swells are to be seen,
along with plenty of devoted,
surf lovers riding the waves.
Atop the cliff with breathtaking views,
are 3 properties offering a assortment of accommodations,
along with plenty of basic and inexpensive warungs
located right on this white sandy beach.
For a girl who is infatuated with natural beauty,
clean accommodations and Zen,
Balangan Beach is my first choice.
(Please click on more pics to see the map)
For more on Balangan,click on:
Another surfing spot,
further down south on the Bukit,
is Nunggala Beach.
Not too many people
make it over here,
because of it’s isolated location
and hefty way down the cliff,
and its serious cardio work out.
Some of these surfer dudes lately,
are just eating the wrong kind of stuff
and are getting a bit chubby these days.
there are signs along the road
that indicate the entrance to the beach.
At high tide,
there isn’t much of a shore line.
Make sure you are with someone
since it is pretty isolated here.
Because this area
is the part of the Bukit
that sticks out the most,
receiving all the currents,
there is some severe corrosion
into the shore line and
very little sandy beaches.
Not to mention that,
the access from the cliff
is not always easy.
At low tide,
you can do quite a bit
of walking around with
the right pair of shoes.
But if you are able
to make it down there,
you’ll find exquisite little coves
and very private beaches.
But make sure you know
what time the tide will be coming back in
or you may just never go back home!
(Click on more photos to see map)
Once you past the Uluwatu temple,
the drop from the cliff gets hefty.
But there are some dirt roads
that will lead you to hikes
down to shore below.
No warungs or commercial activities
really going on here
with the exception that
more and more real estate projects
are beginning to mushroom in this area.
The best time
to visit these beaches
is when the tide is low,
or you won’t have much of a shore line.
But if isolation and
a good cardio workout is
what you seek,
Then this definitely a place to go.
(Click on more photos to see map)