Uluwatu is the most famous wave of Bali. 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 and tubes. The take off is moving. It works from 1 feet to 8 feet.

Racetracks: 100 meters further and fast wave, a lot of sections with easy tubes. Best at low tide and at 6 feet. 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 feet, Racetracks breaks until “The Corner”.

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


Uluwatu is about one hour drive with car from the Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali. 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.

Just a quick reminder, this IS a tropical island. Don’t leave home without these:

  • A good hat and water-proof sun-screen
  • Basic first-aid kit, antiseptic dressing, etc.
  • Sand-shoes
  • Board-shorts, 1 pair light-weight, long-pants and long-sleeve wind cheater
  • At least two towels. Heed what the late Douglas Adams warned in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; never underestimate the power of towels. And sunglasses
  • Personal toiletries, after-sun cream and insect repellent (because the only bloodsuckers you should befriend are the Red Cross)
  • When you just want to lie under the sun: iPod and books
  • Immortalize your moments: camera or handycam
  • Booties, at least 2 surf-boards. Surf shops are easy to find though
  • Light-weight wet-suits, rash-vest, gate helmet and spare leg-ropes

Source: The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Republic Indonesia

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