Uluwatu is much different than the days of "Morning of the Earth" and there are certainly more roads, stores, stands and people than the days of hiking the uncluttered Temple trail but it is still a pretty amazing destination.
The amazing views were a welcome sight after a 18 hour flight and 12 hour layover in China....but the first sight was not so welcome....
just off the plane waiting in the customs line around 2 in the morning, just get me to the hotel!!!!
One thing about getting into Denpasar Airport so early/late the drive to Uluwatu only took 30 min with no traffic. Tregge Surfcamp not so much a camp but very nice clean hotel with AC which was a blessing after hiking around all day.
Tregge turned out to be right down the street from Suluban Beach which gives you access to most of the breaks across Uluwatu.
and of course the legendary Single Fin restaurant along with the scenic hike down the cliffs where you pass several of the local shops leading down to the access to the several breaks to include, Bombie, Temples, Main Peak, Outside Corner, and Racetracks.
Day 1 the swell was looking pretty good in the morning, figured it would be a good idea to start with some shots from up on the cliff.
Of course shooting in style and beating the heat nothing better than an ice cold Bintang.
The World famous cave which takes you out to the breaks, pretty good time to navigate out, the tides really make quite a difference on your entry or exit from the cave.
Day 2 surf dropped off a bit and decided to get some in water shots. The biggest problem of the whole Bali trip....at what point do I NOT surf and try to get some pics? the ultimate dilemma for a photographer.
The water during my 8 days was pretty clear and I was able to get some good underwater pictures.
After a few days of nothing but surfing figured it was time to grab some shots of more spots.
A quick hike down to Thomas beach on another calm day. and along the beach to Padang Padang then spent the next two days surfing there and Impossibles, no pictures of those days though, I was waaaaaay to busy surfing to exhaustion 6-8 feet fast clean and very sharp and shallow reef but made it out without to many dings.
Day 5 swell completely disappeared so time for some culture.
The Pura Luhur temple on the edge of the giant cliffs that overlook the many breaks and is believed to give off good luck to surfers in the area also pretty unreal view. It is guarded by the ever present monkeys who have got lifting sunglasses and hats to trade for food and fruit down to an art form (they do tell you ahead of time before you go into the Temple area so you have no one to blame but yourself)
"yeah thats right try to come get these...not gonna happen" I would advise to giving in and trading fruit these guys have crazy sharp fangs not to mention they are pretty much ninjas....
and the final tribute to the monkey army...
Kumbhakarna younger brother of Ravana in the famous Indian epic Ramayana. Despite his monstrous size and great appetite, he was described to be of good character and great warrior in those times, though he killed and ate many monkeys only to show his power.He was considered so pious, intelligent and unchallenged warrior in battle that Indra, the king of gods, was worried and jealous of him and his strength. Along with his brothers, Ravana and Vibhishana, Kumbhkarna performed a major yajna and penance to please Lord Brahma. When the time came for asking a boon from Brahma, his tongue was tied by goddess Saraswati, who was acting on Indra's request; because of which, instead of asking Indraasana (seat of Indra), he asked for Nidraasana (bed for sleeping). It is also said he intended to ask for Nirdevatvam(annihilation of Devas) and instead asked for Nidravatvam (sleep). His request was granted. However, his brother Ravana asked Brahma to undo this boon as it was in reality a curse. Kumbhakarna slept for six months and when he awoke, he ate everything in the vicinity, including
The surf thankfully returned and we took the day to hit up Dreamland for a great 3 hour session, watch some of the locals shred and caught an epic sunset.
Final day of surfing, morning trip right before the surf picked up again for an epic final day to justify the long ride home.
a couple parting shots.....cant wait to go back ready to search more of the Bukit Peninsula! let me know what you though about the blog. hope you enjoyed it.