A visit to Bali is not complete without dipping one’s feet in the water of Kuta Beach. Virg and I visited Kuta Beach during the daylight (we visited it briefly on our first night) after a day of exploring the northern and eastern parts of Bali. The beach was not crowded because most of the people were asleep at 7am after a night of hard partying. There were surfers and runners on one side and there were us on the other side. We just plopped down on the not-so-white-but-fine sand, gazed at the beautiful blue water and sky, buried our feet into the sand and felt the mild breeze caressing our faces as we relaxed. We soaked up some sun and tried the water for a teeniest time. The shore is very long, similar to the shore of El Nido, only much longer and cleaner by a mile.
There were several locals asking the tourists to have manicure, pedicure or braided hair. They were a bit pesky, but I had to turn them away. I learned my lesson on my first night in Bali, a woman just grabbed my newly-manicured hand and drew Bali flowers on my nails. I thought it was free because I bought something from the store, but it costs IDR 50,000 (US $3.85). Once I realized I had to pay for it, I pulled my hand from her grasp. I ended up with two nails painted with Bali flowers, and her handiwork was not even good.
After shopping at a local store (at the suggestion of our driver. Trust the locals, I learned this the hard way. Hi, Virg!), we proceeded to Uluwatu, somewhere in the southwestern part of Bali. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a Balinese sea temple and is around 45 minutes by car from Kuta.
The temple itself is not grand but its surroundings make it spectacular. There are 70-meter steep cliffs on either side of the temple.
Even under the searing heat, I enjoyed walking around. I just walked a little faster to avoid the naughty monkeys who have the tendency to steal things from tourists. We were advised to keep our shades, phones and other belongings inside our bags. I did hide my stuff except for my phone (for photos).
Uluwatu is also famous for its sunset. We witnessed the changes in color of the sky as we watched a kecak performance (which I will write about on my next entry).
The Pura Luhur Uluwatu entrance fee is IDR 20,000 (US $1.54) per person. Visitors are encouraged to dress properly while inside the grounds of Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Sarongs are available for women and sashes are available for men free of charge.