Kuta Beach and Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Bali)

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.

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach

They offer surfing lessons and they seem friendly

They offer surfing lessons and they seem friendly

This is one of three dogs that relieved itself in this same spot

This is one of three dogs that relieved itself in this same spot

Kuta Beach is kid-friendly

Kuta Beach is kid-friendly

That guy started push-up exercise when he saw us taking photos. At least he made an effort while photobombing someone.

That guy started push-up exercise when he saw us taking photos. At least he made an effort while photobombing someone.

The guy stood up as soon as we finished taking photos. :)

The guy stood up as soon as we finished taking photos. 🙂

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.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu. The stairs on the right take the tourists to the scenic view of the water.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu. The stairs on the right take the tourists to the scenic view of the water and the cliff.

The temple itself is not grand but its surroundings make it spectacular. There are 70-meter steep cliffs on either side of the temple.

The right side of Pura Luhur Uluwatu. The whole area is open to tourists.

The right side of Pura Luhur Uluwatu. The whole area is open to tourists.

The leftmost side of Pura Luhur Uluwatu. The whole area is open to tourists.

The leftmost side of Pura Luhur Uluwatu. The whole area is open to tourists.

The middle part of the grounds at Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

The middle part of the grounds at Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

Virg and I on the right side of Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

Virg and I on the right side of Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

Virg and I on the left side of Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

Virg and I on the left side of Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

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).

The image of the monkey represents the dozenz of monkeys that inhabit the grounds of Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

The image of the monkey represents the dozens of monkeys that inhabit the grounds of Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

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).

Sunset at Uluwatu

Uluwatu sunset. I do not know how to take photos properly, but they look okay to me. Hehe.

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.

 

4 thoughts on “Kuta Beach and Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Bali)

    1. Yes, cute siya. Hindi siya kumahol. I think same species of living things look almost indistinguishable anywhere in the world. 🙂 Baka Bahasa lang ang kahol niya. 😉

    1. True. Todo pose naman ako, then Virg told me to stop because kuya was in the frame. I discarded the other photos and chose the ones with him in them, for fun. 🙂

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