Uluwatu is at the heart of surfing in Bali. A must see destination if you visit this beautiful island. Also good if the surf is small as there is always something to surf here. It’s not uncommon to see over 100 surfers in the water so be prepared to haggle for position.
Uluwatu has 4 distinct reefs:
Temples, the furthest to paddle but can have good to excellent rides up to 100m in length. The barrels here can be thick and heavy! There is usually less crowd surfing at Temples.
The Peak, the jewel in Uluwatu’s crown, can hold 15 foot (triple overhead) plus. As the name suggests, you are presented with a well formed peak and in good swells the waves holds up and can provide deep and lengthy barrels as the wave links through to the next section. On the right tide and size it is possible to make it through to the Racetrack. Be prepared to haggle for position with a talented pack of surfers.
The Racetrack reef really starts to work well from 4-6 foot (overhead +). Can provide thick barrels from take off, lengthy rides of of over 150m and wackable sections. Be wary of the reef that awaits not to far beneath you. Keep an eye out for the end section which serves up epic stand up barrels over a shallow ledge.
Outside corner, starts to break at 6-8 and is the outside reef of The Racetrack. Not as hollow but serves up big walls for over 150m.
300M LONG WAVE
Reef break OVER Coral BOTTOM