The area’s dazzling white cliffs with the rolling waves sweeping in down the bottom, hitting the cliff walls are so alluring. Driving up the long road to the parched lime hills under the unconstrained glare of the equatorial sun is a truly worthwhile journey.
Definitely the gems of Uluwatu are hidden away from the main road, down the smaller, winding roads descending deeper to this southern part of the island. Though more and more buildings are coming in, the area looks and feels deserted – with arid lands and withered trees – quite uninviting, especially during dry season. Just drive further, and you might end up in some of the most dramatic beaches on the island.
Impossibles Beach, as the perfect example. Reaching this place is quite a chore. You have to go down the steep steps in between bushes to this beach, which is known as a one of the surfing areas with some of the best waves in Bali. The area in Impossibles still maintains its original natural make-up of plantations along the towering cliffs. Unfortunately, at high tide the long-stretched, white sandy beach disappears under the waves. For this reason, Impossibles is not an ideal place for relaxing on the sand, although it is a great setting for a seaside walk at low tide. Swimming is not advised here, and the waves are for experienced surfers only as they break over reef.
But not too far from Impossibles is the easily accessed, equally charming Padang Padang Beach. The entrance to Padang Padang is found street side. Steeply sloped steps go down through a cave crevice, leading you to the hidden beach area offering real tranquility. The beach boasts beautiful white sand, but doesn’t stretch very. Padang Padang is also known to host the world-class waves that attract surfers from all over the world. However, different from the neighbouring Impossibles, the water in Padang Padang is also safe for swimming and snorkeling.
Padang Padang has become very popular now. With an increasing number of crowds, visitors to Padang Padang can find their own, more private spots, by walking through the rocky coastline to the other areas of this small enchanting cove, where they could find several natural pools to soak.
Of course, Uluwatu is home to one of Bali’s most spectacular temples, especially with its position that sits high on a cliff top some 250 feet above the sea level. Pura Uluwatu is dedicated for the spirits of the sea and to protect the whole island from the evil coming from the southwest area. Aside from the temple, Uluwatu is also a natural habitat of hundreds of monkeys (who can be a little aggressive sometimes).
Just like its counterpart in Tanah Lot, Uluwatu is a popular place where visitors can watch the beautiful scene of the sun setting.
Text & Photos by Namhar Hernanto