The name Uluwatu comes from ulu, meaning ‘lands end’, and watu, meaning ‘rock’. This literally describes the location of our retreat as it is at the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia. It is home to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple and is the number four surf destination in the world. From the cliff-side you can see panoramic views of the Indian Ocean including the various surf breaks and picturesque scenery.
(Here is a stunning 30 second Aerial Drone tour of Uluwatu Surf Villas , the property and the surf)
THE VILLAS AT ULUWATU
Uluwatu Surf Villas comprises of three 3 Bedroom villas and one 4 bedroom villa. All of the villas are fully serviced and feature a traditional thatched roof and coconut pillars with large folding glass doors to take advantage of the spectacular view over the Indian Ocean.
Morning Light is a brand new yoga studio located on the cliff at Uluwatu Surf Villas within steps to white sand beaches. We are inspired by nature and surrounded by lush forest, with breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean. Antique ironwood beams and polished reclaimed teak floors shaded by a traditional thatched grass roof, create an open-air studio at one with the ocean breeze and sounds of the surf. Uluwatu Surf Villas provides 3 daily yoga classes additional to the daily class you will receive from your instructors on the retreat.
Indonesia is well known as having some of the best waves on the planet. Anyone who considers themselves a dedicated surfer will undoubtedly have heard of the incredible variety and quality of surf in Indo and on Bali specifically. Just have a look at the map (courtesy of wannasurf.com) showing the plethora of surf spots in a very small area. With waves ranging from pumping, hollow barrels that break over shallow reef, to playful and mellow sand bottom beachies, Bali has something to offer for everyone in terms of the range and level of surf to play in.
Our retreat will be located at the Uluwatu Surf Villas, literally right on top of arguably the most famous surf spot in Bali; Suluban beach, aka Uluwatu. When you join us this June, your home away from home will be right smack in the middle of the nearly mile long stretch of reef and about 100ft up on the cliff side with a perfect view of the entire playing field and all the action. Uluwatu itself as a surf spot is so big that it’s broken up into 4 main, left-breaking sections (1-2 more sections sometimes being surfable on various swells).
Starting furthest south directly below Uluwatu surf villas is “Temples”, a long and sometimes hollow wave that works on the mid to high tide. Moving further down the line in the direction of the wave is “The Peak” situated right in front of the cliff side warungs, in-line with the main cave entrance. The peak also best on a medium to high tide is more or less the main peak at Ulu’s with a steep drop followed by a fast section that will barrel across the front of the cave. After the peak, a section called the “Racetrack” is a super fast but makeable barrel that works on the low tide, but can get seriously shallow and is best left to the advanced and expert surfers only. Someways back up the reef and when the swell starts to go next level at around the 8-10ft mark, the “Outside Corner” will come to life. Outside corner is considered by many to be one of the best waves anywhere in the world. If you’re fortunate enough to be here when it breaks, and if your surf game is up to par, and your cajones are big enough to charge it, you could be in for one hell of a long and fast ride with some serious top to bottom barrels throwing over certain sections.
Here’s a video by the Ulu local boys surfing the racetrack section on a 3-4 foot-ish day
We are based above Uluwatu for a two main reasons:
1) Because all things combined, the Uluwatu Surf Villas is an absolutely stunning property, likely one of the best accommodations you’ll ever encounter.
2) Uluwatu is one of the most consistent waves in all of Indonesia. “Ulu’s” essentially never goes completely flat and will almost always offer something to surf, and is surfable at nearly any size, at any tide.
It should be said that Uluwatu is not a wave for beginners, nor is our retreat necessarily a “learn to surf” retreat. While we will welcome with open arms and be happy to help accommodate those who may be first timers and wanting to learn to surf, the surfing element of our retreat is geared more towards being locally experienced surf guides for those who have already progressed through the initial learning curve and can ride a wave out on the open face.
The day to day surfing plan will be fairly loose and won’t be more finalized until the weeks leading into the retreat when the surf forecast can be analyzed. Generally a first light check around 6:30 each morning from our villas, followed by a group consensus decision on a plan of attack. Jason’s main job will be to get the group into the best waves on offer each day. Most often and most likely, this will probably be right out front. But we will have plans ready to move the group to different beaches should the surf be too big, or undesirable for whatever reason.