About Uluwatu

Uluwatu is actually a series of breaks on the southwest tip of the Bukit Peninsula: The Racetrack, The Peak, Temples, Outside Corner and The Bombie. With all of these breaks to choose from, Uluwatu is an ultra-consistent spot. Depending on the tide and swell size, any of these breaks will usually be firing at one point during the day. Generally, due to the access through the cave and the strong currents, the best possible conditions for larger swells are very low tides. Smaller and medium swells work well on all tides. During smaller swells, look for barrels and peaky surf on the higher tides at The Peak. On lower tides, The Racetrack can provide an ultra-fast reef grinder with a big barrel at the end. Those who choose to cut back often miss the end section, hence the name, The Racetrack. When surfing The Racetrack it is important to known the tides. On a middle tide, most advanced surfers will be able to negotiate the end section barrel with success. Once the tide drops, and especially on the lower tides of the month, The Racetrack end section is a twisting, multi-section barrel, a very dangerous place for experts and professionals only. When the largest swells of the year hit Bali, Uluwatu transforms into a true big-wave surfing venue - The Peak, Racetrack and Temples are all under whitewater, and Uluwatu's outer reefs, The Bombie and Outside Corner, come alive. These breaks will handle any size, and it's not uncommon to see perfect 15-foot surf here.

Source: Uluwatu Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to expert

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

As long as everyone brings some humility and respect to the lineup, locals and expats usually have no problems. It is generally a very friendly place to surf.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Usually most crowded when below head-high.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Really good.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not easy and can be strong with pumping swell.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Mostly clean.

Additional Information


Shallow reef.


Uluwatu is pretty simple to get to. There is a major road accessing the top of the break coming from either the Temple, or Padang Padang Beach. Parking is available for a fee of 1,000rp ($0.10).

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, gun


Shallow, Sharp, Coral Reef.

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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