In the most south part of Bali is ‘The Bukit’ area located, which consists of Jimbaran, Pecatu, Uluatu, Nusa Dua, and Tanjung Benoa. The Bukit literary means ‘hill’, and indeed the area is very hilly. Visiting this part of Bali is good for a day trip or for relaxing in one of the places for a longer time.
Jimbaran is a city which most tourists don’t visit, although while passing it it might be nice to see one of the temples in the center. If you are coming from the direction of Kuta/Denpasar, you will first pass Jimbaran and if you keep driving through the right side of the city you will enter Pecatu. In this village you can find Dreamland Beach, here they have a beautiful white sand beach with big clear waves (but still possible to swim a bit) and riffs. Definitely worth a visit.
To find this place, you have to enter the Pecatu Indah Resort, which will be on your right side. You won’t miss it because it is a very big entrance. In this area they are currently building lots of huge hotels and resorts for the ones who come for a luxurious holiday to play golf and eat lobsters and shrimps as an afternoon snack. The best is to come in the morning, at this time the beach is very quiet, perhaps empty if you are lucky. The entrance of the Dreamland Beach will be at the end of the long drive on the left side, where they will ask you 2.000 RP for the parking fee.
After leaving Pecatu, you can follow the road all the way straight to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple. This is a beautiful temple situated on high cliffs above the sea. The area is surrounded with monkeys and the view from this place is very good. The entrance of the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple is at the moment 20.000 RP (a big increase compared to 3.000 RP a few years ago), including sarong to enter the temple. The temple is easily reachable, since you just have to go straight all the way from Pecatu and you will bomb right into it at the end of the road.
Exiting Pecatu, you can turn left to reach the Uluwatu Beach. This beach is famous for surfers and has lots of big long waves. This is therefor also probably the biggest attraction of ‘The Bukit’, since there are many tourists and many tourist shops and bars. If you are not here to surf, you can have a nice drink in one of the bars with a great view over the cliffs and surfers. Also you can take a walk downstairs where there is a small beach below the cliffs and where you can take a small swim if you like. The parking fee of Uluwatu Beach 2.000 – 5.000 depending if the motorbike parking tickets are not finished.
A few hundred meters further is the Padang-Padang beach. There is a small, rock kind of entrance on the left side of the road after about 500 meters. This is not the main Padang-Padang beach, so here it is nice to sunbath for a moment without many tourists around you. Parking is free here, but the beach has lots of seaweed in it which makes it difficult to swim here. Another 500-1000 meters further is the main Padang-Padang beach. Here is a good place to swim since there are only small waves here.