“The Bukit” is one of the more secluded areas of Bali, Indonesia. It is a peninsula in the far south of the region that is barely hanging onto the mainland. This could have easily been an island had something in nature not left a very small region of land between it and the rest of Bali.
There is only one road leading into the Bukit and only a couple small populated towns on the outskirts of the area. Yet, some of the best beaches in all of Bali are located in this region. If you go down to the southern tip you will find a series of hidden beaches that are harder to get to and some very popular surfing beaches that get quite crowded at certain times of the year.
At least, those surfing beaches get crowded compared to the other remote, highly secluded beaches found in the Bukit! This is by far not a super crowded area like you would expect at popular beaches in other tourist areas of Bali.
The Secluded Bukit Beaches
Imagine stepping out of your rented villa in the cliffs high above Suluban Beach. You look out to the waves dancing up toward the blue sky, sparkling like crystal in the middle of the afternoon. It is quiet around you except for the subtle sounds of nature and it feels as if you are alone in the most beautiful region of the world.
Take a ten minute walk downward and you could be on a secluded beach with beautiful waves, a nice sized area of beautiful white sand that tickles the bottoms of your feet, and fish swimming around coral for you to explore.
This is Suluban Beach. It is just below some of the most amazing cliffs in the Bukit region and it doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic. While many visitors do know about it, not all of them will take the time to seek it out. It is an amazing Bali gem where you can spend time with someone special or just with yourself without the intrusions of the modern world.
That is the real beauty of the secluded beaches of the Bukit region. It is one of the few places in the world where you can genuinely escape the hustle and bustle of your every day life. It is one of the few places that will erase your worries at least for a short period of time.
The Popular Surfing Beaches
Imagine exploring the famous Uluwat temple and taking fun pictures that will be spread around Facebook and forever plastered into photo albums to be cherished. Then imagine walking or perhaps hopping on a fun motorbike and racing down to an exciting beach where some of the biggest waves of Bali present themselves.
You lie in the sand along with other spectators and watch locals brave those humungous waves like super heros. You watch them with wonder as they know just when to cut in and the right direction to cut out. Maybe you aren’t an expert surfer who can get out there with the locals, but there are many others from around the world who give it a try.
This is Uluwat Beach. It gets more foot traffic due to the beastie waves that hit the area every year. It can have a very fun, laid back vibe that is relaxing and adventurous.
Denpasar, the Capital of Bali
Denpasar is the largest city and capital of the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is located in South Bali. Denpasar is a bustling, multi-cultural city and although it can seem a little intimidating the first time you visit, just do not believe those travel guides which say it has nothing to offer.
Denpasar is bristling with temples, palaces and museums and its occupants are outstandingly friendly. You will be off the beaten tourist track here, so bring lots of time for a chat with the locals and a decent map of town. You can see many of the main sights comfortably on foot. This is also a notable shopping city with options to please even the most jaded of world shoppers. Denpasar is the seat of government in Bali and is therefore home to the provincial governor’s office as well as the administration of the Regency of Badung.
Denpasar is the main gateway to Bali and the city is also a hub for other cities in the Lesser Sunda Islands. Bali has various attractions. The white sandy beaches are well-known all over the island. The surfing beach is Serangan Island. Sanur beach has calmer waters and is excellent for sunbathing and kitesurfing. Ten minutes from the Airport lies the town of Kuta. Kuta is where most of the hotels, restaurants, malls, cafes, marketplaces, and spas that cater to tourists are located. In the Denpasar area, all kinds of Balinese handicrafts are represented in local shops. These include artwork, pottery, textiles, and silver. Batik cloth is sold all over Denpasar.
While arts and culture in the city of Denpasar largely synonymous with art and culture in general, although here there has been a mix of interaction with other cultures along with the arrival of tourists from all walks of life. But traditional values inspired by Hindu religious rituals still strong coloring of this city.
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