Where & what to do in ‘The Bukit’

The Bukit Peninsula also known as “The Bukit” is the perfect surfers’ spot and bohemian bolthole. It has been a magnet for surfers since the ’70s for the endless string of perfect Indo-waves. Nomadic surfers descend on these shores in the droves and the Cliffside villages has now become a retreat for a new wave of bohemian travelers looking for the laid-back side of Bali.

The international crowd that visits The Bukit do not come here for the smart city-style service; they spend their days perched on a surfboard, drinking Bintang beers in the evenings at a ramshakled beach bar and spending their night in a wooden Balinese bungalow on a cliff or in other nice places around this magic and tropical Peninsula.

The Bukit is well known for its stunning shoreline with its craggy limestone cliffs, which tower over an azure-tinted ocean. The Beaches here are how you would imagine Bali’s to be. Cream-colored sand sweeps around the shoreline with piercing blue waters crashing on the coast. Steep clifff access means that the beaches are quiet aside from sprinkling of trendy cafes and local warungs.

Located in the southernmost point of the island, the Bukit includes the hotspots of Uluwatu, Bingin, Padang Padang, Impossibles, Green Bowl, Balangan – for die-hard surf fanatics- and with its beautiful secret beaches such as Nyang Nyang or Thomas. Also private hideaways as “Sundays Beach Club” and “Karma Kandara” – just to relax in Paradise.

Uluwatu Temple is the most important touristic attraction where you can enjoy everyday the Sunset Balinese Traditional Kecak Fire Dance.

For us this is what the Bukit is all about. Do not miss a visit to this wonderful slice of Bali.

Adapted from “Bali Lost Guides” by Anna Chittenden

Popular Indonesian dishes

Some tourist restaurants present special Bali nights, featuring dishes such as suckling pig, a Balinese banquet favorite, the Babi Guling.
Almost every restaurant will serve nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice with a fried egg on top) and mie goreng (fried noodles with egg). These basic dishes are generally the favorites amongst tourists and travellers. Vegetarian versions may be requested.
Another Indonesian favorite is satay (spicy marinaded thin slices of meat, threaded onto a skewer, barbecued, and served with a spicy peanut sauce). Satay ayam is chicken served in the same way.

Gado gado is an Indonesian salad, served with spicy peanut sauce and often with prawn crackers.
Chinese dishes, such as sweet and sour, cap-cay (stir fried meat and vegetables) etc. are also widely available, as is an abundance of fresh seafood, which is often kept alive in tanks until ready for cooking.
Expect to pay for your meal about Rp.5,000 for basic dishes to over Rp.50,000. (USD 0,5 to USD 5).
Besides the traditional food you have also the most famous Western cuisine in the Island so don`t worry about the choice!

Some other popular Indonesian dishes are:

  • Martabak (a fried roti bread, filled with meat or vegetables).
  • Nasi campur (steamed rice with some vegetables and meat).
  • Nasi rames (rice with vegetables, meat and a fried egg),
  • Opor ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk usually served with white rice (nasi putih).
  • Martabak Manis (A sweet pancake with butter, chocolate, cheese, condensed milk and peanut toppings – not common on Bali, but sometimes available).

A special Balinese treat that is widely available, is black rice pudding (Bubuh Injin). This is a desert made from natural black glutinous rice, served hot, in a sweet sauce of palm sugar and thick coconut cream.

Bali Weather

So you’ve been wondering about what the weather in Bali. It’s in the tropics, located about 6 degrees South of the equator. It means that the sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm most of the year. The temperature variation is very small, and Bali does not have four seasons like the most of the places. Here we have the Wet season, typically from September to February, and a Dry season for the other half of the year.
But the difference is marginal; at the peak of the wet season you will see about a half-hour to an hour serious downpour in the afternoon, perfect for a nap. The rest of the time the weather is nice, warm temperature, especially with a twist of sea-breeze in the beaches.

For accurate weather forecast in Uluwatu visit this site

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