The famous Uluwatu Beach is one of our faves at the moment. To get there takes about 50 minutes from Kuta and you can hire transport guys as listed in the Little Miss Bali app for a full day for around 600 000Rup for a new car and a driver with great English. The beach is not easy to get to if you are very unfit, have bad knees or with children in prams ( easy with a baby bjorn or the likes) . You head to Blue Point Villas and past Single Fin shop and Bar and just keep heading down the stairs, basically most paths all lead past small warungs and stalls. Possibly around 600 stairs. Avoid eye contact with most sellers as they are renowned for how persistent and assertive they are ( keep in mind they are trying to earn a living however the Ulu’s tax on your basic sarongs, hats etc is pretty steep) . Unless you want a particularly unique souvenir ( or your 9 yr old does ) of a Rastafarian coloured Ulus hat with a monkey shooting a gun on it then bargain really hard ). There are loads of odd sized stairs which lead to a concrete narrow walkway( one person at a time only) with no hand rails and a steep set of skinny stairs ( which back in the day was just a bamboo ladder). Avoid eye contact with the cave monkeys too however they are usually rummaging through the sacred cave offerings for lollies and then you need to duck and weave your way through some narrow caves to this beautiful white sandy beach. Please be cautious of the tides changing and go at low tide, ( tide charts on the internet will help you time your visit) . Beautiful for mermaiding around, epic surf, crazy crabs to catch, perve on hot Brazilian guys or you can sit in the shade of the overhang and play your ipad ( whilst your slightly paranoid mother calculates the risk of it collapsing. Head back up the stairs and enjoy a beer as the sunsets into the sea. The Edge bar is a little less cool than Single Fin above it but easier to get a beer. Grab some BBQ corn on the cob for the drive home.
This is the beautiful Green Bowl Beach, A popular white sandy/surf beach which was named from the roundish rocks which protrude at high tide with green seaweed on them I believe. Not sure why but all my friends have always called it Green Balls. Either way its kind of near Nusa Dua in South Bali and most transport guys can get you there. There is possible nearly 1000 stairs to walk down ( which is all fine as you get close to the beautiful turquoise water, however you do real…ise your may be in a little trouble when your legs are a little shaky when you get to the bottom and think oh oh I have to climb back up them. We popped down in late afternoon and enjoyed the serenity while Brad surfed. However ……. as you all well know Rocco and I are not fond of monkeys and I sat in the shade of the caves and Roc threw a coconut around I could hear rustling in the trees above. I thought to myself I hope Roc cant see what I can see as these huge monkeys slowly clambered down to see if we had any treats for them. Roc came tearing out of the waves to say mummmm , quick we have to leave there are monkeys. We packed up headed back to the stairs, the tide had risen and a huge wave pushed us onto the rocks so my towels were all wet and Brad had started the journey up. Roc was getting hysterical as the monkeys followed and for some reason he started to say MUMMMM they are going to eat our skin off , which panicked me more. He become frozen with fear, I was feeding off his fear whilst Brad was yelling ‘just walk don’t look at them’. HAHAHA I can laugh now. Anyway we got to the top and as I was gasping for air ( not too fit at the moment) a gorgeous man came over and handed me a baby coconut for rehydration. I see Brad and Rocco heading straight for the car I take a breather at the café … then these incredibly forceful Ibu’s ( ladys) with the most muscly fingers ever start massaging me in a group of three. I say “tidak terimakashi ” repeatedly, but they just want some cash. I try to finish my coconut while Brad and Roc a laughing at my predicament from the safety of the car. I get up to run from the mean old ladies who don’t take no for an answer to only have a thong blow out and stubb my toe. !!! Arggggggg anyway don’t let this little adventure put you off. It is a stunning piece of Bali which should be enjoyed with caution including flesh eating monkeys( harmless) 1000 stairs ( great for your butt) , aggressive massaage ladies ( avoid eye contact at all costs and get straight into your car and get your driver to get you a refreshments from the little warungs ). For more great beach suggestions download the Little Miss Bali App and see the Beaches Worth Exploring section.