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Nias / Asu / Hinakos





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Grajagan – G-land



SE - E Wind

mid - high tide

1-6 ft S - SW swell


Intermediate / Advanced

SE - E Wind

mid - high tide

1-6 ft S - SW swell


Intermediate / Advanced

Surfing at Uluwatu The Peak Overview

Quick Info

Wave size: waist high – 2 x overhead
Swell size (ocean): 1 – 6ft
Swell direction: S – SW
Tides: Mid – high tide
Direction: Left
Best wind: SE
Surfing level: Intermediate / Advanced
Crowd factor: 10/10
Localism factor: 9/10
Fun factor: 9/10
Risk factor: 6/10
Must know: at high tide be sure to aim south of the cave on the way in.
Uluwatu is possibly Bali’s most well known wave. It is a dry season staple, as it’s a wave magnet and very rarely goes flat. It breaks through all the tides, and has many different personalities, with each section of the reef warranting its own name. Check out Temples, Outside Corner and Racetracks.

It has grown a lot since its discovery in the ’70s, and what used to be a small fishing village, is now lined with places to eat, places to stay and even a few nightclubs! Its a great place to spend an entire day.

About Uluwatu The Peak

The Peak is an Uluwatu staple, breaking almost every day during the dry season. It breaks best on the mid to high tides, with the lower tides becoming quite shallow and closing out, and you would be better off drifting down into racetracks.

Here you will find plenty of waves, but plenty of surfers.

The swells march onto the reef and peaks will form all across the flat coral platform offering up powerful barrelling take offs, and great bowling walls with a tapered shoulder. You can almost pick up a peak from anywhere on the reef here, so stay aware on the paddle back out.

There can sometimes be some short but good right-handers of the peak back towards the cliff.

Best Conditions for Uluwatu The Peak

The peak breaks from waist high to double over-head, on mid to high tide. It is offshore in the SE trade winds, making it a dry season staple wave.

Getting in and out at Uluwatu The Peak

Access The Peak, by following the path down the cliff to the stairwell that makes its way down into the cave. From here, make your way to the entry of the cave and paddle over the reef. The Peak breaks directly in front of the cave.

On the higher tides, you will need to jump into the washing machine in the cave, trying not to get washed up against the limestone cliffs and follow the river like currents out and around the corner. The current will spit you out way down the end of the reef, and you will need to paddle back up to the take-off zone.

Get back in on high tide by taking a wave at the top of the peak, south of the cave, and aim as far south as you can. If you miss the cave you will need to ride the current back down to the end of the point, paddle all the way up the reef, south of the cave and have another go. When it is this big, it is often a better idea to follow the drift down to Padang.

Getting to Uluwatu The Peak

To get to Uluwatu, follow Jalan Labuansait all the way to end, turn onto Jalan Mamo, and you will find a car park at the end. Follow your way down past Single fin, and through the warungs on the cliff, that will happily look after your belongings in exchange for some business.

Hazards to look out for at Uluwatu The Peak

The low tide gets shallow here and this part of the reef loses its form, be aware of the sharp coral.

Crowds are a huge factor here, as this is one of the most crowded waves in Bali, so be sure to bring your manners, surf within your ability and respect the friendly local crew who share their wave with the tourists every day.

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