The southern-most peninsula of Bali from just below the airport all the way to Uluwatu is called the Bukit, which translates as ‘the hill’ in Indonesian. This area is dry and rocky compared the the rest of the island and has steep rugged cliffs. This part of the island is well known for having some of the best beaches and world-class surf spots on the island, but there are amazing sights and attractions to check out too.
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Open to the public: 18:30 – 21:30
Location: Uluwatu Temple, Jalan Raya Uluwatu
Locally known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Uluwatu Temple sits on the south-western part of a limestone cliff looking out over the Indian Ocean and is home to hundreds of grey long-tailed macaques! Ancient stone carvings and views for miles makes this temple one of the best places in Bali to catch the sunset and take lots of Instagram-worthy pictures.
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Just a stone’s throw away from Uluwatu Temple is an open-air amphitheater where Kecak dancers perform regularly. The Kecak dancers perform what’s called a monkey chant. It’s a re-enaction of an ancient Ramayana epic, a classic story of good versus evil. Incredibly, the fire dance is performed with zero musical instruments, instead using the rhythmic voices of the male dancers to tell the story of heroes Rama and Sita battling against the evil Ravana and his monkey army.
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Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 08:00 – 22:00
Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Jimbaran
Garuda Wisnu Kencana, also known as GWK, is a cultural park that sits along the Jimbaran hills. The sprawling 250-hectare property features a giant bust of the Hindu god Vishnu and his loyal guardian Garuda, a multipurpose hall and lush gardens. At the moment, only the torso and the hands of the Vishnu statue together with the Garuda idol are finished, but once the park has completed the statue it will be 145 meters tall, making it one of the tallest landmarks in the world.
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New Kuta Green Park
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 09:00 – 18:00
Location: Pecatu Indah Resort, Jalan Raya Uluwatu
Tel: +62 (0)361 8484 777
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New Kuta Green Park is a family friendly entertainment and resort area developed in the past few years. The facility features several pools with giant water slides wave pools, a bungee trampoline and play areas for paintball fun. For those who’d rather cool their heels and take it easy, there is a lazy river ride and lots of cafés and restos that offer local and global cuisine.
Spend a Day at the Beach
The Bukit is becoming increasingly well known for its ‘hidden beaches’. They aren’t really secret anymore but there are a number of great beaches with white sand and fantastic caves to explore for kids. Suluban, or Blue Point as it is often called, is the perfect spot to spend the day playing on the sand and in rock pools, finishing with a cool drink as the sun sets. Padang Padang is also a good place for a swim, but it can get crowded, especially in high season.
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A beach club is also a good choice, especially with kids, and there are a number to choose from on the Bukit. Finn’s Beach Club at the Semara and Karma Beach at the Karma Kandara are both super kid-friendly and very, very relaxing for adults.
Eat Delicious Seafood
Jimbaran Bay is one of the best spots in Bali for a sunset seafood feast. It’s touristy but charming nonetheless and because the tables are on the beach is also great for kids who aren’t so good at sitting still at the table.
It can get really crazy at the restaurants in Jimbaran, so arrive and order food early to avoid waiting hours for your dinner. Another useful tip is to buy corn on the cob from one of the sellers that appear around sunset, this should keep the little ones happy if your food takes a while.
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The Bukit, Bali has a bit of everything; surf, sand, culture and cuisine. Include a day or two on the Bukit during your family holiday and you won’t be disappointed!