Bukit doesn’t look quite like the Bali the world has seen. Sitting right at the bottom of the southern peninsula, Bukit is less rice paddies and forests full of roaming monkeys and more huge cliff faces and hardcore surf. This surf has enjoyed a mythology of sorts among aficionados around the world, so expect to meet plenty of pilgrims from far-flung locales. This reputation makes for a great nightlife, especially along the coastline with its unpretentious and friendly water-facing bars. Bukit can feel a little more outdated than elsewhere in Bali, with Instagrammable decor trends and smoothie bowls yet to really take over the town. For many visitors, that’s the point. Bukit is all about Bali’s basics: sun, sea and sand.
EAT Simple name, simple food. Fresh fruits and lots of young coconuts are on the menu here at Bukit Café, but stunning smoothie bowls and creative juice combinations prove that sometimes simple is best.
DRINK Most bars in Bali are all about the beach views. Oneeighty has something a little different to offer. Here, you can enjoy seasonal and classic cocktails over the venue’s sheer-drop cliff face. Perhaps not for the faint of heart, but a little Dutch courage should help.
DO Padang Padang Beach is one of the island’s best kept secrets, but not for much longer. With decades of tourism trashing some of the more popular beaches Padang Padang remains pristine and far less busy, a flashback to the days before budget tourism.
STAY Low-key, relaxed and spacious Hotel La Joya is more about lazing about and unwinding than party villas elsewhere in the peninsula. With world-class hospitality and stunning views, what else would a visitor want?
If you do just one thing…
Take a surf lesson. With classes readily available on the beach, what better place to try out the swell than in one of Bali’s most iconic surfing towns? Expert instructors from Bali and abroad help even the most novice of learners get the basics down.