I don’t even know why you wouldn’t – if you’re in Bali, please check out Blue Point Beach and Uluwatu. In the same trip – it’s very doable.
A lot of people say that the island of Bali looks like a Snoopy head. If that were true, Blue Point and Uluwatu would be located on the tumor that’s on Snoopy’s neck. It’s easily accessible from the main hub Denpasar which is also close to a lot of popular destinations including Kuta and Seminyak. If you are not renting transportation (car or scooter) then you should pay for the cab driver to stay with you all day. Here’s why:
There is a sunset dance at the temple of Uluwatu called the Kecak Dance (“Kay-chaek”) so it makes sense to see Blue Point Beach during the day. We really wanted to walk from Blue Point to Uluwatu because it was only a mile and a half but Uluwatu is extremely secluded making it hard to grab a cab to leave the temple. We took it a step further thinking we can even walk back to Nusa Dua following the beach at night (yeah right) but there wasn’t even a beach at Uluwatu to follow. (See above photo)
I’ll tell you the following so that you can possibly get the same results using the same method. On our way from Nusa Dua to Blue Point Beach, we told the cab driver that we were planning on a walk from Blue Point to Uluwatu. He told us that it’s very dangerous because of the lack of, well, sidewalks and access for pedestrians. He told us even if we made it, we wouldn’t find a taxi to leave the temple. This was already confirmed for us by multiple staff members at our hotel.
We ended up getting the cab driver all day for VERY cheap.
After offering to stay with us for the day, he recognized our hesitation as we discussed other options. We really didn’t want to pay for a taxi to sit and wait, they have an hourly rate and it can add up, especially if you’re going to be exploring the area, eating and having a jolly old time with Bintang after Bintang. Hours can really add up. Empty Bintang bottles can really add up. Here’s a break from text:
Here’s a break from photos: Long boring story short, our cab driver told us he wouldn’t charge us for waiting on us. We only paid 400,000 Rupiah for a full day of driving us around and waiting which is about $30. That’s Nusa Dua to Blue Point, Blue Point to Uluwatu, Uluwatu to Nusa Dua. It sounds weird that he was waiting on us, and we felt that way as it happened but he literally waited on us. We didn’t specify a time and we found him exactly where he dropped us off chatting with a friend. His name is Maruta and we ended up calling him the next day to take us to Seminyak because he was such a gentle and gracious Balinese family man. He told us a lot about his children in broken English.
The greatest thing about telling his story is that we realized we didn’t have enough cash to pay the Uluwatu temple entrance fee and Maruta paid for it. Of course, we paid him back once we got to the ATM at the hotel and OF COURSE we framed the photo that we took with him.
We actually did talk about taking a photo with him but we failed to remember to ask him the next day when he dropped us off in Seminyak – so I lied about the photo.
Anyways, I could write about the Kecak Dance that we saw at Uluwatu but instead I’ll show you these photos in chronological order as the sun sets. I’m currently working on the dance video as well. Thanks for reading. I’d like to thank Don Q Gold rum from Ponce, Puerto Rico for helping me write this article. -JWB