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Uluwahtoo

Coconut Grove Hotel - Saturday 9/12/78 - sunny and beautiful

Today we decided we would go to Uluwahtou which is at the southern end of the island. After breakfast of pawpaw and lemon pancake, we set off at 8 am. We drove to Benoa and were stopped at some gates and told it was the wrong way. We went back through Kuta and passed the airport. We then went through many villages and luckily ended up on the right way. The weather is absolutely superb with no clouds and it is very hot. The road to Uluwahtou is not crowded and it is great driving along. Along the road a man stopped us and told us the track to go to the beach. We left the bike with his Balinese friends and started our hike to the beach Never have walked such an exhausting and rough walk. There is a narrow track for 2 miles to the beach. It is muddy, slippery and rocky. We were absolutely dying of thirst and sweat was pouring off us. Eventually we got to the cliff and looked down at the beach and then a vertical climb down. The beach has a lot of rock and little headlands with little bits of sand. The water is beautiful and blue. The surf is out on the reef and was pretty good. The guide then took us a fair way around the beach to the cave. It is a big cave with the walls undermined by the surf. It opens onto the water and at the back to the hillsides. It is quite fantastic and fills on high tide.

On top of the cliffs we were told there was a shop where we could buy cold drinks, much to our amazement. Whoever would have expected a shop on the top of a cliff in the middle of nowhere. The guide took us up to the shop after a vertical (scary) climb up a cliff and we had lukewarm drinks. Still the view made up for it.

He took us back down to the beach and we said we would find our own way back. Then we got RIPPED OFF. He charged us 4000 rup ($8). We nearly died, but we wanted to get rid of him. Then we went for a long awaited swim in beautiful cool water. It was gorgeous. We then lay on the beach and read our books and went for more swims.

The tide started coming in and we didn't want to get cut off, so we started our homeward hike. A Balinese boy called Wainah came half way with us. We got lost a couple of times as there are so many tracks. A Balinese girl (Made) showed us the rest of the way for 500 rup and then we paid 1000 rup to the men who minded the bike. It was an expensive and tiring trip there but it was worth it as it was so beautiful. By this time we were so thirsty. We stopped at a stand in a village and got a warm Fanta with lots of ice. You don’t get very hungry over here just very thirsty.

We stopped off at another beach on the way to Kuta which had hundreds of coconut trees, but the beach and the water were not very nice. When we passed through Kuta we stopped to get some fried bananas and COLD DRINKS. We then headed back to Coconut Grove as a big storm was brewing. I lay by the pool on a comfy couch and read my book all afternoon. Then the storm started. Maria came around with my dress and Brad’s shirt which are really good. We gave her more material to make 2 more shirts and 2 pairs of board shorts. We went to dinner at Food Centre and had an Indonesian meal which was very hot and spicy. We had pork shashliks and fried rice for 4900 rup and then came home.

Down in  the cave

Down in the cave


Drink shop on the cliff

Drink shop on the cliff


Drink shop

Drink shop


Out for dinner

Out for dinner


Uluwahtoo

Uluwahtoo

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Indonesia

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