Day 5 : Saturday 19th of may
Bukit, a lemon-shaped peninsula at the southernmost extremity of the island, is a dry, rocky land. Oval-shaped and about eight kilometers from north to south, 17 kilometers from east to west, with a maximum elevation of 200 meters, Bukit offers limestone caves, temples perched on the edge of dizzying cliffs, stretches of immaculate isolated beaches and a dramatic coastline. This 100-square-kilometer tableland of stunted bush and prickly pear cactus once lay at the bottom of the sea but now sits 100-200 meters above sea level, its sides in the south rising 100 meters straight up. For years the Dutch called this curious windswept geographic feature Tafelhoek, the "Tableland". Bukit might once have been a separate island that eventually attached itself to the mainland. It shares climate, topography, and geology with Nusa Penida, a small island off Bali's southeast coast. Standing out in stark contrast to the lush, alluvial plains of southern Bali, the barren, under populated Bukit plateau has no streams and the land cannot be artificially irrigated. On the cliff tops of the undeveloped west and south coasts are remains of ancient sea temples. Inland, stone blocks are mined from karst quarries.
Since the early 1970s, Bukit has been a popular destination for surfers, beachcombers, seekers of solitude, and budget travelers. It boasts some of Southeast Asia's best surfing beaches, and is considered among the top ten surfing spots in the world.
Harbor and Benoa Port are located on the southern coast of Bali. For hundreds of
years, reef-sheltered Labuhan Benoa was the entry point from the sea for all of
south Bali. The accumulation of alluvium has long since rendered much of this
natural harbor unnavigable, but a long causeway was built by the Dutch after
their 1906 invasion. At the end are fuel tanks, a big wharf, dozens of
moored vessels, warehouses, a lighthouse, fisheries, charter-boats offices, and
a Pelni office.
Boat trip to Turtle Island
Also known as Turtle Island or Pulau Sakenan, this dry, low-lying, 73-hectare, three-kilometer-long island formed on the sandbar at the entrance to Labuhan Benoa, only 250 meters off the southeast coast of Bali.
Uluwatu temple is precariously located at the point of a sheer cliff on the island's southern peninsula. It is one of the oldest and most important temples in Bali, one of the six original sad khayangan (territorial) temples on the island. Monkeys roam freely in the temple grounds and along the tree lined pathway leading up to it. More recently Uluwatu has also become famous for its challenging surf break (experienced surfers only), and spectacular views from the restaurants perched on the cliff.
Day 6 : Sunday 20th of may
Day 7 : Monday 21st of may
Walk on the beach to Kuta (1 hour) - shopping - pool