Surfing Bali’s ‘Bukit list’
The expression “bucket list” has entered into mainstream English vocabulary and is here to stay. It all started with the 2007 film, “The Bucket List”, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. I’ve never seen the film and I had no idea the saying was such a recent invention. The idea of the bucket list is a list of things you really want to do before dying or “kicking the bucket”. In the film, Nicholson and Freeman play two terminally ill lung cancer patients who go on a road trip together with the aim of ticking off a bunch of things they would like to do before leaving this Earth. Like I said, I haven’t seen it and don’t particularly want to, but the concept is something that resonates with many people, though it’s nothing new in fiction or film. The problem is, how well are a pair of hospitalised, terminally ill cancer patients going to be able to carry out a real bucket list? Probably not very well.
So I’ve come up with a different kind of concept for bucket list, which you don’t have to be dying to create or complete. It’s for surfers and beach lovers visiting Bali and it’s called the “Bukit list”, named after the surfing Mecca that is south Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. No need to kick the bucket, but you’ve definitely got to kick it on the Bukit. I’m on a roll with the puns here, folks.
I won’t write the actual list, that’s for you to do. But if you’re interested, here are a couple of descriptions of the Bukit’s surfing beaches, with links to more info.
From Travel Pulse:
The Bukit Peninsula not only boasts some of Bali’s best beaches, but also the island’s top surf spots. Depending upon the weather conditions, there are typically different surf breaks with different waves suitable for just about any level. A few of the most popular surf beaches are Padang Padang, Bingin and Dreamland. We recommend renting some boards and driving along until you find the break that’s best for you—it’s quick and easy to hop up and down the coast.
Here’s what Asia One News has to say about the Bukit’s Pandang Padang, which also just happens to be home to our beloved surfcamp:
A small and gorgeous bay, Padang-Padang is slightly more accessible than many beaches around, due to not having too many steps and being on the main Uluwatu road. A gorgeous sparkling little bay with good waves and a nice wide beach, Padang-Padang is great for families, picnics and people who prefer calmer seas than the surfing beaches. It is a little busier than other beaches, but for good reason as it is really a beautiful twinkling little bay. There is one small warung at the bottom serving basic snacks and food as well as the Bali beach must have – fresh coconuts.
Read all the great things Asia One has to say about some of the Bukit’s beaches, including some of our local favourites Balangan and Bingin, in their piece, ‘South Bali’s seven best beaches’. Get into it!
Lead image by Stephan Stansfield (Flickr CC)