The thing about going on an epic adventure holiday is that when you get back, it takes a little while to settle into things and to blog about it 😉 I took somewhat of a digital detox over my two week stint in Indonesia and only uploaded a few photos to Instagram and Facebook from time to time when I felt the need and had some decent wifi.
It is now time to tell you all about it and I hope that this guides you if you’ve been thinking about an adventurous Indonesian holiday (which you should be doing).
The first spot I’d like to tell you about is Medewi – a little surfing spot along the coast of Bali. It’s about a 3/3,5 hour drive from the airport in Denpasar and it’s easy to organise a taxi for this. Chat to your hotel/guest house about it and they’re more than likely able to organise something quickly, easily and relatively cheaply for you. If you’re backpacking and winging it with accommodation, send me a mail and I’ll send put you in contact directly with the guy that drove us all around Bali whenever we needed to – he was great!
It is a slow and basic surfer’s “village” with one main surf spot called “The Point”, with “epic waves” as I’m told by those who are ‘real’ surfers (I am not one of them). This spot is also the best place to get the best cheap as chips Bali coffee and watch the surfers do their thing.
I did, however, learn to surf there in some of the smaller and less scary whitewash a little further down the bay, with the biggest surfboard you’ve ever seen in your life. I also learnt to trek what felt like a million kilometres with a surfboard (more like a boat) on my head. These are real skills, yo.
There are some great spots to chill and eat and watch the day go by through the waves. Bamboo Terrace is great for this (especially because the service is s-l-o-w) on their beanbags with surf movies on a big screen in the evenings.
Low Tide Yoga has made Medewi their home and offer Surf/Yoga retreats. Their yoga pondok is right on the beach and you can meditate with the sound of the waves in front of you. Sigh. If you’re not part of the retreat you can arrange drop-in classes.
If you’re keen for something a little different (and a good giggle), you can take a buffalo cart from The Point to Pekutatan for sundowners at the beautiful Puri Dajuma Resort. I always advise against animal-related tourist activities, especially in South-East Asia and Indonesia, but this is a local guy with his own buffalos that he keeps in his garden and they are treated very kindly, not as a commodity for tourism. You can organise this through Low Tide Yoga.
This was a great way to start an adventure and slowed me down to a perfect holiday pace. The people are friendly and inviting and you won’t be bombarded with tourist “hassle”. I’d highly recommend Medewi Beach Inn for your accommodation – it is basic and friendly (some rooms even have hot water!).
Drop me any comments if you want any more info or would like to ask me any more detail about the place and the trip.