This is a tiny, remote village in one of the least visited areas of Bali. It is very much a surfing hot spot, and most visitors who do stay here stay for that reason alone. For non-surfers, it does offer a glimpse of what so much of Bali was like before the growth of mass tourism in the 1970s, and is a great place to relax.
Medewi is located about 75 kilometres west of Denpasar on the main south coast road, about 34 kilometres further west than the town of Tabanan. Anyone who travelling from the south of Bali by road to the west coast port town of Gilimanuk will pass by here.
This is a great place for walking. If you want to hire a motorbike your hotel should be able to oblige and expect to pay around Rp 70,000-100,000 per day.
The beach is very rocky with some large flat grey stone boulders interspersed with pebbles and black sand. Not the best beach for sunbathing or lounging, but good for long quiet strolls.
The sunset is over the Indian Ocean here which is quite magnificent.
Surf. The long left hand wave at Medewi Beach rolls all year and is popular with surfers for that reason. The largest waves tend to be in July and August. There is also right-hand break less than 100 metres away around the northern point. When the surf is small there is also a beach break, working mid-tide, over the river mouth about 250 metres to the south south. There are several other surf breaks nearb, including Balian Beach (30 minute drive east). For updates on conditions is is worth checking Medewi Surf Information .
Relax. This is a very quiet coastal village with nothing really going on bar the surfing, and the local fisherman doing their business.
Understand the origin of Medewi as a place name. This area was a forest with many Ketket or thorny trees. In Balinese, thorny forest is Alas Meduwi hence the place was named Meduwi which then became Medewi.
All of the local bungalows and hotels have restaurants.
Cafe Tahu, (on the main coast road at km marker 60, 12 km east of Medewi Beach). A very populr eatery on the main coast road. Gets very busy indeed with traffic coming to and from Gilimanuk. Don't let that put you off though as the Indonesian food here is truly excellent and fantastic value for money. Right on the water-front.
A beer on the beach for sunset is very much the order of the day.
Cahaya Samudra Bali Beach Inn, (close to the Nurul Huda Mosque), ☎ +62 813 38667288. A simple 10 room bungalow complex set back from the beach (but with great ocean views and within walking distance) about 1 km west of Medewi Beach proper. Good quality rooms for the price asked.Rp 120,000-150,0000.
Kirra's Beach Bungalows, Medewi Beach, (email@example.com), . Spacious, luxury bungalows/villas. Large gardens and right on top of the hill with spectacular sunset views over the Indian Ocean. Upstairs they have built Kirra's Bar which is a popular choice for an afternoon/evening beer or cocktail. 300m from the beach. Three minutes from Medewi Point Break.From US$60 per night.
Mai Malu, Medewi, ☎ +62 365 4700068 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Budget accomodation which is very popular amongst the young surfer crowd. Right by the beachFrom Rp 80,000 including breakfast.
Medewi Beach Cottages, Medewi, ☎ +62 361 8528521 (email@example.com), . Nice bungalows with gardens and swimming pool. Right on the beach. Offer airport pickup for US$30 per person.From about Rp 600,000.
Medewi Bay Retreat, Medewi, ☎ +62 812 3842252 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . One, two and three bedroom villas in this exclusive resort set back about 500 metres from the beach.From US$72.
Puri Dajuma, Medewi, ☎ +62 365 43955 (email@example.com), . Luxury resort offering many packages from about US$140 per night. Located just south of Medewi Beach.
Warung and Homestay Gede, Medewi, ☎ +62 812 3976668. Budget accomodation run by local surfers for surfersRp 90,000.
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