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Medewi Beach

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Medewi is a beach village in West Bali.


Sunset at Balian Beach

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.

Get in[edit]

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.

Beach west of Medewi

Get around[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The beach is divided in to two main portions, the eastern half which is very rocky with some large flat grey stone boulders interspersed with pebbles and black sand, and the western half which is sandier. It's not the best beach for sunbathing or lounging, but good for long quiet strolls.
  • Local fishermen bring in their catch just east of the river mouth, which is accessible down a steep incline from the main road. You can buy really cheap and fresh seafood here of all types, or just go to check it out. Cows grazing, fishermans' wives mending nets, sales taking place, kids playing, and boats being hauled out of the water. The catch seems to come in until around 10AM or so.
  • The sunset is over the Indian Ocean here which is quite magnificent.
  • Bunut Bolong , AKA 'The Magic Tree'. About 20 minutes drive Northeast of Medewi, this amazing Banyan tree has somehow grown leaving a big enough gap in the centre for vehicles to pass straight through it. Up in the cooler hills it's a pleasant thing to do on a hot day. 1000 rupiah to park your bike, they'll then ask you to sign the guestbook and give a 'donation for the staff' for keeping the place free from litter - the donation is completely optional.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Go Surfing where 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 [11].
Medewi fishermen.
  • Relax in the very quiet coastal village which nothing really is going on besides the 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.
  • Swim in a waterfall Juwuk Manis is 30 mins drive northeast of Medewi. Admittedly not Bali's most impressive waterfall, it's worth seeing if you won't visit the others, and makes a nice break from the heat as it's up in the hills. The steps down to the waterfall are very new and in good condition (2018), but there are a lot of them - 865 apparently - so take a bottle of water for the walk back up. You'll get some lovely views on the journey there and back. Entry 5000R, motorbike parking 2000R.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

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 popular eatery on the main coast road. It 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.  edit
  • Try Warung Bagus Heading west it is on the left on the main road between the turnoff to Kanpung Logi, Pulukan and the Medewi Point turnoff just past turnoff to CSB hotel. Look for Surfboard sign on left. Sayu the wonderful smiling lady owner cooks delicious fresh local meals, especially try the lumpia (Spring Rolls) they are excellent.
  • Waroeng Ten Pandan About 1km west of Medewi Beach, close to a couple of the surf camps, this pleasant small warung serves the freshest seafood you could wish for with good sides and big smiles. Also a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Mains from 20,000.

Drink[edit][add listing]

A beer on the beach for sunset is very much the order of the day.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Mai Malu Restaurant and Guest House (Mai Malu), Jalan Pantai Medewi, Pekutatan, Jembrana-Bali 82262 (Just located on the small hill of the entrance to Medewi Beach, Look for the Mai Malu signage), +6281916171045 (), [1]. checkout: 12 pm. A Budget and peaceful accomodation which is very popular amongst the young surfer crowd. Located right by the beach. Also has a good view because its situated on the hill on the entrance to Medewi Beach. Mai Malu also famous for the foods such as pizza and burger. Also, this Guest House and Restaurant owned and managed by an Indonesian women who has an experience in Hospitality both Indonesia and Australia. From Rp 100,000.  edit
  • Bambu House, Kampung Loji Pulukan (700 metres before Medewi), +62 813 53675678, [2]. checkin: noon; checkout: noon. A new house which sleeps 5. King size beds and home-cooked food. 300 metres to the beach. Set off the main road in a small village surrounded by rice paddies and gardens. US$80.  edit
  • Hotel CSB (Cahaya Samudra Bali Beach Inn), (phone="+62). Clean, affordable hotel with spectacular views of the ocean and rice fields. 100 meters from the beach. 4 A/C rooms in front and 10 fan rooms behind, though all have ocean views and hot water. Breakfast included. An easy walk to either Medewi Point or east to empty beaches. About 1 km east of the surf break, either via the road, the beach or the path through the fields. From the road, look for the turn near the Nurul Huda Mosque in Pulukan. Rp 150,000-250,000.  edit
  • Kirra's Beach House, Medewi Beach, +6281353339229 (), [3]. 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.  edit
  • Medewi Beach Cottages, Medewi, +62 361 8528521 (), [4]. Nice bungalows with gardens and swimming pool. Right on the beach. Offer airport pickup for US$30 per person. From about Rp 600,000.  edit
  • Medewi Bay Retreat, Medewi, +62 812 3842252 (), [5]. One, two and three bedroom villas in this exclusive resort set back about 500 metres from the beach, but not situated in Medewi as the name may says, in fact about 20min with the car to Medewi, keep that in mind. From US$72.  edit
  • Medewisurfhomestay, Kampung Baru Medewi - Pesinggahan Pekutatan - Jembrana Bali 82262, [6]. Located about 1 km from the surf break, across the main road. 3 buildings on site and 1 more under construction. They rent mopeds with racks as well for 50,000 / day. Food is really perfect a bit more expensive but worth the money. Otherwise, nice garden, fairly quiet, and surrounded by rice paddies. The Local named Ugis is doing great massages and healing! Get one by one surf-lessons! from 200,000.  edit
  • Mukks Villa, (Look for the WIFI sign on your right when heading east out of town, and keep going down to the beach then up the slope.). Four tastefully furnished guest rooms, apparently owned by an Osaka-Japanese surfer. Wireless internet, satellite TV in the public area, surfing lessons, and a scooter for guests to use. You can see and hear the ocean when sleeping in the upper rooms. The biggest drawback is the relative lack of audio privacy. Otherwise, well suited to couples and small groups. From around 250,000 single. Double 400,000.  edit
  • Puri Dajuma Cottages, Beach Eco-Resort & SPA (Puri Dajuma Cottages), Medewi, Pekutatan, +62 365 43955 (), [7]. Luxury resort offering many packages from about US$140 per night. Located just south of Medewi Beach. (-8.430229,114.81795) edit
  • Surfvilla Mukks, Medewi - desa pulukan - kmp loji ( Rice point ) (very near Rice Point), +628123973431 (), [8]. Very good for surf environment, good service. Home stay, surf shop, surf lessons, accommodations. Wi-Fi From Rp 250,000 per night.  edit
  • Warung and Homestay Gede, Medewi, +62 812 3976668. Budget accommodation run by local family. Rp 90,000.  edit
  • Brown Sugar Surfcamp ([email protected]), JL Pantai Bikini No.1 (Cross the bridge to the west part of Medewi, then head south down through the fields, and take a right at the coastline.), +6281916391970, [9]. checkin: 1pm. "Bali's one and only surfcamp at the beach, suitable for beginner to intermediate surfers. With accommodation (basic & deluxe), AC & hotwater shower available, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, surflessons, board rental, surf shop."Run by surfers for surfer or those who like to learn surfing. The restaurant menu is extensive, and the staff friendly, the beach parties on weekends are legendary. They also have a surfshop on the main road in Medewi.  edit
  • Medewi Manor ([email protected]), Jln. bahari Desa yehsumbul Kecamatan mendoyo, Kabupaten jembrana-Bali (Simply pop Medewi Manor and or Medewi Manor Lane into google maps and you'll find your way.), 0813 53263220, [10]. checkin: anytime; checkout: anytime. "Situated three hours’ drive from the madness of the Bali tourist areas. Medewi Manor offers one downstairs 2 bedroom apartment. The 2 bedroom apartment – in Balinese style – is immaculately clean. It has been furnished with traditional Balinese fixtures with all the surfaces finished with Balinese marble. The apartment boasts a European style kitchen, which includes a fridge, oven, crockery, cutlery and all the accouterments for a completely functional kitchen. Both bathrooms are spacious and modern with marble surfaces. Both bathrooms have showers, western style toilets, with one including a bath. Both bathrooms have impressive fixtures. The apartment is air conditioned throughout and comes with a television with a big Hi Fi sound, Xbox and numerous games, plus an extensive video library. Medewi Manor provides an Indian marble office desk with a personal computer. Pop over to the website and get a feel for Medewi Manor, surrounds, surf and the Jembrana regency.  edit
  • Villa Khalisha, Jalan Raya (1km west of Medewi Beach), +6281805595825. 9 modern, clean rooms a couple of hundred metres back from the ocean. With a small kitchen, eating area, relaxation area, very small pool, and super-helpful hosts. All you'll hear is the waves and the mosque, both of which are to be expected in this area. Prices vary with the season, think $20 in April/May (2018).  edit


Get out[edit]

  • If you have your own transport, definitely consider the pretty spectacular road across the mountains to Seririt that starts only a couple of kilometers east of Medewi, then perhaps onward to Lovina. The road is marked by a drive-through banyan tree and sporadic but impressive views on the way up the southern side, and rice paddies and volcano views back down the north.

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