Medewi

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BOOK A HOTEL IN MEDEWI
Booking.com calls Medewi 'Pulukan' 
Most guidebooks write Medewi off in just a few lines. "It's a placid place where cattle graze by the beach. Medewi is not noted for its beach but its long left-hand wave. There is little else here," they say. But here's the thing: they're wrong. 
 

We've seen it over and again: Medewi has a way of creeping into your soul and so many travellers who stay more than three nights in this village find it very, very hard to leave. Surfers might say it's because of the point break, Bali's longest left-hand wave. Those who appreciate quiet places might stay for the vast stretches of wild beaches over where, at night, the stars shine in abundance. Travellers in need of rest might stay for the beachfront massages which, at under US$8 for a 60-minute session, will leave you basking in post-massage bliss for hours after. Or perhaps it's for the Bali kopi, which seems to taste even more delicious when drunk at one of the warungs (small eatery) along the beachfront in the early morning.

Whatever the reasons for staying, there is plenty to keep you busy. Bunut Bulong is a sacred tree that forms a bridge over the road. There is a simple warung up there with lovely views across jungled hills. If you're wanting to stretch your legs, then don't miss a walk down to pretty Juwuk Manis waterfall.

Cliff-top Ramput Siwi is a 10-minute drive west from Medewi. It's one of the island's seven important "sea temples", which protects Bali from the evil spirits of the ocean. Tahan Lot and Uluwatu are two of the other sea temples.

Head to Puri Dajuma resort and spend the day at the pool; explore the beaches; watch the fishing boats return in the early morning and head out – often in spectacular waves – in the late afternoon. Use Medewi as your base and explore the area around Negara and Menjangan. Hone your surfing skills or take a few yoga classes. Watch the sun set from Made and Wayan's Warung Kayu – a popular little Warung right at the surf point in Medewi on the beach – and ponder just how perfectly quiet and relatively unspoilt this part of the island is.

On this site we use "Medewi" to encompass the area from the village of Pekutatan, which is east of Medewi, to Yeh Sumbul, on the west. Medewi itself can be divided into two sections: the paddies, which are north of the main road, and the beachfront, to the south. 

Medewi

Airport

Airport to Medewi: 90km

Travel by car: about 3,5 hours

Cost: Rp600,000 with a driver

Medewi: local advice

 

Medewi

Airport

Airport to Medewi: 90km

Travel by car: about 3,5 hours

Cost: Rp600,000 with a driver

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Medewi

Airport

Airport to Medewi: 90km

Travel by car: about 3,5 hours

Cost: Rp600,000 with a driver

Know this...​

...if you drive here yourself

The road from east Bali out here is not great: it is often busy with overloaded trucks and risk-taking buses, and we do not recommend driving out here at night if you're not familiar with driving in Indonesia. If your flight lands in Bali after midday, we suggest you chill out and spend one night closer to the airport before leaving for West Bali the next morning. If you choose to drive straight through to Medewi, expect to arrive about 4,5 hours after your plane lands. If you're looking for a driver, please click here.

...if you surf

Medewi has the longest lefthand break in Bali, but there's a right-hander here too. To get to the right-hander, walk south along the beach, just over the first river. It's really rocky at Medewi so take along your reef-boots, or hire a pair once you get there. Ask one of the local surfers where the paddle-out channel is – this will save you (and your board) from navigating the rocks. See the surfing in Medewi page for more.

...if you need to get laundry done

There is a small laundry on the road to the beach. Drop your clothes off here in the morning and they'll usually be ready early evening. 

...if you're a light sleeper

There are many mosques in the Medewi area, and they all sound the call to prayer five times a day. If you're a light sleeper and a late riser, you'd probably appreciate having a set of ear plugs on hand, as most of Medewi's accommodation is within earshot of a mosque.

...if you're hungry

There is a surprisingly large number of restaurants around Medewi. Bombora, is at the surf point and has excellent food with an unbeatable view. The food at Rasta Cafe, up in the paddies, is delicious, fresh and MSG-free. In Yeh Sumbul, The Holy Tree is a Canggu-style cafe that serves really good food (including smoothie bowls and cappuccinos).

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