The low-down on Medewi
Distance: 90 km from airport
Travel by car: 3,5 hours
Cost: Expect to pay about Rp500,000 with a driver
GO TO MEDEWI FOR
• Wild beaches
• Chilled island life
• Ramput Siwi temple
...if you drive yourself here
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 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.
...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 hungry
There is a surprisingly large number of restaurants around Medewi. The newest hotel in town, Bombora, is at the surf point and has excellent food with an unbeatable view. Suito's Bamboo Terrace does good pizza and is a fantastic sunset spot. The food at Rasta Cafe, up in the paddies, is delicious, fresh and MSG-free.
...if you want to swim
Medewi Beach Cottages, the old hotel at the point, has a big, clean swimming pool (good for training). Non-guests must pay Rp80,000 to use the pool.