This small section of the coast along Bali's underbelly facing endless miles of open ocean has a major claim to fame that draws foreign visitors; waves, beautiful waves. Here the Indian Ocean swells meet a shoreline with the right underwater topography, at the right angle, forming waves that attract surfers from around the world.
On shore there are also considerable attractions that will delight those who can't balance a board on a wave, though not everyone will be attracted by the peaceful, rural atmosphere here. This is unspoiled Bali, a window into life in the fields and villages as the rural majority live it. The land is lush and tropical most of the year.
This coast is mostly long stretches of grey to black sand, wide, flat and hard packed. It is broken by rocky patches and headlands, and there is generally a line of natural trees at the top of the beach, then rice fields. One hardly finds another person on the sands. There are regular fishing villages along here that pull their colourful, traditional outriggers up onto the beach when not in use.
There are just two beachfront accommodations here, a budget place for the surfers at Medewi, and more comfortable beach cottages at Pekutatan Beach for visitors who want to enjoy tranquillity in a very Balinese setting with few other tourists around.
Medewi Beach Cottages has 20 budget cottages overlooking a rocky beach and rolling waves. It has a beachside restaurant, pool and satellite TV.
Puri Dajuma Cottages has just 20 garden cottages, most with seaviews, a swimming pool, two restaurants, amenities for children, free internet and a spa for massage and spa treatments.