Uluwatu temple locally known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples and one of the most spectacular ones in the entire island, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. Uluwatu Temple dates back to the 11th century and is situated at land’s end to protect from evil spirits. Made from black coral rock, the tiered shape of the sea temple has a dramatic contrast against its precarious location and creates the most amazing silhouette at sunset.
Petitenget Beach is the main beach of Seminyak. It’s named after a temple of the same name, located 100 metres from the coast. This grey sand beach isn’t as crowded as its neighbours, Kuta and Legian. It has large waves most of the time, along with strong undercurrents. The wide stretch of sand with vast flat surfaces make Petitenget Beach one of the most beautiful coasts. With a few dining spots along its coast, it’s an excellent go-to for enjoying Bali’s magical sunsets.
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves. Tanah Lot Temple located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) North West of Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.
Lovina Beach in North Bali is a 2-km stretch of black sand with calm waves. Sunsets in Lovina are exceptional, with smooth waves reflecting the setting sun and traditional Balinese outrigger fishing boats on the horizon. The rather tame nightlife scene goes with the calmness of the coast. There are hotels on the beach with restaurants and bars providing sunset views, while others are high on the hills, overlooking the bay.
Kuta Beach is famous for its sunsets. After the sunset tourists hit the town and go for shopping or visit one of the countless restaurants. A wide variety of local souvenirs can also be bought from vendors on and along the beach. The beach still attracts a mix of travellers, as there’s always something for everyone here. The main draws remain the sand, surf and sunsets. Despite the crowd, you can easily hop off the footpath and find a good spot on the beach in time for sunset. The various activities and interactions of peddlers, visitors and surfers around you add a special ambience that’s uniquely Kuta.