Bali is known for its splendid sunsets. As the sun comes down, the skies turn into a painting filled with red, orange, and purple hues. It becomes even more special with the right location. Whether you would like a bit of party vibe with your sunset or more of a solitary experience, we have got a good list of the best places to watch the sunset in Bali.
For a vibrant sunset that is accompanied by good beats, a big crowd to chat with, and a variety of nibbles and cocktails, then the fine, white sand beaches of Seminyak is where the show is at. Pick one of the bean bags at La Plancha Beach Bar and the multi-coloured parasols will accompany your sunset hues.
Perched on a cliff in Uluwatu is the Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of Bali’s nine directional temples which serves as the island’s protection from negative spirits, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is an ideal location to watch the sun go down if you can walk pass its monkey guardians.
Perched on a rocky outcrop further up the coast is the Pura Tanah Lot, another important directional temple, which creates a mesmerizing and almost ethereal picture as the sun comes down behind it. You might have to share the sunset with a big crowd as it is a popular tourist destination but it won’t be hard to find a quiet spot on the beach.
Made popular by the book and movie, Eat, Pray, Love, as well as the many yoga workshops and retreats that the location is known for, Ubud’s rugged hills, tropical rainforests, and rice terraces makes it an ideal location to enjoy the sunset.
Against the reddish orange hues of the sunset, the silhoutte of Puru Ulun Danu Beratan set amidst a glistening lake filled with lotus flowers, takes you to a holy escape from reality. Dedicated to the Balinese water goddess Dewi Danu, the serene atmosphere will wash your worries away.
Located on Bali’s north shore, the lesser-known Lovina beach is usually visited by dolphins, making your sunset watch extra special.
Take a trip to the fishing village south west of the island to get some amazing seafood at prices that won’t break your budget. With the silhouette of fishing boats amidst the red and orange skyline, you will have an authentic picture of what a sunset looks like on the tropical island of Bali.
One of Bali’s hidden beaches, Tegalwangi Beach has a lot of nook and crannies for couples and solo travelers looking for a bit of peace and quiet. Framed by dark, towering karsts overlooking the glowing Indian Sea, Telgawangi Beach provides a special sunset landscape. With Ayana Resort nearby, you can also choose to spend your sunset atop the deck of the Rock Bar while sipping a nice cocktail and having a chat with fellow travelers.
Head to Echo Beach, which is a popular surfer’s beach and the site of the sea temple, Pantai Batu Menjan. Here, the surfers riding the waves do add an extra appeal to the stunning sunset.
An island not far from Bali mainland, Lembongan’s Jungut Beach gives you a good view of the sun setting behind Mount Agung. With the laid back atmosphere on the island of Lembongan, this is where you can experience a quiet sunset filled with images of village life.
WHERE’S THE BEST SUNSET IN BALI?
Here’s our top ten of the best places to watch the sunset in Bali. If we have missed something or if you have discovered a new spot, let your fellow travelers know by commenting below.