The Indonesian island of Bali has long been a popular travel destination, known for its beautiful scenic beaches, steep volcanic mountains, emerald-green rice paddy fields, great foods, and incredibly welcoming people. Another big draw of Bali is the sunsets, and the plethora of stunning locations to watch them from.
No trip to the island is complete without gazing from a beach, cliff, or lake as the sun disappears into a colorful haze. The sunset in Bali usually starts around 06;30 pm, so make sure you don’t miss it! And here are the top 10 best spots for sunset watching in Bali that we recommend for you!
1. Mesari Beach, Seminyak
Located in the Seminyak area, Mesari Beach is one of the most crowded beaches in Bali, especially in the afternoon, because of its sunset watching spot. Even though it is always crowded with visitors, Mesari Beach never looks like it’s full because the beach area is very wide. It is still a good spot for you who don’t really like crowds.
Apart from the sunset watching spot, Mesari Beach also offers you a lot of restaurants and cafes around the beach. What is more relaxing than watching the sunset while enjoying snacks, right?
2. Kuta Beach, Kuta
Everybody knows that Kuta Beach is one of the best places to enjoy Bali’s famous sunsets. Located on the island’s southwestern coast, apart from the sunset, you can also enjoy sunbathing, surfing, swimming, and beach soccer throughout the year.
Throughout the day, troupes of beach vendors and masseuses will all vie for your attention, be it for a beach sarong or a cheap massage, aka ‘spa treatment,’ on the sand. During and after sunset, it’s a mixed scene: friendly beach soccer matches that you can join, spontaneous ‘beach bars’ selling cold beers and local bites, chats with locals, djembe drumming jam sessions, and even fire dancers.
3. Kelan Beach, Tuban
Kelan Beach is located in Tuban, just south of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. Sunset in Kelan Beach is different from other beaches, as it is located near the airport. Here, you can see the planes landing or take-off as you watch the sunset. A very beautiful combination.
In addition to the beautiful sunset watching spot, Kelan Beach is perfect for swimming with children as the waves here are not too strong.
4. Tanah Lot Temple, Tabanan
Tanah Lot Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage temple located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres North West of Denpasar. The temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.
Thanks to its unique positioning of the temple, the viewpoint of the sunset here is pretty special. You’ll have to share the experiences with the crowds tho, as it is one of the busiest spots in Bali when it comes to sunset watching.
5. Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran
The Jimbaran area is a fishing village on the southwest of the island. Jimbaran has a beautiful long golden sand beach that offers gorgeous views across the water. It’s the perfect place to eat seafood and is home to plenty of budget-friendly beach bars.
At the very south end of the beach is Sundara, a restaurant which has an infinity pool overlooking the beach. Just imagine swimming around at a pool while watching the sunset, a perfect combination.
6. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Tabanan
Puru Ulun Danu Beratan is a temple located on Beratan Lake, an incredibly picturesque spot in the mountains, known as the Lake of Holy Mountain.
It is a water temple, used to make offerings to the Balinese water goddess Dewi Danu, which makes it absolutely a perfect spot for sunset watching.
7. Lovina Beach, Lovina
A beach town located in the north of Bali and known primarily for its dolphin spotting scene. Lovina is a great alternative to the overcrowded and swanky south beaches of Kuta, Legian, and others.
A black-sand coastline, calmer waves, local villages, and a relaxed night scene are some of the things that quickly sum up this spot. The sunset here? Just imagine watching the sunset with the dolphins. No more explanation needed.
8. Uluwatu Temple, Uluwatu
Uluwatu is a Balinese sea temple located in Uluwatu, in the south of Kuta. The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra. The temple is built at the edge (ulu) of a 70-meter-high (230 ft) cliff or rock (watu) projecting into the sea.
A Kecak dance performance based on the Ramayana is performed daily in Uluwatu temple at every 06;00 pm on the cliff-side. The outdoor performance also shows the beautiful sunset at the background of the performance.
9. Nusa Lembongan Island
Nusa Lembongan is an island located southeast of Bali. It is part of a group of three islands that make up the Nusa Penida district, of which it is the most famous.
Nusa Lembongan is a small island with some lovely beaches and a relaxed vibe. A great spot to watch the sun go down is Mushroom Beach, a beautiful white sand beach, with crystal clear waters. Hai Tide Resort has a great bar on the beach and plenty of beanbags.
10. Dreamland Beach, Bukit Peninsula
Dreamland Beach is located in the Bukit Peninsula area. It is most known for its dangerous shorebreak which makes it popular in the surfers’ community. It is also located near the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.
The white-sand coastline of Dreamland Beach makes the vibes here so relaxing, there is also a rental for sundecks, which makes it a perfect place to watch the sunset.
That is all! The top 10 spots for watching the sunset in Bali. Your trip to Bali isn’t complete if you haven’t watched the sunset, right? Hope this helps you decide the place for you to watch the sunset! See you in Bali, Flokqers!
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