It’s no secret that Bali has some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world. After all, we saw one every single day that we where there.
Most people head to some of the most popular clubs in Bali to watch the sunset. Whether its Potato Head, or Single Fin. It’s no wonder that these establishments see a lot of people during sunsets. However, I prefer my sunsets to be quiet, and peaceful – nothing between me and the horizon. So, I prefer to stay clear of these commercial establishments.
In our quest to find the best sunset spots in Bali, we stumbled upon a few gems. So let me share them with you, because these sunset points will simply blow you away!
3. Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese Hindu temple located along the cliffs of Uluwatu. The temple is part of a series of temples built to protect the island from evil spirits. The temple’s beauty and charm are truly accentuated during sunsets. And the best way to witness the sunset at the Uluwatu Temple is during the Kecak & Fire Dance.
This iconic dance takes place every evening at around 18:00 in the temple’s cliff-top amphitheatre. The dance acts out a scene from the Ramayana with the chanting sounds of about 75 men, and fire dances. From your seat, you can admire the changing colour of the sky while being entertained by the show. The view of the ocean, the temple, and the sunset is simply mesmerising!
Tickets for the show (for walk-ins) range between IDR 70,000 and 100,000 depending on the season. However, we booked a local guide who helped us with the show tickets, and transport. It’s worth noting that the show is extremely popular, and parking at the temple can be difficult. So, I would definitely advise booking the tickets, and guide in advance.
2. Thomas Beach
One of the most peaceful sunset points we discovered in all of Bali was Thomas Beach. A relatively empty, non-touristy beach, Thomas Beach sees some of the best sunsets in Bali. And even if you don’t stay here for the sunsets, you must definitely visit the beach!
Thomas Beach is relatively easy to get to from the main Jl. Labuansait road (location on Google Maps). It’s about a 5-10 minute ride away from Padang Padang beach. Personally, I would say that it’s equally beautiful, and has almost no crowds when compared to Padang Padang. To get down to the beach there are stairs along the cliff. Sun-loungers can be rented on the beach itself. It is also worth noting that they’re a couple of restaurants and warungs on the beach.
I absolutely loved how quiet and peaceful Thomas Beach was during sunsets. We just sat on our loungers, and watched the sun dip into the ocean. It honestly felt like our private beach.
1. Bingin Beach
Bingin Beach was by far my favourite sunset point in Bali! Not only were the sunsets views from the beach absolutely phenomenal, but the cliffs next to the beach and the beach’s rocky shores added to the visual beauty.
You can chose to sit on the beach and admire the setting sun, or sit in one of the warungs on the beach. I personally loved the view and feel from The Sun & Surf Stay. There dining area has a seating area on the edge from where one gets a clear view of the ocean.
But the best part about sunsets on Bingin Beach was what happens after the sun has set. A few makeshift warungs pop-up after sunsets. They set up tables, and chairs and fire up their barbecues. The beach becomes an alfresco dining area. These makeshift restaurants serve their catch of the day – delicious BBQ seafood. Pick what you want to eat and they cook it on the BBQ and serve it with rice and vegetables.
Honestly, there was no better way to end our day in Bali than by watching an epic sunset, and following it with a delicious BBQ meal on the beach!
There are numerous other sunset spots in Bali. The ones listed above were personally my favourite. The other spots that we went to were Uluwatu Beach, and Seminyak.
Uluwatu / Suluban Beach
Uluwatu Beach is where Single Fin club is located. Of course, you can choose to sit the club, or any other cafes on the cliff. You can also go down to Uluwatu Beach or Suluban Beach to watch the surfers. It makes for a pretty sight during sunsets.
Seminyak is an extremely popular sunset spot in Bali. Not only is it close to Denpasar, but also it’s also a very popular tourist location on its own. However, because it’s a tourist hub, Seminyak becomes extremely crowded during sunsets. It’s not a peaceful experience by any standard. There are numerous establishments along the beach that you can sit at and enjoy the sunset.
Seminyak was the first place we went to see the sunset when we were staying in Sanur. I admit the sunset was absolutely stunning. But after having seen the sunset and some of the other less commercial beaches in Bali, I quickly forgot about Seminyak. But of course, if you’re staying near the area, heading down to Seminyak Beach for the sunset is a good idea.
Hope you enjoyed my post on sunsets in Bali. If you’ve been to any of these spots, let me know about your experience. If you have some better sunset points, I’d love to hear about them too!