Even though I was in Bali during the rain season, where it usually tends to be cloudy most days and, as assumed, rainy, I was lucky enough to have mostly clear days with the sun shining and blue skies. These days meant that the sunset would be visible from the beach, cliffs or somewhere on higher land. I took these days to venture out to the places where it is best to catch the breathtaking sunsets.
Everywhere in Bali is quite easily accessible; providing you have a phone, internet and money. Grab Taxi is a life savour (basically the same as Uber). The drivers know the whole island North to South and know where and when you can get the taxis. So, if you are going to a place where they don't have GrabTaxi's then they will offer to take you there and back (for a very reasonable price). This is insanely useful as you are basically hiring a driver for a couple of hours. I would recommend GrabTaxi for places out of the ordinary that you want to experience on your own or with time flexibility, unless you have your own transport.
The first location where I was able to admire one of Bali's amazing sunsets was Senur. I was having dinner just as it was setting which was the perfect place as the restaurant was basically on the beach. The only negative with watching the sunset here was it was setting behind me. I saw it set in the distance towards the South-East of the island and it faded away behind me. Nethertheless, the sky was still a beautiful colour which reflected onto the sea, perfect place to capture beautiful photographs.
A last minute choice was catching a taxi to Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most popular temples on the island, and one of the best choices to catch the sunset. I think I managed to go on the best possible day when I was there, how lucky was I! This temple is built on its own small little island connecting a pathway to the main island. You can either stay on the cliff, wining and dining at one of the tasty restaurants watching the sunset over the horizon, or be a little more adventurous and rock climb your way past the beach onto a platform which gives a clear view of the sunset, with nothing blocking it. I chose the more adventurous way which was 100% the right decision and I had the whole area to myself. I managed to escape the crowds and sit and watch the sunset in peace, it was a win win for me.
When I moved on down to Nusa Dua for the last few days of my trip, I took a journey down to Uluwatu Temple, another one of Bali's finest looking temples sat on the edge of an 825 feet high cliff. Sadly (and I couldn't be more gutted than this), my camera ran out JUST as the car pulled up AND my phone ran out of storage and I didn't want to miss the sunset by deleting pictures just to get some bad quality photos of it on my phone (I knew they would be bad quality). So, instead I just took the time to watch the sunset whilst enjoying an ice cream in the warm evening. I really wish I did have a photograph to share with you all as the sunset that night was incredible! Your imagination will have to do.
Whilst enjoying the Sunset in Uluwatu, there are various bars and restaurants to choose from. You can also get a taste of Bali's culture by watching a performance called the Kecek Dance.
I have heard of so many more places which are just as good to catch the sunset at. I'll list them down below.
- Seminyak (in particular the Potato Head Beach Club)
- Nusa Penida Temple (90 minute boat ride from Senur Beach)
- Melasti Beach (short walk from Tanah Lot)
- Kelan Beach (with the airport next to it)