Oh Bali. If I could have a favorite time of the day it would be sunset. A favorite color? Sunset. There’s something so amazing about watching the sky burst into color as it slowly fades away leading to the mysteries of the night. You just want to pause to catch all the changes and feel your heart quicken as the last glimpse of sunshine dips under the horizon. Why do I like sunset better than sunrise? Because I for one am not a morning person.
Bali has some of the most breathtaking sunsets I’ve ever experienced. For sunrises, that would have to be Myanmar. There are so many amazing temples to highlight this time of day but I have 2 more special mentions I think that are well worth the trouble of getting to.
1. TANAH LOT
Probably the most hauntingly beautiful out of the sunsets we saw on this trip. Perched on a rock surrounded by the sea is otherworldly Tanah Lot. As the water pulls back the temple becomes more accessible. You can see the reflections of the torch lights leading up to it get broken up in the sand. So we made mistake of thinking the first smaller temple we encountered was the main attraction and spent most of the evening climbing down to the beach and taking pictures before we realized that Tanah Lot was actually another temple near by! By time we got there, night was already creeping in but we still got some nice shots.
2. PURA LEMPUYANG
Pura Lempuyang was a real treat. Guy and I spend the morning scuba diving a wreck off the coast so we just wanted to relax and take some nice pictures. We found a temple near by, hopped on the scooter and started the journey. It was a really relaxing peaceful ride up the mountain and exploring the temple with pretty much nobody around but us. Oh and of course the monkeys. Be careful of the monkeys there. There are signs to warn because there are no hospitals nearby if you get bitten and end up with rabies. Known as the Gateway to Heaven this ancient temple has a beautiful doorway the frames the sun, skies and Mount Agung beautifully in the backdrop. But it takes a bit of effort to see this. We climbed the 1700 steps to reach the temple and was in awe at the amazing view we found. Well worth the climb.
3. ULUN DANU BERATAN
Ulun Danu is a beautiful temple located on the edges of a lake. Compared to other ones I have to admit it felt this one has lost a little bit of the historical charm. But I could imagine it being a very cute date spot. The grounds were very manicured with hedges cut into shapes of fruit and animals. Looking on the lake you can see people paddling around on love boats and enjoying water sports. The sunset here had a very soft feel as the sun reflected off the yellow straw roofs of the structure and bounced off the waters of the lake.
4. TENGALALANG RICE TERRACES
Golden hour. It really is true taking pictures during that special time of day brings out the vibrant colors of nature. We went to check out the Ubud Tengalalang Rice Terrace Later on as the day cooled down we rented a scooter and rode out to catch the sunset at the rice terraces. You can hear the crickets chirping as the sun went down the colors of the grass got much more vibrant. We were lucky enough to meet a farmer named Wayan who befriended us and took us back to his little hut and offered us some coconut while playing music on his bamboo instrument. It was a really peaceful end to the day.
5. GILI TRAWAGAN
Off the coast of Bali is a set of really magical islands. The Gili Islands hold a special place in my heart. It’s just such a breath of fresh air literally. Those no petroleum allowed so the locals and travelers get around on horse, bicycles,or by foot. If you make your way to the east side of the island you’ll find a shoreline that you can walk out to for hundreds of feet with water just lapping at your ankles. Add in those iconic wooden and you have a perfect setting for a beautiful sunset. Something about this place is just so amazing. Maybe it’s the way the sun blends into the horizon reflecting on the ocean, maybe it’s the endless multitudes of pink, purple and orange colors lighting up the sky, maybe it’s just the drink I had in my hand. But this was my favorite sunset in Bali.
So now that you have those places marked on your map you can come along my journey with me. On my next posts I’ll tell you all about my adventures…