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Stunning sunset at Bali | © Meindert van D / Flickr
Stunning sunset at Bali | © Meindert van D / Flickr

The Most Stunning Places to Watch Sunsets in Bali

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Updated: 18 September 2017

Bali’s nature and beaches are wonderful as they are. But the daily event of the earth spinning ‘round adds even more hypnotic magnetism to the already picture-perfect scene, putting on a distinctive show to catch freely every single day. From a beach near the airport to sea temples, discover the most stunning places to watch sunsets in Bali.

Uluwatu Temple

This incredible cliffside sea temple is charming from every aspect imaginable. As a cultural destination, it offers a glimpse of the Balinese religious customs and philosophy. As a natural attraction, it has the view of the majestic Indian Ocean from the lush cliffs. But things get even better during the sunset hours when the vast ocean reflects the colorful rays of the setting sun; the clear sky changes shades in mere minutes, and the traditional dancers give an awe-inspiring cultural performance on the temple complex.

Uluwatu Temple, Pecatu, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Tegal Wangi Beach

There’s no need to decide whether the view is better from the cliffside or from the coast below. Tegal Wangi Beach is a picturesque spot to catch the expansive ocean view that gets much more enticing during the sunset hours, whether you enjoy it from the towering lush cliff or while chilling on the smooth white sand below.

Pantai Tegal Wangi, Jalan Tegal Wangi, Jimbaran, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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Tanah Lot Temple

One of Bali’s most-visited attractions, this gorgeous sea temple has a unique combination of stunning ocean scenery, gracious architecture, intense cultural and mystical appeal, and sublime natural charm. The one thing that could accentuate the temple’s beauty even more so is the golden burst of the glorious sun dipping into the ocean, exquisitely shading the temple before turning it into a magnificent silhouette.

Tanah Lot Temple, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Seminyak Beach

The Seminyak area is the epitome of the modern side of Bali, with lavish resorts, high-end restaurants, and on top of it all, cozy seaside bars and cafés with ornate umbrellas and beanbag chairs perched on the sand. The magnificent sunset at Seminyak Beach is best seen on the vast coastline with a cold beer in hand, and the vibrant, youthful atmosphere reminds you that the night is young and more adventure awaits.

Seminyak Beach, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Kelan Beach

This beach is known for the strangely soothing view of the airport’s runway. During sunset hours, tourists can watch as planes come and go with the stunning backdrop of the golden sun, counting the seconds until they align in a certain manner to snap the perfect picture. The beach also has an amazing coastline view lined with charming, colorful fishermen’s boats.

Kelan Beach, Tuban, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran is mostly known as a popular place to eat seafood at the beachside, but the beautiful bay also puts on a wonderful show at sunset. Tourists can wait for the anticipated few minutes of red and golden bursts while snacking on roasted corn or other traditional snacks before concluding with a dinner feast of fresh grilled seafood with both feet on the sand.

Jimbaran Bay, Jalan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Amed Beach

Many tourists head to this idyllic beach with black volcanic sand for a blissful adventure under the sea, where untouched coral reefs and wildlife are thriving. But those who stay until the sunset will be granted an equally magical experience as the sun projects its most intense colors through the clouds and onto the ocean, turning the mountainous surrounds and fishermen’s boats into breathtaking silhouettes.

Amed beach, Purwakerti, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Echo Beach

Popular among surfers, this beach has much more to enjoy than rolling surf breaks. The vast coastline presents a dreamy beach view that gets much more majestic during sunset. It’s also around this time when Canggu’s hip, youthful crowd begins swarming the stylish seaside cafés, adding warmth to the most incredible event of the day.

Echo Beach, Canggu, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia