The Most Stunning Places to Watch Sunsets in Bali, Indonesia

The sunsets of Bali add a layer of beauty to an already eye-catching destination
The sunsets of Bali add a layer of beauty to an already eye-catching destination | © Nataliya Hora / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Edira Putri
5 September 2021

Bali, Indonesia, is already stunning, but its sunsets add a hypnotic magnetism to the scene, putting on a distinctive show for free every day. From a beach near Ngurah Rai International Airport to sea temples, discover the most stunning places to watch the setting sun during your trip to the island.

Uluwatu Temple

Hindu Temple
Uluwatu monkey perched on the ledge overlooking the temple on the cliff side
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This cliffside sea temple is charming from every aspect imaginable. 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 colourful rays of the setting sun, with the clear sky changing shades in mere minutes and the traditional dancers giving an awe-inspiring cultural performance on the temple complex.

Tegal Wangi Beach

Natural Feature
Tegal Wangi Beach, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia, Asia
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It’s impossible to decide whether the view is better from the cliffside or the coast below. Tegal Wangi Beach is a picturesque spot to catch the expansive ocean view, and it 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.

Tanah Lot Temple

Hindu Temple
Beautiful Sunset View of Tanah Lot Temple in Bali Island
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One of the most-visited attractions in Bali, 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 beauty of the temple even more is the golden burst of the glorious sun dipping into the ocean, exquisitely shading the temple before turning it into a magnificent silhouette.

Seminyak Beach

Natural Feature
BALI, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 21, 2016: Tourists enjoy a stunning sunset on Kuta beach in the Seminyak area of the popular island in Indonesia.
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The Seminyak area is the epitome of modern Bali, with lavish resorts, high-end restaurants and, on top of it all, cosy seaside bars and cafes with ornate umbrellas and beanbag chairs perched on the sand. The magnificent sunset at Seminyak Beach is best seen from the vast coastline with a cold beer in hand, while the vibrant, youthful atmosphere reminds you that the night is young and more adventure awaits you.

Kelan Beach

Natural Feature
Sunset Kelan Beach
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This beach is known for the strangely soothing view of the Ngurah Rai International Airport runway. During sunset hours, you 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, colourful fishermen’s boats.

Jimbaran Bay

Natural Feature
People on the beach at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, at sunset
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Jimbaran is mostly known as a popular place to eat seafood beside the beach, 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 freshly grilled seafood with both feet on the sand.

Amed Beach

Natural Feature
Views of Amed at sunset - ocean, bay, houses, traditional fishing boats jukung, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
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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 sunset will be granted an equally magical experience as the sun projects its most intense colours through the clouds and onto the ocean, turning the mountainous surrounds and fishing boats into striking silhouettes.

Echo Beach

Natural Feature
A group of people trek along the wet shore at dusk. amazing sunset on the tropical beach. Walking on the beautiful echo beach in Canggu, Bali
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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 that the hip, youthful crowd of Canggu begins swarming around the stylish seaside cafes, adding warmth to the most incredible event of the day. Interested in visiting? You can do so with Culture Trip as part of our specially curated small-group Bali adventure, led by our local insider.
These recommendations were updated on September 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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