Bali is not only about waterfalls, rice fields and temples. The island offers many beautiful viewpoints. Those are so worth it to check out! Especially some of them are extra magical when you visit them with sunrise or sunset. That’s also the reason why we wrote separate blog posts about the best sunrise spots in Bali and the best sunset spots in Bali.
With this blog post you will find out what the best Bali viewpoints are, combined with practical information about how to get there, costs and photography tips! From the best viewpoints to see the Mt Agung volcano, a stunning 180 degrees view on the Indian Ocean with sunset or at a temple. There are a lot of various Bali viewpoints which you have to visit!
Bukit Cinta “the hill of love” is one of our favorite Bali viewpoints. You will have one of the best views on Mount Agung, especially with sunrise. If you stay in Amed the drive to Bukit Cinta is pretty short, just around 30 minutes. On a clear morning, you will have the best view on Mount Agung. And if you’re lucky there will be some fog, in combination with smoke. Those are the best conditions to take your shot! In our complete guide about Bukit Cinta you will find all the important information before you go!
Getting there: Type in Bukit Cinta on your Google Maps. It is an easy drive, especially when you’re located in Amed. The roads are good and can be a bit steep because you have to go up in the mountains. Once you arrive at Bukit Cinta you can park your scooter easily at the side of the road and enter the field where you can take your pictures.
Entrance fee: Free.
Best time to go: You will have the best chance of seeing Mount Agung in the early morning as the volcano will be covered in clouds mostly during the day.
Photo tip: If the grass is high enough you can use it as framing in your shot to create depth, see the picture below. Use your model in this shot to show the perspective of the immense Mount Agung. If you have a drone you can make your shot from the volcano higher, but take into account that the volcano will look a bit smaller because the drone has a wider lens. Although you can adjust this a little bit in Lightroom with distortion.
One of the best things to do in Bali, and especially one of the best Bali viewpoints with sunrise is from the summit of Mount Batur. After a 2 hour hike in the dark under a sky full of stars, you will arrive at the top of Mount Batur which is 1717 meters. The best way to do this hike is with a guided tour. You will get picked up from your hotel, drive to the car park of Mt Batur and hike to the top with a guide who knows which paths to take on this mostly off-road trails and rocky terrain. Read in our complete guide all the information you need before climbing the Mount Batur with sunrise.
Once you reach the top, the view is absolutely incredible! Slowly you will see the sky changing colors, low hanging clouds passing by, as finally the sun shows up and lights up the earth. It almost feels as if you’re on top of the world!
Getting there: If you’ve booked a tour to climb the Mount Batur you will be picked up from your hotel by the tour company.
Entrance fee: Most tours are around 350.000 IDR. Check what is included or not.
Best time to go: Of course sunrise for the most magical view.
Photo tip: If you have a drone you will love to fly it here! There are so many amazing angles to capture and the texture of mother earth is insane from a bird’s eye view. With your hand camera you will need a wide angles lens to capture the view. But we experienced that a tele lens is also an amazing addition to take with you. You’ll be able to catch a lot of details. See the pictures we made below as example.
Tanah Lot temple
The Tanah Lot temple is a very popular tourist attraction only 10 km west from Canggu. During the day this site can get very busy, so we would recommend to go here with sunset. The view with sunset is breathtaking as the site is facing west where the sun goes down. And when the sun is set, there will start another show. Thousands of bats will fly out of their caves and put on a show you might have never seen before! Such a spectacular natural phenomenon.
As the site is pretty big, you might not know where to go the first time (as we had.. we walked to the wrong side…) When you’ve parked your bike at the car park, you have to go to the right side. There you will see the ‘main’ temple where you will have the best view on the ocean, temple and sunset.
Getting there: Easily to get there with Google Maps, this famous tourist attraction won’t be hard to reach.
Entrance fee: 60.000 IDR per person and 2.000 IDR per motorbike.
Best time to go: An hour before sunset to have enough time to walk to the spot, explore the site a bit more and get ready to shoot and enjoy the sunset!
Photo tip: When it’s low tide you can see the temple from the beach and get a completely different perspective!
Karang Boma cliff
With an incredible 180 degrees view on the Indian ocean, this cliff is one of the most impressive Bali viewpoints and THE best spot to watch the sunset. We had an unforgettable afternoon with friends watching and shooting the sunset from this viewpoint. The Karang Boma cliff has become a famous Instagram spot and it’s easy to understand why. There is enough space to just sit down and enjoy this wonderful view. Take a towel with you to sit on, eventually some snacks and drinks, and you will have one of the most memorable afternoons in Bali!
Getting there: Located in Nusa Dua, the southern tip of Bali, Karang Boma cliff is easy to reach. Type in Karang Boma Google Maps and you will get there easily!
Entrance fee: No entrance fee.
Best time to go: You will have the stunning 180 degrees view always. But the most magical time to get to this spot is of course for the sunset views. As it is located on the South-West of Bali, you will have the best view on the sunset.
Photo tip: If you want to make a picture standing on the cliff you will need a tripod to mount your camera on and a remote control to make your pictures at distance. The best framing is from the opposite of the cliff you’re standing on. You will need a wide angle lens for this.
Another amazing Bali viewpoint on Mt Agung and lesser known than Bukit Cinta, is Bukit Dausa. Located in east Bali, nearby Amed, this viewpoint has straight views on Mt Agung with an amazing foreground of green lush rice fields. You have to walk for 10 minutes through the rice fields until you reach the viewpoint Bukit Dausa from where you’ll have the amazing view as can be seen below.
Getting there: Type in Bukit Cinta on your Google Maps. It is an easy drive, especially when you’re located in Amed. Once you arrive at Bukit Dausa you can park your scooter easily at the side of the road and enter the rice field where you have to walk through to get to the viewpoint. You have to climb the mountain a little bit, so you’ll be happy when you’re wearing sneakers.
Entrance fee: Free.
Best time to go: Arrive 30 minutes before sunrise because you have to walk for 15 minutes to the place where you have the best view. Also you want to give yourself the time to do your research at the location and set up your gear.
Photo tip: You can use the drone here, but the result is better with a hand camera in our opinion. You can create more depth from the ground and frame your camera behind some grass for example.
The Uluwatu temple is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples and one of the most spectacular ones in the entire island. For sure one of the most spectacular Bali viewpoints. Perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 meters above sea level this is one of the best sunset locations in Bali because of its 180 degrees view. One attraction not to miss when visiting the Uluwatu Temple is the traditional Balinese Kecak dance which is scheduled after the sunset. These performances are obviously for tourist benefit only and are not spiritually significant to the temple.
Getting there: From Canggu it is an hour drive, from somewhere in Uluwatu around 30 minutes.
Entrance fee: 30.000 IDR per person.
Best time to go: Because the temple is facing west you’ll have an amazing sunset view. But make sure to arrive in Uluwatu before 4 PM when you’re coming from Canggu or Kuta. The traffic around Kuta is a disaster in the afternoon!
Photo tip: When it’s getting darker, make sure to put your ISO up. Use different angles and lower the camera for example to get a creative shot.
Jemeluk viewpoint Amed
When you visit Amed there is one view you will almost see from any corner, the mighty Mount Agung volcano. But especially when the sun goes down, there is one spot you have to go to. It is Jemeluk viewpoint where you will see the sun going down behind the Agung volcano. As there is also a warung at this viewpoint, you can get a chair and table, order a Bintang or cocktail and just enjoy the view. Definitely one of the Bali viewpoints you have to visit!
Getting there: If you type in ‘Jemeluk viewpoint’ on Google Maps, you will get there easily. There is a car park and restroom at the warung.
Entrance fee: No entrance but you have to buy a drink at the Warung.
Best time to go: Of course with sunset. But sunrise is also possible as you will see the golden morning light shimmer on the sea and top of the volcano.
Photo tip: You can use a person to stand in your frame to scale the landscape and size of the volcano. But a birds eye with a drone, if you have one, also gives amazing results!
Pura Lempuyang Luhur
Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple is one of the oldest and most sacred temples on the island. Also known as “Bali’s gateway to heaven” because of its amazing view on the Mount Agung volcano through the perfectly framed two temple gates. This temple with its view is for sure one of the most special Bali viewpoints. The Balinese Hindu temple is located in the slope of Mount Lempuyang, 600 meters above sea level. In the past years, this temple has become extremely popular on Instagram and is visited by many tourists nowadays. Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple is quite far from a lot of other typical holiday destinations in Bali. Although that doesn’t stop people from visiting this place. But you have to be early there, otherwise you have the chance there is a queue to take a photo between the gates.
Getting there: Located on the most eastern tip of the island, Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple is around 2 hours from Ubud and 2 and a half hours from Canggu. Therefore we would recommend staying in Amed, as it’s only half an hour drive and you can also explore the other amazing spots on the East part of Bali.
Entrance fee: The temple asks for a donation, 10.000 – 30.000 IDR is a normal price.
Best time to go: If you want to beat the crowds nowadays you have to go with sunrise. Otherwise you have a big chance there is queue, some people said they even had to wait for hours until they could make their photo! We went to this temple in 2016 and were the only ones for 2 hours…
Photo tip: If you have a tele lens you’ll be able to make the volcano look bigger. But most important is that you frame the gates with the volcano right in the middle. Nowadays there is also a local at the temple who makes photos with his iPhone and a mirror under the lens. This creates a reflection of the temple gate and volcano.
We hope you will visit one of these amazing Bali viewpoints! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments.
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