Bali is not only about waterfalls, rice fields, temples and beaches. The island offers many beautiful viewpoints which are most of the time easy to get to. Especially some of the Bali viewpoints are extra magical when you visit them with sunrise or sunset. That’s also the reason why I wrote separate blog posts about the best sunrise spots in Bali and the best sunset spots in Bali.
In this blog post you will find out what the best Bali viewpoints are, combined with practical information about how to get there, entrance fee costs and photography tips! From the best viewpoints to see the Mt Agung and Mt Batur volcano, a stunning 180 degrees view on the Indian Ocean with sunset or 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 sunrise viewpoints 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 everything about the Mount Batur sunrise trekking in our complete guide.
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 one on the list for the most amazing Bali viewpoints. With views on Mt Agung and lesser known than Bukit Cinta viewpoint, Bukit Dausa is more of a hidden gem and a viewpoint for people who literally like to go off the beaten path. 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 on our picture.
Getting there: Type in Bukit Dausa on 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 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 Bukit Dausa when you want to stand in the grass as framing, 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. Because of these events the Uluwatu temple is one of the most visited Bali viewpoints and can be very busy around sunset.
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! And because of the easy access one of the most easy Bali viewpoints to get to.
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 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.
Balangan beach viewpoint Uluwatu
Balangan beach viewpoint is located in the south of Bali in the Uluwatu area. Because the viewpoint and beach is facing West, you will have a beautiful sunset view from Balangan viewpoint. The cliffs are a popular place for (Chinese) wedding photographers, so don’t be surprised to see couples walking around in suits and wedding dresses and lots of photoshoots going on. This makes the Balangan viewpoint a little less serene, but still there is plenty of space on the cliffs to sit down and enjoy the view. There are actually two main viewpoints on the cliffs. The first and most popular is a small rocky edge that overlooks the beach and turquoise water. The second lookout point is a little further and is a large circular platform covered in lush vines.
Getting there: Balangan Beach is located in the southern point of Bali and is about an hour drive from Canggu. If you stay in the Uluwatu area, Balangan beach is much closer and about a 15 minutes drive. The best way to reach the beach is to hire a scooter and drive yourself. You can rent a scooter for around 50,000-100,000 IDR per day, depending on the model and CC of the scooter. The drive down south can be quite busy and chaotic, so if you’re not a confident driver, the best option is to get a GoJek or to hire a driver.
Entrance fee: 5000 IDR parking fee
Best time to go: Because the viewpoint and beach is facing West, you will have a beautiful sunset view. So, if you want to watch the sunset, getting at Balangan beach, or the viewpoint around 5.30PM is the best timing. For a beach day at Balangan you better want to arrive at the beach around 12PM.
Photo tip: Walk towards the right of the cliff to get to the popular viewpoint and frame your photo in different ways. Especially when the sun is setting the colours will only get nicer and nicer!
Pinggan sunrise viewpoint
Pinggan sunrise viewpoint is an impressive spot with amazing views of Mount Batur and Mount Agung. Located in Kintamani, the region of Bali’s volcanos, this spot is often overlooked, but absolutely worth a visit! Especially for photographers. Or if you don’t have the time (or condition) to hike up the Mount Batur with sunrise, then this viewpoint is a great alternative to still have an amazing view on the impressive mountains of Bali! As the sun rises the sky turns purple, orange and pink as the thick blanket of mist slowly dissolves revealing a little village ready to start the day. This viewpoint is so stunning and impressive, you almost won’t believe your own eyes! Pinggan viewpoint is without a doubt one of our most favorite Bali viewpoints!
Be aware that it is much colder in North Bali, so if you are planning to go here by scooter, put on a jacket and long pants. Seriously, otherwise you will freeze your butt off driving in the mountains. I was freezing in my white dress when we were shooting. As soon as we got the shots, I put on my jacket again. Everything for the shot 😉
Getting there: The Pinggan viewpoint is located high in the mountains. So if you are planning to drive here yourself, make sure you have a powerful scooter with enough CC to get you up the steep roads of the mountain. As you reach the Kintamani area, there are very few street lights and parts of the road are quite bad. That’s actually the reason why we stayed for 1 night in Pinggan village so we only had to drive for 10 minutes to get to this viewpoint. From the Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta area it is a 2 hour drive one way. This means you have to leave from that area around 3.30AM. Also be aware that it is much, much colder in north Bali. Especially in the mountains!! You really need a jacket and even long pants would be nice.
Entrance fee: Free
Best time to go: Because the viewpoint is facing East, you will have a beautiful sunrise view. Sunrises in Bali are mostly clear, but make sure to check the weather forecast because when it is a rainy night, there is a chance that clouds will ruin the sunrise view. Because clouds will roll in during the day, I won’t advice to go here during the midday. Especially if you want to make some epic photos. We’ve also been to Pinggan viewpoint with sunset to inspect the place and make some test shots. We didn’t want to loose time with sunrise, so we wanted to know exactly where we wanted to shoot. But with sunset the view was a bit cloudy and the colours weren’t that nice. So the best time to get here is without a doubt sunrise. Believe me, it’s really worth the early morning call 😉
Photo tip: There are many angles to shoot here. If you have a drone you will love to fly it here. The aerial view is so impressive with the two big Bali volcanos lined up! But also with your camera you will spot many angles. Depending on the focal length you use, the volcano will appear closer or further away in your shot. So try out different focal lengths if you have different lenses, and shoot as much as possible!
Mount Batur sunrise viewpoint
Just a little further down the road of Pinggan sunrise viewpoint in the Kintamani region is the so called “Photoshoot Lakeview” viewpoint. This man made viewpoint of bamboo bridges and plateaus is the ideal place for a photoshoot with an amazing view on Mount Batur.
Komang is the owner and will greet you friendly when you arrive at the parking lot. You have to pay him the entrance fee and then you can go towards the bamboo plateau. The view is just incredible here, right in front of Mount Batur with the villages in the crater beneath you. The view during sunrise is mostly clear, and because it’s much colder in this region you will see a beautiful thin layer of fog. The perfect circumstances for a fantastic photoshoot!
In total there are two bamboo bridges with a plateau where you can take photos and there is also a swing. You can see the two bamboo plateaus on the picture below. There are enough options to have a great photoshoot on a beautiful viewpoint of Mount Batur! That’s why this location is also one of the great Instagram spots in Bali.
Getting there: The viewpoint is located along the road and easy to find on Google Maps, so if you put in the right location, you can’t get lost! Be aware that the roads in Kintamani region can be very steep, so make sure that you have a powerful scooter like an NMax! Otherwise it could result in dangerous situations when your scooter doesn’t have enough power to take these steep roads. Also make sure your breaks work very well! Another option is to take a private driver, because taxi’s and GoJeks are not available in this part of Bali.
Entrance fee: 20,000 IDR per person to enter the ‘photoshoot’ location
Best time to go: Sunrise, absolutely sunrise for the best circumstances to shoot. The light will be magical and with the fog hanging above the village it is just a magical view. The more sunlight, the harsher shadows will be.
Photo tip: Make sure to have a wide lens with you to capture the whole view in your photo. You can’t go wrong with a view like this! Again the best tip I can give you is to get here with sunrise because the light and colors are way nicer than when you get here during midday.
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