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SUNSET IN BALI: The best places to watch and shoot
Sunset is just like sunrise the most magical time of the day. Also known as the golden light, the light conditions during sunset (and sunrise) are the best to shoot with. But I honestly think that everyone loves a good sunset. Well, in Bali (and Indonesia in general) you even have a chance of seeing a sunset with purple, red, orange and yellow tones! It’s not every evening like that, but if you’re lucky you can experience a sky on fire in Bali.
After living in Bali for 6 months and travel around the island a lot, we’ve seen every spot and watched 180 times sunset in Bali. That’s why we made this guide to show you the best Bali sunset locations with practical information and photography tips!
Jemeluk viewpoint Amed with amazing view on Mt Agung
When you visit Amed there is one view you will almost see from any corner, the mighty Mount Agung volcano. Especially when the sun goes down, there is one spot you have to go to watch a beautiful Bali sunset. 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.
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!
Palm trees & sunsets, isn’t that what we all want during our tropical vacation? Pasut beach is a long stretch black sand beach 25km west of Canggu facing the tip of Java. With a hanging palm tree on the beach and a bunch of palm trees together on a grass-field, this is the perfect spot to just sit back and enjoy the sunset. And of course snap some cliche shots of palm trees with sunset in Bali 😉
Getting there: An hour drive from Canggu is Pasut beach located. When you enter the beach, you’ll see the hanging palm tree on your right. On the left side you will see a bunch of palm trees which is also a really cool place to just hang out.
Entrance fee: No entrance, only a parking fee of 2.000 IDR.
Best time to go: Best is to leave Canggu at 4 to have enough time to explore the beach and its surroundings. Colors of the sunset might go wild when the sun disappeared behind the horizon. So don’t leave the beach directly after the sun is gone. When you’re lucky you might see the sky on fire!
Photo tip: There are at least 3 awesome spots where you can take your sunset pictures. See our pictures below.
Photospot1: the hanging palm tree. Climb in the tree and find the right angle to have the palm tree, beach and sea in your frame. You need a wide angle lens here.
Photospot 2: the palm tree forest. Also here you will need a wide angle lens.
Photospot 3: Reflection near the shore where the waves roll out. If the water pulls back into the sea, you will see that the sky reflects on the sand because its still a bit wet. That is the perfect timing to take a shot and take advantage of the reflections on the sand.
Karang Boma cliff Uluwatu; the most incredible 180 degrees view
With an incredible 180 degrees view on the Indian ocean, this cliff is one of the best, if not THE best spot to watch sunset in Bali. 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 which is why you will see many locals enjoying this sunset spot as well. Take a towel with you and 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.
Tegal Wangi beach
A hidden beach and cave which you can only reach by climbing over some rocks. If you want to go inside the cave, you can only get there when it’s low tide. Otherwise it’s too dangerous because of the waves rolling into the cave and the strong current. It’s just a small and rough beach with a few rocks, and if you can get to the cave, you’ll see it’s a beautifully formed cave which is a perfect framing for your picture when there’s a beautiful sunset.
Getting there: Located on the south west coast of Bali in the Jimbaran region, you have to take into the account the traffic which can be super busy around this area. So if you want to get to Tegal Wangi beach with sunset, make sure to get there early enough. You can find Tegal Wangi beach easily on Google Maps, the beach is located on the right side of Ayana resort which you will pass on your way.
Entrance fee: No entrance fee and no parking fee.
Best time to go: Because you have to climb a bit over some rocks you don’t want to be in a hurry to get to this beach. If you want to shoot sunset, make sure to be on time and give yourself the opportunity to check out this beautiful hidden beach where you might only meet some other locals.
Photo tip: If the tide is low, you can get into the cave where you’ll need a (very!) wide angle lens to get the whole cave in your frame. This also explains why the cave looks bigger on pictures than in real life. Everyone there is photographing with a wide angle lens. Otherwise you wont get the whole cave in frame.
Tanah Lot sunset with the magic of a temple
The Tanah Lot temple is a very popular tourist attraction only 10 km west of Canggu. During the day this spot can get very busy, so we would recommend because of several reasons to go here with sunset. The view with sunset is breathtaking as the temple is facing west where the sun goes down. And soon as 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! We were speechless and just watched the sky while taking pictures of this amazing nature phenomenon.
As Tanah Lot temple is a pretty big site, 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 a beautiful Bali 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!
Pigstone beach for the lonely palm tree
This long stretched black sand beach is a nice and quiet getaway from the busy beaches in Canggu. Only thing is, on this beach it is allowed to drive with motorbikes. So there are some moments where you might see, and hear, motorbikes crossing over the beach. But, the main reason why you’re going to Pigstone beach is to enjoy the beautiful view during sunset with the single palm tree on a small hill. When you’ve parked your scooter and enter the beach, you have to walk to the right side for about 10 minutes. There you will see the single palm tree on top of a little hill. Another beautiful spot for sunset in Bali!
Getting there: Located 12 km west of Canggu, you will reach this beach in about 30 minutes with the scooter.
Entrance fee: No entrance and parking fee.
Best time to go: An hour before sunset (or even earlier if you want to escape the crowded Canggu beaches).
Photo tip: This is a cool spot to have the singe palm tree in your frame. It’s minimalistic, but beautiful. You can put your camera on a tripod and frame the hill and its palm tree from a lower perspective. Or when you have a drone, you can get another perspective with the palm tree, beach and the sea during sunset. Both examples can be seen below in our pictures.
Uluwatu temple for the kecak dance
The Uluwatu temple is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples and one of the most spectacular ones in the entire island. Perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 meters above sea level this is one of the best spots to watch sunset 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 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: Of course with sunset, 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.
Balangan beach Uluwatu
Balangan beach is located in the south of Bali in the Uluwatu area. Because the beach is facing West, you will have a beautiful sunset view here. There are two spots where you can watch to sunset from. The Balangan viewpoint on the cliffs and Balangan beach. The cliffs are also popular 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!
Beach clubs to sip cocktails and watch the sunset
Besides watching the Bali sunset in nature, there is also the possibility to just sit back, relax and sip on a cocktail in one of Bali’s stunning beach clubs! There are many beach clubs, restaurants and beach bars in Canggu, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Uluwatu and Kuta to watch the sunset. To name a few: