Bali: Sunset at Tanah Lot

Hi, all!

So, we’re still continuing with our journey in Bali 😀 Having reached Kuta, we rested for a while before heading (rushing) off to our next destination, which is sunset at Tanah Lot temple.

Signage
Signage
Tanah Lot temple

We drove for an hour before reaching the Tanah Lot temple, with occasional panicking because we wanted to catch the sunset. On our way there, we encountered traffic jams, rice fields by the road, as well as distant thunders rumbling (which made us worry: will it rain when we’re there?).

Tanah Lot temple is a temple perched on a rock formation off the shores of Bali. During the day, when the sea levels are low, you can reach this temple by walking on the rock formations. However, when the tide rises, the massive waves from the Indian ocean come crashing (well, at least it was literal when we were there; the waves were high and powerful!) and visitors aren’t allowed to descend to the shores.

I believe that’s the reason the temple closes when it’s dark.

Gateway into the complex
Gateway into the complex
The temple from afar
Snake whisperers.. You can pose with a snake for some amount of money. We didn't.
Snake whisperers.. You can pose with a snake for some amount of money. We didn’t.

On our way to the temple from the parking lot, we passed a typical Balinese arch and a series of tourist shops and restaurants along the way. We also grabbed a cup of gelato 😀

Gateway by the parking lot
Gateway by the parking lot
Shops and restaurants line our way
Shops and restaurants line our way

We arrived there during sunset but it was packed, very packed. The clouds covered the horizon so we couldn’t see the full process of the sunset, but we managed to catch the pretty colors in photos.

Sunset
Sunset

After the sun set, we roamed around and watched the huge waves crashing on the stone cliff. We toured the place in the dark and thought we caught orbs, but turned out they were just specks of dust (… or not).

The scene when it's starting to get dark and waves come crashing towards the cliff.
The scene when it’s starting to get dark and waves come crashing towards the cliff.

xoxo,

san

Tanah Lot
Beraban, Kediri,
Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm local time

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