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Bali Sunset: Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran Bay

1. Bali Sunset: Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran Bay

Experience the best sundown spot in Bali on a visit to Uluwatu Temple, a Balinese temple to the sea gods with a commanding view of the Indian Ocean. Part of a series of temples built to protect the island from evil spirits, today its cliffside location is the permanent home to a family of friendly monkeys! Once night falls and you have seen the colors of the sunset, experience one of the island's most famous cultural performances at a "kecak" fire dance. Watch the locals act out a scene from the Ramayana with a mesmerizing trance chant, punctuated by exciting fire dances by performers in intricate costumes. Then, get the option to enjoy dinner at a seafood restaurant serving delicious barbecue food in Jimbaran Bay. Sink your feet in the sand as you dine and relax at the end of an unforgettable day!

Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and Jimbaran Private Tour

2. Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and Jimbaran Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel at around 10:00, and then head to the royal temple of Taman Ayun. Dating from the days of the Mengwi Empire, the temple and garden complex of Pura Taman Ayun is well known from the TV program "Around the World in 80 Gardens." Continue to Tanah Lot Temple perched on a rock formation overlooking the Indian Ocean, and enjoy lunch before going for a walk on the white sand beach at Padang Padang. Next, visit Uluwatu Temple, where you can watch the majestic kecak dance while the sun sets in the background. End with a grilled seafood sunset dinner at Jimbaran Bay, before getting dropped off at your hotel at around 20:30. 

Bali: Tanah Lot Temple Guided Sunset Tour

3. Bali: Tanah Lot Temple Guided Sunset Tour

The tour begins with pickup from selected Bali locations and heads to the stunning Tanah Lot Temple, located about 20 km north of Densapar. Upon arrival, admire the imposing rock formation that the temple sits upon, which has been shaped over the years by the crashing waves beneath it. Tanah Lot is one of 7 ocean temples in Bali and has been a center of mythology for centuries. This Hindu temple, which is dedicated to the Gods of the sea and dates back to the 16th century, holds much significance for locals but is now just as well loves by visitors to the island. Spend some time exploring the temple, as well as its dramatic surroundings, and learn about the rich history of Tanah Lot and the religious beliefs surrounding it. There’s also time to wander around the many local market stalls that surround the temple, offering handmade trinkets, Balinese instruments, textiles and more. After a spot of shopping, head back to the temple, which boasts incredible sunset views thanks to its Southwesterly location. Find the perfect place to relax and admire the skies change color against the backdrop of the ocean, with Tanah Lot standing proudly at the forefront. Once the sun has set, hop back on the bus for the return journey to your accommodation.

Bali: Ubud Highlights Tour & Uluwatu Temple with Kecak Dance

4. Bali: Ubud Highlights Tour & Uluwatu Temple with Kecak Dance

Join a jam-packed tour that visits popular sightseeing spots in Ubud and the Uluwatu Temple all in one day. It is recommended for first-time visitors to Bali, or people in Bali for a short amount of time.  Start with a visit to Goa Gajah Cave, famous as one of Ubud's most mysterious spots. Next stop is the Tegallalang rice terraces. If you are on the Japanese tour, you will have lunch at a restaurant with a spectacular view of the terraces. If you are on the English tour, you will enjoy free time for lunch.  After lunch, you will go shopping in Ubud and visit Uluwatu Temple. At the Uluwatu Temple, you will experience a magical sunset from the temple area, whilst watching a traditional Kecak fire dance show. The last stop will be Jimbaran Beach, best known for its seafood restaurants.

Bali: Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance Sunset Small-Group Tour

5. Bali: Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance Sunset Small-Group Tour

Get whisked away on this evening tour of Uluwatu. Prepare yourself for jaw-dropping sunset views on the cliffs.  At 70 meters above sea level, Uluwatu Temple is a must-see for history and architecture lovers. Learn about the how the site is considered one of the six key temples in Bali and a spiritual pillar of the island. Your local guide will teach you about its historical and religious significance. Wander the grounds and snap photos of the temple’s scenic surroundings.  Before leaving the sacred temple site, head to the open-air amphitheater to catch the Kecak and Fire Dance. The well-loved cultural performance revolves around traditional Balinese song, dance, and storytelling accompanied by a choir. Watch talented performers with the majestic sunset as the backdrop.

Bali: Customizable Half-Day Tour

6. Bali: Customizable Half-Day Tour

Your Balinese adventure begins with pickup from your hotel or accommodation. Meet your friendly driver for the day and discuss the sights and attractions that you’d like to visit during the trip. Listen to your driver’s tips and recommendations, then plan the day’s itinerary to suit your interests and preferences. Enjoy the freedom to visit and spend time at the landmarks and locations that appeal to you most. There’s plenty to see and do in Bali including a variety of traditional temples and vibrant marketplaces. Some of Bali’s highlights include Pura Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Ubud Monkey Forest, Tegallalang, Kuta Beach, and Seminyak. Throughout the tour, learn about Bali’s history, culture, and the sights themselves from your driver’s insightful commentary. At the end of a busy and exciting trip, your driver will drop you off at the same location you were picked up from.

Uluwatu: GWK Cultural Park, Beaches & Uluwatu Temple Tour

7. Uluwatu: GWK Cultural Park, Beaches & Uluwatu Temple Tour

Discover some of the best of Bali including beautiful beaches and age-old temples. With a visit to a cultural park and a vibrant dance show thrown in for good measure, see the "real Bali" as you travel with an experienced local guide. Make your way to Tanjung Benoa Beach nestled in the southeast of Bali. This strip of seaside resorts features a reef-protected beach with gentle waves, perfect for watersports like parasailing or wakeboarding. Next, travel to Nusa Dua, home to one of the island’s best resorts. While here, see a rare, natural phenomenon known as the "Water Blow". Watch as white-tipped waves crash against limestone cliffs, creating spectacular sprays that drench those who stand too close. Explore the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, where you learn more about Balinese culture and religion. Flanked by a giant statue of the Hindu god, Vishnu, this is the ideal place to see some local dance and music, with various fun activities available.  Relax on Padang Padang Surf Beach, with its white sand, clear blue sky and great surf all year round. Finish the day with a visit to Uluwatu Temple. Watch the sun set on the horizon from an 11th-century rock temple. Learn about the myths and legends of this mystical place from your guide. Then, enjoy a vibrant celebration of local culture with a Kecak Balinese traditional dance. Talented performers will tell myths of Bali through song and dance as you end the day.

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What people are saying about Uluwatu

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 281 reviews

The kecak dance was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Bali - the role of hanuman was so well played. Seafood at Jimbaran was irresistible and to top it all off Putu, our driver, was extremely friendly, helpful and took amazing photos of us as well. All in all, trip was well worth it!

Roka is the best guide I’ve ever had. So knowledgeable and interesting. He kept the day fun and entertaining. The sites and scenery were phenomenal and Roka took great photos for me. He went above and beyond to make the day perfect. I loved everything about it.

What a great tour. Glad that our guide Edi warned us about the mean monkeys in Uluwatu so we were prepared! The Kecak Fire dance is outstanding and it was nice to have the guides expertise and insight to local Bali culture while we explored the temple.

I had a great time! The Temple is beautiful and seeing it at sunset was fantastic. I loved the show as well! It felt very authentic and engaging. My guide was really nice and an absolute pleasure to be with. Definitely recommend!

Pick up was on time and the driver was friendly and accommodating.