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Unspoiled, beautiful Bali offers some of the most spectacular locations for sunset-watching, whether it be a sea temple or a beach hideout. Picture-perfect views are difficult to capture on film and can only really be treasured when seen in person. Some places showcase magical sea views, whilst others capture the exotic lush jungle—the choice is yours. Here are the best places to catch the most spectacular sunsets in Bali, Indonesia.
Catch ocean views from Tegal Wangi Beach, where the sunset reflects on the sparkling waters. You can watch the sun go down from the towering cliff, or directly from the white sands—whichever you please. Located just a few kilometres north of Rock Bar, the hidden beach is accessible by going down a rocky staircase towards the beach. Liven it up by taking some picnic snacks and drinks, for cool vibes and to watch the stunning sunset.
Seminyak may be known for its posh vibe—from its extensive range of gourmet restaurants to the lavish resorts—so for it to have a view of the spectacular sunset should not come as a surprise. The gorgeous long stretch of beach is one of Bali’s most popular locations to watch the sundown, where spectators can find a chic bar with live music to add to the mood. Watch the occasional horse rider gallop down the golden dunes.
Eat seafood whilst catching the sunset at Jimbaran Bay—a place famed for its fresh catches. The pristine bay makes a calming ambience, where the sun gently descends. There’s plenty to see and do, before or after the sunset, including the restaurants and bars nearby.
Watch the sunset from a cultural heritage spot, which plays a significant part in Bali’s identity. Uluwatu Temple is a cliffside sea temple, showcasing the time-honoured religious customs and philosophies of the region’s culture. Being a natural site, the temple boasts unspoiled views of the Indian Ocean from the towering cliffs. Wait for sundown, where the sky radiates with oozing colour, burning hues of crimson to deep blue. There’s even an occasional traditional performance from the cultural dancers at the temple.
Seminyak’s Ku De Ta is a beach club haven, offering an upscale bar scene to catch the sunset. The luxe venue is perched in front of the beach and is famous for its summer party scene. Every evening, however, one can come by and watch the timeless sunset, whilst soaking in the cool vibes of the area, and its crowd. Swing by with some friends, and grab a cocktail for the full experience.
Ku De Ta, Jl. Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia | (+62) 361 736969
The sleek, show-stopping SugarSand is a must for beachy-boozy fun. It sits on the beach, where one can admire the spectacular sunset come evening. The bar does not only focuses on catering to the drinking scene—it also has a lot of art, design, and culture embedded throughout the venue. Stay for the food and drink after watching the melting sun from a chilled day out.
SugarSand, Jl. Double Six, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia | (+62) 361 2099999
Get glitzy for your sunset shot—and what better way to get glamorous than with a glass of champagne? At Ocean Champagne Bar, sunset means it’s time to celebrate with some bubbly in a luxe environment. The bar specialises in the most premium champagnes, including Cristal, Veuve Clicquot, and Dom Perignon. Come here during sundowner and indulge with some gourmet snacks—all the while appreciating the soothing live jazz.
Contrary to its name, this spot is popular with young locals and expats. Old Man’s is an unpretentious alternative to the five-star hotel locations. Watch the sunset from this laid-back venue with a couple of cans of beer, fresh from the beach in your flip flops. If you’re staying after the sunset, play a game of beer pong to liven up the night.
Old Man’s, Jl Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia | (+62) 361 8469 158