By Bianca Ohannessian
Sunsets are a way of life in Bali. There’s no shortage of laid-back beach bars and stunning scenic spaces to sit back and enjoy nature’s multi-coloured light show. Here are a few favourite places to soak in the sunset skies.
Uluwatu: Culture Vs cocktails
There are lots of places to witness the sun sink into the sea in this surf town on the southwest coast. Spend an afternoon at Uluwatu Temple to discover the historic site dotted with colourful flowers and roaming monkeys. Perched on the edge of a cliff, the temple complex has a stunning backdrop, especially when the sky changes colour and the sun sets into the sea. You might even spot a pod of wild dolphins playing in the surf.
If you prefer to combine your sunset with cocktails then be sure to check out Single Fin. Nestled in the cliff side, the famous surf bar serves up chilled drinks, international dishes and DJs on the decks while you watch the perfect barrels roll in under a pink sky.
Tip: Don’t miss the Sunday sessions at Single Fin for weekly parties from sunset to after dark.
Seminyak: Sunset surfing
The length of powdery platinum sand in front of stylish Seminyak is a wonderful spot to see the sunset. Along the same stretch of beach as Kuta and Legian, the Seminyak patch further north is backed by chilled out beach bars decorated with bean bags and pretty umbrellas in a rainbow of colours.
With the beach glowing in the light of the large orange sun, you can hire a board from the many rental stalls or and go for a sunset surf. Or sit back and watch surfers ride the last waves of the day while you sip on a refreshing fruit cocktail.
Tip: Find a spot at the beach bar before the sunset rush to grab yourself a bean bag before they go.
Gili Trawangan: Sea swings
The largest of the Gili Islands is one of the most photogenic sunset spots. Just a one-hour boat ride away from Amed port on Bali, lazy days on Gili Trawangan culminate with what seems like the whole island gathering on the beaches to watch the sunset.
The laid-back beach bars on the west coast feature picturesque sea swings set up in the shallow waters. The silhouettes look magical against the sunset colours, which also reflect off the surface of the water. With the peaks of Bali visible in the distance, it’s a dreamy way to end a day in paradise.
Tip: Be prepared to queue if you want to get a go on the swings.
Mount Batur: Sunrise trek
Ok, so this one isn’t technically a sunset spot – although I’m sure you’d get fantastic panoramic views in the golden light of the setting sun. However, the Mount Batur sunrise tours offer a memorable experience as you hike up the active volcano.
The path gets steep and slippery at times so only attempt it if you’re up for the challenge, however the breath-taking views you’ll be greeted with when you reach the summit are worth the two-hour upward trek (and the early morning start). Although it was too cloudy to actually see the sun when I was there, being on top of the misty volcanic mountain in the early morning sunlight was magical.
Tip: Watch out for the mischievous monkeys that will try to steal your breakfast from you.
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