Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Arguably the most popular temple in Bali, Tanah Lot definitely lives up to its fame, with its dramatic setting. It is one of the six revered, cardinal temples of Bali and is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Tanah Lot means “Land in Sea” in the Balinese language.

Tanah Lot is located at the edge of the rocks, giving it a breathtaking view and look, especially during sunset. The temple itself is 100m offshore and is only accessible to the Hindus. It cannot be reached by anyone during the high tide. The cliff-side path to the north passes the Pura Enjung Galuh temple (behind which are the best views of Tanah Lot) and then some steps down to the beach and onwards to Pura Batu Bolong temple perched atop a rocky headland.

Nowadays, there are many souvenir stalls surrounding the area, catering to the tourists. There are also some eateries that will open up for sunset drinks and meals.

Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali. Photo by Madeleine Deaton

History and facts

Tanah Lot temple was built back to 500 years ago by a Javanese priest and has been part of the Balinese mythology, venomous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple.

Where is it

Pura Tanah Lot temple is located in Tabanan at the north-west of the southern part of Bali, about 20 km from Denpasar or Kuta.

Side view of Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Side view of Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali. Photo by Vladimir E

Why visit

Although overrun by tourists, Tanah Lot temple is worth a visit just for its architecture, location and its significance as a very important worship place in Bali. The stroll over ragged ocean stones and the sunset cast over the whole setting will be unforgettable.

When is the best time to go

Carvings of Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Carvings of Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali. Photo by Ken Marshall


Many people come here during the sunset to catch the sun’s setting magic but if you want to avoid the crowd, early morning (before 9 am) is also a good magical time to admire the temple in silence.

Kecak Dance is held here every evening after sunset at 6.30 pm for 45 minutes. There is also a ceremony held here every 6 months, check with the place you stay.

Fees

The fee to enter the grounds surrounding Tanah Lot Temple is 60,000 Rp. (as of 2016). You’re not allowed to enter the temple except to pray. Parking fee for a car is 5,000 Rp. A guide is not necessary.

Opening Times

Open from 7am to 7pm for visitors. For worship purpose it is open for 24 hours daily.

Beach and sea, Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Beach and sea, Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali. Photo by Thomas Schlosser

Get in and get around

From Kuta or Seminyak – about 45 minutes drive
From Denpasar – public transport are limited and it is not available after sunset

Where to eat at Tanah Lot Temple

Recommended restaurant here is Melasti Tanah Lot. It is on the headland just north of the temple and has one of the most beautiful settings for a restaurant. Here one can enjoy candlelight dinner of fresh seafood while enjoying the famous sunset view. The meal may be a little expensive and the prime view tables are only reserved for evening diners.

Sunset at Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali. Photo by koyne


Nearby tourist attractions

Taman Ayun temple at Mengwi – one of our top temples in Bali, this is more unknown but still a very beautiful royal temple.

Travel Tips

It is recommended to hire a car for the day in Bali for other excursions since all the tourists spots are far from each other. The road to Tanah Lot temple is also dangerous, so it is better to hire a car with a driver to take you there, or get a taxi and ask them to wait while you visit.

If you come early in the day, the paddy fields view along the way is worth the slow ride to take it in. A detour to the rugged beaches nearby such as Pantai Seseh is also recommended.

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Top 5 Things to Do in Canggu, Bali

While backpackers looking to party flock to Kuta to spend a hazy night gouging themselves at Sky Garden, and yogis looking to eat, pray, love may find themselves physically and spiritually in Ubud, I found myself instead in a next upcoming hotspot of Bali – Canggu.

Full of cute cafes, fun bars, trendy shops, and decent surfing waves, Canggu is attracting a beautiful crowd looking to escape the cluster of neighboring Seminyak and Kuta. The town is much more mellow, dotted with lush, green rice patties, along cobblestone roads filled with surfers on scooters. It has a small town feel with all the luxurious amenities.

Scooters through Canggu Shortcut, Bali, Indonesia

Scooters through the “famous shortcut” in Canngu, Bali

Here’s our top 5 things to do in Canggu during your visit in Bali:

Eating heathy and local around Canggu

Good coffee and beautiful, bright nalu bowls (Bali’s answer to acai bowls!) are reason enough to make your way to Canggu. Like other places in Bali, there are plenty of affordable healthy eats – it’s probably one of the easiest places to be vegan throughout all of Asia. Some of my favorite haunts include Crate for nalu bowls, quinoa salads and peanut butter shakes from Peloton, a matcha green tea latte and sweet potato toast from Avocado Cafe, and poke bowls with large chunks of freshly caught tuna at Poke Poke. If you’re looking for something more local, there are plenty of Warungs (local food stalls) including my personal favorite, Warung Heboh where it’s buffet style and you pay by item rather than weight which means you can pile heaps on for a cheap and filling meal!

Coffee, desserts, avocado toast at Crate, smoothies, juices, salad at Peloton in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

From left: Coffee and desserts and avocado toast at Crate; Smoothies, juices and salad at Peloton in Canggu, Bali.

Party, drink and live band in Canggu

While Canggu’s nightlife may be a bit more subdued than in other parts of Bali, you can still have a great out and get up early to surf, depending on how many Bintang beers you’ve had the night before. One of my favorite places to drink has to be Pretty Poison in Canggu. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, there’s an emptied out swimming pool in the back where skaters show off their tricks to an adoring and attractive crowd sipping on their beers and cocktails. Other must visits include Old Mans, which turns into a party after dark, live rock band included on Friday nights, and Deus, a restaurant/bar/motorcycle shop with a big backyard that gets filled to the brim on Sundays as visitors sway to the live reggae band. There’s also free tacos and tattoos on Tuesday. For a fun day party, Finn’s Beach Club is a trendy and affordable alternative to the more popular Potato Head Beach Club, while the Lawn by Old Man’s Beach is a cheap and great place to curl up on a bean bag. and buy a beer while chatting with the friendly staff who occasionally break out their guitars to serenade lucky guests.

Live Band on Friday nights at Old Man's in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Live Band on Friday nights at Old Man’s in Canggu, Bali

Chill with spa and massages at Canggu

If you’re still feeling stressed or just simply looking to pamper yourself, there are a few good places for massages, facials, and other spa treatments in Canggu. While prices may vary, Goldust is a popular spot that comes highly recommended. While it’s a bit pricier than other places in Canggu, the bit of extra cash you spend goes a long way in terms of luxury. Always #TreatYoSelf, especially when on holiday.

Goldust, best spa and massage in Canggu Bali, Indonesia

Goldust, best spa and massage in Canggu, Bali

Shopping at markets in Canggu

If you’re looking to take home something unique and fashionable from Bali, Canggu has a decent amount of boutiques and markets filled with trendy goodies. Old Man’s Market which occurs on the last Saturday of every month is a top hit with fashionistas. There’s also a Sunday market by People’s Café with clothes and jewelry made by local artists. And nothing is better than bringing home a bathing suit, the perfect souvenir to remember your wonderful time in Bali.

Jewelry shopping at Sunday's Market in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Jewelry shopping at Sunday’s Market in Canggu, Bali

Surf at the trendiest spot in Canggu

Of course, no trip to Canggu would be complete without surfing. While Canggu is a becoming a trendy spot amongst beautiful sun seekers, it’s first and foremost a town for surfers. You can take a cheap lesson or rent boards in various sizes right by the beach. The best surf spot for beginners would be Old Man’s beach, while Echo Beach and Berawa are also nice for more seasoned riders. While it’s not exactly empty, the water isn’t as crowded as other neighboring areas.

Surfing babes and new friends at Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Surfing and new friends at Canggu, Bali – what else do we need?

With its burgeoning popularity, new hot spots for eating, partying, drinking, shopping and massaging are likely to pop-up in this little slice of paradise. What’s your favorite places and things to do in Canggu? Do share with us!

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Jimbaran, Bali: Seafood Dining on a White Sandy Beach

Famed for delicious varieties of beachside grilled seafood, Jimbaran is a quaint, little beach resort town settled along the Jimbaran Bay in South Bali. Every night, Jimbaran comes alive with numerous beachside warungs serving grilled fish varieties on the candlelit tables set on the sand. It is simply a wonderful and unique experience enjoying fresh seafood on the beach while watching the gentle waves of water coming from the sea and ultimately wetting your feet in the sand.

Jimbaran, also sometimes called the “Beverly Hills of Bali”, was actually a little fishing village in its earlier days, where people used to trade their catch at the daily market. Things started to change after the 1980s with the wave of development that completely changed the identity of the village. Today, Jimbaran is home to several luxury resorts, high-end villas, and up-market chain hotels, all catering to the needs of luxury tourists visiting Bali to witness the beauty and the charm of this mesmerizing island.

Jimbaran Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran Beach, Bali. Photo by Trans World Productions

Where is it

Jimbaran is located about 15 km from Denpasar and 3 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport in South Bali. It lies between Kuta and the Bukit Peninsula, with Kuta to its northeast and Uluwatu to the southwest.

Why go

Think of a town where you can have a superb seafood dining experience while watching the sunset on a white sandy beach. Jimbaran is the only place on Bali wish provides you with this wonderful opportunity. The town also offers a beautiful coastline along Jimbaran Bay, serving as home to some of the best surfing sites in Bali.

Fishermen at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Fishermen at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Mark Lehmkuhler

When is the best time to go

Although you can visit Jimbaran any time of the year, the period from May to August is usually the best time to visit the town. The cool, pleasant weather makes conditions perfect for traveling during these months. Jimbaran, like other regions of Bali, experiences tropical climate year round. The rainy season lasts from October to March and is usually avoided by tourists for travel purpose.

What to see

Jimbaran beach, a pleasant white sandy beach, with calm waters which makes it completely safe for swimming. One of the favorite activities for tourists on this beach is to enjoy the sunset with food and drink at any of the restaurants located on the beach.

Fish Market at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Fish Market at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Annie Mole

Jimbaran fish market, located at northern end of the Jimbaran bay. Every morning, fishermen return to this traditional fish market to sell their daily catch. Different varieties of fishes are sold here, and all top restaurants of Bali get their fish supply from this market. The best time to visit the market is between 6 am – 9 am when the market is buzzing completely with the activity of buyers and sellers.

What to do

Of course enjoys Jimbaran’s beach barbeques. There are several beachside warungs which serve fresh fishes grilled over coconut husks, and it is an amazing experience enjoying the dinner served at candlelit tables on the sand.

Seafood dining at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Seafood dining at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Güldem Üstün

Surfing on Jimbaran Bay. Jimbaran is one of the safest places in Bali to try surfing and swimming. Some perfect surf breaks are accessible from Jimbaran Bay using chartered boats. The bay is also perfect for swimming. A large number of local children can be seen swimming on the beach in the evenings.

Strolling on the narrow streets of Jimbaran is an activity that most tourists like to enjoy. The town with its small streets and gangs (alleys) appears like a little Balinese society, and watching smiling faces of the locals while walking on Jimbaran streets is a pleasant experience for most tourists.

What and where to eat

Jimbaran is famous for fresh fish barbeques served at most beachfront warungs. You can find many people coming to Jimbaran from areas like Kuta, Sanur, and Nusa Dua just to enjoy the fishes grilled in front of them and served with sauces and vegetables. At every beach-shack warung, you will find a table set out on the sand. Warungs near the Kedonganan fish market offer the cheapest food. Sharkey’s Ayu Wandira, and Pudak are some of the well-known warungs in this area.

Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Sarah_Ackerman

Where to stay

Most of the accommodation available in Jimbaran is up-market, catering to luxury tourists. You can find several beach resorts, 5-star hotels, and high-end villas in the town. Budget accommodation is available but little in number. InterContinental Bali Resort *, Kayumanis Private Villas and Spa *, The Villas at Ayana Resort *, and Four Seasons Resort * are some of the well-known top-end options in Jimbaran.

How to get there

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is served by many national and international airlines including Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines.

By Taxi – The airport lies just 3 km north of Jimbaran, and a pre-paid taxi costs around Rp 65,000 – 85,000; the exact figures depend on the location of your hotel in the town. Metered taxis are available from outside the airport area and a bit cheaper compared to pre-paid taxis.

By Bus – Dark-blue bemos ply regularly between Tegal bus terminus in Denpasar and Jimbaran (via Kuta). Trans Sarabagita bus service also connects Denpasar to Jimbaran and Uluwatu.

How to get around

You can easily explore Jimbaran’s downtown area and narrow lanes on foot. Like other tourist resorts in Bali, rented motorbikes and metered taxis are also readily available all around the town day and night.

Sunset at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Adam Lai

Where to go nearby

Denpasar, the administrative capital of Bali

Kuta, Bali’s most famous beach resort offering lots of opportunities to enjoy partying and surfing.

Ubud, the center of art and culture in Bali and home to a large number of artistically-designed temples.

Uluwatu, located south of Jimbaran and featuring Uluwatu Temple, one of the oldest existing temples in Bali.

Nusa Dua, a high-class beach resort located southeast of Jimbaran.

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Top 6 Local Restaurants (Warungs) To Eat In Sanur, Bali

Sanur may not be on everyone’s hit-list to visit in Bali but when it comes to cuisine, it has one of the best local restaurants (warungs) around. While you can get toasted sandwiches and burgers aplenty here, if you scratch beneath the surface you will find a world of hidden culinary gems. Many of the best places to eat in Sanur are local restaurants call warungs, which can range from basic restaurants to more of a cafe type atmosphere, or even just a buffet style glass case with a few chairs and tables set up in front of it. Often the food at a warung is simple local fare so if you are looking to try some traditional Indonesian local cuisine then this is the place to find them.

Sari Bundo

Open 24 hours a day so you can satisfy a craving at any time of the day or night, Sari Bundo is a traditional Nasi Padang joint on Jalan Danau Poso that can be spotted a mile away thanks to its iconic stacked plates in the window. The food is traditionally from Padang in Sumatra so you will find favorites like beef rendang, a spicy beef dish, and sayur nangka or jackfruit curry. You can either just go up to the window and choose the dishes you want atop a plate of rice, or you can sit at a table and let them bring the food to you which can be quite the experience. Tiny dishes, sometimes up to twenty, will be placed in front of you along with a plate of white rice, and you can then choose which ones you want to pour over your plate. You only pay for the dishes you touch and you are absolutely not expected to eat everything in front of you!

Address and Telephone: Jalan Danau Poso 95, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan; +62 361-281389.

Warung Jawa Moro Seneng

Located directly next to Sari Bundo, and also open 24 hours a day, Warung Jawa is a hit amongst locals in the know thanks to its rock-bottom prices but heaps of local flavors. Warung Jawa serves Javanese style Nasi Campur or mixed rice and you can choose from local favorites like chicken curry, slices of omelet, and vegetable dishes, all piled high onto of a plate of rice. The food is served buffet style so just point to what you want and pay for the number of dishes you have selected. The food here is perfect washed down with a cooling glass of teh manis dingin (iced sweet tea) and this is definitely the place to come if you want some local food on a budget.

Address: Jalan Danau Poso No.78, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan.

Warung Jawa at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Warung Jawa at Sanur, Bali. Photo by Balifan

Warung Krishna

For some of the best Balinese food in Sanur head to Warung Krishna, a little out-of-the-way place on Jalan Kutat Lestari. It may be a little outside of the main tourist hub of Sanur but it is definitely worth it and you can expect Balinese staples like fish satay and lawar, a dish of mixed vegetables, shredded coconut and herbs. Service takes place at the buffet bar next to the tills in the restaurant, so just go and have a look and pick whatever you fancy. They also do a delicious sauce made from pickled chillies which are not to be missed, although be warned that this is a pretty spicy choice so it’s not for those who can’t take a little heat. To get here you need to cross over the bypass and then head down Jalan Tirta Nadi II and turn left onto Jalan Kutat Lestari.

Address and Telephone: Jalan Kutat Lestari No.04, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan; +62 361 281661.

Warung Krishna at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Warung Krishna at Sanur, Bali. Photo by Good Food Bali

Warung Dapur Sanur

Another place to eat along Jalan Danau Poso, but this time at the far end towards the bypass, is Warung Dapur Sanur, which is noted for its healthier take on Indonesian food. To that end, Warung Dapur Sanur serves a range of healthy choices such as brown or red rice instead of the usual starchy white, and then adds to this with a choice of nasi campur dishes like fried tempe or tempeh (compressed soybean cake) and both vegetarian and meat curry options. Aside from the toothsome Nasi Campur buffet bar at the front of the restaurant, you can also order Javanese and Manado dishes like bakso (meatball soup) and bubur Manado, a kind of rice porridge from Sulawesi.

Address: Jalan Danau Poso No.15, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan.

Warung Dapur at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Warung Dapur at Sanur, Bali. Photo by Balikutours

Warung Pantai Indah

If you like your dinner to come with a view then this is definitely the place to come. Warung Pantai Indah is a little beachfront cafe located on Pantai Indah and alongside selling the coldest beer on the beach (they claim), they also serve a range of Indonesian and Western dishes. One of the best choices here is the beef or chicken satay or meat on skewers, which comes served atop its own miniature grill over charcoal for a deliciously smoky flavor. They also do delicious curries infused with coconut milk, all with a gorgeous sea view. Drinks come in the form of the aforementioned cold beer or you can go for a freshly picked coconut opened in front of you. The entrance to the beach and Warung Pantai Indah is opposite Bali Deli on Jalan Tamblingan.

Address: Pantai Indah, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan.

Warung Blajong

Warung Blajong at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Warung Blajong at Sanur, Bali. Photo by Let’s makan

For another hit of Balinese cuisine, try Warung Blajong on Jalan Danau Poso. This restaurant is more upscale than the local warungs or cafes in the area but the food is fantastic and the prices reasonable. Come to Warung Blajong for local Balinese classic dishes like siap betutu or roasted chicken, as well as pepes (food wrapped in Banana leaves) such as be pasih (fish grilled in banana leaves). If you are new to Bali then this is a great place to come to try a range of Balinese food in a less hectic setting than a local warung and friendly staff are on hand if you need some help choosing what to order or want some of the dishes and cooking methods explained.

Address and Telephone: Jl. Danau Poso No.78, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan; +62 361 285613.

Sanur is indeed not the best-known stop in Bali for its food but all you need is a little local knowledge and a hunger for finding the best dishes around, and you will be pleasantly surprised. Even just a few days here will take you on a whistle-stop culinary tour of some of the best places to eat in Bali that include Sumatran, Javanese, Sulawesi and Balinese cuisines. Tuck in!

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