Uluwatu Temple is set a top a cliff with breathtaking views of the sea. The overall size of the Temple is relatively small compared to its surrounding grounds. The scenic surroundings are best enjoyed from two vantage points , one on the northern and the other on the southern ends of the grounds.
We planned our visit for late afternoon around 4-5pm. We were told this is the best time to grab a spot to admire the most stunning sunset Bali has to offer! And we were definitely not disappointed!
At the time of the sunset, there is also a fire dance performance within the grounds. We have heard it is a spectacular show however we did not stay for it because we did not want to face the hordes of tourists who will be trying to leave the Temple when the show finished.
One of the highlights or maybe for some an annoyance of the Temple is the countless monkeys that inhabit the area. They are cheeky little things. I was chased for some bananas that I was holding! Make sure you keep your sunglasses and phone tucked safely away in your bags and keep any loose items of jewelery out of sight. It can be an ordeal to get these the items back. I’ve heard of many cases of smashed sunglasses and even witnessed stolen flip flops on the day!
Jimbaran Bay is another great location to admire the sunset. The beach around the bay is one of the best beaches in Bali. The white sand is very fine white sand as opposed to pebble beaches. The waters are fairly calm most of the day and suitable for swimming.
The beach is lined with seafood restaurants as far as the eye can see and in the evening the venues truly comes to life. Take a stroll and pick a restaurant to have a meal right on the sand by the waters.
Make sure you bargain for your meal after you have picked all your seafood as all prices are negotiable and a little discreet tip to your restaurant staff helper will go a long way!
We chose to have most of the seafood char-grilled to enjoy the fresh and natural flavors. The secret to the mouth watering char-grill taste is the use of coconut husk charcoals to bring out a new dimension of flavor in the dishes. I can’t speak for anyone else but I never want to have my lobster cooked any other way again!
Another tip is to make sure you buy some corn on the cob from the guy selling from the push cart on the beach. This was probably one of the best corn cobs we have ever tasted!
Jimbaran Bay provides a wonderful atmosphere and is great location for a romantic evening or gathering with friends. There is even a band that walks up and down the beach serenading unsuspecting diners.