Bali: the best viewpoints to enjoy sunrises and sunsets
Journeys | 17.06.2020
Bali is an incredibly beautiful island rich in natural scenery and, of course, the best sunsets and sunrises. A travel-blogger couple Highlands2Hammocks has shared the list of places worth visiting to welcome in or see off the days during your journey around the island.
Mt Agung Sunrise Trek
One of the most popular tours in Bali is the Mt Agung Sunrise Trek, and for very good reason. The best place to view the sunrise over Bali has got to be from the top of the second-largest mountain on the island.
Beginning the day with an early start of around 2am, you will leave with your tour guide to the base of the mountain and begin the 1,700m trek to the top. This walk will take you around 4 hours to get up. Now, although this may seem like an impossible task, the view, once you reach the top, is absolutely worth it.

Your tour guide will help you every step of the way and give you the encouragement that you need to reach the summit. Once you are here you will be treated to a breakfast of eggs cooked on the heat of the still active (but very dormant) volcanic rock.

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Wanagiri Hidden Hills
Situated in the mountainous region of northern Bali, the Wanagiri Hidden Hills viewpoint sits high above the beautiful Twin Lakes. Nestled amongst the dense Balinese jungle is the famous Wanagiri Hidden Hills viewpoint, which looks down over these beautiful lakes.
Without a doubt, the best time for visiting here is first thing in the morning, preferably long before the first light has begun to paint the sky. We arrived here at about 5am, after a long, 2-hour drive from Canggu. The place was still in pitch darkness, the locals asleep and the gates all locked up. Luckily, it was easy to unlock the gates and head out by yourself to truly experience the sunrise over the Hidden Hills.

There is a fee to get into this viewing point and it is quite expensive compared to other Balinese sights. When we visited in 2019 it was 100k IDR to enter, almost 10x more than most places, however, after the sunrise we witnessed I would absolutely pay it again.
If you do decide to visit before sunrise, be sure to support the local community and pay on your way out after they have opened. If we do not contribute to these beautiful spots they will cease to exist, so make sure you pay the fee.

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Tegalalang Rice Terraces
One of the most famous rice terraces in the world sits just outside of the central city of Ubud. The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are a beautiful collection of sweeping steps and climbing hills, nestled in the rolling valleys of central Bali. Although these rice fields are still used for harvest, they have become an incredibly popular tourist destination, ever since the movie "Eat Pray Love" showcased them.
If you are wanting to visit the rice terraces, like busiest places in Bali, the best time to do so is at first light. There will be little to no crowds and the gentle, golden light will slowly illuminate the colours around you, bringing the place to life.

Once again, if you visit before the sun rises there will be no one at the ticket offices to pay your entry fee to. In order to help support the local economy, we urge you to pay your fair price on the way out. Entry to Tegalalang is not expensive, with the first checkpoint costing just 20kIDR and the second a further 20K IDR.

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Bukit Cinta
A highly underrated and quite hidden sunrise spot in Bali is the stunning Bukit Cinta viewpoint. This unique spot gives a fantastic view of the distant Mt Agung towering above the stretching rice fields below. Due to its lack of popularity, there is no entry fee (as of yet) and it is the closest you will come to a completely natural sunrise location in Bali.
One of the main reasons why it is not an overly popular spot is its distance from the nearby city. It is a 2-hour drive from Ubud and we had to leave at 4am to reach this viewpoint before the sun rose.

We would highly recommend arriving at Bukit Cinta at least 15-minutes before the sun is scheduled to rise. This will give you time to get into the field, set up your camera (if you wish) and relax and enjoy the view.

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Pura Lempuyang
A spot highly popular with tours and tourists, as well as locals coming to give thanks to the gods, is the Pura Lempuyang Temple. One of Bali's most unique and iconic photo locations, this temple is always busy with tourists waiting to get a photo. As the morning sun rises over the temple, queues will begin to form that will stretch on for over an hour.

For this reason, we suggest getting here very early, at around the same time as sunrise. The queues began to form about an hour after sunrise when we visited and we eventually had to wait for 1-hour for a photo. Entry to the Pura Lempuyang Temple costs roughly 30k IDR, and as it is a religious site you will need to cover your shoulders and knees. Sarongs are available to rent if you do not have your own.

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Campuhan Ridge Walk
A popular morning stroll location sitting right in the heart of Ubud is the picturesque Campuhan Ridge Walk. This peaceful ridge walk acts as a foot-passenger shortcut from one end of Ubud to the other, inaccessible by car or bike. At sunrise, the morning mist descends into the valleys on either side and the surrounding jungle comes to life with the call of birds and bugs.

This spot is free to access and is highly recommended for anyone that is staying in Ubud. It does get quite busy, especially if you go in the late morning, however, if you head here while it is still dark you will have more space to yourself.

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Karang Boma Cliff
A spot fairly unknown by tourists and very popular with locals in the Uluwatu region, Karang Boma Cliff is one of the most underrated viewpoints in Bali. Found right on the western side of the peninsula, the Karang Boma viewpoint sits on privately-owned land that can be accessed by paying an entrance fee. Entrance to the viewpoint costs 10k IDR, however, when you arrive you will be asked if you have a drone camera and if you say "yes" you will be charged 100k IDR.

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Echo Beach, Canggu
A perfect example of Bali's best beach sunset spots is Echo Beach, just beside the tourist area of Canggu. The beaches here stretch for miles and miles along the southern coast, however, the area known as Echo Beach is popular due to the number of bars and restaurants it features.
Whether you want to relax with a delicious meal, enjoy a drink in a bean bag chair, or simply want to soak up the beach vibes with a sunset walk, Echo Beach is the perfect spot for you.
Gili Trawangan
An iconic spot for sunsets, the small island of Gili Trawangan sits just east of mainland Bali. As it is closer to Lombok, the Gili Isles are technically not "Bali", however, they are so close and easy to get to from there that a lot of Bali tourists still visit. Gili T is the largest and most popular island, famous for its bars and nightlife. The locals are all very friendly and in general, it is a lovely place to visit. To finish off your day in Gili T, head round to the western side to the famous Gili T Sunset Swing, where you will witness the best sunset on the island.

Access to the swing itself is free, however, it is owned by the hotel and bar that it sits across from so you will need to buy a drink in order to access the beach. There are actually a lot of other swings and even a hammock available if this one is too busy, so have a wander along the beach to find your perfect spot.

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Uluwatu Temple
The religious temple on the cliffside of Uluwatu is one of Bali's most popular sunset spots. The Balinese locals believe that it is at this temple that the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva merge here. The powers of these Gods are believed to protect the island from any evil sea spirits that may try to attack Bali.
This temple is actually one of Bali's 6 main temples, dotted across the island, built to protect each corner of the island from evil. Surrounded by jungle, the temple itself is said to be guarded by hundreds of local monkeys.
The admission fee is roughly 30k IDR, which will give you access to the temples and also the stunning sunset view that takes place almost daily.

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