How to get to Tanah Lot
There are a
few options to get to Tanah Lot temple:
USE A TOUR
HIRE A CAR/MOTORCYCLE AND DRIVER
USE A TAXI SERVICE
RENT YOUR OWN CAR/MOTORCYCLE
TRAVELIST TIP: My recommendation is to use a tour (as we did) or even a private car and driver. It’s honestly the best way to see more than one place with someone who knows the roads and can also give you some local insights into the places you’re visiting.
WARNING: I never recommend using a motorcycle and driving yourself unless you have the correct driving license to do so and have driven a motorcycle in Indonesia or another population-dense, traffic manic Asian city before. The motorcycle skills needed to drive in Indonesia are insane. I strongly recommend you DON’T drive a motorcycle in Bali if you do not have the RELEVANT LICENSE, EXPERIENCE, AND TRAVEL INSURANCE. I’ve heard of and seen countless tourists being injured and dying due to motorcycle accidents. Also, note that hospital care may not be at the same level as your own home country so these are all factors to consider.
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Panoramic view of Pura Batu Bolong next to Tanah Lot (often mistaken for Tanah Lot)
How long it will take will depend on where about you are in Bali. These are the approximate distances depending on where you are based (as per Google maps):
Canggu to Tanah Lot – 10.8 km
Seminyak to Tanah Lot – 17.1 km Ubud to Tanah Lot – 32.9 km Kuta to Tanah Lot – 21.5 km Nusa dua to Tanah lot – 35 km
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SIDE NOTE: Something that must be mentioned here and that you need to take heed of in Indonesia, is that like other major cities in South East Asia, the traffic can be INSANE! 5 to 10 km might seem like not very far, but in Bali in the mornings or the evenings, traffic can be a nightmare of more than 60+ minutes.
We stayed in Kuta and even though it was only 20 km away, we were
sitting in traffic for almost 2 hours! Getting out of Pura Tanah Lot was a bit of a nightmare if you’re not prepared.
People examining Tanah Lot before sunset and the tide comes in
TRAVELIST TIP: I’d strongly suggest either having dinner at the restaurants there or grabbing a snack at the endless vendors! Also, squeeze in a bathroom break before you head out (just in case)!
plenty to do at Tanah Lot temple in Bali, before and after sunset, so it makes sense to embrace all you can and leave after the first masses have headed out.
Things to do at Tanah Lot
There are some great places near Tanah Lot temple Bali. I highly recommend making the most of your time in the Tanah Lot area by checking out some activities below:
Being in Bali
(actually anywhere in South East Asia) means there are going to be spas galore and Bali is no different! There are a number of spas in the area of Tanah Lot temple, so why not have a great massage or facial before heading to the shore’s edge to watch the Tanah Lot temple sunset and tide come in. There were previously a lot more Tanah Lot day spas in the area before COVID-19, but now there is the option to do some wonderful spa treatment and Tanah Lot sunset tours.
Tours with spa treatments
Tanah Lot Sunset and Spa Tour from Bali
Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple and Spa Tour
Eat some local cuisine
Many of the
Tanah Lot restaurants serve western and local cuisine. It just seems fitting that if you’re at this magnificent site, why not embrace the culture and try a local dish. There are a number of r estaurants and even more local vendors serving all types of delights! Make sure to try something and support local!
These are some of our top picks
De Jukung Resto and Bar
Dewi Sinta Restaurant
Whether you’re a
seasoned photographer with a tripod and fancy gear, or simply a person with a camera phone, your Tanah Lot photos are bound to be incredible! The photos that you able to take at sunset offer the perfect lighting and it’s almost completely impossible to get a bad shot.
Check out this highly recommended Bedugul and Tanah Lot Tour
Kecak Fire Dance
This is something to do
after the sunset. The Kecak dance performance is held at the open stage Tanah Lot. It takes place every day at 18.30. Tickets can be bought at the information office near the beach or can be obtained directly at the Dewi Sinta. There’s also the option to buy them online or include them with your tour guide/company. Dewi Sinta Hotel & Restaurant
Best Time to Visit Tanah Lot
I’d strongly recommend making sure you’re
there for sunset. Tanah Lot sunset Bali hours are any time between 18:00 and 18:30. However, if you want to physically go down to the temple, you’ll need to visit anytime before during low tide.
In terms of when to visit Tanah Lot
within the year, Indonesia is a tropical island, there are only two seasons, the wet season and dry season. Visit during the dry season which is from May to November.
What to Wear to Tanah Lot
Dress etiquette at Tanah Lot is slightly different from other temples on the island of Bali, There
are typically no restrictions because you are not physically entering the temple.
As you will most
likely be there from late afternoon into the evening, you’ll most likely be in summer clothing, but keep a shawl on hand or lightweight cover/ jacket for when the sea breeze chill hits in the late evening.
be careful if you’re on the rocks as the Tanah Lot tide comes in, you may need more secure shoes besides flip flops as the rocks start to get extremely slippery.
The moss-covered rocks and filled rock pools make for a VERY slippery experience when trying to get back to land at sunset – be careful!
What I love about the Tanah Lot temple grounds is that there are
plenty of vendors selling clothes, hats, shoes, dresses, etc. So if you want an outfit on the fly, you could literally buy it there!
Check out this awesome Ulun Danu Beratan, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and Tanah Lot Day Tour
Even though you are not entering physically entering the temple, it’s only polite to
be respectful as it is a temple by dressing appropriately: Wear a top that covers your stomach and appropriate length shorts
Drones are prohibited from all temples in Indonesia Take photos from a respectful distance
If you are watching a ceremony
Never sit higher than the priest Wear a sarong to cover your knees In the Hindu culture, it is prohibited to attend a ceremony or religious activity if you are menstruating Avoid walking in front of or through religious ceremonies
How to Avoid Crowds at Tanah Lot
Most people are arriving for sunset between 18:00 and 18:00, so it makes sense
if you want to explore the temple grounds with minimal crowds, I’d recommend arriving at least an hour or 2 before sunset.
Find alternative places to watch the sunset
A great place to watch the sunset is at one of the
hilltop restaurants. They have a number of Tanah lot sunset terraces. Depending on your photography needs, you may want to be closer to the ocean to do your photography, but if you’re there for the experience a hilltop restaurant is a great option to get some local cuisine with a view and enjoy the Tanah lot sunset with a sunset cocktail!
Head to a nearby spa first
As mentioned above, there are
great spas in the immediate vicinity of Tanah Lot, so if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the crowds that flock just before sunset, head to the spa to get your zen on and head back to catch the tail end of the sunset or vice versa!
Aerial view of Batu Bolong temple at Purah Tanah lot temple in Bali
Check out the Tanah Lot markets
walk through the main entrance, you can lose yourself in one of the numerous lanes lined with souvenir shops, clothing, shoes, food, etc.
Tanah Lot Entrance Fees
Tanah Lot Entrance Ticket Prices
Foreign adult: IDR 60 000
Foreign children: (6 to 12 years old) IDR 30 000
Domestic adult: IDR 20 000
Domestic children: (6 to 12 years old) IDR 15 000
Tanah Lot Parking Fees
Two wheels (Motorcycle): IDR 3 000 Four wheels (Car): IDR 5 000 Six wheels (Bus): IDR 10 000
Tanah Lot Opening Hours
The Bali Tanah Lot temple opening times are between 7:00 to 19:00. Sunset Tanah lot temple timings are between
18:00 to 18:30.
About Tanah Lot
This is a bit of the
Tanah Lot temple history sourced from . The words Tanah Lot means tanahlot.id ‘island in the sea’ in the Balinese language and the temple itself forms an important part of Balinese spiritualism and mythology.
Dating back to the
15th century, Bali Tanah Lot is said to be the work of revered Hindu priest Nirartha. According to legend, Dang Hyang Nirartha was a high priest who travelled from East Java to Bali in 1489 to spread Hinduism.
He arrived in the Tanah Lot area and
established a site honouring the sea god Baruna. While attempting to share his teachings with villagers, he faced opposition from the chief, who gathered followers to drive off Nirartha.
The priest opposed and it is said he
displaced a large rock on out to sea and transformed his sashes into sea snakes to guard it.
crevices at the base of the temple caused by long-term erosion do hold a number of sea snakes and they are still considered to be the temple’s defenders.
Almost a third of temple Tanah Lot’s rock base is artificial after being fully restored due to the threat of collapse from erosion.
Recommended Tanah Lot Tours
There are a number of tour companies that offer private and group tour options. I highly recommend a Tanah Lot sunset tour. We managed to do a day tour whereby we visited many other temples during the day ending with the Tanah Lot temple sunset tour at the end of the day. The Tanah Lot sea temple sunset is truly the best way to end off a temple-hopping day trip.
Check out these recommended tours and providers:
Get Your Guide and Klook
Bali: Sacred Temples and Sunset Private Tour
Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour
Best of Bali Tour Package – 3 Days
Bali UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour with Photographer
Accommodation near Tanah Lot
Great areas to stay near Tanah Lot are
Kuta, Canggu, Seminyak as the travel times are the closest after sunset. Travel time from Tanah Lot to Seminyak is approximately under an hour. Check out these recommended hotels:
Canggu Tapa Tepi Kali by Pramana
Theanna Eco Villa and Spa
The Apartments Canggu
Kuta Maharani Beach Hotel
Kuta Seview Boutique Resort
Seminyak Wina Holiday Villa Hotel
Astagina Resort Villa and Spa
Tanah Lot FAQ
If anything, this should be a given for any trip you take! But be sure to keep a copy of your insurance details. If Indonesia is not your home country you need to be prepared for anything. All of these experiences have risks.
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Sunset at Tanah Lot temple was way up on my
Bali Bucket list! it’s most certainly worthy of being on the Must-see temples of Bali list too! I highly recommend adding it to yours too!
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