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Tanah Lot

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Tanah Lot

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Tanah Lot is a small coastal village in South Bali north of the greater Kuta area.

Get in

Tanah Lot is about 45 minutes by car north west of the main southern tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak and is en-route for those heading to West Bali. From Ubud it can reached in about 30 to 40 minutes.

A visit to Tanah Lot for sunset is one of the most popular tours offered in Bali. Check at your hotel.

Get around

Once you arrive at Tanah Lot, park your vehicle in the official car park and proceed on foot.


Dramatic Tanah Lot temple.

Tanah Lot is one of the important directional temples in Bali. The temple is located on a rock just offshore. It is said to be the work of revered 15th century priest Nirartha and forms an important element of Balinese spirtualism and mythology.

This is an extremely popular tourist destination and the whole area is often very busy indeed, especially in the in late afternoons, pre-sunset. The area between the car park (Rp 5,000 per vehicle) and the beach adjacent to the temple is a maze of souvenir shops selling just about every Balinese trinket imaginable.

Once you have fought your way through the souvenir vendors to the beach, you will see the magnificent temple perched on an offshore rock just a few metres offshore. There is a footpath to the raised cliff area just to the south from where the views of the temple and the sunset behind it are outstanding. Photo-opportunities abound. Entry fee is Rp 10,000.

Restoration of the Temple. A comprehensive restoration programme started in the 1990s when it was realised that the rock was seriously eroded and in danger of collapse. This major work resulted in the actual temple being out of bounds which was still the case in early 2009. This is not really a hindrance to visitors though as entrance to the actual temple is not the key attraction.

Reading: Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World, Jonathan Copeland in consultation with Ni Wayan Murni, Gateway Books International, 2008.


Play Golf. The superb Nirwana Golf Course [1] is adjacent to Tanah Lot to the south. This Greg Norman designed course is consistently voted as one of the very best in the whole of Asia. Stunning cliff top setting. Packages are normally available (as at your hotel). Except to pay US$ 170 to 200 per round all in.


The approach path to Tanah Lot temple is a maze of souvenir shops and not a bad place to fill up your bags with trinkets if you are so inclined.





  • Le Meridien Nirwana Golf and Spa Resort [2] You can see Tanah Lot temple from the lobby and its an amazing view with the waves pounding the ground. The resort is surrounded by huge gold course and paddy field. For golf lovers, this is an heaven because of the view of nature, ocean, Tanah Lot during the game. At night the resort is quiet and you can view the moon light from the sunset bar lounge. Many honeymooners choose this resort due to its location that's secluded from the hustle and bustle of Kuta city. The rooms pretty big, consist of shower & bath tub and balcony for all rooms. They have limited Villas with plunge pool, Bali begong and outdoor shower. For those wanting to experience ubud and kuta can use the shuttle service that's free.
  • Semarapura Villa - Semarapura Private Villa [3]

Took its first booking in Christmas 2008, this 5 bedroom Villa is an expansive luxury beachfront villa, located about 10 mins south of Tanah Lot, 40 minutes from Seminyak on Bali’s southwest coast. This private Bali rental villa is comprised of a series of pavilions, swimming pool and ornamental ponds, leisurely spread throughout an expansive 5000 square metres (one acre and a quarter) of rolling lawns. Fully staffed and ideal for events.

  • Villa les Rizieres - Luxury and Private villa in Tanah Lot Bali [4]

Villa les Rizieres offers a unique way to experience all of the island's charms at your own pace. 6 luxury bedrooms villa + one extra bedroom. Accommodation for 14 persons. The villa is next to the Greg Norman designed Nirvana Golf course.


Get out

  • Kuta About 45 mins to the South
  • Ubud About 30 mins to the Northeast

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