Watching the sunset in Bali is one of the most common and enjoyable activities. The thrill of admiring the sun as it sets behind the horizon, painting the clouds in the most incredible color combinations, is accessible to everyone. Both newcomers who have just arrived in Bali and those who have been living here for years can enjoy it.
And if sunset watching is a simple event, then watching the sunrise is a whole adventure. Not only do you have to wake up early in the morning, which can be quite challenging for "night owls," but you also need to gather information in advance about picturesque sunrise spots, so that the effort of early awakening is rewarded by the happiness of witnessing the beginning of a new day in all its glory.
We present to you the top 10 sunrise spots in and around Bali. And at the end - one more place, the delight of being in which may surpass all the sunrise spots in Bali combined. Or perhaps it will complement them.
Sanur Beach is one of the most popular sunrise spots. To find the best viewpoint, you should arrive around 5:45 in the morning. Sanur is located on the eastern coast of Bali, allowing you to witness the sun rising above the horizon. Romantic fishing boats, known as jukung, and traditional pavilions dot the scene, adding even more charm to your sunrise photos.
The beach is quite long. If you want to find the perfect spot for photography, visit during the day and explore the area.
Mount Batur (Batur Volcano)
For adventure enthusiasts and those eager to test their endurance. At the summit of the volcano, you'll see Mount Agung and Mount Abang, bathed in the warm rays of the sunrise, along with Lake Batur. As the sky clears, the horizon is illuminated with orange light. The slopes of Batur are painted with the colors of dawn.
You can circumnavigate the caldera and open your heart to freedom and tranquility, which are particularly keenly felt at the summits of this world.
Keep in mind that Mount Batur attracts quite a number of tourists for sunrise, so if you want to capture sunrise photos without them, make sure to find the right spot.
Pinggan Village, Songan (Pinggan, Songan Village, Desa Pinggan, Songan)
Pine trees, the peaceful glimmer of lights awakening by the cold waters of Lake Batur, the majestic volcano – all of this will create unforgettable impressions. Getting to Pinggan is more convenient by approaching from the outer rim of the Batur caldera clockwise. If you ascend to Pinggan from the bottom of the caldera, the road will be very steep and dangerous.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
The famous Tegallalang rice terraces are located just a 20-minute drive from Ubud. This is a popular tourist attraction. However, if you come at dawn, you can enjoy the tranquility and calmness of this place. Restaurants are still closed, tourists peacefully slumber in their hotels. At sunrise, the terraces appear lush and vibrant like never before. And as soon as the sun emerges from behind the mountain ridge, a mist will start rising above the fields, adding even more mystery to the photographs.
Campuan Ridge Walk
The Campuan Ridge is located in Ubud. Before reaching that perfect sunrise spot, you'll have to walk about 15-20 minutes along the "artist's trail." Campuan is a popular walking route at any time of the day. Along the path surrounded by lush, delicate grass and cliffs, you can stroll for about two kilometers. The trail begins at the wonderful Campuan Pura Gunung Lebah temple (Pura Gunung Lebah).
Located in the Tabanan regency, Beratan Lake is one of the most beautiful places for sunrise due to the water temple, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan. The sun rises behind the surrounding mountains, and the calm water reflects the iconic temple, captured in hundreds of thousands of photographs.
For those who want to combine a magnificent sunrise with dolphin watching, Lovina Beach is a suitable destination. It is located near the old northern capital of Bali, Singaraja. Come to the beach around 6 o'clock in the morning. There you can find fishing boats that take tourists on a ride.
Serangan Beach is located on the Serangan Island, which was previously separated from Bali by a strait until a bridge connected them. It's easy to reach there by motorbike or car. Besides being an amazing spot to witness sunrise, Serangan Beach is also a popular surfing spot during the rainy season.
Keramas' location on the eastern side of Bali makes it one of the most beautiful spots to witness sunrise. The black volcanic sand of the beach mysteriously glimmers in the sun, enchanting Bali's visitors who previously associated the island with postcard images in the style of Bounty. Swimming due to the large waves here might be impossible. However, among surfers, Keramas Beach is well-known and popular.
This beach is located on Nusa Penida Island. For Nusa Penida, it's worth dedicating 2-3 separate days, as the untouched nature of this island will not leave you indifferent.
Atuh Beach is hard to reach, surrounded by high cliffs. However, it's incredibly beautiful with its pristine white sand, palm trees, and turquoise water. All this splendor can be observed from cliffs that are 150 meters high. Alternatively, you can overcome doubts and descend the steps to this secluded and uniquely beautiful place. Make sure to bring drinking water and your energy along.
And an additional secret bonus
The best place in Bali for a sunrise encounter. Regardless of where you go – conquering Batur or leisurely strolling along the artist's trail. Testing your strength on the rugged and beautifully clean Nusa Penida or enjoying a pleasant walk amidst the mist of the Tegallalang rice fields. The best place for a sunrise meeting will be in the arms of your loved one or surrounded by your close ones – children, parents, and of course, good friends. Share these beautiful moments of life with your loved ones, and these moments will become a hundred times brighter.