Going To Bali, Indonesia?  In this installment of our Bali Travel Guide Series, we make a trip to Tanah Lot, the temple on the land next to the sea.

Tanah Lot Temple – Must Visit in Bali

Besides enjoying the privacy and facilities of a villa, good food and traditional Balinese massages, our main objective of visiting Bali was to experience the culture, beaches and great sights of this wonderful Indonesian island. For this purpose, we chartered a car and driver to bring us sight-seeing for two days.

If you are interested, you can check out Bali Bagus. We engaged their services for two full days and were quite pleased with it, but bear in mind that a lot would depend on the driver that is assigned to you.  You can also either take the itinerary planned by them, or customize it after discussion with your assigned driver.  The good thing about them is that they speak and write quite good English, so communication was never a problem.

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Bali – Island of Ten Thousand Temples

Bali is known as the Island of ten thousand temples, and not without reason.  According to our driver cum tour guide, each and every household in Bali owns a temple, and that explains the presence of thousands of temples in Bali.

Even if you are short on time for sight-seeing, one of those places that you must never miss is Tanah Lot, and on second place, the Uluwatu Temple as well.  Both are situated on a coastal region overlooking the Indian Ocean with breathtaking scenery and wondrous sunset.

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Bali is the home to most of the Hindu minority population of Indonesia.  As such, their temples were mostly influenced by Hinduism. Tanah Lot remains one of the most popular sight-seeing location in Bali, and although it is a fully functional temple, the temple is not opened for tourists to enter.

This kind of split gates are prevalent everywhere in Bali!

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Bali’s own Great Ocean Road Apostles?

Enjoying the breath-taking coastal scenery of Tanah Lot.  It reminds us a lot of the twelve apostles of the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne, Australia. Can’t help gaping in awe at the never ending Indian Ocean and its ferocious waves.

This is my favorite view of Tanah Lot.  From the top of a cliff, the temple looks like it exists in the middle of a stormy ocean.



Good Luck Small Shrine in a Cave – Tanah Lot

Our private guide brought us to a small shrine located in a cave beneath the temple. Miraculously, fresh spring water sprouts at this cave, although the surroundings were all ocean saltwater.

Wading across the ankle-deep water to get to the shrine for some blessings. After we washed our face and hands in the spring water, a religious staff was there to sprinkle some holy water, paste some rice grains on our foreheads and stick a frangipani flower behind your ear for good luck.  Good for me – I am in need of good luck in my life.


After we were ‘blessed’, we were allowed access to a cordoned-off area of the cliff for a different viewing angle.  Thanks to our local guide who knows the procedures here, otherwise, we may miss this out completely.



Spotted a cluster of crabs scurrying around near the cave.  Fortunately we didn’t step on them with our bare feet.

Another favorite view of mine.  That massive rock actually provides some shelter from the ferocious ocean waves, such that the water that comes inland were actually calm.

Bali Vehicle Licence Plates

On our way back to our vehicle, we were curious about the license plates of the motorbikes and asked our guide to give us a lesson in reading licence plates.  According to him the numbers on the bottom right corner of each licence plates denotes the expiry date of this licence – the first number being the month, and the last number the year.  Based on that, it looked like a lot of the drivers in Bali were illegally driving their expired vehicles!


Overall, we had a fun and enjoyable morning at Tanah Lot.

Join us next as we sample the famous Bali Luwak Coffee.

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First published 15 Dec 2014
Last updated 29 Dec 2018

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