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Tanah Lot

Indonesia Travel Guide

Practical information on Tanah Lot

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Island
  • Place or Religious Monument
3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
1 hour from Seminyak by motorbike
When to go
From March to June and from August to October
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Tanah Lot

Solène Roy Seasoned Traveller
25 written opinions

Tanah Lot, the must see sacred tourist islet.

My suggestion:
Avoid periods of local holidays and festivals, there will be lots of people. Don't hesitate to rent scooters and stay there until sunset. Pay attention to the tides!
My review

The flood of stalls and tourist stands that you have to pass by in front of the entrance to Pura Tanah Lot is quite frustrating, and the prices are exorbitant.

It's when you reach the promenade facing the sacred islet that you realise the beauty of the place. Of course, many people are there but that doesn't take any of Tanah Lot's charm away: it is a place which strikes all travellers in Indonesia.

At low tide, we were able to get to the islet by foot to be purified and blessed there. After a lovely walk with a view over the sea and the temple, we admired a brightly coloured sunset.

A funny story: cameras were more often turned towards us than towards the temple itself, we were also an attraction!

Simon Hoffmann Seasoned Traveller
185 written opinions

Tanah Lot is a tiny island located in the south of Bali which boasts one of the most well known temples of the whole island, Pura Tanah Lot.

My suggestion:
Pura Tanah Lot has magnificent scenery for taking beautiful photos, go there at sunset when the colours are radiant.
My review

Tanah Lot is one of the most well known places on the island of Bali, the temple built on the island is dedicated to the god of the sea and has a special importance for the Balinese people. The temple can be accessed on foot at low tide and by boat at high tide; as it is very well known, it is also very popular... The path which leads to Pura Tanah Lot is surrounded by shops of all sorts and tourist traps, and there can sometimes be lots of visitors which spoils the place a little.

That being said the temple is really magnificent and is worth seeing, if you wish to avoid the big crowds go there in the morning instead when there's a few less people. A beautiful place to visit during your stay in Indonesia.

Aurélie Chartier Seasoned Traveller
34 written opinions

The Pura Tanah Lot is a Hindu temple built on an islet in Bali.

My suggestion:
The view's best at sunset, but all same I recommend you get there early in the morning, so as avoid the hordes of tourist who descend later in the day.
My review

According to guides, Tanah Lot has all the charm a visitor needs. This Hindu temple was built on a cliff in the 15th Century by a priest who wanted to create a place of worship in an exceptional setting. It's one of 7 Balinese temples on this part of the coast.

Sadly, Tanah Lot has become a pilgrim site that's over run with tourists and photographers looking for good shots. The site entrance resembles a shopping complex lined with shops. Restaurants have been built along the cliff top so that tourists can benefit from the view. For me, it's destroyed the spiritual side of Tanah Lot.

Despite that, the temple is still an interesting site to explore during a trip to Indonesia, but it's best to go in the morning.

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