Land in the Sea
On a gorgeous day, we hired the most amazing private guide from Bali Traditional Tours to take us around to some of the most notable temples on the island of Bali. I'm normally very weary about tour guides, but we couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable, kind and down to earth guide than Ketut. The second temple he took us to was Tanah Lot, which is a pilgrimage temple on a rock formation on the southwest coast of Bali. And it was gorgeous.When we went, it was high tide so we couldn't walk over to the temple, although we did see a small group brave the waves and swim wade over. When the tide went down a bit, we walked out on the stretch of rock that reached out for a better view, but my feet still got soaked.
One of the best views is actually from the cliffs nearby, where you can watch the waves crash onto the rock formation over and over again, showing you just how strong the Indian Ocean can be on a good day. I could have sat and watched forever had the sun not been burning into my back.
When you go, you'll find that this place is filled with tourists, and the food here is definitely catered to them. The most difficult type of food to find here is authentic Balinese food, and I can guarantee you that everything will be about 10 times as expensive as what you'd get off the streets. But this is a good place to buy any souvenirs!
But honestly, this is one of those places where you look in any direction and it's picture perfect.
As one of the seven temples along Bali's coast, Tanah Lot temple is for worshiping the Balinese sea gods. Rumor has it that Tanah Lot is guarded by poisonous sea snakes.
But I wouldn't say that's too much of a rumor since you can actually carefully walk over to a cave and see the holy snake, which is actually a sea krait. There are two here, and they are "super highly venomous" and are "among the most venomous in the world", according to my friend who is an expert on snakes. But thankfully, they are also "incredibly docile" and "almost never bite humans". Good to know, especially since I stroked its flipper-like tail!
- If you are taking a trip to Bali, I'd highly recommend you to book a private day tour with Bali Traditional Tours. At only $79 USD (maximum $15 more for non-Ubud area hotels) for the entire day, this is DEFINITELY worth it.
- If you go on a tour with Ketut, make sure you ask him to show you the delicious lamb satay place in Denpasar (almost to Ubud) for dinner. You will definitely love it.
- Your guide from Bali Traditional Tours will not only take you to the temples but also stop by places you are interested in seeing, such as the rice fields and a traditional Balinese house!
- Bring some serious mosquito repellent (OFF! spray isn't enough).