Tanah Lot meaning “Land in the Sea” dates back to the 16th Century and is one of seven sea temples along the balinese coast built to worship sea gods. Our friend tells us there is a myth where if couples visit Tanah Lot together, they will break up. If you are slightly superstitious, you’d easily be put off by it but we wouldn’t let this stop us from seeing one of the most iconic temples in Bali, at sunset. (Okay, the moment we arrived there we said to each other, “Promise not to break up okay?” – haha)
We had to pay a $3 entrance fee which covered a van’s worth of people (3). After a fair walk through a street full of souvenir stores (getting used to this scene by now) we saw the ocean up ahead. We knew we were getting close…. to the look out of the temple anyway. As it is sunset you can imagine the amount of tourists there would be insane. Lining up for the best spots to take a photo of the temple in the background is all part of the experience. There were local ‘professional photographers’ around taking photos for tourists and offering instant prints, at a cost of course.
The tide was low which meant we could make our way closer to the temple. I can’t decide wether I liked the view of the temple from up close or afar as it is amazing from both distances. I felt that the sunset could have been better that day! Nonetheless it was amazing just gazing out at the temple and rock formations during this magical hour.
Break up myth aside, I’m glad we got to see it in person!