Tanah Lot – Bali Island (English Version)

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Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot (literally “Tanah Lot temple”), and a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.



Tanah Lot means “Land [sic: in the] Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.

Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 16th-century janitor baratha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.[3]

The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples were established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. However, the temple had significant Hindu influence.

At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which was created from Nirartha’s towel when he established the island.


In 1980, the temple’s rock face was starting to crumble and the area around and inside the temple started to become dangerous. The Japanese government then provided a loan to the Indonesian government of Rp 800 billion (approximately USD $130 million) to conserve the historic temple and other significant locations around Bali. As a result, over one third of Tanah Lot’s “rock” is actually cleverly disguised artificial rock created during the Japanese-funded and supervised renovation and stabilization program.


The area leading to Tanah Lot is highly commercialized and people are required to pay to enter the area. To reach the temple, visitors must walk through a set of Balinese market-format souvenir shops which cover each side of the path down to the sea. On the mainland clifftops, restaurants have also been provided for tourists.

What to do in Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is an important and sacred temple in on the south west coast of Bali, it is about 45-minute drive north west from Kuta, Legian and Seminyak and 40-minute drive from Ubud. Tanah Lot is an extremely popular tourist destination for sunset, it can be very busy in the late afternoons, pre-sunset.

Tanah Lot-001Sunset watching is the main draw of tanah Lot. Perched on a rock just a few metres offshore, Tanah Lot Temple is a beauty by its own right but with sunset behind it, the panorama is outstanding. Tanah Lot Temple during sunset is the most photographed view in Bali.

Tanah Lot-002-SunsetThere are other interesting places and activities you can enjoy around Tanah Lot, including:

Spending your day in Tanah Lot Bali can be a day full of activities. Tanah Lot Bali offers lots of things to do to spend your holiday there, here are some of them.

Beach activities : Strolling along the beach, sunbathing, surfing and swimming are some beach activities you can do at Tanah Lot Bali The beach in Tanah Lot Bali has limited road access so it is less crowded than Tanah Lot Bali, good for relaxing.

Sunset watching : Watching the stunningly beautiful Tanah Lot’s sunset can be done from the beach, but Tanah Lot Bali offers some of Bali’s best sunset bars where you can enjoy the sunset while sipping cold drinks or cocktail.

Shopping : Tanah Lot Bali offers rows of classy boutiques and shops that will satisfy your needs for shopping trip. Check out the latest fashion trends at various fashion boutiques that line up the Tanah Lot Bali’s street.

Having a spa treatment : Tanah Lot Bali is the center of Bali’s high-end spa. Tanah Lot Bali offers a spa experience here in a luxurious and sophisticated setting and of course the prices are still cheaper than you would pay in western countries. Here is a spa that worth a visit: Dewi Sinta Spa, located in Dewi Sinta Hotel & Restaurant Tanah Lot, phone : +62 361 812933.

Nirwana Bali Golf Club at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

The superb Nirwana Golf  Course is adjacent to Tanah Lot, just to the south. This Greg Norman designed course is consistently voted as one of the very best in the whole of Asia. It offers not just 18 holes with stunning cliff top setting but also rice field setting and difficulty for all level of players.

Nirwana Bali Golf  Club at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort is beautifully set along the dramatic coast line amongst manicured gardens and traditional Balinese rice paddies.  Designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman, the course boosts five ocean-side holes, three cliff-to-cliff tee shots and eight holes sculpted into the terraced rice fields. The signature Par 3 7th hole overlooks the famous Tanah Lot temple and is by far the most photographed hole on the course.   The diverse and meticulously maintained course provides resort golfers and seasoned professionals with an unparalleled golfing experience.

Nirwana Bali Golf Club at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort maintains a long history of association with IMG Golf Course Management who have been involved since 1994 during the pre-opening, through the official opening in 1997 and in a consulting management relationship that continues until today.  IMG Golf Course Management is recognized for providing high quality services to an elite portfolio of clubs around the world. Partnering with IMG ensures delivery of meticulous standards of the operation and an unrivalled experience for members and guests.

Be sure to compliment your round of golf with a stay at the magnificent Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort.  Here you will discover a lush 103-hectare hideaway built atop a sheer cliff with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Tanah Lot. This secluded luxury golf resort, set in the tranquil village of Tabanan, West Bali is only 22km away from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Photo Gallery of Nirwana Bali Golf  Club at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

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Villas in and around Tanah Lot

Bali is Island of the God, lying down between Java to the west and Lombok to the east., Bali is a extraordinary blend of relaxing ease and lingering savour on the life. For the island’s largely Hindu residents, daily procedures are emphasized by prayer, blessings, and rituals, even more than the spectacular landscapes, that make Bali such a compelling, authentic.

Tanah lot is a spot of significant contrasts: a golden spot for golf lovers with fantastic view of the tanah Lot Temple as a background. Several villas in Bali also situated around Tanah Lot area. A villa in Tanah Lot Bali provides the highest experience in luxury tropical living where exposed to the elements one embraces a sense of total relaxation and unrestricted freedom. Generally villas in Tanah Lot have their own swimming pool or plunge pool, from one bedroom villa, two bedroom villa, three bedroom villa, four bedroom villa or family villas in Tanah Lot Bali like five bedroom villa and six bedroom villa as you like area available in Tanah Lot just like any other area in Bali. Just choose the pace of your vacation activities in Tanah Lot then the village will offer and assured to be a luxury private villa to finally suit these needs while you holidaying in Tanah Lot Bali.

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Tanah Lot Gallery

Tanah Lot Sunset
Tanah Lot Sunset
Sunset at Tanah Lot
Sunset at Tanah Lot

Pura Batu Balong, another temple found in the area

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