If you are a life and nature lover, you certainly love watching the sunrise and/or sunset.
Most of us just get some time to watch the sunset while on vacation, as if that quiet, dazzling moment could only occur when we find ourselves in exotic places, free from our everyday obligations.
The typically bright colours of the sunset should make us pursuers of this phenomenon of nature, seeing one more day to say goodbye while the sun hides behind the horizon, appreciating the gifts of life and inspiring us to the new day that is on the way.
In Indonesia, among the thousands of islands that make up the largest archipelago in the world, even with many incredible places to watch the sunset, no two are the same, and this stands out for their colours, environment and incredible landscapes.
Bungus Bay is about 16 km from Padang on the island of Sumatra, being the starting point for the Mentawai and other small islands around. On this little beach, one of the great attractions is to witness the daily life of the fishermen who live here. However, the sunset is truly amazing.
Legian Beach is located next to Kuta Beach, the Bali Vortex. Even though it is in the centre of action of the island, this beach is relatively quieter than that of Kuta. Here, until the northernmost beaches in the Canggu area, watching the sunset is a daily ritual for both locals and travellers. Sitting on the sand, savouring a Bintang, is the perfect end of the day.
Tanah Lot is probably one of the most popular places in Bali. A Hindu temple built on a large rock surrounded by the sea is hugely sought after by pilgrims, but also by travellers. At sunset, it is the most breathtaking view you can enjoy while on the island.
Padang Padang Beach
Padang Padang on the Bukit Peninsula, being one of the most massive waves in the area, is a lovely beach to spend the day with some travellers and a sunset that will leave you with a smile on your face.
The South-Western tip of the Bukit Peninsula in Bali is where the mythical Uluwatu stands. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is the Balinese temple on the cliff overlooking the famous break which has attracted surfers from all over the world since the 1970s. Seeing the sunset from the Temple is fantastic, even more so if it is during the daily performance of the Balinese Kecak & Fire Dance.
Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three Gili Islands and the busiest. However, you can easily get away from the hectic side of it by heading to the sunset point. With a fresh fruit juice in your hand and some djambé as a soundtrack, you’ll have an excellent end of the day here. Gili Meno is the second largest island of the Gili Islands. Being quieter than Gili T, it is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. As you might imagine, the sunset here is equally amazing, even when viewed from behind the trees. Finally, Gili Air, the smallest of all the islands, is a little paradise where the sunset ends the day in the best way possible.
Kuta is a quiet village on the island of Lombok known for its beautiful beaches and waves. Just find a good spot with a breathtaking panoramic view of the bay to watch the sunset, and you will be surprised.
Labuan Bajo is a village located at the western end of Flores in the Nusa Tenggara region. Once a small fishing village, it is now a bustling starting point for trips to the islands of Komodo and Rinca, home to the famous Komodo Dragons. At the top of the hill, there is what I call “a bar with a view”. There, at the end of the day, you will receive this sunset.
Kanawa, located in Komodo National Park, is an eco-sustainable island entirely surrounded by white sandy beaches and diverse and lush coral reefs. The sunsets are, and if you want, you can see them from the top of the island.
Gili Lawa Darat
Gili Lawa Darat is an island in Northeast of Komodo. A barren savannah that in the dry season covers in brown and, in the rainy season, is dressed in green. Here, after small trekking, it is just one of the most breathtaking places to see the sunset in Komodo.
Amed is a small fishing village erected around a single road by a bay. In times known for the extraction of salt, today is on the map of anyone in love with the underwater world and for those who seek a more genuine environment. At the end of the day, families gather on the beach and together watch the stunning sunset behind Mount Agung.
The sun goes down every day, no matter where you are, so do not forget to instil some wonder and awe into your daily routine.