Tanah Lot & Its Secret Beach

tanah lot bali

One of the most popular tourist destinations near Seminyak, Bali is Tanah Lot. It’s a gorgeous temple situated on the west coast. Not only are there magnificent rock formations and unbelievable views, but just a short walk away you can find one of Bali’s hidden secrets. 

How to get there? If you rented a motorbike for your stay, it’s about a 30-40 minute ride away from Seminyak. Otherwise, there are tons of tours that will take you there for fairly cheap. The grounds are open from 7am – 7pm.

Entrance Fee: If you’re a foreigner, it’ll cost you 60,000 IDR or $4.60 USD to get in. It’ll also cost you a few extra cents if you bring a motorbike.

Dress code: In my prior Bali visits it was always required to cover your shoulders and knees. This isn’t enforced here at all. 

After you enter, there are shops and restaurants as well as restrooms you’ll pay a few cents to use.

Once you head up to the coast, this will be your first impression…

Pura Batu Bolong

I suggest you walk to the left first, where the Tanah Lot Temple is.

Tanah Lot from a distance

You can walk up to the temple, but the only people you’ll see entering is the locals.

Tanah Lot

The moss filled rocks surrounding the temple add so much extra vibrancy.


If you come for sunset, enjoy dinner on sunset terrace (seen below). The open grassy space on the right is very popular for events and weddings.


Now that you’ve seen Tanah Lot, you can walk to the right and see a smaller temple, Pura Batu Bolong, and find the secret beach. 


View from Pura Batu Bolong
Pura Batu Bolong

Keep walking to the right and you’ll come across another restaurant.


Warung Mandala
Warung Mandala

Pass through the restaurant, and you’ll start getting views of the secret beach. Notice you don’t see tourists anymore…


You’ll find a small path leading you down onto these rocks.


Hop across the rocks and continue on to the gorgeous, secluded, black-sanded secret beach.




The BEST thing about this hidden treasure is the breathtaking waterfall that’s present in Bali’s rainy season.


We even stumbled across a local checking his fishing nets. He didn’t seem to mind that we were there…


There are caves and nooks you can explore, but watch out for the little crabs.


If you keep traveling even farther to the right, your adventure can continue on forever.


We’re planning to go back to this spot for sunset, and I cannot wait!

Epic places like this are truly the reason I travel. Get out there and see the world!

Check out my website for more beautiful destinations. Cheers


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