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Uluwatu Temple, Pecatu

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Discover Bali's spiritual side by visiting Uluwatu Temple, offering some of the finest ocean views on the island. One of six holiest shrines in Bali, this structure sits on the edge of rocky cliffs rising dramatically over the sea's foaming waves. Much of the current shrine probably dates back to the 11th century, when a Javanese sage expanded and improved a preexisting but much smaller structure. A band of monkeys inhabits the temple--watch out they don't snatch your purse or other belongings. Though non-Hindu visitors cannot enter the inner temple, they're free to hike around the area. Use our Pecatu travel itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Uluwatu Temple and other attractions in Pecatu.
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  • If you're in the area this is definitely recommended you can create very nice pictures here of the sea views with the rock and stray monkeys there
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  • Nice but too bad monkeys spoil while flying the sunglasses and caps to break!
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  • After visiting (among others) Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu Bratan and Taman Ayun I didn't quite have the same reaction to this temple. It may be because it was the last of the main Balinese temples we visited...  more »
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  • The place is amazing and beautiful. Beware of the monkeys over there. They snatch your belongings. But I believe they are guarding the temple. Overall a great place. You get direct views over the vast Indian Ocean.
  • Extremely crowded when I was there, but that did little to take away the fact that the grounds were peaceful, while the cliff/ocean view were amazing. Worth the short trek up the numerous stone steps to the top and around the compound. Be prepared to spend a lot of time taking pictures of the scenic view and soaking up the temple atmosphere.
  • Beautiful location with sunsets over the ocean from the cliffs. We loved the ceremony. When they kick the fire, it's a little freaky, since they kick it into the crowd. Better make sure you have a ride. We got a cab there, then almost got stuck there. No one was picking up.
  • Amazing views of sunset; stunning views of mind-bogglingly vast ocean and a delightful theatre in the evening portraying the Hindu epic Ramayana in an open air amphitheatre make this a spectacular experience. The coconut water available hereabouts is extremely tasty as well.
  • Very scenic temple with only 2 monkeys I noted during the visit. Beautiful scenery with some local food shops near the car parks. Note you can actually get here via taxi, which works out to be significantly cheaper than direct tours I am told.

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Where to stay in Pecatu

Check Jalan Labuansait for affordable guesthouses, boutique hotels, and rental apartments. Move west to find more expensive and luxurious resort hotels, snuggled up to the coast. For easy access to modern developments like golf courses and spas, take a look at the hotels near Jelan New Kuta Raya, where pricey rooms come with a high level of luxury.
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