• Explore a sacred temple high on a cliff
  • Dodge monkeys in the wild
  • Be dazzled by an ancient fire dance

Chasing sunsets is a worthy pursuit in Bali—and the evening sky show at Uluwatu Temple is the one to track down. Arrive around 5 p.m. and pay your respects at the ancient stone shrine—one of six Sad Kahyangan temples on the island—towering high above the pounding surf below. Follow the footpath as it hugs the cliff’s edge, but be mindful of the sunglasses-stealing monkeys that roam freely (if one of the cheeky residents swipes something, offer food as a bribe in exchange). Grab a ticket (easily purchased on-site) for the nightly kecak (monkey) and fire dance based on Ramayana, an epic 24,000-verse Sanskrit poem. Score an ocean-facing seat and settle in for the trance-like orchestral performance by troop of three-dozen men dressed in elaborate costumes chanting against the melting sky backdrop. Have your camera ready for the climactic scene when the monkey king sets blaze to the castle. Pack a hand fan and a bottle of water to cool you down during the fiery spectacle.

Have a driver take you the 40-minutes to Ulutwatu Temple and back again.

​​​​ULUWATU TEMPLE: Jalan Pura Uluwatu