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“Pura Luhur Uluwatu Sunset”
Review of Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple
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US$ 25.39*
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Kecak Uluwatu Show with Round-Trip Transfer
Ranked #4 of 29 things to do in Pecatu
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. This temple also shares the splendid sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple, another important sea temple located in the island's western shores.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 30 December 2011

The most important advice I can give you and take it seriously please: Before you get out of your car take off or store these items, glasses, hearing aids, jewelry, earrings, hats, flip flop shoes, cell phones and anything else you might want to keep. Leave your prescription glass off and in the car, seen 14 pair destroyed, really.

The monkeys will take them, that is a guarantee.

Now relax, you don't have a thing they want and will leave you alone. We went a few hours before sunset to walk around and it was fun, now set up your camera and be ready for the best sunset of your life. Monkeys did not seem to be interested in my big SLR but I would be careful with compacts. There is a show at the temple also, but we did not go.

14  Thank diver01
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

My husband and I visited this temple last Friday and, unfortunately, were not able to enjoy the experience at all. This was the result of the extremely aggressive monkeys which inhabit the area. Despite being warned about them and, being very cautious, I still had my glasses swiped from my head with amazing speed while I was looking at the view and then I had to pay to have them returned, (100,000 rupiah) even though one arm was broken. I also got a scratch on my nose as a result of the incident which,luckily, was from the glasses, not the monkey, as rabies is another serious threat.
Unfortunately, this experience meant that we were reluctant to take any photos and had to cut our visit short as my husband has very poor eyesight and it would have been an absolute disaster if anything had happened to his glasses!
I have a strong suspicion that, even though visitors are warned about the monkeys snatching things, these creatures are actually encouraged to do so as this is a good means of some people making money. Other people had had mobile phones and cameras taken as well and, while I was watching the so-called helpers trying to retrieve my glasses, I was really suspicious of their actions.
It is a real shame that this is such a problem because it is a beautiful spot .

4  Thank PuruandJackie
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

Excellent show at wonderful settings. Arrive early in high season to get seats. Photo buffs might want to skip the show to take snaps of dancers in their masks backstage.

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Reviewed 26 December 2011

Pura Uluwatu looks like any other temples in Bali. However, it is perched right on top of a cliff overlooking a gorgeous sea view. That makes it more special than any other temples in there. I would recommend you going between 4-6pm so that you have enough time to explore the beautiful scenery during day light without waiting too long for sunset. The traditional kecak dance starts at 6pm daily if you are interested.

Before you enter the temple, there are many warning signboards cautioning you against the monkeys and also to keep your spectacles in your bag. Do adhere to it or you will regret losing you expensive glasses or shades to those mischievous monkeys. These little creatues are not afraid of human contact and can get pretty agressive. While I was there, there were a few monkeys which tried to snatch the slippers of some visitors. In short, anything small that is easy to grab or dangling like your camera, flip flops, glasses, etc are best guarded. There was even a cheeky monkey which was mocking the owner of a pair of spectacles as it plays with the latter with glee.

Unlike Pura Tanah Lot which has plenty of stalls / stores which sell knick-knacks, paintings and other souvenirs, there is nothing to see here.

A must see for first timers.

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Reviewed 26 December 2011

A splended clifftop temple, beautiful views abound and walk around the surrounding walkway, truly breathtaking!

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