Sunset and Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple
Sunset and Kecak Fire
Dance at Uluwatu Temple
Watch the sunset from the spectacular cliff-hanging temple of Uluwatu, perched above
the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a dramatic Kecak fire dance performed
against the backdrop of this sacred sea temple and the atmospheric evening sky.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Perched precipitously on the top of a sheer cliff, approximately 70 metres above the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean, is the Uluwatu Temple. Also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, this was built in the 11th century. It is one of the nine directional temples of Bali and is believed to protect the island from evil spirits.
In the old Balinese language, the word luhur means ‘something of divine origin’, ulu means the ‘land’s end’ and watu means ‘rock. The name describes perfectly what this spectacular sea temple represents. The captivating Kecak fire dance, one of Bali’s most iconic performances, is held most evenings at sunset at the nearby amphitheatre.
16:30 - 19:30
The guide and driver will collect you from the hotel and take you to the famous cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu. As you approach the temple, you may pass by large numbers of mischievous monkeys that roam the pathways. There are two entrances to the temple decorated with sculptures and statues. Within the gates you will find courtyards and more statues of Hindu gods. The views over the sparkling Indian Ocean and Bali’s top surfing spots are endless.
In the inviting amphitheatre, take your seat for the dramatic Kecak fire dance. As the sun sets and the sky dims, watch the story of the famous epic Hindu story of the Ramayana unfold on the sunken stage in the centre. Wearing traditional checked cloth around their waists, the male dancers chant in unison and shake their hands while depicting a battle from the Ramayana epic. For added drama, human vocals are used in place of gamelan instruments. The use of fire torches adds to the excitement as the performance gradually builds to a sensational fire-related climax.
At the end of the show, the driver will take you back to the hotel.