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Reviewed 3 April 2011

It was very hot, but the occasional sea breeze makes it quite bearable. Make sure to have water ready when you get back to the van! We didn't bring any stuff, just in case the monkeys were around anyway, but we only encountered one lazing in the shade, refusing to move. The view and the sight of the place is just magical. My husband and I got lots of magical, romantic photos of us in all the best places, as it was so hot, hardly anyone was there! There was method to our madness...

Date of experience: March 2011
11  Thank hanishoney
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Reviewed 5 March 2011

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is regarded as one of the six most important temples in Bali. Its location on the south westernmost precinct of this magical island is said to guard the Balinese from the evil spirit of the ocean.

Like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu with its cliff hanging temple draws the tourists in the late afternoon who congregate to view the sunset. We visited Tanah Lot earlier in he day but planned to see the actual sunset at Uluwatu.

You need to be appropriately dressed to enter here, so sash's for men etc.

I would also advice visitors to stop off at a decent WC in a fast food outfit before getting here. The male toilets are can best be described as basic and the actual urinals as something like I have never seen before and had to wonder how these things are used when I took my son there!

According to my wife the ladies were not a lot better, given the number of visitors and the entrance fees furnished by them it is something they should upgrade.

They also put on a Balinese dance/play for which there is an extra charge. We did not see this as we saw something similar on a few occasions already and we wanted to head for our hotel after the sunset.

The other thing to be careful of and which people ignore despite repeated warnings are the wild monkeys who may snatch your belongings. So unless you need to wear those glasses because of poor eyesight then really put everything away.

Initially we wondered along the path and found a quiet spot by the cliff to have a small picnic and let the kids have a runaround. We then followed the other tourists to have a look around the area, wander about the temple grounds, but you cannot enter it and then find a good spot to admire the sunset and take pictures. Luckily it was a good day to see the setting sun before we were on our way.

Date of experience: July 2010
10  Thank PrestonGuild
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

Cheesy!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were dying to get out of there, but we were so jam packed, that there was no way to escape. It looked as if the other tourists felt the same way, but we all just stayed and politely applauded. After all this was a cultural show. The costumes and the dancing were quite good, but it was WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! too long....15 minutes would have been long enough.....By the way, the monkeys are totally harassing, and we witnessed one man getting accousted by one of these scary animals.

Date of experience: July 2010
16  Thank GIRLOFCALIFORNIA
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Reviewed 21 January 2011

We had an enjoyable trip to Uluwatu with the excellent cliff view. Unfortunately, our sweet memory was marred by some 'trained' monkeys that know how to perpetrate weak tourists like woman and kids.

My wife's sunglass was pulled from her face very quickly and ran to bushes. Immediately, one local fellow offered to get it back but have to pay Rp20k. Isn't this all plan and to profit from some unawared tourist?

We report to the ticketing counter but we only get a lame response, 'you didn't see the notice board warning you? Other locals feedback that it's common in Uluwatu. But what surprise us is the authority awares of this problem and yet nothing is done to stop this local guy from profiting people's misery.

My advice is if possible, better don't go to this place esp with kids and women as you never know when your loved one will traumatise by this 'incident'. Period.

Date of experience: December 2010
10  Thank i55ac
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

I must say that the view is beautiful but the monkeys there spoiled the fun !! I do not specially like monkeys but i do not dislike them neither if they don't 'bother" me.
How ever the monkeys there are "trained" to bother you if you don't give them food , within 30mn of walking around 3 people got their shoe stolen and another person "lost" her sun glasses ! Some local kids are there to help you get back your stuffs by giving them some chocolate bars or banana , if the monkey "agree" he will exchange what ever he stole with food , the monkeys are way more aggressive than in monkey forrest and the temple just isn't the prettiest one in Bali , if you have a choice go somewhere else and if you do decide to go there anyway do like the locals take some wood or a stone to scare the monkeys away if one decide to come near you.

Date of experience: January 2011
2  Thank A_Cats_World
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