Cliff-Side Temple, Monkeys, Balinese Dancing

Trip Start Feb 22, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Saturday, April 9, 2011

For our last night in Bali we headed down to Ulu Watu at the southern most tip of Bali.  Hanging precariously off the cliff-side here is Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of Bali's nine Directional Temples said to protect the island from evil spirits. The Balinese believe that evil spirits come from the sea (interestingly, most people won't have their homes facing the sea because of this). It's a beautiful location and an ideal spot to watch the setting sun.  That is, if you can find a moment away from the cheeky monkeys who inhabit the area.  They're a notorious bunch who steal almost anything (including glasses!) from tourists.  Thankfully we were not too bothered as they seemed more interested in enjoying the bananas we brought them instead.

As the sun began to go down we joined up with others to watch an evening dance performance.  Starting with Kecak dancing and chanting the night eventually unfolded into a wide variety   dances.  Although obviously tailored to tourists, we enjoyed the very entertaining show - especially the wide variety of masks they presented!  Very cool and unique.

As our final evening was coming to a close we hopped back on our rented motorbike and headed off to a cliff-side cafe to watch a distant lightning storm and to soak up the last of the ocean views that we will have for a while.  We had a wonderful time in Bali and we know we'll be back someday soon.
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