The fabled temple of Tanah Lot is a vision that lingers in your mind. Floating in the Indian Ocean at high tide, on a rock bed shaped like a bird, this is where sea snakes belonging to the God of the Temple hide in caves.
You can do the whole tourist trap exercise of making a mad dash to the art market at the temple. Then rush into the Holy Water Cave below the temple on the shoreline. Or you can come with the locals, and explore this fascinating place before or after it becomes too crowded.
Veer away from the hordes with local advice. Then walk 15 minutes to secluded Melasti Beach. It’s awesome here, with the totally unexpected sight of a cascading beachside waterfall.