Tegal Wangi Beach is a new photography hotspot in Bali and is becoming very popular due to its gorgeous cave formation which is the perfect spot to catch a sunset photo. If you’re not interested in taking photos at the cave, you can relax on top of the cliff for a perfect view of the sunset instead.
How to get to Tegal Wangi Beach
We drove on our scooter to Tegal Wangi Beach from Canggu at 4:30pm and arrived at 5:30pm. There are no signs leading you to the beach. When you see a temple with a large parking area next to it you know you’re in the right spot. Parking at Tegal Wangi Beach costs 2k IDR. The walk down takes 2 minutes although it’s not paved so you will have to climb down some rocks.
Where to stay in Bali
There are plenty of popular areas to stay in Bali. For people looking for a base or villa to rent for a while, Canggu is the perfect spot with cafes and restaurants right near the beach. If you’re on holiday for a short amount of time and looking for a hotel, then Kuta or Seminyak is great for clubs, bars and cheap shopping. While in Bali we stayed at Riyuri Guesthouse in Canggu. They have beautiful rooms in a great location so we definitely recommend checking them out!
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What to expect
At the top of the cliff, just before the pathway down, there is an area where lots of people sit to watch the sunset. There is also a small local food cart selling snacks and refreshments. Once you arrive on Tegal Wangi Beach, head left to the direction of the cave. As soon as we arrived we noticed that the beach was full of wedding photographers who were all doing photoshoots. There were also many locals who were relaxing on the sand and enjoying an afternoon swim. As we approached the cave, we expected to find a large secluded hole in the wall. Instead we found a tiny rock formation that didn’t look like a cave from the outside. We actually walked straight past it the first time. Within 5 minutes it was full of photographers and locals all trying to snap a photo of the beautiful sunset.
It was incredibly hard to get a photo as the beach was so busy. If you can manage to get a shot it’ll be no surprise that it will be absolutely gorgeous. The main attraction of this cave is based around the golden sunset you get as the backdrop to the photo which looks amazing.
If you’re just looking to go for a swim, this beach might not be the best option. Tegal Wangi Beach is full of coral and rocks so you would have to be very careful. People also visit this beach to take photos in the small rock pools that are visible during low tide. Unfortunately we were unlucky and visited during high tide.
From inside the cave, its best to take the photo from the right side so that you can see the whole arch of the cave, making the cave appear bigger than it really is. You’ll also want to shoot around 30mins before the sun fully sets as the cave is in direct line of sight with the sunset.
For more amazing things to do in Bali, check out our Best Instagram spots in Bali blog!