While out on our of our day tours of Bali, we stopped at Tanah Lot where we got to see Giant Bats, Luwaks, and the famous Bali temple situated on large offshore rock. Justin and Elijah had stayed with our private driver in the air-conditioned car because Eli wasn’t feeling great and he was also due to take his afternoon nap. Kevin, Charity and I made our way through the maze of souvenir markets, only to be hit by a way of intense humidity as we reached the oceanfront. We took a short stroll north before walking over to Tanah Lot. When you walk left, instead of right (towards Tanah Lot), you get a great view Pura Batu Bolong, another temple in the Tanah Lot area.
It’s not the grandest, but Pura Batu Bolong is Lombok’s most-appealing Hindu temple, and particularly lovely at sunset. The Balinese community leave offerings at the 14 altars and pagodas that tumble down a rocky volcanic outcropping into the foaming sea about 2km south of central Senggigi. The rock underneath the temple has a natural hole, hence the name (batu bolong literally means ‘rock with hole’), and although we didn’t walk over to view this temple up close, we did enjoy the view of the temple and hole which had formed in the piece of land underneath it. Below is a picture of the temple, viewed from the beach that lies beyond that piece of land jutting out into the ocean. It is not my image, as we did not go over to that beach, but it does give a nice idea of that the temple looks like from the other side. I found this image on this blog: Pura Batu Bolong.
Behind us was a further-off view of Tanah Lot…
[Minus the crowds that surround that area]
I have to admit that I enjoyed the view of Pura Batu Bolong more than that of Tanah Lot. Probably because I love natural beauties, and the hole in the rock underneath Pura Batu Bolong is definitely a sight worth seeing. The waves that were breaking in the small cove in front of this temple, were also amazing. I found myself just standing on that cliff and staring at the ocean, watching the massive waves build up and then break as they neared the shore. Although it was very crowded all around Tanah Lot, it was peaceful standing and looking over Pura Batu Bolong.