Goa Lawah Temple
Goa Lawah Temple
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  • Liefhebber
    Breda, The Netherlands7,576 contributions
    Nice little batcave Temple. Leuke kleine grot met vleermuizen.
    We rented a car with driver and guide for a whole day for € 65,00 to make a trip to Goa Lawah, Goa Gaja and The Besakih Temple. And to enjoy the view on our way. Tis is a nice little temple known for its bats. There was a ceremonie going on and at the back lots of women where making offers for a festivity. We took a guide at the temple to get more explanation, his English wasn't that good unfortunately. Nice to visit for one hour. We hadden een auto met chauffeur en gids gehuurd voor 1 dag voor € 65,00. We hadden zelf een route gepland naar Goa Gaja, Goa Lawah en de Besakih tempel. Deze grot staat bekend om de vleermuizen. We huurden ook een gids hier maar die sprak helaas niet al te best Engels. Er was een ceremonie bezig, wat altijd leuk om te zien is. Achter de tempel waren veel vrouwen bezig om offertjes te maken voor een religieus feest. \ Leuk om even te bezoeken, trek een uurtje uit.
    Visited May 2019
    Written January 13, 2020
  • fifi090
    Stamford, United Kingdom107 contributions
    Beware.
    The temple itself was impressive and the fact it’s built around a bat cave is interesting so it’s worth a stop however we were short changed at the ticket kiosk and the women who put your sarongs on were aggressive at the beginning and end giving us a major hard sell for their cheap tourist tat and disrespecting my nationality when I said no. While I appreciate that they are trying to make a living I would rather pay to rent the sarong. It totally spoilt my enjoyment of this beautiful place.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • You Only Live Once
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom543 contributions
    Goa Lawah Bat Cave Temple
    Known as the Bat Cave Temple because, big surprise, the cave at the rear of the temple area is absolutely crammed full of bats - not the little ones but the big old scary ones! We were lucky enough to be able to sit in on a ceremony - a kind of funeral/remembrance service, which was both emotive and interesting and during the ceremony the bats busied themselves flying in and out of the cave - fascinating. The welcome at the temple was the warmest we received anywhere in Bali. I would recommend this temple is definitely on your shortlist.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
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Maxim S
Somerville, MA31 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Had a chance to witness part of a traditional Balinese ceremony related to funeral rites: musicians playing in the middle courtyard, inner courtyard filled with attendees in white clothing, bountiful temple offerings: fascinating experience
Written 24 August 2023
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fifi090
Stamford, UK107 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The temple itself was impressive and the fact it’s built around a bat cave is interesting so it’s worth a stop however we were short changed at the ticket kiosk and the women who put your sarongs on were aggressive at the beginning and end giving us a major hard sell for their cheap tourist tat and disrespecting my nationality when I said no.
While I appreciate that they are trying to make a living I would rather pay to rent the sarong.
It totally spoilt my enjoyment of this beautiful place.
Written 15 August 2023
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PelleasPhiladelphia
Philadelphia, PA943 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Interesting to see: a temple built into a bat cave. The bats are freaky to be sure. In the end not much to see but worth the quick stop.
Written 14 August 2023
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You Only Live Once
High Wycombe, UK543 contributions
Jan 2023
Known as the Bat Cave Temple because, big surprise, the cave at the rear of the temple area is absolutely crammed full of bats - not the little ones but the big old scary ones! We were lucky enough to be able to sit in on a ceremony - a kind of funeral/remembrance service, which was both emotive and interesting and during the ceremony the bats busied themselves flying in and out of the cave - fascinating. The welcome at the temple was the warmest we received anywhere in Bali. I would recommend this temple is definitely on your shortlist.
Written 5 March 2023
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zebragorda
Zihuatanejo, Mexico281 contributions
Mar 2020
With so many Temple to see in this part of the world we became a little jaded by this time but still impressed by the structure
Written 21 April 2020
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Cassie W
Windaroo, Australia894 contributions
Jan 2020
There was a ceremony happening so we could not go up through the entrance. We were given a guide who took great pains to tell us that he does not get a salary so he would welcome tips. While he put a sarong on me a lady threw a necklace over my head saying it was a gift. I knew I'd be paying for that later. They have it down to a fine art though and you kind of have to go with the flow.

The guide was pretty informative and I learned more about the temples and beliefs. The cave was incredible with the roof completely covered in bats. The ceremony involved many groups of people bringing their offerings while many others sat and prayed. I enjoyed watching the proceedings for a while.

As we left the hard sell started. The guide had told us about the Balinese calendar and he brought over a woman who wanted to sell us one. She made sure to mention karma is a thing. Then one step outside the gates, the necklace ladies were swarming around us. They were super aggressive to the point of being nasty and it spoiled the experience for me. It also felt out of place, yelling at the tourists while a sacred ceremony was going on inside.

I don't blame them for wanting to make money from the tourists - we are asking them to share their culture and lives with us. And I have no objection to paying entrance fees and guides etc. But this sort of aggressive behaviour pits us against each other - tourists vs locals. It was very calculated too - different ladies put necklaces on each of us so they could claim we were supposed to buy something from each of them. It turned a great experience into a very uncomfortable one. It doesn't have to be like that. This was the only place we experienced this to this level in Bali.
Written 2 February 2020
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sleepy155
Hollywood, FL238 contributions
Jan 2020
This small temple has a cave behind the main alter that is the home of thousands of bats. There are many legends but the main attraction are the bats. Outside many vendors will try to sell you sarongs but they are available for rent if you did not bring your own. Nice stop on a tour of the east side of Bali.
Written 28 January 2020
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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands7,576 contributions
May 2019
We rented a car with driver and guide for a whole day for € 65,00 to make a trip to Goa Lawah, Goa Gaja and The Besakih Temple. And to enjoy the view on our way. Tis is a nice little temple known for its bats. There was a ceremonie going on and at the back lots of women where making offers for a festivity. We took a guide at the temple to get more explanation, his English wasn't that good unfortunately. Nice to visit for one hour.

We hadden een auto met chauffeur en gids gehuurd voor 1 dag voor € 65,00. We hadden zelf een route gepland naar Goa Gaja, Goa Lawah en de Besakih tempel. Deze grot staat bekend om de vleermuizen. We huurden ook een gids hier maar die sprak helaas niet al te best Engels. Er was een ceremonie bezig, wat altijd leuk om te zien is. Achter de tempel waren veel vrouwen bezig om offertjes te maken voor een religieus feest. \ Leuk om even te bezoeken, trek een uurtje uit.
Written 13 January 2020
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Ni P
Taito, Japan162 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We made a quick stop at this temple and were pleasantly surprised. There was a real prayer ceremony going on .. which made it very Interesting.. . The ticket price includes matching yellow sarongs for all visitors and made for nice pictures !

Unfortunately for us- we went at 1 pm when the sun was at its peak.

The several dozen or more bats hanging from the cave - easily visible from a distant .. you don’t have to walk much .. was pretty cool.. this temple is also right across the beach / walk way.
Written 30 December 2019
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VOODOO-THANG
Whitehorse, Canada227 contributions
Dec 2019
Very interesting small temple with lots of legends. The secret to this place is to arrive about an hour before sunset with a driver that knows all about the legends. Just after sunset all the bats start to exit the cave which lasts for about an hour. Definitely worth a wait for a bit but I would not stand around for hours to see.
The entrance price is 30,000 which includes your sarong rental. They put it on properly for you and give you good luck necklace.
Definitely worth the visit if you time it correctly.....
Written 11 December 2019
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