7 SUPERB SUNSETS
There’s no filter required when you snap the daily finale at these destinations
1 OIA, SANTORINI, GREECE
A jewel in the Greek Islands’ crown, volcanic Santorini is famous worldwide for its postcardperfect sunsets, dramatic views and gorgeous whitewashed buildings that sit in stark contrast with the surrounding deep blue ocean.
A speck in the Cyclades, the island is a photographer’s dream at any time of day or night, but it’s during sunset that the visual appeal kicks up a gear.
An eagerly awaited daily finale, the raised hills of the island make it easier to see the fabled sunset, as well as affording amazing views over the surrounding Aegean.
Everyone has their favourite spot along the clifftop rim, but it’s Oia and its ruined fort that is the most renowned. Assembled crowds of tourists will audibly gasp as the white houses turn pink, the sea indigo and the sky burns red, all the while the crystal-clear water in the caldera reflecting the palette of tones making for a one-of-a-kind spectacular.
2 HIMALAYAS, INDIA
Snow-covered mountain peaks, high meadows and fluttering prayer flags – the Himalayas has to be one of the finest places in the world to take in a sunset.
As the sun lowers, mountain tops are slowly illuminated (including four of the highest 10 peaks in the entire world) creating a kaleidoscope of colours that change by the minute. The thinner air of high altitude regions adds clarity and intensifies colours with sunset pinks, oranges and purples appearing brighter and making the surrounding snowcaps appear even more pronounced.
To best capture the display in all its jaw-dropping glory, World Expeditions has launched a new tour escorted by a professional photographer for 2019.
Rubbing shoulders with the pilgrims en route to the source of the Ganges, surrounded on all sides by breathtaking lofty peaks, travellers will be schooled in the best technique to immortalise the moment – no filter required.
3 THE MALDIVES
Deserted, white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons and five-star luxury aplenty … it’s not difficult to see why the islands of the Maldives are popular for those looking for an escape from the stresses and strains of daily life. Yep, the world’s overwater villa capital is the stuff that holiday dreams are made of and Aussie visitors to this slice of paradise have almost doubled in recent years.
It’s partly fuelled by easier access and partly by an increasing amount of snaps cluttering up Instagram feeds – a large chunk of which revolve around another of the archipelago’s signature attractions: sunsets.
The perfect way to end a romantic, salt-soaked day: witnessing the sky mirrored in the Indian Ocean. The dipping sun causes a natural theatrical display of intermingling colour with mesmerising tones of red, yellow, orange, purple and blue. To top it all off, once the sun fully retreats, there’s epic stargazing to be had.
4 ULURU, NT, AUSTRALIA
Yes, you’ve seen it in countless photos, social media posts and TV ads, but watching the sun set at Uluru is something that really needs to be experienced first-hand. In particular, the sacred rock’s uncanny chameleon-like ability to change colour. The vast monolith intensifies and shifts – from orange and deep
red, to blue and purple – all the while cutting a striking silhouette against the sky.
Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, the UNESCO World Heritage site sees campers, daytrippers, and everyone in between, assemble at dusk among the outback scrublands to witness its dramatic transformation and see off another Red Centre day in style.
5 TANAH LOT, BALI
The Australian love affair with Bali shows no signs of abating. Visitor numbers are up and the holiday isle is still ticking all our boxes with its great surf breaks, lush landscapes, vibrant local culture and stunning five-star hotels. But the Island of the Gods has another claim to fame: its sunsets. And when it comes to Bali’s ultimate sunset viewing spot, Tanah Lot can’t be beat. Perched on a rocky outcrop in the sea, the tiered pagoda shrine is accessible by foot at low tide, but appears to be floating when the tide is high.
The scene of umpteen Instagram posts, this spiritual spot is crowded at the best of times, but in the hours before sunset, hordes of tourists descend to get a prime position. However, travellers-in-the-know scale the surrounding hills and secure a table at one of the clifftop bars and restaurants – all of which offer a better view of the temple – before the masses descend, or take the hassle out of the experience by booking on a tour. Expedia offers multiple tour options that include guided entry into Tanah Lot, alongside a sunset viewing experience.
6 CAIRO, EGYPT
A bucket list destination in itself, when it comes to sunset-hunting, Egypt has more than its fair share of epic viewing spots, from the abundance of ancient temples and the Sahara Desert, to the white sails of fishing boats reflecting against the blue waters of the Nile. Here, every photographer will find something incredible to capture. But the money shot for most in the land of the Pharaohs will be the Pyramids of Giza. Even the most camera-shy of visitors will get snap-happy when witnessing the sun lower behind the iconic structures. You can time your sunset watching with a unique sunrise at the Abu Simbel temple, which was constructed to be precisely positioned for the sun’s rays to align twice yearly (February and October). On The Go Tours operates expeditions to witness the unique phenomena, alongside sailing on the Nile and visiting the pyramids in Cairo.
7 CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Picture the scene: a sky streaked with candy floss-pink clouds, the sun slipping beneath the horizon as it bathes the city and the surrounding mountains in a soft, golden light. It’s a well-known fact that Cape Town gives good sunsets with every evening sky putting on a show that rarely needs an edit. But in a city filled with epic sunset-watching spots, where do you go? There’s countless alfresco bars and eateries offering sundowner deals with a view, but for something special, adventure-hungry travellers should hike up Lion’s Head for dusk.
Beloved by locals and visitors, the peak between Table Mountain and Square Hill boasts 360-degree views across the peninsula, taking in the Atlantic Ocean and the entire Mother City. Come prepared with some snacks and a bottle of bubbles to toast the end of another breathtaking day.