Sunsets from around the world

One of our backpacking missions is to enjoy and capture beautiful sunrises and sunsets from around the world. Trouble is, we’re hardly ever up early enough to catch the sunrise, so we’ve ended up with mostly sunset photos. For us, we’re more likely to catch sunrise is by sleeping late rather than waking up early! So here are 5 of our favorite sunsets.

Sunset in Queensland, Australia

Sunset in Queensland Australia

As we drove our motorhome the 2600 km from Sydney to Cairns, Australia we passed through many eucalyptus forests and savannah lands. From the road one evening we saw this gorgeous sunset. We stopped for a while to cook dinner and enjoy the beauty.

Sunset at Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Sunset at Lake Taupo, New Zealand

This is the most memorable sunset time for me. Not only because it’s the prettiest and most peaceful one, and Ryan was looking so good in golden color, but also because it’s the itchiest one!

Sunset from our room in Kato Stalos, Island of Crete, Greece

Sunset at Kato Stalos, Crete Island, Greece

Yes, this gorgeous sunset was our daily view for several weeks from our near-beach clifftop (cheap) hotel room in the Island of Crete. Hardly a cloud in the sky when we were there, so amazing sunsets like could be expected everyday. We were so spoiled!

Sunset over the sand dunes in the desert near Dubai, UAE

Sunset over sand dune on desert near Dubai, UAE

After taking a wild 4WD jeep ride on the sand dunes in the desert near Dubai, we were entertained by 4 wheeler stunt action as the sun set. The sun, the pink sky, the 4 wheeler stunts, and the sand dunes created this beautiful sunset memory over the desert.

Sunset at Uluwatu, Bali Island, Indonesia

Sunset at Uluwatu, Bali Island, Indonesia

The Temple of Uluwatu in Bali perches high on the cliff overlooking the rough sea. I went to Uluwatu the first time when I was only a little kid, and when later on I went back to Bali with Ryan, I was dying to show Ryan the gorgeous sunset of Uluwatu. It didn’t disappoint me. Breathtaking, just look at those colors! Deep red, orange, yellow, and blue were dominant in the sky. We enjoyed the moment so much even with big and fierce monkeys running around, ready to snatch tourists’ sunglasses and cameras.

Which one from photos above do you like best? Have you seen sunsets from these locations? Do tell us your favorite sunset moment!

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45 Responses to “Sunsets from around the world”

  1. Zablon Mukuba
    9 November 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    i love sunset photos

    • Dina
      11 November 2010 at 7:55 pm #

      Me too! They are magical.

  2. vewe
    9 November 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Those photos are gorgeous! I love Sunset at Lake Taupo and Uluwatu best ;)

    My most favorite sunset is on Santa Monica Pier during Fall few years back, it was stunning, too bad I didn’t have my camera with me at that moment :)

    • Dina
      11 November 2010 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks We :)
      It’s sometimes good that you don’t have a camera when you see something stunning, so you can enjoy the moment more without worrying taking photos of it :)

  3. lusia
    10 November 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Love the purple shade at bali sky!! Tp km bener, queensland worth to be number one… The trees shadows just right at their places….give two thumbs up, din!
    Jiayou hunting sunrises!! ^^v

    • Dina
      11 November 2010 at 8:02 pm #

      Thanks Lus! Love the purple too and the tree in Queensland looks nice isn’t it.

  4. Brooke, WhyGo Australia
    10 November 2010 at 2:55 am #

    Hey Dina! Cheers for the link to the snorkeling post. These photos are lovely. Sunsets are the best!

    • Dina
      11 November 2010 at 8:03 pm #

      No problem, Brooke ;)

  5. bethany
    10 November 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Wow, normally I am not a big sunset photo person but these are all really pretty. I love the 2nd and last one especially!
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    • Dina
      11 November 2010 at 8:04 pm #

      Thanks, Beth!

  6. Natalie
    11 November 2010 at 1:30 am #

    Brilliant pictures. I love sunsets. I heard there was some good ones where I am at the moment but apparently I have come at the wrong time of the year!

    • Dina
      11 November 2010 at 8:05 pm #

      Oh, that’s too bad! Where is it?

  7. Chris
    11 November 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Some utterly stunning shots there. I particularly like the one over Lake Taupo in NZ. My partner and I are headed to New Zealand later this year, but unfortunately Taupo’s not on the agenda.

    I’ve got a few good sunset shots of my own I’ll have to share sometime.
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    • Dina
      11 November 2010 at 8:07 pm #

      Hi Chris, Thanks a lot. Lake Taupo is just right beside the major highway on the North Island, as you go north-south. You might just pass it. We didn’t do Taupo recreation like fishing and boating either, just jumped outside the car as we drove passing it during the sunset time :)
      Let’ me know if you have the sunset photos up, I love sunset photos!

    • Dina
      19 November 2010 at 9:27 am #

      Haha, now I know what you mean by “not in agenda”. It’s actually not scheduled!

  8. Travelogged
    11 November 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    Beautiful photos! I can never get enough of sunset photos!
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    • Dina
      19 November 2010 at 9:33 am #

      Thanks, Liz, me too!

  9. Nancie
    11 November 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Stunning shots Dana. Hard to pick a favorite. You’ve seen my favorites recently :)
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    • Dina
      19 November 2010 at 9:33 am #

      Thanks Nancie, I know, it’s hard. Usually my pick is based on my mood.

  10. Andrew@GoOverseas
    12 November 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Great snaps! Now you just need one from Maui =) Best sunsets in the world!

    • Dina
      19 November 2010 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks, Andrew! I haven’t been in Hawaii, I will remember to see the sunset at Maui if I go!

  11. Kerry-ann
    16 November 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Awesome photos. There is nothing quite like a beautiful sunset at the end of an active travel day to help refresh and revitalise. (of course only if you are not being attacked by the biting wildlife!)

    • Dina
      19 November 2010 at 9:37 am #

      Hahaha, thanks! Yeah, those little monsters could be really awful. The sand flies bites from Taupo sunset last for months, I never knew before bug bites could be that bad.

  12. Mary R
    16 November 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    I’ve often thought of doing a blog post about sunsets too, but you beat me to it! These are great! You captured so many great colors and textures. I love how you got that one guy on the buggie!
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    • Dina
      19 November 2010 at 9:47 am #

      Thanks for the compliment! I would love to see your sunset photos too.
      Yeah, it was good timing with the buggies. The skid and sand sprays happened so fast.

  13. turkeysforlife
    21 November 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    The New Zealand sunset is gorgeous! Just like you, we have loads of sunset pics – but not many sunrise pics. What to do? Wake up earlier or stay out and go to bed MUCH later? :)

    • Dina
      23 November 2010 at 12:26 pm #

      Haha, exactly! As I type, it’s 4.26 AM here!

  14. greg urbano
    22 November 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    i thought we had some great sunsets here on the gulf of mexico, but your photos prove they exist in other places as well!!
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    • Dina
      23 November 2010 at 12:28 pm #

      Haha :) I would love to see sunset on the gulf of Mexico too!

  15. Aninda
    23 November 2010 at 7:21 am #

    Hi mbak Dina, you should chase sunset to Kakadu….Ubirr one which had a best sunset…

    • Dina
      23 November 2010 at 12:31 pm #

      Ninda, would looooove to go to Kakadu, want to watch sunset with Tom the Croc! Take me to Ubirr if I go there someday….

  16. Dan Collins
    24 November 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Love the one in the lake! I’ve only ever had one sunset photo… but I love them!
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    • Dina
      18 March 2011 at 12:20 am #

      Thanks! That’s Ryan in the lake shot :)

  17. Sabina
    26 November 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    Those photos are incredible! Sunsets are better anyway, and you don’t have to torture youself by getting up at 4:30 to see them :)

    • Dina
      18 March 2011 at 12:21 am #

      Haha, is that so? That’s a good news for me :)

  18. @AlexBerger
    29 November 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Beautiful shots!
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    • Dina
      18 March 2011 at 12:21 am #

      Thanks, Alex!

  19. Maria Pavel
    27 January 2011 at 3:16 am #

    I’m so in love with the sunsets… The sunset is one of the most romantic things ever. I like the best the 1st picture and the 5th, they’re just great. The right elements at the right time, that orange-yellow warm color just make me smile, it’s magic. Thank you very much for sharing these great photos, they really made my day. I can’t wait part 2.. but I will try waiting. Have a great day, Maria.
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    • Dina
      18 March 2011 at 12:22 am #

      Sunsets are magical and romantic :)

  20. dyudo
    24 February 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Sunset time is amazing… time beetween busy and lazy. :)
    I love the title, inspires me of something.

    Great job bu!
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    • Dina
      18 March 2011 at 12:22 am #

      Between busy and lazy, that’s true :)
      Thanks ;)

  21. Lisa @chickybus
    17 March 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Lovely shots–all of them. Of course, I think I love the final one because I may be taking a trip to Indonesia. Great shot!
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    • Dina
      18 March 2011 at 12:24 am #

      If you go to Bali, I really hope you will go to Uluwatu. The sunset is great there, but the place has much more to offer. Temple, monkey, cliff, and if you are lucky, you might see some ceremonies too.

  22. tempo dulu
    22 June 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    great colors on the uluwatu shot!
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  23. Kayla Hughes
    5 August 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE this! I live for sunsets, they are one of nature’s finest works of art. I spent 9 months in New Zealand and I’m heading back out soon, so I would have to say the Taupo one is my favorite. :) Although, your Indonesia shot is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the beauty!

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