If you are planning a trip to Indonesia, you simply must see the province of Bali. This tiny section of Indonesia is often referred to as the “Island of Gods” and the “Island of Peace”. Many people also know Bali as being “The Morning of the World”.…
Things to do in Bali
Start your day trip in the morning with a pickup from your hotel and head to Benoa Harbour. From here, the speedboat takes you to the scenic Penida Island, famed for its coastal limestone cliffs. Don't miss the chance to get some pictures of the majestic karsts formed by erosion along the waterfront as you drift near the famed "Hole in the Rock" and Manta Point Gate.
Next, weave through the mangrove forests towards Ceningan Island. As you arrive, be amazed by its crystal-clear waters. Dive in for a swim or go snorkeling to closely observe the variety of sea creatures and coral reefs.
Your last stop is at Bali Hai's private beach club on Lembongan Island. Break for a delicious barbecue lunch and take time to relax on the white sandy beach, snooze in the sun, and observe the stunning scenery. After an action-packed day, a speedboat brings you back to the jetty, where your transfer takes you back to your hotel. Read More close
Begin your tour with a comfortable ride to Benoa Harbour and meet the friendly staff aboard the Aristocat, the luxury catamaran that will take you on your cruise. Sip on your complimentary drink and marvel at the views of Bali's coastline and beautiful beaches as you ride out to Nusa Lembongan Island.
Upon your arrival at the Hai Tide Beach Resort, dine on a delicious, freshly grilled barbecue lunch the poolside cabana. Afterward, have a day of leisure as you experience the pristine charms of this peaceful tropical island.
If you're feeling adventurous, participate in one of the many activities available, including banana boat rides, pool volleyball, snorkeling, and riding on a semi-submersible for a closer look at the marine life. For an extra charge, you can try a parasailing adventure that will take you high above the water for a bird's-eye view of the island or some scuba diving with a professional dive team. Read More close
In the morning, hop on board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the beautiful Lembongan Island and into Mushroom Bay. Arrive at Bali Hai Beach Club, a private club featuring sandy beaches, garden hammocks, and a lagoon pool.
Lounge as long as you like or take advantage of an array of activities—unlimited banana boat rides, kayaking, snorkeling, and for an additional cost, parasailing.
Don't miss out; tour the underwater world on a semi-submersible submarine. Alternatively, go scuba diving (at additional cost) and marvel at the stunning marine life and colorful coral.
After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch of salad and freshly grilled fish and meat at the poolside cabana before heading back to Bali. Read More close
A hotel pickup chauffeurs you to Benoa Harbour, where your catamaran awaits. From there, you're off to remote Nusa Penida, home to some of Bali's best coral reefs.
Upon arrival at stunning Crystal Bay, dive into the exquisite azure water for a snorkeling adventure and wonder at the diverse marine life. Alternatively, you can relax on the hammock and observe the white sandy beach or opt for a revitalizing Balinese massage.
After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch under the shady palms before you visit a native Balinese village. Watch as locals demonstrate the intricate, generations-old art of weaving a sarong by hand and learn about the comprehensive process and attention to detail that goes into traditional woodcarving.
After a day of adventure and discovery, the catamaran brings you back to the harbor for a convenient transfer back to your hotel. Read More close
Be picked up from your hotel and arrive at Benoa Harbor, where your cruise awaits you. Before embarking on the cruise, relish a sampling of fruit juices, pastries, tea, and coffee.
Hop on board a high-speed ocean raft and cruise through Bali's stunning southern coastline. As the sun rises, breathe in the refreshing sea air and marvel at the picturesque ocean view.
As you cruise, see dolphins swim and jump in synchronizing harmony and listen to their unique way of communicating with each other via the boat's high-quality underwater sound transmitter.
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Be picked up in the morning from your hotel and arrive at Benoa Harbor, where your cruise to Lembongan Island awaits you. As you cruise, soak in the refreshing sea air and marvel at the picturesque ocean views.
Upon arrival at Lembongan Island, hop off the pontoon and ride on a semi-submersible submarine to see stunning views of the sea. Dive into the exquisite, azure water for a snorkeling adventure or, to wonder more closely at the diverse marine life and spectacular coral reefs, go scuba diving for an additional fee.
Alternatively, enjoy a host of other activities atop the pontoon—unlimited banana boat rides, an exciting 115-foot (35-m) water slide, or a cultural tour of Lembongan Island.
After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious international buffet lunch served in air-conditioned comfort aboard the cruise before heading back to Bali.
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Be picked up from your hotel and arrive at Benoa Harbor where your cruise awaits you. Receive a welcome cocktail and a flower lei as you are greeted by the friendly crew members. As you sip on your delicious cocktail, breathe in the refreshing sea air and marvel at the picturesque ocean views.
Upon reaching the open sea, watch the colors of the sky change from blue to shades of orange, purple, and red and indulge in a sumptuous international buffet dinner accompanied by live music.
After dinner, watch an entertaining cabaret show, sing along to your favorite tunes during a lively karaoke session, and boogie down at the disco. Alternatively, relax on the spacious open-air upper deck and gaze at the stars before heading back to Bali.
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Begin your excursion with a visit to Pura Desa Brahma temple and then meet with a local shaman, Pak Ketut at the Mas village. Learn to make traditional Balinese offerings, Canang Sari and listen as your guide explains the importance of this act. Once you are done, humbly bring your offering to the family temple and conduct a short prayer.
During a private consultation with the shaman, get valuable advice and insight into techniques associated with spiritual healing—including chakra opening and palm reading. Relax your mind as the shaman performs a purification ritual using coconut water to neutralize the negative aura in your body and balance your energy. After a beverage, stop at a restaurant for a traditional Balinese lunch and organic juice before returning to your hotel.
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Upon arrival in the community of Bayad, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as you meet your guides and hear more about the trek ahead. With the sounds of bubbling streams and crashing waterfalls to serenade you, head through the tropical forest on the 3-mile (5-km) walk. Listen to your guide describe the exotic vegetation and variety of animal life as you ramble along the forested trails.
Along the route, make stops at an aromatic spice center, an equally fragrant herb garden, and to hear the unusual sounds of a Balinese water organ. At Goa Moya there is the chance to explore the mile-long (1.5-km) labyrinthine cave system, which also houses sacred Hindu statues. In the beautiful environment of the Petanu Valley, rest your legs with a relaxing lunch before your return drive. Read More close
Start your journey with pickup from your hotel and travel to Saba Bay Stables on Bali's southeast coast, near the traditional Sukawati markets. Upon arrival, be greeted by a friendly staff and receive a safety briefing from your professional guide. After the briefing, prepare your equipment, including a riding helmet. Meet your horse for the day and take off on a memorable beach ride.
Gallop over black sands and next to crashing waves. Take in incredible views of the great volcano Mount Agung, as well as Nusa Penida Island, from the coastline. Pass by seaside villages, plantations, and the Pura Segara Wilis temple before making your way back to the stables and returning to your hotel.
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The day's first stop is at the royal temple of the Mengwi dynasty, who ruled the island of Bali. Hear from your guide about its continued importance and admire the striking architecture, decorative shrines, and ornately carved gates encircled by the temple's moat.
Higher up in the hills, enter the region of Bedugul, where the local market offers you a look at the diverse selection of produce grown in the countryside that you have just passed through. Marvel at the vibrant colors of fresh fruits and vegetables, smell the aromas of spices and flowers, and browse the shops for some handcrafted souvenirs.
Next, head deep in the mountains to Lake Bratan for a look at the temple complex of Pura Bratan, built out into the tranquil water. The whole idyllic scene offers one of the most picturesque landscapes on the island.
Complete your tour with a nature walk through the rice fields at Jatiluwih, recognized by UNESCO as part of the world's cultural heritage. Here, you can understand more about the local process of rice production, on which the island's economy thrives.
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After a pickup from your hotel, your first stop is a visit to Badung Market. Observe as your experienced guide points out the many different fruits, herbs, spices, and vegetables available and explains how the local residents utilize them in their daily cooking. Taste some freshly brewed coffee at a nearby Chinese coffee shop.
Next, proceed to Bali Museum, located in the heart of the city, to learn about the prehistoric objects found on the island and well-preserved artifacts depicting the culture of its ancient residents. See items such as small clay stupa, bronze statues, kris, and ceremonial religious apparatus.
Conclude your tour with a visit to the war museum at Bajra Sandhi. Discover the history of the Balinese people's struggle against Dutch colonists and see one of the city's most famous monuments, with 17 dioramas commemorating Balinese freedom fighters, before you return to your hotel. Read More close
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The ornate Pura Sada temple is one of the first sights to greet you. Admire the beautiful decorations and the more than 50 stone statues that stand as guardians. Continue through the rolling landscapes of terraced rice fields to a delightful village where you’re invited into a local’s home to share tea and learn more about their culture.
Make use of the Jeep’s 4x4 capabilities as you off-road to Bratan Lake. Board a boat and gaze up at the flanking mountain peaks in the awe-inspiring setting. On the opposite shore, enjoy a visit to an organic farm and discover how and what they produce.
A delicious spread is put out for lunch in the tumpeng style—with a cone of rice as the centerpiece and aromatic and fragrant dishes surrounding it. A final off-road jaunt to Tirta Mampeh waterfall concludes your adventurous day filled with Balinese culture. Read More close
Begin your tour with a pickup from your hotel, meet your experienced tour guide, and make your way to the Ubud Botanic Garden. Here, you can find, feel, and identify a wide range of native plants, all as you gain insight into the traditional and modern techniques of popular Balinese agriculture.
After learning about the various natural ingredients available in the garden, follow your guide for a hands-on workshop where you can make your own natural beauty products, such as hair conditioner, body scrubs, facial masks, and many others.
Once you're satisfied with your end results, conclude your tour with an appetizing lunch at a local restaurant nearby before returning to your hotel. Read More close
After your experienced guide picks you up from your hotel, make your way to a rice field and familiarize yourself with a wide variety of native plants and herbs by feeling, smelling, and tasting them. Gain wonderful insight into the traditional and modern techniques of popular Balinese herbal healing such as methods for diagnosing and identifying plants used for common ailments.
After a healthy lunch at a local restaurant, follow your guide to a home factory and learn about the procedures to make Jamu—an herbal medicine made from select plant parts such as the roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves, and fruits. Learn the steps involved from walking in the garden and picking out herbs to grinding and mixing the ingredients before you return to your hotel. Read More close
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Begin with a visit to the village of Mas, known for the elaborate woodcarvings produced by its craftsmen. Take some time to stroll around and admire the hundreds of delightful pieces on display. You can also meet a pedanda, a Hindu high priest and highly respected member of the local community, and ask to have a blessing bestowed upon you.
Afterward, an astrologer uses time-honored methods to interpret your destiny before your tour moves on. In the nearby village of Batuan, visit a striking temple featuring traditional Balinese architecture. Admire the ornate designs and the roof constructed from black palm-tree fiber, a technique used in many Balinese temples.
Before your tour ends, visit the home and studio of a local artist and marvel at an exhibition of their work, which features delicate and complex depictions of both mythical and historically accurate scenes of daily life. Read More close
Begin with a drive to Klungkung and the former Royal Court of Justice, known as Kerta Gosa. Here, take a moment to examine the beautifully decorated ceiling painted in a traditional fashion and depicting battle scenes of good defeating evil.
The largest and most important Hindu temple of the island, Besakih, is set in the dramatic location on the slopes of Bali's biggest active volcano, Mount Agung. Stand spellbound by the awe-inspiring sight of the majestic temple complex and the breathtaking mountain scenery before a tasty lunch at a nearby restaurant offering more picturesque views.
Fully fueled after lunch, take a bike ride through fresh rice paddy fields surrounding the village of Sidemen. Then bicycle through fragrant plantations of coffee, cocoa, cloves, and fruit as your adventure through Balinese countryside and insight into traditional life is complete. Read More close
Located just on the outskirts of Ubud, Bongkasa is a small township which boasts colorful traditions, fascinating customs, and gorgeous pastoral landscapes. After a comfortable drive from your hotel, hop aboard your 2-wheeled ride and begin your leisurely 10-mile (17-km) journey.
Cycling on mostly flat or downhill terrain provides a relaxed excursion suitable for all ages. Let your guide lead the way as you roll by verdant fields of rice, stunning temples, and delightful communities. During breaks, snap some photos of the local scenery and chat with nearby residents happy to share their story. Read More close
Drive south onto the Bukit Peninsula to the spectacular south coast. Here, stretches of golden sand form idyllic beaches that are among the best in the region. Some are superb surfing spots, where beachgoers play in giant rollers in the Indian Ocean, and others are hidden in sheltered coves with clear azure waters. Catch an electric funicular down to a private beach for some rest and relaxation, and go for a dip if you’d like before kicking back for lunch on the beach at Karma Kandara Resort.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to one of the islands most famous temples at Uluwatu. Its clifftop location is dramatic in itself, and the orange hues of the setting sun make it truly majestic. Local male performers take center stage for a performance of the traditional kecak dance as chanting and drumbeats add to the ambiance.
On Jimbaran—one of Bali’s spacious beaches—round out your wonderful day with an oceanfront barbecue as you enjoy fresh seafood, traditional dishes, and sambal, a spicy Indonesian chili sauce. Read More close
Begin your cultural journey with a scenic drive, passing by rolling terraces of emerald rice fields and verdant forests, before arriving at Kamasan. The village is renowned for it its arts and crafts. Meet the locals and see them paint on elegant canvases. Gain insight into the importance of this village to Bali's art scene.
Continue to Klungkung, home to Kertha Gosa, the ancient Royal Courts of Justice. Marvel at its grand ceiling adorned with paintings that provide a vision of what Kertha Gosa is, a place where the king meets with his bureau to discuss queries of justice. Visit the main market for a chance to pick up a memorable souvenir.
Next, meet the residents of Tihingan village, who are known for making traditional gamelan instruments. Learn about the process of making Balinese gamelan, including semar pegulingan, puppet gender, kelantangan, and angklung.
At Taman Nusa Park, break for lunch before entering the cultural park. Artificially built, this park offers insight into the different lifestyles in various regions throughout Indonesia. Explore the park to discover the ancient history and diverse culture of the Indonesian archipelago.
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Begin the day with a scenic drive by the rice paddies of Tegalalang on your way to Sebatu, home to a working coffee plantation where you learn how important this crop is to the community as well as how the product range diversified. Smell the sweet and spicy aromas of clove, vanilla, cocoa, and passion fruit.
After seeing the coffee bushes and berries in the fields, head into the processing plant to observe the traditional roasting process—still done with a wok over a smoky fire. Finally taste the delicious finished product; it does not get much fresher. If you're interested, try a cup of well-known Kopi Luawk—its distinguishing feature is using beans processed through the digestive system of the Indonesian civet cat.
Head north to admire spectacular Mount Batur, an active volcano surrounded by a large caldera, before you continue to the rural village of Penglipuran—a charming spot displaying traditional architectural techniques. Your last stop is the sacred Kehen Temple, a remarkable scene with a series of ornate monuments spread over 8 terraces on a hillside. Read More close
You begin in the village of Tunjuk, meeting local people and learning how to weave palm fronds into traditional temple offerings. Take a guided stroll through the community to observe how the settlement is designed and see the local animals, as well as the fruits and herbs that are grown in small gardens.
With a mattock in hand, head out into the rice paddies to help cultivate the crucial crop. Depending on the season, you could plant, transplant, or harvest the rice, and watch the skillful laborers scale the coconut palms before you give it a try yourself.
Following a delicious lunch with native fare and ingredients such as cassava and fresh coconut, all wrapped in a banana leaf, leave the community-based project and head for the 17th-century Taman Ayun Temple. Admire the temple's design, with more than 50 structures and a moat to give the impression that the complex is floating. Read More close
After convenient hotel pickup, take to the roads that lead to the island's capital city to discover a Balinese cultural hub. Your first stop is at the famous Badung Market—the largest bazaar in Bali—which sells many goods, from fresh fruit and vegetables to traditional crafts and textiles. Follow your guide through the multi-story complex to see the trading life of locals and discover stalls selling some of the most aromatic spices and freshest fruit around. Learn which spices are used in traditional Indonesian cuisine and have the chance to taste the island's exotic fruit.
A short walk away is a characteristic Chinese coffee shop. See a wide range of coffees here and enjoy the opportunity to sample a fresh brew before heading to the Bali Museum. Here, you can gain an insight into the island's art and history. See a collection of ancient weapons and wood sculptures, as well as traditional paintings and elegant handmade textiles.
Your next and final stop is at the Bajra Sandhi Monument—an iconic landmark and museum that commemorates Indonesia's struggle for independence. Take a moment to admire the grand architecture before exploring the complex and its various exhibitions.
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Start your afternoon tour with a pickup from your hotel. After you make your way to Denpasar, visit a home factory to see the intricate process of making Indonesia's famous Pie Susu cookies and get a chance to taste them fresh. Next, stop for a drink of es teller a popular local fruit cocktail prepared from a mixture of avocado, coconut meat, and other fruits with sweetened condensed milk and sugar.
Your tour's next stop is at Badung Market, where your guide points out the many different fruits, herbs, spices, and vegetables available and describes how the locals utilize them in their daily cooking. Taste unfamiliar fruits and Indonesian cakes for a satisfying experience.
In the evening, proceed to your final stop at a famous night market for some appetizing street food. Take time to pick out any snacks or dishes from the stalls and fill your stomach from the abundant choices available. Make sure you've enjoyed everything the market has to offer before your guide takes you back to your hotel. Read More close
Begin the day with insight into how agritourism boosts local economies at Alam Giri Plantation. Here, admire the wide variety of exotic fruits and spices produced and savor the different fragrances hanging in the air. See well-known crops such as lemongrass and coffee as well as some you may not have come across before, such as the popular local fruit salak.
In a dramatic location on the slopes of an active volcano, Mount Agung, sits the one of the most sacred Hindu temples of Bali—Mother Temple of Besakih. Listen as your guide offers an account of its long history and admire the impressive temple complex set on a terraced slope with many striking monuments as well as eye-catching architecture.
After lunch head to the village of Tenganan, an area rich in island heritage and known as the home of the first inhabitants of Bali. Observe the traditional weaving of baskets before heading to the countryside on a nature trail and walk at a relaxed pace to appreciate the diversity of flora and fauna that blossoms in the region. Read More close
Your day begins with the 'Pray' aspect of the story; meet a local priest, known as a pedanda, who offers you a blessing and then a local astrologer uses age-old techniques to tell your fortune. Next it is time to 'Eat' with the rare opportunity of an invitation into someone’s home in the village. Watch as they prepare the fresh ingredients with blends of herbs and spices to create mouthwatering delicacies.
With the honor of a blessing and a full stomach, it is time for 'Love'. A local masseur is ready to ease the stresses of daily life from your muscles with a traditional Balinese massage. Lie back and let the masseuse's soothing hands work the knots from your limbs and begin to understand how enjoyable it would be to adopt the rural way of life on the island. Read More close
Begin by heading to the quiet village of Sidemen, well-known for its network of rice paddy fields very important to the local economy. Here, explore the pastoral landscape on a trek to discover how the land is farmed; the path's length and exertion is really up to you. Meet workers in the fields and perhaps try your hand at a task as you get insight into how tough it is to work in the rice pastures.
Back in the village try other aspects of daily life. A cooking class offers the chance to learn about the balance the aromatic spices of Indonesian dishes such as sambal, satay lilit, and laklak. Make crafts to offer at temples, brew arak (local rice wine), observe a blacksmith, and see how to harvest coconuts.
Continue to Besakih Temple, the island’s largest and holiest Hindu place of worship. Located on the slopes of the active volcano of Gunung Agung, this dramatic spot is befitting of such a striking monument. Read More close
Savor a scenic drive to the out-of-the-way village of Belimbing, on the island’s western shore. Pick up your mountain bike and helmet and head out on easy-riding tracks that run down to the coast. Cruise along paths as you follow your guide past picturesque rice paddies and plantations bursting with native crops. With regular stops to take pictures and chat with friendly residents, the pace is leisurely enough for anyone to enjoy.
Having worked up an appetite, stop in at Gajah Mina restaurant and tuck into a tasty lunch before relocating to a nearby beach for some relaxing downtime. Lie back and unwind, go for a swim, and make the most of the quiet surroundings. On the return home, pass by the stunning Tanah Lot Temple. Located on an island just offshore, this famous and sacred spot is a popular place of pilgrimage for local Hindus and a great place to snap some final photos before finishing your tour. Read More close
Option 1: West Bali
From your hotel, travel to one of the island's most beautiful temples, Taman Ayun, with multi-tiered roofs, gardens, and fish ponds. Pass by quaint countryside and small villages along the way to Bratan Lake and the charming temple of Ulun Danu, dedicated to the goddess of water. Stop for lunch in Munduk, a peaceful mountain village, before a coffee break at a plantation in Belimbing.
Option 2: Central Bali
Visit the stone relief of Yeh Pulu to admire the artistic carvings and head to Gunung Kawi, an 11th-century temple complex. Here, descend the stairs among terraced rice fields to see the resting place of Anak Wungsu and his wives. Then continue to the 5,633-foot (1,171-m) Mount Batur, an active volcano, for impressive and far-reaching views before a stop at the Holy Springs of Sebatu and a break for refreshments.
Option 3: East Bali
At Kerta Gosa admire the stunning artwork of the Balinese house structure and proceed to the Besakih Temple at the foot of Mount Agung—Bali's highest peak. Take a stroll at the water palace of Tirta Gangga and make your way to the ancient village of Tenganan to observe traditional gamelan music and ritual dances. Read More close
Ubud is Bali's cultural heart. Scores of artisans and artists make and sell their wares for all to see. On this private tour, get a more intimate look at some of the important work they support in the community. At the Threads of Life Gallery, join a textiles class as you're introduced to the traditional method of using natural dyes to color fabrics.
During an informative class, learn how the Threads of Life Gallery sponsors local weavers across 11 Indonesian islands, assisting them with sustainability efforts and product marketing. Visit a local jeweler and learn how the proceeds from sales of the gold- and silver-plated jewelry provides aid to vital community resources such as clinics, scholarships, and even prisoner rehabilitation.
Finally, hear about the invaluable work performed by the Kupu-Kupu Foundation, an organization that helps people with disabilities make and sell handicrafts, with all the money circulating back into the civic arena. Read More close
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After pick up at your hotel, make your way to a rice field with your knowledgeable local guide. As you wander through the area, learn about the many different herbs and variety of other plants that grow along the edges of the sawah and provide food and medicine to local residents.
As you get a closer look and feel, smell, and taste the herbs, gain wonderful insight into the traditional and modern techniques of popular Balinese herbal healing including methods for diagnosing and identifying plants used for common ailments. Later, indulge in a healthy lunch at a local organic restaurant before a comfortable shuttle ride to your hotel. Read More close
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The day begins at Tirta Empul—a sacred temple of huge importance to the island's Hindu population—where people bathe in the waters during a purification ritual. As you head north to Kintamani, pass through plantations that provide so much for the local economy and smell the fragrances of coffee as well as spices such as vanilla and clove.
Gaze out an admire the awe-inspiring views at Lake Batur, formed in the caldera of the once mighty volcano and now flanked by a smaller, yet still active cone. Then refuel with a tasty lunch in a nearby restaurant before the afternoon's nature trek.
Near Ubud start at the striking Gunung Kawi temple, spreading over several rice terraces and crowned with towering shrines carved from the rock. Then descend the steps, head into the pastoral landscape of Tegalalang, and pass through villages where communities of workers farm the land to harvest rice and other exportable crops.
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Your first stop is at charming Penglipuran—an authentic village of the east. Head along the main street, with its neat row of typical Balinese entry gates, and see how the uniform houses are oriented toward Mount Agung and Bali’s Mother Temple of Besakih.
Enjoy a scenic drive in the direction of the temple itself—Bali’s largest Hindu sanctuary. The majestic complex of Pura Besakih is located on the slopes of Bali’s highest peak, and its grand architecture rises up 6 terraced levels against the backdrop of Mount Agung.
After lunch at a local restaurant, continue on to the intensely spiritual village of Sidemen. Take a serene walk through the rural landscapes, rice paddies, and salak (snake fruit) plantations, and learn about the ancient art of weaving that is still alive and well here.
Your final stop is at Klungkung, where you visit a local market and the Kertha Gosa Pavilion—the ancient Royal Courts of Justice. Marvel at the grand ceiling, with its ornate and elaborate wayang (shadow figure) paintings depicting the ultimate battle of good against evil.
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Away from the main roads of the south coast, the smaller scenic roads into Bali’s interior lead you through beautiful rural landscapes of farming communities and rice fields. Your first stop is at one the island’s most ancient temples, Gunung Kawi. The 270-step climb offers superb panoramas and the reward is the magnificent sight of the 23-foot (7-m) shrines carved into the rock.
Over a buffet lunch in Kintamani sit back and admire the far-reaching views of Mount Batur and crescent-shaped Lake Batur flanked by volcanic peaks with slopes shrouded in verdant forest. Gather insight into a traditional way of life at Penglipuran, a village that displays authentic architectural practices.
Your day is crowned with a visit to Kehen Temple, a complex spread over 8 terraces in a dramatic position on the southern slope of a hill. Hear about its significance and connections with Brahman, the God of Fire, as your tour of Bali's history and heritage is concluded. Read More close
In the morning you're picked up at your hotel in Ubud in a Land Rover Defender. Your Land Rover heads toward the center of the island, leaving the paved highways and turning onto country roads and rugged tracks. As your driver negotiates the paths, you're treated to the passing scenery of Balinese villages and rice paddies.
The jeep also takes you along the surrounding fields of Mount Batukaru, an unspoiled land which is often very muddy, adding an exhilarating stretch of driving to your adventure. Throughout your day trip, there are stops in areas such as a traditional farmhouse, mineral hot spring, tropical gardens, and an ancient quarry where stones are still cut by traditional methods to build shrines and temples.
At midday a stop is made at a bamboo restaurant. Located in the middle of a tranquil rainforest, this is a relaxing setting for a traditional Balinese lunch. Cap off your meal with locally grown mountain coffee and cognac before returning to your hotel in the afternoon.
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Embark in comfortable transportation to the stunning resort town of Jimbaran—once a small fishing village. In the early evening light, arrive at Uluwatu Temple—an 11th-century Balinese directional temple—and admire the padmasana shrines. Perched on a cliff, 229 feet (70m) above the crashing Indian Ocean, the distinctive structure provides a postcard-perfect backdrop for memorable photos.
As dusk settles in, hues of red, yellow, and blue swirl together in the sky, signaling that it’s time for dinner. Head for a local restaurant on the bay and indulge in a delectable selection of fresh seafood—including prawns, clams, and grilled fish and squid—along with vegetable soup, rice, and sambal, an Indonesian chili sauce.
After your meal, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the soft sands of the Jimbaran beach, before returning to your hotel.
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Begin by a meeting with local Shaman, Pak Made Sumatra. During a private consultation with the healer, receive valuable advice and insight into different techniques associated with spiritual healing. Continue to the rural village of Tampak Siring and the sacred temple of Tirta Empul. Your guide explains the important of the Hindu temple before you share in the experiences of the Balinese people by bathing in the holy waters for purification.
Relaxed and rejuvenated, enjoy lunch overlooking the beautiful natural scenery of rice pastures and lush jungle vegetation. One of Bali’s most popular sights is the temple of Gunung Kawi. Admire the ancient temple spread over terraced paddy fields, and then climb the many steps to the grand shrines carved into niches in the rock face. Showcasing both Hindu and Buddhist details, this temple offers a valuable insight into Bali’s spiritual nature and completes your exploration of the island’s religious culture. Read More close
Begin your private instruction with comfortable transportation from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive at one of the most popular surfing areas in the region and join your small group for a brief orientation and information on basic surf awareness.
Collect your gear and follow your expert guide through a simple warmup. Get the fundamentals during a controlled sand session before putting your theoretical knowledge to the test. Control the board with your paddle and learn essential maneuvering, such as forehand and backhand turns.
Enter the water and let your instructor help you ride your first waves. Over the course of the day, practice getting up on your board, balancing, and gracefully riding toward shore, until you’re confident to go out and conquer radical waves all on your own.
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After a convenient hotel pickup head to the Tabanan region, home to the Tanah Lot Temple, and arrive just in time for a spectacular view of the warm colors of the setting sun. Perched on an offshore rock formation carved by the ocean waves, Tanah Lot is one of 7 sea temples along Bali's coast. Depending on the tide, walk to the base of the temple for a closer look at the architectural wonder.
Next stroll across Caggu Beach over to Hotel Tugu Bali for a fine traditional Tugudom dinner. Decorated in lavish design with exquisite furnishings, luscious leaves, and frangipanis flowers, the restaurant provides an idyllic setting which also reflects Indonesian art, history, and culture.
Take a seat and dinner is served. Indulge in typical dishes renowned in the coastal and rural areas of the island and savor delicacies inspired by the Majapahit Empire times. Taste what royalty would have dined on back in the 1500s as you enjoy an authentic Indonesian dining experience. Read More close
After convenient pickup from your hotel, drive north to the Tegalalang region—home to Bali's famous rice fields—to meet your local guide and visit quintessential villages to gain insight into agriculture life. Meet local farmers planting and harvesting and then learn about subak—a traditional and ecologically sustainable irrigation system that combines the realms of spirits, humans, and nature.
Let your guide lead the way as you hike along fertile terraces and pass some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Along the way, take in the tranquility and serenity of your surroundings and stop to capture photos of picture-perfect vistas. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delectable lunch and chat about the day's adventure before returning to your hotel. Read More close
Just 10–15 minutes outside of Ubud is the village of Mas—a charming township renowned for its woodcarvings and traditional customs. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the village priest who blesses you and welcomes you to his parish. Next you have a chance to meet a local astrologer to gain an insight into your destiny—the ancient Balinese way—and see what your future holds.
Venture farther into the town and meet a woodcarver, learn about the techniques to create intricate handicrafts, and then try carving something a bit simpler: bath soap. Delve deeper into Balinese culture by helping prepare lunch. Watch and learn how chefs prepare spices and traditional herbs to create a fusion of savory dishes before enjoying your tasty meal and chatting with locals. Read More close
Start your tour with a scenic drive as you head eastward on small winding roads. Your first stop is at the serene village of Sidemen—renowned for its spiritual aura. Absorb the tranquil atmosphere, pass by rice paddies and salak (snake fruit) plantations, and watch locals practicing Balinese weaving.
Continue to Kastala, where your trekking adventure begins. Enjoy 2 hours of hiking by emerald rice paddies, coursing streams, and lush forest to the village of Tenganan. Known for preserving Bali’s ancestral culture and traditions, this is the perfect place to admire typical village architecture and learn about the ancient art of weaving ikat—one Bali’s rarest textiles.
After lunch at a local restaurant in seaside Candidasa, drive along the coastline to the small fishing community of Kusamba. Gaze out at the abundance of colorful fishing boats that line the beachfront and notice how many of the boats have painted-on “eyes” to help navigate safely when at sea. The village is also known for salt panning. Meet a local salt farmer and learn how salt is harvested naturally from sea water before you return to your hotel.
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After a pickup from your hotel, ride in comfort to Benoa Harbor, where you are served a welcome drink and canapé before boarding the luxurious catamaran Aristocat for a cruise toward Nusa Dua.
With a maximum of 8 couples onboard, relax in the intimate ambience as you dine on a selection of bread, chilled gazpacho, and main courses such as herb-crusted tuna, wasabi poached chicken breast, and roasted beef tenderloin. Treat your sweet tooth to a tiramisu cake, chocolate almond dacquoise, or strawberry coulis.
While you dine under the twinkling stars, be serenaded by a 3-man acoustic band with favorites that range from classic songs to recent hits. Don't miss the opportunity to request your own song. From the scrumptious fresh food to the sounds of the sea, this cruise promises a truly memorable evening.
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Hit the road in style in a retro-cool VW Bus, pulling up to the beach club at the surfer's paradise of Batu Belig. Pick a refreshing cocktail from the bar's French-Balinese fusion menu—think vodka, strawberries, and ginger sorbet—then get back on the road to cruise through nearby beach villages.
Stop to visit Pura Batu Ngaus—this 17th-century temple is a fertility temple, and locals seeking blessings leave offerings in a rocky blowhole near an underwater cave. Listen to the cultural importance of the site, and once you're thirsty again, continue on to your next stop: a bar set on a massive, sprawling lawn overlooking the ocean.
Nibble on tapas and sip on sangria as you take in the view, then head to a favorite local beach club at Jimbaran Bay. As the sun sets, enjoy inventive libations like vanilla margaritas, frozen apple martinis, or whatever else suits your fancy from the extensive menu. Your tour ends at the famed Ku De Ta bar at Seminyak Beach, the perfect hot spot for bringing your day to a close or kicking off an evening spent exploring Bali's balmy, tropical nightlife scene. Read More close
Begin with a drive to the inland village of Tampaksiring and see the temple of Gunung Kawi, one of the island's oldest monuments and a fascinating showcase of Bali's spiritual history. Climb the carved stone stairway for an up-close look at the 11th-century shrines, up to 23 feet (7 m) tall, cut out of the rocky cliff face.
Continue to another rural village, Tegalalang, and set out on a trek through the terraced rice fields that serve a vital role in the island's economy. Meet local people while they work and gain valuable insight into the culture of rural Bali.
Take some time to rest with a refreshing lunch, enjoy fabulous views over the agricultural landscape, and wash the meal down with fresh coconut water harvested from the nearby groves. Read More close
In the picturesque surroundings of the Bali Treetop Adventure Park meet your guide and get fitted with the necessary safety equipment. Following a full briefing of how to correctly enjoy the apparatus, you are ready to take to the trees and start exploring. Perhaps begin on the introductory and easiest circuit, the Green Discovery, as you familiarize yourself with the activity.
As your confidence grows move up through the Blue and Red circuits featuring swings, jumps, ladders, and the 525-foot (160-m) zipline, the Flying Fox. The most daring explorers will surely want to test their mettle on the thrilling Adrenaline Black circuit with 16 of the most exhilarating features in the park.
During a more relaxed afternoon begin by enjoying a buffet lunch on the shores of Lake Bratan before visiting the striking water temple, Ulun Danu Temple. Then browse the vast array of fresh fruit and vegetables at Bedugul Market, admire the vibrant colors, and take in fragrant aromas before heading back to your hotel. Read More close
Your first stop is at the Rudana Musuem, where you can explore Bali’s ancient philosophies and learn how art influences the public’s well-being. Hear about the symbolism embedded in the teachings of Tri Hita Karana, view fine art, and investigate fascinating exhibits.
Continue to the Blanco Renaissance Museum. This former home Antonio Blanco—a renowned Balinese illustrator—now houses a remarkable display of his elaborate and erotic work, showcased in the studio which has remained untouched since his death. Lunch is at a local restaurant perched just above the Sungai Cerik valley. Enjoy your meal as you take in views overlooking verdant rice paddies and flowing waterways.
At ARMA Museum—a center for traditional Indonesian culture, uncover local customs. Gaze at graceful sculptures, famous paintings, and dance workshops, before heading to Njana Tilem Gallery, one of the best wood carving galleries on the island. Admire the intricate figures created by the Ida Bagus Njana family and learn about their significance to the area’s craftwork.
Your tour is complete with a visit to Ubud Market. Browse through stalls selling a range of handicrafts, carvings, and textiles, all of which make for ideal souvenirs. Read More close
Pick up your bike in the delightful village of Carangsari, and familiarize yourself with this peaceful area before setting out onto pastoral lanes and trails. Ride through the idyllic landscape of terraced paddy fields, farming villages, and even temples nestling in the hillsides.
With a relaxed and easygoing pace there are plenty of spots to stop where you can chat with locals, snap pictures of the breathtaking views, or simply pause to rest. At one point, spend some time in the Sangeh monkey forest where you can hear the chirping primates swinging through the trees. Wait for them to approach before having the chance to feed them.
You cover the 10 miles (17 km) with surprising ease and are soon at the finish point where you enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before boarding a vehicle for the return. Read More close