Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. Home to the country’s royal family, the town is rich in art and at the center of Balinese craft and traditional dance.
Highlights Of Ubud & Cycle Ride Explore the vibrant Ubud city! Begin your tour at the Peliatan Palace to see beautiful Balinese architecture and continue onwards to ARMA Museum where several interesting art and cultural artifacts await. Guide your steps towards the Sacred Monkey Forest to meet its mischievous occupants, and then it’s straight to the heart of the city for a walk around the busy streets. At the choc-a-block local market, you’ll find everything from clothing to art and souvenirs. Afterwards, drive towards Jatiluwih Valley, whose rice fields were shaped over 500 years. The region boasts sophisticated dams, canals and aqueducts for efficient irrigation. Cycle downhill past beautiful rice terraces, mountains and valleys, to reach the narrow streets and gravel roads just a few kilometers away. After a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site, embark on a hike through the field towards village of Babahan, where you will take a short break at Pura Besi Kalung. Continue cycling towards the Pinge village where you can break for an authentic Balinese lunch at Rumah Desa (Balinese House). Explore the vegetable garden at the hotel and witness how the food is prepared before you sit down to a hearty meal. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Travel time to activity: 30 mins; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring comfortable shoes, suntan lotion, and your hat. Please note that the cycling activity is planned in the morning from Jan – May, as this season has occasionally afternoon rain.)
Encounter With A Master Healer Learn the art of ‘Pranala’ from a Master! Spend time with a master healer — Tjokorda Gede Rai, who deftly blends the traditional and the modern to offer you a fresh perspective on life. Soak in the wisdom and knowledge offered by the Master as he guides you to lead a harmonious life. Learn special gestures and movements to correct imbalances in your body and mind and heal your soul. This fascinating healing system emphasizes development through the balancing and lively integration of opposites. The transformative encounter is sure to teach you handy techniques that you will carry through your life.
HD- Mt.Batur Sunrise Trek & The Holy Spring Of Tirta Empul Catch the sunrise over Mt Batur with an early morning trek to the peak. You will leave at dawn, along with a light packed breakfast and appropriate gear for the trek. Experience a breath-taking view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the valley below. After your climb down, energise your body and mind with a swim in the hot springs at the foothill. For the rest of the day, bathe in the holy spring water temple at Tampak Siring Village and drop by the Tirta Empul Palace. You could participate in a Hindu ceremony at the adjoining temple with local villagers after the dip in the holy pool. Wrap up your trip with a visit to the historical Tirta Empul Palace nearby. The beautiful palace was the residence of the country’s first president, Tirta Empul, after whom it is named. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please wear warm clothing for the trek at dawn).
Set on a picturesque corner of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago, Jembrana offers the ideal beach hideaway. Boasting an untouched landscape, the region had remained isolated from external influence until as recently as the mid-nineteenth century when it was conquered by Dutch colonial forces.
Enroute Visit Tanah Lot Temple Discover a spectacular Indonesian temple. Enroute to Ubud in the morning, stop by Tanah Lot located on the western coast of Bali. The 15th century temple is perched on a giant rock in the sea, which has been shaped by the tide and the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean, over millions of years. The temple itself was built by local fishermen, who received instructions from Nirartha – a Hindu priest from Java arrived in Bali during the time of the Majapahit Empire. Tanah Lot is one of the seven sea temples located on the Balinese coast that were built to protect the island from harm. A fundamental element of Balinese mythology and legend for centuries, the temple is an essential symbol of Balinese religion and cultural heritage. (Half Day; Private activity & transfer as it is en route to Ubud; Duration: 2 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that only Hindus are allowed inside the main temple. Kindly avoid shorts and short skirts and dress appropriately to show your respect for local tradition. Please note that the path to the temple is flanked by souvenir shops which may look touristic.)
Pemuteran in Bali is the ultimate beach oasis! This hidden jewel is located on the northwestern tip of Bali and is only known to visitors who have been vacationing in Indonesia for years and prefer a quieter beach.
Menjangan Island Snorkelling From Pemuteran Bay, take an hour’s boat ride to Menjangan Island, a small, uninhabited sanctuary off the northwest coast of Bali. With its clear waters and calm waves, the island reputedly offers some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities in the whole of the region. An experienced guide will take you to the most interesting sites in this colorful underwater world. In addition to wonderful coral gardens, reefs and sandbar eels, above water you can witness the mysterious Menjangan Deer (also known as Iceland Deer), which are indigenous to the region and swim once a year through a small canal from Bali to the island. (Half Day; Private activity & transfers; Travel time to activity: 1.15 hrs; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; You will be accompanied by a diving expert upon arrival. The activity includes the fees for renting equipment. Please carry an additional set of clothes with you.)
Munduk in Bali is undoubtedly one of the most charming mountain villages of Indonesia. With its lush hills that are dotted with jungles, paddy fields, fruit trees and other island plants, it is the ideal location to unwind within the harmony of nature.
Munduk Waterfall Worlds Tour (Half Day) Splash out to experience the island’s most fabulous waterfall during your tour of Munduk village. At an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, it is easily one of the most beautiful sights on the island. Head out on nature walks in the fresh mountain air where you will experience lovely coastal views. En route you can enjoy witnessing the many clove, coffee, avocado, taro, durian and banana plantations that are scattered all over the verdant landscape of North Bali. (Half Day; Private activity & transfers; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time.)
Candidasa in Bali is a small coastal region located on the main road to Amlapura. At first glance, you may dismiss this inland as just another town with only a relatively small black sand beach.
Tenganan Village, Thirtagangga Water Palace & Besaikh Temple Tour (En Route To Ubud) Visit Besakih Temple, or the Bali Mother Temple, which has been built on the slopes of the sacred Mount Agung volcano. This is an important temple for the local people and is unique in that it is terraced. Venture onwards to the 700 year old walled Tenganan Village, in which a community of the Bali Aga reside. They are the earliest aboriginal Balinese who first settled on the island. Their customs are sprinkled with a touch of magic, as the women weave a rare double ikat cloth, which is said to contain a special substance which protects the wearer, and plays an important role in cremation ceremonies. The weaving of one cloth can take up to five years. Venture to the Tirta Gangga, or the ‘Water of the Ganges’, where you can amble around a beautiful park with a huge water fountain and a rambling pond. The park was built by a Karangasem King in 1948, and according to local legend, there is a sacred spring within the area which serves as a divine bath for the Gods. (Half Day: Private activity & transfer as it in en route to Candidasa; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)
Seminyak is the hedonist hotspot of Bali! Located north of the airport, Seminyak boasts a marvellous beach along a stretch of coastline that has made Bali world-famous.
Uluwatu Temple Sunset Visit With Kecak Dance Performance (Half Day) In the late afternoon, drive to Pura Luhur Uluwatu (or Uluwatu Temple), which is regarded as one of the principles spiritual pillars of Bali. The temple is renowned for its fabulous location – by the sheer drop of a steep cliff, located 70 meters above the sea. This is the ultimate place to witness Bali’s delightful sunsets, especially with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop! If you appreciate ancient culture then you may also enjoy the delicate sculptures and Balinese architecture of the temple. After sunset, you can witness a traditional Kecak dance performance. This unique show is overseen by a male choir who rhythmically intone the syllables ke-cak, while a dance troupe of 50 men dance in circles. This simple performance style is hauntingly profound, not least because it represents stories from the Hindu epic – the Ramayana. (Half Day; Private transfers; Time of the day: Evening; Travel time to activity: 1 hr; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that the dance performance is a group activity.)