The tours highlighted here have been carefully selected and specifically designed to maximize your Bali holiday experience, including the most important highlights. Get the most out of your holiday with these tour options and journey to see the very best of Bali!
Surroundings Of Ubud
– Culture, art, dance, nature
Ubud Village Tour is a full day sightseeing program to discover the local cultures as an embryo of inspiration in every Balinese life style integrated with the modern influences. This tour is designed to visit several places of interests close to Ubud Village that will complete your experiences about Bali.
Ceking, rice fields: Tegalalang Village is a traditional village located in north of Ubud featured by the amazing panorama of rice terrace. Once visiting this tourist destination, you will be brought to imagine how the Balinese farmers work on the rice terraces.
Puri Lukisan, Museum: The Puri Lukisan Museum is the oldest art museum in Bali. It is home to the finest collection of modern traditional Balinese painting and wood carving on the island, spanning from the pre-Independence war (1930–1945) to the post-Independence war (1945 – present) era. The collection includes important examples of all of the artistic styles in Bali including the Sanur, Batuan, Ubud, Young Artist and Keliki schools.
Batuan Temple: A beautiful Hindu Temple situated in Batuan Village. This temple is well ornamented by the unique carving of Balinese style on temple building and entrance gate. This temple is used by the local residence to pray to the gods and also opened for visitors to visit.
Kemenuh Village: This village is known for their wood carvings. The artisans produce very good quality woodcarvings, made from hard woods such as teak, mahogany, ebony and hibiscus wood.
Toya Bungkah: This village features two natural hot spring pools, the perfect place for all members of the family to fully unwind. Heated deep within the earth, the healing mineral water is colorless and odorless from the source that is located on the property. For hundred of years this clear carbonated water has created legends of miraculous curative powers. 8 hours
– Highlands, lakes, rice-fields and tropical flowers
Up north, in the middle of the island lies the Bedugul region, located 700 meters above sea level with peaking mountain tops reaching 2000 meters up towards the heavens. The climate here is cooler which makes it perfect for growing fruits, vegetables and flowers. An explosion of colors will be greeting you as we reach the local market where you’ll be surrounded by tropical flowers, spices, and freshly grown crops. The botanical gardens of Bali are also found here, covering an area of 160 hectares. Make your way through it on one of the six walks or drive through. Colorful birds, beautiful flowers and exotic trees outline the gardens. Enjoy the view looking out over the sacred Crater Lake Bratan with the mountains lining up in the background. On the lake you also find the very picturesque Ulun Danu temple. The quiet and luscious serenity up here gives a completely different experience than to the one of southern Bali. On the way down south, you will go to the rice-fields of Jatiluwih, which in 2007 was renowned by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Overwhelmingly beautiful, this is a must see for one wanting to experience some of Bali’s most famous sights. 8 Hours
Gunung Kawi & Tirta Empul Temple
– Temples, rivers, nature
Gunung Kawi is an ancient rocky temple situated in Pakerisan River, near Tampaksiring village – Gianyar Regency in Bali. This archaeological complex is carved out of the living rock, dating back to 11th century. The temple with majesty and richness in history has been proposed by Governor of Bali to be listed on the World Heritage Sites. The countryside where the complex is located offers beautiful view of lush and footpath down to reach the temple, passing through spectacular rice terraces. The appealing, mystifying, and magnifying natural sceneries from the footpath, which leads from the road down to the temple will be more impressive, with the sound of water trickling along the irrigation channels at the bottom of a valley. The only sound you hear is that produced by farmers who work on their rice fields.
Tirta Empul Temple or Tampak Siring Temple is a holy spring water temple located in Tampak Siring Village, Gianyar regency. Tirta Empul means: emerging water from the land or the holy pool. The wellspring emerges from the land and is believed it is the “infinite creation.” According to history, this water source is arranged and sanctified by king Indra Jaya Singha Warma Dewa in the year 882 Saka. This pool water is sanctified by the Hindu society in Bali and they believe that this water source can heal various diseases, hence every day this place is visited by Hindu people as a bathing place, to sanctify themselves, with the goal of cleansing the body physically and mentally. If you believe in the magical power of spiritual activity, you are welcome to bathe. Please pack a sarong with you for this tour. 8 Hours
Kintamani & Mt. Batur
– Volcanic countryside and the sacred Mother Temple
This excursion will take you to the holiest place in Bali. You might know Bali as “the island of Gods”, as religion and cultural beliefs are very much alive here. In Kintamani, one enters the sacred home of the Gods. In the Balinese cosmological order there are Gods, humans and demons. The sky and the mountains belongs to the Gods, “the higher world”, whereas “the lower world”, the sea and the below, belongs to the demons. The humans reside in the midst of it all and carry the responsibility to balance the forces between them. Mt. Batur is an active volcano that has erupted three times in the past century, in 1917, 1927 and in 1995. Up here next to the volcano you also find lake Batur, one of the four lakes on Bali. The journey continues on to Besakih Temple, located 1000 m above sea level on the slopes of Mt Agung. This is the mother temple of Bali, the biggest and most important temple on the island. The Besakih Temple is a complex of 23 separated temples, and the sacredness of this area follows with the story of how it could have been buried under massive streams of lava. In 1963, due to a series of volcanic eruptions from Mt. Agung nearly 1700 people were killed, but the lava missed the temple area by meters. This was regarded as a miracle and seen as a sign from the Gods. 8 Hours
Uluwatu Temple & Jimbaran
– The Bukit peninsula, seafood and Kecak Dance
Take a drive down to the south west coast on the Bukit peninsula, where the magnificent Uluwatu Temple is built on the edge of a 76 m (250 feet) high cliff. The temple is one of the oldest in Bali and is guarding the island from evil spirits. Made of black coral, this is one of the nine directional temples across the island. The Uluwatu temple offers a fantastic view, especially around sunset when this majestic creation reaches up to the pink, orange and purple sky, magical! Right next to the temple is the scene for the Kecak Dance, a Balinese dance show with the drama of a Romeo and Juliet story, but with a happier ending. Fire, masks and dance, all in an outdoor setting creates a spectacular scene you do not want to miss! Then head back up north, but before leaving the Bukit, the southern tip of Bali, stop at one of the Jimbaran beach cafés for a seafood-dinner on the beach. Stay barefoot in the sand and enjoy candlelights, sea breeze and the luxury of fresh lobster. We suggest leaving Desa Seni around 4 pm for this tour. 6 – 8 Hours
Tanah Lot Temple
– The small island floating on the sea
This temple truly is a beautiful sight. It was founded by Dang Hyang Nirarth, a religious man of the “Saivite”, a path within Hinduism that reveres the God Shiva as the Supreme Being. Belonging to this part of Hinduism, it is believed that Shiva is in all, as the creator, destroyer, preserver, concealer and revealer. In the 16’th century, Dang Hyang Nirarth was on a sacred journey walking from the west to east coast of Bali. When he found this big rock in the water, he went there to meditate. He felt vibrations here of a sacred place, he later suggested it a site for a temple. This temple was named “Tanah Lot”, in Indonesian meaning “the small island floating on the sea”. Dang Hyang Nirarth is also the founder of the padmasa architecture, a Balinese style of temples that are considered to be the embodiment of the supreme god Shiva, although Tanah Lot is devoted to the god in the form of Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, the powers of the sea.
This temple is located only 45 min up north from Canggu, and is well worth the drive as this is one of the most picturesque temples on the island. Around the area you might also get to see the see black and white stripy sea snakes, which should not be disturbed as they are said to be protecting the temple from evil. We suggest leaving Desa Seni around 4:30 pm. 3 hours