Bali & Islands
Discover breathtaking beaches, vibrant cultures, and thrilling adventures. Experience the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement in these enchanting Indonesian destinations.
Bali entices with its cultural charm, Lombok with its untouched beauty, Gili Trawangan with its idyllic beaches and underwater wonders and Flores Island the gateway to the legendary Komodo National Park ...Unforgettable experiences await!
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April - October
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Your tour begins when you are picked up from your accommodation in Bali by your private driver/guide. In this your you will visit Tanah Lot, Bali’s most photographed temple. The temple is perched on a little rocky islet that is inaccessible during high tides. The most popular time to visit this iconic monument is during sunset. After visiting Tanah Lot your driver will take you back to your accommodation.
White Water Rafting
Skip the beach for a day and brave Bali’s roaring rivers on this adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting tour and brave the rapids as you navigate through the various torrents, twists and tight turns. Experience fun and excitement as you brave the Ayung River on a white-water rafting adventure. This thrilling aquatic journey will take you through the scenic deep valley, pass by cascading waterfalls, alongside the dense tropical rainforest and by towering cliffs. From the moment you drop into the first set of rapids, your heart will be racing and your adrenalin pumping. In a continual spray of white clear water, you will rush past steep banks and ancient hanging trees, whilst rafting straight through cascading natural spring water waterfalls.
Discover the Balinese Gamelan
Learn about the traditional sounds of Bali from the island’s native instrument, the gamelan. Join a private teacher within a quiet and beautiful village outside Ubud. You will listen to the sounds of the gamelan and have the opportunity to try the instrument for yourself with a customized lesson by your experienced teacher.
Upon arrival at a traditional Balinese compound you will be greeted with a welcome drink and locals snacks will. Your experienced instructor will introduce you to the basics of Indonesia sounds including sharing a variety of instruments. You will also see an introductory demonstration to become familiar with the different sounds each instrument makes.
The Kecak fire dance is a captivating performance that originated in Bali, Indonesia. It combines rhythmic chanting, traditional music, and intricate choreography to create a mesmerizing spectacle. The dancers, often depicting Hindu epics, perform in concentric circles while chanting "cak" in unison. As the performance reaches its climax, the dancers showcase their bravery by dancing barefoot over burning coconut husks. The use of fire adds a dramatic and thrilling element to the show. The Kecak fire dance is not only entertaining but also a celebration of Balinese culture, showcasing their traditions and spirituality in a visually stunning manner.
Perched on a cliff edge overlooking the vast Indian Ocean in Bali, Uluwatu Temple is an iconic and sacred site. Also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, it is one of the six key temples considered to be Bali's spiritual pillars. Dating back to the 11th century, this temple is renowned for its stunning location and architectural beauty. Uluwatu Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Rudra and offers breathtaking sunset views. Apart from its religious significance, the temple is home to a colony of mischievous macaque monkeys. Visitors can witness traditional Kecak fire dance performances held against the backdrop of the temple's awe-inspiring setting.
Mengwi "Taman Ayun" Temple
Mengwi "Taman Ayun" Temple is a magnificent Hindu temple complex located in the Mengwi village of Bali, Indonesia. Built in the 17th century, it is renowned for its stunning architecture and tranquil surroundings. Taman Ayun, which translates to "beautiful garden," accurately describes the temple's landscape, featuring lush gardens, lotus ponds, and intricately carved wooden gates. The temple's towering tiered roofs and ornate shrines reflect Bali's unique architectural style. Taman Ayun Temple holds significant cultural and religious importance, serving as a royal family temple and a site for important ceremonies and rituals. Visitors can immerse themselves in the serene atmosphere and admire the temple's intricate details, offering a glimpse into Bali's rich heritage.
The Monkey Forest in Bali
The Monkey Forest in Bali is a mesmerizing sanctuary nestled in the heart of Ubud. Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, it is a lush green oasis teeming with playful macaque monkeys. Home to over 700 monkeys, this sacred forest offers visitors a unique opportunity to observe these mischievous creatures up close in their natural habitat. As you wander through the dense jungle paths, you'll encounter ancient temples, serene moss-covered statues, and picturesque streams. However, caution is advised as the monkeys are known for their curiosity and may attempt to interact with visitors. The Monkey Forest Bali is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and those seeking an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, located on the serene shores of Lake Bratan in Bali, is a stunning water temple that showcases the island's natural beauty. Also known as the "Temple of the Lake," it is dedicated to the goddess Dewi Danu, the Balinese water goddess. The temple's picturesque setting, surrounded by mist-covered mountains, creates a mystical ambiance. Its unique architecture, featuring multiple meru towers reflected in the calm waters of the lake, is a photographer's dream. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is not only a place of worship but also a popular tourist destination, offering visitors a serene and spiritual experience amidst Bali's enchanting landscapes.
Learn to Surf
Learning to surf in Bali is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. The island's warm tropical waters, consistent waves, and vibrant surf culture make it an ideal destination for beginners eager to catch their first wave. Bali offers a plethora of surf schools and experienced instructors who cater to all skill levels, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning environment.
Kuta and Seminyak are popular spots for beginners, with their sandy beaches and gentle rolling waves. Canggu and Batu Bolong provide a more laid-back atmosphere, perfect for novice surfers looking for a less crowded experience. Instructors provide comprehensive lessons on surf etiquette, paddling techniques, and how to catch and ride waves. They emphasize safety and provide valuable tips on reading the ocean and maintaining balance.
Beyond the thrill of riding waves, learning to surf in Bali offers a chance to immerse oneself in the local surf community and embrace the island's vibrant surf culture. Surrounded by stunning natural landscapes and enveloped in the friendly atmosphere of the water, beginners can feel the exhilaration of mastering a new skill while enjoying the beauty and charm of Bali's beaches.