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Bali ‘Eat Street’ Local Food Tour

1. Bali ‘Eat Street’ Local Food Tour

In Bali, the villages all have nightly food markets where locals go when the sun goes down. In Seminyak and beyond, locals head out with their family and friends to local ‘Eat Street,’ and on this Bali food tour, we’re joining them at all their favorite spots! Your food journey starts at a local food market, where where your guide will take you in and out of the small alleyways highlighting some of the foods you will taste later on Eat Street. Then will visit a warung (café) famous for its babi guling (rotisserie-cooked suckling pig). Your guide will order for you a shared dish for two people and explain all that appears on the plate before you — which will have maybe five or six different elements. Don’t forget to buy some pork crackling! From there, we drive to a local Eat Street in Bali, tucked just behind the major tourist area and easy to get to — but oh-so local! We’ll start at the top of the street, where your expert guide will escort you through the numerous small warungs and stalls, picking out things for us to eat as we go. The street here is jam-packed with motorbikes and cars, and the later it gets, the busier it becomes; we go a little early to make sure we can get into the places we want. Of course, your guide is also an expert on local food, and will explain to you the food and traditions of what is on offer. On arrival, your guide will explain all the places that are available for eating here — far too many for one afternoon! The good news, though, is we always share dishes, so you’ll have lots of room to try it all. One must-try is the very yummy soto ayam (chicken noodle soup). This is one of Indonesia’s most famous national dishes. Walking along the main street, you’ll learn about all the different culinary influences on offer: Javanese, Sumatran, Sulawesi, Japanese and Thai/Indonesian fusion. Or, if you need an energy boost, how about an energy-filled dessert, Indonesian-style! You’ll see “Joss Milk” sold all over the country, which is an Indonesian energy powder you mix with milk. Believe it or not, it goes amazingly well with our favourite dessert, which we’re going to grab at a small warung. This dessert is made from a crumpet-style batter cooked in an earthenware pot over hot coals. Choose from the top 10 list or design your own; our favourite is Toblerone, banana, ice cream and cheese. The prices are cheap all long Eat Street, so if you decide you want to buy some more treats, you can pick up some extras for about USD$1-2. (How much can you try in one day?!) Your guide (now your best foodie friend on Bali) will assist you with finding a taxi for your trip back to your hotel (or to the next stop for your day out). And now that you have the keys to Bali’s local Eat Street, you can come back on your own to try even more local dishes.

From Bali: Snorkeling Day Trip to Nusa Lembongan

2. From Bali: Snorkeling Day Trip to Nusa Lembongan

Snorkel through the colorful underwater worlds of the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida on this guided tour from selected locations in Bali. Use high-quality gear to search for marine life and kayak through mangroves. Enjoy a delicious beachside lunch buffet.  Following pickup from your accommodation in Bali, journey across the water to the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida to experience some of the most diverse coral reefs on the planet. Meet a snorkeling guide who will help you with all the necessary equipment. Flotation devices can be provided for people not comfortable in the water so that everyone can discover the pristine corals and enjoy the warm waters that are home to schools of brightly colored fish. Look for resident emperor angelfish, parrotfish, moray eels, turtles, and - in certain areas - manta rays. The specially designated snorkeling areas make for a safe and enjoyable activity for all ages. Visit Crystal Bay, Manta Bay, and Gamat Bay, famous for its sprawling coral garden and light currents. The exact snorkel spots visited will depend on the conditions. Feast on a delicious beachside lunch and take a mangrove tour by kayak to experience the scenery from a different perspective.

Bali Full-Day Private Customized Tour

3. Bali Full-Day Private Customized Tour

Explore Bali according to your own interests on a full-day customized tour. Rent a driver and new model vehicle (up to 4 passengers) for 10 to 11 hours, and discover Bali's beautiful sites in a day. From the Monkey Forest to beautiful temples, the surf beaches of Kuta and the crafts of Ubud, Bali has it all. An airport pick-up is provided if needed, or you can benefit from pick-up in Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Sanur, Ubud, Candidasa or Denpasar. The supplier will create a package to save you time and money. Their friendly team will customize your trip and ensure your safety and satisfaction at all times. Make your vacation a memorable one at a reasonable price.

Denpasar: Night Street Food Walking Tour

4. Denpasar: Night Street Food Walking Tour

Lots of travelers leave Bali without getting the opportunity to try authentic Indonesian food, nor the exciting chance to visit the bustling city of Denpasar. Escape the tourist trail for the island’s bustling capital on this tour and receive the best way to get a true local experience of Denpasar at night. Visit Denpasar, Bali's capital and biggest city whilst you learn about its culture - make sure you bring your appetite for this one! Upon pick-up from your hotel, your experienced foodie guide will take you to Kreneng, a hot spot known for its night market where all the locals go for the best authentic food in town. You will make stops at five different spots that allow you to taste some of the island’s best flavors from Babi Guling (suckling pig), soto ayam, satay, rice cake as well as local desserts and snacks such as Martabak, Jaja Bali and some tropical fruits.

Bali: Pirate Dinner Cruise

5. Bali: Pirate Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a delicious international buffet dinner while taking in the sunset with this pirate-themed dinner aboard a traditional Indonesian Phinisi ship. Join the fun with your pirate crew, play games, and even put on a pirate costume. Savor the crisp breeze on the top deck under the stars while enjoying entertainment with live music, games with prizes, traditional Balinese dancing, belly dancing, and a breathtaking fire dance.

From Bali: West Nusa Penida & Snorkeling Small Group Tour

6. From Bali: West Nusa Penida & Snorkeling Small Group Tour

Nusa Penida is a charming island off the east coast of Bali known for its picturesque beaches and excellent snorkelling opportunities. Measuring over 200km in size, it’s a large island that’s impossible to see during just one day. For that reason, you'll be taken on an adventure around the west part of the island! Whether you're in it for the amazing marine life, the gorgeous scenery, or the relaxing swim, we will have an amazing time time exploring the crystal-clear waters around Nusa Penida. And the best part? You don't have to be an experienced diver or swimmer to have some fun and look at the abundance of colourful sea life around the area. You don't even have to worry about snorkeling gear or entrance fees either – it's all taken care of by your trusty guide. You will have the chance to snorkel at some of the popular watering holes such as Manta Point Nusa Penida, Wall Point Nusa Penida, and Mangrove Point Nusa Penida. (If you want to see graceful manta rays out and about, pick Manta Point!) There's a 85% chance of seeing manta rays and you will definitely enjoy this tour. You'll also get to cover three beaches: Kelingking Beach – where you can spot more manta rays and turtles riding the waves below, Angel's Billabong – a natural blue and green infinity pool, and Broken Beach – an enormous swirling pool that is definitely one for the Nusa Penida bucket list!

Natural Rock Canyoning Adventure

7. Natural Rock Canyoning Adventure

Discover the natural beauty of Indonesia in this exciting canyoning trip in Alam Canyon. Meet your driver at your accommodation and enjoy a scenic ride to Alam Canyon. Develop good teamwork to meet the challenges of the descent. Enjoy a light breakfast and lunch at the basecamp. Learn more about the invigorating sport of canyoning. Rappel from up to 35 meters high. Explore a narrow and deep gorge, with jumps, and technical rappels. Swim in the cool clear water.

Denpasar: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

8. Denpasar: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Explore the beauty of Denpasar on a self-guided audio tour. Walk at your own pace and admire the stunning architecture of the Royal Palace of Bali, Pasar Burung, and more. Download the MP3 audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area and start your adventure with your audio device as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to fascinating facts and stories about the city. During the tour uncover the history behind the beautiful Maospahit Temple. Be mesmerized by the stunning red-brick architecture of the Hindu temple. Continue to visit the famous the Royal Palace of Bali, the Pasar Burung, and Puri Agung Jro Kut. Take time to lose yourself in the interesting elements of the Bali Museum and Taman Budaya (Bali Cultural Park and Bali Art Centre). Enjoy a hassle-free audio tour to one of the most charming cities of Indonesia.

Denpasar: Museum, Traditional Market and Food Tasting Tour

9. Denpasar: Museum, Traditional Market and Food Tasting Tour

Begin your private half-day sightseeing tour at Puputan Square in the city center. This classic urban park draws many locals and is a great place to learn about Bali’s colonial history. Next, head to the Pura Jagatnatha and Bali Museum, located near the former royal palace of Denpasar. Spend 30-40 minutes exploring its collection and the four main buildings inside the museum that showcase Indonesia’s rich history and cultural heritage. Next, visit the colorful pasar (Indonesian for ‘market’), where locals sell their products and haggle over prices. Pasar Badung is Bali’s largest food market and features fruits, spices and other edible goods sourced from the entire island. Sample different kinds of local food and exotic fruits that you have never seen or eaten before. Your last stop is the Bajra Sandhi Monument, a famous monument and museum, which is located in the capital of Bali, Denpasar. This monument of the Balinese struggle against the Dutch colonists is located in Jalan Raya Puputan Niti Mandala, in front of Denpasar Governor’s office.

Secret Canyoning Adventure

10. Secret Canyoning Adventure

Your experience starts as you are collected from your accommodation. From there, drive for 2.5 hours to North Bali. Once having arrived, receive a welcome coffee or tea accompanied by Balinese cookies at the local partner's base camp. You then drive up the mountain whilst enjoying views over the rice terrace and Northern Singaraja to reach your activity starting point. Once parked, trek for about 20 minutes to warm up for your activity. From there you receive 30 minutes of basic training, which allows you to become more independent in canyoning. Your canyoning experience then begins with a 21-meter rappel, which consists of 6 jumps, 2 slides, and 12 rappels downwards. Challenge yourself as you rappel down waterfalls whilst exploring and feeling free. Slide and jump between volcanic rock formations, and swim in natural clear water. At the conclusion of your day out in nature, travel for 10 minutes back to the car before proceeding back to base camp for lunch. From there, begin your 2.5 hour trip back to South Bali where your experience concludes.

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What people are saying about Denpasar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,137 reviews

Snorkeling was excellent. Some of my friends can not swim so they have life jacket for us. Also, staff take care us all the time. You guys are professional. Thank you so much. I will definitely come back again! (Love you from Thailand)

Amazing snorkelling guides and you always feel safe, especially for swimmers who aren’t too experienced (like myself). Highly recommend!

It was a fun well organised day. Great food and close supervision of us as snorkellers. The coral reefs were especially spectacular.

Really friendly tour guides, loved the activities too. Amazing swimming with the mantarays and turtles

An amazing instructor Honestly patient and funny except for the crocodile bit