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Ubud: Floating Breakfast and Hot Air Balloon Experience

1. Ubud: Floating Breakfast and Hot Air Balloon Experience

Begin your day in paradise with a breakfast served in an infinity pool at one of the most prestigious resorts in Ubud. The floating breakfast comes on a beautifully designed wooden boat decked out with your favourite treats complete with a bottle of sparkling wine. This is the ultimate indulgence if you are a honeymooner or part of a couple celebrating the spirit of love. All you have to do is slip into your swimwear to enjoy your floating breakfast in a setting overlooking the breathtaking beauty of Ubud’s terraced landscape. Based on a la carte choice, you will have plenty of selections ranging from fresh juices, tea and coffee selections, smoothies, a fruit platter, cereals, or muesli. You can also select to have either Indonesian breakfast such as noodles, martabak or suit yourself with Western-style breakfast ranging from scrambled egg, omelette, egg benedicts, bacon, sausages, or pancakes. You will also enjoy a bottle of local sparkling wine to complete your celebration with your loved one. Your ultimate morning will then continue by experiencing Bali's first and only hot air balloon experience. See a spectacular display from above, from the lush tropical forests of Ubud to the holy Mount Agung on the eastern horizon. This experience is a one-of-a-kind adventure to go up in the air by 23-metre hot air balloon, fitted for travellers with a cosy wicker basket. Each flight climbs a thrilling 50 metres over rice fields and floats at the end of a tether.

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Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

2. Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

Experience the natural beauty of Bali from the back of a horse. A horse will be selected to suit your riding ability and you’ll receive basic instruction before heading out. An experienced groom will ride with you through lush green rice fields, where little has changed over the centuries. Continue from the village to Pig Stone Beach. The rides are suitable for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider. However, please note that riders must weigh less than 90 kg.

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Balinese Mystic and Rituals Tour with Kehen Temple

3. Balinese Mystic and Rituals Tour with Kehen Temple

Be collected at your accommodation and hop in a comfortable air-conditioned car. Admire the scenic road of the volcano and learn about the fascinating Balinese culture from your guide along the way. You will discover two of the most mysterious and ancient villages on the island and meet a Bali priest or healer to learn about Bali Sekala and Niskala. Your first stop will be at Truyan Village. The locals in this village live a very traditional life that is vastly different from the rest of Bali. The Trunyanese do not cremate their dead. After a cleansing ritual, the dead body is placed in a bamboo cage, locally known as ancak saji, which is placed under the Taru Menyan tree. Taru Menyan means nice smelling tree and it emanates a scent that neutralizes the smell of rotting bodies. It is from this tree that the name Trunyan is derived. It is only the bodies of married people that are placed in bamboo cages.  Continue your tour and visit another ancient village called Bayung Gede, which is believed to be the parent of all of the ancient villages in Bali. Many people come here to see the hanging newborn placentas that are unique to Bayung Gede. In Trunyan, bodies of the dead are laid on the ground unburied but here it is the placenta that is unburied. This is the only village in Indonesia that does this. Your journey will not be completed without a visit to Kehen Temple, which is a significant Hindu Temple in Bali. It is located on the slope of Bukit Bangli, which is believed to be the mother temple of Bangli. Admire the beauty of its stunning steps to heaven and its unique wooden bell hanging on its very old and secret banyan tree.

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Bali: Ujung Water Palace, Candidasa and Sidemen Village Tour

4. Bali: Ujung Water Palace, Candidasa and Sidemen Village Tour

Your adventure begins with pickup from your hotel then heads into the Eastern Bali, also known as ’New Bali’, one of the island’s most remote and exotic areas boasting scenic mountains and ancient temples. Some of the island’s most magnificent historical landmarks call Eastern Bali their home, including well-kept royal palaces and beautiful water gardens. The first stop of the day is the stunning Taman Ujung Water Palace, which has undergone extensive renovations since the eruption of the nearby Mount Agung nearly destroyed it in 1963. At the palace, explore the complex of pools and historic structures set against a stunning backdrop of the shoreline. Afterwards, follow the shoreline and marvel at the traditional salt panners who work here in the hot sun to retrieve some of the tastiest sea salt in the world. Then, visit Kusamba where you can learn about the salt panning process and join a local farmer at work. Following your salting experience, visit Sidemen Village, which has been compared to the popular destination of Ubud. The village straddles one of the many agricultural valleys that form the ramp up to the imposing peak of the volcanic Gunung Agung with panoramic rice terraces, farmlands and the quaint villages nestled in hills and valleys. At the village there’s also time to visit Monkey Bar and swim over a lush jungle of Dawan.

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Bali: Flyboard Experience

5. Bali: Flyboard Experience

Experience a one-of-a-kind thrill during your visit to Bali by trying your hand at flyboarding, the newest extreme water sport. Currently an extremely popular activity for both locals and tourists alike, this is definitely a must-try activity for all thrill seekers. Hop on the Fly Board and soar high over the Bali Sea, powered by hydro-propulsion forces that give total freedom of movement to the rider, and get an awesome view of the nearby beaches and the crystal clear waters of the island. Learn how to precisely control your movements from the instructor on the jet ski, who will be controlling the force of the water as they share key tips and maybe even teach you cool tricks. Feeling gutsy? Try performing flashy flips and turns that are sure to impress all people watching, and maybe even go for the infamous Dolphin Dive if you're up to it. The best part? You won't have to worry about transportation between the activity area and your accommodation with the convenient transfers included.

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Ubud: 3-Hour Traditional Balinese Painting Class

6. Ubud: 3-Hour Traditional Balinese Painting Class

Take your appreciation of Balinese painting to a deeper level as you learn all the basics of creating a traditional painting. Let your creative side enjoy a unique kind of art with a local teacher by your side. Pak Sulendra will help you draw a sketch of a traditional motif on canvas or feel free to bring your own inspired idea. Proceed to color it vibrantly using a centuries-old painting style passed through generations of Balinese painters. Learn about the the two-dimensional world of Balinese traditional painting, which uses repeating figures of natural, historical, or religious themes painted with the few natural colors available on the island.  This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities as your local instructor will guide you all the way, aiming for all guests to leave the gallery having enjoyed their class and connected to the Balinese experience.

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Bali: Alternative Temples Small Group Tour

7. Bali: Alternative Temples Small Group Tour

Not keen on the swarming crowds at Bali's main temples? Visit temples that are just as beautiful off the beaten track, meaning fewer tourists, more charm, and the tranquility you seek on this magical island.  Begin at the Kerta Gosa Pavilion in Klung Kung. The intact justice court building formerly used by the high king of Bali will give you some idea of the power and grandeur of the Balinese monarchs before the Dutch arrived. Goa Lawah Temple is up next. Also known as Bat Cave, its complex is built over a hilly outcrop home to thousands of bats and a giant snake king per local legend. Make a stop at Bukit Jambul, known for its panoramic views of the rice terraces. As you must be peckish by now, your guide will slow the pace down for a lunch overlooking Mt. Agung.  Continue your tour to Besakih Temple, Bali's thousand-year-old Mother Temple, perched 1,000 meters high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung. It is meant to be the island's largest holy site divided into three main complexes, each dedicated to the Hindu trinity. The last of the temples, Kehen Temple, is a multi-level temple on a hill home to a great Banyan Tree. An untouched gem, it requires a bit of a hike to get to the well-preserved natural sanctuary. Finally, the trip ends with a visit to Penglipuran Traditional Village, a traditional countryside community in the highlands.

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Ubud: Virgin Coconut Oil Making Class and Market Tour

8. Ubud: Virgin Coconut Oil Making Class and Market Tour

Treat yourself to an engaging virgin coconut oil cooking class, where you'll learn about exotic Bali coconut, ingredients, spices, and herbs. Your professional guide will teach you how to make delicious Balinese-style green curry in all its unique flavors and aromas. First, visit a local market to buy all the ingredients you'll need for the day. Learn about the various type of coconuts that grow in Bali and their significance in Balinese daily life. Then, hear about the process of making virgin coconut oil. Aside from learning how to make this oil, the experience is combined with a lesson on cooking Balinese green curry. The cooking class will be conducted in a relaxed and informal manner. Enjoy fresh, natural, and healthy food, without MSG and made using natural, locally-sourced products. The class ends by providing you with the chance to taste the delicious green curry you made. Take a part of Bali back with you with a new skill under your belt: great master of virgin coconut oil and green curry.

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From Bali: Private 3-Day Tour of Tana Toraja

9. From Bali: Private 3-Day Tour of Tana Toraja

Day 1: Arrive in Makassar and depart to Tana Toraja Upon arrival at Hasanuddin Airport Makassar, you will be picked up by your tour guide. Head to Tana Toraja on an eight-hour drive, passing Buginese villages with typical houses on poles. On the way, visit a fishermen village in the Barru district with a beautiful beach panorama. If you're lucky, you'll see the traditional Buginese Pa’bagan fishing boats. In the afternoon, stop at Puncak Lakawan for a coffee break and enjoy the spectacular view of Mt Kabobong. Late in the afternoon, arrive in Rantepao, Tana Toraja. Stay overnight at the hotel.  Day 2: Full-day Tana Toraja Tour In the morning, visit Kete’ Kesu, a local Torajan village where you can find original traditional Tongkonan houses and their rice barns. Here see the giant tomb of the Kete’ Kesu royal family. Then, visit Lemo to see the hanging graves with their rows of Tau-Tau sculptures. Continue to Londa, a natural grave in a cave with entombed deceased. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Rantepao. After lunch, visit Bori’ to see ancient megalith stones which have existed for thousands of years. Afterwards, travel to the Tinombayo highland to enjoy the superb view of the rice terraces and Torajan local villages from the hill-top. Then visit Batutumonga where you can view the town of Rantepao. Finally, visit Lokomata where to find graves on a giant megalith stone. In the afternoon, return to the hotel for your overnight stay. Day 3: Tana Toraja to Makassar After breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel back to Makassar on the same road as day one. Lunch will be served at a seafood restaurant in Pare-Pare. In the afternoon, arrive in Makassar. Then transfer directly to Hasanuddin Airport Makassar to catch your flight for your next destination.

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Ubud: Farm to Table Experience

10. Ubud: Farm to Table Experience

Take an exclusive culinary journey guided by Executive Chef Dean as he showcases house-grown fresh ingredients as well as premium produce sourced from neighbouring islands. Indulge in fresh, farm-grown cuisine in the gorgeous atmosphere of The Chedi Club Ubud’s very own organic garden. Covered by the lush greenery of passion fruit vines, experience award winning food with spectacular vistas of rice terraces in the distance.  For those who take part in this once in a lifetime experience, you will receive a one-on-one interaction with Chef Dean as he personally guides his guests through the preparation of his surprise menu right in front of your seats.

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What people are saying about Bali

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 64 reviews

The visited spots during the tour were very particular as announced in their ad. The tour guide, Sintya, was excellent had a lot of knowledge and with her explanations and always willing to answer my questions. Her car driving was smooth and very safe.

My guide Iwayan very good companion and very attentive. He explained each part of the culture and answered each of my questions. Very punctual and responsible.

A creepy and fascinating look at some of the cultural aspects of Bali. Get away from the beach and see something you'll never forget!

Loved it, my guide was great with helping me get great views and pics. There's so much value in having a local guide.

interesting tour with lots of background information about the country, people and religious culture