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Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

1. Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel at 8:30 AM, and then head to your first stop at a Batuan traditional Balinese house, located 15 kilometers from Denpasar, in the Gianyar regency. You will visit one of the houses where the local people live in and spend their daily life every day. The form of this compound is typical of Balinese architecture — it comprises of several buildings, with the east building being used to make offerings, and the south building used as a kitchen. The west building is commonly used for the parent’s room, and the north building is the children rooms, or used as the place of the offerings. However, Hindu people in Bali build their family temple in the northeast area of the house, and they make offerings there everyday. You then journey to the rice fields of Ubud. Located at Tegallalang, the area is famous for its beautiful scenery of rice paddies and the traditional subak irrigation system. Get a stunning view of the rice terraces on the slopes of the hills across the valley, and enjoy the cool and breezy climate. At approximately 11:30 AM, visit a coffee plantation to learn about the famous luwak coffee, made from the beans of coffee berries part digested by Asian palm and other civets. Learn how the farmers collect the still-intact beans from the forest floor and clean, roast and grind them just like other coffees. Investigate the full process of making the unusual brew, and get a chance to try some other coffees, tea and cocoa drinks. Purchase some of the unique luwak coffee to try at your leisure. Next, journey to Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Ubud) and gaze in wonder at one of the area's most prominent monuments. Constructed in a traditional Balinese style, the palace was built during the reign of Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800-1823) and has been well preserved by his heirs. Marvel at the beautiful gardens and the banyan tree that provides shelter from the heat. Continue to Sacred Monkey Forest and discover the home of around 200 monkeys in the forest of Ubud. Believed by the locals to be "God's Guard of the Dalem Agung Temple," the long-tailed macaques dwell in certain areas and can often be seen on the roads.  Complete your tour at Tanah Lot Temple, known for its enchanting seaside setting and as a place to see the sunset at the end of the day. Look in wonder at the ancient Hindu shrine, perched in the crashing waves, and watch the sun melt over the horizon. Then, travel you back to your hotel or accommodation.

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Bali All Inclusive: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples & Volcano

2. Bali All Inclusive: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples & Volcano

Venture into the picturesque landscapes of central Bali on a full-day tour of the rice terraces, temples and active volcano of the island’s scenic center. Enjoy an Indonesian lunch, and more. Following a pick-up from your hotel by a driver who will provide outstanding satisfaction, transfer by air-conditioned car to Batubulan village to see the center of handmade Batik weaving. Continue to the village of Celuk to see gold and silversmiths at work. Next, go to the home of Bali’s wood carving crafts at Mas, and learn how to recognize and work with good wood. Next, transfer to the artists village of Batuan Ubud, before admiring the wood carvings at Batuan Trinity Temple. Proceed to the holy temple of Sebatu and the holy spring water temple of Gunung Kawi. Enjoy lunch in Kintamani, with panoramic views of Mt. Batur and its lake. Next, visit Tegalalang village to taste some Balinese Luwak coffee and ginger tea. Marvel at the spice gardens and rice terraces before afternoon tea. Finally, go to the sacred Monkey Forest that serves to protect the Balinese long-tail monkey (aka crab-eating macaques). Wander around the market at Ubud, and see the King’s (Royal) Palace.

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Mother Temple of Bali and Lempuyang's Gates of Heaven Tour

3. Mother Temple of Bali and Lempuyang's Gates of Heaven Tour

Following a pick-up from your hotel, you will head to the majestic Lempuyang Temple in the eastern part of Bali. Along the way, pass long stretches of beautiful and pristine rice paddies, travel along winding roads and marvel at breathtaking mountains. There is a reason why this temple is known as the Gateway to Heaven. Be awed by the magical views of Mount Agung behind the temple. Your own private guide will not only snap cool shots for you but also will also explain the history of the ancient temple as well as the Balinese people and their culture. You will then visit Tirta Gangga, which is well known as the most beautiful former royal water palace in Eastern Bali. The water palace features tiered fountains, gardens, and stone sculptures of mythical creatures spouting water into bathing pools. Just outside the palace grounds, the views of the lush rice paddies of northeastern Bali are stunning. After visiting the water palace, you will then enjoy scrumptious buffet lunch overlooking Mount Agung, Telaga Waja river, and the rice fields. When you are finished, make your way to the biggest temple in Bali, Pura Besakih. It is the most important, the largest and the holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali, and one of a series of Balinese temples. It is also well-known as the mother temple of Bali. The temple miraculously survived the catastrophic volcanic eruption of 1963. Join this unique tour and learn more about the history from your guide.

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Bali UNESCO Sites: Private Guided Full-Day Tour

4. Bali UNESCO Sites: Private Guided Full-Day Tour

Take a private, full-day guided tour of Bali's most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Beratan on the shores of Lake Beratan. Following pickup from your hotel or accommodation, journey to the garden and temple of Taman Ayun, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012 and famous for its majestic pagoda-like shrines of the meru towers. Continue to Lake Beratan and stop at the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, a stunning temple built in the middle of the water as a place to worship the water goddess of prosperity, Dewi Danu. Next, go to one of the most popular restaurants in the area, located on the side of Mount Batukaru, overlooking the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace. Relax in the cool climate of the highlands of Bali Subak, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012 for its traditional subak irrigation system. Complete your tour at Handara Gate, where you'll get breathtaking views of Bedugul Caldera's lush green scenery and beautiful traditional Balinese gate.

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Bali: Hidden Canyon, Waterfall & Temples Small Group Tour

5. Bali: Hidden Canyon, Waterfall & Temples Small Group Tour

Embrace the opportunity to don your swimwear, go barefoot, jump, trek and swim deep into the heart of a hidden Balinese canyon. Travel by air-conditioned minibus to Tegenungan Waterfall, just a stone’s throw from popular Ubud. It will take you over 100 steps to get up close and personal to the waterfalls. Spend a busy afternoon exploring some of Bali’s best-loved temples. Start off at Goa Gajah, otherwise known as the Elephant Temple. In true Hindi style, this temple is elaborately decorated with otherworldly carvings and taken over by sprawling tree roots akin to Angkor Wat. Next, visit one of the few places in Bali that can compete at the Gunung Kawi Temple. Learn about how it's one of the island’s oldest monuments, a must to experience the history and culture of Indonesia. To get there, pass through the beautiful terraced rice fields that Bali is so famous for. Return to your accommodation with an all-around feel for the island’s nature, cuisine, and architecture.

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North Bali Sunrise Tour with Dolphins, Waterfalls & Temples

6. North Bali Sunrise Tour with Dolphins, Waterfalls & Temples

Get an early morning start on this private half-day trip that will introduce you to the natural beauty of North Bali. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation at 03:00 and head to Lovina Beach. Hop on a boat that will take you out to watch dolphins at play in their natural environment and to marvel at a stunning Bali sunrise. At around 07:45 you’ll continue on to the Gitgit Waterfall, where you’ll have a chance to explore the area around this natural wonder. Next, you’ll head to the Ulundanu Bratan Temple, with time to take in this unique temple in the middle of the lake. At 11:30 you’ll head for shore, arriving back at your accommodation at around 13:40, after an exciting day of dolphins, waterfalls and temples.

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Bali: Watersports Fun Package

7. Bali: Watersports Fun Package

Soar over the magnificent Indian Ocean on a thrilling parasailing adventure, glide through the air, and feel the wind on your skin as you take in the breathtaking views. Parasailing is a fun recreational activity where a person is towed behind a boat while attached to a parachute with a special design. As the boat speeds off you will be lifted in the air and soar high above the sea with an amazing view of the scenery below. After your soaring moment, you will be given instructions on how to drive a jet ski. You will then drive the jet ski on your own and have fun with views of the beautiful beach. You will be equipped with a life jacket and the professional jet ski guide will keep an eye on you to ensure your safety and security during your adventures. Have your very own James Bond moment on your own jet ski and admire the coastline of Bali's Nusa Dua area from the water.

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Ubud & Canggu: Rice Terrace, Waterfall & Black Sand Beach

8. Ubud & Canggu: Rice Terrace, Waterfall & Black Sand Beach

After pickup in a private vehicle from your hotel, you will head to Ubud and make your first stop at the stunning Tegenungan waterfall where you can walk up close to the cascades and step over the top rocks to get amazing views of the surrounding jungle. Next, explore the Ubud Art Market that is located in front of the Royal Ubud Palace. Here you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods. The Ubud market also served as a setting for the Hollywood movie 'Eat Pray Love', which shows a scene where actress Julia Roberts is opposite a male character strolling through the stalls which are frequently visited by foreign and domestic visitors in real life. Your visit to Ubud is not complete without visiting Tegallalang rice terrace, famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies. Your private tour guide will explain to you about Subak which is the traditional Balinese irrigation system. You will have the option to visit a Luwak coffee plantation where you can see how the most expensive coffee in the world is made. After exploring Ubud, you will go to Canggu, the new benchmark for edgy beach clubs and bars, progressive eating spots and slick spas in Bali. Your guide will take you to check out the black sand beach where you can relax, grab a beer, and witness the sunset view before going back to your hotel.

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East Bali: Lempuyang Gates, Tenganan, & Water Palaces Tour

9. East Bali: Lempuyang Gates, Tenganan, & Water Palaces Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel by private driver/guide, discover an untouched part of East Bali on a full-day tour of Goa Lawah, Tenganan and the spectacular water palaces of Tirta Gangga ("Water of the Ganges") and Taman Ujung. Journey by air-conditioned vehicle through the lush landscape as you head towards East Bali and the legendary bat cave of Goa Lawah. Upon arrival, explore one of Bali's most important temples, built around a cave complex where hordes of bats live. Look for pythons at this incredible site before moving on to the village of Tenganan. Encounter the indigenous Aga people of Bali, who lived here long before the Majapahit Empire arrived from Java to colonize the island. Explore the small village on foot with your guide for a closer look at the strictly maintained and distinctive traditions of weaving and batik textiles. Then, go to the sacred Tirta Gangga Water Palace and admire the decorative ponds, statues, plants and fountains that surround the palace. Take in the stunning views of the ocean and rice paddies. Continue to the must-see Taman Ujung Water Palace in Karangasem Regency and explore the ponds, bridges and picturesque pathways of the complex at the base of Mount Agung. Learn about its intricate Balinese architectural style before traveling back to your hotel.

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Ubud: Half-Day Semi-Customized Private-Tour with Live Guide

10. Ubud: Half-Day Semi-Customized Private-Tour with Live Guide

This 5-6 hours semi-customized private tour takes you to experience the scenic part of Ubud and the surrounding area. Tailor make your half day tour to visit Ubud landmarks with other interesting its things to and its must have pictures. Once you are picked up at your hotel, get ready for a half-day of exploring, located in the uplands of Bali and is a completely different atmosphere to brash and busy areas like Kuta or Seminyak. With scenic a landscape, lively art scene, rich cultural atmosphere, and countless lifestyle attractions, there are no limits to the things you can do in this charming town. From the famous Ubud Monkey Forest to shopping, discover the top things to see in Ubud. List of Ubud top things to do and must have pictures 1. Explore Ubud Monkey Forest 2. Walk trough the iconic Tegalalang Rice Terrace 3. Go shopping at Ubud Market 4. Admire the Botanic Garden Ubud 5. Visit Holy Spring Temple Tirta Empul 6. Visit Goa Gajah Temple 7. Sample the delights at Gianyar Night Market 8. Visit and sample the famous and unique Luwak Coffee making process 9. Visit the Ancient Gunung Kawi Royal Monument 10. Chase one of the unique Kamto Lampo Waterfall or Tegenungan Waterfall. 11. Visit Ubud Palace 12. Admire Sarawasti Temple 13. Visit one of Ubud Artisan Villages (Celuk for Silver Smith Village or Visit Mas Village for wood carving village) On the day of the activity you can simply choose up to 4 of the places mentioned above that you would like to visit. Your lovely guide will be very more than happy to adjust your itinerary to include or exclude anything you'd like in Ubud. The usual policy is to dive deeper into your itinerary when we pick you up from your hotel so everyone is happy with the plan for the day. Drawing on a wealth of experience heading to all the major sightseeing spots of Ubud will ensure that your journey is as smooth as possible.

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What people are saying about Bali

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,659 reviews

I had a wonderful time on my tour to Uluwatu. I really enjoyed the beaches we visited and the wonderful nature alongside the shore of Uluwatu and Nusa Dua. Because of the virus, I was the only person on the trip, but my guide Yogi was wonderful, so I had a great last day in Bali. He explained a lot about the culture and religion of Bali, he was very professional and always gave me as much time as I needed on my own to explore the sights and beaches, so I had a relaxing, yet educational day. I can highly recommend this tour anyone enjoying a mixture of cultural sights, nature and beaches.

The Lempuyang's Gates were stunning and fortunately for me the wait for a picture was very short due to there not being many tourists, I can imagine that the queue can be staggering at times and the wait a long one but there are shaded area to wait in

Very nice experience of walking in tropical garden (first time I saw cloves tree), swimming in pool lakes and sliding in waterfalls. The road itself is obviously exhausting.

It was beautiful , a great fun way to get to see mount Batur sunrise which was beautiful, a bonus also with the guide who took some amazing photos of my husband and me

Suker was an amazing guide. Knowledgeable, friendly and a great photographer! Wonderful day, enjoying the Gorgeous temples of East Bali.