Bali Discovered Tour
Showcasing Bali’s key natural sights and beautiful temples, this full tour offers you the opportunity to experience traditional Balinese markets and monasteries and to enjoy its beautiful coast, caldera lakes, volcanoes and waterfalls. With activities selected to suit your requirements, you explore the area around Ubud, before venturing north to visit Bali’s classic lakes. You explore the West Bali National Park and the pristine waters of Menjangan Island and your tour ends with visits to Bali’s best-known temples.
You are met upon arrival at Denpasar airport after your flight from the UK and transferred to your hotel in Ubud.
Your tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace where you can discover the ornate architecture and learn about the Asta Kosala Kosali tradition of house building, a method not dissimilar to the ancient art of Feng Shui. Your next destination is Ubud Monkey Forest, a lush nature reserve and temple complex on the outskirts of Ubud. You continue to the northwest of Ubud to the Neka Art Museum before returning to your hotel.
This fascinating day trip begins with visit Goa often referred to as the Elephant Cave and established in the 9th century as a sanctuary for Buddhist monks. The facade of the cave is noted for its interesting carvings and ornate relief. You continue to the 1,000 year-old Hindu Besakih temple, known as the ‘mother temple of Bali’. Situated at around 1,000 metres on the volcanic slopes of Mount Agung, the island’s largest mountain, Besakih is Bali’s most important temple comprising 23 individual but related temples. Next stop is the Balinese Hindu temple at Goa Lawah, known locally as the ‘Bat Cave’ after the hordes of bats that inhabit it. The last stop of this tour before heading to your hotel at Tembok area is Tirta Gangga, a former royal palace, located in the eastern part of Bali. The park is famous for its water palace, owned by the Kingdom of Karangasem.
The village of Kintamani is the best spot, weather permitting, for views of Mount Batur, an active volcano which sits alongside Lake Batur. Afterwards you drive through scenic landscape to Gitgit Waterfall. Located in the jungle, with a drop of around 40 metres, this picturesque waterfall is very popular and is a highlight for many visitors to Bali. From here you visit Bedugul, a beautiful and peaceful mountain retreat, which sits above Lake Beratan, the mist filled home to Pura Ulun Danu, the important Hindu Shivaite water temple. Your day continues with a visit to the Bedugul Botanical Garden, established in 1959 and home to some 2,000 species of plants. You stop for a view of the ‘twin lakes’ of Tamblingan and Buyan from Asah Gobleg village before driving to Munduk, located in the cool Mountains in North Bali.
Begin today with a walk around the Munduk area, on the edge of a plateau above three breathtakingly beautiful lakes. This maximum one and a half hour guided trekking is an excellent introduction to the island’s flora and you may spot some of the indigenous birds. You then continue to Brahmavihara-Arama, Bali’s largest Buddhist monastery. Next stop is the naturally heated water from the springs at Banjar, believed to have healing properties. The series of pools are lined with beautifully carved stone nagas (serpent deities) and the largest is two metres deep. Finally you travel to the ornate Pulaki Temple built predominately from black granite stone and home to several species of Macaque monkeys who, in Balinese belief, are considered to be the sacred guardians of the temple. From here you travel to the West Bali National Park where you check-in to the peaceful Menjangan Resort which is situated in the heart of the national park.
Today you explore more of the National Park. Located on the northwest coast of the island and covering an area of approximately 190 square kilometres, the park is known for its diverse habitat including savannah, mangrove swamps and coral islands. You are transported by boat to the beautiful uninhabited Menjangan Island for a morning of snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. Situated approximately 8km off the northwest tip of Bali, it has one of the best-preserved coral reefs in the area. With excellent underwater visibility (ranging from 15 to 50 metres), there are fantastic opportunities to see all kinds of marine life including pygmy seahorses, schools of snappers and even reef sharks. If you are lucky you may spot wild deer who swim across to the island from the mainland.
You start the tour early from your hotel and enjoy a comfortable scenic journey along country roads to the Tabanan area in the remote region of Belimbing. Along the way, you observe many beautiful sculpted-terrace rice paddies. When you arrive at the start point of the tour, you are served refreshments before starting the 3,5 hours gentle guided walk around the coffee and chocolate plantations and rice paddies. The walk ends at Benben Waterfall and you will be transferred by road back for lunch followed by some relaxation time before you continue to the south of Bali. With its spectacular location, Tanah Lot is an integral part of Balinese mythology and one of seven sea temples that are said to form a ‘chain’ around the island. You arrive in time for sunset when photographic opportunities abound. Afterwards we will transfer you to your beach resort for your overnight stay.
Long associated with the Balinese Royal Family, Mengwi is home to the superb temple complex at Taman Ayun. Translating as ‘beautiful garden’ Taman Ayun is considered by many to be one of the island’s most attractive temples. The journey continues to Seminyak area where you find popular and lively restaurants, bars, and good crafts/furniture shops. Spend the afternoon on your own doing some shopping or strolling along the beach before you continue the drive to your hotel in Jimbaran. A seductive crescent of white sand and blue sea, Jimbaran Bay has a reputation for having some of the best seafood restaurants on the island. You will have the chance to dine in one of the best Beach Clubs in the bay. The delicious seafood rijstaffel (selection of dishes) and ambient beachside location provide the perfect end to a perfect day.
Today you travel to the southern-most tip of Bali to visit the famous Uluwatu Temple, perched 70 metres on a steep cliff. One of seven sea temples that are said to form a ‘chain’ around the island, it is undoubtedly one of the region’s most venerable places of worship. Here you may witness a traditional display of Kecak dance, which is regularly performed at Uluwatu. This ritual dance is based on an ancient story from the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana.
Day at leisure before your transfer to the airport, or extend your stay on the beach. (B)
• Bed & Breakfast
• 5 lunches
• 1 dinner
• Fully guided private tour
• All activities as per tour
• Entrance fees
• ATOL protection
• Hotel and flight taxes
• Flight upgrades
• Hotel upgrades
• Tour extensions
• Additional hotel nights
• Bespoke tour variations
Start at Abud
ULUN DANU TEMPLE
WEST BALI PARK
BELIMBING RICE FIELDS
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