What You Can See & Do in Bali, Indonesia
Bali's natural attractions include miles of sandy beaches (many are well-known amongst surfers), picturesque rice terraces, towering active volcanoes over 3,000 meters (10,000 ft.) high, fast flowing rivers, deep ravines, pristine crater lakes, sacred caves, and lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife
The island's abundant cultural heritage is visible almost everywhere - inside over 20,000 temples and palaces, in several colorful celebrations and ceremonies (including teeth filings and cremations), within drama, tunes, and dancing.
You can experience Indonesia on a variety of excursions and guided tours by coach, private vehicle or "Big Bike", by boat or by atmosphere plane: seeing Bali's beaches and rice terraces, the well-known Besakih Temple for the slopes of holy Support Agung, Lake Batur and active volcano, Ubud, Legian, Kuta, Nusa Dua, along with the temples of Tanah Lot along with Ulu Watu from a chopper is a really particular experience. Pertaining to helicopter tours and private charters (3 to 6 people) please get in touch with the Balivillas.org Service Centre at 703-060 when you arrive.
The majority of full day time tours by car (eight to 12 hours, minimum 2 individuals) cost with regards to US$45 to US$50 for each person, fifty percent day trips US$30 to US$35. These types of prices incorporate a multi-lingual guide along with transport within an air-conditioned private vehicle, all access fees, however no foods. Which guidebook and car owner you choose could make or break your day: be warned that those who supply very low price ranges tend to squander your time by simply showing you hardly any more than these shops which pay them any commission in your purchases.
THE MOST POPULAR BALI TOURS
Kintamani Volcano Tour: The initial quit is usually within the village of Batubulan to watch a efficiency in the Barong and Kris Dance. Afterwards you check out the villages of Celuk (silver jewelry) and Mas (wood carving) to determine Balinese artisans at function. Ubud, Bali's cultural center, has grown to a busy town with numerous Balinese art galleries and outlets. A scenic drive over compact roads overlooking lovely rice terraces brings you towards the mountain village of Kintamani (about five,000 feet above the sea) which provides spectacular views of Lake Batur and also the volcano. You may cross the crater lake below the nevertheless active Mount Batur and check out the "Bali Aga" village of Trunyan. Return via regular villages with stops in Tampaksiring to go to the temple of Tirta Empul, and to check out the Elephant Cave "Goa Gajah", a hermitage from the 11th. century utilized by both Buddhists and Hindus.
The "Mother Temple" and East Bali Tour: Drive to Besakih by means of various villages going to on the way a weaving factory, see the renowned painted ceiling in the old "Palace of Justice" in Klungkung, and visit the school of painting in Kamasan. The "Mother Temple" in Besakih is Bali's most holy and Indonesia's largest Hindu temple. It was build inside the 11th. Century in an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) on the slopes of Mount Agung. You pass picturesque rice terraces on the solution to the walled "Bali Aga" village of Tenganan, and continue to Candi Dasa on the East coast. On the way back it is recommended to cease in the popular Bat Cave "Goa Lawah" with thousands of bats hanging from the walls.
Bedugul Tour: Right after a quit in Sangeh to stop by its holy forest inhabited by wild monkeys, drive up in to the mountains to Lake Bratan (1,200 meters above sea level) plus the picturesque water temple Ulun Danu. Stop by the busy flower, fruit and spice market place in Candikuning exactly where the majority of Bali's vegetables come from. Drive back by way of smaller country roads, villages and rice fields, with a cease in an artisan village specializing in gold threaded textiles (Ikat) worn through essential ceremonies.
North Bali Tour: Drive the scenic road via Pupuan via the mountains to Bali's North coast. You'll enjoy stunning views of picturesque rice terraces, and big plantations growing vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cloves, as well as wine grapes. Close to the village of Banjar is usually a well-known hot spring exactly where you may take a bath within the natural pond. Following a lunch on the black beach in Lovina you pass the old capital of Singaraja on the technique to Git Git, popular for its multi-tier water fall. Return more than back roads to see the unspoiled Bali. (This tour is usually combined with all the pay a visit to to Bedugul.)
Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Tour: Pay a visit to the royal Taman Ayun temple in Mengwi (built in 1624), the holy monkey forest close to Sangeh, and famous Tanah Lot. This picturesque Balinese temple was built in the 16th. Century on a huge rock 100 yards off Bali's West coast and is surrounded by the sea through high tides. Spectacular sight, however, spoiled by thousands of tourists visiting every day throughout sunset. To avoid these, take pleasure in the view from the lobby of the nearby Le Meridien Nirvana Resort.
Handicraft Villages & Ubud Tour: Stop by the artisan villages of Batubulan (stone carving), Celuk (silver & gold jewelry), Mas (wood carving), and Pengosekan (painting). Stop in the "Bali Art Market" in Sukawati to bargain for all kinds of handicrafts and textiles.
Already in the 1930s Ubud had been made popular around the world as Bali's cultural center by the German intellectual Walter Spies, the Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet and other foreign artists who'd made it their home.
Today Ubud is often a fast expanding town with several art galleries and shops offering paintings, wood carvings, textiles, and all kinds of souvenirs. Don't miss the MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN inside the center of Ubud, the NEKA MUSEUM in Campuhan, the NEKA GALLERY in Ubud, the AGUNG RAI GALLERY in Peliatan, and the AGUNG RAI MUSEUM in Pengosekan to determine the difference between creative art and more commercial products. Problem is that when you see their "Permanent Collections" at many "Galleries" you've seen real art, and when you return to their show rooms you don't like any in the very commercial products any more.
The SENIWATI GALLERY - ART BY WOMEN, founded in 1991 by Mary Northmore (the very personable wife of popular painter Abdul Azis) to help Balinese women to be accepted as artists, is a place you should not miss whatever you do. The main purpose of this Bali art gallery is to expose the long understated brilliance of independent women artists resident in Bali, and to motivate, train, and encourage young Balinese girls with obvious creative gifts. Go to also the BLUE MOON STUDIO and GALLERY, founded in 1994 with an emphasis on exhibiting contemporary artists.
The LOTUS CAFE is perhaps the most preferred meeting point in town and has become kind of an institution, and MURNI'S as well as the BRIDGE CAFE offer tasty snacks and full meals in very pleasant surroundings and at reasonable prices. For other interesting restaurants please go to Restaurants in Ubud. The various Balinese dance and Wayang Kulit performances (see below) in Ubud and in nearby villages are worth spending the early evening there.