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Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring

1. Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring

Hike up the stunning Mount Batur on an early sunrise trek to its summit. Follow your guide up the mountain, enjoying a well-earned breakfast at the top while you watch the brilliant colors of the sunrise. Top off your active morning with a soak in a natural hot spring and an invigorating coffee plantation visit. Get an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Bali in time to watch the sunrise from the top of Mount Batur. Depart between 1:30 AM and 2:30 AM (depending on the location of your hotel), and then journey towards the active volcano near the village of Kintamani. Upon arrival at Mount Batur, get a short introduction and safety briefing from your private guide. All the guides are locals with experience of climbing Mount Batur since they were children. Benefit from their extensive knowledge and passion for the region before you embark on your 1.5-hour trek to the highest volcanic crater in Bali in time to watch the sunrise. Upon arrival at the top, enjoy breakfast and take in the amazing views of the surrounding area at the break of day. After sunrise, enjoy some time to walk around the crater of the volcano before crossing a hill of lava and black sand. Trek back down the mountain, and then soothe away your aches and pains at a natural hot spring at 9 AM. Visit a coffee plantation on the way back to your accommodation, and get dropped off by approximately 1 PM at the end of an amazing morning.

Bali: Sunrise Mount Batur Hike with Breakfast

2. Bali: Sunrise Mount Batur Hike with Breakfast

Scale one of Bali’s natural wonders with a private, early-morning hike up Mount Batur, including breakfast and a trip to a coffee plantation afterwards.  With all entry tickets, accommodation transfers, and an expert local guide also included, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is enjoying the panoramic views.  Begin your ascent at the base of Mount Batur after an early pickup from your accommodation. You’ll even start your jungle trek on an exclusive path with fewer trekkers around. Savor the pristine night sky away from the city lights as you hike. After a 2-hour trek, you’ll then be rewarded at the top with sunrise views over the natural landscape and ocean horizon. And even better, you get to enjoy breakfast at the volcano’s summit.  On the way down you’ll enjoy more vistas, such as Lake Batur, an enormous volcanic crater lake.  You’ll also have the opportunity to stop off for a cup of local Luwak coffee at a coffee plantation before being dropped off back at your accommodation.

Northern Bali Highlights With Private Tour

3. Northern Bali Highlights With Private Tour

Make your Instagram followers envious as you explore Northern Bali on a guided day tour to its most recognizable hotspots. Following a pickup from your accommodation, journey north with a local guide, who will share gems about Balinese history and culture. Travel to the iconic Lake Beratan where you'll see the majestic temple sitting on a small island on the lake, dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of the lake. Then, visit the iconic Handara Gate, well known as the pathway to serenity. Take a wonderful picture in front of Handara Gate with the breathtaking view of green scenery and the gigantic-exotic traditional Balinese gate as your backdrop. Take a quick stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included), before preparing your flip-flops at the majestic Banyumala Twin Waterfall. Swim in tranquility, listen to the thunderous roar of cascading waters, and take in the sights of the vibrant greenery. Afterward, head to a coffee plantation to learn about coffee processing with a tasting. Complete your journey with a visit to the iconic Wanagiri Hidden Hills Photos Spot. Admire hill views and lakes on the bridge overlooking the lake before returning to your hotel.

Bali: Mount Batur Quad Bike Tour and Natural Hot Springs

4. Bali: Mount Batur Quad Bike Tour and Natural Hot Springs

Break out of the typical tourist mold and explore Bali's stunning natural environs by quad bike. Enjoy the convenience of a complimentary pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle between 6 AM-6:30 AM (dependent on your location). Drive to Kintamani where you can have breakfast while taking in views of Mount Batur, an active volcano surrounded by black lava fields and sand.  Greet your guide at Latengaya Guesthouse for an informative safety briefing and get outfitted with protective equipment. Your semi-automatic quad bike is easy to use even for less experienced drivers. On a 2.5-hour quad bike tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the diverse scenery surrounding Mount Batur, traveling down jungle trails, through villages, and across the characteristic black sand of the volcano. Pass the site of the volcano's most recent eruption where you can see the largest black lava stone located on the mountain. After your quad adventure, continue on to a natural hot spring where you can have a refreshing swim and head to a nearby restaurant for lunch. Get a last glimpse of Mount Batur before driving to a Balinese coffee plantation to sample an important local product and learn about the coffee production process before your driver takes you back to your accommodation.

From Ubud: Downhill Bike Tour with Rice Terraces and Meal

5. From Ubud: Downhill Bike Tour with Rice Terraces and Meal

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then journey by air-conditioned minivan to the starting point of your amazing downhill bike ride. Arrive high on the slopes of Kintamani volcano and get kitted out with a suitable bike to suit your needs. Feel the tropical breeze on your face as you follow your guide on an exciting bike ride down through the lush rainforest. Stop to visit an organic plantation and go for a walk through the UNESCO World Heritage rice terraces. Learn about the pioneering subak irrigation system that made the rice paddies famous. Cycle through the handicrafts villages of Ubud, where artisans use traditional methods to create wood-carved souvenirs, silver jewelry and colorful woven textiles. End with a delicious meal in a local restaurant in Ubud before getting dropped off at your hotel.

Central Bali Sightseeing Tour with Driver as Guide

6. Central Bali Sightseeing Tour with Driver as Guide

Visit some of Bali's cultural and natural attractions on a guided day tour from Ubud. See the Krisik Waterfall and the traditional village of Penglipuran. Stop to take in the views at a rice terrace and learn about coffee at a plantation. Get picked up at your hotel in Ubud, Sanur, Nusadua, Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, or Jimbaran in the morning to start your tour. Enjoy a scenic ride to your first destination. Take a short walk through the jungle on your first stop at Krisik Waterfall. Admire this natural wonder amid a backdrop of lush jungle scenery. Next, pay a visit to Penglipuran Village for a look at local life. Stroll through this stunning highland settlement and check out its manicured gardens and traditional architecture. Stop for lunch at a restaurant (not included). After lunch, go to a coffee plantation and learn about the process that goes into making this popular drink. When you're finished touring the grounds, sample some of the coffees. Stroll through the Tegalalang Rice Terrace on your next stop, enjoying the pleasant views of cascading emerald fields worked by local farmers. Admire the rice paddies, watered using the traditional "subak" irrigation system. If you'd like, stop at the Bali Jungle Swing to take a ride (not included). Feel the wind in your hair as you fly over the jungle. Finally, visit the Tirta Empul water temple and its holy spring. See the sacred place where Balinese Hindus go for ritual purification to cleanse their souls and ward off evil. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of your tour.

Mount Batur: Private Volkswagen Jeep Volcano Safari

7. Mount Batur: Private Volkswagen Jeep Volcano Safari

Your own private driver will pick you up bright and early in your classic VW all terrain jeep for a day of adventure at Bali’s Mount Batur volcano. Drive through the scenic beauty of Bali’s rice terraces and lush vegetation. Stop at Penelokan, where you will reach the rim of a huge caldera, 14 kilometers across, with a breathtaking view of Mount Batur. Continue your safari via the truck route into the old crater, where you will encounter huge lava flows which have covered most of the vegetation. On the edge of the caldera there are big trees which are inhabited by wild monkeys. From here you will climb up a lava dune with a beautiful view of the mountain and the black lava. Your guide will explain about the thirty million years of history that formed this area and surroundings. After an adventurous drive around the mountain, you will stop to meet the local famers on your way to the natural hot springs. Soothe away all your aches and pains at the natural hot springs of Batur. You will have a buffet lunch before continuing the trip. Follow the road to a coffee plantation, where you will learn all about the production of coffee. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to your hotel.

From Bali: Gili Islands 2-Day Tour with Beachfront Resort

8. From Bali: Gili Islands 2-Day Tour with Beachfront Resort

Discover a tropical paradise of soft white beaches and lush vegetation on a 2-day tour of the Gili Islands from Bali. Escape the crowds and get back to nature with time to swim and snorkel with the exotic marine life. Day 1 Climb aboard a fast boat and cross from Bali to the Gili Islands. Get the chance to stroll along a white sand beach on arrival, soak up the sun and refresh yourself with a swim in the crystal-clear sea. Spend the night listening to the gentle sound of the waves and watching the sunset at your beachfront resort. Day 2 Start the day with a private 2.5-hour boat ride around the 3 Gili Islands, and snorkel with marine life, such as butterfly fish, clown fish and different species of turtles. Get the option to extend your stay for more time to swim, snorkel and dive.

Ubud: 3-Hour Silver Jewelry Making Class

9. Ubud: 3-Hour Silver Jewelry Making Class

Looking for a one-of-a-kind moment in Bali? This unique experience allows you to enjoy a fun, creative hobby combined with Bali's oldest crafting techniques. Spend a half-day with Ayu, who will introduce you to this special realm of art. She will teach you how to craft your idea into a wearable art piece just like she was taught by her father and her older brother when she was 9 years old. Learn all about what silver jewelry making entails and how it developed over time in Bali. Using 5 grams of silver, create your very own pair of earrings, ring, or pendant. Work together with Ayu to turn new silver into a polished art piece. It’s fun, it’s a challenge and a terrific way to spend your leisure time in Ubud.

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

10. 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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Our driver Budi (from Tour Bali Driver) is a lovely, friendly and tactful person. He gave information to us and answered every question we had...and drove carefully. We visited different tourist attractions like the Hindu temple „Pura Puseh Desa Batuan“, Ubud monkey forest, Tegallalang Rice Terrace and the Tegenungan Waterfall. We also had a beautiful view on the vulcano „Gunung Batur“ and the lake. The included lunch was rich and tasty. There was a large buffet…with vegetarian food, too. It was fun to had a walk through the little coffee and spice plantation. We tried a different types of included tea and coffee in a very nice atmosphere. And we tasted also the Luwak coffee by surcharge. It was a special experience. The tour included more feasible sightseeing points (like goldsmith), but we skipped it out, because we wanted to have more time at the other tourist attractions. We saw a lot of different places of Bali….and the tour was not that expensive. We recommend Budis tour! ⭐️

Pick up was on time with a friendly driver and guide. Wira, my guide, was excellent for communicating, checking in multiple times throughout the day. He went above and beyond what was expected. Tea/coffee and local snack from the starting pot before we began the climb. The climb was harder than I expected however the guides were very patient and made me feel at ease when I needed to stop and take breaks. We were lucky to have a beautiful day with the sky transitioning from a clear stary night to a red fiery dawn and a colourful sun rise. We had breakfast and explored the top of the volcano before we began the descent. The descent was a tricky as it is steep. Shoes with a good grip definitely helped. Next up the hot springs were beautiful with good facilities, a free welcome drink, and a towel and locker were provided. Quick stop at a coffee plantation on the route home with free sampling of different coffees and teas. Arrived home in time for lunch.

We did the trip today with Antik as our guide and had a lovely day. It was a really easy way to get a good feel of Bali in such a short space of time. Antik gave us as much time as we required in at each stop and we never felt rushed or hurried in any way. At each stop there is essentially ‘add-ons’ which you can choose to do such as shops at the craft demonstrations or swings/zip lines at the rice terraces. These are all optional but can be a good place to pick up some presents should you choose. The lunch was nice but the view really makes it.

Our guide Ardika was amazing and the Driver Mr Katun made us feel so safe as we travelled the East side of the island! Ardika’s knowledge of the Balinese culture that he was so kind to share is broad and fascinating. He is very professional and allowed us to move at our own pace while still making sure we saw all the best sites and took wonderful pictures for us as well. Highly recommend!

This was an amazing tour. Our guide Joe was so helpful and informative the whole time. He even took photos for us. I would definitely recommend booking this experience and hopefully you also get Joe!