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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.

Ubud: 3-Hour Silver Jewelry Making Class

2. 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

3. 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.

Ubud: Highlights Small Group Guided Tour

4. Ubud: Highlights Small Group Guided Tour

Zip through Ubud in a private car and meet other travelers on this small group tour of up to 5 people. Waste no time getting up close and personal with Bali’s lush rice terraces and rich historic heritage. Visit religious sites, explore the region's culture and history, and experience stunning landscapes. After pickup from your hotel, the first stop on your tour is at the scenic Tegenungan Waterfall. After some swimming and selfies, head to your next stop, the Monkey Forest. Meet some playful new companions and be entertained by their mischievous antics as you wander through the forest. Next, savor an authentic Balinese meal for lunch, giving you energy for the afternoon. Take a short hike through the beautiful rice terraces of Tegallalang and admire the beautiful scenery. End your tour with a visit to the temple complex and holy mountain spring of Tirta Empul, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Bali All Inclusive: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples & Volcano

5. 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.

Ubud: 3-Hour Wood Carving Master Class

6. Ubud: 3-Hour Wood Carving Master Class

Looking for another way to experience the vibrant culture of Bali? Let a Balisene master introduce you to the ancient art of wood carving during this 3-hour creative class. Your instructors will skillfully guide all novice woodcarvers to find the mask, the animal, or the shape that is "hiding" inside each block of wood. Bali’s wood carvers are known throughout the world for their intricate and nuanced wood creations that adorn nearly every home on the island. This skill is inherited from one family generation to the next. Don't miss the opportunity to take part in this extraordinary craft while on the island. Stretch your creative muscle while vacationing in paradise, and then you can take home what you have helped to create as a souvenir you can't buy at any markets. Families and kids are welcome for a memorable cultural experience.

From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm

7. From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm

Learn to cook authentic Balinese food at a cooking class in Bali, and experience a different side to the island rarely encountered by tourists. Meet the friendly locals and take a tour of a local market where they start their day early in the morning buying and selling their daily ingredients. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the Ubud area and journey to the cooking school at an organic farm. Get a welcome coffee or tea on arrival, and then take a tour of the premises. Learn how a Balinese family makes use of the natural resources surrounding them, as you collect some vegetables for your class. Get an introduction to your chef, who will ensure everything runs smoothly throughout your class. Then, prepare a menu (regular or vegetarian) to enjoy at the end of the class. Regular Menu: Prepare the dishes for a regular meal, including a base gede (traditional spice paste) and sayur urab (mixed green salad with coconut and spice). Then, learn the secrets of opor ayam (Balinese chicken curry) and sate lilit (traditional kebab made with pork and Balinese spices). Prepare a tuna sambal matah (tuna with raw sauce) and tempe asam manis (sweet sour tempe), along with pisang goreng (banana friters with coconut and melted palm sugar) for dessert. Vegetarian Menu: Cook a vegetarian meal, starting with a base gede (traditional spice paste), and then follow by making an authentic gado gado (steamed vegetables with traditional peanut sauce) along with an opor tempe (Balinese tempe curry) and bergedel (fried corn with Balinese spices). Discover the secrets of tempe asam manis (sweet and sour tempe) and tum bambu (wrapped in banana leaf). End by making pisang goreng (banana friters with coconut and melted palm sugar) for dessert.

Ubud: Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Jungle Swing Private Tour

8. Ubud: Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Jungle Swing Private Tour

At the start of your tour, get picked up from your accommodation and drive through the Bali countryside. Make your first stop at the famous Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary, home to over 500 long tail macaques. See the monkeys roaming around in their natural habitat. From the monkey sanctuary, head north of Ubud to visit Kumulilir. Challenge yourself to ride the 20-meter Jungle Swing to the jungle valley or rice terraces. Enjoy the views and take instagrammable pictures during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After that, acuqaint yourself with Indonesia’s world-famous Luwak Coffee at its coffee plantation. Learn about the unusual method of producing the coffee, which involves the coffee beans being eaten and defecated by Asian palm civets, then collecting the partially-digested beans from the forest floor. After sampling the other coffees and teas made at the plantation, opt to taste a Luwak coffee, too. On the way back to Ubud, pass by the Ceking Rice Terrace at Tegalalang to marvel at the UNESCO-listed rice paddies, one of Bali’s most iconic sights. Learn about the pioneering subak system (the Balinese cooperative irrigation system) for which the terraces are known.  Finish your tour with being conveniently dropped off back at your accommodation in Ubud.

Ubud: Private Evening Tour with Legong Dance Performance

9. Ubud: Private Evening Tour with Legong Dance Performance

Following pickup at your accommodation, you will head to visit the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, located in the northern part of Ubud. Learn from your guide about Subak, which is the traditional irrigation system that the locals have been using for generations.  Your next destination will be the Ubud palace, which is the residence of the Ubud Royal Kingdom. You will then be taken to visit the Ubud Art Market, located across the street from the palace, where you can bargain for local art pieces. At 7:00 PM, you will be taken inside the palace to see a Legong dance performance. Before going back to your hotel after the show, you will have the option to have dinner in Ubud. Your guide will provide a great recommendation on his favorite local dinner spots.

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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Komang Darma is our guide for the sunrise trekking today. He is very attentive. Kept looking out for the guests under his care - constantly checking and making sure that all is well. He helped when we needed him and gave us encouragement & motivation to move forward. The best thing was his photography skills! He helped to captured great awesome photos. So grateful to have him today. Thumbs up! Recommended tour and amazing guide. Our driver, Putu Dibya is commendable as well. He is punctual, polite and he drives safely. Thank you Bali Trekking for providing a great hike trip today.

Amazing experience! We were able to do everything in one day that we wanted to see. Tawan, our guide, was also very accommodating of our individual wishes and showed us the nicest spots everywhere. He was also very kind and… took amazing pictures, honestly.

My wife and I loved this experience! Wira and Ari were amazing guides for the hike, springs and the coffee tour. Would highly recommend booking this! We plan to do it again for our next trip to Bali.

Thank you so much pasek for an amazing day and being so much fun with my son and I! We are exhausted but happy after such a brilliant day explore

Mardi was excellent. His knowledge and hospitality was second to none.