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Northern Charm: Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, Waterfall & Swing

1. Northern Charm: Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, Waterfall & Swing

Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. This private tour is designed for those who wish to visit all the most iconic and photogenic sites that you always see on postcards and instagram in the northern part of the islands. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll learn about the Balinese culture and history behind those sites and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Your first stop early in the morning will be the iconic Lake Beratan where you will see the majestic temple sitting on a small island on the lake, just as you always see in the postcards of Bali. This lakeside temple was constructed in honor of Dewi Danu, goddess of the lake that was formed by a volcanic eruption 30,000 years ago. Your guide will also explain to you more of the history of this ancient temple as well as the Balinese people and their culture. You will 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. Pamper your eyes with the amazing green surrounding, beautiful scenery and the amazing background of smoky green hills between the gates that creates a perfect picture for your trip. Don't forget to take some polaroid photos as well while you are here. Prepare your walking shoes because you will next go to visit the majestic and beautiful Banyumala Twin Waterfall. It’s absolutely perfect for a quiet and peaceful afternoon in the arms of Mother Nature. The natural pool is inviting with its translucent turquoise waters. Swim in tranquility, listen to the thunderous roar of cascading waters and take in the sights of the vibrant greenery. Although no picture will ever do this natural wonder justice, that shouldn’t stop you from that perfect Instagram shot Your journey will not be completed without a visit to the iconic Wanagiri Hidden Hills which is punctuated by a series of whimsical vantage points over Lake Tambingan and Lake Buyan. Here you will fly over the hill and lakes and experience incredible views on a jungle swing. Do not miss the bird cage and also a viewing post shaped like a boat here!

Lovina: Sunrise Dolphin Watching Small Group Tour

2. Lovina: Sunrise Dolphin Watching Small Group Tour

Spend a morning with the ocean’s most joyful creatures on a memorable sunrise dolphin watching tour. Capture striking photos of the sun creeping up from the horizon and glimpse dolphins break the waves as they swim in their pods.  Start with a very early wakeup at 3 AM. This is because dolphins are most active in the early morning. The experienced guide knows the habits and patterns of the dolphins inside out, meaning you’ll have the best possible chance of viewing them in their natural habitat. After your traditional Balinese boat tour, stop for a spot of breakfast before continuing to one of Bali’s most iconic spots. Handara Gate is a fantastic alternative to the popular Gates of Heaven, which usually has a 2-hour queue for photos. These equally attractive gates are a hidden gem, thought by the Balinese to separate the spiritual and physical world.

Bali: Twin Lakes, Handara Gates, and Forest Trekking Tour

3. Bali: Twin Lakes, Handara Gates, and Forest Trekking Tour

With its turquoise twin lakes separated by tropical rainforest and peppered with serene Hindu temples dating back centuries, this protected area in the northern mountains is a Bali must-see.  Rather than taking on the rugged terrain alone, allow your guide to whisk you there by comfy air-conditioned transport, in time for a magical sunrise. After departing from your accommodation promptly by 4 AM, head north and arrive at a spectacular sunrise viewing point just before 6 AM. After tucking into a well-deserved breakfast, begin the day’s trek towards the Twin Lakes. Both Buyan Lake and Tamblingan Lake are a sight to see, shrouded in rainforest and home to unique Balinese wildlife. Reach the real highlight of the day and cross the serene Lake Tamblingan by traditional canoe. Let your experienced guide do the arm work while sitting back and snapping photos of the majestic surroundings. Next, swing by Handara Gate, one of Bali’s most popular photo spots. Symbolizing a bridge between the real and spiritual realms, this photogenic stone arch is built in the typical Balinese style. Finish the day at Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist temple nestled on the banks of Lake Beratan. With 300 years of history and a feature on the 50,000 rupiah bank note, this is one of Bali’s most iconic destinations for visitors and locals alike. Learn about its history before heading back to your hotel.

From Bali: Menjangan Island Private 3-Day Tour

4. From Bali: Menjangan Island Private 3-Day Tour

Menjangan Island is a small uninhabited island, part of the national park and it is famous for its amazing underwater world. It is a great place for snorkeling and deep-sea diving. During the trip, stay at the 4-star resort in the middle of West Bali National Park which is a unique nature reserve of great, unspoiled natural beauty. The park is home to more than 160 species of wild birds, including the famous Balinese Starling - a bird endemic to Bali Island, on the verge of extinction. The park is also home to monkeys, flying foxes, banteng, wild boars, sea turtles, and many more animals. On day 1 visit Jatiluwih rice terraces, a fruit market, Ulun Danu temple, Beratan Lake, Candi Handara Heaven Gates and NusaBay Menjangan Resort. You will be picked up from your hotel or villa in Bali at 08:00 AM by a professional guide. Explore the North part of Bali island and visit some most beautiful and remarkable sites, such as UNESCO-recognized rice terraces Jatiluwih and a major Shaivite water temple – Ulun Danu, built on Beratan lake, about 1200 meters above sea level. Also, make a stop at the local fruit market where you can buy some delicious exotic tropical fruits. The last place to visit is Heaven's Gate, one of the most beautiful photo locations in Bali. Next, proceed to the harbor from where the speedboat will deliver you to your hotel – NusaBay Menjangan Resort, the only hotel located in the West Bali National Park. On day 1, experience a private snorkeling/diving boat trip to Menjangan island or enjoy a free day in West Bali National Park. Wake up from a sound of singing birds, surrounded with the forest and wild deer around your bungalow. Enjoy your breakfast and prepare for a private snorkeling boat trip to Menjangan island, where you will explore the amazing and diverse marine life at one of the best snorkeling and diving spots on Bali island. Beneath the surface of the sea, there are 100 species of corals, inhabited by a variety of colorful, exotic fish. If you're lucky, you can see the Mandarin fish, reef sharks, fish surgeon, angelfish, and many other sea creatures. Then, enjoy a short trekking tour to Menjangan island and meet the wild deer. In the afternoon, head back to the hotel. There are no more activities planned for today, so you can just relax and enjoy the silence of nature or have the option to add-on a guided tour of the park. On day 3, visit Brahmavihara-Arama Buddhist Monastery and Munduk waterfall. Have a delicious breakfast and check-out from the hotel before your driver transfers you back to your hotel in South Bali. During this private transfer, visit 2 more wonderful places – the biggest Buddhist temple in Bali, Brahmavihara-Arama and in the gorgeous Munduk waterfall.

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What people are saying about Handara Iconic Gate

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4.8 / 5

based on 403 reviews

This trip was unforgettable thanks to our guide Dharma! Safe driving style, takes the time you want at the respective spot, explains everything you need to know about the sights or the Balinese culture. Everyone who has this trip with him as a guide can look forward to an unforgettable day with lots of information and great pictures.

Amazing tour with a top-class driver (Tirta) ! We learned a lot about Bali and we visited amazing places! We even had some time to see things outside the initial itinerary! Finally, our driver was always available for pictures and made the whole experience more interesting and fascinating!

This is a full day of beautiful spots to take pictures. Be sure to be fit to go to the Waterfall, it's a challenging path but the place is simply amazing. It's very important to start very early in the morning so you can beat the queues in all of these spots.

Fantastic itinerary with top class tour guide (goes by Strawberry). Was very pleasant at early morning pickup and accommodated all requests we made throughout the day long trip. Fabulous photo taking by the guide - we were so happy with the photos.

A very nice day, well organized with a super guide/driver Sandi!!! the waterfall is absolutely unique and still an insider tip - highly recommended