Travel postcards of Bali usually depict its terraced rice fields and volcanic mountains. But the Indonesian island is also home to breath-taking beaches, forests, water temples, and pretty villages. South Bali has the most desirable coastline with major seafront luxury destinations like Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak, Legian, and Kuta. For the most picturesque temples, mountains, and cultural attractions, a visit to Central Bali is highly recommended. In the South-East, you will find the secluded islands Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan, which are great for diving. While it may be difficult to see all of Bali in one visit, here are five day tours to choose from when in Bali –
Full-Day Tour of Ubud’s Villages
Ubud is packed with many of Bali’s best cultural and natural attractions, and a full day tour is ideal for seeing them at a leisurely pace. Verdant villages, rice terraces, and coffee plantations are laid out before you as you drive through Ubud. During the tour, you can stop to visit Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Palace, and the Art Market. For authentic local art, you can pay a visit to Batubulan, Mas, and Celuk, famous for their wood and silver carvings and batik work. From certain spots, you will be able to see Mount Batur or Kintamani Volcano as it is also called.
Bali’s Water Temples and Rice Terraces
Visit the iconic lake temple of Ulun Danu Bratan, renowned for its pyramidal tower; the riverside Tanah Lot Temple where you can see the most spectacular sunsets and cliff-side water blows, and the mountain temple of Luhur Batukaru, which sits on the southern slope of the second highest volcano in Bali. On the way, you will also have an opportunity to explore the rice fields of Jatiluwih Green Land.
Sunrise Hike to Mount Batur and Tour of Coffee Plantations
For those who love nature and don’t mind some physical activity, a sunrise trek to Mount Batur or Kintamani Volcano is a must-do. As the trip takes around two hours, it’s essential to start out in the wee hours of the morning. But when you see the breath-taking sunrise, all the effort will seem worth it. Walk around the crater before making your way back down the volcano. The tour also includes an exploration of the nearby coffee plantations.
Visit to Waterfalls at Tibumana, Tukad Cepung, and Tegenungan
If you’re visiting Bali immediately after the wet season which ends in April, you’ll be treated to wonderful displays of gushing water at the island’s waterfalls. Tibumana Waterfall is hidden away in a forest, while Tukad Cepung may be found behind a cave. Below Tegenungan Waterfall, you can even have a shower in the shallow area!
White Water Rafting and Bali ATV Ride
Choose between a half-day or full-day tour white water rafting along the Ayung River. During the exhilarating ride, you’ll learn to paddle atop a raft amidst stunning jungle and waterfall views. If doing a full-day tour, you can also ride through Bali’s gorgeous countryside on an ATV.