Day 1 in Bali
Welcome to Bali! Upon arrival at the airport, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do!
We recommend you get acquainted with the area. Head to Jimbaran Beach to explore the beautiful stretch of beaches and cliff-lined coast along with other attractions including Jimbaran`s Seafood stalls with over 40 places to sample seafood and other local delicacies. Enjoy some lunch and head south to explore several magnificent landmarks that Jimbaran and the south-western coastline have to offer.
Check out Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, 620 acres of land in the hills of Ungasan. Witness the work in progress, the Vishnu and Garuda statue, a massive statue that will eventually sit on a hill in the park towering over 475 feet tall. The park is dedicated to the art, cultural and spiritual aspects of Bali offering spectacular views over the ocean, and features an art market, amphitheater, gallery, and shops.
From here head to the Uluwatu temple, located in Pecatu village perched on top of a limestone cliff that sits 229 feet above the Indonesian Ocean. This temple is simply magnificent and offers some of the most breathtaking views in all of Bali and is said to protect Bali from the evil sea spirits. Explore the grounds and the Balinese architecture; be sure to stick around as this spot is a renowned place to watch an amazing sunset. Also, you can catch a Kecak dance performance held here every evening at 6:00 pm in an open air theater.
For the end of your first day head to Seminyak, take a stroll around this local hot spot filled with beachfront bars and restaurants, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants. Stroll around after dinner and explore the boutiques and the thriving nightlife options.
Day 2 in Bali
Begin your second day with a bright and early start. Take a trip to Tegalalang Rice Terraces, this majestic setting is the perfect place to watch the sunrise over the sprawling green valley. Marvel at the famous scenery of these classic rice terraces of Asia, situated in an ancient valley with terraced landscapes that slope down the valley and find the perfect place to capture some iconic photos. Enjoy a cup of Balinese coffee with some breakfast and shop for a souvenir in the small town of Pakudui in Tegalalang.
From here head to the Tirta Empul temple one of the largest and most popular Hindu Balinese temples in Indonesia. Where you can emerge yourself in their healing baths, said to purify your body and rid you of negative energy. `Tirta Empul` means `holy spring` in Balinese, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu God of water `Vishnu`. Explore the temple and beautiful grounds that surround them.
Make your way to Ubud the cultural core of Bali, a beautiful, relaxing area filled with classic craft villages, healthy food, spas, and relaxation. Take a walk around this traditional country town that sits in the cool mountains and grab a bite to eat. The area specializes in healthy organic produce, so one of the many cafes or restaurants is sure to peak your interest. Wander the Ubud Art Market in the center of the village, like Julia Roberts, did in `Eat Pray Love`, and pick up some local crafts or handmade jewelry that the area is known for.
Next is the Ubud Monkey Forest, this sacred forest is filled with monkeys who occupy the grounds and the temple Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, `the temple of the dead` here. Explore the three temples featured here along with the surrounding mountains and rice fields and Pura Beji another bathing temple.
On your way back stop and check out the temple at Tanah Lot, perched on top of a rock the iconic temple is one of the seven sea temples that form a chain along the coast of Bali. Restaurants, markets, and shops are set up on the cliff tops where you will find the perfect spot to sit back, relax, enjoy some food and a cocktail and have a front row seat for another spectacular Balinese sunset on the horizon.
Day 3 in Bali
You will need to start your last day off super early like 3 am! Head to Mount Batur,the 5,633-foot high mountain is an active volcano in the northwest, hike up the mountain (the most popular trek in all of Bali) to witness the most spectacular sunrise. Once at the top you can enjoy panoramic views of the mountain range and over Lake Batur.
From here head to Lake Batur, enjoy a dip in the natural hot springs, located in the village of Toya Bungkah. Then head over to Pura Ulun Danu Batur, the most famous Hindu-Buddist temple in all of Bali. Another picturesque setting, with the mountains as the backdrop and the meru (temples) reflecting off the lake. In the early morning when the mist still lingers the meru seemingly float on the water.
Close by are the Bali Botanic Gardens the Bali Treetop Adventure Park,set on 389 acres of land the parks sit at 4,265 feet above sea level inthe mountains of central Bali. Visit the beautiful gardens filled with flora and fauna with a large orchid display, bamboo gardens and three Hindu temples. The Treetop Adventure Park is also on the same grounds, a popular attraction featuring over 65 different treetop activities. Try zip lining through the forest or walking over suspension bridges all while engulfed in spectacular tropical surroundings.
On your last afternoon, head to one of the many beaches such as Legian, Kuta or Sanur where you can relax and enjoy the rest of your day on one of these beautiful beaches. Legian offers golden sand and clear waters with spa`s, shops and restaurants as well as surf schools in a small beachside area. Kuta is a well-known tourist destination and Bali`s most famous beach also filled with plenty of dining, shopping, and a popular nightlife scene. Sanur is on the southeast coast, a small seaside town with shallow waters great for swimming. Restaurants, bars, and shops fill the town with a laid back atmosphere with great views of the islands off the coast of Bali.
Additional Days in Bali
Should you be able to spend additional days in Bali be sure to visit the many temples including Taman Ayun the `Mother Temple` in the village of Mengwi, dating back to the 1600`s a large royal water temple with beautiful grounds that feature gardens, a moat and several meru`s (tiers of shrines).
Pura Besakih is located in the village of Besakih, a complex of 23 temples on the slopes of Mount Agung. Said to be the largest, most important and holiest Hindu temple featuring the Pura Penataran Agung `The Great Temple of the State` set on a stone parallel ridge resembling a pyramid dating back to the 1200`s.
Pura Pulaki, Pura Pabea, and Pura Melanting are a trio of temples located east of Pemuteran on the north coast in the foothills facing the ocean. Visit each temple that has its own unique spiritual function and Balinese architecture, and explore the jungle surroundings filled with monkeys.
Goa Gaja is an archaeological site built in the 11th century featuring an underground house carved into the side of a rock, there is an underground labyrinth, a courtyard, stone carvings, a meditation cave, fountains and a bathing pool. Located on the road to Bedulu, southeast of Ubud.
If you are a nature lover be sure to visit the Bali Bird Park in the village of Batu Bulan, a spectacular park that sits on 5 acres with over a 1,000 birds featuring 250 different species and 52 species of palms, fruit trees, bamboos, and cactus. There are three lakes here and a reptile park with Komodo dragons, pythons, and crocodiles.
The Bali Zoo in the village of Singapadu features a large collection of animals including mammals, birds, and reptiles in an area filled with tropical plants and walkways with a petting zoo, tree-walk adventures and a Night at the Zoo which enable visitors to observe nocturnal animals.
The Bali Safari and Marine Park covers 98 acres in Gianyar, the largest animal theme park in Bali with over 60 species of animals that roam free in their natural habitats. Including endangered species like the Komodo dragon, Orangutans, and the Bali Mynah.
Mount Agung is the highest point on the island, a volcano that influences the climate, creating a lush green western side and a dry side on the east. The mountain stands at 9,950 feet above sea level and holds a large spiritual significance to the Balinese with Pura Besakih nestled on its slopes. A popular trek up the mountain to the summit provides magnificent panoramic views including sights of Mount Rinjani located on the island of Lombok.
The Sekumpul Waterfalls are located in the North region, a hidden waterfall said to be one of the most beautiful in Bali. The falls cascade from different heights off a Cliffside and reach up to 260 feet in height. There is a pool at the bottom of the falls, which is a popular place to swim after the long trek needed to reach the falls through the dense forest, across and river and down hundreds of steps.
Your Last Day in Bali
Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home.We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time to get you to the airport for your flight out.