Bali fun day tours

Uluwatu sunset

Sunset at Uluwatu

Bali fun day tours

Bali fun day tours are a wonderful way to get out of the hurly burly of the south Bali tourist scene. Bali temples, the statues in the cliff at Pendawa beach or even tree top adventures are available.

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There are lots of simple Bali fun day tour packages. Pendawa Beach and Uluwatu make for a lovely day.

Pendawa beach statue side

The statues at Pendawa beach are a modern wonder.

Start off at Pendawa beach and admire the statues carved into the cliff, have a swim maybe, and then down to the Uluwatu temple complex where you can contemplate another life. When you are done here head down to the restaurants and bars on the cliff at Uluwatu beach and feast in the glorious sunset colours while enjoying dinner or drinks.

Pendawa beach itself has lots of couches and warungs with the water very gentle and suitable for young kids though a bit dull for younger Westerners.

Bedugal temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan people

Bedugal’s famous temple on the lake

Another lovely day is to head up past Tabanam to the Bedugal temple complex. Close by is the Bali treetop adventure park which is great for kids.

If you have kids and want to take them out for a real adventure, have a look at this park. This is challenging for ages 4-70 and is conducted to the highest European safety standards. Easy to spend a day here and have a wonderful time.

Bali Treetop park set up

The treetop park is suitable for 7-70 years

The Bali Botanical gardens are here also – interesting if you like plants and growing things. They have an amazing orchid section.

Then head up north where you can lunch overlooking Bali’s stunning Lake Tamblingan.

Returning to Denpasar via windy and stunning roads through villages and ricefields gives you a good taste of local life. This is a full day, leaving Denpasar around 9 and getting back at 6-7pm.

Bali ricefields flooded

Ever changing ricefields are always stunning

Kintimani up in the north of Bali is a temple city with a large complex overlooking the lake at the base of Mount Batur. Go up through the mountains and return by the east coast of Bali or via Pura Besakih, Bali’s largest and most important temple complex.

Pura Besakih Bali temple 1a

Stairway to heaven at Pura Besakih

There are many restaurants here offering spectacular vistas while you eat. This is also a full day’s activity.

Ubud tours are worth while also. Ubud is about an hour’s drive (depending on traffic and the starting point of course!) from the Kuta to Canggu tourist area.

Spend the day handicraft shopping, for personal of wholesale purposes, in the kilometres of handicraft shops. See Handicraft shopping in Ubud on this site. Lia your driver will help you to get the best price without taking commission from any shops, an ‘arrangement’ that most guides drivers consider to be normal.

Have a simple local lunch at Alon Alon with its stunning views over ricefields and bask in the serenity of Bali timelessness.

One can forget all about the world once you relax into this expansiveness.

Ubud restaurant Alon Alon joglo

Alon Alon offers serenity and beauty

Then visit Bali Pullina Agro to see lewak coffee production – the civits who first digest the coffee beans which are then excreted, washed and roasted to make some of the world’s most sought after coffee. This is also an organic farm.

Bali Pullina agro tourism kopi lewak civit

I don’t like cages but the civits are interesting to see

Be wary of buying lewak coffee that has got milk powder and sweetener already in it. You pay the same per kg, which means you may pay $40/kg for milk powder and sweetener that you do not want!

Another thing to do in Ubud is to visit the Pura Gunung Kawi shrines carved into the cliffs. about 30-45 minutes from Ubud, this is worth spending a couple of hours at so it is a good half day tour. Shopping here is pretty good too – not much business so stall prices are low.

On the way back to Ubud you can drop in at Goa Gajah, the elephant temple.

Pura Gunung Kawi eastern cliff

Pura Gunung Kawi temples are stunning.

Puri Tanalot of one of Bali’s most famous temple complexes and is worth a visit. Bring a sarong which is essential to wear when entering a Bali temple. Sarongs are always for sale near the gate to Bali temples.

Often when people come to Bali they are entranced by quality and vibrancy of the locally produced (and some mass produced also) paintings that are available in Bali for not much money.

Handicraft shopping at Kumba Sari handicraft market paintings

Paintings are everywhere and especially in Ubud.

There is a long road on the way to Ubud dedicated to painters where there are hundreds of galleries to visit, many of which show the artist at work. See Buying Bali Paintings on this website.

Ubud is the centre of the arts in Bali and skills are often passed down through the family.

Bali hot springs Banjar AIr Panas 2

Banjar Air Panas is a lovely outing

Up in the north of Bali there are some wonderful hot springs at Bajar Air Panas (Banjar hot springs). A day trip there can include the temples at Bedugal.

To do a round trip from Denpasar with a couple of stops and allowing 2 hours at the hot springs and have lunch (see Banjar restaurant Komala Tirta on this site), and maybe even a massage, this can take up to 10-11 hours.

Consider making this a two day tour, spending the night at Lovina and then visiting the Kintamani and the Besakih temples on the way back to Denpasar the next morning. Or go to Ubud.

More Bali day tours and trips will appear on this page over time.

Visit Bali Fun Day Tours on Facebook for more information about availability. Driver Lia is competent and safe with the patience, humour and vigilance required for a safe and harmonious day.

By Mark O’Brien, August 2015

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