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