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Bali: Uluwatu Kecak and Fire Dance Show Entry Ticket

1. Bali: Uluwatu Kecak and Fire Dance Show Entry Ticket

Witness a unique cultural experience with a Kecak fire and dance performance on the grounds of Uluwatu Temple. Watch native Balinese dancers perform a breathtaking show of traditional Hindu dance whilst the sun sets in the background. Kecak is a Balinese dance and rhythmic chant depicting the battle from the Hindu epic Ramayana in which Rama fights the demonic King Ravana with the help of the monkey god Hanuman. Let yourself be hypnotized by the swirling flames combined with vibrant traditional attire as the performers take you on a journey through Balinese Hinduism. The show is timed to coincide with the sunset, so you can be sure of good views during your time in Uluwatu.

Bali Sunset: Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran Bay

2. Bali Sunset: Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran Bay

Experience the best sundown spot in Bali on a visit to Uluwatu Temple, a Balinese temple to the sea gods with a commanding view of the Indian Ocean. Part of a series of temples built to protect the island from evil spirits, today its cliffside location is home to a family of friendly monkeys. Once night falls and you have seen the colors of the sunset, experience one of the island's most famous cultural performances at a "kecak" fire dance. Watch the locals act out a scene from the Ramayana with a mesmerizing trance chant, exciting performances of fire dances, and intricate costumes. Then, get the option to enjoy dinner at a seafood restaurant serving delicious barbecue food in Jimbaran Bay. Sink your feet in the sand as you dine and relax at the end of an unforgettable day!

Bali: Sacred Temples and Sunset Private Tour

3. Bali: Sacred Temples and Sunset Private Tour

Begin your full day tour with a private vehicle pick-up from your hotel at 9:00 AM and depart for Goa Gajah Temple, also called the Elephant Cave Temple, where you can admire its unique stone structure and layout. Visit Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple, an 11th century temple and funerary complex spread across either side of the Pakerisan River. Afterwards, visit the Tirta Empul Temple or Holy Spring Temple, where you can receive a holy blessing for purification. You will be provided with a Sarong to enter the temple and for receiving the blessing. The next stop is Taman Ayun Temple, the Royal Family Temple, located in Mengwi. Learn about how this temple was built in 1634 by the king of the Mengwi dynasty on  small island surrounded by a handmade lake. At the end of the tour, you will discover Bali's most photographed temple; Tanah Lot. Situated on a little rocky islet that is not accessable during high tides, the temple is usually where people can experience the most dramatic sunsets in Bali. After this amazing finish, be dropped off back at your hotel. 

Bali: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour

4. Bali: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour

Join a guided day trip to the eastern part of Bali to visit the mother temple of Bali, Pura Besakih, along with Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang temple and its iconic Gate of Heaven. Enjoy convenient hotel transfers and a lunch stop overlooking Mount Agung. Following a pickup from your hotel, head to the majestic Lempuyang Temple in the eastern part of Bali. Along the way, pass long stretches of beautiful and pristine rice paddies, travel along winding roads, and marvel at breathtaking mountains. Be awed by the magical views of Mount Agung behind the temple. Your own private guide will not only snap cool shots for you but will also explain the history of the ancient temple as well as the Balinese people and their culture. Next, visit Tirta Gangga, known as the most beautiful former royal water palace in Eastern Bali. Explore the water palace's tiered fountains, gardens, and stone sculptures of mythical creatures spouting water into pools.  Outside the palace, soak up views of the lush rice paddies of northeastern Bali. After visiting the water palace, savor a scrumptious buffet lunch (with optional add-on) overlooking Mount Agung, Telaga Waja river, and the rice fields. When you are finished, make your way to the biggest temple in Bali, Pura Besakih.  Join this tour of Pura Besakih with your guide and learn why it is the most important, the largest, and the holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali, and one of a series of Balinese temples. The temple miraculously survived the catastrophic volcanic eruption of 1963. Leverage and customize your experience with add-ons from professional, coffee tasting to traditional massage. (some add-ons are only available for private tours). Select the private tour options to enjoy the highest degree of flexibility, intimacy and customized experiences, or join the small group tour to enjoy the tour in an affordable way.

Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour

5. Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour

Make your Instagram followers envious as you explore Bali on a customizable day trip to its most recognizable hotspots.  All entry fees are included, as well as an expert local tour guide, who will share gems about Balinese history and culture along the way. Your first stop is the Hindu Lempuyang Temple. Famous for its split gate, the Gates of Heaven, you’ll be able to take that very same photo you’ve seen so many times on Instagram.  You’ll then be whisked to Tirta Gangga, a former royal palace famous for its holy (and incredibly photogenic) water features and gardens.  Next up is Tukad Cepung, a cave containing an amazing natural waterfall, where you’ll even get to have a dip.  After that is rural Ubud, home to many beautiful lush green rice fields. And last but not least, you’ll get to try out one of Bali’s famous jungle swings.   Choose the exact experience that you want — from private tours with hotel pickup to small-group tours where you can meet other adventurous travelers. Pick the lunch add-on for a delicious buffet lunch, or take home ten polaroids to remember your trip. Select the premium or private options for additional add-ons. Enrich your Instagram with photos taken and edited by a photographer, watch yourself from above with 3-4 minutes of drone footage sent to you 24 hours after your tour, or simply unwind with a relaxing massage.

Sanur Bali to/from Lembongan: Speedboat Transfer

6. Sanur Bali to/from Lembongan: Speedboat Transfer

Spend less time traveling and more time exploring with this fast and convenient boat transfer between Bali and Nusa Lembongan. Located 18 miles southeast across the Badung Strait, Bali's sister island is known as a romantic getaway with all the modern amenities. Discover its unspoiled nature and tranquil ambiance with ease. Depart from Sanur Port or Lembongan on one of 3 daily return departures. Then, upon arrival, take ample time to explore the island at your own pace. Dive or snorkel through the colorful reefs, experience the year-round surfing waves, or laze on a deserted white sand beach in a secluded cove. Escape the crowds and experience rural life on foot or bike. All vessels for crossing are equipped with navigational and safety equipment to international safety standards for your peace of mind. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey to Nusa Lembongan and back. Flexible option for just speedboat ticket or combo with Bali transfer, 1 way or return.

Bali: Skip-the-line Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Fire Dance Tour

7. Bali: Skip-the-line Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Fire Dance Tour

Get whisked away on this evening tour of Uluwatu. Prepare yourself for jaw-dropping sunset views on the cliffs.  At 70 meters above sea level, Uluwatu Temple is a must-see for history and architecture lovers. Learn about the how the site is considered one of the six key temples in Bali and a spiritual pillar of the island. Your local guide will teach you about its historical and religious significance. Wander the grounds and snap photos of the temple’s scenic surroundings.  Before leaving the sacred temple site, head to the open-air amphitheater to catch the Kecak and Fire Dance. The well-loved cultural performance revolves around traditional Balinese song, dance, and storytelling accompanied by a choir. Watch talented performers with the majestic sunset as the backdrop.

Balinese Mystic and Rituals Tour with Kehen Temple

8. Balinese Mystic and Rituals Tour with Kehen Temple

Be collected at your accommodation and hop in a comfortable air-conditioned car. Admire the scenic road of the volcano and learn about the fascinating Balinese culture from your guide along the way. You will discover two of the most mysterious and ancient villages on the island and meet a Bali priest or healer to learn about Bali Sekala and Niskala. Your first stop will be at Truyan Village. The locals in this village live a very traditional life that is vastly different from the rest of Bali. The Trunyanese do not cremate their dead. After a cleansing ritual, the dead body is placed in a bamboo cage, locally known as ancak saji, which is placed under the Taru Menyan tree. Taru Menyan means nice smelling tree and it emanates a scent that neutralizes the smell of rotting bodies. It is from this tree that the name Trunyan is derived. It is only the bodies of married people that are placed in bamboo cages.  Continue your tour and visit another ancient village called Bayung Gede, which is believed to be the parent of all of the ancient villages in Bali. Many people come here to see the hanging newborn placentas that are unique to Bayung Gede. In Trunyan, bodies of the dead are laid on the ground unburied but here it is the placenta that is unburied. This is the only village in Indonesia that does this. Your journey will not be completed without a visit to Kehen Temple, which is a significant Hindu Temple in Bali. It is located on the slope of Bukit Bangli, which is believed to be the mother temple of Bangli. Admire the beauty of its stunning steps to heaven and its unique wooden bell hanging on its very old and secret banyan tree. Customize your experience with add-ons, such as a buffet lunch, polaroid camera photographs, traditional massages, a Luwak coffee tasting, jungle swings, rafting, ATVing, a hot springs visit, coffee tasting, or a German-speaking guide (some add-ons are only available for some options).

Bali: Tanah Lot Temple Guided Sunset Tour

9. Bali: Tanah Lot Temple Guided Sunset Tour

The tour begins with pickup from selected Bali locations and heads to the stunning Tanah Lot Temple, located about 20 km north of Densapar. Upon arrival, admire the imposing rock formation that the temple sits upon, which has been shaped over the years by the crashing waves beneath it. Tanah Lot is one of 7 ocean temples in Bali and has been a center of mythology for centuries. This Hindu temple, which is dedicated to the Gods of the sea and dates back to the 16th century, holds much significance for locals but is now just as well loves by visitors to the island. Spend some time exploring the temple, as well as its dramatic surroundings, and learn about the rich history of Tanah Lot and the religious beliefs surrounding it. There’s also time to wander around the many local market stalls that surround the temple, offering handmade trinkets, Balinese instruments, textiles and more. After a spot of shopping, head back to the temple, which boasts incredible sunset views thanks to its Southwesterly location. Find the perfect place to relax and admire the skies change color against the backdrop of the ocean, with Tanah Lot standing proudly at the forefront. Once the sun has set, hop back on the bus for the return journey to your accommodation.

Bali: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Small Group Tour

10. Bali: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Small Group Tour

After getting picked up at your hotel, begin your tour with a visit to the 18th-Century Royal Water Temple of Pura Taman Ayan - the largest and most impressive architectural edifice of its type on the island, according to UNESCO. Then head to the Water Temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan on the edge of Lake Bratan. Have your breath taken away by the marvelous views as you stand before the crater lake, regarded as the ultimate origin of every spring and river in Bali. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before moving on to the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, one of Bali’s oldest and best examples of terraced paddy landscapes. See first-hand how local communities still practice sustainable farming here and experience the resilience and vibrancy of Balinese culture. Finally, enjoy a fiery sunset at the dramatic Tanah Lot Temple, which means ‘land in the sea’ in the local tongue. Stand before the 16th-century edifice on the edge of the water and soak up the atmosphere of this temple where people have been worshipping the sea gods for centuries.

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Wayan Suker was our guide and he brought along his son Adrian. Both taught us a lot about the sites, Wayan Suker really knows his stuff and Adrian helped us to take some great photos. We set out quite early so we stopped for coffee and pisang goreng before places opened. Gunung Kawi was impressive and we learned about the history of the area while visiting this site. The archeological museum was closed unfortunately, but we were able to see the sarcophagi while learning a bit more about Balinese culture. Our guides were incredibly accommodating, patient and knowledgeable. It was an insightful learning experience.

Due to nobody else booking ended up being a private tour. Sarbula was my driver and guide and he explained and allowed questions throughout the day. We visited 3 temple sites, all as beautiful as the previous, and the rice terrace. I choose not to stay until sunset due to poor weather so we left earlier but Sarbula was happy to stay all day, as planned, had I had wanted. He offered to take my photo throughout the day with me being a solo traveller, allowed me free time and ensured I set a time to meet back at a location he made clear enough for me to remember.

We had the most amazing day with Joni! Highly recommend this tour, you get to see and do so much around the island! Joni was such a great guide! He was so lovely, took amazing photos, and told us interesting stories from the places. The lunch was absolutely delicious! Definitely a must do if you’re coming to Bali!

It was a great day. Our guide picked us up on time and made it possible for us to have a brilliant day. He explained many interesting details to us and took many photos of us. He also always drove very anticipatory, so that we always felt safe even in the hectic traffic of Bali. Thank you for this beautiful day.

What an amazing experience and Tour Guide! I came back full of knowledge about Balinese culture and Indu religion, temples and so much more. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and culture with me during that day trip. I’m falling even more in love with Bali and its people