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Our most recommended Bali Religious & Spiritual Activities

North Bali: Sekumpul Waterfalls and Ulun Danu Temple Tour

1. North Bali: Sekumpul Waterfalls and Ulun Danu Temple Tour

Immerse yourself in the wilderness of northern Bali as you trek to the majestic Sekumpul Waterfalls. Discover local flora and fauna such as cacao, lemongrass, and coffee on your way to the bottom of the falls, where you can wade in the rock pools. Take a small group tour for up to 5 people to the majestic Sekumpul Waterfalls in Bali's northern wilderness. Immerse yourself in the picturesque natural surroundings, then explore the Ulun Danu and Taman Ayun Water Temples with your English-speaking guide. After pickup from your accommodation in Bali, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to begin your trek to Sekumpul Waterfalls, whose name means “grouped together” in Bahasa. Discover local flora and fauna such as cacao, lemongrass, and coffee on your way to the bottom of the falls. Once there, wade in the rock pools and admire the up to 80-meter (262-foot) high cascades nestled in the heart of the lush jungle. Before lunch, stop by the Twin Lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan, which form part of the island’s volcanic landscape. Then, enjoy the cooler weather over buffet lunch at the famous Lake Beratan, 1,231 meters (4,039 feet) above sea level. Once you've replenished your energy, pay a visit to the iconic Ulun Danu Temple that sits on the edge of this mountain scenery. Commonly featured in postcards of Bali, you can't mistake these picturesque shrines by the water. Finally, make your last stop at another famous UNESCO Heritage Site, the Taman Ayun Water Temple. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at our accommodation in Bali.

Bali: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour

2. 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 also 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 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.

Ubud: 2-Hour Riverside Spa Treatment

3. Ubud: 2-Hour Riverside Spa Treatment

Be pampered by professional therapist and feel your worries fade away. Soak in a spa treatment outdoors next to the river and facing the waterfall. Starting with a 10-minute foot bath ritual, a stress-fix step to prepare yourself for the rest of the treatment. Followed by 60 minutes of a revitalizing body massage using frangipani oil that will take your mind deep into the jungle of Bali. This massage also applies a gentle massage and pressure to meridians along the body, restores energy level, uplifts mood and spirit. For a gentle exfoliating body scrub, choose between green tea scrub, frangipani or milk scrub to suit your needs and enjoy a relaxing 30-minute that will put your mind and body at ease. After the body wash, you will take a nourishing milk bath to maximize body and skin revitalisation, then head to the sauna to complete the treatment. Towels and showers are provided in each spa room. At the end of the treatment, complimentary ginger tea will be served for your full relaxing experience.

From Bali: Gili Islands 2-Day Tour with Beachfront Resort

4. From Bali: Gili Islands 2-Day Tour with Beachfront Resort

Discover a tropical paradise of soft white beaches and lush vegetation on a 2-day tour of the Gili Islands from Bali. Escape the crowds and get back to nature with time to swim and snorkel with the exotic marine life. Day 1 Climb aboard a fast boat and cross from Bali to the Gili Islands. Get the chance to stroll along a white sand beach on arrival, soak up the sun and refresh yourself with a swim in the crystal-clear sea. Spend the night listening to the gentle sound of the waves and watching the sunset at your beachfront resort. Day 2 Start the day with a private 2.5-hour boat ride around the 3 Gili Islands, and snorkel with marine life, such as butterfly fish, clown fish and different species of turtles. Get the option to extend your stay for more time to swim, snorkel and dive.

Bali: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Small Group Tour

5. 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.

Balinese Mystic and Rituals Tour with Kehen Temple

6. 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.

Bali: Tirta Empul Temple, Waterfall and Besakih Temple Tour

7. Bali: Tirta Empul Temple, Waterfall and Besakih Temple Tour

Embark on a day tour in Ubud and enjoy the natural beauty of the island. Visit temples and a beautiful waterfall, and enjoy beautiful natural surroundings. Visit one of the important temples in Bali, Tirta Empul temple. The water from the springs is said to have purifying properties. Admire the stunning architecture of the temple and grounds. Warm your body after soaking in holy water with herbal tea and coffee that is made traditionally by yourself. Sit and swing enjoying views of the lush forest, hills, and rivers. Enjoy lunch on a mandarin plantation with a very beautiful view while enjoying delicious food. After lunch, continue to Besakih Temple, the largest temple in Bali with a fascinating history. Lastly, visit the Tukad Cepung waterfall and splash around in clear and cool water with cliffs that are naturally formed from water erosion.

Bali: Hidden Canyon, Waterfall & Temples Small Group Tour

8. Bali: Hidden Canyon, Waterfall & Temples Small Group Tour

Embrace the opportunity to don your swimwear, go barefoot, jump, trek and swim deep into the heart of a hidden Balinese canyon. Travel by air-conditioned minibus to Tegenungan Waterfall, just a stone’s throw from popular Ubud. It will take you over 100 steps to get up close and personal to the waterfalls. Spend a busy afternoon exploring some of Bali’s best-loved temples. Start off at Goa Gajah, otherwise known as the Elephant Temple. In true Hindi style, this temple is elaborately decorated with otherworldly carvings and taken over by sprawling tree roots akin to Angkor Wat. Next, visit one of the few places in Bali that can compete at the Gunung Kawi Temple. Learn about how it's one of the island’s oldest monuments, a must to experience the history and culture of Indonesia. To get there, pass through the beautiful terraced rice fields that Bali is so famous for. Return to your accommodation with an all-around feel for the island’s nature, cuisine, and architecture.

Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

9. Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

After a morning pickup at your hotel, head to your first stop, a Batuan traditional Balinese house, located in the Gianyar regency. Follow your guide to a typical house inhabited by local people. Admire Balinese architecture — a compound with several buildings — and learn the importance of each part. Then journey to the Tegallalang rice fields of Ubud, famous for its beautiful scenery of rice paddies and the traditional subak irrigation system. Get a stunning view of the rice terraces on the slopes of the hills across the valley, and enjoy the cool and breezy climate. Next, visit a coffee plantation to learn about the famous luwak coffee. Learn how the farmers collect the still-intact beans from the forest floor and clean, roast, and grind them. Study the entire process of making the unusual brew, and get a chance to try some other coffees, tea, and cocoa drinks. Continue to Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Ubud) and gaze in awe at one of the area's most prominent monuments. Constructed in traditional Balinese style, the palace has been well-preserved by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel's heirs. Marvel at the gardens and the banyan tree that provides shelter from the heat. Afterward, make your way to Sacred Monkey Forest and discover the home of around 200 monkeys in Ubud. Believed by the locals to be "God's Guard of the Dalem Agung Temple," the long-tailed macaques dwell in certain areas and can often be seen on the roads.  End your tour at Tanah Lot Temple, known for its enchanting seaside setting and sunset views. Look at the ancient Hindu shrine, perched in the crashing waves, and watch the sun melt over the horizon. Then, travel you back to your hotel or accommodation.

Bali Eat Pray Love Private Tour

10. Bali Eat Pray Love Private Tour

Bali has a deep-seated and singular sense of spirituality that is instantly palpable to all who arrive here. On this special adventure, experience Bali from the eyes of Elizabeth Gilbert, who came to the island at the end of a year-long journey to search for balance and love in her life. Your journey starts with a walk through some of Ubud's tranquil and scenic rice paddy fields with your tour guide. This walk will let you enjoy the cool fresh air and the most gorgeous hillside views in the region. Then visit Intuitive Flow, one of the most beautiful yoga studios with a breathtaking view of the mountains and trees, here take a 1.5-hour yoga class. See the sun rising above Mt Agung in the morning classes and feeling it burn while saluting it, is pure magic. The class is also limited to a small group of 20 participants, giving you a more relaxing and peaceful feeling. Visit one of Bali's most sacred spots and bathe in the holy waters at Tirta Empul. Here, be guided through a spiritual cleansing ceremony by your experienced guide. After finishing the cleansing ritual, visit one of the most famous Ubud-based fortune tellers to complete your spiritual experience and have your life's questions answered. Your journey will not be complete without experiencing the wonderful life of plant-based wonders. There is no better place to have all this healthy, hearty and simply delicious raw and vegan comfort food in Bali. If you happen to take this tour on Sunday, you will also have a chance to visit Ubud Organic Market where you can meet the organic farmers that showcase their finest products ranging from vegetables, fruits jams, soy milks, nuts and chemical free beauty products.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,258 reviews

This trip was the highlight of my holiday! Yogi our guide was very prompt and he made the whole trip fun, learnt so much about balinese culture and it felt a very personal experience beeing in a small group of three. The hidden canyon experience was amazing but i must say people must be prepared with water shoes and ready for an adventure. The guide taking us on the hidden canyon was very good and made us feel safe, also took all our pictures. We asked Yogi to drop us for lunch by a less tourist rice plantation, nothing was any trouble for him, enjoyed very much the peaceful lunch . The two temples we visited were quite different, full of interesting history and in most beautiful settings. I did not go down to the waterfall but was happy to just sit at the top and watch the others. Yogi was a great driver and had a great sense of humour, loved all of us singing on the way back. I highly recomend this trip.

Fantastic experience especially for our driver / guide Iwayan Kar, he was truly unique, he recommended places to visit and took us even if they were not planned. He explained to us in great detail the Balinese culture and the in-depth history of each place we visited, as if that were not enough he offered us water and coffee because he saw us a little tired. The tour is beautiful, super organized, not at all tiring and led us to meet a really nice person. Thanks again Iwayan Kar !!

Wayan was the most amazing tour guide and took us to everything we wanted to see on the tour list. The monkey forest, the rice terraces, waterfall and craft village were all amazing! The perfect half day experience!

Great tour! We saw so many beautiful places. Our guide was very friendly and nice, he told us a lot of interesting facts and answered all of our questions. Totally recommend!

Our guide Strawberry was one of the best guides we’ve ever had doing a tour. He went above and beyond to make our day fun.