3 days personalized tour in Bali
If you want to get away from all the traffic and hawkers of South Bali, take a step back in time and visit the Gili Islands. The islands are a popular destination for Western tourists looking for a remote island experience. But be warned that these Island are an off shot of Lombok and do not offer the same hospitality and Bali smile.
The Gilis are just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Bali’s neighbor island. Established daily services fast boat service departs from Benoa and Serangan Island in South Bali and Padang Bai in East Bali. For the boat ride over we recommend that you bring sunscreen and sit on the top of the boat to enjoy the beautiful views. Also recommended to use express boat company that boost clean safety record and routinely services their boats. You can also travel by plane to Lombok and take a local ferry to the Gilis.
Each island has several very small resorts, usually consisting of huts, or hotels and villas and a restaurant. Automobiles and motorized traffic are prohibited on the islands, so the preferred method of transportation is bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage. There are increasing numbers of westerners living on the Gilis, and operating businesses ranging from dive companies to resorts. Very experienced divers claim that the diving around the Gili’s has some of the best water in Indonesia.
Crystal clear water, a step back in time, no hustle and bustle, a couple of superb hotels, amazing villas and great seafood restaurants await you in these beautiful islands.
THE THREE ISLANDS
Gili Air: is closest to the the island of Lombok and the second smallest of the Gili islands. This island is quiet and tranquil, perfect for honeymooners. On the East coast there is excellent snorkeling and diving.
Gili Trawangan: is 3 km long and 2 km wide and is the largest and most visited of the Gili islands. The eastern side of the island is the most crowded. If you are seeking a quieter place to stay there are bungalows in the north. This Island is also known as “Party Island”.
Gili Meno: is between the two better known and larger islands but has the nicest beaches. This island is very quiet and also has an impressive bird sanctuary.
Bottled water is the only water to drink in the Gili’s and in all of Indonesia for that matter. The tap water is salty and even after a few days a “Real shower” would be welcomed.
Please note the religion of the Islanders is Muslim. Never swim nor sun bathe nude, and dress modestly when off the beach.
Climate: The rainy season is roughly from November to April, but it doesn’t rain as much as in Bali. The peak tourist seasons are July-August and December-January.
The Eastern Bali tour is a journey into one of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions of Bali. Eastern Bali is a very different experience than the lush plains of the south. Gentle sloping valleys of fertile rice fields and volcanic rocky hills slope downwards from Mount Agung to a narrow , coastal strip of sweet potato fields, coconut and banana plantations. The pace of life is quiet in the fishing villages and hillside communities. This overview of Eastern Bali can be arranged into three, five or eight day tours depending on your personal preferences.
The following is a brief description of what you can expect to experience.
The places of interest to be explained are;
Gianyar-Sideman-Klungkung-Goa Lawa-Padang Bai-Tenganan- Candi Dasa-Tirtaganga-Ahmed Beach-Selat-Besakih.
Gianyar-optional stop in authentic market place for local ikat weavings and sarongs. Hand woven or hand dyed cloth can be purchased by the meter. New designs and ideas are created every day to satisfy the demands of tourists and visitors. Klungkung- Ancient capital of Bali See More…
Goa Lawah- Sacred Bat Caves-All Balinese make pilgrimage to one of Bali’s 7 sacred temples.see more..On your escape from the cave, trek along the coast to Padang Bai, a pearl shaped bay encircled.
Drive by Padang Bai Harbor, home to cruise ships and yachts, port of transit to Lombok, Gili and outlying islands Candi Dasa, coastal town, laid back and awaiting a second resurgence. White Sand Beach is nearby beach. Tanganon ChandidasaTenganan-An interesting side trip from Candi Dasa is to the village of Tenganan. Sheltered in a secluded valley, this walled village is the home of the Bali Aga people who, as the Tryunan people, have resisted outside influences for centuries.
Leaving Candi Dasa, a journey east will head you towards Amlapura, the main town in the Regency of Karangasem. You will first climb Gumang hill and at the top are beautiful vistas of the sea and the Bahu river and the rice fields that border it.
Tirtagangga- Water Palace and rejuvenating springs originating beneath Mt. Agung.
Amed -Black sand beach and fishing village.
Selat-Home of small alligator fruit with same name On this inland route on the back road to Besakih you will experience some of the most stunning scenery on the island, and venture through the quaint villages of Selat and Sibetan. See more…
Besakih-To return home, saving the visit to Besakih-Mother Temple of the Balinese for another time, the road goes through the village of Iseh with magnificent views of rice field terraces climbing upward toward the volcano.
3 days- $300 a person
5 Days- $500 a person
8 Days- $800 a person
If you would like nicer accommodations we can add your desired level which will add to the price
Three Day Tour of Bali’s North Coast
BALI’S HOLY MOUNTAINS AND NORTH COAST
Batur-Air Saneh-Singaraja-Lovina Beach- Menjangan Island-Bedugul-Mengwi-Sangeh
(RECOMMEND TWO NIGHTS IN LOVINA BEACH) three days, two nights
(Could spend weeks)
Experience beautiful vistas, cool springs, and black sand beaches,hot springs, crystal clear snorkeling, a lakeside temple, colorfulmarketplace, a royal palace and monkey forests. This is a two-dayjourney, or one long day. Or this can even be a two-week or moretrip. Remember to bringwarm clothing for the chilly nights if you plan to stay in the mountains.Disregard or postpone this trip if it is raining at the beach. Irecommend a sunrise departure, and head up to the village of Penelokan which is on the rim of a volcano near Kintimani. You can get there a variety of different ways depending where your home base is. Consult your map! Here you’ll get a magnificent view of Mt.Batur. This volcano is still active and lasterupted in 1974. This crater is both stunning and timeless,with steamy mists in the foreground and the smoking volcano in the distance.Long black streams of lava stretch down towards the lakebelow, and curtains of mist sweep the basin in ever changingconfigurations. On the rim of the huge crater there are losmens where you can have breakfast or sleep if you want to stay thenight. If you wish, you could drive down into the crater and go to the hot springs of Toya Bungkah right on the lake for a nice combination of hot and cold water.
At the hot springs are a number of homestays and the art centerfounded by Takdir Alisjahbana, a well-known Indonesia novelist. For those of you who want quiet and tranquility, thisis the place for you. Take a dip in the hot springs and then swim out into the lake for a better view of the volcano. Across the lake, accessible is the secluded Bali Aga village of Trunyan. The dead of this village are placed under a sacred tree near the lake. If you go beware of beggars!
It is possible to climb the slopes of Mt. Batur and look down into the steaming crater, so be sure to bring sturdy walking or hiking shoes, and carry water. This is a three-hour hike up and down. The path crosses lava tubes and is easy to follow up the slope.There are guided hikes up the slope as well. Whether you stay for an hour or days to continue on this outing follow the road towards the village of Batur along the rim of the volcano. This village was once on the southern slopes of Mr. Batur. However the eruption in 1926 buried the village and the residents move to the present location on the rim of the volcano.
Pura Ulun Danu the large temple complex on the volcano rim isone of the major temples of Bali. The outstanding feature of this temple is the “meru” or pagoda type structures.
These “meru” represent the cosmic heavenly mountain “Mahameru “. There is an eleven tiered one for the lake goddess and three nine tiered “meru” for the gods of Mt. Batur. It is at this temple where major ceremonies are held to thank the gods for the precious water that feeds the rice fields of the island.
The market town of Kintimani is nearby. On market the village is bustling with visitors from the surrounding villages. Just north of the village is the temple of Pura Penulisan with its steep flight of stairs that lead to this very old and venerated site. Continuing past the temple site you will descend through a seriesof a hairpin turns past the village of Jagara, toward the beaches of northern Bali below.
When you come to the east West Coast road you may want to go right to visit the fresh water springs of Air Saneh. This is a great place to refresh, swim and have lunch. I spent the night here”once”. The mosquitoes were horrendous. This is an ok place just be out by nightfall.
Next head back west towards Singaraja. On the way the lowlands are full of groves of oranges, mangoes and durian. Also unique to this side of the island are several interesting temples. Surrounded by fresh spring water is Pura Ponjok Batu in the village of Tejakula.
Pura Meduwe Karans in Kbuata is devoted to “Ibu Pertiwi”, mother earth and is spectacular with its detailed sculptures. The 15th century Pura Beji is a rice field temple near the village of Sangsit, featuring gates and walls of highly decorative carvings. Singaraja (lion king) is the biggest on Bali’s north coast is an old trading port with a mixed population of mostly Muslims and Chinese. The town is interesting to drive through, but you will characteristically find much heat traffic and noise. I have always found these factors to overbearing to want to spend time here but if you are interested visit Bulling Market and Pant Lingga, an old Chinese cemeter
Continue up the coast for 14 kilometers to Lovina Beach. Explore the string of secluded black sand beaches with a long coral reef running parallel to the shore. A number of accommodations offer individual rooms and bungalows, and restaurants offer excellent seafood, as well as tasty Indonesian dishes. (See accommodations) Shell hunting is plentiful on the beaches and the sunrise excursions to greet the dolphins are a must, the atmosphere is casual and friendly, and a nice alternative to the busy south coast resorts. I have stayed on this coast for weeks at a time.
The Sinsing waterfall is near the village of Labuanhaji. The 400 meter walk through fields takes you to a deep pool and the waterfall. There are higher falls beyond.Bali’s only remaining Buddhist monastery is a few kilometers off the main road up on a hill near the village of Banjar Tegeha. If you wish to visit dress respectfully, speak quietly and remove your shoes before entering. Nearby, are some “air panas” or hot springs, which flow from underground springs into a gorgeouspool, with a surrounding jungle setting. There are changing rooms there as well as some small restaurants and shops. This used to be one of the best-kept secrets in Bali! There are a coupleof scenic drives in this area of Bali. All you need is your own transportation and good map and an adventurous spirit.
For the best diving and snorkeling in Bali continue west towards Bali Barat National Park. You can rent dive equipment at Mimpi resort and then continue on to Labuhan Lalang and hire a smallboat to take you to Pulau Menjangan a small island covering over 7,000 hectares of coastal waters and coral reef. Early am is the best time for this excursion.Of course the visit to Pulau Menjangan is optional! If you do go to the island there a number of ways to return to your hotel. You can take the coast road back to the intersection at Seririt and take the road back to the south coast via the village of Papuan. Or you can take the intersection at Mayan and take the road back east through Tunjuk, along Lake Tamblingan and then Lake Buyan. You will then come out at the main north south road just above Lake Bratan in the village of Bedugul. Or you could take the road back to Lovina Beach, after Bali Barat National Park and spend another night there. If you go this route to get back to the south coast take the road back towards Singaraja and then climb up the slopes of the central road to Bedugul. Ten Kilometers up the road is the Gigit Waterfall. Bali’s most spectacular! It is not a far walk off the road and a picnic area has been set up near the falls. As you continue to climb up towards the village of Bedugul you will find a nice change of pace from the hot coast. Lake Bratan, near the village of Bedugul, is quiet and serene nestled within forest clad hills. At one end is a boating resort and at the other is a temple honoring Dewi Danu, goddess of the lake. The main complex on shore is Pura Teratai Bang, built in 1633. This temple of Origin features a seven-tiered meru dedicated to the Brahma. The complex projecting over the water is the temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. This temple of the lake goddess is famous as source of fertility. Two of the four compounds of this temple are completely surrounded by water. On one of the islets is an eleven-tiered meru dedicated to Vishnu.
In the southwestern corner of the valley is a large, colorful flower and vegetable market, Candi Kuning which will provide many photo opportunities. A botanical garden and an orchid plantation Kebun Raya Eka Karya Bali feature enjoyable walks.
One my favorite hikes in Bali is the one to the peak of Mt. Mangu. This about a six hour walk and at the peak is an ancient temple and a great view. You can hire a guide at the Bedugul Hotel. Accommodations in Bedugul include the Bali Handara golf course and bungalows. This is nice, but expensive. Simpler, inexpensive accommodations can also be found in the area, but it is a good idea to bring warm clothes and an extra blanket for the cold nights. Do most of your exploring in the morning as it rains (hard) in the afternoon. I love to stay in Bedugul, and enjoy the cool climate and relaxing atmosphere. This area of Bali reminds me of Nepal.If you are ready to descend into the lowland continue south about a half-hour to the intersection at Mengwi. If your go left (east) you will come to the state temple of Mengwi. Pura Taman Ayun. This temple is surrounded by a moat with lotus flowers. Various shrines represent Bali’s holy mountains. The outer courtyard is entered through a tall gateway with wooden doors.If you haven’t walked to Sangeh, the monkey forest, I would recommend at this time you continue East and then north down the road to an intersection with a sign that points towards Sangeh at the village of Penanungan. You will then pass through the village of Blahkiuh to the sacred nutmeg forest at Sangeh. The monkey forest is about 4 kilometers up the road. Families of monkeys inhabit this nutmeg forest. The small temple of Pura Bukit Sari is deep within a nutmeg forest. If you aren’t a fan of the animals, the forest itself is worth the trip. The monkeys are pesky creatures and will try to confiscate anything within reach from food to sunglasses and jewelry so be warned. Had enough monkey business?
Turn back down the road and at the before mentioned intersection with the sign, take a left to continue on to Ubud. If you plan to stay at the beach, return to the main road which comes from Budugul. For those going to Ubud, look for the village of Mambal and continue on to the village of Kengetan. Head left (north) towards Sayan and Kekewatan, and when you arrive go right at the main intersection which takes you back to your hotel I felt like I had just taken the trip again, but was tired and happy with my journey.
By Jim Omi Cramer© www.baliadvisor.com
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