Bali is more than an island with beautiful beaches. Travel around and chances are that you encounter one of the thousands of ceremonies held daily by the Balinese in order to keep the universe in balance. Residential areas and the layout of villages are chosen in function of the dominant Hindu religion, Bali social binder par excellence. Take a walk in the countryside and be amazed by artfully landscaped green terraces that seem to go up to heaven at least up to the mountains, where the gods reside. Ijen, stretched between Bromo and Bali, is an often overlooked part of East Java. With tropical rainforest protecting the inlets of the southern coast and several highly accessible nature reserves, the mighty Ijen Plateau captures the eye of all true travelers. A series of dramatic mountain peaks and numerous coffee plantations, dominate the entire eastern end of Java.

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Bali is more than an island with beautiful beaches. Travel around and chances are that you encounter one of the thousands of ceremonies held daily by the Balinese in order to keep the universe in balance. Residential areas and the layout of villages are chosen in function of the dominant Hindu religion, Bali social binder par excellence. Take a walk in the countryside and be amazed by artfully landscaped green terraces that seem to go up to heaven at least up to the mountains, where the gods reside. Ijen, stretched between Bromo and Bali, is an often overlooked part of East Java. With tropical rainforest protecting the inlets of the southern coast and several highly accessible nature reserves, the mighty Ijen Plateau captures the eye of all true travelers. A series of dramatic mountain peaks and numerous coffee plantations, dominate the entire eastern end of Java.

The highlight of Natural Bali and East Java include:

  • Mt. Ijen                                
  • Bali countryside                             
  • Tamblingan Lake Hike                         
  • Snorkeling Menjangan Island                                  
  • Ubud village
  • Kaliklatak Plantation
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Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Bali
  • End Denpasar
  • Countries
    • Indonesia and Bali
    • Indonesia
  • City
    • Bali
    • Pemuteran
    • Ijen Crater
    • Munduk
    • Sidemen
    • Ubud
    • Denpasar
  • Theme Adventure and trekking
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Arrival in Bali
    Transfer to the hotel Transfer by car

    Upon arrival at Denpasar airport, meet and greeting service by the guide, a Balinese lady in traditional dress who will welcome you with a flower garland. Transfer service to your hotel in Umabian, Mengwi.

    Overnight at Puri Taman Sari Resort in Mengwi.

     

    Visited places:
    • Bali
  • 2
    Mengwi - Batukaru
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    Leave the hotel to explore the highland of Bali. First travel to Mengwi, home of the splendid Taman Ayun. The 17th century royal temple sheds a magnificent light on the secrets of traditional Balinese temple architecture. Then it's on to Tanah Lot Temple, the famous sea temple on the west side of the island, delicately balancing on a huge natural rock in the surf of the Indian Ocean. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed for trekking in Jatiluwih, featured by the breathtaking view of rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain until the coastal side. It has been well appointed as one of UNESCO World Heritages since the site has been able to maintain the local culture heritage in form of water irrigation system managed traditionally called by the name of Subak. Proceed for overnight at a glamping camp near Jatiluwih.      

    Overnight at Sang Giri Glamping Tent in Batukaru.

    Visited places:
    • Bali
  • 3
    Continue to Pemuteran Village
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Breakfast at the hotel then proceed to Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple Bali, set in a plateau area with tropical rainforests on the slope of Mt. Batukaru. Batukaru temple is included in one of the six main temples (Sad Kahyangan) in Bali Island as described in Kusuma Dewa papyrus manuscript. Afterwards drive towards Northern Bali through Pupuan, located in the western part of Bali, a place to fill your eyes with awesome memories of great landscape accompanied by no one other than the friendly local farmers. Lunch will be provided at local restaurant in Blimbing. Continue along a lonely road towards the north. You'll cross the central highlands, dividing the island into two distinct halves. The hills descending to the northern coast are covered by the beautiful rice fields. Clove and coffee gardens are patched together with lines of coconut palm trees. Check in at your hotel in Pemuteran, a beach resort area next to Singaraja, the former capital of Bali province.

    Overnight at Taman Sari Resort in Pemuteran.

    Visited places:
    • Bali
    • Pemuteran
  • 4
    Snorkeling at Menjangan Island
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    Pemuteran and Bali’s North coast offer such a dramatic contrast to the southern resorts. Gateway to the world renowned Menjangan Island dive sites in Bali Barat National Park, the Pemuteran Region is peppered with excellent diving and snorkeling options. The corals of the island are not to be missed. The National Park was founded in 1941 and its main aim was to protect the Bali Starling and the last of the wild banteng, from which most of the Balinese cattle descends. The park lies in the most western part of Bali and today it comprises a total area of 19.000 ha.

    Overnight at Taman Sari Resort in Pemuteran.

     

    Visited places:
    • Pemuteran
  • 5
    Heading to Ijen (East Java)
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    Continue the winding road to the most northwestern point of Bali. At Gilimanuk harbor there is a continuous stream of ferries connecting this bustling port with Ketapang on the other side of a mile wide strait. From Banyuwangi, your trip continue to visit Kaliklatak plantation, 15 km to the west of Banyuwangi. This 1000ha privately held and run plantation is dedicated to coffee, cocoa, rubber clove and spices. Visitors can walk through century old factories, witnessing the processing and packing of the crops. Depending on the time of the year, you may be able to see the harvesting of coffee or cloves. The surroundings at 600 meter above sea level, are magnificent. Palm trees and tropical rain forest seal the plantation off from the rest of the world. Walking through the village and past the local school and clinic, one realizes the plantation is completely self-sufficient. Lunch provided at the plantation. Afterwards drive uphill to Rande Agung, a location with a true Shangrila-like environment, hidden deep in the East Java country side. Surrounded by valleys, rolling rice fields and misty mountain peaks, the Ijen Resort occupies one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Dinner provided at the resort.

    Overnight in Randu Agung/Ijen.

    Visited places:
    • Pemuteran
    • Ijen Crater
    Accommodation offered:
  • 6
    Ijen Trekking
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    After an early rise, a 4-wheel drive takes you the 'sulfur mountain'. An exciting trip though rubber palm tree plantations and clove gardens leads up to over 1.000 m on the sea level. From there on you'll walk with the local sulfur miners straight up the mountain. Generation upon generation, local East Javanese earned a living in harsh circumstances. From the crater rim, the view on the lake is fabulous, while deep down at the lake shore the earth hisses and fumes. Steam evaporating from a pipe, immediately solidifies into a yellow crystal. The laborers cut it loose and put large chunks into handmade baskets. A freight of 80kg is then carried by man to a weighing station halfway down the mountain. Finally it is delivered to a simple factory in Banyuwangi for processing. The ultimate destination is Japan, where sulfur is a highly sought after mineral for the production of cosmetics. Return to the hotel and afternoon free at own leisure and dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight in Randu Agung/Ijen.

     

    Visited places:
    • Ijen Crater
    Accommodation offered:
  • 7
    Ijen - Munduk Village
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    Noon time, after a short drive to the harbor on the far eastern tip of Java, the ferry will bridge the short distance between Java and the next island, Bali. By the small Bali Strait only, one could not judge the tremendous differences between both islands. On the other side, a candi bentar (typical Balinese temple gate) marks the end of Islamic territory. You have returned on an island where Hinduism is pervasive. From Gilimanuk, we will drive along the northern coastal road not far away from Lovina, a sleepy villages nestling high up in the mountain range dividing Bali. Munduk is the perfect spot to make short, pleasant hikes and take in the beauty of North Bali.

    Overnight at Puri Lumbung Cottage in Munduk.

    Visited places:
    • Ijen Crater
    • Munduk
  • 8
    Lake Tamblingan Hike
    Day 8 Transfer by car

    After a relaxed breakfast, drive south while enjoying beautiful vistas on the on the coffee e clove growing area of Munduk. On the rim of one of the lakes of Central Bali, you will prepare for a descent into the rain forest. Most of the time you’ll walk downhill, learning how many of the local tropical plants have a medicinal use. Occasionally you will unexpectedly pass a forgotten temple on a site, reclaimed by the forest. The views to the lake and the surrounding lush rain forest is inspiring. A short boat ride on a traditional wooden canoe brings you to the other lake shore. Very few people venture out into this direction. During your trip it is so quiet you can hear the birds singing. Forest slopes seal off this area from the rest of the world.

    On the last leg of the trip, stroll along a primitive settlement, attached to a beautiful designed Balinese temple. The uneven roofs of its meru, rise from behind the temple`s twin gate entrance. Your vehicle is waiting to take you to Pura Ulun Danu, a place of worship for the Goddess of shores of Lake Tamblingan, the source of water for Bali. Combining typical Hindu and Buddhist temple architecture, it is one of the most photographed temples of Bali. It acquired the status of a kayangan jagat or directional temple, meaning it is revered by all Balinese across the island. At about 1.200 meters above sea level, with mighty Mount Catur rising from its eastern shore, the climate is pleasantly cool all year round. Along wide highlands and strawberry farms, the road leads back to your hotel.

    Overnight at PURI LUMBUNG Cottage in Munduk.

    Visited places:
    • Munduk
  • 9
    Munduk - Sidemen
    Day 9 Transfer by car

    Depart to East Bali. First pay a visit to Bedugul, nestled on the shores of Lake Bratan. This giant lake effectively fills the crater formed thousands of years ago by a seismic blast of an extinct volcano. Here is the sacred water temple of Ulun Danu, dedicated to the Goddess of the Lake, protector of all living things. The trip continues driving small mountainous roads to Penelokan.

    Enjoy the marvelous vistas over Lake Batur, Gunung Agung, and Mount Batur, a smoldering volcanic cone right in the middle of a large caldera. Lunch at local restaurant. Continue to Pura Besakih, aptly named the Mother Temple, a sprawling complex of numerous shrines and temples. Some of the bigger ones are obviously dedicated to the Hindu trinity Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, while the smaller ones seem to relate to various castes or even the different regions of Bali. Ceremonies held here are feasts for the eyes and attended by thousands of people. The temple is built against the slope of Mount Agung. Afterwards check-in at your hotel in Sidemen.

    Overnight at Subak Tabola Resort in Sidemen.

    Visited places:
    • Munduk
    • Sidemen
  • 10
    East Bali Exploration
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will take you to a village high in the mountains and start a descent through beautifully landscaped rice terraces and rarely visited villages. The path leads towards Tenganan, home of the original inhabitants of Bali. All the way down, there is an inviting sight of the deep blue Indian Ocean right in front of you. After an inspiring hike, you reach Tenganan, one of several ancient villages in Bali, where people who call themselves `Bali Aga`. A high wall surrounds their village, adding to the self-chosen isolation of this community, adhering to strict principles. This place is world famous for its ikat. Then continue to Tirtagangga where there is a royal watergarden, composed mainly by water, plants and sculptures. It is situated in the middle of rice fields around the natural springs of Rejasa. It belongs to the same royal family that owns the palace you just visited! The water from one of the natural springs of Tirtagangga has always been regarded as holy. Tirta means blessed water, gangga cames from Ganges, the holy river in India. The holy water is required for ceremonies of the temples in the surrounding as far as Tirtagangga. After lunch, return to your hotel in Sidemen.

    Overnight at Subak Tabola Resort in Sidemen.

     

    Visited places:
    • Sidemen
  • 11
    Sidemen - Ubud
    Day 11 Transfer by car

    Depart to the north coast of Bali. First we will stop in Kusamba. Thousands of bats hang above the entrance to a cave and a temple. According to a local legend, the bats provide food for a giant snake which is said to live in the cave. Then continue to visit a small village in close by Ubud, with a visit to the local market then into the village. A short hike spans the distance between the temples at the outer border of the village to its center. You’ll be thrilled by magnificent views surrounding rice terraces. Depending on the time of the year, harvesting or planting of rice will unfold before your eyes.

    Occasionally a Balinese farmer will give you his most welcoming smile. Spot the small shrines in the middle of a rice field, dedicated to the Goddess of Fertility. Not a day will pass by without a delicate offering placed on its top. Experience first handed how a typical Balinese family lives and observe the traditional rules to build a house compound. They are amazingly defined by a set of philosophical rules, steeped in Balinese Hinduism.

    A village lady is engaged in the art of making temple offerings. Creating these apparent simple gifts to the Gods, is part of the daily routine of the Balinese. After lunch, you will walk through the village and learn more about traditional house architecture. The most important part is the house temple, inevitably pointing towards the mountains. It is amazing how Balinese keep their buildings consistently in line with religious principles. After lunch at local restaurant, drive to Ubud and check in at your hotel.

    Overnight at Sri Ratih Cottage in Ubud.

    Visited places:
    • Sidemen
    • Ubud
  • 12
    White Water Rafting
    Day 12

    Ayung Rafting.         

    In the vicinity of Ubud, you have a chance to do an exciting (but safe!) river rafting. During this morning excursion you will experience Bali from another side, literally. After being introduced to the secrets of river rafting and under the experienced guidance of a Balinese “captain”, you will then float down a river through some of the most spectacular landscapes of the island. Once in a while, you will have a close encounter with a lonely farmer or see how beautiful and meticulously offerings were placed on small shrines, honoring the omnipresent Goddess of the Rice and the Spirits of the Water. After lunch, return to hotel and free at own leisure.

    Overnight at Sri Ratih Cottage in Ubud.

    Visited places:
    • Ubud
  • 13
    Departure
    Day 13 Transfer by car

    Relaxed breakfast and free time at leisure until transfer to the airport or extension stay in the south Bali.

    End of services.

    Note: This itinerary is subject to change in accordance with any change in government and community regulations and circumstances beyond our control such as natural calamities (floods, etc.); flight/train/boat delays, rescheduling or cancellations; traffic jams; vehicle breakdown; accidents; medical evacuations; riots; strikes; etc.

    Visited places:
    • Ubud
    • Denpasar
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • 12 nights’ shared accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast (check in and check out around noontime)
    • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicle
    • Local ENGLISH speaking guides
    • All entrance fees as program
    • Ijen excursion and plantation visit
    • Snorkeling equipment in Menjangan island
    • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program (Local food)
    • 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
    Price does not include
    • Airfares (international and domestic)
    • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
    • Drinks
    • Mineral water beyond that supplied
    • Tips
    • Early check in or late check out
    • Insurances
    • Optional excursions and activities