Many hotels or even taxi drivers will offer to set you up or take you on a several tours all around the island of Bali for a very reasonable price – take advantage of these deals as they offer some of the best values for exploring Bali. If you book online prior to arriving in Bali, chances are, you’re paying too much. Popular Bali tours include:
A Day Trip to Kintamani Volcano
During the full-day excursion to the volcano, it’s likely the first tour stop will be in Batubulan to enjoy a performance by Kris and Barong Dancers. From there, you’ll go on to visit the villages of Celuk or Mas where silver jewelry and woodcarvings are the main tourist draws. Lunch is in the cultural mecca of the island, Ubud, where you’ll get some time to explore the local shops and art galleries. Passing the rice terraces, you’ll find yourself at Kintamani, elevation 5,000 feet; from the village, you will experience views of the volcano itself along with stunning Lake Batur. On the return trip, you’ll stop at Goa Gajah (elephant cave) dating back to the 9th century.
Sunset Tour to Tanah Lot
The first stop on this half day tour is at Taman Ayun Royal Temple in Mengwi. A place used for prayer, Taman Ayun is beautiful example of Balinese temple architecture complete with inviting gardens where you can sit and contemplate the simple Balinese lifestyle. The next is stop is in Ubud at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary where you need to be on your toes when the monkeys are around; keep your valuables close and the monkeys far away for safety’s sake. The Tanah Lot temple sits just offshore on a large rock jutting out of the sea; it’s only accessible during low tide when visitors make their way down winding paths to the sandy beach below. At sunset, the sun gives off a orangey-red glow providing the perfect photo opportunity.
Besakih Temple & Eastern Bali
Known as the Mother Temple, Besakih is the biggest and most prestigious religious temple on Bali with roots dating back to the 11th century. Entrance into the temple requires the wearing of a sarong (no shorts) and women are prohibited from entering the temple (as with all Balinese temples) during their monthly menstruation cycle. Stops along the way include photo ops at the picturesque rice patty fields and the Goa Lawah Bat Cave filled with thousands of real bats hanging from their little bat feet.
A trip to the black sand beaches of Lovina is another popular sightseeing trip on Bali. Along the way you’ll see rice patty fields plus other plantations of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. You may even be lucky enough to stop at the hot springs near Banjar for a soothing soak in the said-to-be healing waters.