Bali’s landscape combines towering volcanoes with lush rice paddies and sandy beaches. Known as the Island of the Gods, the Indonesian paradise is a hub of culture and spirit where visitors can get lost in the chaos and infamous party scene of Kuta, discover culture in the tranquil hills of Ubud: the island’s heart, or simply escape to the rugged coast and surrounding seas.
The island is a popular destination for many visitors to South East Asia, offering a mix of activities for different types of tourists. With its many sides and so many options available, we’ve selected five of the best day trips across the island, differing in activities and price.
FROM: €74/per person
Start this tour by climbing Mount Batur, before heading to the rice terraces and Monkey Forest in Ubud. Guests will visit the Tirta Empul water temple and Luwak coffee plantation: here the unique production process uses civet cats, the Luwaks, to digest the coffee beans creating a product that is one of the most expensive in the world. After a busy day, this tour features a complimentary two hour spa treatment: offering either a Balinese massage or Javanese body scrub. A minimum of two adults must be booked, with tours hosting a maximum of 15 people to ensure a personal experience.
From €34/ per person
Experience authentic Balinese culture with a day exploring Ubud and the artisan villages that surround it. Local artisans craft the traditional textile of batik in Batubulan, jewellery in the village of Celuk and wood sculptures in community of Mas. The Batuan region of Ubud is a creative hive for the arts and has even established its own unique painting style. To give guests an understanding of the history and spirit of the island, the tour will travel to the Trinity Temple and visit the Holy Springs. Break for lunch at Kintamani to experience views of Mount Batur, before a visit to the village of Tegalalang, which includes a tasting of Bali Luwak coffee and ginger tea. Follow your guide through the village’s spice garden and rice terrace. The tour will then move on to Ubud Village, here guests will meet local monkeys at the Monkey Forest as well as taking in sights, which include the Hindu temple complex, the local market and Ubud Palace. The day will finish in the relaxing surrounding of the Tegunungan Waterfall.
From €67/ per person
This full day private tour visits three of Bali’s most popular temples: Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu and Taman Ayun Temple. Dating back to the 17th Century, the fascinating stone temples and sculptures are surrounded by lakes and oceans; in low tide visitors walk across the ocean bed to the main temple of Tanah Lot, its ruins surfacing from the island’s coast. From the cliff tops, this historic temple tour showcases visitas and idyllic seascapes that give an alternative point of view on the busy island.
From €48/ per person
For those embarking on this tour, you’re advised to head to bed early as you will leaving your hotel in the small hours of the morning. The reward for this early morning is the spectacular views from Mount Batur. Trek 1.5 hours, climbing over black sand and lava formed hills, exploring the UNESCO-recognised crater, to reach the highest point of the volcanic mass by sunrise. On reaching the peak, enjoy breakfast with panoramic view of the surroundings, lit by the morning sunrise. Returning down the crater, there is the opportunity to visit a Balinese coffee plantation before taking your transport back to your accommodation.
From €140/ per person
Canyoning at Kalimudah and Kalikecil is the ideal way for those looking for action and adventure to spend their day. Start the trip with an introduction to the sport; this ensures those with all skill levels can master the basics, before heading into Bali’s jungle to Kalimudah: the first of the canyons. Over 3.5 hours tackle rappels, cliff jumps and natural water slides. The day will finish with lunch, after which you will receive certification from the International Canyoning Organisation.