While Bali has seen an influx of tourists in recent years, travelers who are willing to go off the beaten track can still find its hidden charms. Other than Nepal, Bali is the only other Hindu-majority region outside of India, and is home to a fascinating culture which blends a variety of influences. In terms of activities, Bali is a versatile destination; visitors can find a variety of pursuits, including trekking, surfing, diving, and rafting, or cultural pastimes, such as dance, cuisine, music, and textiles.
Ubud is a village more or less 40 km from Denpasar airport, taking 1.5 hours by car. Beyond idyllic coastlines and hip beach clubs, the soul of Bali lies up the highland of Ubud, with all its natural, artistic, and cultural charms. Ubud lures you away from beaches to Bali’s central hills. The town is cool and pleasant, and provides a refreshing dose of Balinese culture in a lush rural setting.
Kecak Fire Dance
A dance without instruments by a group of men against a beautiful sunset in the cosy evening. The Kecak Fire Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances, famous for its dominant use of human vocals in place of gamelan instruments to accompany the dance-drama at its core. Around 100 men perform the important characters in the Indian epic Ramayana.
Tirtha Empul Temple
Bali (Holy Water Temple) was founded around a large water spring, 962 AD, and is believed to be a place to purify oneself from the bad influences in life where we can discover the traditional showers sourced from the springs at this temple.
Ubud Monkey Forest
is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions; a natural forest sanctuary home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. Combine with sightseeing at the Ubud Royal Palace and shopping at the expansive Ubud Art Market.
Black Lava Dirt Bike Adventure
For experienced riders in and around the most beautiful and pristine Mount Batur area northern parts of Bali. This trail gives you the unique opportunity to ride on the volcanic landscape of Mt Batur – a vast area of black sand dunes that will make you feel like you’re riding on another planet. Specialist dirt bike tours are led only by qualified Balinese and Indonesian dirt bike guides who expertly cater for all dirt bike riders from beginners to professionals.
Every day in Bali’s predawn darkness, hundreds of visitors begin the trek up the 1,700-meter summit of Mount Batur to watch the sun rise above the lush mosaic of mist-shrouded mountains and the caldera far below. On a clear day, the views are spectacular, stretching all the way across the Batur caldera; the surrounding mountain range; and beautiful Lake Batur, the island’s main source of irrigation water.