Bali (Benoa), Indonesia

For over a century, Bali has fascinated the Western imagination. The island embodies the very essence of the exotic and mysterious East. Steep hillsides of tropical green reveal terraced rice paddies while plantations of coffee, banana, cacao and fragrant spices line the roads. Monkeys haunt the grounds of a sacred temple in a forest, while traditional villages produce intricately stylized batik, superb jewelry and beautiful paintings. And Balinese dance, with its angular movements and rhythms, remains somehow stirring and shocking. Bali may be accessible, but it remains forever exotic.

For all Bali's scenic beauty, the island has weathered great natural disasters, from the 1963 eruption of Mt. Agung to a massive earthquake in 1976. The island emerged relatively unscathed from the great tsunami of 2004.

Note: All motorcoaches are equipped with air-conditioning.

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Points of Interest

  • Ubud
  • Craft Villages
  • Denpasar
  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Elephant Safari Park
  • Taman Ayun Temple
  • Ayung River Rafting
  • Rice Terraces

More about Bali (Benoa), Indonesia Points of Interest

  • Ubud

    For over a century, Ubud has been the island's foremost center for fine arts, dance and music. Home to artists' workshops and galleries, the Sacred Monkey Forest, temples, shrines, and monasteries also dot the area.

  • Craft Villages

    Admire the handiwork of skilled artisans in Mas Village, renowned for woodcarving, Celuk, Bali's gold and silversmith capital, and Tohpati, the center of Balinese hand-weaving and batik-print making.

  • Denpasar

    In addition to sandy beaches and surfing, Bali's capital city also offers an art center, a museum, department stores and restaurants.

  • Ubud Monkey Forest

    Approximately 340 Balinese long-tailed macaques live within the Sacred Monkey Forest. Many of the trees are considered holy and used in various Balinese spiritual practices.

  • Elephant Safari Park

    An official Member of the World Zoo Association, the Park offers visitors an opportunity to feed, touch, and ride atop one of these gentle giants through their the cool forest.

  • Taman Ayun Temple

    One of six royal temples in Bali, the Taman Ayun Temple, translated as "Garden Temple In The Water," is surrounded by a moat, which is filled with beautiful lotus flowers.

  • Ayung River Rafting

    Experienced guides take visitors on a thrilling class II and III white water rafting along the Ayung River, Bali's longest river.

  • Rice Terraces

    The history of these stunning emerald-green landscapes date back over 2,000 years when hard-working farmers with primitive hand tools began carving the stepped terraces out of steep hillsides.

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Kuta On Your Own

5 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 1 8 5

Independent travelers will thrill to Kuta's long borad Indian Ocean beach-front as they explore on their own. Originally discovered by tourists as a surfing paradise, Kuta offers fantastic shopping and culinary delights await guests who want the flexibility of following their own itinerary at their own pace.

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Denpasar Highlights and Shopping in Tohpati & Celuk

5 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 2 0 5
  • Craft Villages
  • Denpasar

Immerse in the vibrant culture of Bali with a visit to Denpasar, Bali's capital city. Barter at the traditional market and stroll through the Bali Museum before heading to a nearby village for a slice of kue. Then shop for unique arts and crafts in Celuk and batik in Tohpati.

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Batik Village & Historic Balinese Pavilion

8 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 1 1 5
  • Craft Villages

Enjoy a day soaking in the art and culture of Bali. Visit the village of Tohpati, noted for its batik prints, and browse for Balinese crafts. Explore Kertha Gosa, Bali's restored 18th century Hall of Justice. Meet a Balinese family and experience everyday village life. Later, stop for lunch.

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Twin Lakes & Bali Highlands

9 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 1 2 5
  • Rice Terraces

Witness some of Bali's most magnificent natural wonders on a tour through its highlands. Visit the famous Sangeh Monkey Forest and picturesque Lake Bratan, home to one of Bali's most holy destinations. Marvel at the spectacular views of the "twin lakes." Later, shop for colorful batik fabric in Tohpati.

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Ubud Arts & Crafts Shopping Tour

5.5 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 2 4 0
  • Ubud
  • Craft Villages

Shop for artistic treasures with a tour of Ubud's villages, famous for their arts, crafts and music. Visit Celuk, known for its gold and silver jewelry. Join a Balinese family for coffee and rice cakes while watching a barong dance performance. Then, visit an art gallery in Ubud.

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Tanjuk Village & Traditional Farming

7.5 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 1 7 0
  • Taman Ayun Temple

Experience the life of a Balinese farmer by working in a terraced rice paddy, climbing trees for coconuts, and performing chores in a typical country village. After your work day is done, you'll sit down and savor a typical hearty lunch.

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Bali's Heritage Sites - Tohpati, Kehen & Kertha Gosa

8 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 1 0 0
  • Rice Terraces

A full day tour which includes several of Bali's must see heritage sites including Kehen Temple, considered Bali's most beautiful Hindu. Visit the village of Tohpati, noted for its batik prints and Explore Kertha Gosa, Bali's restored 18th century Hall of Justice.

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Mt. Batur & Rural Bali with Local Family

8 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 1 4 0
  • Rice Terraces

Experience Balinese life with a visit with a local family. Join them for breakfast before walking through nearby rice farms and departing for the beautiful Kehen Temple. After lunch overlooking Mt. Batur, you'll visit Kemenuh, a village renowned for its intricate woodcarvings.

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Uluwatu Cliff & South Coast

7 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 1 2 0

Explore the picture-postcard pretty beach communities of Bali's south coast. Begin with breakfast at Fairmont resort then marvel at the unrivalled beauty of turquoise ocean, white sand beaches and upscale resorts. Visit the sacred temple of Uluwatu, indulge in a seafood BBQ lunch and shop for handicrafts in Kuta.

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Elephant Safari & Ubud Shopping

7.5 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 4 7 5
  • Ubud
  • Elephant Safari Park

Take a jaw-dropping ride on top of an elephant and, later, lend a hand feeding these gentle giants! After this unforgettable experience, relish a delicious lunch overlooking the elephant pool. Then, enjoy a trip to Ubud for souvenir shopping and a stroll past the beautiful Ubud Palace.

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Elephant Safari

6.5 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 4 7 0
  • Elephant Safari Park

Take a jaw-dropping ride on top of an elephant! This once-in-a-lifetime adventure begins at the Taro Elephant Safari where you can touch and feed the elephants, watch their playful bathing rituals, and take a 35-minute guided ride through the forest. Later, enjoy lunch on the terrace.

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Ayung Whitewater Rafting

6.5 hours | Bali (Benoa) | D P S - 5 4 0
  • Ayung River Rafting

Ride the rushing whitewater down the Ayung River on a Class II and Class III rafting expedition. Float through the beautiful rainforest while enjoying views of tropical valleys, ancient cliffs and Hindu shrines. Then, relax with lunch at a resort overlooking the river.

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