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Ubud: 3-Hour Silver Jewelry Making Class

1. Ubud: 3-Hour Silver Jewelry Making Class

Looking for a one-of-a-kind moment in Bali? This unique experience allows you to enjoy a fun, creative hobby combined with Bali's oldest crafting techniques. Spend a half-day with Ayu, who will introduce you to this special realm of art. She will teach you how to craft your idea into a wearable art piece just like she was taught by her father and her older brother when she was 9 years old. Learn all about what silver jewelry making entails and how it developed over time in Bali. Using 5 grams of silver, create your very own pair of earrings, ring, or pendant. Work together with Ayu to turn new silver into a polished art piece. It’s fun, it’s a challenge and a terrific way to spend your leisure time in Ubud.

Bali: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples and Volcano Day Trip

2. Bali: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples and Volcano Day Trip

Venture into the picturesque landscapes of central Bali on a full-day tour of the rice terraces, temples, and active volcano of the island’s scenic center. Enjoy an Indonesian lunch, and more. Following a pickup from your hotel by a driver who will provide outstanding satisfaction, transfer by an air-conditioned car to Batubulan village to see the center of handmade Batik weaving. Continue to the village of Celuk to see gold and silversmiths at work. Next, go to the home of Bali’s wood carving crafts at Mas, and learn how to recognize and work with good wood. Next, transfer to the artists' village of Batuan Ubud, before admiring the wood carvings at Batuan Trinity Temple. Proceed to the holy temple of Sebatu and the holy spring water temple of Gunung Kawi. Enjoy lunch in Kintamani, with panoramic views of Mt. Batur and its lake. Then, visit Tegalalang village to taste some Balinese Luwak coffee and ginger tea. Marvel at the spice gardens and rice terraces before afternoon tea. Finally, go to the Sacred Monkey Forest which serves to protect the Balinese long-tail monkey (aka crab-eating macaques). Wander around the market at Ubud, and see the King’s (Royal) Palace.

Ubud: 3-Hour Wood Carving Master Class

3. Ubud: 3-Hour Wood Carving Master Class

Looking for another way to experience the vibrant culture of Bali? Let a Balisene master introduce you to the ancient art of wood carving during this 3-hour creative class. Your instructors will skillfully guide all novice woodcarvers to find the mask, the animal, or the shape that is "hiding" inside each block of wood. Bali’s wood carvers are known throughout the world for their intricate and nuanced wood creations that adorn nearly every home on the island. This skill is inherited from one family generation to the next. Don't miss the opportunity to take part in this extraordinary craft while on the island. Stretch your creative muscle while vacationing in paradise, and then you can take home what you have helped to create as a souvenir you can't buy at any markets. Families and kids are welcome for a memorable cultural experience.

From Ubud: Evening Firefly Tour in Taro Village

4. From Ubud: Evening Firefly Tour in Taro Village

Soak up the atmosphere of remote and peaceful Balinese villages and see incredible fireflies on this unforgettable evening tour. After pick-up from your hotel, head to Taro Village, where you will meet local families. Enjoy a dinner of local food in the middle of an organic farm. Take a tour of the rice paddies and learn about the Subak irrigation system, the rice paddies and their harvest cycle. Enjoy the sparkling lights of the fireflies while enjoying a hot drink. Listen for crickets, frogs and geckos and learn about other native wildlife.

Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

5. Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

After a morning pickup at your hotel, head to your first stop, a Batuan traditional Balinese house, located in the Gianyar regency. Follow your guide to a typical local home. Admire Balinese architecture – a compound with several buildings – and learn the importance of each part. Then journey to the Tegallalang rice fields of Ubud, famous for its beautiful scenery of rice paddies and the traditional subak irrigation system. Get a stunning view of the rice terraces on the slopes of the hills across the valley, and enjoy the cool and breezy climate. Next, visit a coffee plantation to learn about the famous luwak coffee. Discover how the farmers collect the still-intact beans from the forest floor and clean, roast, and grind them. Study the entire process of making the unusual brew, and get a chance to try some other coffees, tea, and cocoa drinks. Continue to Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Ubud) and see one of the area's most prominent monuments. Constructed in traditional Balinese style, the palace has been well-preserved by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel's heirs. Marvel at the gardens and the banyan tree that provides shelter from the heat. Afterward, make your way to Sacred Monkey Forest and discover the home of around 200 monkeys in Ubud. Believed by the locals to be "God's Guard of the Dalem Agung Temple," the long-tailed macaques dwell in certain areas and can often be seen on the roads.  End your tour at Tanah Lot Temple, known for its enchanting seaside setting and sunset views. Look at the ancient Hindu shrine, perched in the crashing waves, and watch the sun melt over the horizon. Then, travel back to your hotel or accommodation.

Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

6. Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

Experience the natural beauty of Bali from the back of a horse. A horse will be selected to suit your riding ability and you’ll receive basic instruction before heading out. An experienced groom will ride with you through lush green rice fields, where little has changed over the centuries. Continue from the village to Pig Stone Beach. The rides are suitable for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider. However, please note that riders must weigh less than 90 kg.

Ubud: Kecak Dance and Royal Balinese Resort Dinner Ticket

7. Ubud: Kecak Dance and Royal Balinese Resort Dinner Ticket

Immerse yourself in the colorful spectacle of a Kecak fine dance performance during your stay in Ubud. Enjoy a performance by a local dance troupe, followed by dinner featuring Balinese cuisine in a restaurant nestled amongst rice paddies. Kecak Dance is believed to originate from a Balinese ancient ritual to repel evil spirits in which dancers fall into a trance. Bali's famous fire dance is a spectacular performance that immerses you in Indonesian tradition and culture. The spectacular Balinese Kecak fire dance performance is held at Tanah Gajah Ubud's atmospheric candle-lit outdoor amphitheater. After the show, you can take photos with the talented performers who are happy to pose for photos to remember your experience. Following the show, make your way to The Tempayan restaurant for the Royal Rijsttafel dinner experience, featuring local Balinese cuisine. Drawing inspiration from Ubud's rich history and local culture, the restaurant is influenced by the designs of Balinese-style pavilions and offers unobstructed panoramic views of Tanah Gajah’s rice fields and the tropical jungle beyond from every table.

Ubud: Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Jungle Swing Private Tour

8. Ubud: Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Jungle Swing Private Tour

At the start of your tour, get picked up from your accommodation and drive through the Bali countryside. Make your first stop at the famous Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary, home to over 500 long tail macaques. See the monkeys roaming around in their natural habitat. From the monkey sanctuary, head north of Ubud to visit Kumulilir. Challenge yourself to ride the 20-meter Jungle Swing to the jungle valley or rice terraces. Enjoy the views and take instagrammable pictures during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After that, acquaint yourself with Indonesia’s world-famous Luwak Coffee at its coffee plantation. Learn about the unusual method of producing the coffee, which involves the coffee beans being eaten and defecated by Asian palm civets, then collecting the partially-digested beans from the forest floor. After sampling the other coffees and teas made at the plantation, opt to taste a Luwak coffee, too. On the way back to Ubud, pass by the Ceking Rice Terrace at Tegalalang to marvel at the UNESCO-listed rice paddies, one of Bali’s most iconic sights. Learn about the pioneering subak system (the Balinese cooperative irrigation system) for which the terraces are known.  Finish your tour by being dropped back to your accommodation in Ubud. Customize your experience with add-on options of coffee tastings to traditional massage. Not all add-ons are available for all options.

Bali: ‘Eat Street’ Local Food Tour

9. Bali: ‘Eat Street’ Local Food Tour

Discover the nightly food markets where locals go when the sun goes down on a guided tour. Join a local guide as you explore the culinary the culture and atmosphere of Bali, with several tastings of local dishes included. Start your foodie adventure at a local food market, where your guide will take you in and out of the small alleyways highlighting some of the foods you will taste later on Eat Street. Then, visit a warung (café) famous for its babi guling (rotisserie-cooked suckling pig). Your guide will order for you a shared dish for two people and explain all that appears on the plate. From there, drive to "Eat Street", popular with locals in Bali and tucked just behind the major tourist area. Start at the top of the street, where your expert guide will escort you through the numerous small warungs and stalls, picking out things for you to eat as you go. Your guide will explain to you the food and traditions of what is on offer. One must-try is the very yummy soto ayam (chicken noodle soup). This is one of Indonesia’s most famous national dishes. Walking along the main street, learn about all the different culinary influences on offer: Javanese, Sumatran, Sulawesi, Japanese, and Thai/Indonesian fusion. If you need an energy boost, try an energy-filled dessert, Indonesian-style. You’ll see “Joss Milk” sold all over the country, which is an Indonesian energy powder you mix with milk. Then, enjoy a dessert made from a crumpet-style batter cooked in an earthenware pot over hot coals. Choose from the top 10 list or design your own design. The prices are cheap all along Eat Street, so if you decide you want to buy some more treats, you can pick up some extras for about USD$1-2. Your guide will assist you with finding a taxi for your trip back to your hotel (or to the next stop for your day out).

Private Sekumpul Waterfall Hiking Tour

10. Private Sekumpul Waterfall Hiking Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel at 07:00, journey to a coffee plantation in the lush landscapes of Bali and learn how the local kopi luwak is produced. Known for its high price due to the unusual method of using beans digested by the Indonesian civet (a cat-like mammal), the result is often referred to as "cat poop coffee." Taste some of the curious brew, along with tea products produced in the region. All tastings are complimentary, except for the luwak coffee, which is at your own expense (around US$5 per cup). Then, head to the start point of your trek at approximately 10:30. Walk down a small path with hundreds of steps and get stunning views of the lush green jungle surroundings. Admire a waterfall in the distance as it falls through the dense forest in 6 cascades. Walk up to the waterfall to see the fresh water tumbling from heights of 260 feet (80 meters). Then, recharge over lunch at a local restaurant at the end of your trek. Continue to Ulun Danu Temple (Pura Ulun Danu Beratan) to see the reflections of the sacred Hindu monument, dedicated to Shiva, shimmering in the waters of Lake Beratan. Return to your hotel at around 16:00 and get dropped off at the end of the tour services. 

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This evening was perfect. Mr. Wayan, our driver, picked us up from the hotel and was on time and friendly. When we get to the farm, Made welcomed us with strong Balinese coffee and a tour of his farm. The dinner that comes with this experience is perfect - very delicious. Then we had a tour of his village and of course firefly watching. It's a humbling, serene, and beautiful experience. There is no doubt in my mind that this tour would become more in demand sooner than later, and we're just happy we got to experience it in a much more intimate setting.

We did this tour on the 2nd of Jan 23 and our guide was Wirra. The guide communicated via what's app on the day of the tour and took photos as we went and posted them to us on what's app. A great experience was had and I am sure we would never have eaten from some of the food vendors on our own. We enjoyed the tour and the food was great and yes we did not get an upset tummy. 100% recommend this tour and if you can ask for our guide Wirra as he was just so considerate for a couple in their late 60's. Thank you.

We had so much fun with this class. Mr. Wayan is a very patient, very engaged teacher who'd show you how to carve and make patterns. The level of your involvement depends on you - you can do most of the work, or you can ask for his help. Overall, we are very happy with the experience and we brought home special, very unique souvenirs. The class is also small (it's just me and my partner) which is great.

This is a great experience and has great value for money. Mr. Ngura is very good at explaining to you your options - if you can't draw or don't have a design in mind, you can follow a pattern. In the end, we got to take home unique rings with all the imperfections from our own making. It's pretty terrific.

My girlfriend and I loved this experience! It was a great way to start our vacation in Bali, with our host explaining many things that are good to know about the culture and local religion. And of course all the food was fantastic :)