Amlapura, Indonesia Tours and Activities
When you think of a tropical island, you might think that the whole region has the same landscape, but in Bali's instance, nothing could be further from the truth. The East Bali Highlights tour helps you explore a very specific part of this Indonesian island. During your tour, you'll see both the everyday and the extraordinary. From traditional architecture to mountains and temples, this is your chance to discover the best of Eastern Bali.
Your day starts with a 2.5-hour downhill trek to the Tenganan Pagringsingan village. Your guide will show you around and explain how traditional life works. Only people born in the village can live here and be full members of the community, which has existed in this part of Bali dating back to at least the 13th century. Villagers follow a strict set of rules when it comes to the wildlife surrounding their village — for example, a member cannot chop down a tree without permission from the community. From the village, you’ll have tremendous view of the mountain and farmers working in the rice fields.
On this tour, you’ll board a traditional boat and go snorkeling around some of the most exciting spots in the lagoon. Coral reef is not common in East Bali, but there are still interesting underwater formations where lots of reef fish and starfish congregate. After you board this charming vessel, it takes about 40 minutes to reach the snorkeling spot.
On this tour, you’ll see the three complexes that make up the mystical grounds of the Tirta Gangga Palace. Built in the 19th century, this historic palace blends Chinese and Balinese influences, in a series of pools, fountains, and statues that synthesize art and spirituality in one tranquil site.
Candidasa is an incredible destination for diving trips, allowing you to swim with sea turtles and manta rays. You'll travel east of Candidasa to the rich waters of the Blue Lagooon for the best chance of spotting marine wildlife and coral reef. This tour is excellent for beginners, since a guide will be there every step of the way.
Goa Lawah – or the “Bat Cave,” is named for its main residents — you’ll see a ton of them hanging from the entrance to the temple. It’s believed to date all the way back to the 11th century, and it’s still an active site for worshippers today. Besides the richly decorated cave, there are three pavilions that surround the main temple where you might observe locals arranging offerings of fruit.
On this tour, you’ll learn as much about zesty Indonesian dishes as the luscious landscape that provides the ingredients. Before your cooking class at the Bali Asli restaurant, you’ll visit a nearby village and try a drink made from Indonesia’s favorite crop.