Essential Bali

Just like the title suggests, this tour takes you to some of the most important cultural sights in all of Indonesia. You’ll get to see some of the oldest sacred monuments as well as some of the most well-known. These historic sites are situated in the stunning Balinese countryside, which is a national treasure all by itself. Your tour ends with a traditional Balinese blessing at a rural temple – here, you’ll be able to soak up the many centuries of Hindu and Buddhist tradition.

from $ 125


Free cancellation

up to 30 days in advance

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  • Duration: 8 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM
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  • Free cancellation up to 30 days prior
  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English

Experience Highlights

Once you’ve had breakfast, your guides will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00 AM. Next, you’ll drive to Tanah Lot, Bali’s most famous temple, built on a rock near the coast. As well as being a major attraction, this temple is an important pilgrimage site for Balinese Hindus. It dates back to the 16th century, and is one of the seven seaside temples in Bali. You’ll get to see it in the early morning, one of the best times for photography.

Next, you’ll drive toward the fields of Jatiluwih, an area known for its rice fields and pristine jungles. This area is known as the “green lungs of Bali,” and you’ll get to explore them on a two-hour e-bike ride. E-bikes have motors that help propel you up steeper inclines – they offer all of the fun of bikes without the need for muscle power. Afterward, you’ll have a break for lunch at a local restaurant.

Your next stop brings you to the Batu Karu temple – a 14th-century temple at the base of Mount Batukaru, surrounded by rice paddies. The site is best known for its distinct, elaborate gates. It’s one of Bali’s major temples but doesn’t see as many visitors. Here, you’ll have the chance to meet a priest named Bapak Astiki — “Bapak” is an honorific that’s more or less equivalent to “sir” – and experience a traditional ritual. Bapak Astiki’s wife will prepare costumes and give you offerings that you’ll need to enter the inner shrines. The priest will walk you through the prayer and offerings and describe the meaning behind these traditions.

By the end of your tour, you'll have a newly deepened appreciation for spirituality in Bali. You'll also most likely have a camera roll filled with the brilliant green fields of Bali. At the end of the tour, you'll hop back in air-conditioned vehicle for the return drive.

Attractions Visited

Jatiluwih Rice Paddies

The name Jatiluwih translates to “truly special.” This UNESCO World Heritage Site more than lives up to its name, and has some of the best view of rice paddy-covered slopes in Bali. Over 1,482 acres (600 ha) of picturesque green terraces slope gently along the plateau of Gunung Batukaru at an altitude of 2,296 feet (700 m) above sea level. Jatiluwih offers opportunities for breathtaking photos, outdoor recreation, and a quiet respite from the bustle of the southern areas. It’s about 2 hours north of Denpasar, in the Penebel district of central Bali’s Tabanan Regency.

Jatiluwih Rice Paddies

Tanah Lot

This popular religious landmark is built on a giant rock in the ocean about 984 feet (300 m) offshore and is Bali’s most famous, and certainly most photographed, Hindu temple. If you can navigate your way through busloads of tourists and an army of hawker stands, you’ll be treated to iconic sunset photos. Tanah Lot is 12.4 miles (20 kms) northwest of Denpasar, in the Beraban village of the Tabanan Regency. One of seven sea temples along the Bali coast, it was originally constructed in the 16th century but has seen significant restoration in recent times. The temple can be reached via the bridge at low tide, but inside access is not permitted to non-Hindu visitors.

Tanah Lot

What to Bring

Comfortable walking shoes, camera, and sunglasses, as well as money for tips and souvenirs.

What's included

Guide, private transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, simple lunch, entrance fees, e-bike ride, a blessing ceremony, and bottled water.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.