If you’re in search of a cultural experience, you can’t go past an exploration of Balinese Hinduism, with its peaceful Buddhist influences. The Balinese have a stunningly vibrant and kind way of living and welcome curious travelers into the fold. You can participate in ceremonies, learn traditional arts and crafts, or explore the history of Indonesia at a variety of cultural sites that you’ll find are home to both stunning architecture and hand carved stone deities.
25 Things to Do
Experience an incredible combination of culture and beautiful landscape on this tour to the Uluwatu Temple, which sits on a cliff 230 feet above the Indian Ocean. You’ll get to watch a Kecak dance performance in the warm glow of the setting sun.
6 hrsFrom $35
On this tour, you’ll visit the ancient elephant temple called Goa Gajah, which is one of Bali’s oldest sacred spaces. Your guide will talk you through the complexities of Balinese culture. This ancient temple is surrounded with beautiful rice fields and small streams that lead to the Petanu River – another natural site intertwined with local legends. Enjoy a stroll through the temple and the neighboring rice fields and jungle. After this you will visit a Balinese compound and will be introduced a well-known priest to take a part in an astrology session and purification ceremony.
4 hrsFrom $150
This tour takes you to some of the most breathtaking views in Bali. Sign up to ensure you get some of the best views in Indonesia as backdrops for your vacation photos. The tour begins at 8:30 AM, which gives you plenty of time to fit all the sights in. Make sure to have eaten breakfast before you set out and be ready for a full morning and afternoon.
8 hrsFrom $67
Discover the flavors of Bali with this immersive tour that’s part cultural exchange, part culinary delight. You’ll learn about the origins behind some of Bali, Indonesia’s most popular dishes; how local horticulture and agriculture influences cuisine; and how tradition merges with modern cooking techniques. The best part? Since you’ll be creating these dishes, you’ll be able to conjure up ‘a taste of Bali’ whenever the mood strikes, back home. Yes, you will get to sample the fruits of your labor.
8 hrsFrom $173
Discover the beauty of Bali, Indonesia on both a natural and artistic level when you go on this fun and engaging tour. Explore traditional painting methods and wood carving. Then visit a turtle conservation center; the island and her animals are such an inspiration that they must be preserved. Learn about traditional artistry in Ubud and take more than a memory back with you — purchase an original piece from a studio or workshop!
8 hrsFrom $66
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.
8 hrsFrom $107
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.
8 hrsFrom $54
This half-day tour introduces you to one of the oldest cultures on Bali. Trunyan sits on the edge of Lake Batur and serves as home to the Bali Aga tribe, which has lived here since the 10th century. In addition to an up-close look at Balinese history, as well as a dramatic landscape.
6 hrsFrom $88
Take a Think Global, Act Local interactive tour at the R.O.L.E. center. This tour looks to the future as its celebrates the past – while you’re here, you’ll learn about the center’s efforts to teach sustainable job skills to marginalized women, as well as some of the crafting traditions that they’re helping preserve.
4 hrsFrom $50
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.
4 hrsFrom $53
The legend of this holy rock and its blessed water is intriguing. Let the beauty and magic of Bali surround you when you make your pilgrimage to Tanah Lot. Utterly breathtaking, and touted as one of Bali's most important, and most photographed, landmarks. Your visit to Indonesia is simply incomplete if you don't add this destination to your itinerary.
4 hrsFrom $29
Take a 3-hour guided walk to learn more about the medicinal use of herbs in Balinese culture, followed by a lesson on how to make some of these concoctions yourself. Your guide will show you which herbs go into the local’s authentic beauty treatments and health-giving drinks.
5 hrsFrom $84
Escape the everyday in Bali, Indonesia and live your best life in a big way. Experience both luxury and simplicity with one amazing tour. A Day in The Life of a Balinese Farmer provides you with guided walks, picnic breakfasts and lunches, interaction with local farmers, and spa treatments — all in the span of a single adventure. Because you'll be enjoying the expertise of the Four Seasons, you can rest assured that every element of your tour will be exceptional.
4 hrsFrom $298
At Balinese museums, you’ll see ancient examples of silver relief used to decorate temples, as well as sacred tools used in temple offerings. This 3-hour workshop introduces you to some of the intense techniques that make it possible to bend and pound silver into an intricate pattern. Come with a few ideas, as you’ll be making your own design.
3 hrsFrom $97
Visit the Ubud Palace to see a traditional legong dance at Ubud Palace – a lively introduction to Indonesian art and history. This historical palace is in the Ubud city center, making it easy to include in most Bali itineraries. It was built in the early 19th century and served as the royal residence for many years, and retains much of the grandeur of its heyday.
2 hrsFrom $10
Explore one of Bali's most fascinating sacred spaces where the grounds of three temples is also the home of several monkey communities. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is the dwelling of some 900 Balinese Long-Tail Macaque Monkeys. This unique outing lets you observe the architectural beauty of ancient temples, a luscious forest, and the finer points of primate societies.
2 hrsFrom $35
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