Bali is one of the most popular holiday hotspots for Australians, famous for its great beaches, majestic temples, colourful ceremonies and the authentic Balinese way of life. With so many of us flocking there each year, package holidays to this Indonesian island are the norm and guided tours not really necessary. Day tours however are the perfect way to get out and about, access special parts of Bali and have a guide to lead the way. From waterfalls to snorkelling treasure-troves and famous temples, here’s our pick of day tours to show you the best of Bali (including a few great out of the way spots).
With thousands and thousands of temples dotted across Bali, a fabulous way to experience the spiritual essence of Balinese culture is to join a tour exploring a handful of these graceful places of worship. The Tanah Lot Sunset Tour will take you to the 17th century Taman Ayun Temple in the village of Mengwi, a lasting legacy of the Mengwi Empire. Surrounded by beautiful lotus and fish ponds, the magnificent Chinese-inspired architecture juts into the sky in the form of graceful towering tiers. Moving on to Alas Kedaton (Monkey Forest), you’ll discover a Hindu temple at the centre of the lush forest and rice fields, where hundreds of tame monkeys live and roam free. Here, you’re guaranteed a sighting! Next up, you’ll head to the unique Tanah Lot in perfect time for a dazzling sunset vista. A Balinese Hindu temple, it’s perched atop a jagged rock in the ocean, at times completely isolated as the sea churns in around it.
The Gili Islands are famous for their fantastic diving and snorkelling, and while it’s a bit of a trip from the main island of Bali, it is possible to explore the Gili Islands for just a day. So join a tour that’ll get you there nice and speedy with the fast boat service, and bring you back with the help of a zippy flight. Take in the beautiful island views on the ride while keeping an eye out for dolphins. When you arrive at Trawangan Island you’ll be ready to hire a bike and explore, do some snorkelling or diving, chill out by the pool or simply bask in the sun along the beautiful shores. You can also go for a ride on a glass bottom boat, check out the bird park and turtle sanctuary, and wander around the local villages.
For brilliant underwater encounters in Bali that are just around the corner, take a Blue Lagoon and East Bali tour. The beautiful Blue Lagoon and Amuk Bay are the best snorkelling spots in East Bali, boasting clear blue waters and a treasure-trove of marine life and soft corals beneath the surface. You’ll also get to explore nearby Tenganan, an ancient Balinese village with unique traditions, and a popular beach resort at Candidasa Beach. But of course, you can’t escape a little history – and beauty – in Bali. Revel in the stories and sights at Kertha Gosa, the royal court of justice, and the unique Goa Lawah Temple, also known as the Bat Cave Temple and one of just nine Sad Kahyangan Temples on the island.
Take in beautiful temples, waterfalls and beaches with a tour that showcases the best of North Bali. A quieter and more secluded part of the island, many tourists never venture here so you can trust it’s bound to be unique. Take a relaxing dip in the natural Banjar Hot Springs, trek through coffee plantations to discover Gitgit Waterfall, and stop by Bali’s biggest Buddhist Temple, Brahma. Explore a spice garden in Luwus village, wander through the Bali Botanical Gardens, and admire the lovely view of twin lakes Buyan and Tamblingan, as well as the beautiful lake temple of Ulun Dhanu. Between stops, beautiful panoramas of valleys and rice paddies abound, and lunch by the beach should top it all off perfectly.
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