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Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring

1. Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring

Hike up the stunning Mount Batur on an early sunrise trek to its summit. Follow your guide up the mountain, enjoying a well-earned breakfast at the top while you watch the brilliant colors of the sunrise. Top off your active morning with a soak in a natural hot spring and an invigorating coffee plantation visit. Get an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Bali in time to watch the sunrise from the top of Mount Batur. Depart between 1:30 AM and 2:30 AM (depending on the location of your hotel), and then journey towards the active volcano near the village of Kintamani. Upon arrival at Mount Batur, get a short introduction and safety briefing from your private guide. All the guides are locals with experience of climbing Mount Batur since they were children. Benefit from their extensive knowledge and passion for the region before you embark on your 1.5-hour trek to the highest volcanic crater in Bali in time to watch the sunrise. Upon arrival at the top, enjoy breakfast and take in the amazing views of the surrounding area at the break of day. After sunrise, enjoy some time to walk around the crater of the volcano before crossing a hill of lava and black sand. Trek back down the mountain, and then soothe away your aches and pains at a natural hot spring at 9 AM. Visit a coffee plantation on the way back to your accommodation, and get dropped off by approximately 1 PM at the end of an amazing morning.

Mount Batur: Private Sunrise Jeep Tour & Natural Hot Spring

2. Mount Batur: Private Sunrise Jeep Tour & Natural Hot Spring

Meet your own private tour guide, a trained 4WD specialist, and climb aboard a custom-built, four-wheel drive vehicle. Your private guide is also a certified member of the Mount Batur Guide Association, so expect great stories about the history of the region, interesting information about the features of the landscape, all with a great sense of humor. You are in safe hands on this off-road adventure. You will first visit Perapen Temple located south of Mount Batur then continue to explore Lava Ball Point. Hop out of the vehicle and feel the incredible Kintamani landscape surround you. You will find a large cave formed from a lava flow and you will wonder if you are on a different planet. Ask your guide why it is called a holy cave? The second stop is the volcanic lava flow of 1964. How did it happen? Your tour guide has the answer. As the guide navigates the four-wheel drive vehicle through the lava fields to get there, you will witness the local farmers working in their small fields and vegetable gardens. Be surrounded by world famous black Lava formations and witness the extraordinary view of an active volcano in the distance. Incredible photo opportunities await. To complete your day, enjoy a long soak in the healing waters of Batur Natural Hot Spring. Enjoy the photographic panorama of beautiful Lake Batur from a completely different angle.

Fast Boat Transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan

3. Fast Boat Transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan

Benefit from a swift connection from Bali to Gili Trawangan, or vice versa, and travel between the islands on board a fast boat with generous luggage allowance. Spend less time traveling and more time on the beach! For journeys from Bali to Gili Trawangan, the boat departs daily from Serangan Harbor, just 30 minutes from Kuta. Get a complimentary pick-up at your hotel or villa by air-conditioned vehicle, available from Kerobokan, Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Tuban, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Sanur, the airport and parts of Canggu (as far as Canggu Club). Pick-up from other locations is provided for an additional fee. Alternatively, you can make your way to the harbor for check-in 30 minutes before the scheduled departure. Depart in the morning to enjoy Gili Trawangan to its fullest. Boats back to Bali are at around 14:30 and hotel drop off is provided on arrival. Relax on board the 2.5-hour journey each way, and take in the stunning views.

Bali: Sunrise Mount Batur Hike with Breakfast

4. Bali: Sunrise Mount Batur Hike with Breakfast

Scale one of Bali’s natural wonders with a private, early-morning hike up Mount Batur, including breakfast and a trip to a coffee plantation afterwards.  With all entry tickets, accommodation transfers, and an expert local guide also included, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is enjoying the panoramic views.  Begin your ascent at the base of Mount Batur after an early pickup from your accommodation. You’ll even start your jungle trek on an exclusive path with fewer trekkers around. Savor the pristine night sky away from the city lights as you hike. After a 2-hour trek, you’ll then be rewarded at the top with sunrise views over the natural landscape and ocean horizon. And even better, you get to enjoy breakfast at the volcano’s summit.  On the way down you’ll enjoy more vistas, such as Lake Batur, an enormous volcanic crater lake.  You’ll also have the opportunity to stop off for a cup of local Luwak coffee at a coffee plantation before being dropped off back at your accommodation.

Northern Bali Highlights With Private Tour

5. Northern Bali Highlights With Private Tour

Make your Instagram followers envious as you explore Northern Bali on a guided day tour to its most recognizable hotspots. Following a pickup from your accommodation, journey north with a local guide, who will share gems about Balinese history and culture. Travel to the iconic Lake Beratan where you'll see the majestic temple sitting on a small island on the lake, dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of the lake. Then, visit the iconic Handara Gate, well known as the pathway to serenity. Take a wonderful picture in front of Handara Gate with the breathtaking view of green scenery and the gigantic-exotic traditional Balinese gate as your backdrop. Take a quick stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included), before preparing your flip-flops at the majestic Banyumala Twin Waterfall. Swim in tranquility, listen to the thunderous roar of cascading waters, and take in the sights of the vibrant greenery. Afterward, head to a coffee plantation to learn about coffee processing with a tasting. Complete your journey with a visit to the iconic Wanagiri Hidden Hills Photos Spot. Admire hill views and lakes on the bridge overlooking the lake before returning to your hotel.

Mount Ijen Volcanic Crater Overnight Trip from Bali

6. Mount Ijen Volcanic Crater Overnight Trip from Bali

Benefit from pick-up from your hotel in Bali, and then travel to the westernmost tip to catch the ferry to Java from Gilimanuk. Upon arrival at Ketapang port in Banyuwangi, travel by 4WD vehicle to the village of Licin and drive through a rainforest of giant ferns and trees on the slopes of Mount Ijen.  Ascend to the summit to look into the crater and marvel at the blue fires of the volcano under a canopy of stars. Get a panoramic view of the sulfur lake and surrounding landscape in the first light of day. Then, return to the base of the mountain to enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant before the drive back to the Bali.

Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Trek With Guide and Breakfast

7. Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Trek With Guide and Breakfast

Following the area pick-up time from your hotel, head to the Kintamani region to hike your way up Mount Batur. This iconic, extremely-active volcano draws many visitors from around the world with its beauty and promise of adventure. From the top, you will experience a scenic sunrise view and the green caldera around the volcano. Witness a thick blanket of darkness be replaced by glistening orange and gold rays, bursting from the silhouette of Mount Agung with the glassy untouched sheen of Lake Batur. As your descent begins, you will explore three younger craters while taking in the amazing volcanic landscape. You have an option to visit a coffee plantation site to enjoy a delicious cup of local Luwak coffee before heading back to your hotel.

Komodo Island: Private 4–Day Trip with Phinisi Boat & Hotel

8. Komodo Island: Private 4–Day Trip with Phinisi Boat & Hotel

Your 4–day tour starts at the Labuan Bajo Airport where your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. After check–in and lunch, your guide will bring you directly to the pier, where the private boat will be waiting for you. Head to Bidadari island, where you can relax or explore Bidadari's surrounding waters. Sail back to your hotel in the late afternoon and have an early night's sleep in preparation for the next day's adventure. On day 2, after breakfast in the hotel and a short trip to the pier of Labuan Bajo, your Komodo adventure will begin. Sail through the waters to Rinca Island and trek through the dry forest, where the Komodo dragons live. See other wild and unique animals like deer, wild buffalo, macaque, wild pigs and a wide variety of birds. Move on to Kalong Island to have lunch, try snorkeling, and see the flying foxes set out from the mangrove forest in the evenings. Have your dinner and a night's rest onboard. On day 3, wake up early in the morning and start with a trek through the dry forest, see plenty of giant lizards and other wild animals and birds, such as the lesser sulfur-crested cockatoo, collared kingfisher, and more. A local professional ranger will lead you into the Komodo National Park. Return to the boat and head to the unique Pink Beach to swim, snorkel, or explore. After having lunch on board, sail toward Manta Point to see the huge mantas. Head back to Labuan Bajo, check-in to your hotel, and have a nice dinner. On the final day, after breakfast in the hotel, visit the Batu Cermin Cave full of fascinating stalactites and stalagmites, and see rays of light leak through the cave walls. After the cave, visit a local market to see different wares on display. Pick up souvenirs from the market before going back to the airport or any other place in Labuan Bajo you'd like to visit.

From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

9. From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

Explore Nusa Penida, a charming island nestled in the waters between Bali and Lombok, on a full-day guided tour. Admire the island's beautiful beaches, rugged coastline, and relaxed way of life, and discover why Nusa Penida has become a firm traveler favorite. Head out from the Sanur Ferry Terminal toward Nusa Penida. Sit back and relax, and spend your day hopping around 4 picturesque beaches and some of the most special spots on the island. Stop first at the top of Kelingking Beach and admire the wonderful view of the white sandy beach. Take a close look at the curving coastline, which many visitors compare to the shape of a T-Rex. Then, move on to Angel's Billabong. Take a dip in a natural infinity pool created by a small gap in the cliff face, without the 5-star price tag. Next, marvel at Broken Beach's natural pools and cliff arches before making your way to Crystal Bay. Enjoy time to swim and snorkel in waters as clear as their namesake.

From Ubud: Authentic Cooking Class in a Local Village

10. From Ubud: Authentic Cooking Class in a Local Village

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then visit a local fresh food market to choose the ingredients for your cooking class. Select from the available vegetables, herbs, meat and spices on display and experience a little of the local life in Bali. Next, visit a rice plantation and learn how the staple crop is cultivated and prepared. Soak up the scenic views of the surroundings. Continue to the traditional village of Laplapan, where you will get a warm welcome from the locals on arrival. Take part in a half-day morning or afternoon cooking class and learn all the secrets of preparing food from Bali, while expert chefs provide guidance and assistance. Interact with your fellow cooks and discover handy techniques as you prepare 3 starters, 4 main courses and 1 authentic dessert. Then, sit down to a meal and savor the delicious flavors of your creations.

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Our 'Bali Full Day Spiritual Cleansing and Shamanic Healing' tour with our guide, Mr Sandy is truly an amazing experience. It's unlike a typical tour. Sandy suit the best in being a guide for this tour as he is so passionate in the aspect of Bali's spirituality and he is a very spiritual being himself. Sandy is very generous in sharing his knowledge and experiences in spirituality learnings. During the tour, Sandy is patient and he takes great effect in ensuring that his customers obtain the most values out of the tour. What I likes most about Sandy is that unlike other tours, he don't set time limit, Sandy flows with his customer's needs. My wife and I have greatly enjoyed ourselves with Sandy for our full day spiritual cleansing and shamanic healing tour. We have gained wider knowledge, deeper clarity and useful advices and tools from the shamanic teacher as well as from Sandy personally. So if you are going for this tour, having Sandy as your guide is the wisest choice.

Great day at Mount Batur with our guide Froggy who was friendly and very well organised. There was good flexibility for us to decide how much time we would spend at each stop on the itinerary and all stages of the day ran smoothly. The open top vintage VW's were great fun and really nice way to experience the beautiful scenery around Ubud.

Our driver Sapri was super friendly, kind and generally brilliant. He went even went the extra mile and helped us get to our next hotel after returning. Our guide Pande was also very lovely and very knowledgeable. We were amazed that he served us eggs cooked in the volcano heat for breakfast! Would 100% recommend both!

Amazing experience! We were able to do everything in one day that we wanted to see. Tawan, our guide, was also very accommodating of our individual wishes and showed us the nicest spots everywhere. He was also very kind and… took amazing pictures, honestly.

It was very beautiful to see all the places, we had a really nice guide with us that spoke english very well.