Itinerary Name: Bali Sojourn with Family
Itinerary Type: Fun at beaches with snorkeling, mixed with wildlife and glimpse of culture
Places Covered: Denpasar – Ubud (4nights) – Bali Barat (3nights) – Munduk (2nights)– Jimbaran(4nights)
Highlights: Enjoying beautiful beaches in South Bali, tasting authentic local dishes, and taking a tour of some of the Hindu temples of Bali. Also enjoy snorkeling in a bay in North Bali, and time with elephants in Ubud, the cultural hub of Bali. Participate with the locals in their daily farming practices.
No. of Days: 12nights/13days
Day 1: Denpasar – Ubud: Arrive at the International Airport in Denpasar, capital of Bali. Head straight to Ubud, often referred to as the cultural capital of Bali. Check into a hotel in Ubud at the end of this one hour journey. Spend rest of the day acclimatizing in the new environment. Take a few small walks. Overnight in Ubud.
Day 2: Ubud: After breakfast start the first full day tour of Ubud. Start the day with a visit to Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA). This is a peaceful and rewarding place to see many wonderful paintings and sculptures and a nice garden. It has both modern and contemporary art on display in two different buildings. If you go early in the morning chances are you might happen to meet Agung Rai himself.
Afterwards, visit Monkey Forest Sanctuary, where you can see monkeys roaming freely. This is a nice place for it has greenery, some old trees, bridges, ancient river and temples with lovely garden. Monkeys do try to snatch anything they can from you. Do not get intimated by this. It is best to buy bananas for them and enjoy seeing them feast on those.
Return and have a relaxing time; hit the pool in the hotel. Have dinner and enjoy a nice sleep. Overnight in Ubud.
Day 3: Ubud: After breakfast at the hotel go for a guided tour to the Elephant Safari Park. You can go by your private car, even though shuttles are also available from Ubud. You can get to know these wonderful animals from close quarters. You can bathe the elephant with a scrub brush and hose. You can ride the elephants in the pond, where both of you get wet. You can also feed them by your hands and take photos with them. Learn about elephant’s ancestry and diversity at the Park’s historical and graphic displays.
Displays of elephant intelligence and their capabilities can be viewed at the Park Arena and elephants can also be seen painting at selected times daily. From the Park’s Gift Shop you can buy an extensive range of elephant-theme products, including elephant paintings, elephant ivory, carvings, clothing, souvenirs and jewelry.
Return after a hectic but wonderful day. Relax and after a nice meal and drink have a nice sleep.
Day 4: Ubud: Set out after breakfast to enjoy the beautiful scenery Bali has to offer. Visit rice fields, streams, jungles and meet beautiful Balinese people in their villages and homes. Meet real farmers, get muddy and try your hand at traditional farming practices. Share a coconut or coffee with these farmers. Return to your hotel after a tiring day. Relax with a drink and enjoy the dinner. Overnight in Ubud.
Day 5: Ubud – Bali Barat National Park: After breakfast check out from the hotel in Ubud and start for Taman Nasional Bali Barat or West Bali National Park, a distance of nearly 140km. Visit Ulun Danu Bratan, arguably the most beautiful temple in Bali, on the way. This is a Shiva temple made on Lake Bratan in Bedugul. It’s a nice place for a walk and opportunity of taking nice shots of this iconic temple.
Continue your journey towards Bali Barat afterwards. Stop en route for lunch. Once you reach Bali Barat, check into a hotel or resort.
Overnight in Bali Barat.
Day 6: Bali Barat National Park: Start the day at this only National Park taking necessary permissions from the authorities and taking a guide along. Go for watching the different kinds of birds the Park has on offer. There are as many as 160 different species. Bali Myna is the most commonly seen bird, but the Park has many more varieties. Some of these include Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Javan Banded Pitta, Javan Sparrow, Green Jungle fowl, Javan Plover, Beach Thick-knee, Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon, White-shouldered Triller, Crescent-chested Babbler and critically endangered Black-winged Starling. You may have to trek, cycle or ride around the national park for watching these birds. Occasionally you will across different animals also. Overnight at Bali Barat National Park.
Day 7: Bali Barat National Park: Keep the whole day reserved for snorkeling and kayaking around Menjangan Island and the mangrove coastline. You can also try to see some of the old temples which are there in the Park. Overnight at Bali Barat National Park.
Day 8: Bali Barat – Munduk: Check out from the hotel after breakfast and head to Munduk, a remote town set on a ridge running down from the northwestern rim of the Bedugul caldera. This is a drive of a little more than two hours. Check into a hotel or resort on arrival at the picturesque highlands of Munduk. You can walk around or rest and enjoy the views.
Late in the afternoon go for any cooking class. Chez Rico cooking class is the most popular one. Learn the intricacies of Balinese cooking and prepare the meal under the guidance of your instructor. This is going to be your dinner. Overnight in Munduk.
Day 9: Munduk: After early breakfast go for a local activity. This may be a bike ride around the local plantations or trekking. The nature reserve at Lake Tamblingan is a great spot to commence treks into the surrounding forest. You can go for what the locals call “Two lakes Tour” or “Three waterfalls tour”. Just north of Munduk town are Tanah Barak and Melanting waterfalls, which are excellent local attractions. Make it a point to include a visit to Ulun Danu Buyan Temple in your program. Overnight in Munduk
Day 10: Munduk – Jimbaran: After breakfast check out and leave for Jimbaran, a drive of nearly three hours. Jimbaran is a fishing village which we can see on a map lying on the ‘neck’ of the southern peninsula in Bali. Located south of Ngurah Rai International Airport, Jimabaran has come up as a tourist destination in recent years. Check into a hotel on arrival in Jimbaran.
Jimbaran beach is known for the variety of seafood on offer for the tourists. Relax and spend your leisure time on the beach in the later afternoon. Overnight in Jimbaran
Day 11: Jimbaran: In the morning visit Jimbaran Fish market, the largest such market in Bali. Look at the vivid varieties of sea fish and prawns on sale in the market. Visit Pura Ulun Siwi afterwards. This is a beautiful temple with gorgeous surroundings – located on Uluwatu main road at the corner of Pemelisan Agung. You can find many great views and a perfect place to click several photos here.
Towards the evening, visit Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu – one of six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars. This is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 250feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. Sunset at the temple backdrop with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean is just splendid. This is followed by Kecak dance performances. Balinese architecture, traditionally-designed gateways, and ancient sculptures add to Uluwatu Temple’s appeal.
Overnight in Jimbaran.
Day 12: Jimbaran: Feel completely free to do whatever you want to do. There are plenty of opportunities for the day. You can go for snorkeling and diving or surfing. You can hire a booat and go on boat tours. You can choose to just relax on Tengal Wangi Beach and eat some local delicacies. You can choose to hit some bars and clubs and enjoy some drinks. Some others may choose to enroll in some cooking classes. Overall, have a nice leisurely day enjoying whatever you please at your own desired pace. Overnight in Jimbaran.
Day 13: Jimbaran- International Return Flight: Check out from the hotel after breakfast and head straight to Denpasar based International Airport to catch flight for onward destination.