Exploring the best of Bali
If you are looking for an ideal combination of Bali nature, culture, beach, activities and gastronomy, you are at the right place.
This week is intended for all people that will be participating in the yoga retreat with Kristina Lenard and Jadranko Miklec from 25 April-9 May 2020 and wish to extend their stay on the island, but also for all those who wish to explore Bali highlights and beauties it has to offer.
We will explore the temples, participate in local rituals, admire the sunsets, relax on the beach, enjoy unique Bali design, try local specialties like nasi goreng or urab and melt with the exotic atmosphere.
The program will be led by Kristina Lenard and local Bali guide who will give us priceless insight into local culture and the way people live. The itinerary was carefully planned so that it includes must-see places which we will explore at easy-going pace but in case we have time we will definitely add in some extras.
DAY 1: Arrival
Our adventure starts with pick up at Denpasar airport and drive to the hotel in south Bali area for our first night on this magical island. If you plan to arrive a few days earlier and wish to be picked up at another location other than the airport let us know and we'll make necessary arrangements.
Night: South Bali area
890 € per person in a double/twin room
190 € supplement for single room
7 nights' accommodation in 3 star hotels and guesthouses
Pick up at Denpasar airport on April 18th
Drop off to OMunity retreat center on April 25th
Private vehicle transport throughout the trip
Ferry tickets for Nusa Lembonghan and snorkeling
Lunches and dinners
Entrance tickets (temples, sound healing)
Yoga retreat 25.04.-09.05.2020.
DAY 2: South Bali
This first day of exploring will be a relaxing one. We will be introduced to Bali culture with Uluwatu Temple renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above the waves overlooking the Indian Ocean. It's one of the 6 key temples considered to be Bali's 'spiritual pillars'. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying on the beach, eating delicious food and admiring the sunset.
Night: South Bali area
DAY 3: Snorkeling at Nusa Lembonghan Island
Nusa Lembongan is a small island off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali. It's famous for its beautiful underwater scenery and clear turquoise waters. We will take a boat from Sanur and spend a day enjoying the island and its beaches. Snorkeling is a great way to explore the rich marine life with exotic fish, colorful corals and warm water. If you prefer the option of diving it's also possible to arrange.
Night: South Bali area
DAY 4: Canggu area
Today we change our location and head to Canggu area to experience a day in this Bali hotspot.
We start with a visit to Tanah Lot Temple, one of Bali's most important landmarks famed for its unique offshore setting. This ancient hindu shrine is perched on top of a rocky outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves. Although non-Balinese people are not allowed to enter the temple itself, we will be able to admire it from up close.
After the temple we continue to Batu Balong Beach where you can just relax, have a massage or try some great surfing. We will admire a magnificent sunset over a drink and have have dinner in one of the inspiring Canggu restaurants.
Night: Canggu area
DAY 5: Temples and rituals
Bali is not only blessed with fascinating beaches and outstanding landscapes, it also has an amazing traditional culture that remains well preserved, highlighting the daily life of its people. Barong and Kris Dance are among the many art forms closely associated with spirituality, often performed in ritual ceremonies. Portraying the classic battle of “Good vs. Evil”, these dances are one of the most well-known and loved on the island. After enjoying the performance we continue on to Goa Gajah Temple locally known as the Elephant Cave. The temple encompasses a mysterious cave with a wonderful carved entrance, relics, and ancient bathing pools set amid green gardens. Lastly, we arrive to famous Ubud town which will be our base for the next 3 nights, perfectly situated for exploring central Bali.
DAY 6: Exploring Ubud
Ubud is Bali's cultural epicenter, artistic and holistic heart of the island with wonderful hindu architecture and many peaceful temples nestled among green rice terraces. Ubud Traditional Art Market is definitely one of the highlights that is difficult to miss. Boutique shops showcase Bali’s famous craftsmanship and work from local artists. Vegetarian eateries and hipster cafes serving excellent coffee abound. You will have time to wander around the town and experience it at your own pace.
We will get together to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest, green sanctuary where resident macaques roam freely. But it's not just a monkey spotting opportunity, it is a deeply important religious and spiritual complex for the local community. Here you will find Balinese Hindu temples, tranquil rivers, beautiful moss-covered stones and stunning forested areas to explore.
Another important part of the day will be dedicated to a very special purification ritual at Taman Beji Giriya Waterfall located some 30 minutes drive from Ubud
DAY 7: Rice terraces, coffee plantations and sound healing
We continue exploring Ubud surroundings and reach Tegallalang Rice Terrace which is a truly awe-inspiring sight with beautiful green rice paddies stretching on for what seems like an eternity. You can easily spend hours getting lost amongst the various pathways through the wonderfully green terraces. If you are up for some adventure you can take a short ride on the swing overlooking the valley.
Our next stop is one of the best coffee plantations where we will get the chance to hear about the process of coffee production and maybe try some traditional Luwak coffee with a view.
The afternoon is reserved for sound healing at the Pyramids of Chi, a wonderful experience before our last night in Ubud.
DAY 8: Departure
If you are joining us for the yoga retreat with Kristina Lenard and Jadranko Miklec we travel on to OMunity Green Resort and visit Ulun Danu Beratan temple along the way.
If this is your last day with us we can arrange a transfer to Denpasar airport or any other location of your choice.
We require a minimum of 6 people to run this tour. We will encourage people who will be participating in the yoga retreat with Kristina and Jadranko to decide by December 15th 2019 at the latest if they want to add this Bali Discovery extension so that everyone can plan their flights. So we hope to be able to confirm this departure by December 15th.
This trip is organised by the travel agency Eko Explorations d.o.o. registered in Croatia, Petrinjska 51, Zagreb, OIB number 17409590612, ID-kod HR-AB-01-081064291
Visits to the temples and other activities are optional and can be paid on spot. These are the approximate costs for guidance: Uluwatu Temple 2 €, Tanah Lot Temple 4 €, Barong and Kris Dance Performance 7 €, Goa Gajah Temple 3 €, Sacred Money Forest 5 €, Taman Beji Giriya ritual 4 €, Tegallalang Rice Terrace 2 €, Swing at Tegalagang rice terrace 6 €, Sound Healing at Pyramids of Chi 20 €
It's possible to pay in installments: 300 € non-refundable deposit upon booking and the balance according to your wishes by March 10th at the latest
We recommend purchasing travel insurance in your country of residence (including cancellation insurance)