Our trips can have many themes including
Buying trips, Surfing, Photography, Culinary, Art, Dance, Singles, Family trips and just about anything else you desire. Contact us today about your area of interst and let us help design the perfect tour for you.
Here is just a small sampling of our activities...
Bali rice terraces
The emerald-green rice terraces in the river gorge north of Tegallalang village in central Bali (see photo) are generally considered to offer travelers the best photo opportunity. Other popular lush-green and well-tended Balinese rice paddy sites include those in the Ubud area (including Sayan) -- and in Pupuan, Jatiluwih. Tabanan and Tirtagangga.
The Balinese rice terraces go back over 2,000 years when hard-working farmers with primitive hand tools began carving the stepped terraces out of steep hill sides. Generation after generation has extended and kept them in meticulous shape out of necessity - rice is the staple food of the islanders.
Gamelan music of Bali
Nothing is more mesmerizing than the haunting percussion sounds of a Balinese gamelan orchestra. The musicians play an assortment of instruments including native metal gongs, drums, chimes, cymbals and metalophones (xylophones).
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
Alas Kedaton is a small forest with a cluster of towering trees and home to hundreds of sprite monkeys. The forest and all tame monkeys are considered to be sacred. For many years no one has been permitted to chop the wood nor catch any of the monkeys
This area around Batukau is one of great scenery beauty. There is a tiny road from wongaya gede across steep rice terraces. The view of here is fantastic, above hill and slopes with steep rice terraces all around.
Batubulan Village: Home of the Barong
Ten km northeast of Denpasar, Batubulan is a village known throughout Bali for its ornate door-guardian statues, carved of soft paras volcanic tuff. Until these became popular for secular use earlier in this century, the carvings were only used in temples or palaces, but this artform has spread extensively in recent years and is today found in homes and public buildings. Batubulan is also home to three famous Barong
Peliatan Village: home of legendary legong
Peliatan is best known for its legong — a graceful dance traditionally performed by two pre-pubescent girls in glittering costumes. Peliatan is also a village of carvers and painters. Everywhere you go you see orchids, fruits, frogs, ducks and birds being fashioned out of wood.
If you choose, you may partake in any of the activities below. We are happy to make any special arrangements for you so all you ned to do is pick your passion and we will make sure it becomes reality.
We offer classes in Balinese painting, woodcarving, batik, gamelan, dance and theatre, traditional architecture, Hinduism, astrology, making offerings and many other interests.
Balinese Traditional Healing
Balinese healer Ni Wayan Nuriasih shows participants how to recognize and gather medicinal plants from the wild, then demonstrates how to use them.
Design your own batik fabrics, paintings and T-shirts, to your own timetable.
If you have a serious interest in Balinese dance, we will be happy to arrange a tailor-made course for you.
Bali has some of the best surf breaks in the world and also has suitable locations for all levels including beginners.
Museum Puri Lukisan Cultural Workshops
Serious, reputable classes run by and at Ubud’s oldest art museum. Courses include batik, woodcarving, beadwork, classical painting, basketry, kite-making, mask-painting, shadow-puppet making, gamelan and Balinese dance. Most last one day.
Cultural workshop at The Arma Museum
Visit www.armamuseum.com and look under cultural workshops for more detailed information.
Nataraja Dance School
Dancer and musician Wayan Karta gives individual dance and gamelan lessons in the dance of your choice (legong or baris, for example).
There are plenty of opportunities to learn woodcarving in this village of woodcarvers.
Courses in Silversmithing, where in a half a day you can produce your own ring. In two to five days you can learn more advance techniques and design skills.
Balinese cooking classes begin with a trip to the local market and culminate in lunch. You instructor will be Siti who has run sucsessful restarants in Bali for years and is a magician in the kitchen. After the market, the delicious ingredients will be brought back to her lovely home for instruction on how to prepare and then eat!
Snorkling and scuba diving
All levels are offered to some of the best spots in the world.
Bali is known for its lavish spas and healing treatments. We know the best practitioners on the island and offer a wide range of services.
Creme Bath Hair Treatment
The creme bath is synonymous with hair salons everywhere in Asia where hair is a major focus of beauty ritual. It is one of the most popular methods of maintaining the sleek and shiny texture for which Asian women’s hair is renowned. Natural ingredients are often added to the creme bath product to treat specific hair conditions. Then lie back to the touch of rhythmic finger movements that massage the scalp and gradually move down the neck and shoulders. While you drift off into limbo, the creme is stimulating the scalp and the hair follicles and softening and strengthening the strands of hair.
Traditional Indonesian Massage
Indonesian massage is world renown and offers the ultimate in luxury and holistic health. Here is what to expect:
Medium pressure. scented massage oil: coconut oil prepared with local flowers such as champak (tropical magnolia), akar wangi (vetiver) and pandanus leaf is the traditional preparation; long sensual strokes, working the length of the muscle to relieve tension. All sequences finish with upward strokes toward the heart. rolling skin between thumb and forefinger to spark up the nerve endings and increase blood flow. circular thumb movements for the same. pressure on the points in the foot and hand reflex zones.
Let us know your interest weather it be wild animals, waterfalls, deep culture, architecture and temples, etc. And we can get you there with trained professionals who are happy to provide tips and any other help you may need.
Yoga Classes of all levels and disciplines are offered daily.
Adventure Elephant Safari Park
Ride elephants and see many other exotic animals up close.
Fun for all ages with amazing waterslides, pools and all sorts of fun that will cool you down and make you smile.
Day and Dinner Cruises
Cruise to Nusa Lembongan and other islands as well.
Discover hidden waterfalls, swim in the pristine water and feel the thrills of river paradise. This adventure for guests of all ages is a mix of wild excitement, breath taking views and well guided, informative, sightseeing. As you carve through some of Bali’s most appealing landscape, the river provides a thrill that begins the moment you push of from the riverbanks. As you switch between Class I and II rapids, you will wind through deep valleys with cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs of prehistoric significance.
On the more leisurely stretches through tropical forests you will see Hindu shrines that are brightly decorated on ceremonial days of prayer. Just as you think it is all coming to an end, the unpredictable Ayung River propels your raft into yet another rapid.
Starting in view of Mount Batur volcano at Kintamani, this breathtaking bicycle tour winds down through 16km of lush valleys, through Balinese villages, past century-old temples and rich green rice fields. Expert guides will explain the history of the land, culture, its people and take you on an unforgettable experience that will remain with you long after you leave.
Stop to sample a variety of exotic fruits and spices then continue through the towering bamboo forest of Taro before ending with a wonderful and well deserved lunch.
Dances of Bali
Most Balinese dances relate to segments of the Ramayana, an ancient Hindu epic illustrating the perpetual struggle between good and evil.
The three favorite dances in Bali are:
A classic dance. Stunning. Depicts the conflict between the good Barong (dressed in a fanciful lion-like costume) and the evil Rangda.
Another classic dance. Graceful. Performed by three pre-pubescent girls in colorful attire.
Kecak (Monkey Dance)
The Kecak is convincingly rooted in Balinese tradition. Typically, it features 50 to 100 bare-chested men sitting cross-legged in tight concentric circles. They play the role of monkeys, which is why the dance is sometimes called the "monkey dance". As they sway in unison, they repeatedly chant the nonsensical phrase "kechak ke chakî virtually non-stop and without musical accompaniment. They do this in a hypnotic beat to scare away an evil spirit. Several Balinese dancers help dramatize the story.
They entertain and uplift your spirit. Both art forms have been performed and acclaimed in major cultural centers around the world. Experiencing them in Bali is the ultimate experience.
Please contact us today for more information on our tours and possible activities.
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