Bali's Highlands and Terraces
An authentic performance of the Barong Dance and a visit to the 'Elephant Cave' sanctuary sets a mystical tone for this Bali tour. Afterward, your professional guide will escort you to taste the famous Luwak coffee before reaching the breathtaking terrace views offered at Kintamani.
The mystical Barong is a lion-like creature who fights evil spirits led by Rangda. Colorfully dressed native dancers reenact and narrate Bali's ancient history. Following this festivity, you'll reach the elaborate stone carvings displayed at the "Elephant Cave."
While the main carving here is thought to resemble an elephant, many frightening creatures are carved into the facade of the cave to scare off evil spirits. Inside, you'll see the placid bathing pools that served members of the temple since the 14th century.
With your group's positive spirits flowing, you'll enjoy a traditional Balinese lunch, then sample some of the world's most costly coffee. Because production is aided by a portion of the beans coming from the Asian palm civet's digestive tract, Coffee Luwak sells at an astounding $350 US per pound.
Once recharged, you'll journey to the stunning terraces in the Kintamani village. The placid lakes and serene rice fields produce a blissful scene that seems to only improve when seen from the nearby, less-frequented Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
This enjoyable cultural trek is fit for the entire family. The relaxation and chance to taste the Coffee Luwak should not be missed. Book this Bali tour now for an incredible Indonesia experience at a low price.
Please Note: Guests from most countries, including US and Canadian citizens, require a visa to enter Indonesia. Many nationalities, but not all, will be able to obtain their Indonesia visa onboard their cruise ship at an approximate cost of $35 US per person. Please follow up with your cruise line for more information prior to embarking on your cruise.
I cannot say enough about this tour. We were greeted at the cruise terminal by our guide Sudi. He spoke English very well as did the driver. We spent over 8 hours exploding Balinese culture and traditions. We visited during a holy season and witnessed many village parades honoring ancestors. We made several retail stops but also spent over an hour visiting a temple. Sudi provided insight into the Hindu religion and beliefs. We next visited a volcano area. It was easy to spot the different layers of ash representing eruptions. Unexpectedly, our tour included lunch at a mountain top restaurant. One of the best tours I have ever taken.
Reviewer: Barbara Love
I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. The driver was very safe and the guide friendly and very knowledgeable. What was included was great too, the music an dance (Balinese opera ?), a stop at a coffee plantation, a delicious authentic Indonesian buffet up near 2 active volcanoes, an interesting stop at a temple complex, and then a decent indoor market with plenty of quality souvenirs , and getting us back to the pier in plenty of time. We passed rice fields but did not stop as the three of us were very familiar already (and one had been forced to be a rice farmer in China during her growing up years. )