Ubud Exploration for a Day
Known for its creative arts and historic traditions, Ubud is a fascinating city surrounded by beautiful rice paddies and steep ravines. With visits to the Ubud Monkey Forest and a unique arts village, your tour of Ubud will take you on a captivating adventure through natural and man made treasures.
Begin your tour with a visit to the Rice Field in Ubud at Tegalalang, where the views of rice paddies will take your breath away with their natural beauty. Learn about the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system) and its historic origins, which, according to legend, was developed in the 8th century by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya. Enjoy the scenic overlook and revel in the cool breezes as you view the rice terraces and valley slopes.
After viewing the rice fields, enjoy a visit to the popular Ubud Monkey Forest, where 200 monkeys inhabit the area surrounding ancient Hindu temples. Learn about the community's spiritual traditions and mythology and discover the importance of the monkey to the area's artistic and cultural heritage. Watch as the monkeys go about their daily routines and learn about how the various groups of crab-eating macaques inhabit different regions of the forest, occasionally traversing another group's territory, leading to squabbles among the animals. Learn about the community's reverence for the monkeys that are believed to be gods guarding the Dalem Agung Temple.
Following your excursion to the Monkey Forest, this Bali tour continues with a trip to the Spice Garden, where you can see coffee, vanilla, cloves, and cacao crops growing. Learn about Coffee Luwak, a coffee made from the beans of coffee berries that have taken an unusual journey through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet and become a surprisingly exclusive local delicacy.
Next, immerse yourself in the curious blend of contemporary and historic arts that make Ubud village the cultural center of Bali. Graced with ancient local arts and crafts traditions, Ubud has also attracted many contemporary artists and celebrities from around the world, capturing the imaginations of many well known creators with its magical charm. Watch as local artisans make wood carvings in Mas village, handmade silver jewelry in Celuk village, which is renowned for its Silver Filigree and gold jewelry special designs, and Batik weavings at Tohpati village.
Your experienced English-speaking guide will regale you with interesting facts and points of interest as you visit the different stops along the way. Travel from each location to the next in style in an air conditioned vehicle. Comfortable seasonal clothing and closed-toe walking shoes are recommended for this tour. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended for sunny days, and rain protection is recommended when the clouds overtake the sun. Don't forget your camera, as you will have many memorable moments to capture on this delightful tour in Indonesia.
Reviewer: Joy P
Seeing Bali with a private driver was great! We were met at the port and toured for the day. The car was clean and roomy. We seen a lot and learnt a lot. The whole day was great!
Huge crowds at the tender boats made us arrive over 2 hours late for our tour. I was amazed that our driver (his name was Nyoman) had been able to not only organize separate vehicles to accomodate those that arrived on time, but then personally waited and got another vehicle to take care of us and another late party. I believe we were lucky because there was not a need to have to do this on his end as we were already very late. Due to now diminished time and traffic conditions he had to re-organize our tour a bit, but was able to take us to 3 major destinations and still get us back in time to catch the last couple tenders to our boat. He also provided some good stories and cold water. Very well worth it for our first time in Indonesia.
Reviewer: N. Friedman
Degus was our driver also. Note he meets you outside the port's terminal with your name on a sign. You will be pestered from other tour operators on you way out of the terminal, but just keep looking for the sign with your name. We were pleasantly surprised we had Degus and an air-conditioned SUV all to ourselves. As stated previously, you have the choice of staying as long as you like or deleting one of the attractions. It amazes me how Degus can shift with his left hand instead of his right as we American do and still avoid all the scooters. We saw as much as we wanted and did not have to wait on others as one might have to on ship's shore excursion, not the mention, it was less expensive.
Reviewer: N. Friedman
It was wonderful to have an air conditioned SUV and an English speaking driver all to ourselves for an extremely reasonable price. Because it was just the two of us, we could choose the length of stay at each attraction. Our driver, Dagos, was amazing at getting us through the traffic and avoiding all the scooters. We were just glad he was driving!! This shore excursion was well worth the money spent and would definitely recommend it. Just remember you will need to find your drive outside the port gates not inside. You will be approached numerous time by others wanting to take you on a tour, but your driver will be holding a sign with your name.
We booked this 6-hour tour from Shore Excursions called Ubud Exploration for day which was on sale for $35 versus $51. While on the ship, we met another couple who decided to book this tour. What we didn't realize until we got on shore is that we both had a driver and private car for our tour. So if you would like to travel together with another couple, make sure you mention it when you book this excursion. The tour included visits to the rice field, Ubud Monkey Forest, arts village, spice gardens (which provided you with an opportunity to sample their various teas and coffees), etc. The nice thing about having a private driver is that you could spend as much or as little times at various locations, depending on your interest. Our driver was Degus. He was very pleasant and a careful driver who made sure we got back to the ship on time. While his English was limited, we were still able to communicate. Nice tour for a fraction of what the ship was charging for their own tours.