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Fully Embrace the Island of the Gods with visits to Bali’s Hidden Gems and Popular Sites

Article by Exotissimo Traveler

New to Bali? No sweat! Exotissimo’s Bali Explorer will give you the lowdown on the Island of the Gods. Straying away from the party beach scene the island is sometimes known for; we’ll instead take you to the lesser known attractions and hidden gems so you can really get a feel for this beautiful island.

Your first stop from the airport is Candidasa in Eastern Bali. This lovely seaside town is peaceful and charming and is characterized by black sand beaches (a result of volcanic ash remnants from years past). Stop en-route at the fishing village of Kusamba and observe the colorful outrigger boats and salt-making huts that line the beach. Spend the rest of the day relaxing.

From the beach, head up to Mount Agung to see Bali’s most revered temple, Besakih. Built around the 14th century, the temple was only meters away from lava flow when Mount Agung erupted in 1963. Stop by Sinetan Village for a sample of the sweet snakeskin fruit and enjoy a leisurely two hour trek to Tenganan to meet the Bali Aga, the original inhabitants of the island.

Let’s head over to a beautiful site called Tirta Gangga. What’s there? This is an elaborate and revered water palace, characterized by a network of pools and fountains surrounded by a serene garden, stone carvings and statues. Next up, the traditional fishing town of Prahu. Embrace the sleepy atmosphere on land or jump in the water and explore the marine life with a dive at the USS Liberty shipwreck in the offshore waters of Tulamben.

Let’s head straight to the lovely northeastern coast of Lovina. If you want to bask in the environment, feel free to do so. For the more active, enjoy a light trek around the area. Then head to Lake Bratan, to see the Ulun Danu Temple floating on its west shore. Continue driving through the central highlands with views of the Buyan and Tamblingan crater lakes before reaching Munduk.

Breathe in the local scenery with a light trek through the lush scenery and plantations before reaching Red Coral Waterfall. The day includes visits to a couple of Balinese villages before settling at Umabian where you can join in with the locals in their daily activities around the compound.

You’ll get a chance to engage in community projects as we take you to Tunjunk Village where you will get the opportunity to learn rice-planting techniques and engage with the school children at the local school. To complete the rural lifestyle experience, join the optional two-hour trek around the surrounding area to discover local irrigation systems and worshipping beliefs. We’ll then take you to Ubud, Bali’s art capital where you’ll appreciate historical and contemporary art at the town’s museums and markets.

Mount Batur is calling for you! We’ll head there on your last day so you can be in the company of glimmering rice fields, quaint villages and sacred temples. A fitting end to your Bali experience. Saying good-bye is hard sometimes.

But it does not have to end here! You can always combine this program with our day trips or tours. We got beaches, mountains, cool vehicles, adventures, food, and experiences with exotic people all awaiting your presence. Imagine it, find it and book it!

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Established in 1993, Exotissimo Travel is a well known Tour Operator with 16 offices throughout Southeast Asia. We have the expertise and connections to create your perfect tours in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia at the best possible price.

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