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clock-o5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Get acquainted with the playful monkeys that reside in the sacred Monkey Forest on this half-day excursion from Bali. Explore the beautiful Balinese countryside in search of the monumental Royal Temple of Mengwi, a structure thronged with shrines, intricate carvings and protective moats. Gain fascinating insight into Indonesia’s heritage with a knowledgeable guide and marvel at the breathtaking Sunset Temple as you gaze at the offshore structure. Convenient round-trip transportation for your hotel is included on this tour.
  • Visit the village of Gulingan and the Royal Temple of Mengwi (Pura Taman Ayun)
  • Sample traditional fried tapioca and sweet potato cultivated in unique Balinese style
  • Surround yourself around hundreds of native monkeys in the Monkey Forest
  • Take yourself back to the 16th century with a visit to the village of Tanah Lot and its famous sunset temple
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Depart from your Bali hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and absorb the scenic splendor of the countryside. Take a short stop to capture terraced rice paddies on camera and hear about the unique agricultural methods that create the scenic fields. Arrive at the quaint village of Gulingan to stroll amid the region’s exotic flora, and then relax in a traditional Indonesian pavilion, sampling a delectable fried sweet potato and tapioca snack accompanied by a refreshing beverage.

Depart from the picturesque village then travel to the Royal Temple of Mengwi (Pura Taman Ayun) to relish the astounding architecture of the complex; see protective moats and an array of sacred shrines beside intricately carved wooden gates. 

Next proceed to the sacred Monkey Forest to become acquainted with its mischievous residents; stand beneath the cluster of towering trees home to hundreds of monkeys. Finally, arrive at Tanah Lot, affectionately termed the Sunset Temple due the magnificence of the sunsets there. Admire the black lava towers of the 16th-century temple then return to the coach for the relaxing journey back to your Bali hotel.

Reviews

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K
, Oct 2018

Great day out, although Tanah Lot is so very busy so we weary of that! But that's no reflection on the professionalism of the guides on the day

S
, Apr 2018

Great tour - but be aware that the ladies selling things at the end are kinda pushy

A
, Mar 2018

Nice tour

I
, Mar 2018

nice tour

S
, Jan 2018

Very long tour because of terrible traffic jams in Bali. The tour and travel took nearly 6 hours. The monkey forest was not really very worthwhile. The Messi Temple was worthwhile, but the Tanah Lot was spectacular. Unfortunately for us we got there in a wind and rain storm.

P
, Nov 2017

This tour was amazing!

l
, Oct 2017

Was a good tour.

M
, Oct 2017

Enjoyed seeing the monkeys and temple. Tour guide too invasive.

C
, Oct 2017

If you like animals this was a fun tour. Bought bananas to feed the monkeys. Monkeys throughout the forest vying to be fed a banana. Great opportunities for photo taking. Temple was interesting.

R
, Oct 2017

We were picked up from the hotel then stopped first at a traditional Balinese farm for the fried tapioca and sweet potato. It was an opportunity to go to the toilet on what ended up being a lot of time spent on the road in a minibus. It was time that probably could have been better spent on the rest of the tour though as we must have been there for at least forty-five minutes. Mengwi Temple was beautiful but quite rushed. You had to chose between keeping up with the tour guide to hear what he had to say or taking photos, we opted for the latter. At the monkey forest and Tanah Lot you are left to your own devices to wander around and get a lot more time to explore. There are two monkey forests in the area and from what we heard the one we went to wasn't the better of the two. The monkeys are equally cute and mischievous. The swarms of flies were annoying. Bring lots of insect repellant. At the end of the tour there was a row of stalls and shops where it got awkward, with some particularly pushy hawkers. We got to watch the sun going down at Tanah Lot and it was beautiful, but be prepared for the fact that this is probably the most popular tourist spot on Bali and you will have to fight your way through huge crowds. Doing a guided tour in that kind of environment is impossible, so allowing people to do their own thing is the best approach. The tour guide spent most of the time talking on the minibus about local religious beliefs. I don't know if this was preplanned or because an American woman asked him a number of questions about it, but I would've liked to have learnt a bit more about the places we were visiting. Overall the trip was very light on historical detail. The driver and guide were friendly, but if you are picked up first expect to be dropped off last. By Western standards this was a cheap trip, but by Balinese it was overpriced. Make sure your bring plenty of your own water and small denomination notes to pay to use toilets. We managed to book the tour very last minute, so it was great in that regard, but if you have the time to find something a bit more personalised I'd recommend doing so.


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