• Location: Bali, Indonesia
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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Explore the eastern side of Bali with a private guide on a full-day tour that takes in the natural beauty and cultural riches of the island. Your knowledgeable local guide shows you highlights including Tirta Gangga Water Palace, the seaside town of Candidasa and the traditional village of Tenganan, home of the Bali Aga people, the island's original inhabitants. Get away from the crowds and admire rolling emerald hills, lush rice paddies, stunning architecture and ancient traditions. Includes lunch, a comfortable private vehicle and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour of East Bali
  • Explore the lush landscapes and rich cultures of Bali's eastern region with an informative private guide
  • Admire the water fountains and bathing pools at the water palace of Tirta Gangga
  • Learn about the traditional Aga people in Tenganan village
  • Eat delicious fruit at a plantation and lunch at local restaurant
  • Round-trip hotel transport with a private driver included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: East Bali Highlights

Private Tour: East Bali Highlights

Start your morning with pickup by your private guide at your hotel. Get comfortable in your air-conditioned private vehicle and take in the scenery as you motor over to the eastern side of Bali.

Stop first in Sidemen where you get fantastic photo ops of emerald green rice paddies that cascade down the rolling hills and the volcanic Mount Agung standing tall on the horizon. Then visit a fruit plantation to taste a favorite Indonesian fruit called salak, also known as snakefruit due to its scaly reddish-brown outer peel.

Next up, spend time at the magnificent Tirta Gangga Water Palace, one of the region's top attractions. The last king of the Karangasem Empire built the water palace in the 1940s and 50s. The name Tirta Gangga translates as 'Water of the Ganges' and indicates the sacredness of this site to the Hindu Balinese. Admire decorative ponds, statues, plants and fountains that surround the palace, then take in stunning views of the ocean and rice paddies from town. Then stop for lunch at the elegant Tirta Ayu restaurant, which features fantastic garden views and delicious Indonesian cuisine.

Afterward, head south through the pretty coastal town of Candidasa en route to the village of Tengana, which is inhabited by Balinese Aga people who lived here long before the Majapahit Empire arrived from Java to colonize the island in the 14th century. Aga traditions are strictly maintained in this traditional village, making its architecture, weaving and batik textiles distinctive. Tour the small village on foot with your guide for a closer look at these traditions.

Departing from Tengana, return along the scenic coastal road to your hotel where your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

milky.sahukar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

What an amazing experience! The tour guide was very informative. Water Palace was awesome..Village had loads of cultural value in it..Drive around the coast was awesome.

Vicky T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The tour guide was amazing he tailored the excursion to us as we had already done some bits with other tours and didn and #39;t rush us at all. In terms of value for money this by far the best one we did you see so much and was one of the cheapest I highly recommend it

LauraBrougham

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Brilliant tour, we had a private driver for the day who had great English and explained everything really well. Particular highlight was the trek among the rice paddys just stunning.

Nelson S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2017

Our guide was nice, but he didn't know the itinerary and fought with the driver over it. After some phone calls he finally figured out where we were going...kind of. We took this tour from Ubud and it is 2.5 hours of pretty heavy traffic, and the driver for whatever reason was agitating my motion sickness. To the point we had to get out for a breather.
The first town we went to was a tourist trap where we were lead around to see the arts and crafts in which you encouraged not directly by the tour guide luckily to buy the goods. It was the kind of place that had 5 stalls selling palm panels. It was kind of sad actually.
The second place we went to was I believe the wrong spot. It was a plantation and supposed to be near Mt. Agung but our guide didn't know much about this place and said he wasn't sure either.
The third place was Tirta Gangaa was actually a nice place, not huge or probably worth the hassle we went through, but worth a look if you can. We had lunch, which was included, and decent however the tuna was cooked pretty thoroughly and not great. The menu was a set menu.
I would only book this tour if you are in East Bali. I would confirm the itinerary and bring an extra itinerary as backup we did not. Be prepared to reject a couple invitations to coffee plantations, or silver/woodworking places, which are essentially tourist traps where you are obligated to buy at the end.
There are probably other better tours out there for east Bali. I gave this two stars instead of one because it is pretty cheap at 40 a head and I don't think the guides were purposely trying to torture us.

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