7 holiday ideas to discover the essentials of Bali, Indonesia

Pagode sur un lac à Bali en Indonésie

Dreaming of a trip to Bali in Indonesia? Green rice paddies, heavenly beaches, volcanoes, local culture: follow the guide!

This small island in theIndonesian archipelago is already well known. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking, varied landscapes, spirituality or amazing encounters, Bali, Indonesia, has something to seduce you. Nicknamed the Island of the Gods, it’s easy to imagine why they set their sights on this magnificent pearl of the Indian Ocean!

Between jungle trekking, volcano climbing, lounging on heavenly beaches or tasting local specialties, you’ll have no time to get bored! The friendliness and hospitality of its inhabitants give Bali an extra soul and a gentle way of life all its own. The island’s magnetism is sure to seduce any traveler who sets foot on its shores. Have we convinced you to take a trip to Indonesia? Fly to Bali from April to October, and follow our guide! We offer a selection of private, tailor-made or small-group holidays.

Total freedom at the wheel of your Mehari

cascade de la forêt de munduk

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  • ✈️ Type of stay: private, made-to-measure
  • Duration: 13 days
  • 🧭 Viewitinerary
  • 💙 We love: riding with the wind in the heart of splendid landscapes

Are you a roadtrip enthusiast? This trip to Baliin Indonesia is definitely for you. At the wheel of your Mehari (convertible, please!), set off to conquer the island’s roads and tracks. Take your time, admire the breathtaking scenery and make as many photo stops as you like. You’ve been warned, though, that your memory card may well be saturated!

From the lush forest of Munduk, to the rice paddies of Jatiluwih, the black sand beaches of Amed and the tranquil charm ofUbud, you’re in for a real treat! The freedom of car travel means you can stop whenever you like. Feeling hungry? Enjoy Balinese cuisine at a roadside warung. Can’t seem to sober up from the Tirtagangga water palace? Extend your visit by a few hours.

Bali for the whole family: hiking, activities and a well-deserved break

Lac de tamblingan

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  • ✈️ Type of stay: private, made-to-measure
  • Duration: 13 days
  • 🧭 Viewitinerary
  • 💙 We love: strengthening family ties through surprising activities

Are you dreaming of a change of scenery with your family, but dreading all the logistics involved? Book with our adventure travel agency and all you have to do is enjoy! Start this family trip in the center of the island. Cycle through Bali’s most beautiful rice paddies, then watch the sun set over the Tanah Lot rock and temple. Adventurous children? Give them the local Munduk map to find the waterfalls hidden in the lush forest.

Discover the secret Tamblingan lake: nestled in the hollow of a volcano, its access path winds through centuries-old trees. You can even take a pirogue ride on the lake to experience the magic of the place. Breathe in the intoxicating smells of the Ubud market and admire the finesse of the local artists.

No chance of getting bored between two visits or hikes! Discover the secrets of Balinese gastronomy during a cooking class. Experience the thrill of rafting through the rainforest. Meet the local population by spending a day in a Balinese village. Explore the Liberty shipwreck off the beaches of Amed by snorkelling or scuba diving.

Discover Bali’s natural and cultural gems

Au coeur d'Ubud

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  • ✈️ Type of stay: private, made-to-measure
  • Duration: 12 days
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  • 💙 We like: self-guided tour of the island’s most beautiful sites, without having to deal with logistics

Don’t want to miss out on any of the delights of Bali, Indonesia ? This tailor-made itinerary is for you. Your guide will take you to the Taman Ayun temple, with its grand pavilions that seem to reach for the heavens. Then head off to meet crab-eating macaques in the Alas Kedaton monkey forest.

Explore the island’s cultural center, Ubud, and its unparalleled atmosphere. Don’t miss a traditional dance performance at the Royal Palace (reservation highly recommended!). You’ll be as captivated by the beauty of the setting as by the spellbinding dancers moving to the sound of the Gamelan. If you’re not lucky enough to have a ticket, the Royal Palace is well worth a visit.

Your adventure continues through the rice fields of Jatiluwih, then on to the small mountain village of Bedugul. This is the perfect opportunity to stop off at the famous Lake Bratan, to refresh yourself and admire the temple that seems to float on its waters. And then there’s Munduk, a small village perched among jungle and clove plantations. And, of course, you can’t complete this trip without climbing the Batur volcano and basking in the sun on the beaches ofAmed.

Stay close to nature and ancestral peoples

Photo d'un temple à Ubud

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  • ✈️ Type of stay: group
  • Duration: 15 days
  • 🧭 Viewitinerary
  • 💙 We love: witnessing the ancestral rites of Bali’s oldest people

To get back on your feet after long hours in the air, what better way than to try your hand at surfing? Rent a surfboard on Denpasar’s long beach and take to the waves! Then trek to the village of Belimbing. Take time to soak up the surrounding scenery, with its mix of rice paddies, bamboo forests, cocoa plantations, typical villages and traditional temples.

As well as the must-sees like Ubud and the UNESCO-listed rice fields of Jatiluwih, you can enjoy less touristy experiences that are just as exotic. Immerse yourself in the small village of Sebatu. After the market, discover the peasant life centered on rice cultivation. As night falls, take in a colorful and enchanting traditional Balinese dance performance.

Are you looking for a unique experience that brings you closer to local traditions? Join your group to discover the ancestral peoples of Bali, Indonesia, descendants of the Bali Aga. In the small, isolated village of Trunyan, on the eastern shore of Lake Batur, the inhabitants have preserved their ancestral rites. The one that has made this village famous is its atypical funeral rite. Here, the dead are wrapped in cloth and deposited in a boat under a thousand-year-old tree.

A tour of traditional healthcare and local life

Bali relaxation à Ubud

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  • ✈️ Type of stay: group
  • Duration: 12 days
  • 💙 We love: the 100% women’s trip is really about getting back to basics

Goodbye metro, work, sleep! Make way for a relaxing stay in a small group, with a focus on well-being and getting back to basics. Start your trip to Indonesia with a foot reflexology massage in Sanur, perfect for getting rid of flight and jet lag fatigue. Introduce yourself to mindfulness meditation throughout your trip: you’ll learn to let go and focus on the present moment, on your body, your emotions, your environment…

Bali, with its soothing atmosphere and enchanting landscapes, is the ideal place to take care of yourself. Take part in several yoga sessions in an enchanting setting, conducive to disconnection. Spend a whole day being pampered in Ubud: Balinese massage, various treatments and flower baths are on the program. Meet a balian, a traditional healer who acts as a link between the spirit world and the human world.

Between 2 moments of relaxation, explore the island with your group of travelers. A chance to reconnect with nature and its inhabitants. Admire the green rice paddies, heavenly beaches and primary forest. In search of spirituality ? Discover several Hindu and Buddhist temples and monasteries, little known to tourists. Share the daily life of a chef, a family in the heart of the rice paddies, or schoolchildren and their teachers.

An unforgettable family trip to the Isle of the Gods

Statut d'Hanuman sur la place de Lovina

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  • ✈️ Type of stay: group
  • Duration: 15 days
  • 🧭 Viewitinerary
  • 💙 We like: meeting the locals and the island’s animals

Feel like playing Indiana Jones? Search for the remains of the temples buried under the vegetation in the Monkey Forest. This sacred forest is the playground of hundreds of macaques, who’ll be happy to steal your snack. Looking for a thrill? Take a rafting trip down the Ayung River. You’ll be rewarded on arrival with an Indonesian buffet, an opportunity to regain your strength and recover from your emotions.

Around Ubud, stroll through the rice terraces. Follow the winding mountain roads for superb views of the rice paddies. Then head to Munduk, where you’ll be intoxicated by the scents of coffee, avocado, cloves, vanilla and a host of other fruits and spices. There’s no doubt that this small-group experience will leave you with a wealth of visual and olfactory memories.

Beforeclimbing Mount Batur, Bali’s most active volcano, you can relax on the beaches of Lovina. Take a boat out to meet the dolphins off the island and go snorkeling. Enjoy a day ofimmersion in Balinese culture. Among other things, you’ll learn about rice planting and harvesting techniques, traditional music and how to make offerings.

Bali off the beaten track

Parc de Bali barat

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    • ✈️ Type of stay: group
  • Duration: 15 days
  • 🧭 Viewitinerary
  • 💙 We like: discovering regions usually neglected

In a small group, discover the unspoilt and lesser-known beauty of Bali. Bali Barat National Park is a little-visited area, but well worth a visit. Accessible on foot, it is home to mangroves, dense forest, coral reefs, sandy beaches and a wide variety of plant and animal species. Hike through the scenery, then explore the underwater fauna aroundMenjangan Island.

Set off on a timeless 2-day trek in the heart of the rice paddies. You’ll discover villages lost in plantations and tropical forest. Share an unforgettable night with the locals. And don’t miss out on the must-see sites, such as the famous city of Ubud, which has preserved its gentle way of life.

In search of spirituality and a change of scenery? Bali is waiting for you. Put your trust in Nomade Aventure ‘s experience and let us guide you along the paths of the Island of the Gods. So, which holiday appeals to you most? Give us your opinion in comments.