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From Bali: Swim with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida

1. From Bali: Swim with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida

Head for the island of Nusa Penida and embark on a snorkeling adventure. Take advantage of 3 different stops to swim with Manta Rays, enjoy lunch on the beach, then spend the afternoon exploring the mangrove forest. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in selected areas of Bali or wait directly at the ferry office (depending on the option selected), and then journey to Nusa Penida, located 20 kilometers off the southeast coast. The largest of Bali's 3 sister islands (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan), Nusa Penida is much less developed and remains home to abundant and pristine nature. Marvel at the dramatic landscape and steep cliffs along the coast as you make your way to some of the island's best snorkel sites. Upon arrival at the protected bay of Manta Bay, discover an ocean rich with plankton that attracts beautiful reef manta rays that can sometimes measure up to an impressive 4 or 5 meters in wing span. Go to 3 of the best snorkel sites on the island, including popular spots (depending on conditions) such as Crystal Bay, Toyapakeh, and Gamat Bay. As the strong swells of the Indian Ocean can impact conditions, the situation will be carefully monitored to take you to where it is safe to swim with the rays less than 1.5 meters from the surface of the sea. If conditions are not suitable, your snorkeling itinerary will be adjusted accordingly, as your safety is always the number one priority. Following your magical snorkeling adventure, break for a delicious beachside lunch at Paradise Beach on Nusa Lembongan. The lunch is served as an Indonesian food buffet. Then, get the chance to explore the mangrove forest in the afternoon by kayak, stand-up paddle board, or private gondola.  

Komodo Island: Private 4-Day Boat Trip with Lodging & Meals

2. Komodo Island: Private 4-Day Boat Trip with Lodging & Meals

Your 4–day tour starts at the Labuan Bajo Airport where your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. After check–in and lunch, your guide will bring you directly to the pier, where the private boat will be waiting for you. Head to Bidadari island, where you can relax or explore Bidadari's surrounding waters. Sail back to your hotel in the late afternoon and have an early night's sleep in preparation for the next day's adventure. On day 2, after breakfast in the hotel and a short trip to the pier of Labuan Bajo, your Komodo adventure will begin. Sail through the waters to Rinca Island (based on availibility) and trek through the dry forest, where the Komodo dragons live. See other wild and unique animals like deer, wild buffalo, macaque, wild pigs and a wide variety of birds. Move on to Kalong Island to have lunch, try snorkeling, and see the flying foxes set out from the mangrove forest in the evenings. Have your dinner and a night's rest onboard. On day 3, wake up early in the morning and start with a trek through the dry forest, see plenty of giant lizards and other wild animals and birds, such as the lesser sulfur-crested cockatoo, collared kingfisher, and more. A local professional ranger will lead you into the Komodo National Park. Return to the boat and head to the unique Pink Beach to swim, snorkel, or explore. After having lunch on board, sail toward Manta Point to see the huge mantas. Head back to Labuan Bajo, check-in to your hotel, and have a nice dinner. On the final day, after breakfast in the hotel, visit the Batu Cermin Cave full of fascinating stalactites and stalagmites, and see rays of light leak through the cave walls. After the cave, visit a local market to see different wares on display. Pick up souvenirs from the market before going back to the airport or any other place in Labuan Bajo you'd like to visit.

North Bali: Sekumpul Waterfalls and Ulun Danu Temple Tour

3. North Bali: Sekumpul Waterfalls and Ulun Danu Temple Tour

Immerse yourself in the wilderness of northern Bali as you trek to the majestic Sekumpul Waterfalls. Discover local flora and fauna such as cacao, lemongrass, and coffee on your way to the bottom of the falls, where you can wade in the rock pools. Take a small group tour for up to 5 people to the majestic Sekumpul Waterfalls in Bali's northern wilderness. Immerse yourself in the picturesque natural surroundings, then explore the Ulun Danu and Taman Ayun Water Temples with your English-speaking guide. After pickup from your accommodation in Bali, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to begin your trek to Sekumpul Waterfalls, whose name means “grouped together” in Bahasa. Discover local flora and fauna such as cacao, lemongrass, and coffee on your way to the bottom of the falls. Once there, wade in the rock pools and admire the up to 80-meter (262-foot) high cascades nestled in the heart of the lush jungle. Before lunch, stop by the Twin Lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan, which form part of the island’s volcanic landscape. Then, enjoy the cooler weather over buffet lunch at the famous Lake Beratan, 1,231 meters (4,039 feet) above sea level. Once you've replenished your energy, pay a visit to the iconic Ulun Danu Temple that sits on the edge of this mountain scenery. Commonly featured in postcards of Bali, you can't mistake these picturesque shrines by the water. Finally, make your last stop at another famous UNESCO Heritage Site, the Taman Ayun Water Temple. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at our accommodation in Bali.

Bali Zoo: Breakfast with the Orangutans

4. Bali Zoo: Breakfast with the Orangutans

Make your way to Bali Zoo (or book the optional hotel pick-up and benefit from transportation to the wildlife sanctuary) and then enjoy the most important meal of the day with an adorable orangutan in their playground! Take part in the first experience of its kind in Indonesia as you breakfast like a king. Held in the Gayo Restaurant at Kampung Sumatra, the breakfast with the playful orangutans includes assorted tropical fruits or fruit juice, freshly baked bread and optional main course choices such as fried rice, buttermilk pancakes, classic cereals and more. End your morning with a cup of Balinese coffee or warm English breakfast tea for the perfect ending to your breakfast quest. Optional upgrade your experience with the Elephant Mud Fun, which allows getting down and dirty with our friendly Sumatran elephants while discovering all about their behavior and lifestyle from our experienced mahout handlers. You’ll learn interesting facts such as, it is very common to find elephants basking in mud during the summer months because their high body temperature generates a great deal of metabolic heat. And with no sweat glands to relieve their internal thermometers they rely on mud to stay cool and protect themselves from the heat of the sun because even though their hide looks tough, elephants can actually get sunburned.

Elephant Care Experience with Mud Bath at Bali Zoo

5. Elephant Care Experience with Mud Bath at Bali Zoo

This experience will allow you to get down and dirty with friendly Sumatran elephants while also discovering all about their behaviour and lifestyle from the experienced mahout handlers. You’ll learn interesting facts on why you find elephants basking in mud during summer months. Following hotel pickup, you will arrive at Kampung Sumatra at Bali Zoo to receive a brief introduction to the program while enjoying a complimentary snack and coffee or tea. Meet your English-speaking mahout who will tell you about the gentle giants you’re about to meet, provide information about the elephants' behaviour, how to take care of them, and answer any questions you might have. You will be provided with a selection of fruit for feeding them and then proceed to the river bank where you’ll be introduced to the free-roaming elephants and have a chance to play, feed, and interact with them. After that, you and the elephants will walk to play in the mud and sand spa. With a generous mix of earth, water, and fun, you get covered in mud along with your new elephant friends who love getting dirty. During this time, you will have a chance to observe their behaviour. Eventually you’ll walk with the elephants down to the nearby River Wos to join them for a splash, bathe, and scrub down. Then you’ll return to the zoo for a shower and change followed by a relaxing lunch until noon. You’ll be free to explore the rest of the zoo and the collection of over 300 rare and exotic animals including rare and endangered species such as the Komodo Dragon, Sumatran Tiger, Orang Utan, and Bali Starling. This experience is designed to not only enlighten you on the behaviour of these magnificent mammals, but also leave you fulfilled having participated in one of the most unique outdoor adventures you will have during your stay in Bali whether visiting as a couple or the entire family. Optional upgrade your experience with breakfast with our adorable Orangutan at their playground. Breakfast in the zoo might be a common thing, but breakfast with Orangutan? That would be one kind of an experience!. The first in Indonesia, Bali Zoo launched a unique Breakfast with Orangutan experience. Now, guests are not only able to enjoy breakfast like a king, but also with kings of the jungle: Orangutans.

Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

6. Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

Experience the natural beauty of Bali from the back of a horse. A horse will be selected to suit your riding ability and you’ll receive basic instruction before heading out. An experienced groom will ride with you through lush green rice fields, where little has changed over the centuries. Continue from the village to Pig Stone Beach. The rides are suitable for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider.

From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

7. From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

Explore the tropical Nusa Penida Island, nestled in the waters between Bali and Lombok. This tropical island is known for its beautiful beaches, rugged coastline, and relaxed way of life. Discover Klengking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel's Billabong, and Crystal Bay on this speed boat trip from Bali. Depart from Bali and set out to explore the best of Nusa Penida Island. Pass by Klengking Beach, also known as T-Rex Beach due to its distinctive shape. Situated on the western tip of Nusa Penida Island, Broken Beach is unmissable with its distinct massive arch and horseshoe-shaped cove. This beautiful rock formation stretches across a swirling whirlpool of blue and green waters. Next, visit Angel’s Billabong, a natural infinity pool. Make your way to Crystal Bay, known for its clear waters and colorful sea life. Crystal Bay is a prime spot for diving, so take a plunge and get friendly with the fish below.

North Bali: Sunrise Tour with Dolphins, Waterfalls & Temples

8. North Bali: Sunrise Tour with Dolphins, Waterfalls & Temples

Explore North Bali on this private half-day trip. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned car from Denpasar, Ubud, or Kuta. Take a sunrise boat tour to see frolicking dolphins, stroll through the lush jungle at the Gitgit Waterfall, and visit the Ulundanu Bratan Temple.  Be picked up from your accommodation early in the morning and head to Lovina Beach. Hop on a boat that to watch dolphins in their natural environment and marvel at a stunning Bali sunrise.  Continue on to the Gitgit Waterfall by car for a chance to explore the lush jungle area around this natural wonder. Head to the Ulundanu Bratan Temple and have some freetime to take in this unique temple in the middle of a lake.  Around noon, make your way to the shore. Return to your accommodation after an exciting day of dolphins, waterfalls, and temples.

Mount Batur: Private Volkswagen Jeep Volcano Safari

9. Mount Batur: Private Volkswagen Jeep Volcano Safari

Explore Bali's Mount Batur volcano on a day trip in a comfortable VW Jeep. Traverse dense forests to the edge of a deep caldera, soak in a natural hot spring, and visit a local coffee plantation. Be picked you up in a classic VW all-terrain jeep for a day of adventure at Bali’s Mount Batur volcano. Take the scenic route through Bali’s rice terraces and lush vegetation. Stop at Penelokan and head to the rim of a huge caldera for a breathtaking view of Mount Batur. Continue your safari via the truck route into the old crater, where you will encounter huge lava flows which have covered most of the vegetation. On the edge of the caldera, look out for monkeys that live in the towering trees. Climb up a lava dune for views of the mountain and see the black lava. Hear about how these landscapes evolved over thirty million years from your guide. Enjoy the exclusive use of Mt. Batur Lounge, the only villa-style lounge around with clean, modern toilets and a comfortable shower facility. After refreshing yourself in the showers, enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee in the lounge. After an adventurous drive around the mountain, stop to meet the local farmers on your way to the natural hot springs. Soothe away all your aches and pains at the natural hot springs of Batur. Then, tuck into a buffet lunch before continuing to a coffee plantation. Here, learn all about the production of coffee. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to your hotel.

From Lembongan: 3 Snorkeling Spot Day Trip to Penida

10. From Lembongan: 3 Snorkeling Spot Day Trip to Penida

Your day will start with pick-up at your hotel in Lembongan or wait at the Yellow Bridge if your hotel is at Celingan. Marvel at the dramatic landscape and steep cliffs along the coast as you make your way to some of the island's best snorkel sites. Upon arrival at the protected bay of Manta Bay, discover an ocean rich with plankton that attracts beautiful reef manta rays that can sometimes measure up to an impressive 4 or 5 meters in wing span. Then, go to 3 of the best snorkel sites on the island, including popular spots such as Crystal Bay, Toyapakeh, and Gamat Bay. As the strong swells of the Indian Ocean can impact conditions, the situation will be carefully monitored to take you to where it is safe to swim with the rays less than 1.5 meters from the surface of the sea. If conditions are not suitable, your snorkeling itinerary will be adjusted accordingly, as your safety is always the number one priority. Depending on the option selected, you'll be dropped off at your hotel or break for a delicious beachside lunch at Paradise Beach on Nusa Lembongan. The lunch is served as an Indonesian food buffet. Then, get the chance to explore the mangrove forest in the afternoon by kayak, stand-up paddle board, or private gondola.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,037 reviews

I had a great trip thanks to our tour guide Putu! Our trip was very well organized from pickup, transfer and the entire day trip went very smoothly. Putu is a wonderful guide! He was very helpful, informative and very kindly took a lot of amazing pictures & videos of us and showed us the best spots around. The view of Kelingking beach is incredible! If you have a limited number of days in Bal, I will highly recommend this day trip, especially with Putu.

The trip was amazing. The tour guide, Gusti was his name, made us feel secured and cared for the entire trip. He managed to get the best spots for a photo and made us feel cared for during the boat ride as well as the trip on Nusa penida as well. Also our driver, shutri, helped out as a photographer. Even on the scariest of roads he drive safely and swiftly. An amazing experience well worth the price!

Wonderful private tour in the north of Bali, I arrived early at the waterfall so there were basically no tourists, I could even bathe in the waterfall ! Thanks again to my guide Made Sudiartha, always giving me explanations on Balinese culture and recommending me good places.

Amazing experience. Our driver Raka was great company and shared a lot of Balinese culture and traditions with us along the way. We were glad to have him as our driver. The snorkeling was fun but the best part was the River Rafting!

The park is small enough to be manageable for kids of all sizes. The staff are excellent. The daily program is very well considered so we were able to see a variety of shows and tour the part, all in a single visit.