World-renowned for its highly developed arts, Bali is one of Asia’s most distinct forces in the realms of architecture, dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalwork and music. This enriching one-day cultural tour of Bali takes us away from the coast and into the ancient island’s savoir-faire, whose traditions go as far back as the 1st century AD. We begin by watching a performance of the Barong and Keris Dance at Batubulan Village – a revue of local legends accompanied by the enchanting sounds of the Gamelan orchestra. Next, we visit one of Bali’s most colourful hubs: the traditional Balinese Celuk art village, with its unforgettable walls and intricately designed sculptures.
After that, we’ll be showing you the unique landscapes of the Tegalalang rice terraces and the Kintamani Geopark, home to some of Bali’s most beautiful mountain villages with spectacular views of the sacred Batur volcano and lake.
Finally, a cultural education in Balinese customs is not complete without witnessing the religious bathing rituals at Titra Empul Temple, also known as a temple of purification. As part of Balinese Hindu tradition, followers come and bathe in the bubbling springs all around the temple. Freshwater – considered by natives to be holy – is pumped in every day via the “subak” system, which garnered Bali its Unesco status.