Southeast Asia

A Day Tour of Bali

July 1, 2015

The day after arrival, we were geared up to experience some of the highlights Bali had to offer. Our driver Dewa, Dewa Bali Private Tours, picked us up from the hotel at 9:30 a.m. and swept us off to our first stop to see the traditional Balinese Barong & Keris dance. This mythological story is illustrated through dance of a battle between good and evil spirits.

As shown in the pics and video below, the music is captivating as well as the dancers in their gorgeous colorful traditional costumes.Barong & Kris danceBarong & Keris danceBarong & Keris dancersBarong & Keris Bali danceTraditional Balinese dance

Next was Tegenungan waterfall. Tegenungan is 49 ft. waterfall, a majestic beauty, that involves steep steps to hike down. Manmade bridges of bamboo is stretched across the water to cross in order to reach the waterfall.Tegenungan waterfallhike down to Tegenungan waterfallbase of Tegenungan waterfallbamboo bridge at Tegenungan waterfallThe hike was challenging but totally worth it once the bottom was reached.family pic at Tegenungan waterfallAfter recouping from the hike, the next stop was a woodcarver’s workshop to see how beautiful wood art was made from different types of Balinese wood. A guide talked about the process and then escorted us into a shop with tons of wood art that was available for sale.

The carved art was by junior and master artisans, therefore providing a range in prices. As a result, Noel negotiated a deal on a few great pieces. Negotiation is welcomed in Bali.wood carvers in BaliBali wood carverwood shop in BaliNext was the Oka Coffee Plantation. Here we got the opportunity to see how coffee was made and met a civet, a wild animal native to Indonesia. One of the civet’s main delicacies is the coffee bean.

After the animal poops the coffee bean out, it is then used to make coffee called Kopi Luwak, or as the Indonesian’s call it, sh*t coffee.

The type of fermentation that takes place in the animal’s stomach is what gives the coffee beans a tasty flavor making it one of the rarest and most expensive coffees in the world.CivetKopi Luwakmaking Kopi Luwak coffeeKopi Luwak coffeeNoel was 100% on board for experimenting with this unique blend of coffee. On the other hand, I needed a lot of convincing. Being the coffee junkie I am, I could not resist the uttering sounds of pure pleasure as he indulged in his cup. Finally giving into temptation, I tried it. One of the best cups of coffee I ever had!

Surprisingly, our daughter, who is not a coffee drinker, tried it too and liked it.

drinking Kopi Luwak enjoying Kopi Luwak tasting Kopi Luwak

 

 

All that coffee drinking (and tea sampling) made us hungry so we were happy that our next stop was at the Kintamani volcano for lunch. We ate at the Grand Puncak Sari which offered a grand buffet and majestic views of Kintamani.Kintamani Volcano lunch at KintamaniThe final stop of the tour was at the Tegalalang rice terrace, one of Bali’s most beautiful rice terraces and also featured in the movie, “Eat, Pray and Love.”

My daughter and Noel ventured the hike down a bit as I stayed behind, too steep for the bum knee. On the way down, a Balinese woman stopped and offered to pose in a pic (at a cost) with our daughter holding baskets on a pole wearing a hat often worn by rice workers.Tegalalang rice terracevisiting Tegalalang rice terraceThe tour came to an end as we returned to the hotel around 6 p.m., or as they say here at 18:00. 9 hours of an action packed day cost only 500,000 rupiah which is approx. 37 USD + cost of the show, park fee, and lunch (approx. additional $40) – an excellent price for a day’s worth of fun.

 

 

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