5 Ways to See Bali Off the Beaten Track

By on October 19, 2015

A trip to Bali conjures up images of exotic beaches, bargain shopping and sunset cocktails. But where do you go if you’ve done Bali the traditional way or are looking to get off the beaten track? We’ve gone and found the top 5 most unique, exotic and downright different holiday experiences out there. Ready to travel outside the guidebook? Then read on.

  1. Stand in awe at Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave Temple.

Bat Cave Temple.

This 11th century Balinese Hindu temple was built around the open mouth of an imposing cave and remains a true marvel to behold. And did we mention the cave is home to an army of bats? This site remains one of Bali’s most sacred temples and it’s not hard to see why. Intricate details surviving hundreds of years are contrasted by the sheer power of the cave system in an exotic marriage of beauty and beast.

Where to go? Jalan Raya Goa Lawah, Presinggahan Village, Dawan District, Klungkung, Bali

Best time to go?  Try and visit around sunset to see hordes of nectar bats swarm the skies as they feed on insects.

Who to go with? Take the kids along and make a day of immersing yourself into the history and traditions of the temple while the little ones marvel at the bats.

  1. Try the world’s most exotic coffee, ‘Kopi Luwak’

Kopi Luwak

We’re not talking your everyday roast here, this coffee is one for the adventurous. To set the scene, as night falls in Bali the wild civet cat prowls the Luwakplantations to feed on coffee beans. Once they’ve partially digested them they pass them from their system. Stick with us here because this gets worse before it gets better, local farmers then find the droppings, remove and dry the beans before they are peeled and roasted to create an exquisite blend. The end result? The world’s most exclusive coffee.

This is a must try experience for any coffee lover and one that will stay with you long after your Bali adventure is done.

Where to go? Sekardadi Village, Kintamani, Bali

What price to expect? You can sample the coffee for free but prices can reach upwards of $35 a cup for this unique brew!

Who to go with? Perfect for the couple who’s seen and done it all and is looking for their next great party story.

  1. Remove your stress with an anti-gravity Yoga Class

anti-gravity Yoga Class

You’ve planned your trip, worked hard and saved up, now you’ve made it to Bali but you’ve brought that pre-trip stress with you. For a memorable, fun and stress relieving activity try one of the incredible anti-gravity yoga classes at Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts in Ubud. Designed to strengthen your immune system and boost your energy you’ll have the option from a whole range of yoga classes to get your body and mind back on track. Use their safe and comfortable hammocks to suspend your body in the air and stretch your way back to full health.

Where to go? Jl.Raya Sayan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali

What to bring? Roll up a yoga mat and bring a completely open mind to this upside down delight.

Who to go with? Take your best friend or partner and laugh the day away with this one of a kind bonding experience.

  1. Get back to nature on Nusa Penida Island

Nusa Penida Island

Just 20 kilometres from the Southern beaches of Bali lies Nusa Penida, an unspoiled limestone paradise that was formally used by Balinese Kings to send criminals, but is now your ultimate tropical getaway. Sleepy villages and dramatic sea side cliffs provide the perfect antidote to the crowds of Kuta. Whether you’re looking to hike, explore mesmerizing caves or just relax on the sand under the sun, this is luxury living on a shoestring budget.

Tip – Try renting a bike from one of the villages to explore the island at your own pace.

How to get there? Regular boat services link to Sanur, in South Bali as well as Padang Bai in East Bali.

What price to expect? A large ferry leaves the mainland daily for under $5

Who to go with? Take your partner here for the ultimate romantic getaway.

  1. Cook like a local in the Karangasem country side

Karangasem country side

Just a short hop from Seminyak is the vibrant village life of Bali and with it the crown jewel that is the Karangasem countryside. Experience an authentic cooking class at Bali Asli which offers a range of experiences from ‘a day in the life of a Balinese woman’ to ‘a day in the life of a Balinese fisherman’, all under the watchful eye of volcanoes and jaw dropping greenery. These experiences aren’t simply recreated at a cooking school though, you’ll have the option to head out on a traditional Balinese Jukung and help catch the fish yourself or to learn to plough rice with a cow among other unique and memorable activities. Great food, intoxicating flavours and an experience that cannot be recreated anywhere else.

How to get there? JalanGelumpang, Gelumpang Village, Karangasem, Bali

What price to expect? Expect to pay between $45 and $60 for this incredible experience.

Who to go with? Perfect for anyone at all. From the kids to the grandparents, this is one activity that won’t break the bank or your back and is a great experience for all ages.

To score a bargain travel deal, have a look online. Daily deal sites like Scoopon frequently have Bali deals that include flights and accommodation.

So next time you find yourself in Bali, put down the travel guide and leave the hustle and bustle of Kuta behind. There’s a whole world of incredible Balinese experiences waiting for you right under your nose, so go and find them!

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