(Ubud, South Bali)
From learning to ride a wave at surf camp, magical monkey dance performance & glass bottom rides to cycling through exotic villages, rafting, catamaran cruises, golden temples & yummy cooking courses, this kidtastic journey through Bali boasts a kaleidoscope of exotic adventures. Based in great kid-friendly properties - a hotel in cultural heart of Ubud & a resort on the white sand beaches of Nusa Due. The entire family will enjoy receiving good luck blessings from a Hindu priest, meeting with friendly locals, visiting traditional silk & silver workshops & much more. Featuring expert private guide, 4* hotels, driver & 24/7 support, this tropical Indonesian island is paradise personified.
Book by June 15th and save $100 per person or $400 for a family of four. Travel by September 1, 2013
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
The Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is set in 10 hectares of hillside garden, stretching 780 metres along a peninsula set high above two river valleys. It flows from hilltop down to riverside hideaway 30 metres below. Just minutes by foot from ubud, with all its cultural and dining attractions, The Maya Ubud Resort & Spa provides a spacious, stylish and luxurious environment in which to enjoy some of life's better moments.
Start your cultural trip with a visit to Tohpati, which is known for its batik and continue to Celuk, the center of exquisite silver works and Mas, for fine woodcarvings. Enter Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali with many fine art galleries, and a home to a score of local and foreign artists. One of them is Agung Rai Museum of Art which has an extensive collection of paintings by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists in classic Balinese and contemporary styles. Afterwards, you can test your bargaining skill at Ubud art market prior to a visit to Puri Saren Agung whose royal family ruled Ubud from the late 1800’s until 1917.
Witness this theatrical experience. The "Cak" or "Kecak" dance is the well-known “monkey dance” which is originally derived from a sacred sanghyang dance, it has subsequently been added to and adapted, incorporating scenes from the story of Ramayana. The Kecak dance is an amazing cacophony of interlocking sounds – 100 men, representing the Ramayana’s monkey army sit in concentric circles and chant. Their arms are thrown up to the skies, fingers outstretched, but the sounds and gestures have no meaning other than to drive out evil.
Today's excursion will lead you to the rural heartland of Bali which presents an altered landscape and a different history. Your first stop is Pura Taman Ayun, founded by the King of Mengwi in the 17th century. It has three ascending levels of spacious courtyards containing rows of shrines and pavilions and is surrounded by a wide moat. The next one will be Lake Bratan, where a crater lies serenely in the midst of an elongated valley, formed centuries ago. A small temple called Pura Ulun Danu Bratan to honor Dewi Danau, goddess of the lake, can be seen on the lake promontory. Stroll along Candi Kuning market, where local fruits, vegetable and flowers are sold. After lunch, the trip continues through breathtaking valleys of rice paddies near Jatiluwih to visit Pura Luhur Batukau temple, in dense jungle near the peak of Gunung Batukau, Bali’s second highest mountain. The ancient temple complex has a number of separate sanctuaries joined by damp mountain paths, bubbling springs and a large rectangular lake with a shrine in its midst.
Flowing through unspoiled tropical rainforests, deep gorges and some far distant paddy fields, the Ayung River’s class II & III rapids gives you change to experience true white water adventure. Before departure there is a comprehensive safety briefing and guests are fitted with life jackets, safety helmets and a paddle. Enjoy the thrill of the rapids, the beauty of the scenery and observe rural Balinese people in their day-to-day life along the riverbanks. This shared activity is safe and lots of fun for all ages with two daily departures. Lunch buffet will be served in the terraced river café at the end of the trip.
You will be picked up by private vehicle with an English speaking guide from Ubud and transferred to your South Bali hotel.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Welcome to The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali, a haven of relaxed luxury offering the highest level of personalized service to discerning travelers. Located in the exclusive Nusa Dua resort area, on Bali’s most beautiful beach, a tranquil haven of tropical gardens, sparkling lagoons and luxurious accommodation awaits you at The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali.
With some of the best “surf breaks” in the world, Indonesia is fast becoming a paradise for the worlds surfers. But even as a beginner you have to chance to “break Waves” in Bali. Guided by Ripcurl instructors you will be thought surfer terms such as Spray, backhand, rip and wipeout. It’s fun for the whole family and after 2 hours in the water, you will have caught your first wave. At the surfing school you will be ripping up the beach break in three simple courses. Learn the skills of board handling and board control, before mastering the same jump up* technique used by professional surfers in your first course. The second course focuses on understanding beach, wave and ocean conditions which, when combined with proper paddling skills, will guide you effortlessly through, over and under waves. The essential skills of the third course will have you racing along the waves with forehand* and backhand* turns designed to create valuable board speed, building your skill basis to progress you to the next level; Reef Surfing.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
Join fellow travellers on the 26 meters long catamaran across the Badung strait to Nusa Lembongan! This day cruise to Nusa Lembongan includes snorkeling, banana boat, village tour and buffet lunch including beer or selected wines on the island. Enjoy fantastic snorkeling and glass bottom boat rides in the afternoon before returning to Bali.
Bali’s vibrant culture attracts thousands of visitors each year yet few people have tasted authentic Balinese cuisine. Join a shared Balinese cooking school class and discover the secrets of the Balinese kitchen. You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning and taken to the cooking school, where you will then go to the local fish and vegetables market to acquire ingredients for today's dish. Breakfast will be served at the school prior to the cooking class, and lunch will be enjoyed once prepared!
VISA/PASSPORTThe Indonesian government requires visitors to have a passport valid for at least six months following the date of arrival. Indonesian authorities regularly deny entry to all foreign nationals who arrive with less than six months’ validity on their passports. American and Canadian citizens are required to have a visa to enter Indonesia. Visa processing generally takes 7 working days for a Tourist Visa along with a visa processing fee of approximately $55. A 30 days visa can also be applied upon arrival at Jakarta International Airport. This visa costs approximately $25. Tourist passport holders may apply for a non-extendable visitor Visa-on-Arrival at airports.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Indonesia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/indonesia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Jakarta (Java). Government: Republic. Declared independence from The Netherlands in 1945. Language: Bahasa Indonesia is the official national language. Altogether, there are an estimated 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago. The older generation still speaks Dutch as a second language and English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Religion: There is a Muslim majority of approximately 90%, with Christian, Hindu (mainly in Bali) and Buddhist minorities. Time: GMT + 7 (West) in Sumatra, Java and Western Borneo; GMT + 8 (Central) in Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, Bali and Eastern Borneo; GMT + 9 (East) in Papua and Maluku. Electricity: 220/250 volts AC, 50Hz but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Plugs used are European-style with two circular metal pins. Telephone: Country code +62 (followed by 22 for Bandung, 361 for Bali, 21 for Jakarta, 61 for Medan and 31 for Surabaya). Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage may be limited to main towns and cities. Internet: There are Internet cafes in all major cities and tourist destinations.
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