8 Days Bali Highlights

Discover the true beauty of Bali on this enchanting 8-day highlights tour. Admire its untouched natural wonders, traditional agriculture, ancient customs and colourful culture. From the terraced hills of Ubud and Sidemen, to the coastal towns of Candidasa and Sanur, marvel at the splendour of the island, making the most of your Bali holidays.  

Destinations included:
Ubud – Candidasa - Sanur

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
  • Taking in the majestic yet humble landscapes of Udud and Sidemen Valley, surrounded by terraced rice fields in the shadow of Mt. Agung.
  • Discovering the island’s colourful cultural customs from classical dances, weaving techniques and traditional music.
  • Marvelling at spectacular viewpoints after gentle treks along Mt. Kintimani and Campuhan Ridge
  • Visiting some of Bali’s most sacred and mesmerizing temples, from the ‘Mother Temple’ on the slopes of Mt. Agung to the ‘Bat Cave’.
  • Savouring the flavours of the island; tasting unique dishes, snacks and beverages while learning more about Bali’s agriculture that’s steeped in tradition
  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Day 1: Arrive in Ubud

Begin making the most of your Bali holidays, arriving at the airport where your guide will be waiting to transfer you directly to your hotel in the Ubud area. Check in and spend the rest of your day free, relaxing after your journey. 

Day 2: Ubud

Set off on your Bali adventure, discovering the colourful aspects of Balinese life, from traditional arts to agriculture. After breakfast, head off on a one-of-a-kind trek to Mt. Kintimani in the eastern highlands. First, admire a fascinating Barong Dance performance, a classical Balinese art form that narrates a mythological tale of the eternal battle between good and evil, featuring a lion-like creature who is the king of spirits. Afterwards, visit “Elephant Cave,” an ancient sanctuary with creatures carved into the glistening stone façade, surrounded by charming gardens. 

Sample delicious local coffees and hot drinks as you continue trekking, including the world’s most expensive coffee, the famous “Coffee Luwak.” Finally, upon reaching Kintamani, take in the stunning views of mountains, lakes and rice fields. Continue a bit further along as the best view is only a short hike away, at the serene and less-frequented Tegalalang Rice Terraces. After your morning adventure, drive back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 3: Ubud

After breakfast this morning, set off on a scenic adventure into the terraced rice fields of Ubud. Transfer by car to Payogan Village, the gateway to Bukit Cinta’s Campuhan Ridge. Stroll along and marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the untouched agricultural landscape. Stare in awe at the lush emerald rice-paddy fields, give a wave to friendly farmers and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. 

Stop at Sari Organic, for a refreshing snack and beverage. Revitalized, set off on the final stretch of your trek through the fields before arriving at Kajend Track. Considered Bali's own "walk of fame", the paved route is decorated with different names and leads you to your final stop: a local restaurant for a tasty mid-day meal. This marks the end of your journey and the time to head back to your hotel, to do as you please. 


Day 4: Ubud - Candidasa 

Depart Ubud today to journey to Candidasa, a coastal town with spectacular views along the way. Enjoy the scenic drive before stopping at Pura Besakih the most sacred and immense temple of Bali’s Hindu faith. It’s commonly referred to as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’, was built over a millennia ago, high up on the slopes of Mt. Agung.

 After exploring this mesmerizing holy site, have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing onwards to Sidemen Village. A traditional hamlet surrounded by tranquil rice paddies, take a guided stroll through, observing farmers tending the fields. Finally, arrive at Candidasa, check into your accommodation and spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool or strolling along the waterfront.   

Day 5: Candidasa 

This morning, immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of Sidemen whilst discovering life in the countryside. Leave Candidasa for a two and a half our journey through tropical lush vegetation of Sidemen valley. Pass remote villages and local communities, taking in the spectacular and lush landscape. 

Along this hilly ride, stop at Balinese compounds for the unique opportunity to learn how to do traditional hand-weaving as well as the process of Arak distillation. Enjoy a few shots of this local spirit before heading to a local restaurant where a three course Balinese lunch is awaiting you. Once full, return to your hotel for the rest of the afternoon at leisure. 

Day 6: Candidasa – Sanur

Drive along the eastern coastline of Bali, leaving Candidasa behind as you journey towards Sanur. En route, make a stop at Tenganan Village, one of the island’s most ancient villages. Vibrant with traditional customs and rituals of the Balinese people, discover its Gamelan music and beautifully intricate double ikat textiles. Head further south before stopping at Goa Lawah, a temple at the mouth of a cave that’s home to over a thousand bats. 

Continue on with on last stop at Kusamba, a village which harvests sea salt, a practice which has been passed down for generations. After learning more about the arduous methods and traditional techniques to produce this high quality natural salt, finish your drive to Sanur. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day doing as you please. 

 Day 7: Sanur

Rise before the sun for a picturesque morning cycling tour around Sanur. Begin at the Buffalo Tours Office where you’ll suit up for the day ahead. Cycle to the beach, have a stretch and watch the magnificent sunrise. Pedal onwards to the Sindhu morning market where locals shop. Take in the variety of fresh ingredients brought in every morning.  Next, have a taste of a scrumptious chocolate pancake with fried banana or yellow rice, as your guide purchases some offerings for the next stop at Campuhan Windu Segara. There, observe how locals worship, and make an offering to the gods with the help of your guide. 

Finish off this morning tour cycling to a small gazebo by the beach, and sink your teeth into some Nasi Bunkus, a traditional small meal of rice and meat packaged in brown paper before returning to Buffalo Tours Office. Return to your hotel to spend you last full day on the island however you’d like.

Day 8: Depart Sanur

Bid farewell to colourful and charming Bali as your guide meets you at your hotel to transfer you to the airport. Check-in and board your flight onwards to your next destination. 

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