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The small village of Munduk in Bali’s central highlands is an under-the-radar destination for outdoor adventures. You can spend your days visiting waterfalls and trekking through tropical forests, and your nights relaxing in an eco-resort overlooking the mountainous horizon. The scenery is spectacular, with lakes, temples and rice fields hidden among the jungle-clad hillsides. It’s possible to visit on day trips from other parts of Bali, though you could just as easily use Munduk as a base for exploring the region. 

Hiking excursions near Munduk take you past coffee plantations and up to hilltop viewpoints before plunging into dense jungle en route to shimmering waterfalls. Several have natural pools that are ideal for a refreshing swim after the walk. You can also visit Danau Buyan and Danau Tamblingan, two neighboring lakes dotted with shoreline villages and temples overlooking the placid waters. Further east, you can learn about native plant life or take to the treetop ropes course at the Bali Botanic Garden. The nearby Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of Bali’s most photogenic temples, and you can also admire the view while boating on Lake Bratan
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Explore the magic and natural wonders of Indonesia on this luxury tour (photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Hotel, Bali)
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Luxury Culture, Relaxation & Gastronomy on Bali: Munduk & Jimbaran - 7 Days

Take a deep dive into Indonesia on this luxurious weeklong tour, which takes you to the verdant island of Bali, home to rich culture, historic sites, and incredible beaches. Start in Munduk, where you'll visit the Buddhist monastery of Brahma Vihara Giri and learn the art of Balinese cuisine with a private cooking class. Then, you're off to Jimbaran to explore hidden coves, waterfalls, and the UNESCO-honored Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. End with a sunset kecak dance performance at the ancient Uluwatu Temple.

Visit some of Bali's loveliest hidden waterfalls, tucked throughout the island's interior
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Discover Bali's Waterfalls: Munduk, Pumeteran & Sanur - 7 Days

Bali is renowned for its dramatic waterfalls, and you'll discover some of the best on this off-the-beaten-path tour from coast to coast. Swim in the pool below Aling Aling, trek to the hidden Umejero, and stop at Leke Leke on your way from Pumuteran to Sanur. Chasing waterfalls isn't the only activity on this seven-day itinerary—you'll also hop on boat cruises, snorkel around Menjangan Island, and cycle through UNESCO-listed rice terraces.

Start your trip in 5-star style among the lush volcanic scenery of Java (photo courtesy of Amanjiwo Resort and Hotel)
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Indonesia Unveiled: Luxury Island Discovery of Java & Bali - 10 Days

Discover the natural wonders and rich history of Indonesia on this luxury island adventure filled with ancient temples, hidden waterfalls, and pristine beaches. Start in Yogyakarta, Java, where you'll walk the pavilions of the sultan's palace and see a spectacular dance performance by the Ramayana Ballet. Then, you're off to Bali to trek to Munduk's secret waterfalls, take a 4WD Jeep adventure through the Batukaru Valley, and end with sun and fun on the pristine beaches of Jimbaran.

Hike to hidden waterfalls on this family-friendly Bali adventure
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Bali Adventure for Active Families: Ubud & Munduk - 7 Days

A family vacation in Bali doesn't need to be spent lounging on a beach: this exciting week-long itinerary fits in plenty of active outdoor excursions to keep even the most adventurous of kids entertained. Spend quality time together (and tire out energetic youngsters) with rafting, canyoning, hiking, and biking through the Indonesian island's mountainous interior and lush farmland. Along the way, sneak in some cultural highlights with fascinating temple tours and an immersive visit to to a local village.

Bali's Danu Beratan Temple on the shores of Lake Bratan
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Highlights of Bali - 7 Days

Get to know the beautiful island of Bali on this weeklong tour of the island. Starting in Canggu, you'll drive along scenic Pupuan Road, passing terraced rice fields and jungle landscapes on your way to a temple that appears to float in mid-air. Hike to the gorgeous Munduk Waterfalls, then trek to the summit of Mount Batur for spectacular views at sunrise, followed by a soak in hot springs. You'll finish with a day of market browsing and strolling on the beach in Sanur.

Discover Bali and all its delights, including the stunning Sanur coastline
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Best of Bali: Tanah Lot, Munduk, Ubud & Sanur - 9 Days

Enjoy nine days of island life on this strictly Bali highlights tour. Touch down in Tanah Lot and savor the beach vibe and its spiritual soul, discover temples in Munduk, and cool off at Sekumpul Waterfall. Next, visit the Monkey Forest, famed Tegalalang Rice Terraces, and Tirta Empul temple near Ubud. Learn about Balinese culture in Sideman, followed by a plunge into Sanur's spectacular crystal-clear oceans.

Explore Bali's temples and waterfalls
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Balinese Art, Temples & Waterfalls: Ubud to Sidemen - 13 Days

With cascading waterfalls, lush terraced rice fields, and endless jungles, the Indonesian province of Bali is a true tropical paradise. On this 13-day itinerary, you'll see a traditional Balinese dance performance and explore local temples in Ubud. Marvel at the floating water temple on Lake Bratan and hike to the refreshing waterfalls at Suwat. Work up an appetite on a true off-road adventure in Munduk, then learn about the art of Balinese cooking and sarong weaving in Sidemen.

Swim and play with your kids on the beautiful beaches of Indonesia
Map of Family Trip to Indonesia: Culture, History & Beaches - 14 Days
Family Trip to Indonesia: Culture, History & Beaches - 14 Days

Adventurous excursions meet history, culture, and of course, beach time on this 14-day Indonesian family vacation. Begin in Tanah Lot, where you'll see its ancient sea temple, then it's off to Munduk for canoeing on Lake Beratan and a trek to Bali's highest waterfall. Visit terraced rice fields and go whitewater rafting in Ubud, then boat over to the island of Gili Air to swim, snorkel, and play on white-sand beaches. End in Sanur with the bats of Goa Lawah and a traditional kecak fire dance.

Sunrise on a Balinese farm
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Explore Authentic Bali - 10 Days

Soak up the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Bali on this wide-reaching 10-day tour around the island. In addition to traditional sightseeing and outdoor adventures, from visiting temples to swimming in a waterfall, this itinerary features a range of local experiences—you'll learn to cook regional dishes with a Balinese chef and spend time with a local family. You'll also snorkel, canoe, and hike through terraced rice fields before finishing the adventure on one of the island's best "hidden" beaches.

Take a predawn hike to the top of Mount Batur and watch the sunrise
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Active Adventure in Bali: Munduk, Ubud, Sideman & Uluwatu - 10 Days

Enjoy all the adventures Bali has to offer on this 10-day itinerary, leading active travelers on a sunrise hike atop Mount Batur, a cycle excursion through the island's verdant rice terraces in Ubud, and off-road escapades to a rubber plantation in the Pekutatan district. You'll also discover ancient temples nestled along Tamblingan Lake, witness a traditional dance performance, explore the countryside of Sidemen, and conclude with a surfing lesson on the white-sand beaches of the Bukit Peninsula.

Immerse yourself in the color and beauty on the island of Bali
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Embracing Bali: Exploring Local Life & Natural Wonders - 10 Days

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural traditions of Bali on this 10-day tour. Learn the arts of Balinese cooking and painting, explore the lush rice terraces around Ubud, and trek to Bali's highest waterfall. At West Bali National Park, snorkel in the world-class waters and spot rare birds in the jungle. Grab a kayak to paddle through the waters of Banyuwadeng Bay at sunset, and savor the views from Lempuyang Temple on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang.

Cruise through the remarkable Komodo Archipelago
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Journey Through Bali & Komodo - 14 Days

This two-week adventure combines the best of Bali with an unforgettable detour through the wild Komodo Archipelago. Starting on the "Island of the Gods," you'll hike to waterfalls, canoe to Balinese temples, meet the monkeys of Sangeh, and sample mouthwatering street food from local markets. Then it's off to the island of Flores to set sail on a two-night cruise through the stunning Komodo National Park. Snorkel with manta rays and spot Komodo dragons in their natural habitat, then head back to Bali to end your adventure soaking up some sun on the breathtaking beaches of the Bukit Peninsula.

Seek out hidden beaches on Nusa Penida
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Winter Highlights of Bali & Nusa Penida - 15 Days

Embrace tropical temperatures and fewer crowds as you get to know the real Bali on this 15-day winter getaway. Snorkel amid the corals of Bali Barat National Park, discover the lush rice fields, monkey forests, and waterfalls of Munduk and Ubud, and take a sunrise trek up the active volcano of Mount Batur. Hop over to the tiny island of Nusa Penida to explore its hidden beaches, then it's back to Bali's southernmost point to wind down your vacation on the golden sands of the Bukit Peninsula.

A morning view of Munduk, Bali
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Highlights of Bali & Borneo: Pangkalan Bun, Munduk, Ubud & Sanur - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary is great for nature enthusiasts and culture lovers alike. Begin your adventure with some wildlife spotting on a Borneo river cruise from Pangkalan Bun. Next, fly to Bali to explore the waterfalls around Munduk, visit Jatiluwih rice terraces, see Ubud by VW convertible, and climb Mount Batur. Afterward, head to Sanur, where you'll explore ancient temples, go snorkeling, and tour the nearby beaches.

The heart-shaped isle of Pulo Cinta
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Honeymooner's Secret Escape to Bali - 14 Days

You don't have to be a newlywed to enjoy this romantic itinerary ideal for adventure-loving couples with two weeks to spend. Together, you'll immerse yourselves in Bali's scenic beauty, hike to a hidden waterfall for a picnic lunch, receive a honeymooner's holy blessing ceremony, and indulge in sunning and snorkeling while savoring being romantic on tiny, heart-shaped Pulo Cinta, the "magical Island of Love."

Experience a sunrise over Mount Bromo Volcano in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
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Indonesia Culture & Landscapes: Java, Bali & Lombok - 12 Days

Discover Indonesia's diverse culture and show-shopping landscapes on this 12-day tour. Touchdown on the island of Java, where sultan palaces and the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple await, followed by sunrise trips to the volcanic peak of Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen's acid lakes. Next, sail over to Bali to explore waterfalls, rice terraces, and jungles before basking on the golden sands of Lombok, lapped by azure waters home to snorkel-worthy reefs.

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple
Map of Adventure & Wonder in Indonesia: Yogyakarta, Ubud, Munduk, Gili Air & Jimbaran - 11 Days
Adventure & Wonder in Indonesia: Yogyakarta, Ubud, Munduk, Gili Air & Jimbaran - 11 Days

This dynamic 11-day itinerary is perfect for travelers looking for a balance of culture and adventure in Indonesia. Start your tour in Java's capital of Yogyakarta and see palaces and ancient temples before hopping over to Bali to explore Ubud's markets, hidden waterfalls, and rice paddies. Then, you'll top it all off with a snorkeling adventure on Gili Air Island and beach relaxation in Jimbaran.

Sunset over Borobudur
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From Yogyakarta to Bali - 14 Days

Chock-full of fun activities, this two-week sojourn through Java and Bali is perfect for adventure-minded travelers who also want to check off the top sights and cultural experiences. From the ancient Buddhist complex of Borobudur to the artist studios of Ubud, in-between, you'll hike to the summit of Mt Ijen Volcano, snorkel around Menjangan Island, cycle through the Jatiluwih rice paddies, learn the art of Balinese cooking, and much more.

Start your journey across Bali at the iconic Tanah Lot Temple
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Bali Nature & Culture Tour - 14 Days

Dive into Bali's cultural, natural, and historical wonders on this 14-day itinerary. Jump right into the action with a visit to three iconic temples, including a Hindu sea temple called Tanah Lot. Then, trade the south coast for the north as you head to Pemuteran, where you'll snorkel around Menjangan Island and trek in a national park. Your journey continues inland to the quaint villages of Munduk and Sidemen before visiting a range of beautiful beaches across Sanur to soak up some last-minute sun.

Explore Pura Lempuyang Luhur to see the iconic "Gateway to Heaven"
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Balinese Cultural Escape - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary immerses you in the best of Bali's natural landscapes, rich culture, and thrilling adventures. Travel from the black sands of Pekutatan Beach to the quaint countryside of Sidemen, stopping at hidden waterfalls, Hindu temples, and lush rice terraces. You'll also dive into Bali's unique culture with a cooking class, a Barong performance, and an ikat fabric-making demonstration. Kick in a little adventure, too, with a sunrise trek to Mount Batur and a rafting trip down the Telaga Waja River.

Lombok
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Family Trip to Indonesia: Bali, Gili Air & Lombok - 21 Days

On this three-week tour, enjoy waterfalls and hot springs, take bicycle tours, climb a mountain, go snorkeling, and spend plenty of time relaxing on gorgeous beaches on Bali, Lombok, and tiny Gili Air. There will be plenty of sights and activities included every day, but also enough downtime to relax around hotel pools and spend quality family time together.

Ubud Dancer
Map of Family Trip to Bali: Ubud, Amed, Kuta & More - 13 Days
Family Trip to Bali: Ubud, Amed, Kuta & More - 13 Days

Both parents and kids will find plenty to satisfy them on this family-friendly tour of Bali. The itinerary is full of educational activities so kids learn while they're having fun. Enjoy a combination of natural beauty and wildlife parks, and cultural attractions like dance performances and temple visits.

Discover active volcanoes as you trek some of Indonesia's most impressive craters
Map of Temples and Trekking from East Java to Bali - 14 Days
Temples and Trekking from East Java to Bali - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary will take you from East Java to Bali with stops at sites both famous and less-frequented. Tour multiple Javanese temples, including Borobodur and Prambanan; trek up to the tops of Bromo, Kawah Ijen, and Batur volcanoes; and stroll through terraced rice fields and coffee plantations as you explore these two lush islands.

Komodo Dragon
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Indonesia: Java, West Bali & Komodo - 17 Days

This 17-day, multi-island itinerary will allow you to discover some of the highlights of Indonesia. The tour launches with visiting the temples and active volcanoes in Java, before the discovery of Balinese culture and nature. The trip ends with an encounter alongside the famous Komodo dragons and heads back to Bali for some relaxation by the beach of Seminyak.

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