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Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Munduk, Bali
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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Bali's Danu Beratan Temple on the shores of Lake Bratan
Map of Highlights of Bali - 7 Days
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.

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.

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.

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.

Visit the lakeside Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Map of Family Trip to Indonesia: Bali & Gili Air - 14 Days
Family Trip to Indonesia: Bali & Gili Air - 14 Days

Perfect for families, this two-week Indonesian itinerary blends adventurous excursions with plenty of free time to spend at the beach. Visit temples, hike to waterfalls, discover the monkey forest in Bali, then hop on a speedboat to reach the neighboring island of Gili Air. Here the whole family can enjoy an island paradise—exploring white sand beaches, swimming in turquoise seas, and snorkeling with sea turtles.

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.

Orangutans in Borneo
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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.

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

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."

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.

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
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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
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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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