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A day Tour of Bali
Our first day in #Bali was an #active one filled with a traditional Balinese #dance, #hikes, #waterfalls and woodcarvers. The day ended with a decadent coffee made from civet poop at the Oka Coffee Plantation. When in Bali, I guess?!
The day after our arrival, we were geared up to experience some of the highlights Bali had to offer. Our driver Dewa, Dewa Bali Private Tours, picked us up from our hotel at 9:30 a.m. and swept us off to our first stop to see the traditional Balinese Barong & Keris dance. This mythological story is illustrated through dance of a battle between good and evil spirits. As shown in the pics and video below, the music is captivating as well as the dancers in their gorgeous colorful traditional costumes.
...our first stop to see the traditional Balinese Barong & Keris dance.
Here's a video with Balinese dance Barong & Keris.
Next we were taken to Tegenungan waterfall. This majestic beauty is a 49 ft. waterfall that involves steep steps you have to hike down. Manmade bridges of bamboo is stretched across the water so you can cross in order to reach the waterfall.
The hike is challenging but totally worth it once you reach the bottom.
After recouping from the hike, we made a stop at a woodcarver’s workshop to see how beautiful wood art is made from different types of Balinese wood. A guide talked about the process and then escorted us into a shop with tons of wood art that is available for sale. The carved art is by junior and master artisans, therefore providing a range in prices. We scored on a few great pieces which my hubby negotiated a great deal. Negotiation is welcomed in Bali.
The carved art is by junior and master artisans...
Our next stop was the Oka Coffee Plantation. Here we got the opportunity to see how coffee is made and met a civet, a wild animal native to Indonesia. One of the civet’s main delicacies is the coffee bean. After the animal poops the coffee bean out, it is then used to make coffee called Kopi Luwak or as the Indonesian’s call it, sh*t coffee.
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The type of fermentation that takes place in the animal’s stomach is what gives the coffee beans a tasty flavor making it one of the rarest and most expensive coffees in the world.
Hubby was 100% on board for experimenting with this unique blend of coffee, as I needed a lot of convincing. Being the coffee junkie that I am, I could not resist the uttering sounds of pure pleasure as he indulged in his cup of coffee. I finally gave in and was delighted that I did; it was one of the best cups of coffee I ever had. Surprisingly, our daughter, who is not a coffee drinker, tried it too and liked it.
it was one of the best cups of coffee I ever had
All that coffee drinking (and tea sampling) made us hungry so we were happy that our next stop was at the Kintamani volcano for lunch. We ate at the Grand Puncak Sari which offered a grand buffet and majestic views of Kintamani.
The final stop of our tour was at the Tegalalang rice terrace, one of Bali’s most beautiful rice terraces and also featured in the movie, “Eat, Pray and Love.” My daughter and hubby ventured the hike down a bit as I stayed behind, too steep for my bum knee. On their way down, a Balinese woman stopped and offered to pose in a pic (at a cost) with our daughter holding her baskets on a pole wearing a hat often worn by rice workers.
Our tour came to an end as we returned to our hotel around 6 p.m., or as they say here at 18:00. This action-packed day of 9 hours cost only 500,000 rupiah which is approx. 37 USD + cost of the show, park fee, and lunch (approx. additional $40) – an excellent price for a day’s worth of fun.