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Balinese Village Experience
Balinese Village Experience
Part of the joy of travelling to a new destinations is learning about the culture and lifestyle of the original inhabitants of the land. This Balinese Village tour is more than just a series of photo opportunities, it is an immersive experience into the daily lives of the island’s villagers. You start your day at 8:00 am, when you’re picked-up by one of our professional drivers for your transfer you to the meeting point with your guide. Needless to say, your host belongs to the village and grew up there, and he can’t wait to let you experience the true Balinese Village Life.
Embark on a Balinese Village Tour
Set in the quaint and gorgeous Pacung Sangeh Village we will take you off the well beaten tourist track and let you enter into the real life of Balinese villagers. You will be welcomed into a real family compound in the village and be given a tour. During this excursion travellers learn about the family temple, the people who live there and the special celebrations that happen at this magical place. As this is a real home for many families you never know who will be there or what will be happening. There may be children running around or, when you’re lucky, a special ceremony taking place. This all adds to the genuine experience you are taking part in.
The Art of Canang Sari
The Balinese ladies who live in the compound will prepare you a traditional morning tea consisting of Balinese cakes, fruits, fresh coconuts & Bali Kopi. After morning tea you will experience making Canang Sari – the daily offerings made each day by the Balinese Hindus – some ladies make hundreds of these each day. You will create your own beautiful Canang Sari to be used later in the day at your blessing ceremony.
Lunch With a View
For lunch you will visit a village Warung (small local restaurant), which is located amongst the rice fields and serves traditional Balinese and Indonesian dishes. You will get to choose two dishes from the menu and a drink of your choice. Enjoy the endless rice field views and the warm, local hospitality. All of the food is prepared fresh on the spot and can be as spicy or mild as you request. After lunch, you will visit the Village Holy Water site, the only Holy Water site in Bali that has a waterfall and Hidden Canyon. In this sacred site the water is considered to be Holy and hold great cleansing powers.
Receive a Blessing at the Holy Water
Before entering the Holy Water site you will be dressed in a sarong and a sash. Using the offerings you made earlier today in the village, you receive a traditional blessing at the temple. For those willing to get wet, you can also experience a full cleansing ritual in the Holy Water. This includes visiting the Hidden Canyon and immersing yourself in the waterfall of the Holy Water. Patrons are guided through this practice, something many locals come to the Holy Water site to do often. The Balinese Hindus believe this ritual helps to cure disease and purify the aura and karma of past lives. After your ceremony you will have the chance to change before heading back to your resort/villa.
Knowing before you go
This experience gives you a great insight into what life is like for the Balinese people who live out of the tourist zones. You get to see what their day to day life is like and familiarise yourself with the practices of the Hindu people.
Transportation, the aforementioned morning tea, lunch and all activities are included in our unique Balinese Village Tour. We highly recommend you to bring a change of clothes, your swimwear and a towel, if you wish to have a cleansing ceremony), a hat and sunscreen, and extra money in case you wish to purchase extra drinks or snacks along the way. And, as you can see from this article, there are plenty of photo moments, so don’t forget your camera.
Price: AUD 92.50 per adult / AUD 50 per child (3 – 12 years old)
Pick-up time: 8.00 am
Duration: approximately 8 hours, inluding travel time