Perhaps one of our most popular group tours, traveling to Bali, Indonesia provides an unforgettable experience. Starting with island hopping between Bali's mainland and her little sister Nusa Penida, through to exploring the rice terraces in Ubud, the beaches and coral reefs of Kuta, and the infamous Monkey Temples, our expert local Bali tour guide will be with you at every step of the way, ensuring you really get the most from your trip. Soak in the Bali culture, sample the local Balinese street food and enjoy the bustling nightlife, dance shows and much much more.
With Bamboo’s Bali Tours, you're in good hands. We'll not only take you to the most popular tourist areas, but also some of the best hidden gems that the island has to offer. With special permission often granted for Bamboo tour groups, you'll have endless opportunities to take amazing photos and #selfies while making lasting memories. All activities are, of course, safely guided 24/7 by our local experts.
We're here as a guide to your Bali trip, sharing our passion for travel and exploring, and helping ensure you have the best experiences with your like-minded travelers. You'll have your very own personal Bali travel guide with you along the way to give advice, and travel tips so you really get the most from your time on the islands. First, let’s answer some of your most frequently asked questions to get you up to speed to experience Bali in style!
So, you're considering an adventure tour in Bali. Good choice! As well as supporting local Bali tourism, you’ll have the opportunity to give back to the community and help make a difference, all while experiencing one of the world’s most magnificent tropical islands.
Bali is a beautiful island with many charming qualities and proud happy people. They will mostly go out of their way to encourage you to enjoy their culture and island life. However, in any country in the world, there are those who find ways to take advantage. Your guide is with you 24/7 to help you avoid any complications but on occasion, you will find yourself on a solo adventure. Please try to avoid the following (editor's note: we live to support local communities and initiatives, the following comments are not to discourage anyone from buying or avoiding any areas specifically, merely prepare yourself for potential issues outside of the Bamboo comfort zones).
South East Asia is known for its affordable travel due to the economy of the region against the tourists coming to visit. Your overall purchasing power is higher than the average salary of a Bali islander. This brings many benefits to both you, the traveler, and the local people. So, is Bali cheap and how will this help my experience?
Bali is remarkably cheap, especially with meals, hotel rooms, product shopping, and transportation. It has been said, the most expensive thing you will need to buy is a ticket to get to Bali. After calculations, it costs around US$60dollars per day to live a great standard of living in Bali.
As for every Bamboo tour we strongly recommend consulting your local GP doctor before traveling to any country. That said, Vaccination is recommended and strongly suggested if you stay longer and wish to eat street food and travel to more remote areas.
Bali is the spiritual base and heart of Bamboo's tours. The rich culture, friendly people, lush island nature, wildlife, and pristine beaches embody the soul of what makes our travel tour the first choice for many, time and time again.
Our Bali tour packages are designed around you. Bali is paradise, and we are excited to be the first to show you her beauty. Are you ready for this adventure trip? Choose the age category below and Discover Bali in more detail.
Firstly, on behalf of everybody at Bamboo, I would like to offer you our thanks for choosing to experience this incredible part of the world with us. We guarantee you an amazing time and we’re all very much looking forward to meeting you in Bali soon.
I imagine that right now you’re very excited about your upcoming adventure and this little guide has been put together to help you understand more about what will be happening, what to expect, how to plan and more. We guarantee your time with us will be unforgettable from start to end.
Bamboo is growing as our style of 'travel' has proven to be the 'way' to travel. You are now a part of this journey and we welcome you with open arms and hearts. This growing experience is down to people like you, so do get stuck in, become part of our way of life, live every moment and take nothing for granted.
Peace, Love & Bamboo
Mark (& the other Panda, Colin)
Amazing view from Uluwatu Cliffs
The mystical Monkey Forest
VW Jeep exploration day
Waterfalls and eye-popping scenery
Ocean project at Nusa Penida
An Island boat tour
Your passport MUST have at least 6 months validity from the date that you enter the country.
Depending on your country of citizenship you may be entitled to a 30-day visa-free entry into Bali. This means that you can simply turn up at the airport, present your passport and receive free entry for a maximum of 30 days.
These countries include the U.S.A., the U.K., Australia, Canada and most European nations.
To check if you’re entitled to this, find your country in the following list:
VISA and passport requirements are YOUR responsibility. 30 days free if from US, UK, AUS or CAN (plus most EU countries)
It is essential that you arrange travel insurance that provides suitable cover for the duration of your trip before you travel.
Bamboo offers a comprehensive policy through our partners, AHI. Please contact us for more information.
Rooms here will be twin share. All rooms include air conditioning, a satellite TV, and a private bathroom.
There is a swimming pool available for all guests.
Your accommodation will be twin shared. All rooms are fitted with a private western style bathroom. Free WIFI & air-conditioning is available through all rooms, in the lobby and restaurant areas.
Use of the swimming pool is available for guests.
Your accommodation will be a traditional and basic homestay. Rooms will be shared with up to 6 people per room. Shared bathroom.
Free WIFI & air-conditioning is available throughout the hotel.
When it comes to advice on how much money to bring, it’s impossible to say. All our intrepid explorers are very different. Where some go all out, others are on a budget. You can find both high end and budget restaurants, bars and shops across Bali. A rough guide for meals and drinks can be found below:
Typical exchange rates are:
$1 - 13,000 IDR
£1 - 18,000 IDR
ATMs, or cash machines, are prevalent throughout Bali and will issue the local currency. If you do plan on bringing your ATM card with you, we recommend that you inform your bank. This should prevent your card from being suspended due to irregular withdrawals.
We don’t recommend bringing traveller's cheques with you. The reason is that banks across Bali have odd hours of operating, and it may cause unnecessary hassle finding a bank open when you wish to make a transaction.
If you do bring your own currency in cash please ensure you change this to IDR before departing the airport.
Negotiating a purchase, known as bartering, still happens in the tourist areas of Bali however not so much outside of these areas.
If you’re unsure as to whether or not you can barter for a discount please speak to your guide
Basic costs of things:
Local meal 20000 IDR
Bottle of beer 25000 IDR
Bottle of water 15000 IDR
The currency in Bali is known as the Indonesian Rupiah or IDR
Remember to tell your bank that you are leaving the country to avoid your card being suspended.
For up to date information about the best travel vaccinations to have before arriving in Bali we urge you to contact your own GP, a travel health clinic or to check the World Health Organisations website.
Bamboo are not medical professionals and therefore can’t offer you medical advice
Thanks to the world wide web we all now have access to great flight deals through websites such as Skyscanner, Google Flights and more. If you’d rather use the services of a booking agent, the likes of STA Travel, Trailfinders and Flight Centre, are all available online.
Please remember that this tour starts in Denpasar and finishes in Denpasar
Once you have booked and confirmed your flight to Denpasar, please make sure that you have shared your flight arrival time and flight number with our team. Without those details, we will be unable to guarantee that one of our team will be at the airport to meet you on arrival.
Did you know that?
Did you know Bali is a Hindu island, known as the island of Gods. All other parts of Indonesia are Muslim.
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On a flight the bathroom door isn’t really locked when you’re inside. Lavatory doors can be locked and unlocked from the outside for a multitude of reason. It allows flight attendants quick access to locked lavatories in case of emergencies. In other instances, it allows the cabin crew to restrict access to bathrooms during takeoff and landing.
Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar) is a very busy airport and can be a confusing place.
You will be staying at Hotel Bounty. Please keep this address handy as it will be requested on your arrival form when entering Bali:
Address: Bounty Hotel, Jalan Segara Batu Bolong (Poppies 2) No. 18, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Once you’ve passed through Immigration (Passport Control) you’ll need to collect your luggage from one of the carousels. Once you have your bags please make your way to the exit passing through the ‘nothing to declare’ channel. Once through you will enter the busy main arrivals area. (Remember this is the point to exchange any currency needed for your trip).
Please keep a look out for our team. They should be easily recognizable with their Bamboo T-shirts and holding a sign showing the Bamboo logo. Once you’ve spotted our team, please head over and introduce yourself. You’ll then receive further instructions. Please bear in mind that we may be waiting for others to arrive so your transfer to the hotel may not be immediate but we’ll get you there as soon as possible.
In the unlikely event that you can’t find our team, please don’t panic. As long as you have provided us with your correct flight details one of our team will bethere. Please check again in the arrivals area. If you still cannot locate one of our team please call the following number +62 813 3700 7233.
If you have supplied us with a mobile phone number, please make sure your phone is turned on as we may be trying to contact you.
On arrival to the hotel, we’ll help you to check in and give you more details of what’s happening next.
Your hotel transfer will be around 30-40 minutes from the airport to the heart of Kuta.
Keep your eyes peeled for the smiling face that holding our Bamboo logo
Pick up is only available between the hours of 8am - 8pm on the official start date.
If you are arriving outside of these hours and are getting a taxi (blue bird taxi's) to the hotel please make a note of the hotels contact information.
Name: Hotel Bounty
Num: +62 361 753030
The journey from Kuta to Ubud takes approximately 1.5 hours. Transportation times can vary according to the season, traffic and the road conditions at the time.
We will be take a private comfortable A/C minivan or bus (depending on numbers) and we will have plenty of toilet breaks, snack stops and chances to take photos of the incredible scenery along the way.
This journey will also take around 1.5hours in either a car or mini van/bus to the pier. From here we will catch a boat over to the sland of Nusa Penida which will take about 1 hour.
Once on the island we will transfer to the project a short drive away.
We will hop onboard a boat back to the mainland Bali where we will take another 1.5hour drive back to where it all began, Kuta!
Bali is one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian Archipelago.
Bali is 144km from East to West and 80km North to South.
Any tour is only as good as the guide – fact. The input of a tour guide cannot be understated. Their input into your tour, their little insights, the off-the-beatentrack adventures, the knowledge and experiences that they share with you will make or break your time
wherever you are in the world.
At Bamboo, we take the selection and training of our guides and coordinators very seriously. Each guide undertakes a structured training program of three months and only once we’re convinced that they are genuine representatives of Bamboo are they signed up to the family.
Each of our tours has English-speaking guides to support you, answer your questions, educate you and to ensure that your time is unforgettable. From time to time we may have new guides-in-training on our tours. If you’re lucky to have a trainee on your tour, please be patient. They are undergoing training and therefore their knowledge won’t be that of the trained and experienced guide who will be accompanying them.
Our guides are the face of Bamboo, and they come in all shapes and smiles.
We love each and every one of them more than Elephants love bananas.
Whilst most of them are elite travel mavericks in their own right, you may come across newbies who are on the path to greatness.
If you're lucky enough to meet a fresh-faced newbie, be sure to show them your support and patience, most guides remember their first tours forever, so let's play nice.
Although not in any way expected or encouraged, anybody who goes over and above the call of duty to ensure that you have the very best time, may deserve a special little thank you.
Did you have extra special service in a restaurant? Did the bus driver make an additional pit-stop just for you? Did your guide go out of the way so that you could experience something unique? At Bamboo we’re firm believers in Karma – what goes around most definitely comes around!
Have you packed the following?
0. An open mind
1. Backpack or suitcase w/wheels
2. Travel towel
3. Light, loose-fitting clothes
4. Long trousers & t-shirts
5. Flip flops or sandals
6. Trainers or sneakers
7. Day pack/bag
8. Insect spray
9. Hat & sunscreen
10. Reusable water bottle
11. Multi-use plug adapter
Everyone is different, so the following list is just a few suggestions of things you may like to consider bringing.
1. Medical Kit
3. Water shoes
4. Padded gardening gloves
5. Small umbrella or water jacket
6. Pillow (for added comfort)
10. Home luxuries (can't live without)
Indo Ocean Project was founded by marine biologist, dive instructors, and ocean enthusiasts from around the globe to create a nationwide standardized data collection and research diver training program in Indonesia, the heart of the coral triangle.
Education and awareness is the foundation of conservation so we have developed training and expedition programs to allow the general public to get their hands dirty and get involved. You don’t need to be a diver or a scientist to get involved, our project relies on the experience and expertise of our volunteers from around the world to take action and take part.
Projects like this rely on the generosity of our volunteers to develop and grow.