Murni’s Bali Tours, Where to go, What to do and How to do it
by Ni Wayan Murni
and Jonathan Copeland
ABOUT MY TOURS
Tours of Bali routinely offered by travel agents and drivers haven’t really changed for decades, at least not since I was a girl. But there are now a lot of exciting new places to visit and I want my guests at Murni’s Houses to see them all.
I would also like my guests to have helpful and accurate information about these fresh destinations, so I’ve put together a whole new set of trips and ebook, which you can carry along as an easy-to-read guide.
As well as including the classic jewels in the Balinese crown, my tours cover off the beaten track destinations too, special places away from the mainstream. We have covered a range of interests in each new tour, so whether you are a temple lover, an art aficionado or a history buff, there will be something special just for you.
We’ve also included some wonderful short walks, such as a trek through a cool tropical bamboo forest or a walk along the beautifully terraced rice paddies, or even a refreshing dip in a towering waterfall.
As far as possible our drivers will keep off the main roads and personally accompany you to the sites (unless you don’t want them to). Bear in mind that in some places this is not allowed and local guides are required.
Remember that almost every place has a small entrance charge of a few dollars or a donation. This is needed by local people for expenses such as basic maintenance of the buildings and sites.
Food and meals outside the main tourist areas are not usually of the highest standard and sometimes restaurants are hard to find. Please discuss with the driver what time you would like to eat and he will give you the options and an idea of the price you might expect to pay.
Bring sun cream, a hat and your camera. Above all, be ready for adventure and have fun. The great thing about Bali is to expect the unexpected. You never know when you may come across something really important and exciting, like a religious procession winding down the road with a gamelan orchestra or even a temple ceremony with Balinese dancers. That’s why, like me, you need to be ready to change your plans at the drop of a hat and enjoy the moment.
Goa Gajah the Elephant Cave – Yeh Pulu Rock-Cut Carvings – Sukarno Center – Gunung Kawi “Valley of the Queens“ – Tirta Empul Holy Water Spring Temple – Mount Batur – Lake Batur – Hot Springs – Tegalalang Rice Terraces – Coffee Plantation and Tea, Coffee and Chocolate Tasting
Bongkasa – Chocolate Factory – Bedugul – Lake Bratan – Bali Botanic Garden – Candikuning Market – Strawberry Farms – Jatiluwi – Pura Taman Ayun Temple, Mengwi
Gianyar Market – Nyoman Gunarsa Museum of Classical and Contemporary Balinese Painting – Palace of Klungkung – Kerta Gosa – Semarajaya Museum – Kusamba Beach and Salt Makers – Bat Cave – Candi Dasa – Tenganan
Margarana War Memorial – Bali Butterfly Park –Ceramic Factory and Showroom – Tanah Lot Temple – Kecak and Fire Trance Dance
Pejeng Market – Moon Drum Temple, Pura Panataran Sasih – Archaeological Museum – Water Blessing by Bali’s Youngest High Priestess – Kehen Temple – Penglipuran Village – Walk in a Bamboo Forest
Woodcarvers in Teges – Nyana Tilem Gallery in Mas – Museum Rudana – House of Masks and Puppets – Big Baby Statue – Pura Puseh Desa Batuan – Art Museum Batuan – Take a Dip in a Waterfall
Taro – Sacred White Cows – Pura Gunung Raung – Gunung Kawi Sebatu – Garuda Village – Ceking Rice Terraces – Chocolate Factory – Petulu, the Heron Village – Walk through the Rice Paddies
Design Your Own Tour
The tours above are tours that we have designed and love, but feel free to design your own and we will be happy to advise, work out a route and take you there.
What they said about Murni’s Bali Tours, Where to go, What to do and How to do it
“I fell for the waterfall.”
David Metcalf, New Zealand, author, photographer and activist
“A must take guide, on a must do tour, on a must see island… detailed descriptions, insightful observations, and stunning photography.”
Dr Rob Goodfellow, Australia, author, journalist, cultural consultant and historian
“Everything I love about a great vacation on this gem of an island … picturesque scenery, priestesses, and piles of chocolate.”
Rupert Pullee, Wales, Proprietor Pen y Gwryd Hotel
“This wonderful guide validates my oft-repeated assertion that there can never be too much Bali in one’s life.”
Lennard Thal, New York City, Rabbi, traveller and after-dinner speaker
“Murni reveals some special Balinese treats … very highly recommended.”
Claudia Auger, Bali, long-term Bali resident