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Amazing Bali Tours & Group Trips 2021/22

Amazing Bali Tours & Group Trips 2021/22

Trips to Bali, Indonesia with Bamboo

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!

Tours Available in Bali
Bamboo currently has 2 tour(s) in Bali:

What are some Bali Travel Tips?

  • Travel with an open heart and mind. Bali can throw some interesting days ahead of you so be prepared to laugh, cry, sing and dance the whole time with tour fellow travelers.
  • We're not your mother, we think, but try a little hand sanitizer before and after meals to avoid the dreaded Bali Belly.
  • Monsoon season in Bali and the heavy rains that come with it can be fun, embrace it. Without the rain, Bali wouldn't be such a lush tropical island. Don’t worry, it doesn’t rain all day during the rainy season. Most of us take it as a perfect moment to chill out and cool off! 
  • Don't end with us. Continue your journey across beautiful Bali with a visit to the Gili islands.
  • Put down your Guide to Bali and follow us to places where the books don't tell you.

5 Reasons to Travel to Bali

  • Reason 1: Give back to a worthwhile project by helping to protect the archipelago, oceans, beaches, sea turtles, and wildlife populations.
  • Reason 2: Meet and travel with some of the friendliest people in the world.
  • Reason 3: Eat, pray, love. in that order. Eat the best food, witness the culture of spiritual water temples, and love each other and the whole world around you, especially the locals.
  • Reason 4: Build memories that last a lifetime and are worth more than just a photo of your fridge. Form new friendships with the locals, your guides, and your fellow travelers. Leave behind a legacy in the good work you do.
  • Reason 5: Bali island life is simple, exotic, and brings adventure in every moment. Bali group holidays help you get the most from your travel experience. 

FAQ: The most frequently asked questions about Indonesia's tropical island

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.

In short no. Bali is not only considered one of the best backpacking countries in the world, but also one of the safest. That said, with any travel, there are always risks. This is why we created Bamboo to bring people together safely to explore a beautiful culture and have an island adventure. Our professional local Bali guide is with you 24/7 to ensure the smooth running of the trip. You’ll be getting the best advice and travel tips at all times to help protect you during and after your time with Bamboo.
As each country's foreign office perceives Bali and Indonesia differently. Our advice would be to locate and contact your countries own foreign department for the most recent advice.  Generally speaking, governments tend to be over-cautious in their recommendations and we find a good dose of common sense and courtesy will take you far on any journey. That being said please consult both your government and insurance provider before journeying with Bamboo.
Bali and Indonesia, in general, has two kinds of season. Hot hot and hot and wet. As we mentioned previously, the rainy season can be a welcome relief and has never stopped a Bamboo tour. April to October are the driest months but every tour date we carefully choose has been hand-picked by our Bali guide for the best travel experience.
There is no right or wrong answer to how much to bring as it's generally each to their own. Bali is an affordable travel option for many, and you can enjoy shopping in tourist places or exploring the finer things in life with spa treatments, fancy restaurants, or yoga retreats. Your Bali travel guide will show you the best spots on the island. The average daily spend on Bali is about US$60 which would include everything. You can go way less or way more (usually depends on how much you drink *hiccup*)

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).

    • False commission drivers. If you follow the rule 'if it's too good to be true, it usually is. Drivers offering free rides or very cheap rides will invariably take you to places you do not want to go such as tailor shops and tourist markets as they will make a commission per head.  A polite 'no thank you and a smile will help you avoid any complications when not part of our tour group.
    • Taking taxi rides in Bali. When not with your Bamboo tour group, traveling around the island is easy as long as you are pointed in the right direction. Our guide will ensure you understand where to get the best taxi rides. If in doubt look for the 'Bluebird' taxi service. Easily spotted with their distinctive blue cars.
    • Tour guides offering services beyond our tour. Bali has been built on the tourist market which has seen an influx of tour guides all vying for the same tourist. With Bamboo, we work with the best local guides whose life passion is to introduce their island to our groups. During the tour, you may experience other guides offering services on occasion. Please speak to your own guide before employing anyone else to avoid overpayment or miscommunication. As always, a smile and a 'no, thank you’ is always a simple solution.
    • Experience an authentic Balinese market. As part of your Bamboo journey, you will experience authentic Bali products. With your guide by your side, you will become an expert in the art of negotiation. As always, with a smile and a cheeky wink, you will find all Balinese people will open up to you. Be polite, never be pushy and you're sure to bag one Bali bargain.
    • How to deal with temple touts – Besakih Temple and other areas. Similar to other situations, your guide will be on hand to advise you on appropriate behavior in Bali temples and religious areas. As a popular draw for many tourists, temples also attract touts who wish to sell their wares to temple goers. This can be fun but can also be frustrating as they tend to be pushy in some of their sales strategies. Our advice would be simple. Avoid 90% of temple touts selling respectful sarongs, listen to your Bamboo guide, and dress appropriately before you arrive.
    • Touts at Kuta Beach and other areas. On Bali island, you will find paradise formed mainly from its tropical beaches. Again these are opportunities for vendors aplenty and you may become inundated with requests. At your own discretion, we recommend a polite no and smile in all situations. Once you say yes, you may have opened the flood gates for more touts to descend. Remember to stick to the advice your guide suggests or make sure they are close by if you spot something you fancy.
    • Seafood at Jimbaran and other restaurants. As a popular fishing village on the beach, be careful against being overcharged with lower-quality seafood. Your guide will be on hand to give travel tips for the best seafood restaurants at reasonable prices.

 

  • Drinking Arak, traditional Balinese alcohol. Arak is the local booze of choice and popular with the Bali people. On occasions, it may be replaced with cheaper alcohol alternatives such as methanol in a bid to fool tourists. Our advice is to listen to your guide and stick to regularly licensed drinking vendors. 

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.

With our Bali tours, you are guaranteed the full Bali experience without having to spend beyond the exclusive tour due to our days being jam-packed with activities such as visiting rice terraces and rice fields, the hottest tourist areas, Kuta beach, Ubud markets, monkey, and water temples, and much much more! So, is Bali expensive? No, not at all.
According to our flight partners and local partners, October is considered the lower season and the cheapest month to fly. That being said, the prices vary each month and can change on a daily basis. Using something like Skyscanner to track a bargain is highly recommended. Please feel free to ask our team in the bottom right corner if you need help with flights.
Our Discover Bali group tours have been expertly designed to give the best balance of nature, culture, environment, giving back, adventure activities and project time so we know, by science that 14 days is exactly how many days you need in Bali. How many days you decide to come for is entirely up to you.

Bamboo & Bali

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.

Bamboo currently has 2 tour(s) in Bali:

Bali Travel Hack

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)

This information is taken from the Discover Bali 18+ Travel Hack and is intended to provide a guide of what to expect. For more specific information you can view our full hacks:
Discover Bali 18+ Travel Hack
Discover Bali 50+ Travel Hack

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

Amazing view from Uluwatu Cliffs

River Rafting

The mystical Monkey Forest

VW Jeep exploration day

Waterfalls and eye-popping scenery

Ocean project at Nusa Penida

An Island boat tour


THE NITTY GRITTY

Bali Entry Requirements

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:
https://www.bali.com/visa-indonesia-entryrequirements-bali.html

FAST FACTS

VISA and passport requirements are YOUR responsibility. 30 days free if from US, UK, AUS or CAN (plus most EU countries)

Travel Insurance

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.


ACCOMMODATION

Kuta

HOTEL

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.

Ubud

HOTEL

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.

 

Nusa Penida

HOMESTAY

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.

 


MONEY

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

FAST FACTS - MONEY

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.


TRAVEL

Vaccinations

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

Flights

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

Important Notice

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?

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.

Did you know that?
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.


ARRIVAL

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.

ARRIVALS INFO

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


TRANSPORT

Kuta to Ubud

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.

Ubud to Nusa Penida

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.

Nusa Penida to Kuta

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!

 

FUN FACTS: TRANSPORT

The only transport available on the Gili islands, Indonesia, is horse and cart.

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.


GUIDES

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.

Fast Facts: Guides

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.

Tipping

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!


WHAT TO BRING

The Must Brings

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

The 'Can Brings'

Everyone is different, so the following list is just a few suggestions of things you may like to consider bringing.

1. Medical Kit
2. Toiletries
3. Water shoes
4. Padded gardening gloves
5. Small umbrella or water jacket
6. Pillow (for added comfort)
7. Headlamp
8. Earplugs
9. Bandana
10. Home luxuries (can't live without)


Ocean Conservation Project Guide

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.

Bamboo currently has 2 tour(s) in Bali: