Photo by: Karen Schulman
Location: Bali Indonesia
Call us if you would like to plan your own small group tour to Bali Indonesia
- Stay in the cultural center of Ubud, with excursions to witness Balinese daily life.
- Experience the traditional dances, ceremonies, and lively celebrations of mystical Bali.
- Photographing amidst the ancient Temples, lustrous rice fields, and surrounding mountains.
- Beautiful sunset at Pura Tanah Lot sea temple, on West coast.
- Ten days with acclaimed local guide.
- Spend a day in a small village learning about traditional Balinese music, food, culture, and rice farming.
per person, double occupancy*
This tour is not currently scheduled. Contact us if you want details when tour dates are announced, or if you are interested in running a private trip for your group.
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 4-7 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $595.
A tour to Bali is a remarkable experience, especially for the photographer, as everywhere one looks there is something new and astonishing to capture in your images. It is known for breathtaking natural splendor, rich cultural heritage, and profound spiritual mystique. The Balinese people are devoted to creating beautiful things, whether it is in their refined dance or in a small offering made from a palm frond. There are two thousand dance troops among a population of only three million people....
A tour to Bali is a remarkable experience, especially for the photographer, as everywhere one looks there is something new and astonishing to capture in your images. It is known for breathtaking natural splendor, rich cultural heritage, and profound spiritual mystique. The Balinese people are devoted to creating beautiful things, whether it is in their refined dance or in a small offering made from a palm frond. There are two thousand dance troops among a population of only three million people. Each temple has at least one celebration devoted to it every year, and there are an estimated twenty thousand temples on the island. We will penetrate beneath its beautiful surface, which conceals treasures and pleasures known only to the Balinese and a handful of international devotees. As an inspiring place for anyone interested in the visual arts, the images and memories you bring back home will be some of your best ever. For decades, Bali has startled the world with a fascinating and vibrant culture. To understand the character of the people, one must see the island in its true perspective, as an oasis of undying ceremony and beauty, yet as only one of over three thousand islands in Indonesia. To the people of Bali, death, not an event to be mourned, is seen as a passage of the soul to a better world, where it starts to prepare for re-incarnation and a newer life; hence, it is not a ceremony that has any sorrow or tears in it. In fact, the people make it a point to laugh, sing, dance, and celebrate the death of a loved one during the event. This trip offers an in-depth excursion into the culture of Bali through the eyes of the Balinese. We begin our visit in the cultural center of Ubud, with its terraced rice fields, nightly performances of music and dance, numerous ceremonies and exceptional handmade arts and crafts. As we travel further afield, we will be immersed in jungle scenery, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Traveling on to northern Bali, where you will enjoy a snorkel excursion to Menjangan Island. We invite you, the inquisitive traveler, to join photographer Joel Collins on this special tour of Bali. We will have a cordial welcome in this country with its brilliant colors, compelling architecture, irresistible allure, and warm hospitality.
What to Expect This tour is designed to be a photo tour, and, as such, we must be flexible in our scheduling. Much of what we do, and when we do it, will depend upon the weather and light. In the event that changes may occur, we will need to be flexible, which will also allow us to take advantage of new photographic opportunities. Bali has made great strides in tourist accommodations and services in recent years, but please remember, this is still a developing country, so we may experience occasional inconveniences. All our accommodations will be clean and comfortable, with private toilet and shower/bath. The hotels have been chosen for their proximity to prime photographic locations. A majority of accommodations do not have air conditioning or elevators, as we use eco-lodges built in traditional Indonesian style. Health and Fitness Tour participants should be in good health and good physical condition to get the most out of the trip. Although we will not be running marathons, we will be taking long walks in order to reach the prime photographic locations. You will need to expect to be hiking on very muddy trails and through rice fields. There will be a few long drives on very winding, narrow roads.
Bali has made great strides in tourist accommodations and services in recent years, but please remember, this is still a developing country, so we may experience occasional inconveniences. All our accommodations will be clean and comfortable, with private toilet and shower/bath. The hotels have been chosen for their proximity to prime photographic locations. A majority of accommodations do not have air conditioning or elevators, as we use eco-lodges built in traditional Indonesian style.
Photo Leader TBD
May 13: Home
A day or two are lost en-route. You will need to land at any time on May 14 at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).
May 14: Denpasar (DPS) - Ubud
You will be met by your guide upon arrival, and whisked away to Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. You will spend several evenings here, returning to our accommodations from day trips outside the city. This evening is to acclimate and rest. Overnight Ubud five evenings.
May 15: Ubud
The morning is at leisure to explore Ubud with Joel or enjoy the hotels optional spa treatments. This afternoon you’ll have lunch with your local guide, travel to Pura Taman Ayum and Tanah Lot sea temple, where you will stay for sunset photography. (B, L)
May 16-18: Ubud
Today’s excursion takes you to eastern Bali. You’ll visit Karangasem Palace, Kusamba fishing village, Tirta Gangga water garden, the Bat Cave temple and, time permitting, the ikat (traditional weaving) factory at Sidemen village. This evening you’ll attend a performance of the classical Legong dance. The next day you will travel to the holy spring temple (Tirta Empul) at Tampaksiring. Move on to the temples at Bangli, and ending with the terraced rice fields of Tegalalang, where you will have time to photograph in afternoon light, hiking through the terraces. Your last day in Ubud enjoy early morning photography with Joel. Then after breakfast there will be time at leisure on the hotel grounds, explore the city with Joel or perhaps visit Arma or Neka museum in Ubud. In the late afternoon there will be time for photo lecture or review. (B)
May 19-21: Munduk
Today you’ll travel to the Munduk countryside, an area of spectacular terrace rice fields. Before arriving at your hotel you will stop at the spice, fruit and flower market at Candi Kuning. Early the next morning you will travel to Lake Beratan with Ulun Danu temple, in time to see the sunrise. Continue to an elementary school where you can visit a classroom and deliver a gift of school supplies (subject to being in session). Return to Munduk village where you will then begin a trek through the rice fields, local farmlands and gardens. During your trek you will see farms growing coffee, cloves, cacao, avocados, and more. You will also see a natural waterfall. This evening there will be time for another photo critique. Today you will travel to Jatiluwih before continuing to the small mountain village of Pacut. This is an area that’s completely off the beaten track and is rarely seen by visitors to Bali. On arrival at the village, you’ll visit a farmer in the fields. You’ll have an opportunity to participate in preparing farm implements, and planting or cultivating rice using traditional methods. Or, feel free to just observe and take pictures. Continue to the village compound where you’ll see a demonstration, have a short lesson, and participate in playing the instruments of the village gamelan orchestra. In addition, you’ll have a lesson in how to make a temple offering and a woven coconut leaf hat. Time permitting, you’ll also take a leisurely rice field walk. Lunch is included in the village compound. This is a very unique and authentic Balinese experience and provides wonderful opportunities for photographing people. Transfer to your hotel at Munduk village. Overnight three evenings (Everyone will have single rooms at Munduk due to bed configuration), (B; B; B, L)
May 22-23: Pemuteran
This morning will be at leisure at the hotel, followed by an afternoon drive to Pemuteran in the far north of Bali. You will be able to photograph at Pulaki Monkey Temple en-route. The following morning there will be a snorkel excursion (optional upgrade to scuba diving is available-bring proof of certification) to Menjangan Island, with lunch included. There is a turtle release program at Proyek Penyu, you can participate in during the afternoon. Enjoy your farewell dinner this evening. Overnight Pemuteran two evenings. (B; B, L, D)
May 24: Ubud
Today you will travel back to Ubud, with additional photography at rice fields along the way. This evening attend a performance of the kecak & fire dance, followed by a farewell dinner. Overnight Ubud (B, D).
May 25-26: Ubud - Home
You will be transferred to the airport (DPS) on May 25 for flights home. *Depending on your flight departure time, you may not arrive home until May 26.