WHY East Bali? Here are nine great reasons to get you started, to satisfy the adventurer, culture lover, foodie and wellness junkie in you!
1. Mekare Kare at Tenganan Village
The annual ‘mekarekare’ ritual takes place every June in nearby Tenganan Village, an ancient village that still follows Bali Aga (pre-Hindu) culture and traditions. Honoring the village ancestors, this extraordinary ritual involves theatrical duels between the young men of the village, armed with prickly pandanus leaf whips and ‘ata’ vine shields, staged to the intense martial sounds of ‘gamelan selonding’ music, and much merriment and laughter. You won’t witness anything else like it.
2. Pasar Agung Temple
Just a 30-minute journey from Villa Idanna, behold Pasar Agung, a magnificent temple that lies off the beaten track, three-quarters of the way up majestic Mount Agung. Rivaling the Mayan temples of Central America, this monumental temple complex serves as the sacred meeting place of Bali’s most ancient deities. Surrounded by a forest of towering ferns and pine trees, it is the most dramatic setting and pilgrimage site in Bali, offering panoramic views that stretch as far as Lombok and Java.
3. Besakih Temple
Besakih Temple is the most important temple on the island, known as the mother temple of Bali. The most memorable and enjoyable time to visit is during one of the frequent festivals that are held here, thronged by hundreds of Hindu devotees gorgeously adorned with beautifully arranged offerings.
4. Usaba Daratan at Selumbung Village
In November, witness this unusual annual ceremony inSelumbung Village that blends sacred dance with spiritual trance. Displaying the power of the gods through the human body, the performers inspire a mixture of awe and fear in a powerful performance of the Keris dance. A mesmerizing sight to behold.
5. The Balinese Healer
Visit the Balinese Healer – a spiritually gifted man known as the “Balian” or healer from the Perasi Village in East Bali. The Balian has been the focal point of healing in Bali for centuries, usually using herbs with ancient Balinese massage touch points to cure those aches and pains.
6. The Bali Aga Culinary Journey
A journey of discovery into the real flavors of East Bali for a unique village dining experience with the Bali Aga. Curated exclusively for couples, this extraordinary experience offers guests the rare privilege of dining in the home of Pak Gede, a resident of the nearby Bali Aga village of Tenganan. Experience the perfect ensemble of a romantic, home-cooked Balinese family meal with the luxury of a private butler, wine and champagne pairings, to the accompaniment of traditional Balinese music.
7. Best Surfs
Bali’s east coast is the go-to spot to catch the most thrilling waves for the best surf breaks in November through April. Our team will lead you to discover many yet unknown secret spots in Bali, with breaks for beginners to Pro surfers. Check out the waves at Keramas, Klotok and Jasri with our team.
8. Best Treks
For a truly awesome view of the East Bali landscape, trek up the slopes of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest and most sacred mountain, or Mount Batur, Bali’s most active volcano. These challenging treks will reward you with spectacular panoramas of sunrise from the summit. An unforgettable experience with nature’s most dramatic views of Bali.
9. Best Getaway Resort
If you decided to visit East Bali, don’t forget to choose the perfect getaway resort: Alila Manggis. Alila Manggis is perfectly situated for exploring the region’s many wonderful dive sites off Bali’s east coast. Our ‘Dive in Harmony’ packages for certified and non-certified divers combine a relaxing stay at our seaside resort with expert dive instruction and open-water dives by Zen Harmony Diving. For beginners and dive professionals, Diving with Alila Manggis delivers exciting experiences to please all levels with a great range of top dive sites. You can also check out their 48-hour spa package, mountain bike tour or their cooking class.