Villa Flow and its surroundings allow for many activities to be undertaken and we are happy to assist you in organizing these. We are constantly striving to act in a manner of responsible tourism and support the local community, therefore most of our recommended activities are hosted by local suppliers and people from nearby villages. Please see our carefully selected list of activities that we are happy to facilitate for you below.
Leave Villa Flow early in the morning and drive through East Bali to visit a traditional old Balinese village – Penglipuran. This is followed by a walk through one of the most fascinating bamboo forests in Bali. Afterwards, you will drive to the Batur Lake where you can see the big black lava fields, spewed by Mt. Batur before enjoying lunch served in a Floating restaurant on the lake. This is followed by a visit to Trunyan, a traditional Bali Aga village, by canoe. The people of Trunyan are originally Balinese and have lived on the island for thousands of years before the mighty Majapahit empire from Java started to colonize the entire island. To stay out of the hands of the Majapahit, the Trunyan people retreated to inaccessible areas one of which I located at the edge of Lake Batur. Here they abide by their own ancient rules, regulations and customs, different from the rest of Bali. A very old tradition of the villagers, for example, is to leave the deceased in the open air rather than cremating them as done in the rest of Bali. You will visit one of the old cemeteries and get to know more about their traditions. After your return from Trunyan you will visit the nearby natural hot springs in which you can bathe. Recommended to bring your bathing clothes.
Boat Cruise to White Sand Beach
Jump aboard a traditional fishing boat just down the road from Villa Flow and enjoy a cruise along the ocean to White Sand Beach where you can relax, swim, snorkel or grab a bite to eat.
A hands-on cooking class that offers a culinary experience well beyond the simple preparation of food. All classes include an adventure off the tourist trodden tracks before the cooking class starts. Ask our staff for detailed information on the cooking courses
Cycling – the sporting way to discover the area
What better way to explore the neighbouring area at your own leisurely pace than on a bicycle? We have two mountain bikes for our guests’ complimentary use, on a first come first serve basis. Explore the nearby villages on your own and feel the local vibe, or discover East Bali on a guided, off the beaten track mountain bike tour. This adventure starts at the slopes of Mount Agung and brings you through various vegetation levels, passing the rice paddy fields, to the famous White Sand Beach, where you can cool off in the sea. Return transfers, lunch at a local restaurant and bottled water are all included.
Head out for a dive or two at Bali’s best diving spots, along the coral walls of nearby Amed, and around the 150 metre shipwreck of Tulamben. Take the coastal road back to Villa Flow and the scenery will continue through the entire journey.
Highlights of East Bali
Book a driver for half a day and explore some of the highlights of East Bali. Start the tour at either the royal water gardens of Tirta Gangga or visit the colorful local market of Amlapura. Afterwards, our driver will bring you to the Lempuyang Temple, which is said to be one of the oldest temples in Bali. It is located on top of the Belibis Hill, northeast of Mount Agung. Enjoy the views and on the way back by stopping at Bali Asli, a restaurant with magnificent views where you can purchase a traditional Balinese lunch.
Holy Mountain Spiritual Trek
This walk starts from Jumenang Temple. Ascending, you will have fabulous views of Taman Ujung Water Palace and Mount Agung. Meditate in the tranquil atmosphere of the famous temple, and swim in the Tirta Gangga Water Garden, before enjoying a delicious Balinese meal in a terraced restaurant overlooking the garden with sublime views of the rice paddies sprawling over the hills down to the sea. Highlights of this trip: be blessed in the traditional Balinese way with holy water from bamboo and immerse yourself in one of the natural spring pools at Tirta Gangga Water Gardens which serves a fascinating reminder of the old days of the King. Pick up time: 08:00 AM
The thrilling adventure of whitewater rafting on the Telaga Waja River begins in the foothills of the sacred Mount Agung. In a continual spray of clear mountain water you will rush past steep banks and ancient hanging trees whilst rafting straight through cascading waterfalls of cold natural spring water. Overhead obstacles, narrow gorges and breathtaking views of terraced rice plains along the way will give you an appetite for your final challenge – the water dam. The full length of the journey is approximately 14 kilometers and takes about 2 hours to complete
Rice Field Trekking
Enjoy the wonderful views over Mount Agung with an early morning, off the beaten track rice field trekking tour with an experienced, English speaking local guide. We recommended you pack long pants and closed shoes to wear on this adventure.
Villa Flow’s favorite trail starts at the Tirtagangga Water Palace and treks through the rice paddies until Bali Asli, a restaurant with magnificent views where you can enjoy a traditional Balinese lunch in a great atmosphere. The trekking takes approximately 2.5 hours depending on your speed.
Don’t miss the chance to go on a day trip to Jemeluk Bay in Amed or Tulamben – one of the best dive and snorkel sites on the island. A great activity for those travelling with kids.
Sunrise Volcano Trekking
Mount Agung is Bali’s highest mountain, standing at 3,142 metres above sea level, and is also considered its holiest, believed to be the home of the Gods. The most challenging experience in Bali, physically fit hikers can trek up to the summit in about 4-5 hours from the Pasar Agung Temple starting point, and in about 5 to 7 hours from the Besakih Temple starting point. Hiking boots are recommended. At the summit you will be rewarded with memories that will last a lifetime. Good shoes, water, snacks, a jacket for the chilly summit and a hat are the must bring items for this activity. During important ceremonies at the Besakih Temple it is forbidden to climb the holy mountain, and from November to March during the island’s rainy season it can be deemed too dangerous to make the trek.
Villa Flow’s Private Beach
Grab one of our mountain bikes or take a stroll 400m down the road and enjoy seaside lounging with beautiful views at our exclusive private beach front land.
This royal water garden of Tirtagangga, a 20-minute drive from Villa Flow, was constructed in 1948 on the initiative of the King of Karangasem and blends a mix of Balinese and Chinese architectural style. It is located in the middle of rice fields and surrounded by jade green hills, a perfecting outing for increasing serenity.
The water palace of Ujung is just a 30-minute walk or 10-minute bicycle ride from Villa Flow. This palace was constructed in 1919 by the late King of Karangasem, who reigned between 1909 and 1945. The eruption of Mount Agung in 1963 destroyed the water palace and it was further damaged in the great earthquake of 1979, though thankfully the government has restored the area with the help of UNESCO Funds, and a beautiful site still sits waiting to be explored.
Water Purification Ceremony “Melukat”
A very unique experience; an ancient Balinese purification ritual to cleanse the body of negative physical and /or emotional trauma. The ceremony usually takes place by the sea in the early morning hours, and is held by a Balinese Priest. For this special ceremony, a few days advance notice is required to allow enough time to prepare the many offerings that are to be made. Please note that you will get wet during the ceremony, therefore we recommend to bring some clothes to change into afterwards. You will be provided with a sarong to be worn during the ceremony and a towel to dry off.
White Sand Beach
Head off for White Sand Beach, a pristine cove without the usual Bali crowds – a big favorite with our guests! Have a drink or go snorkeling on the colorful right hand side of the cove. The trip includes return transfers with an air-conditioned car and driver at your disposal for 5 hours.