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How to Spend 1 Day in Ubud

How to Spend 1 Day in Ubud

Bali’s spiritual and cultural capital, Ubud offers a surplus of must-dos—both in the town itself, and scattered among the jungle and rice fields that surround it. With one day in Ubud, you can get an overview of its highlights: Visit ancient temples, enjoy a rice-field adventure on an ATV, bike, or raft, and discover Bali’s delicious cuisine. Here’s how.

Morning: Temple Touring

Start by visiting some of Ubud’s stone temples set amid ancient landscapes. Beat the crowds by heading out early to Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, where you’ll encounter lively grey macaques. If time permits, venture further to Tirta Empul, where you can have a Hindu water blessing. Stop by Ubud Palace, right across from Ubud Market, to soak up the regal atmosphere and shop for arts, crafts, and souvenirs.

Afternoon: Adventures in Nature

Head out of town to discover the rich landscapes of rice fields and gorges that surround Ubud. Take a whitewater rafting trip down the Ayung River, which races through a vertiginous valley complete with waterfalls, beaches, carvings, and lush forest. Most tours include a buffet lunch. Alternatively, roar through rice paddies, bamboo forest, and along rivers on an ATV 4-wheeler, hike through tropical green rice terraces, or pedal a bike (or e-bike) along country lanes and through tranquil villages.

Evening: Flavorful Feasts

Sample the tangy, herbal flavors of Balinese cuisine. Try a cooking class, some of which allow you to learn from locals in their home and eat with the family. You can also stroll the streets on a walking food tour, or feast on a 6-course tasting menu overlooking a racing river. Finally, you’d be remiss not to squeeze in one of Bali’s world-famous spa treatments. Unwind with a classic massage, a traditional flower bath, or an Indonesian “lulur” ritual.

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Bali White Water Rafting

Bali White Water Rafting

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Choose between a morning or afternoon departure time, then shoot down the Ayung River in a raft on this eco-adventure in Bali. With your expert adventure guides, paddle along the river and learn about the native flora and fauna. See hidden waterfalls and jump in to cool off in the refreshing waters. Pull up on the banks of the river for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant with stunning views of the surrounding jungle. All safety equipment is included. Upgrade to include private or shared round-trip transportation from your accommodation.
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  • 5 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.50
Price varies by group size
From
$22.50
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Bali Quad Bike Adventure

Bali Quad Bike Adventure

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Ride off the beaten track during your Bali vacation aboard your own all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Climb onto a quad bike and follow an experienced guide along a challenging track, suitable for all skill levels. Motor past a picturesque landscape of rice fields, bamboo forest, and lush riverside flanked by traditional Balinese villages. Showers, lunch, refreshments, and round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.50
Price varies by group size
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$42.50
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Downhill Bali Hidden Cycling Tour

Downhill Bali Hidden Cycling Tour

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Bali’s steep slopes and looming volcanoes can be a challenge for amateur cyclists, but this half-day downhill bike tour ensures the most spectacular views with minimal effort. Pedal your way down the Kintamani volcano, through the UNESCO-listed rice terraces and the handicraft villages of Ubud, then re-fuel with a delicious lunch or dinner.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

Half-Day Electric Bike Tour of Ubud

Half-Day Electric Bike Tour of Ubud

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Discover Ubud’s picturesque surroundings on an electric bicycle tour including a Balinese lunch. On your electric bike, you’ll need to exert only as much effort as you choose to visit the UNESCO-listed Tegalalang Rice Terraces and pass local villages cradled by Ubud’s verdant plantations. During intermittent stops, you’ll listen to informative commentary from your guide and enjoy a delicious Balinese lunch before drop-off at your Ubud hotel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.11
From
$44.11
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Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud

Private Traditional Balinese Cooking Experience and Garden Tour in Ubud

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Cook and eat with a Balinese family in their traditional walled compound. This private half day experience provides an authentic look at local life in a village just north of Ubud. Travel by private vehicle through terraced foothills and discover Balinese spices and other ingredients from the family garden. Learn to use a traditional wood-fired oven to cook several dishes, then enjoy your creations for lunch or dinner.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.39
Price varies by group size
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$65.39
Price varies by group size
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Private 6-Course Romantic Candlelight Dinner Overlooking Ubud Valley

Private 6-Course Romantic Candlelight Dinner Overlooking Ubud Valley

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Enjoy an intimate evening with this candlelit dining experience in Ubud. You’ll have a choice of menus, including halal, with and without seafood, with and without beef, and vegetarian and vegan. The 6-course meal may include dishes such as pan-seared scallops, smoked salmon on crispy prawn toast, pan-seared beef loin with vegetables, and crepes Suzette with chocolate. The dinner also includes a bottle of Balinese sparkling wine and the release of two white doves.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.47
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$138.47

Half-Day Ubud Electric Bike Tour to Tirta Empul Water Temple

Half-Day Ubud Electric Bike Tour to Tirta Empul Water Temple

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The landscapes around Ubud make for spectacular cycling, but between the steep hills and the steamy climate it pays to choose an electric bicycle. Avoid central Ubud’s traffic-choked roads on this convenient guided e-bike tour. After pickup from your hotel, set off through emerald rice terraces, charming villages, and rustic temples to your final destination, the sacred springs of Tirta Empul Temple. Finally, enjoy a Balinese lunch.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.29
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$51.29
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Ubud Ricefield Trekking Tour (with Coffee Break)

Ubud Ricefield Trekking Tour (with Coffee Break)

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Enjoy a leisurely trek through the beautiful rice fields of Ubud on this 6-hour private tour. Your guide accompanies you on the Campuhan Ridge walk, which boasts gorgeous hillside views of the region. Then see the renowned Tegalalang rice terraces and enjoy a coffee break on the outskirts of Ubud. Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.00
Price varies by group size
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$43.00
Price varies by group size

Half-Day Ubud Heritage Food Tour

Half-Day Ubud Heritage Food Tour

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From the rice paddies to the plate, learn about Balinese cuisine on this small-group tour from Ubud. Sample your way through local cuisine like savory shredded chicken and sumptuous stir-fried noodles as you head through a local market and onward to the countryside where the ingredients originated. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off and enough food to leave you feeling satisfied.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.75
Price varies by group size
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$69.75
Price varies by group size

Traditional Balinese Spa with free hotel transfer

Traditional Balinese Spa with free hotel transfer

A Balinese massage truly is a highlight of any Bali vacation. Dodge the expense of the hotel spa and the quality risks of booking on the street by reserving a massage ahead of time. Then just simply relax as your expert therapist releases tensions, works out knots, drains away any post-flight swelling, and lifts your mind. Your package includes door-to-door round-trip transfers and is bookable for groups as large as 12.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.54
Price varies by group size
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$61.54
Price varies by group size