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“A must do walking tour in Ubud” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bali Off Course

Bali Off Course
Ranked #85 of 349 Tours in Ubud
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Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A must do walking tour in Ubud”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

This was our second time doing this walking tour with Bali Off Course and Wayan and once again we had a fantastic time. Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind to us and it rained the whole time but it did not dampen our enthusiasm for seeing the real Bali via some beautiful scenery amongst the rice fields and coconut trees. Wayan proved once again how professional he is and his knowledge of the area is second to none. As we meandered through the rice fields we would stop for photographs and Wayan would chat to the local farmers going about their day. To leave the hustle & bustle of Ubud behind and to immerse yourself in the farm land is an absolute must do, no matter how little time you may have in Bali. It is a truly unforgettable experience and I might add that Wayan is a masterful gamelan player and we were treated to his talents on the gamelan. Thanks, Wayan, regards from Sue & Andrew.

Visited August 2013
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Hoogstraten, Belgium
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“Beautifull Balinese nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

A family member described the walk with Wayan as a "must do" when in Bali...and he was absolutely right! We had a great time, saw the Balinese jungle, the Rice paddies, Balinese village life... All things you do not see when going on the classical tours. If you intend to go, we advise you to wear long trousers and old sneakers, there are quite some mosquitos and the path is muddy.

Visited June 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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47 reviews
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“Good walk, more information would be great!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

Had a good walk with Wayan through some villages, padi fields, and even a waterfall. Lunch at the end point was nice. For the price paid, more volunteered information about the Balinese way of life and perhaps some structured breaks during the walk as opposed to walking for the sake of walking would be great. Overall it was good.

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“A snapshot of Balinese life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

Our hotel in Ubud put me in touch with Wayan as I wanted to take our three young daughters (aged 10, 7 and 5) through the rice paddies to see a bit more of the "real Bali". I corresponded with Wayan by email from Australia and requested if it would be possible to visit a local school. Wayan replied that the tour could be tailored to suit what we wanted to do. We were picked up efficiently by Nyoman and taken to meet Wayan. We got to go inside one of the village compounds and saw how the offerings were prepared. Wayan was knowledgeable and explained many different aspects of Balinese life. Then it was off to the school which was a wonderful experience. We had taken hampers of textas, pencils, stickers etc to present to the classes, together with a book our local school had made about life back here in Melbourne, Australia. It was lovely to watch our children interact with the Balinese children and just play as children do. Everyone was very welcoming and the kindergarten children sang songs to us and another group of tourists which was delightful. Then it was off to another village where we watched the blacksmiths work. Our children got tired so got to ride in the car with Nyoman while we walked along. We stopped at a roadside stall for drinks and a snack and then headed into the rice fields. The girls loved Wayan and his walking stick. He was very engaging and assisted us all with some of the tricky, muddy bits along the path. The girls enjoyed dancing "Gangham Style" with him. The girls had been throwing leaves into the flowing water chanel to see whose leaf was first. Wayan made a little boat from a leaf to float on the water, which the girls thought was cool. They loved seeing the cows and the "Bali ducks". I assume that Wayan had cut down the walk through the rice fields due to us having the children, but the hour we spent there was sufficient. We visited a coffee plantation which was not our thing since my husband and I don't drink coffee, but the girls liked the hot chocolate. We were then taken to a restaurant for a lovely traditional lunch which my younger two children didn't enjoy as they were tired and didn't really like Indonesian food. However, given the whole point of the tour was to experience real Bali, I don't make this observation as a criticism of Wayan, but just to point out to anyone who chooses to take young children on the tour to be aware that it might be helpful to take more snacks. We throughly enjoyed our tour.

Visited May 2013
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Memphis
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550 reviews
232 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“Walking With Wayan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

We spent an amazing day off the beaten track with Wayan Sumerta, our tour guide. We started in Laplapan, a traditional village about half an hour from our hotel in Ubud. We visited a family, toured their home and watched the preparation of offerings for the day. Then we were off trekking through rice fields. This was a most picturesque area where farmers were harvesting rice fields, women were transporting coconuts balanced on their heads and beautiful brown cows were confined to small sheds to prevent them from destroying the rice fields. We walked uphill and downhill, jungle paths that were steep and slippery, crossed log bridges and walked hilly and flat roads. We saw many folks bathing in the canals. After stopping for a snack, we visited a coffee plantation and tried the famous Luwak Coffee. Look this up! Lunch was included in the tour and it was very tasty. The view was great as well, overlooking a beautiful rice field. We returned to our hotel around 3:30. It was a full and fabulous day.

Visited April 2013
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