Excursion

Balinese Cultural Experience

Balinese culture comes into focus with this adventure, which takes you to a hall of justice, a floating temple and, perhaps most memorably, to a dance school, where you will watch children perform traditional Balinese dances.

  • Code
    BOA-E
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 6½ hours
Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

On board your air-conditioned motor coach, you will pass small villages on your way to Semarapura, located approximately 90 minutes from the pier. Arriving in town, explore Kerta Gosa Justice Hall, which has functioned essentially as the supreme court of the Klungkung Kingdom since 1700. Like the supreme courts in the U.S., disputes and cases that could not be settled at the village level would be brought to Kerta Gosa to be mediated. In addition to its significance from a legal standpoint, the hall is important architecturally, as it is a superb example of Klungkung design.

Not far from Kerta Gosa is Bale Kambang, known simply as the Floating Pavilion. Once functioning as a king’s guard headquarters, the open-sided pavilion indeed appears to float on a lily pad-dotted pond.

From here, make your way through the lush countryside and past villages to the village of Blahbatu. Here, you will enjoy a short visit to the village temple.

A highlight of your village experience is your stop at the Sudi Dance School, where children will treat you to a dance performance while you enjoy a beverage and light snack.

Your Balinese cultural discovery concludes as you make a stop at Kemenuh Village, where you will see woodcarvers at work.

Important Notes:
It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. A sarong and sash for your temple visit will be provided. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.