Excursions

Kintamani Tour – Socio-cultural and Scenic Attractions of Bali

* Price: 60 EUR (Rp 950.000)

The one-day excursion will highlight scenic attractions and socio-cultural characteristics of Bali. The tour starts with the visit of a traditional Barong and Keris Dance Performance. Balinese dances are famous and the Balinese themselves take them very seriously in the daily life. Afterwards, the tour will lead you to Celuk Village, known for its traditional gold and silver art.
We will then continue to the Pura Tirta Empul Temple (Holy Spring Temple), a Hindu-Balinese water temple at Tampak Siring, which was built more than 1.000 years ago to worship Indra (a Vedic Deity in Hinduism).
Lunch will be offered near Kintamani, a scenic location with view of the active volcano Batur Mount and the Lake Batur View.
The program is rounded off by the visit of Penglipuran, a unique traditional Balinese village where you will get to know local people and their cultural habits and customs.

Tour itinerary
08.00: Pick up at the hotel
09.30: Experiencing Barong and Keris Dance Performance (Trance Dance)
11.00: Visiting Celuk Village for traditional gold and silver art
12.00: Visiting Pura Tirta Empul Temple (Holy Spring Temple)
13.30: Lunch at Kintamani village with view of Mount Batur Volcano and Lake Batur View
15.30: Visiting Penglipuran, a unique traditional Balinese village
17.30: Arriving at the Hotel


Photo: Batur Mount Volcano near Kintamani, ©: Dwi Java


Photo: Pura Tirta Empul Temple, ©: Dwi Java



Bedugul Tanah Lot tour – Hindu temples & agronomic characteristics of Bali

* Price: 55 EUR (Rp 875.000)

The one-day excursion will highlight traditional Hindu temples and specific agronomic characteristics of Bali.
The program includes visiting the temples of Pura Taman Ayun, of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, and of Pura Tanah Lot. The Taman Ayun (means temple of the floating garden, UNESCO Heritage) is considered one of the most beautiful temples of Bali. It was built in 1634 on a river island.
The Ulun Danu Bratan is an important water temple of Bali, dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The temple complex was built in 1663 and is situated on the western banks of the volcanic Lake Bratan in the Bedugul highlands at an altitude of 1239 m.
The Tanah Lot ("Land in the Sea" in the Balinese language) is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple. It sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot was built in the 16th-century and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast and very scenic during sunset.
Further highlights include visiting the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, the largest rice field on Bali and appointed as one of the world heritage sites by the UNESCO. Also, a Bali Coffee Plantation will be visited where you can discover several coffees types including the Bali Kopi Luwak Coffee, digested by an Asian palm civet.

Tour itinerary
08.00: Pick up at hotel
09.00: Visiting Pura Taman Ayun Temple
11.00: Visiting Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
12.00: Lunch at Local Restaurant
14.30: Visiting Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
15.30: Visiting Bali Coffee Plantation
17.30: Visiting Pura Tanah Lot Temple (Sunset)
18.30: Back to hotel


Photo: The Pura Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, ©: Dwi Java


Photo: The Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, ©: Dwi Java



The Bali Botanical Garden and Hindu temples

* Price: 50 EUR (Rp 825.000)

The one-day excursion will highlight the Botanical Garden and two traditional Hindu temples of Bali. The Bali Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in Indonesia. It is located in the mountainous region of Bedugul, central Bali. The Garden was established in July 1959 and is situated around 1300 meters above the sea level overlooking Bratan Lake and the Pura Ulun Danu Temple on the slopes of Tapak Hill. The Garden contains more than 2.400 species, representing various species from mountainous areas of eastern Indonesia. Attractions include a large orchid display, a bamboo garden, a cactus greenhouse, a fern garden, traditional Balinese medicinal and ceremonial plants, and one of the world's largest begonia collections.
From the Botanical Garden, the tour continues to the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple. It is an important water temple on Bali, dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The temple complex was built in 1663 and is situated on the western banks of the volcanic Lake Bratan in the Bedugul highlands at an altitude of 1239 m.
The excursion is rounded off by the visit of the Pura Tanah Lot temple. The Tanah Lot ("Land in the Sea" in the Balinese language) is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple. It sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot was built in the 16th-century and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast and very scenic during sunset.

Tour itinerary
08.00: Pick up at hotel
10.00: Visiting Bedugul Botanical Garden
13.00: Lunch at Local Restaurant
14.30: Visiting Lake Bratan with is floating temple Pura Ulun Danu
17.30: Visiting PuraTanah Lot Temple
18.30: Back to hotel


Photo: The Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, ©: Dwi Java


Photo: The Tanah Lot Temple, ©: Dwi Java



West Bali National Park

* Price: 90 EUR (Rp 1.500.000)

The West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat in Bahasa Indonesia) is the most north-westerly point of Bali. The official area inside the park boundaries is 190 square kilometers, with a further 580 square kilometers of protected reserve in the highlands to the east. In total this accounts for some ten percent of Bali's total land area. The Park was established as an Indonesian National Park in 1941.
Landscape
The park covers a large variety of landscapes including rainforest, dry savanna, acacia scrub and lowland forests, as well as more montane forests in the higher center. There are also some pockets of dense mangrove forest. There are several long extinct volcanoes in the protected reserve area to the east, with Mount Patas (1.412 m) and Mount Merbuk (1.388 m) being the highest points. These peaks are dominant visual landscape features from within every area of the park.
Flora and fauna
One hundred and sixty species of birds have been recorded in the park, including the near extinct Bali Starling, Bali's only endemic vertebrate species. Mammals found inside the park include Banteng (Bos javanicus), a wild cattle from which the domestic cattle of Bali cows descend. Both Javan rusa (Rusa timorensis), a deer native to the islands of Indonesia and East Timor and Indian Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), also called red muntjac or barking deer - a common muntjac deer species in South and Southeast Asia - are quite widespread. Wild boar and leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) are both quite common but seldom encountered.
The excursion is rounded off by the visit of the Pura Pulaki Temple, a sacred Balinese Hindu temple. The Pura Pulaki is part of a group of sea temples, set around the island to form a chain of temples which protect the island.

Tour itinerary
07.00: Pick up at hotel
09.15: Visiting West Bali National Park
13.30: Lunch at local restaurant
14.30: Visiting Pura Pulaki Temple
16.30: Back to hotel through Munduk, a picturesque village in the center of Bali
19.00: Arriving at hotel

Jambi – EFForTS integrative experiments

* Price: 340 EUR (including flight to Jambi, hotel accommodation and local transportation)

The two-day excursion (three days including the transfer from Bali to Jambi) will highlight the integrative experiments of EFForTS.
On Friday the excursion will visit the Biodiversity Enrichment Experiment in oil palm plantations (EFForTS-BEE, http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/412084.html) at PT Humusindo. This long-term experiment was set up in December 2013 to evaluate the role of tree diversity and habitat size on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
On Saturday, the excursion will focus on the Oil palm management experiment at PTPN VI, a state-owned company, where also the meteorological tower is established (http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/oil+palm+management+experiment+%28at+ptpn+vi%29/584053.html). The experiment started in 2017. The overall goal is to evaluate whether alternatives to current oil palm nutrient and weed management can contribute to reducing the negative impact of this land-use system on ecosystem services while maintaining current production levels.

Tour itinerary
Thursday, October 11, 2018: Arrival in Jambi

Friday, October 12, 2018
08.00: Pick up from hotel
11.00: Welcome at PT Humusindo
12.00: Lunch at PT Humusindo
13.00: Visiting of B11 experimental sites
16.00: Back to hotel
18.30: Arrival at hotel

Saturday, October 13, 2018
08.00: Pick up from hotel
09.30: Welcome at PTPN VI
10.00: Visiting the climate tower
11.00: Visiting the oil palm management experiment
13.00: Lunch at PTPN VI
15.30: Arrival at hotel and / or departure to Jakarta International Airport


Photo: The B11 enrichment experiment at PT Humusindo, Jambi, Indonesia. ©: Dwi Java


Photo: The Oil palm management experiment at PTPN VI, Jambi, Indonesia ©: Dwi Java



* Please note the rates for excursions are based on the minimum participation of 20 persons per excursion and on the current exchange rate per 09.05.2018 In case we have less participants per excursion and there are strong fluctuations of the exchange rate, we might have to contact you and ask for an adjustment of the payment issued.