Water Palaces: Ujung and Tirta Gangga

East of Bali: Ujung - Goa Lawah - Tirta Gangga - Kusamba Salt Makers.
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  • Meet one of the last artisanal salt producers in Kusamba.
  • Stroll around the splendid Tirta Gangga water palace.
  • Get off the beaten track with Ujung’s floating palace.
  • Set your own pace and freely manage your time.
  • Private car with an experienced and very caring driver.
  • Lunch non-included: eat where you desire!
Full day trip by car with private driver

Follow your private driver, to discover the wonders of the eastern Bali, from the essentials to the underrated sites.

He will pick you up at 9 a.m. at your accommodation with his comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle to drive you along the different steps of your day (each are distant from each other by a 5 to 20 minutes drive, except between Goa Lawah and Ujung where it takes about an hour away). You can count on his soft driving and his knowledge of the island to choose roads bordered with authentic villages and gorgeous landscapes.

You will first explore the surprising Goa Lawah, dearly loved by the Balinese with its thousands of bats. A few steps away from there you will meet one of the last artisanal salt producer in Kusamba, a very authentic coastal village.

You will then enjoy strolling around the gorgeous and remarkably well maintained gardens of Ujung Floating Palace and the impressive Tirta Gangga Water Palace.

You will be back at your accommodation late in the afternoon or early in the evening depending on its location, the traffic conditions and the time spent on each place of interest.


The second jewel of east Bali.

True wonder of the eastern Bali but still surprisingly very little visited by travellers, Ujung Floating Palace was built upon request of the king of Amlapura in 1921. Severely damaged during the hearth quake in 1979, this palace has since then undergone a sumptuous restoration and currently presents several gardens and lodges of relaxing harmony.

You will have the chance to relax in this very peaceful and remarkably maintained site (nothing sticks out!) and to contemplate the finely crafted relics of the original palace, henceforth surrounded by charming ponds and terraces.

Recommended visit duration: 45 to 60 minutes.

Goa Lawah

The legendary bats cave.

The legend goes that the god Naga Basuki – the giant snake protecting the balance of the earth according to the Hindus – is said to live in the cave of the Goa Lawah temple. It is said to eat the thousands of bats inhabiting the place. Besides, the cave is supposed to be connected to Besakih temple via an underground river. However nobody actually dared to enter to verify this fact.

Over 1000 years old, Goa Lawah is part of the 9 protective temples of Bali. You will have the chance to observe numerous believers who come to engage in private prayers at the cave’s entrance where hundreds of bats suspended to the cave walls are creating a rather special atmosphere.

Recommended visit duration: 30 minutes.

Tirta Gangga

An atypical palace in a charming setting.

Tirta Gangga is a truly not to be missed step of any travel in Bali. This “Water Palace” – built by the king of Amlapura in 1948 – is a splendid green haven of rare elegance and fineness.

You will inevitably enjoy strolling around its three carps and water lilies populated ponds, while admiring dozens of sculptures with expressive faces, finely-worked stone bridges and following the platforms as if you were walking on water!

You will also have the opportunity to refresh yourself next to the numerous water fountains and to relax in a pond that is dedicated to bathing.

Recommended visit duration: 45 to 60 minutes.

Kusamba Salt Makers

Discover an ancestral process.

Truly authentic jewel, Kusamba is a small coastal village where inhabitants still make a living from fishing and from the artisanal production of a renowned salt, famous for its crystal-clear whiteness and its exceptional taste.

Go to the encounter of one of the last producers and witness the astonishing transformation of seawater into really photogenic salt crystals. Upon arrival, he will happily have a break to explain you the production process and your driver will deal with translating the conversation.

If you feel like doing so, you could help this producer by buying one of his samples as a souvenir.

Recommended visit duration: 30 minutes.