Austin Adventures - Bali - Life is Good Vacations
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Apr 13, 2019
  • From $4,498 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Life is Good Vacations and Michael Franti’s Soulshine Bali invite you to experience an adventure that makes living in the moment the place to be. Bali’s a paradise for retreat-seekers and thrill-hunters alike, which you’ll discover firsthand as you unplug, refresh, and meditate on sunshine among the island’s famous landscapes. It’s where you’ll greet each morning with sunrise yoga and continue your days exploring local villages, biking through greener-than-green rice paddies, and making lifelong friends over conversation and cocktails. Through it all, you’ll go with the flow, dance, and play, and balance fun-in-the-sun with long-lasting gratitude.

  • Specials & Unique Trips
  • New Trips of 2019!
  • Asia & Pacific Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Cultural/History
About
This Tour
Imagine waking up to a Balinese sunrise and practicing yoga in a rooftop open air studio with a gentle morning breeze. This is the way you’ll start off every day of your Life is Good Vacation at Soulshine Bali! We invite you to join us on a Bali retreat of a lifetime where you’ll explore villages, meet the locals and bike through rice terraces by day and feed your soul with acoustic guitar, lifelong friendships, and dancing by night. We invite you to experience Bali at Michael Franti’s oasis of yoga, soul and rock n’ roll on this eight-day Indonesia Adventure!
  • Spend seven blissful nights at Soulshine Bali, Michael Franti's Indonesia getaway, nestled between ancient rice terraces, temples and a lush jungle landscape
  • Explore the old royal palace in Singaraja with its impressive library of lontar – palm leaf - manuscripts as well as the area around the old harbour with its many historic storehouses
  • Discover the soul of the island typically hidden from travelers by meeting and interacting with local artists at their homes and in their workshops
  • Pedal through jaw-dropping landscapes of stunning terraced rice fields as you ride electric mountain bikes off the main tourist track
  • Meet the locals in the lakeside village of Songan as you trek past homes on your way to a magnificent view of Lake Batur and the Indian Ocean
  • Choose between activities like roasting coffee, coconut oil making, planting rice and learning traditional Balinese dance on a visit to Penarungan Village
 
Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Bali Vacation
Photo: Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Bali Vacation

I would rate this trip as one of my best vacations! Our guide was very accommodating & made the experience!

Mike H Floyds Knobs, IN

Wonderful guides, good itinerary, well planned and executed.

Charles S Carmel, CA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Denpasar, Indonesia (DPS)

Day 1: Denpasar Arrival / Ubud
Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Bali Vacation
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: Soulshine Bali
Selamat Datang - Welcome to Indonesia! Upon arrival in Denpasar-Bali, clear immigration and customs. Exit into the arrival area where you will be met and privately transferred to your accommodation in Ubud. Until late in the last century, Ubud was a minor principality subservient to the palaces of Peliatan and Gianyar. Through a series of well-chosen alliances, and the colonial meddling of the Dutch, Ubud prospered and began attracting refugee painters, sculptors, dancers and architects who had fallen out of favor with the other kingdoms. Under the influence of Prince Agung Gede Sukawati, Ubud also attracted Western artists and scholars, such as Miguel and Rose Covarrubias, Margaret Mead and Walter Spies who helped secure Ubud as the cultural and spiritual nucleus of the island. Check into Soulshine Bali, Michael Franti’s oasis of yoga, soul and rock n’ roll! This yoga retreat hotel in Ubud is where we’ll spend our mornings and evenings together over the course of the upcoming week. Enjoy a sunset cocktail and get to know your fellow travelers tonight over a welcome dinner.  
Day 2: Ubud
Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Bali Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Soulshine Bali
Each morning, you’ll have the opportunity to wake up your body with a sunrise yoga class followed by a tasty Indonesian breakfast. Then, we’ll embark on the day’s adventure! Bali; the name alone suggests images of rice paddies and mighty volcanoes. Besides the exotic image the island has built over the years, and its natural attractions, Bali’s soul and character are defined by its people. Ubud in the 1930’s became a heaven for artists with the likes of Walter Spies, Miguel Covarrubias and later Antonio Blanco and Arie Smit. The island has been a magnet for the arts with Ubud as its epicenter. You’ll be met at Soulshine this morning for today's special experience: A day in the life of a Balinese artist. One of the most remarkable ways of discovering Bali is through its people and the unique art forms the island is known for the world over. We invite you to join us in a memorable trip to the soul of the island. Meeting local artists at their homes and workshops we open the door to a world that is normally hidden from the sight of travelers. You can buy an art piece in a showroom but how about meeting the masters themselves. We always dream about a chance to meet interesting local people; we will give you the opportunity of meeting some local maestros and then having a meal (lunch) with a host family in a real Balinese home. Later tonight, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant together.
Day 3: Singaraja / Bullian Village / Ubud
Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Bali Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Soulshine Bali
Meaning literally "The Lion King", Singaraja was Bali's capital from the first days of the Majapahit Empire up to Indonesia's independence in 1949. The kings that ruled Singaraja were the foremost kings of Bali, and even during the Dutch rule, when most of today's Singaraja was built, the city retained its position as Bali's cultural and administrative center. Today Singaraja is a charming tropical city of 400,000 people with wide tree-lined avenues bustling with trade and activity. Its many shops and craftsmen serve mainly local customers with hardly a tourist in sight. Besides offering a unique opportunity to experience authentic Balinese city life, the main attraction for visitors is the unassuming old royal palace with its impressive library of lontar – palm leaf  – manuscripts as well as the area around the old harbour with its many historic storehouses. After you've had your fill of Singaraja, early this afternoon you’ll be driven to the village of Bulian in Singaraja, which will allow you a very unique cultural experience. The drive to the village is beautiful, taking you past rice terraces and active volcanoes. Once you arrive at the village, you might observe the young boys and girls of the village learning the traditional Balinese dances and the traditional art of Balinese music. You’ll spend the afternoon as honored guests and joining and learning of age-old traditions and customs. This evening you will be the honored guests of your guide, Komang Wardipa, at his home for dinner and a unique dance performance. Komang and his family will have dinner prepared and special guests attending. After dinner, enjoy the special village celebrations put on for you as honored guests.
Day 4: Ubud
Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Bali Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Soulshine Bali
Today you can opt for a very unique walk around the countryside of Ubud. Your host is a Master of Biology who also happens to be a farmer. He will take you through the beautiful outskirts of Ubud. The trip provides excellent insight into the daily rural life of Bali. After the walk you can do a workshop on how to make some natural products using local ingredients that you encountered on your hike. The 90-minute walk (easy) will also cover a rice-field trek where you can see how Balinese farmers cultivate the land planting rice. Your guide will explain the rice growing process including cultivation, maintenance, harvesting, and preserving the irrigation system as well as the concept of a harmony relationship in the rice field. Moreover, you will also get the explanation of the various types of plants that can be used for daily living. After finishing the walk there will be a 90-minute hands-on workshop where you can make your own beauty product with natural ingredients such as sun protection cream, a facemask or a Balinese healthy scrub. The best part is: you can take it home with you! We will take you to a secluded location for the workshop and a unique lunch among the greenery. Afterwards, there is time to relax at this amazing site and enjoy the sound of the river before heading back to your hotel for some time at leisure. Dinner tonight will be back at Soulshine.
Day 5: Jatiluwih / Ubud
Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Bali Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Soulshine Bali
Today’s adventure involves eco-cycling on electric mountain bikes! Set off from our starting point in Jatiluwih and walk through the rice fields and past rivers where you will see local farmers at work, beautiful natural surroundings and the most stunning rice terraces in Bali. Halfway through the ride you literally go off the beaten path down to the river and through even more amazing natural terrain where you won’t find any other tourists! Visit the artfully decorated local village temple where our guide will explain more about the traditional Hindu beliefs of the people of this land. Near the end, we’ll walk through the village where we visit a traditional Balinese compound where the local guide and farmer will explain more about their traditional life. Enjoy an authentic Balinese lunch at Green Café. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant in town.
Day 6: Muntigunung / Ubud
Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Bali Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Soulshine Bali
This morning we’ll drive up to the hills of North Bali to embark on a spectacular trek that combines culture and people with the beautiful outdoors. High up in the mountain villages of Muntigunung in North East Bali the people have much less privileged lives than most Balinese. By taking people on a beautiful trek we have found a way to generate a way to help support these local families. Upon arrival, depart with your private guide on a three hour hike, which begins at the lakeside village of Songan. Enjoy taking in the scenery and village life along with witnessing part of the island most visitors are not even aware of. Learn about the challenges locals face and more about their day-today lives. You will surely enjoy the tranquility of this remote area and stunning views of Lake Batur and the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a delicious meal and some relaxation on a small resort on the beach before heading back to your resort in Ubud late this afternoon. Dinner tonight will be hosted by Soulshine.
Day 7: Penarungan Village / Ubud
Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Bali Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Soulshine Bali
Penarungan Village is a village in Badung Regency where the locals collaborate together in a community-based tourism program in which they can preserve their culture by teaching local kids dancing and training local youth to play traditional musical instruments. This village also offers experiences in traditional Balinese farming, Balinese dance, offering-making, Balinese cuisine cooking, and more to outside visitors in order to help international visitors better understand and appreciate the beauty and intricacies of Balinese daily life. You will explore Balinese culture by interacting with local villagers, observing their daily routines, and participating in making local foods and arts. Activities include village walks, making Balinese cakes and satay, roasting coffee, coconut oil making, plowing a rice field with the aid of a cow, planting rice, eating a sumptuous Balinese-style lunch, and learning traditional Balinese music and dance. This evening, visit the Peliatan Royal Palace, one of the oldest palaces in Ubud, constructed in 1769 of elaborate design with traditional Balinese architectural concepts. Enjoy a private tour of the palace, with stories of the Balinese king and the kingdom of Ubud. Meet with the Prince of Peliatan Palace for a Balinese royal dinner with plenty of time to talk with the prince.
Day 8: Ubud / Denpasar Departure
Austin Adventures - Soulshine - Life is Good Vacations
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No overnight
After your last yoga class, breakfast and time to relax in the morning, today is the day you’ll say goodbye to beautiful Indonesia. You’ll be transferred to the Denpasar Airport in time for your flight home. Selamat jalan – have a good journey! **Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
Dates, Rates
& Details

Stop daydreaming and start planning your adventure today. Confirmed departure dates and rates are listed below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Not finding what you're looking for? Over 33% of our itineraries are tailored to fit your group or family needs. Feel free to call one of our travel specialists for information on custom trips. Let us plan your next adventure of a lifetime!

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Apr 13, 2019
  • From $4,498 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Apr 13, 2019 - Apr 20, 2019

Recommended Travel Months

CALL (800) 575-1540 for details

Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

An Austin Adventures representative will meet you upon arrival at the Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport. Upon clearing customs, transportation to Soulshine Bali will be provided. On Day 8 you will be transferred from Soulshine Bali to the Denpasar International Airport in accordance with your morning or afternoon flight schedule.

Activities

Walking: 1 to 4 hour guided walking excursions to view forests, rice fields, beaches, temples, mountain villages, and city splendors. Eco-Cycling: 2 hour bike tour using electric bikes on Day 5 of the itinerary visiting the Jatiluwih rice fields. Cultural Visits: This itinerary gets you right in the thick of Bali culture including special visits with Balinese artists, craftsmen, dancers, farmers, school age kids, villagers, and many more local people. The friendly people are what make Bali so special – we feel it’s important to immerse ourselves in Balinese culture by meeting the locals! Yoga: Every morning there will be an opportunity to join your fellow travelers for a yoga session at Soulshine Bali.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price. Included in the Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms at Soulshine Bali.
  • All meals as listed in detailed daily itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Fully trained, English-speaking professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Life is Good T-shirt and luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • All entrance fees.
Not Included in the Trip Price
  • Gratuities.
  • All drinks.
  • Meals as not designated in daily itinerary.
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
 
Photos
Testimonials
Testimonials
With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
As promised, our guides worked tirelessly to ensure that we all were able to do all the activities we were interested in - biking and cultural activities. ” Joy M, Lexington, MA
Always felt taken care of. Trip was well organized and if necessary, was always a good "Plan B". ” Kathy M, Fayetteville, GA
Sure, Bali is unspeakably beautiful and you'll grab amazing photos along your journey, but what I'll always remember is the smiling people and their desire to make us feel right at home during our two-week stay! ” Kasey M, Billings, MT
View More Testimonials

Regions we visit in : , , ...

  • 1. The climate: tropical sun year round makes Bali a must-see for beach lovers.
  • 2. The people: famous for their hospitality, the Balinese celebrate life through ritual and festivity.
  • 3. The scenery: 360 degrees of jaw-dropping landscape from mystical temples, to deep green rice paddies, and hidden waterfalls.
  • 4. Soulshine Bali: Michael Franti's Ubud oasis that is a paradise for retreat-seekers and thrill-hunters alike!
  • 5. The culture: artists, craftsmen, dancers, farmers, kids, villagers and many other locals - you'll interact with them all and learn what makes this island so special!
Travel+Leisure

Travel + Leisure

World's Best Awards

Top Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter for Families

Start planning an
adventure with us!

(800) 575-1540

 

Digital Catalog Request

Please enter your email address to receive your copy of the 2017 Austin Adventures catalog.

catalog-site