Here is a list of things to do when in Sidemen Bali.
Most of our activities can be reached within 1 hour from our villa.
Ubud is the cultural centre of Bali. You will find lots of good restaurants, cafes and streets of shops, many selling goods from the region's artisans. It's a shopping mecca with many tourists...
Ubud Travel Guide has lots of information about Ubud.
Bali Asli restaurant and cooking school has quickly become an institution here in East Bali. It was started just a few years ago by an Australian chef, Penelope Williams.
It is a cooking school that wants to show it’s guests “a day in the life of…”, which means that apart from the famous cooking school you can choose between different activities like fishing in a jukung canoe, learn how to plant rice or plough with a cow etc.
Traditional Balinese cooking class:
Discover the secrets of authentic Balinese food right here in Sidemen.
Our cooking class will show you the traditional way of cooking Balinese food using a traditional Balinese style kitchen.
We cook on wood-fired, mud brick stoves which brings out the original flavors of Bali food.
You can choose a vegetarian or non vegetarian cooking class.
Besakih, the largest holiest site in Bali, is known as the Mother Temple of Bali. Besides being the most important temple for the whole of the island, another attraction of Besakih is its dramatic location on the slopes of Mount Agung.
The Balinese consider Mount Agung to be the center of the world. All temples in Bali point towards Mount Agung.
The Mother Temple of Besakih, with its uncountable steps, solemnly wait for the arrival of the gods and the goddesses, for when they step down from heaven, they come to Besakih by way of Mt. Agung.
The temple is comprised of 3 main complexes dedicated to the Hindu Trinity. It was built during the late 8th century AD.
A 30 minutes drive from Villa Sidemen will take you there.
Some of the best diving and snorkeling in Bali are within comfortable reach.
Local dive masters are available to teach beginners and challenge experienced divers – all equipment is new and professionally maintained.
The real Bali:
Our ambition is to show our guests the real Bali, a Bali that cannot be found in Kuta, Sanur or Nusa Dua.
We want to show you how the Balinese in Sideman live and work, how they worship their gods, their ceremonies, how they work in the rice fields, the busy market in the mornings, the children in school.
We will also show you a Balinese home where you will be able to ask the family directly about their life and you will be taught how to make canang, these small baskets for ceremonies that you can see everywhere in Bali.
Beautiful mountains are right out our front door. If hiking is on your list of “things to do,” then you might want to have a go at Mt. Agung (3031 meters), Bali’s toughest trekking challenge.
Local guides can lead you to the mountain top, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the island. If you want to see the sunrise, you will need to start at about 02.00 AM.
Mangku Mastra is a holyman who lives here in Sideman. He has developed and introduced chakra massage and chakra yoga in Sidemen.
It has been described as a life changing experience and you can now enjoy this in Villa Sidemen, the perfect place for this.
If you are looking for a new experience, not just massage or yoga then you should consider this. It will give you a unique spiritual journey to discover and explore the energies of both your mind and body.
Goa Lawah/Bat Cave:
Goa Lawah is a shrine cave where thousands of bats have a nest inside the cave.
It is one of the biggest temples in Bali and the location is conveniently situated beside the main road from Denpasar to Candidasa.
It is about 40 minutes from Villa Sidemen, but we recommend a stop here when on your way to or from us, as it just a short detour if you come from Ubud or the airport.
Rice Field Trekking:
The Sideman Valley is blessed with stunningly beautiful rice fields.
And you don’t need a car to enjoy them, just step outside Villa Sidemen and within a few minutes you are in the middle of a beautiful scenery where time seems to have stopped.
There are no roads here and the farmers still work on the fields in the same way they did hundreds of years ago.
This picture is from afar.com they have a good description about the rice fields in Sideman.
Tenganan Village, the oldest Balinese Traditional Village:
The Balinese village of Tenganan is located close to Candidasa just 45min drive from Villa Sidemen.
Its society life pattern represents one example of Bali Aga Village culture (Hindu Pre) which is different from the rest of Bali.
Unda River has a safe, exciting, and thrilling White Water Rafting experience with grade 2-4 rapids.
Take in the spectacular scenery and witness the daily life of the local villagers while traveling through rice fields and ancient rain forests.
Sideman is famous as centre of Endek and Songket weaving, the clothes are not for everyday use, only worn on special occasions like weddings etc.
The workshops, of which there are several in Sideman, produce some of the finest Endek and Songket in Bali and it is exported all over the world.
OK, this will take a little more than 1 hour to reach, but the panorama of Mount Batur set in a huge volcanic crater basin is spectacular.
But beware, Kintamani has many aggressive hasslers… Go in the morning as it’s often overcast in the afternoon.
Tirtagangga Water Palace
Just outside Amlapura lies the Tirta Gangga Water Palace, a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues.
This one hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangasem, but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963. It has been carefully restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence of bygone days.
White Sand Beach:
There are many beaches in Bali. Our favorite beach in Bali is Pasir Putih ( White Sand Beach ) that is set about 1 hour from Sideman. It's a hidden away beach that is mentioned in most guidebooks but few people ever bother getting to it because it involves a bit of traveling to reach. You can see the beach in this video.
It’s a lovely beach with good squeaky sand. The setting really is stunning and there are beach umbrellas and deckchairs should you want them. A few warungs at the northern end of the beach will feed you, while the southern end is given over to the local fishermen’s boats.
The warungs are cheap and friendly, our favorite warung serves a delicious fish, grilled Mahi-Mahi, that we recommend you to try. You will get the sunbed for free if you eat here.
Bali Safari & Marine Park:
Enjoy the best safari experience in Bali at the home of hundreds of amazing animals representing over 60 species, including some rare and endangered species such as the Komodo, Orang Utan, and the Bali Mynah.
This is the view from