When planning your vacation to Bali, take a peek at the remote town of Tabana. In recent years, the magical land of Bali has become busier. Tourists pack the larger cities during the high season, and while the stunning beauty of this lush jungle island is worth a visit in even the busiest times of the year, sometimes you just want to get away from it all. If this is what you’re looking for, Tabanan is the place to be.
The town of Tabanan in the west of Bali is known for rolling green hills and black sand beaches. This area has been untouched by development until recent years. Even now, however, construction has been limited to preserve the beautiful hills and rice fields of the Tabanan Regency.
Lush foliage, verdant hills and untouched wilderness surround the town. As you move closer to the beach, wind, sun, and the wash of the surf combine create a soothing ambience.
Tabanan is on the road from Denpasar to Western Bali, less than an hour’s drive from the airport. This idyllic rural town features accommodations for travelers on any budget. You can stay a night at a local homestay for less than 25$ a night, or book a stay at a five-star hotel and resort with all the amenities for under 300$.
Tabanan is best known for Mount Batukaru, the second-highest mountain peak in Bali. Batukaru is an extinct volcano, forested to the peak. It is a gentler climb than Mount Agung and features a number of places to camp, explore, and trek through the wilderness. You can find an experienced guide for a day trip up Mount Batukaru for less than 80$. Depending on the route you take up the mountain, this trip can be strenuous or relaxing, so it helps to have someone familiar with the area. With the direction of a guide, you can tailor your experience to your desires.
But you don’t need to be a mountain lover to enjoy your stay at Tabanan. The town hosts a golf course and driving range, a butterfly park, and a number of traditional Balinese temples and historical sites. Coffee plantations line the road from Antosari and Pupuan, each offering the chance to buy some of Bali’s finest fresh roasted coffee beans. If you’re looking for a taste of authentic Balinese culture, the Tabanan night market is the place to experience it. And for those who just want to put their feet up and soak in the sun, the beach resorts at Yeh Gangga are perfect places to have a cocktail and watch the sunset.
Come to Tabanan for a taste of the undiscovered Bali.
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