Seven Days in Bali
The Island of the Gods Tour
Photo tour led by Carl Ottersen
in partnership with Vickar Adam
Bali is famous the world over. This perfumed island of the gods, its volcanoes wreathed by smoky mists, its green sparkling rice fields cascading down hill sides, the abundance of flowers, food for the gods as they sit in orange brick and grey stone temples, the gentle, jangling sound of brass gongs, the surge of surf against dark rocks above which ancient pagodas gaze over the ocean: Bali is more than an image, it is a sensation, an experience, an awakening.
Touring Bali is simply ideal for the photographer, with the light and shadow playing off its steep mountains and rolling hills, its forests and fields, eternally present touch of man and his gods. Bali is much touristified. This tour is deliberately designed to stay away from the usual places so you can photograph the original Bali; when we are at one, we should be there and gone before the pariwisata coaches arrive. These five days are much about stopping to photograph the natural scenery and local life as it is to see the places mentioned. You will learn and practice several photographic techniques: composition, street photography, unusual angles, portraits, film/shutter/aperture combinations, depth of field, using light and many others. Photo skills will be reviewed "as-you-go" and also at the end of the day so you get the best from these opportunities. At the end of the day you will also have something to see and enjoy, always with photography in mind.
Settling in • Seminyak
Everyone is going to arrive at different times, so this is a very relaxed day, for settling in and getting to meet each other. Before dinner we will have an orientation session and a walk around Seminyak as it comes alive for the night, with dinner in a fine restaurant. Afterwards, cameras and tripods at the ready, we will visit some of Kuta’s famous places by night.
Day One • East
The tour begins at dark, so you can be on the sands of Sanur at dawn to watch the sunrise. Seeing the same, Nehru coined the phrase “Bali is the morning of the world”. From here we head to Serangan, for breakfast,to see an ancient temple, a fishing village and a turtle farm, then on to the beach at Masceti and lunch. In the afternoon we visit on of two traditional villages (either Kamasan or Tengangan) and the saltmakers at Sukasada before heading up north to Lempuyang to see a tremendous sunset over the island coast. We head back to dump the bags, have a massage, dine and chill out in splendor at the hotel.
Day Two • Center
The beauty of dawn starts at the front steps of the hotel, with magnificent views over ricefields and nature. We head for the heart of Bali, to its ancient places in deep gorges and glens; places like Goa Garba and Yeh Pulu, After lunch we visit a terraced temple called Pura Kehen and Penglipuran, a traditional village nearby. Sunset is at Bukit Jambu, just by where we stay the night.
Day Three • North
Another very early rise to see the dawn at Tamblingan. Then up the hill and over its summit, with more shooting locations as we go, to the village of Munduk, which is a simple farming village with its own glorious vistas and waterfalls. From here we head for the northern coast of Bali, passing by a Buddhist temple and hot water springs, both a delight for photo shoots. The day ends with sunset over the coast at Umeanyar, with a wonderful dinner in Lovina, where we stay the night.
Day Four • North West
Dawn sees us back at the top of the hill, overlooking lakes and volcanoes. We sweep around to the beautiful ricefields of Jati Luwih, then up the slopes of Batukaru to visit an ancient temple, swathed in moss and mist. By sunset we arrive at an exquisite lodge at Palasari, where you can relax and enjoy the cool night air.
Day Five • West
There are more natural landscapes at Palasari that shine in the early morning light. Once breakfast is done we go to the villages on the western coast, to see a special version of bull running, a traditional village with its artisans and, as the sun goes down, brightly colored fishing boats resting at peace in a calm bay. After that, we complete this busy stay with a good dinner before crashing out in our hotel in Seminyak.
Add two days and travel to Lembongan!
The islands of Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan lie off to the southeast of Bali. Other than for surfers and birdwatchers, these islands are almost ‘off the map’ when it comes to tourism. Spend two days and nights here, photographing surfers and seaweed farmers, natural life in simple villages, the crash of waves on cliffs and coves, white beaches and golden sunsets. Who needs more?
Reserve your place on this tour
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Bookings are made directly with the photographer. For more details please contact Carl Ottersen by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fees are exclusive of your own travel to and from Bali.
- Fees do not cover international travel and medical insurance.
- 50% to be paid on confirmed booking.
- Balance of 50% paid at least 45 days before the tour start date.
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- 100% refund if made 30+ days before the tour start date.
- 50% refund if made 15+ days before the tour start date.
- 25% refund if made 7+ days before the tour start date.
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Carl offers photo tours in Italy and Indonesia. He is the author of six books, mostly on travel, which are full of wonderful photographs. His photographs and articles have been published in several travel magazines and travel related websites. Carl also has an ongoing exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia in partnership with JW Marriott to promote educational support for children.