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Carl Ottersen 7 Days Bali

  • Seven Days in Bali

    The Island of the Gods Tour

April • May • June 2017

This tour will run once a month. Right now we are keeping the actual start dates flexible so that we can fit in with your own travel intentions. Once we have 4 confirmed participants, we will block the date.

US$ 2650 per participant

US$ 375 discount for a companion. To view the terms of booking and to reserve a place, please scroll down to the form at the end of this page.

Group Size

The target group size is from 8 to 12 participants, so that the experience and training is personal. We need a minimum of 4 participants to confirm the tour is a 'go'.

Full Package

Excellent 3-4 star, family run hotel stays, with full amenities for relaxing at the end of the day. Dining in high quality local places with varied menus to suit all palates.

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.


Of course you can bring your companion with you! With our local partners we have created a number of interesting and rewarding activities for them to fully enjoy the time too.


This is the dry season so, though it does rain from time to time. In the plains it is hot, but up high, as we will be, it is very cold at night, even close to freezing, so bring a mix of clothes.


Energetic but not mountain climbing. You do have to be in reasonable health, capable of one hour hikes up hills. Do bring good walking shoes.

Tour Program

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?

Photos from tours in Bali


We provide shuttle from/to Bali's main airport, tour transport, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, light refreshments and soft drinks, museum passes and other related tickets. For indoor photography we have reflectors and light boxes. All fees quoted are inclusive of taxes.

Don't forget!

Other than your digital camera (any type will do) you should bring several lenses, a sturdy tripod and ideally a shutter release cable. There is a fair amount of walking, some in rough patches, so wear sensible shoes and casual clothes with lots of pockets. The sun can be strong; light headgear might be good for some.


If you do not have or do not want to bring a PC with you, we can arrange for you to use one locally. If you do not have imaging software on your computer, we can provide you with a free copy that has basic functionality. If you don’t bring a tripod we have some spares. If you are using a Canon DSLR then we also have some extra lenses.

Reserve your place on this tour

Once we receive your request we will call and email you to confirm details.


Bookings are made directly with the photographer. For more details please contact Carl Ottersen by email to carl.ottersen@gmail.com.


  • 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.
  • By credit card or bank wire transfer.


  • 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.

Registration Form

Just to be clear, filling in and sending this form does not commit you to anything or any payment until the booking is confirmed, which will be done with the photographer directly after you both have spoken and agreed everything.

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Carl Ottersen

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.

Read more about Carl and his photo tours
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