close at hand
These begin at dawn with a guided tour of a nearby market where guests can handpick the ingredients needed to cook an Indonesian feast back at Amankila.
Amankila maintains two bales beyond the resort, both in spectacular locations. These are ideally situated for a picnic after a jeep ride, trek or cycle through the countryside. Tirta Sari Bale is located in the hills of East Bali with postcard views over rice fields, banana trees and Amuk Bay. Bale Abian Canang (‘Garden of Offerings’) is also set high on a hill and overlooks coconut plantations and Indrakila Hill on which Amankila resides. The ocean and coastal views stretch to Nusa Penida and even Lombok on a clear day. The scenic drive to Bale Abian Canang takes 15 minutes through Ulakan, a traditional village where guests can experience the real Bali as locals go about their daily life.
Excursions can be arranged to several nearby Balinese villages famed for their crafts. In Sidemen, textiles from Bali and all over the archipelago can be purchased in an idyllic countryside setting. In Tenganan, there’s more on offer than the rare double ikat cloth. From simple wooden tables set out along the main town walkway boys sell lontar-leaf calendars coloured with the resin of macadamia nuts. Painted wooden eggs, masks, bamboo hats and wayang puppets hang from shop walls and woven baskets are of the finest quality.
In Kamasan, just south of Klungkung, a distinctive style of Balinese art is produced. Kamasan-style painting makes use of figures resembling the puppets of wayang kulit, Bali’s shadow puppet theatre. In the village of Budakling at the foot of Mount Agung meanwhile, a number of goldsmiths and silversmiths have produced intricate temple crafts and containers for generations. Handicrafts and souvenirs can be found in the village of Candi Dasa, just a few minutes’ drive from Amankila, and in recent years, a few shops selling exquisite jewellery have also opened in the area.
East Bali offers some of the island’s finest trekking, ranging from walks through rural villages, tropical forest and terraced rice fields, to mountain climbs and temple visits. Amankila’s guides are experts on the local terrain.
Amankila provides a number of full-suspension mountain bikes for guest use. Countryside trips can be arranged to the many villages around Amankila. The cycling route beginning in the village of Budakeling is one of the most popular, passing by the Water Palace of Tirta Gangga, emerald green rice terraces, quiet villages and the King’s Palace, before ending alongside the Water Palace of Ujung. Guides are available for personalised tours.
white water rafting
An exhilarating rafting excursion on the Telaga Waja River in Karangasem challenges the brave at heart. Classified as a Class IV river (Class III being the easiest) the trip starts in Muncan and takes on rapids down a gentle gradient towards the coast. The excursion takes approximately one full day.
The Bakas Elephant Camp program offers the possibility to ride an elephant while relaxing on a teak chair placed on its back. Rides of different lengths are available.
Ride along the volcanic sands and through the crashing waves of Saba Beach. Take in the Balinese life - pass by local temples and onto the wide sandy beach, with Nusa Penida Island and the silhouette of the great Gunung Agung volcano in the distance. The Saba Bay Stables are located 40 minutes from Amankila. They offer horses and ponies to suite all levels of experience.
bali safari and marine park
Home to more than 50 animal species including endangered specimens, the Bali Safari and Marine Park combines a Balinese cultural ambience with an African Savannah experience. Wander through the jungle in a Safari like jeep and have the opportunity to witness Sumatran elephants, Sumatran tigers, white tigers, leopards, komodo dragons, cheetah, hippos and many more intriguing creatures in their natural habitat. Elephant and camel rides are also available, along with different animal shows that feature audience participation. Suitable for guests of all ages.
The waters of East Bali boast some of the most beautiful scuba diving sites in Indonesia. Amankila offers information on all dive sites in the area and can easily arrange daily dive trips for certified divers and introductory dives and PADI courses for novices. A local dive company offers a custom designed dive boat with a very experienced crew. Alternatively, choose a dive from Amankila’s boat (Aman XVI) for a tailor-made, private dive experience.