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July Yoga Retreat Bali: Cultural & Other Add-Ons.

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At Flametree’s Yoga retreat July, or yoga retreat August 2024, here are some Bali cultural add-ons that you can include in your retreat. Plus, at the end, you can see Flametree’s top value yoga and meditation retreat packages.

In other words, here’s more information about additional cultural and other activities you can build into your Flametree Bali Retreat; before, after, or during.

Obviously, you can also include these tours in any of Flametree’s Pondok Pisang yoga and meditation retreats.

If you’ve come direct to this page, and want to hear more about Flametree Bali retreats, then scroll down towards the bottom of the page, or use the orange retreat link at the top of the page.

Local Bali Culture Tours On Your Free Afternoon

First, for the free afternoon during the retreat, consider making up your own small tour group from those at the retreat.

You can liaise with others at the retreat via the WhatsApp group we’ll all be part of, or you can chat to them at one of the meals.

Then, split the cost of the touring taxi. We suggest you use our local friendly taxi driver, Wayan, from Sengkidu village. (Reach him via WhatsApp at +62 878 6314 6433).

Doing a tour via your own taxi makes for very low cost and flexible touring, with an interesting local commentary as you go.

For example, the 5 hour tour outlined below is a total of AUD$50, or $12.50 each, if you split it among four.

Plus, the total of the separate entry fees at the first 3 locations mentioned is AUD$17 per person, plus a small donation at the traditional village if you wish.

Local tours at your Flametree Yoga retreat August 2024 (or whenever)

Virgin beach Bali

Virgin Beach. You can just drop in, or you can lie around a few hours, or get food or drinks (in bottles). Or, you can skip it, and just visit some of the temples and other sites below.

Flexible tours for a Flametree Yoga retreat July (or whenever)

The other option we discuss below is a 4 hour trip to visit the White Sand Beach (sometimes called the Virgin Beach, as you’ll see it on Google Maps). Then, or before, maybe the local Bali Chocolate Factory (pictured below).

The beach has an entry fee to AUD$2.

But of course, if you’re using the touring taxi we suggest, you can adjust the trip itinerary flexibly, as best works for you, or your group.

The number of locations you can visit is largely dependent on how much time you spend at each location. Wayan, the taxi driver, can advise you further.

Plus, depending on how much time you want to take, you can also check out these various locations on Google Maps, such as for Tirta Gangga below.

Then, you can quickly get a sense of a potential itinerary. Or, just tell Wayan what you want and leave it to him.

Either way, on the free day, leave after lunch (around 1.15pm), and get back in time for dinner (which will be serving between 6.30-7pm).

Delicious, locally made chocolate!

Bali retreat July 2024

Bali chocolate factory you can visit, have chocolates, and sit in the cafe. Just double check it will be open on the day you visit. Ask Wayan, the taxi driver, to check, and get his other local advice.

Option One: 5 hour Bali culture trip

For the 5 hour trip, do it from 1.15-6.15pm (for at total of AUD$50 split among you). Some suggested options to go to are these.

  • Tirta Gangga (Water Palace).

    • Here are some notes on the Palace, from its Wikipedia summary.
      • Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace in eastern Bali, Indonesia. See the picture below. It’s also marked on the map further down this page, to the north of Candidasa (which is two thirds of the way up the east coast of Bali). 
      • It’s named after the sacred river Ganges in Hinduism, it is noted for the Karangasem royal water palace, bathing pools and its Patirthan temple.
      • The one hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangsem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, who was also responsible for the construction of Taman Ujung (see below).
      • Tirta Gangga is based on the beliefs in Balinese Hinduism, where river Ganges and its waters are considered sacred. 
July yoga retreat 2024

Tirta Gangga temple and Palace grounds, Bali

  • Taman Ujung (Flothing palace)

    • So-called Flothing Palace is another fascinating village you can easily include in a half day tour.
    • Plus, see more at Wikipedia on this palace.
      • Ujung Water Palace is a former palace in Karangasem Regency, Bali.
      • This palace also known as Ujung Park or Sukasada Park. It is also close to Flametree’s July, August, or other retreats.
      • The palace has three large pools. In the middle of the pool, there is the main building named Gili Bale, connected to the edge of the pool by bridge.
Taman Ujung Bali

The beautiful water pools surrounding Taman Ujung, Bali.

  • Tenganan (traditional Balinese village)

    • In some of the more isolated parts of Bali, there are very traditional villages. Life and culture continues there in the same manner as for at least many centuries. For instance, some are near Lake Batur, which we discuss in a post on other tours.
    • But, Tenganan traditional village can be included in an easy taxi tour from the Flametree Yoga August retreat (or whenever). Wikipedia, has about this village…, and here are a few of its key points.
      • Tenganan Pegringsingan or Pageringsingan is a village in East Bali.
      • Among other things, it is known for the gringsing or geringsing, double ikat textiles that are woven in only 3 places in the world.
      • It is also known for its gamelan selunding or Gambelan selonding music played on iron metallophones.
      • Tenganan follows its unique Bali Aga culture that still holds to the original traditions, ceremonies, and rules of ancient Balinese culture, including its unique village layout and architecture.
Tenganan Traditional Village, near Candidasa

Tenganan Village. Inhabited by original people of Bali. Check it out in the free afternoon of our yoga retreat August 2024.

Option 2: Beach & chocolate factory trip: 4 or 5 hours

The second option is only go to the White Sands Beach (or so-called Virgin Beach), where you can swim and sunbathe on the beach.

Or, you can quickly visit, and then continue to the chocolate factory (pictured above), or some mix of the other locations we’ve mentioned above.

Your taxi driver will be flexible. But obviously, it’s best to work out a rough agenda before you leave.

See a YouTube video of the White Sand Beach here.

The round trip, over four hours, is around AUD$37 (or 375,000 Indonesian rupiah).

Lotus lagoon

As you go through Candidasa, check out the Lotus Lagoon. Or drop into it another time. It’s an easy walk from the Flametree Retreat venues. 

History & culture of the Klung Klung East Bali Kingdom

On the way to the Flametree Yoga retreat at Pondok Pisang, you’ll will go through the town of Klung Klung.

For many centuries, it was the centre of the Balinese royal empire in Eastern Bali. Plus, these royal families led Balinese warriors that fiercely defended their region from outside colonial, or other, conquest.

So, it is an extremely important historical location, with interesting existing cultural sites and remnants. Nowadays, it’s also a busy commercial region, with a large daily market.

Here’s more Wikipedia about nearby Klung Klung palace, and the conquest of Bali by the Dutch, and East India Company.

  • The Klungkung Palace, officially Puri Agung Semarapura, is a historical building complex situated in Semarapura, the capital of the Klungkung Regency.
  • The palace (puri) was erected at the end of the 17th century, but largely destroyed during the Dutch colonial conquest in 1908.
  • The Babad Dalem, a chronicle of the kingdom of Klungkung, records its kings’ dynasty by the name of Kapaisan, a genealogy that is traced back to even earlier regimes (1293-16th century).

The Klung Klung region and palace could be something you visit if you arrive early at the Flametree Yoga retreat August 2024, or stay later into August. But, it’s also possible to see it on the free half day, if that is your main agenda.

Semarapura Kertha Gosa Pavilion Bali

Semarapura Kertha Gosa Pavilion in Klung Klung Palace.

Pondok Pisang Bali Yoga Retreat Venue

See it at the Flametree Yoga retreat August 2024, starting 27 July.

See deals for Flametree’s current retreat. 

Other options and activities for you, partners or children

Below is a list of other options and activities in the East Bali region. (You’ll also find the locations on Google maps).

If you arrive early, or stay after the retreat, they’re good options.

If you bring a partner (to stay in your Sea Breeze room for free), or bring children (via our families option), then these are also good options for them. (See more below about partners).

So, the other activities include these.

  • Enjoying the many facilities and offerings of the Sea Breeze resort, including the swimming pool in the picture further down this page. (There’s also ocean swimming, depending on tides).
  • Golf day trips to some outstanding Bali golf courses, on the coast or in the mountains.
  • Diving at some wonderful spots along the local coast, like Padang Bai (in the picture below).
  • Snorkelling locally, or over soft coral sites like the shipwreck of the torpedoed USS Liberty.
  • A day trip to wonderful swimming beaches (especially for children), at the so-called Virgin Beach (or White Sand beach shown in the first picture on this page).
  • Several local gyms in Candidasa, within walking distance
  • Fishing, including from outrigger fishing boats hired from the main beaches in the Amed area, to the north. (See top right of map below).

Padang Bai: a centre for diving, & ferries to islands

Padang Bai Bali

Padang Bai Bali, for ferries, diving, & more. Ask Wayan if you want to book a ferry.

Even more activities

Here’s a continuation of the above list of activities, with most in the local Candidasa region of East Bali.

  • Getting clothes made with local tailors. (Ask us, or local taxi driver Wayan, for our recommendations).
  • Watching seasonal ceremonies (ask us, or taxi driver Wayan, for more details).
  • On the free half day, partners can also come to the Balinese cooking class already included in your package (or go with you on whatever tour you may do).
  • Getting great value Balinese massages at Pondok Pisang (about AUD$15).
  • Before or after the retreat, you can also go further afield, so as to include the major surf beaches, mountains such as Mt Batur (volcano), and its hot springs, longer tours, or extensive shopping (locally or beyond). This mountain, and it’s blue lake, is on the top centre of the map below.
  • Visiting offshore islands, such as Lombok, or even closer ones (as on the map below), via ferry from Padang Bai (above). If you’re considering Lombok, we can recommend you to an Australian we know well, who runs a hotel and restaurant there.

Obviously, some of these trips involve using a taxi, or your own hire car. Although there is local car hire, we suggest using a taxi. (We’ve driven in Bali, and local driving customs can be stressful for Westerners!)

Taxi drivers like Wayan are low cost by Australian standards. Plus, he’s honest, reliable, safe, and knows the local Bali well. He will also give you an accurate price in advance of your trip.

A partner could also do some of these things while you are focussed on yogic activities in the retreat schedule.

Map showing Candidasa on East Coast of Bali


The retreat venue is on the right, about two thirds of the way up the coast. Amed is in the top right. Click on the map to expand.

Flametree Yoga retreat July & August: via instalments

In one or more of Flametree’s retreats, please consider getting some of these many benefits for yourself.

Or, read more about the proven benefits of retreats.

Flametree retreats can be paid via a deposit and several instalments, or just bought in one payment.

Then, you’ll get huge benefits from immersing yourself in yogic learning and practise.

Plus, the benefits you’ll learn and yoga and meditation you will do, will flow into every corner of your life.

So, learn more about the Flametree Yoga Retreat July and August, or put down a deposit.

Best Retreat July deals

Sea Breeze retreat resort

The swimming pool and ocean view from the front of one of the nearby resorts that is also used for Flametree Retreats when they take place at various times.

Easy deposit for your yoga retreat July, August (or otherwise)

Please put down a deposit to attend a 6 day Bali Retreat with me, Chris Lalor.

By the way, there are both shared and single room options.

By the way, many spots are gone already, and retreats with me always sell out early.

Alternatively, see the very positive reviews of Flametree’s recent retreats.

Either way, please don’t miss out.

Flametree Yoga Retreat July & August

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