Karangasem in East Bali offers some of the most spectacular landscapes, with Mount Agung towering at 3,142 meters above the surrounding rivers and rice fields. Join us as we explore the back roads and traditional villages of this historical area, uncovering an authentic side of Bali seldom visited by tourists.
During this photographic adventure, we’ll be based at the beautiful Jasri Bay resort (www.jasribay.com) for two nights. Each morning, we’ll rise just before sunrise to capture the best light on the sacred Mount Agung.
The highlights of this immersion into Balinese culture include sacred water temples, traditional villages, vibrant fishing communities, and traditional dance performances. It’s a unique experience you won’t want to miss, with a few surprises along the way.
Every evening, we’ll review your photographs and provide practical tools to enhance your photographic skills. Whether you have a camera with lenses and tripods or an iPhone, you’re welcome to join. Our photography tips cater to all levels, from beginners to seasoned pros.
We’ll meet in Ubud and depart at 5 am, making a stop in Sideman to photograph Gunung Agung at sunrise, from one of the best viewpoints of this sacred volcano. Afterward, we’ll head north for a 1.5-hour drive to Jasri Bay for a late breakfast. Following a photo review session, we’ll explore the nearby villages for some portrait photography. This includes a gentle walk through the rice fields to capture the late afternoon light. Later, we’ll return to Jasri Bay for a delicious, organic, and healthy Balinese meal, followed by relaxation by the ocean.
Rise and shine at 5 am for a sunrise photoshoot. Afterward, we’ll enjoy a late breakfast and review the photos from the previous day and that morning.
In the afternoon, we’ll venture back into the villages to witness a special dance performance by a local temple dance group. This offers another fantastic opportunity for close-up portraits.
We’ll be up early again for more landscape photography before heading to Seraya fishing village. Here, we’ll capture the vibrant fishing boats as they return with their morning catch. This village is known for its joyful atmosphere, and the fishermen are delighted to have their photos taken. Engaging with the fishermen provides a unique and memorable photography experience.
Next, we delve into architecture photography at the nearby historical Water Palace before enjoying lunch at the magnificent Bali Asli restaurant (http://www.baliasli.com.au), nestled high in the hills amidst rice fields. The restaurant’s menu features traditional Balinese cuisine prepared in an authentic Balinese-style kitchen, complete with a wood-fired mud brick stove. This culinary journey explores the diverse flavors, thanks to Penny, the owner (from Australia), who has not only created a cooking school but also an extraordinary dining experience—a true highlight of the trip. We’ll return to Ubud around 4 pm.
Two nights’ accommodation at the beautiful Jasri Bay Resort.
Three breakfasts and lunch at the Bali Asli.
Transport in comfortable air conditioned van.
Special dance from local traditional dance academy.
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