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Bali: Have drum, will travel ... and meditate, and snorkel

March 01, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The Water Palace in Ubud, Bali.
The Water Palace in Ubud, Bali. (Stephanie Buffington )

Delve more deeply into Bali's cultural side on a 12-day tour that emphasizes drumming, meditation, spiritual ceremonies and more. Tribal Music Tours leads a group of 14 to the Indonesian island on a trip that includes daily guided meditations and daily healing drum circles (drums provided).

Guests stay in jungle villas in Ubud where exploration begins by foot to the Monkey Forest and the village. During the trip, participants jam with gamelan masters during a drum workshop, visit drum craftsmen and master healers, take a Balinese dance workshop and experience a men's kecak trance dance by night. The itinerary also includes a snorkeling excursion and visits to Tirtenganga, Tenganan and Amed.

When: The trip is May 11 through 22.

Trip preview: Tribal Music Tours will hold a trip preview evening April 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. in South Pasadena that includes videos, a live Balinese mask trance dance performance and an appearance by author Christine Stevens, who will lead workshops on the Bali trip. The evening is free, but reservations are required. Email for details and to RSVP.

Price: $3,650 per person, double occupancy (save $100 if you pay in full by March 15). It includes round-trip airfare on China Airlines, transfers and ground transportation, 11 nights in a jungle villa, breakfasts, three dinners, workshops, excursions and more. 

Info: Tribal Music Tours, (626) 799-4795

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