Magic of Ubud without the crowds

 
Overall experience 4,2/5 (13 reviews)

Overall experience 4,2/5 (13 reviews)

"I was staying in Bali over a month so it was very refreshing to get outside of the tourist areas and see behind the surf shacks and trendy cafes. Sebatu was a perfect place for this - small, authentic and friendly village with a beautiful rice fields around it..."

"Wayan's wife cooked us amazing local breakfast, lunch and dinner and we learned how to make sambal and sate. This is how we got to experience the real Bali, away from the crowds and with the local Balinese people..."
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COMMUNITY

Idyllic small town near urban hotspots

LIVELiHOOD

Various professions and small businesses

FAMOUS FOR

Holy waters and Tegalalang Rice Terrace

RELIGION

Hinduism plays an important role in daily life

LANGUAGE

Bahasa Indonesia and pretty fluent English
 

TRAVELLERS

Likely to meet other foreigners

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2 nIGHTS IN sebatu VILLAGE

120 EUR

Per person including 2 nights accommodation, meals and activities (children -50%):

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities, such as:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (handicrafts, farming, keeping a small shop)

  • Trip to local rice fields

  • Visiting the temple and participating in a Hindu ceremony (depending on season) 

  • Meeting the savings group

4 nights IN sebatu VILLAGE

190 EUR

Per person including 4 nights accommodation, meals and activities (children -50%):

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities, such as:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (keeping a small shop or helping with plantations)

  • Trip to local rice fields

  • Visiting the temple and participating in a Hindu ceremony (depending on season) 

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Learn how Luwak coffee is made of one of the most expensive beans in the world

  • Take a bath in the holy waters of Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

  • Play a local game with your hosts

DUARA CONTACT: agus

Agus is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Sebatu. He contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and your host family. You can contact Agus in case you have questions before or during your stay.

Are you hesitating to book directly or would you like to choose an other amount of nights? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions and help you to find a suitable solution! Send her an email (in English, French, Spanish and Finnish): salia@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly or would you like to choose an other amount of nights? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions and help you to find a suitable solution! Send her an email (in English, French, Spanish and Finnish): salia@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

If you have rented a motorbike, you can access the village from Ubud in 30 minutes. If you come by taxi, your Duara contact Agus will be happy to give your driver directions to find the way. From the airport it takes about 1,5h by car. 

OTHER things to do near sebatu village

Visit the scenic Tegalalang Rice Terrace a 20 minute ride away.

 


Traveller RATINGS (12 reviewS)

Communication with the local contact person

4,7/5

4,7/5

Hospitality of the host family
 

4,8/5

4,8/5

Sense of security in the village
 

4,8/5

4,8/5

Facilities in the home you stayed in

4,3/5

4,3/5


Traveller REVIEWS

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stpehen & family, spain
JUly 2019

“We are a family of 5 with 3 daughters aged 15,13 and 11 from the UK. We stayed with Agus and his family for 3 nights. They made us feel very welcomed and part of the family straight away. My girls loved making the offerings which you take with you to the Temples. We loved the village walk. The 2 nearby temples. The best one being the Water Purification Temple. Also, the 2 hour local rice paddy walk was my highlight as not one tourist was seen. Much better than the famous one that I can never pronounce.

Agus English is great and has a lot of enthusiasm. His Uncle .. Wayen where we stayed has less, but his gentle character and enthusiasm was great with us. He taught us Balinese cards. The kids loved it. They have a sort of program, but I think it’s really up to you what you want to see and do. I cannot highlight enough how much fun and unforgettable experience we had.

The food was simple but tasty and very spicy. Host family then offer girls plain rice and noodle which they were happy. The rooms were again simple but clean. The beds were great. We had a small patio upstairs with great views. There is an functional outside bathroom. Not really up to European standards. Again, we had such a good time with them and as a family. We will be back to Bail and definitely look up Agus and Wayen to say hello and do some more trips. A highlight of our stay in Bali. Thanks Agus and Wayen.”

 
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ANNA, USA
JUNE 2019

“It was great to get away from the typical tourist places in Bali, and to see what a real Bali family live like.”

 
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LARA, LOTTIE &
CHARLOTTE, UK
MARCH 2019

“We had a fantastic time staying with Agus and his Aunt and Uncle in Sebatu. It was a great way to start our holiday, giving us the opportunity to learn so much about the culture and it was brilliant having our own local guide to take us to all the best places. We learned so much about the community and culture in Bali and got to ask as many questions as we could think of, however we did not end up having many as Agus told us everything we wanted to know.

He took us to the rice terraces, cat poo coffee plantation and water temple where we did a purification ceremony. Having him tell us the stories behind the attractions was great and it was so good to have someone with us who knows the best times to go to avoid the crowds. The house we stayed in felt like home when we left, and the whole experience was like staying at a good friend’s house. Everyone was so caring, and went beyond what we expected to make us comfortable, especially when we were feeling a bit ill from Bali belly! The food was just amazing!!! The best food we had the whole time we were in Bali!

We would really recommend doing this homestay, it was one of the best experiences we had during our time on Bali and it’s worth doing especially at the beginning of your stay, as it will give you so much insight and understanding about the community and way of life in Bali.

Suksma Agus!!”

 
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BEATRICE & CARLOTTA
ITALY, MARCH 2019

“For us Bali means Sebatu. Our stay in Sebatu was just amazing and it made definitely our trip. If you want to run away from tourist and live the proper local life , Sebatu is the place you are looking for.

As soon as we arrived to the Homestay we felt like home and part of the family and we even took part to a wedding. We spent at the village just 2 nights and we think they have been the best of our trip. We are grateful to the family but most of all to AGUS, who from being our tour guide , he turns out to be a special friend in less than 48h.

In conclusion, We highly recommend Sebatu if you want to support the community and fully enjoy the local life and your holiday. We will never thank them enough for our beautiful experience . Now we know that we have a second family in Bali ❤️.”

 
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ASHLEY & DAMIR, UK
OCTOBER 2018

“Our hosts were extremely gracious and shared their home, meals, and culture with us. It was an honour to be hosted by a local family.”

 
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STUART, UK
AUGUST 2018

“My stay in Sebatu was one that enriched my travels in Bali tenfold. Over the course of 3 days i learnt so much regarding Balinese culture, traditions, rituals, cermonies and language. My hosts were extremely welcoming and the room was comfortbale and clean. The food was amazing and i almost wanted to help cook my food so i can make more once home. My host Wayan and his wife were lovely and Agus my contact and guide gave me one of the best days out since i started travelling. All in all an amazing experience. “

 
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JAXON, AUSTRALIA
JUNE 2018

“The family was lovely, they were very hospitable and kind. the value for money was crap, this was more expensive then the nicest hotels in bali and on top we paid for travel with the family to and from the residence and it was more expensive than using other forms. I just couldn't and wouldn't recommend this to anyone, I didn't see any value in any way.”

 
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ANNI & IIRO, FINLAND
NOVEMBER 2017

"We had a chance to stay three nights at lovely Wayan's family at Sebatu village and experience real Balinese home and culture. Thank you Agus and Bonita for touring us around <3. And thank you Wayan's wife for the best Indonesian food!"

 
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LOTTE & FRANK
THE NETHERLANDS
OCTOBER 2017

"We loved our stay with Wayan and his family! We learned a lot about Balinese culture and got to visit a ceremony with Wayan. Wayan's wife cooked us amazing local breakfast, lunch and dinner and we learned how to make sambal and sate. This is how we got to experience the real Bali, away from the crowds and with the local Balinese people. Thank you Duara Travels for making this possible!"

 
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LOLA & JULIO, UNITED STATES, SEPTEMBER 2017

"We were blown away by our experience at Sebatu Village arranged by Duara Travels. Agus and his family were incredibly kind and equally curious about us and our culture as we were theirs. We were so lucky to visit during one of the full moon ceremonies, actually the biggest of the year! Our host family let us borrow traditional costumes, which are required to wear to the celebration. It was a joy to learn about the traditional clothing. Our hosts also joined us for a purification ceremony and explained the process to us. Each day was memorable and we couldn't have asked for a better experience to learn more about the wonderful Balinese culture."

 
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ANNA-KATRI, FINLAND,
AUGUST 2017

"I was staying in Bali over a month so it was very refreshing to get outside of the tourist areas and see behind the surf shacks and trendy cafes. Sebatu was a perfect place for this - small, authentic and friendly village with a beautiful rice fields around it. But the best part of my stay was definitely the family! They showed me their real life and took me with them to see and experience how they live and what they normally do every day. This was definitely a experience to remember!"

 
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MARIA, PORTUGAL,
JUNE 2017

"Agus and Bonita were amazing and unstoppable in showing me around Ubud and Sebatu and especially teaching me about their culture! They both have beautiful hearts and were so patient with answering all my questions and taking me basically everywhere. Agus family was always ready to help me with anything, even though some of them didn't know how to speak English (which was never really a problem and gave me the opportunity to learn some Balinese). They took me to see their village, gave me the opportunity to taste delicious Indonesian food and even took me to a ceremony in the village's temple. This was the first time I travelled alone and they made it so easy and pleasant for me. I would not hesitate to go back. Thank you Duara for this amazing opportunity and I wish you loads of success with this amazing project! Bonita and Agus, I hope to see you again soon!"

 
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RACHEL, UNITED STATES, MARCH 2017

"My time with Duara was really special because after one month in Bali, I finally was taking time to get to know the locals. I went to Sebatu – one thing to note is that one the way there and back you pass the most beautiful sites including one famous tiered rice field. You can stop and take photos here. The town itself is too cute and my guide knew everyone! We went to the local school to see the kids."