Bali‘s tropical climate is ideal for the harmonious evolution of some of the most beautiful and appreciated flowers, orchids. Balinese people have taken advantage of this and they opened a garden dedicated to these gracious plants. It is situated approximately 10 minutes drive away from Sanur beach, so I decided to benefit from the proximity, and I visited it when we stayed in this part of the island.
Initially, it wasn’t on my itinerary, but I kept a few free days to fill them up with activities at the moment when I arrived in Bali. This is what happened in the orchid garden, of which I accidentally found out. In Sanur, except the beach walks and other spontaneous activities, we didn’t have anything planned. So, the idea of visiting Bali orchid garden excited us.
How to get to Bali Orchid Garden
You can get here the same way you get to any other place on the island by taking a taxi, a scooter or an Uber. We preferred the third option. To my surprise, the driver didn’t know about this garden, which means not so many tourists visit it, even though is located on a large boulevard in Denpasar, intensely circulated, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai Tohpati.
How much the ticket costs and when is the ideal time to visit
The size of the garden is not very impressive, so the price of the ticket 100 000 IDR (≈$8) is somehow unjustified, especially given the fact that the variety of the plants is not even that rich. Bali’s climate is divided in two, dry season from April to September, and the rainy season from September to April. We visited at the end of the rainy season, and a big part of the plants wasn’t in bloom. Probably, if we would have visited during the dry season, we would have been a little luckier and we would have enjoyed a bigger number of plants in full bloom.
How was the visit at the Bali orchid garden
Once we arrived there, we realized that we were the only visitors, at least during the time we chose to go. This, added to the expensive entrance, made us think twice if we should get inside or not. Is it a must-see attraction or a waste of money and time? Finally, we decided to get inside considering that we were there already. I haven’t seen an orchid garden before, so the experience was worth it at least for marking it off as the first time in my career as a traveler.
We paid the tickets, asked some questions about the Bali orchid garden, and then we patiently waited for our tour guide. Yes, in the price you will also get a guide that will walk you through the entire garden, offer you some interesting information about every single species of orchids, will answer to your questions, and will take some photos of you.
The guided tour lasted for about an hour but then we walked by ourselves through the garden for another hour, enough to admire it in detail, to film and take some photos for which I didn’t have to pay an extra fee, fortunately. Through the photos I took, there is one next to an Indonesian model, according to our guide’s words, who was actually a woman dressed in a traditional costume.
The garden is sprinkled with flowers in all shapes and colors, most of them, orchids, and also with fountains, alleys and other decorations. We even saw mini pineapples and a plant very similar to the beak of a tropical parrot.
I admit I was a little bit disappointed by the size of the garden and the number of flowers. However, I found it very interesting the way the orchids are mounted on some special tress. The majority of the flowers are originally from Asia, but there are some brought from South Africa, as well. If you want to have an original souvenir from Bali or a very inspired gift for someone you love, you can buy mini orchids that you can even take with you on the plane, as long as you follow the rules.
The unusual experiences inside the garden are not over. At the end of the tour, you get the chance to taste the famous Kopi Luwak coffee, made of high-quality arabica coffee. The name comes from Kopi meaning coffee in Indonesian and Luwak, the civet animal, which is some kind of combination of cat and fox, having a sharp face, long body, and bushy tail.
The process of making coffee is as controversial as simple. Luwak eats the best coffee beans on the plantation during the night, then he eliminates them naturally, and then they are collected by the farmers. Of course, the coffee goes through detailed processing, in which all the hygiene standards are ensured, so there will be no danger to the consumers.
Given the quality and the way it is made, the prices for this kind of coffee are very high in the West. It is considered one of the most refined and tasty in the world, therefore one kilogram can easily reach $1000. Personally, I didn’t sense any difference between the Kopi Luwak coffee and a regular one, but surely I couldn’t leave Bali without having a sip.