When I visited Indonesia earlier this year, my first impression was that it looked so much like the Philippines. Nevertheless, the country undoubtedly has its own flair and one of the places that I have come to love was the area around Uluwatu Temple. I’ve walked this amazing stretch by foot under the sweltering heat, but the breathtaking views made up for it — so when I was given the chance to view it from up high with a helicopter tour ride provided by eOasia and Bali Adventure Tours, I gladly gave my ‘yes’ in a heartbeat!
I actually did this during my last day in Indonesia and for sure, it was a great way to mark the end of my trip especially since the experience was also my first time in a helicopter.
After the whole ordeal… I was ecstatic. All I could think of was that I could absolutely get used to helicopter rides, and if it’s possible to take one in every country that I will be visiting in the future then that would be fantastic!
Uluwatu Helicopter Tour
I was picked up from my hotel and brought to the private helipad of Bali Adventure Tours’ head office which was near Benoa. After a brief introduction, one of the organizers started to discuss the safety rules and instructions while riding the helicopter — at this point, my excitement was slowly building up as I proceeded to take in all of what was starting to happen before me.
Once we were done with the discussion, we headed out to the helipad and when I caught sight of the helicopter that we are about to be using for the tour, my excitement just simply shot through the roof. I really tried to contain my emotions but it was hard to, more so when they let me take the seat beside the pilot!
As I settled down in my seat, they handed me an aviation headset which was basically a noise-cancelling headphone but with a built-in microphone so that the pilot can communicate with us and vice versa during the duration of the tour.
After the head aviation office at the island’s main airport gave us the go signal to takeoff, I prepared myself for some sort of shaking spree or whatnot — but I’ve discovered that lifting off of the ground in a helicopter was actually pretty smooth.
In fact, the feeling was similar to when I’m riding a ferris wheel which as you might know has that very slight pull when it takes off of the ground and gains momentum to go up.
From then on, all that I felt was amazement and awe… after all, I was “flying” up high at a specific height that offered views not typically gained from my typical big airplane rides.
As for the summary of our flying route, we first went over Serangan Island which was also called by the Balinese as the ‘Turtle Island. We then crossed the flight path of Ngurah Rai Airport and proceeded to go around the Bukit area which has the famed Garuda Wisnu Monument. Heading west of Uluwatu, we caught glimpse of the area’s famous 5-star hotels and surfing beaches, and down south we witnessed Dreamland beach and Padang Padang surfing beaches.
And of course, the highlight of our helicopter tour: seeing the iconic Uluwatu Hindu temple that towers at the tip of a pictureque cliff! Before heading back to the head office, we flew over Tanjung Benoa that was a well-known spot for watersports.
In short: the whole helicopter ride around this area of Uluwatu was jam-packed with scenic landscapes and everything was just so gorgeous beyond words — that’s why I will let the video and photos below do rest of the talking!
» Tour Info
Duration: 25 minutes
Price: $1,176.30 USD per group
Passengers: Maximum of 5 with flight load limitation of 550kg
- Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel if it’s within these areas: Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Kerobokan, Sanur (or if you’re flying in from Ubud, they can provide a free pick-up too).
- Mineral Water
- Cold Towel
This was an experience that you must absolutely check off from your travel bucket list especially when you’re near the Uluwatu area of Bali in Indonesia. The 25 minutes duration may seem like a short time for you (I had that same thought too at first); but in the end, I found out that it was a reasonable time to be up in the air as a first-timer — it was absolutely more than enough!
So what are you waiting for? Grab this chance to undergo a unique tour from the sky!
Many thanks to eOasia for providing me with this complimentary helicopter tour! Still and as always, all views that are expressed here represent only those made by myself and NOT of any other entity in their favor.
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I am Aileen Adalid. At 21, I quit my corporate job in the Philippines to travel the world. Today, I am a digital nomad (entrepreneur & travel writer) living a sustainable travel lifestyle.
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