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Petulu White Herons

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Petulu, Indonesia
Tours and Tickets by Petulu White Herons
Explore the rich artistic heritage of Ubud, including painting, wood carving, crafts, and architecture, during this full-day tour. Join a guide on this investigation of an area frequently known as Bali’s cultural heartland, stopping in several highlights in Ubud along with its surrounding area. Admire Balinese-style woodcarvings and paintings at Puri Lukisan Museum, before visiting Ubud’s royal residence at Puri Saren Ubud. Then check out handicrafts at the Ubud traditional market and discover Petulu Village, famous for its white herons. This art-themed Ubud tour also includes round-trip transport from your hotel and entrance fees.
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Anna wrote a review Mar 2020
9 contributions
Please don’t stop and pay for a ticket, it’s a scam. I know this because we spend a lot of time in Bali, and we ride through this particular village every day. The road leading through Petulu is a public road and there is no ticket required to ride or walk through this village. The so called ‘Ticket Booth’ is not official and the money collected by tourists is not used to improve the village. It’s also really not that interesting and the chance of you getting pooped on is extremely high. There are literally thousands and thousands of birds, and the smell can be overpowering. By the way: Same applies to Mt Batur area, there is no ticket required as it is a public road.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Marie S wrote a review Feb 2020
Zemun, Serbia1 contribution1 helpful vote
Birds are literally everywhere!! On every single tree in the village, every garden, bush, everywhere. Entire village smells like desgusting never-cleaned bird cage, poops are everywhere, falling from trees while you are going through the village ( if you are riding a motorcycle or a bike). View point is a terrace with wooden benches surrounded by this birds, totally scary like in the movie... And of course - this is chargeable, 50k for an adult, 25k for a child. We have read that birds fly in to roost for the night, and before the sunset, they fill the sky, wheeling and landing in the palms - but that is not happening. All of visitors waited till the sunset, but nothing happened. Birds were still in their nests and they stayed there when all of us have left. So this is absolutely not worth visiting and risking to get some bird-desease.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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susantosca wrote a review Dec 2019
Sydney, Australia55 contributions19 helpful votes
We arrived just as the sun was going down, and thousands of herons flocked to the treetops. There were 3 week old chicks in the nests with very protective parents. In fact if you got too close to the ones in the nest near the stairwell, then the chick would snap at you. Having said this, we found 20 mins - 30 mins long enough for the viewing.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Gregory B wrote a review Dec 2019
Kerobokan Kelod, Indonesia10 contributions23 helpful votes
We expected this to be a similar experience to many other tourist spots here: crowded, full of annoying vendors and pushy guides, etc. To our surprise it was none of that. There was only one other tourist here and we spent a good hour on the deck without being bothered by any vendors. The one attendant/shopkeeper there was friendly and informative even though we didn't purchase anything. We definitely enjoyed this visit and were amazed by the huge number of birds. They are literally everywhere, including some very nearby the viewing platform. This gives plenty of opportunity to take good pictures/movies of birds, eggs, young birds, parents feeding their offspring, etc. Judging from other reviews there seems to be a large variation in the number of birds to be seen but when we visited (Christmas day) there were certainly several thousand of them. The big downside - and reason why i don't give 5 stars - is that as usual the villagers have become greedy and now want to charge 50k, up from 20k ! That's just too much, especially considering that this price applies even for locals. At least they were "flexible" and finally settled on 1 ticket for the 2 of us.
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Date of experience: December 2019
3 Helpful votes
Chuck B wrote a review Oct 2019
Steilacoom, Washington813 contributions237 helpful votes
Bali was once all about nature. Now it is all about turning nature into money. Pay someone to take you to Petulu. Sit on a platform with a bunch of other tourists taking pictures. Check off the list. These birds are there all day. Walk out at dawn, it is cool, you can see them alone, nobody wants money.
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Date of experience: October 2019