Enjoy the best places to see in Denpasar with a plan including Bali Driver Gede

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Batukau Procession – a Snapshot

The  ‘Karya Agung Pengurip Gumi’ (The Great Rites to Revitalise the Earth) is complex in ways that Balinese ceremonies excel in. There is huge amount of organization; and then the orderly chaos of execution when planning meets real-life logistical complexities. Yet where there is a will there is a way, the Balinese always forge through and get the job done in one way or the other.









Thursday, January 23, 2020

Travel Tips to Bali 2020

Whether you’re a Bali first-timer or a regular, these Bali travel tips will always come in handy.

You can have the most wonderful time of your life or even experience some unfortunate events when traveling to Bali.

Just like visiting any new country, understanding the island before you arrive can help you manage your expectations.

The island is beautiful, but of course there are certain things that simply don’t work the way you are used to.

Make the most out of your trip to the island of Gods by following these Bali travel tips.

Stay safe on the road
If you’re using a motorbike to scoot around the island, always wear a helmet!

You may see many people on the roads without helmets, or in some cases even shirts, however, it is required by Indonesian law to wear and clip up your helmet when you ride, and, you will need one to stay safe.

Road accidents do happen, and it is better to be safe than sorry. Falling off your scooter hurts but having protective gear will minimize the damage.

If possible, also wear a jacket to prevent any scratches and to protect you from sun burn. If you plan to drive, make sure you have an international driving license.

If not, then simply order online transportation to commute around the island.

Expect hot sunny days
As a tropical island, Bali has the best weather all year long. Most days, you will be bathed in warm sunshine and it is best to always use a sunblock.

Forget your jeans. Pack your shorts, bikinis, sunglasses, and even bring a cap or a hat. Use cotton t-shirts and open toe-shoes.

Don’t forget to drink a lot of water as well, but not from a tap. Bring your own water bottle or purchase bottled water in mini markets instead.

Keep your belongings safe
Although Bali is a safe island, petty crime and snatch-theft does occasionally happen unfortunately. As a precaution, always use a safety deposit box if it is available in your hotel.

Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. When walking on the streets, always carry your bag in front of you and never flash any fancy items.

Avoid “Bali belly”
You don’t want to leave the island with bad memories of you rushing back and forth to the bathroom caused by “Bali belly” – basically, diarrhea triggered from consuming food and drinks with bad hygiene.

This is a relatively common ailment, but there are a number of ways to avoid it.


  • Be cautious of where you are eating. Only eat from trustworthy restaurants.
  •  Some of our recommendations are :
  •  Kuta – Pavoz Bar & Restaurant
  •  Legian – Topix Asia Restaurant
  • Drink filtered or bottled water only. Avoid getting water in your mouth during a shower.
  • Always wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Know where your fruits and veggies come from. Always wash them first before consuming. It  is best to buy whole fruits and cut them up yourself rather than buying peeled and pre-cut  fruits.
  • Make sure to stay safe during your trip by following the above Bali travel tips. Enjoy a pleasant holiday by staying with us at Sun Island Bali.


We have plenty of accommodation for you to choose from hotel in Kuta or Legian, resort, villas or suites! All located in close proximity to popular tourist areas.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Best of Ubud Tour : Private All-Inclusive Tour

Experience the artistic heritage of Ubud on a full-day tour of Bali. To see the daily life of traditional ubud community will attract you to always come to this area. We know how to invite you to explore this place as we live daily and become part of this community. The tours will allow you to see Tegenungan Waterfall where a massive water fall and flowing along Petanu River in Ubud. Then othe way to Elephant Cave Temple you may stop at Mas Village with its popular high quality wood carving. Next, visit Goa Gajah or Elephant cave temple is an archaeological site where relic-filled courtyard and view the rock-wall carvings, a central meditational cave, bathing pools and fountains. After that, stop at Ubud Monkey Forest the home of more than 600 long tailed macaques in the tropical green forest. Ubud traditional market and King’s Palace is your next stop. Walk and find some arts souvenir along the hundreds traditional shops and view the King’s palace nearby. Finally, do not miss the chance to see magical Tegalalang rice terrace  a favorite stop for nature lovers, painters, and amateur photographers. Irrigated by traditional methods, these terraced rice paddies provide sustenance for the local farming population and draw international visitors interested in soaking up some of the timeless Balinese atmosphere and coffee plantation for traditional coffee experience.

Itinerary
– Tegenungan waterfall

– Wood carving village

– Elephant cave temple

– Ubud monkey forest

– Ubud traditional market and king’s palace

– Tegalalang rice terrace

– Coffee plantation (optional)

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Fullday Private Tanah Lot Temple Tour

Discover grand temples and beautiful pastoral landscape in the majestic balinese highlands with 2 temple visits and a nature trek through a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Jatiluwih rice terrace,you get an insightful experience  in the island's countryside.Our journey will be started to visit the Mengwi Royal Temple called Taman Ayun, then to the signature temple in Bali called Ulun Danu Temple. It is floating temple on the lake of Beratan. Enjoy the green hill circle the temple and a peaceful lake. Bring your camera to catch every angle of this temple. Next, we will stop at the widest rice terrace in Bali called Jatiluwih. It is one of the cultural heritage by UNESCO as the area which can maintain the local culture of water irrigation system managed traditionally by organization called Subak. The last destination is Tanah Lot Temple,known for its enchanting seaside setting and as a place to see the sunset at the end of the day. Look in wonder at the ancient Hindu shrine, perched in the crashing waves, and watch the sun melt over the horizon.


Itinerary
– Taman ayun royal temple

– Ulun danu beratan temple

– Jatiluwih UNESCO green land

– Tanah lot sunset temple

Monday, December 16, 2019

Discover Ubud and Vulcano Private Tour with Lunch


Experience the trip to see Ubud village and volcano area. Through this trip enable you to see many tourist destinations such as Ubud monkey forest, traditional market and Ubud  palace, tegalalang rice terrace, coffee plantation, holy spring temple, and visiting Batur volcano where you can have lunch overlooking the volcano and lake view. The tour will be started early in the morning from your hotel in Bali to visit Ubud monkey forest, next we have small walk to the Ubud traditional market and we visit Ubud  palace just in the front of traditional market. Then, we head to Tegalalang rice terrace to see the green of rice paddy surrounded by the jungle. Then, we drive to the volcano to see a magnificent view of mount Batur with lake,while enjoying panoramic views of the lake and volcano of Mt. Batur accompany  a buffet lunch at the traditional restaurant just in front of the volcano. After  enjoying your lunch, we move and  stop to taste the famous coffee made using the coffee cherries part digested by civets at the coffee plantation on the way to water spring temple. At the water spring temple you can do a holy blessing together with local community or you just have a look local people ritual.

Itinerary
– Ubud monkey forest

– Traditional market and king palace

– Tegalalang rice terrace

– Kintamani batur volvano and lake view with lunch

– Coffee plantation (optional)

– Tirta empul holy spring temple

Monday, December 9, 2019

Full Day Ayung River White Water Rafting with Ubud Tour

White water rafting and ubud tour is one the great combination tour,Get the experience of a lifetime during your trip to Bali by trying out white water rafting at the stunning Ayung River, the longest river on the island. Marvel at the river's gorgeous surroundings, including lush rainforests, gorgeous waterfalls, and beautiful gorges.This is a fun, family-friendly activity that all thrillseekers should try at least once during their visit to Bali!Then use your limited time in this area by exploring the life of ubud village to visit the best sites like monkey forest, traditional market, Ubud palace, and Tegenungan waterfall.

Itinerary
– Ayung river white water rafting

– Ubud sacred monkey forest

– Ubud traditional market and king palace

– Tegenungan waterfall

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Bali ATV Ride with Ubud Rice Terrace and Monkey Forest

We designed this combination tour to give a maximum experience and value during your holiday in Bali. Experience a quad bike riding in the lush green jungle of Ubud continue to visit Tegalalang rice terrace and Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest.

 During your discovery tour you will drive yourself into the heart of Bali through the jungle, rice fields, mud tracks, plantations, & villages. Afterwards, you can wash up in our hot shower facilities & enjoy the extended buffet style lunch before heading to beautiful rice terrace in Ubud.

Next, you will stop at the most beautiful rice terrace in Ubud. Walk down to the rice field and breathe the fresh air along the green rice paddy.

After that, you will visit the sacred monkey forest to see more than 700 long tailed macaques live in wild. Get closer and take some picture with monkeys help by your guide. The tour ends by driving you back to your hotel.

Itinerary
– Quad bike adventure

– Tegalalang rice terrace

– Ubud sacred monkey forest

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Taro Elephant Park with Volcano and Jungle Swing

Join this exclusive interactive experience is a rare opportunity to hose, wash, and scrub the Sumatran Experience a unique connection with one of these elephants in a spectacular tropical setting as you get up close and personal. Hand feed them, touch them, take photos with them, and then learn more about the elephant’s ancestry and diversity at the parks historical and graphic displays in the village of Taro. It is where the home of 31 endangered Sumatran Elephants lives in a good care. Inside the park you will be able to interact, feed and learn about these gentle giant in a proper way. Enjoy your time being close with this beautiful creature inside the park within a very tick lush green jungle of Taro Ubud.

After Taro Elephant Park ,next destination is driving to the north passing the countryside scenic road to see the magical of Batur Volcano in Kintamani area. There, you will enjoying local buffet lunch with the amazing background of Mt. Batur and the lake view. What a beautiful area to having  lunch ?. After finish your lunch, you will stop at a traditional coffee plantation. It is where you will see local farmers process the traditional coffee in the plantation. You will have an opportunity to taste some of their coffees and teas.

Then, you will stop at the most beautiful Tegalalang rice terraces. Make a great scenic picture along the rice fields with a green surrounding. The last stop will be a place to do a jungle swing. Encourage yourself to be swing with a giant swing over the valley.Expereiece it and feel the sensation ,you can get thrilling feelings, adrenaline rush, unforgettable experiences and unique pictures.Bali swing is the stop and the tour ends by driving you back to your hotel.
   


Itinerary
– Taro ubud elephant sanctuary

– Kintamani batur volcano and lake view

– Lunch overlooking the volcano

– Coffee plantation (optional)

– Tegelalang rice terrace

– Jungle swing

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Breathtaking Waterfalls: Tibumana, Tukad Cepung and Tegenungan

Experience it one day visiting three most beautiful waterfalls near to Ubud area.Tibumana waterfall is our first destination. In this waterfall is good for swimming as it has very blue water and fresh come from the mountain. It is located very deep inside the lush green jungle along the beautiful slopes. Walk along the path passing some stairs down and pass a wooden bridge to see a beautiful waterfall.

Tukad Cepung waterfall will be next destination drive about 45 minutes from Tibumana Watefall. This waterfall is the most hidden waterfall in Bali. You cannot see it from any distance, except you go 10 meters from the waterfall because it is located inside the cave. To get there you need to walk along the jungle and some stairs to get the river. You will walk along the river with the high rock in between and you will see the most beautiful waterfall at the end.

The last waterfall is popular Tegenungan waterfall. You will expect more people here as it is located close to ubud center.However, like many others, Tegenungan picturesque  lush greenery all around and the natural springs are perfect for bathing. You’ll see many locals here each day as the water flow is heavy, leaving it clean and fresh. But before that you will enjoy traditional local lunch with traditional ingredients. It is very tasty and unique.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Experience of Ubud Tour with Jungle Swing


Start the tour by meeting your driver at your hotel lobby with a warm smile. You will be driven to the middle of Bali in Ubud village. Our first stop at the popular sacred monkey forest, where you will find,there are about 600 monkeys living this monkey forest,and diveded into 5 groups: in front of themain temple.Michelin,eastern,central and cemeteries. Walk along the 12,5 hectares forest as the perfect place for the healthy monkeys. Find three temples inside guarded by the monkeys live in harmony.

After having time with the monkey continue, drive up to the north of Ubud to stop at the magical Tegalalang rice terrace to see the real traditional farmer activities in their daily activities.Not far from this area you will have a chance to do swing witn other photo points

Amazing of Ubud Tour with Jungle Swing
Swing on a giant swing overlooking the haunted valley will be soon becoming your favorite activity.Snap a few unforgettable images of Bali's landscapes at Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a favorite stop for nature lovers, painters, and amateur photographers,make a unique picture for your social media feeds.  Next, enjoy your included lunch with the jungle atmosphere.

After enjoying your lunch,will visit   Tirta Empul a holy spring temple. You can see how Balinese people doing a holy blessing before they pray at the main temple. And your last stop is Tegenungan waterfall with a beautiful green surrounding make the area very fresh. Take a short walk to get closer to the waterfall or just see the view from the top hill.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Balinese Culture

Bali culture is unique and famous especially for its rich and vibrant arts. Various forms of dance and music have made Bali's arts and culture scene one of the most diverse in the world. Hinduisim as the main religion is the major influence behind its development. Music, drama, dance and costumes become a feast for the senses during temple festivities. Rites of passage at Balinese family households can almost be seen daily, celebrating the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Special cultural dates and highlights also mark the calendar, through annual art festivals and local revelries that visitors should check out to make the best of their visit

Art is everywhere in Bali. From the intricate flower decorations in a Barong dancer's headdress, to elaborately carved temple facades and beautiful oil paintings. Bali's performing arts are also an integral part of Balinese culture.

Music and dance play a huge part in significant rituals and religious ceremonies. Known as " the Island of the Gods" hardly a day goes by without a ceremony or festival taking place. Traditional dances with full gamelan orchestras are performed for tourists daily in addition to the day to day religious ceremonies. Definitely worth seeing.

Barong Dance 
The Barong is triumphant display of graceful movement and vibrant colour. The dance is basically a contest between the opposing forces of Rangda - chaos and destruction, and Barong - order. (Basically good and evil.)

 Kecak Dance
The kecak is a ritual dance which was created in the early 1930's for the movie "Island of the Demons" by the German painter and intellectual Walter Spies. The dance combines the chorus of the "Sanghyang" trance dance with a dance story from the epic "Ramayana." It is extremely impressive with its circular chorus of sometimes over 100 bare-chested male singers.

There's probably more Bali temples than homes on the island. Many temples in Bali are actually shrines. However, the number of religious compounds might well be over 10,000. The number is spread throughout the far-flung corners of the island, from mountain and hilltops to low-lying coastal areas. Bali temples are normally peaceful and desolate. They transform into scenes of great activity during festivals or temple anniversaries. Traditional dance performances, cockfighting and even gambling often takes place during such events. You’ll find that each of Bali’s temples is unique. They may either face towards the mountains, the sea or towards sunrise.

Bali is not just a tropical paradise, it is also a cultural adventure for you to take on. There are many tropical beaches in the world, but only Bali offers them with its spiritual, traditional values you will not find elsewhere. Balinese Hinduism is distinctive for its addition to the island’s own traditional values.

For Balinese people, this aspect of their life is extremely important. And knowing that you, a visitor to their island, acknowledge it, and they will give you nothing but respect in return. Plus, it will give your vacation spiritual experiences you’ll never have elsewhere. So, get ready to make some changes to your itinerary for this tropical island of gods.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sanur: A charming slice of Bali

Far enough away from the madness of Bali's most touristy destinations lies a seaside town that may seem unassuming at first, but soon gets under your skin for its easy charm, genuine local atmosphere and top quality visitor attractions.

Sanur is nestled on a long stretch of coast in the south east of the island, around 12 kilometres from Bali's international airport, making it a popular landing place to acclimatise on arrival in the Indonesian holiday island.

Sanur Beach is the perfect place to hang out with the whole family. It’s not as crowded as Kuta Beach, but it is clean and doesn’t have any waves, the perfect place to go for everybody. Sun chairs are available for about two Dollars. Various Shops invite you to try your hand at negotiating. The promenade invites you to take a stroll around and for those who like cycling, it offers a nice opportunity to hire a bike and push those pedals.

Known for being clean and relatively peaceful, the area's sandy beach strip is protected by a reef which forms a calm lagoon, dotted with boats and many colourful jukungs - traditional Indonesian outrigger fishing canoes. Along the shore runs a narrow beach walkway which takes you right from one end of Sanur to the other, the main section developed into a popular beachfront dining spot with restaurants aimed at tourists offering both traditional and Western food, all of which is pretty consistently of high quality.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Prime Tour Instagram Destination

Private Tour Of Bali’s Most Iconic and Instagrammable Locations
Our private tour will bring you to the island’s most Instagrammable spots so you can fill your feed with today’s trendiest photos – and all in comfort! You’ll get your own private air-conditioned. It’s a great way to see the other side of Bali, away from the tour busses and the crowds! Contact us to witness with your own eyes, Bali’s most sought-after “must-Insta” locations.

Prime Tour 1
Pura Lempuyang – The Gates Of Heaven (3 hours from Ubud)

Take your very own snapshot at The Gates Of Heaven – named just so by the Balinese as it represents the boundaries between the outer world and the outer realm of the temple. On a clear day, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Agung in the distance. There are four major temples within Lempuyang; the Dragon Temple will be the very first temple you will see – it is just steps away from the parking lot. The Gates of Heaven is located near the Dragon Temple.











Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden (50 minutes from Lempuyang)


This lavish water garden was built by the King of Karangasem in 1946. It is a breathtaking garden of pools, ponds and fountains strategically placed amidst 1.2 hectares of lush vegetation and neat lawns adorned with beautifully carved statues, bridges and stones. The Royal Water Garden was used by the Royal Family back then as a Royal Bathing Complex. The main pond features a row of statues and stepping stones across the water, filled with fat golden carps. This is the main spot where you will get that awesome photo for your Instagram feed!

Prime Tour 2
Tegenungan Waterfall (2 hours from Tirta Gangga)

One of Ubud’s most popular waterfalls, Tegenungan Waterfall offers an impressive panorama surrounded by lush vegetation – you’ll be able to view this astounding vista when you walk from the carpark to the start of the steps which will lead you down to the waterfall. There are just about 100 steps down, and once at the bottom, you’ll see a giant cascade of water crashing down into the pebble pools below. You can swim and play in the water, and explore the pools which flow in a shallow stream into the jungle.











Bali Swing & Bird Nest
Ubud’s most famous attractions to date! The Bali Swing lets you swing hundreds of feet above a jungle abyss while the Bird’s Nest provides a cute little setup for couples and solo travellers who want to add an exotic tropical touch to their Instagram feed.










Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Upload a shot of you frolicking about in one of Bali’s most famous rice fields and you’ll be sure to turn your friends green with envy! The Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are world famous, and are acres upon acres of glistening paddy that slopes across the valley. It is an ancient location, with dramatic views and a peaceful quality that is a definite visit. While there, you could also take photos with elderly farmers who will be more than happy to pose for a small fee.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fascinating West Bali Tour

Marvel at Bali’s temples, villages and rice fields on a private full-day tour. Enjoy an action-packed itinerary including visits to Bedugul village, the UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih rice terraces, the Ulundanu floating temple on Lake Beratan and Pura Taman Ayun temple, get close to nature at the Bali Butterfly Park and sample Indonesia’s famous Kopi Luwak at a coffee plantation.Complete your tour at Tanah Lot Temple, known for its enchanting seaside setting and as a place to see the sunset at the end of the day. Look in wonder at the ancient Hindu shrine, perched in the crashing waves, and watch the sun melt over the horizon.

Highlights 

  • Full-day private tour of Bedugul village and Jatiluwih rice terraces 
  • Admire views of Pura Taman Ayun temple, Lake Beratan and the Jatiluwih rice terraces
  • Great value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport 
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your driver

 
What You Can Expect 
Taman Ayun Temple is a combination of natural beauty and springs,It is in order with the concept of the traditional Balinese garden surrounded by an artificial river with a variety of rare plant species typical of Bali.The beauty of the landscape coupled with the sacred building.
Pura Ulun Danu Beratan
Ulun Dnau temple is one of the tour visist when a sight seeing tour is organized to visit Bedugul Mountain resirt or Singaraja tour.The location is one the west bank of the lake Beratan.The name Ulun Danu,literally means "the beginning of the lake " But this might not to claim that the site is the beginning of the a lake.It tends to indicate  that everything that exists around the lake will have the orientation to the temple site ,and cleanliness around the area must be continuously kept.
Jatiluwih Rice Paddies
Giving a new meaning to the word “green,” the Jatiluwih rice paddies are notable for their employment of traditional Balinese irrigation techniques. With Mount Batukaru looming in the distance, the paddies are also some of Bali’s most picturesque. Bring your hiking shoes and trek through paddies, hop over rivers, and explore a tranquil area of Bali (mostly) untouched by the traveler.
Bali a Butterfly park lies in the village of Wanasari north of Tabanana.Here one can find many varieties of butterflies.In this park butterflies are breaded and studied.One of the most exotic butterflies found here is the Omithoptera Paradisea,and Priamus.
Tanah lot Temple
For Balinese ,Tanah lot is one of the important and venerated sea templs.Like Pura Uluwatu,at the southern end of the island.The name of Tanah Lot Temple in tourism bibbliography about Bali almost never absent.The name Tanah Lot is probably from " Tanah Laut " means land in the sea.It is teh fact that the strong sea abrasion has separated the temple area with Bali mainland,so it looks that the temple nests on a small speck of rock building up on the ocean.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Perfect Day Trip to Ubud

If you’re keen to get experience about Balinese long tail monkey,in English callled Macaque and rice terrace,then this  Bali tour package is perfect!You’ll get to see the Ubud Monkey Forest,Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a favorite stop for nature lovers, painters, and amateur photographers,plusTegenungan Waterfall.






Highlights

  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of Tegenungan Waterfall
  • Savor an authentic Balinese meal for lunch
  • Admire the landscape as you hike through the rice terraces of Tegallalang
  • Learn how "luwak" coffee is made from beans part digested by the palm civets
  • Look for the resident macaques of Sacred Monkey Forest


Full Description

  • Benefit from pick-up at your hotel at 8:00 AM, and then head to your first stop Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest and discover the home of around 200 monkeys in the forest of Ubud. Believed by the locals to be "God's Guard of the Dalem Agung Temple," the long-tailed macaques dwell in certain areas and can often be seen on the roads.
  • Continue to Ceking Rice Terrace in the village of Tegalalang. See how the rice field has been beautifully designed using plantation and coconut trees as ornaments. Take a pleasant walk around the rice field if you wish,there’s also a chance to sample the famous luwak coffee (yep that’s the one made with poo!) and check out the lush rice paddies too. 
  • Next, savor an authentic Balinese meal for lunch, giving you energy for the afternoon,end with a visit to Tegenungan Waterfall where you can walk up close to the cascades and step over the top rock to get amazing views of the surrounding jungle.