Sunday, March 24, 2019

Ubud Cultural Day Tour: A Day for Balinese Cultural Experience

A great tour to learn Balinese culture, architecture and their way of life. This tour is designed for cultural lover, who really wants to deeply learn about Balinese culture and custom.
Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
  • 08:30 - 09:00: Pick up at your Bali hotel


 Barong Dance
The Barong dance is the classic battle story of good (The Barong) against the evil (The evil witch Rangda). Barongs are figures in Balinese tradition, come in many forms. The most common one is like a baroque, Chinese lion, with big eyes and clacking jaws. It is one of the most sacred masks in Bali, usually played by two strong men. The most interesting part is at the end of the performance, some male dance get into trance condition and stabbing himself with a sharp "kris" traditional weapon.

 Art Villages (Celuk, Batuan, Mas Village)
Visit the center of handicraft and any kind of Balinese art by local creative people at Celuk, Batuan, or Mas Village. The villages are perfect place to see and learn how the local people making creative products. Their products are not only for local market, but also being exported globally.

 Batuan Temple
Batuan Temple is beautiful ancient temple from the 10th Century. This temple has an attractive architecture design. Visitor can see the Ramayana and Mahabharata story along the temple wall. Also a conservation site to learn how the ancient people crafting from 10 centuries ago.

 Monkey Forest
Long tail monkey conservation, well maintained small forest with over 500 sacred but friendly monkeys. The local people believe that the monkey colony is also a guardian of the Pura Dalem Temple which is located inside the forest.

 Ubud Palace
Ubud Palace is one of the famous royal family house in Bali. A place for cultural show and culture conservation is now open for visitors. The Ubud Royal Family holds a very important role to protect and to maintain the future of Balinese culture.

 Tegalalang Rice Terrace
A magnificent rice paddy view. The local farmer need hundreds of years to build this stunning rice paddy terrace. The green tropical vegetation along the river bringing a breeze air, a perfect escape from the busy life of the city.

 Balinese Traditional House Compound
Visit and learn how a traditional Balinese house built. Meet and greet the local people and learn more about their daily life. This visit is worth to learn more about Balinese architecture and Balinese people life.





Saturday, March 16, 2019

Bali Sunset: Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran

Experience the best sundown spot in Bali on a visit to Uluwatu Temple, a Balinese temple to the sea gods with a commanding view of the Indian Ocean. Part of a series of temples built to protect the island from evil spirits, today its cliffside location is the permanent home to a family of friendly monkeys!.Once night falls and you have seen the colors of the sunset, experience one of the island's most famous cultural performances at a "kecak" fire dance. Watch the locals act out a scene from the Ramayana with a mesmerizing trance chant, punctuated by exciting fire dances by performers in intricate costumes.Savor an optional seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay.

Highlights

  • Watch a spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean at Uluwatu Temple
  • See the sacred "kecak" fire dance performed on the cliffside, adjacent to the temple.
  • End your evening with a barbecue seafood dinner at romantic Jimbaran Bay


Full description
Experience the best sundown spot in Bali on a visit to Uluwatu Temple, a Balinese temple to the sea gods with a commanding view of the Indian Ocean. Part of a series of temples built to protect the island from evil spirits, today its cliffside location is the permanent home to a family of friendly monkeys!

Once night falls and you have seen the colors of the sunset, experience one of the island's most famous cultural performances at a "kecak" fire dance. Watch the locals act out a scene from the Ramayana with a mesmerizing trance chant, punctuated by exciting fire dances by performers in intricate costumes.

Then, get the option to enjoy dinner at a seafood restaurant serving delicious barbecue food in Jimbaran Bay. Sink your feet in the sand as you dine and relax at the end of an unforgettable day!

Uluwatu 
Uluwatu temple perches on the south-western tip of Peninsula,where  sheer cliffs drop precipitously into the clear blue sea.The temple hangs right over the edge,you enter it through an unusual arched gateway flanked by statues of Ganesha.Inside,the walls of coral bricks are covered with intricate carving of Bali’s mythological menageries.But the real attraction is th location for good angle,especially at sunset,walk  around the cliff to the left (south ) of the temple.Watch out the local monkeys ,which for some reason like to snatch spectacles and sunglasses,as well as handbagsnhats abd anything else they can get.

Jimbaran
Jimbaran seafood cafes must already be on your must-visit places for your Bali holiday, especially if you're a seafood lover. Not only is Jimbaran Bay one of Bali’s best places for memorable sunsets, but it is also the most popular coast to enjoy grilled seafood. Seventeen seafood cafes line the white-sand beach locally known as ‘Pantai Muaya’. Mostly open afternoon until late, each of the venues within the row of Jimbaran seafood cafes in the bay offer fresh-grilled seafood served at candlelit tables on the sand. As the sun goes down, the horizon features faint lights from the Ngurah Rai airport and traditional fishing boat lanterns at sea.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Breathtaking North: Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, Waterfall & Swing

Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit all the most iconic and photogenic sites that you always see on postcards and instagram in the northern part of the islands. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll learn about the Balinese culture and history behind those sites and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

Highlights

  • Visit Bali's most iconic photogenic sites and snap some cool pictures
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature 
  • See the iconic Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, waterfall and end your journey on a swing in a hidden hill
  • Snap photos and experience the beauty in the North.



Full description
Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit all the most iconic and photogenic sites that you always see on postcards and instagram in the northern part of the islands. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll learn about the Balinese culture and history behind those sites and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

Your first stop early in the morning will be the iconic Lake Beratan where you will see the majestic temple sitting on a small island on the lake, just as you always see in the postcards of Bali. This lakeside temple was constructed in honor of Dewi Danu, goddess of the lake that was formed by a volcanic eruption 30,000 years ago. Your Driver will also explain to you more of the history of this ancient temple as well as the Balinese people and their culture.

You will then visit the iconic Handara Gate, well known as the pathway to serenity. Take a wonderful picture in front of Handara Gate with the breathtaking view of green scenery and the gigantic-exotic traditional Balinese gate as your backdrop. Pamper your eyes with the amazing green surrounding, beautiful scenery and the amazing background of smoky green hills between the gates that creates a perfect picture for your trip. Don't forget to take some polaroid photos as well while you are here.

Prepare your walking shoes because you will next go to visit the majestic and beautiful Banyumala Twin Waterfall. It’s absolutely perfect for a quiet and peaceful afternoon in the arms of Mother Nature. The natural pool is inviting with its translucent turquoise waters. Swim in tranquility, listen to the thunderous roar of cascading waters and take in the sights of the vibrant greenery. Although no picture will ever do this natural wonder justice, that shouldn’t stop you from that perfect Instagram shot

Your journey will not be completed without a visit to the iconic Wanagiri Hidden Hills which is punctuated by a series of whimsical vantage points over Lake Tambingan and Lake Buyan. Here you will fly over the hill and lakes and experience incredible views on a jungle swing. Do not miss the bird cage and also a viewing post shaped like a boat here!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and Jimbaran Tour

Take a comprehensive tour of the south coast of Bali and see 2 of the island's most iconic temples. Visit the Royal family temple from the Mengwi Empire at Pura Taman Ayun with a panoramic view of the beautiful water park empire  and then go to Tanah Lot Temple perched on rocks overlooking the Indian Ocean,then experience the best sundown spot in Bali on visit Uluwatu temple.


  • See Bali's famous rock temple at Pura Tanah Lot
  • Watch an authentic "kecak" dance performance and see the sunset from Uluwatu Temple
  • Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay


Full description
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel at around 09:30, and then head to the royal temple of Taman Ayun. Dating from the days of the Mengwi Empire, the temple and garden complex of Pura Taman Ayun,with a panoramic view of the beautiful water park empire,captivating also cool air,this place is very attractive and suitable to serve as a spritual attraction,art and culture where tourists seemed to be in the heyday of the royal family 

Continue to Tanah Lot Temple perched on a rock formation overlooking the Indian Ocean, and enjoy lunch before going for visit Uluwatu Temple, where you can watch the majestic kecak dance while the sun sets in the background. End with a grilled seafood sunset dinner at Jimbaran Bay, before getting dropped off at your hotel at around 20:30. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Balinese New Year Or Nyepi Day

New Year’s Day in the West might mean a hangover, a walk and a pub lunch. In Bali, New Year is welcomed in a very different manner – with a day of silence.

The largely Hindu Indonesian island celebrates Nyepi – Silent Day – by completely shutting down for 24 hours, shops are closing early,No internet  ATMs aren’t working and streets are being closed. From 6am tomorrow (7 March) until 6am on Thursday (the date changes annually following the lunar calendar), no one will leave their home. Religious rules state there should be no traffic, no fire, no work and no pleasure. Streets are eerily empty, shops and restaurants remain closed, the beaches are shut, use of electricity is kept to a minimum, there’s no transport – even the airport closes – and the pecalang community police go on patrol, ensuring compliance and reprimanding anyone who steps outside their premises.

“It’s a day for contemplation, to meditate, to fast, to go inside yourself and reflect on the past year,People stay quietly with their families, it’s a very special day.”
New Year rituals start three days before Nyepi, with Melasti purification ceremonies on beaches. Every village makes a pilgrimage to the coast, taking sacred temple objects for cleansing and blessings,Festivities continue for two days after Nyepi too, with visits to friends and family to ask for forgiveness and temple ceremonies.

If you’re visiting Bali at the time of Nyepi, hotel restaurants and other facilities are usually open – often with a more basic menu – but you won’t be able to leave your accommodation and no one can check-in. If you’re in a private villa you’ll be expected to keep the noise down and lights off, even if you choose not to observe total silence.

The Balinese have countless festivals and ceremonies year-round, but Nyepi is a particularly interesting time to visit – a new year unlike any other.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Greetings from the island of the Gods!



On March 7th 2019 the island will turn dark and quiet in celebration of Nyepi Day. This most important and sacred day in the Hindu religion is part of the 6 days lasting Balinese New Year celebrations. As opposed to most other cultures in the world, where people often flock to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the new year with music, dance and fireworks, in Bali the streets go empty, and the island turns all dark and quiet. That’s why Nyepi Day is also often referred to as Silence Day.

Here are some tips on how to spend Nyepi Day in Bali:


  • Find out where the Ogoh Ogoh parade in your area is. This is an amazing experience on the day before Nyepi, so make sure not to miss it.
  • If you’re arriving the day before Nyepi, book your airport transfer in advance to get to your hotel hassle-free.
  • Many taxi drivers are going home to their village to celebrate Balinese New Year, so don’t travel too far the day before and after Nyepi Day; the roads can get very congested.
  • That’s also why you shouldn’t rely on taxi’s the night before Nyepi. Whether it’s Blue Bird, Gojek, or Uber, many drivers don’t take any rides anymore as they are on the way home for the upcoming celebrations. Getting around in Bali can be quite challenging this day.
  • If you’re staying in a resort, make sure to book your spa treatments early. You’re most likely not the only one looking for some relaxation on this day.
  • If you’re staying in a villa, stock up on food, drinks, and DVDs as you can’t leave your place on Nyepi Day. When watching movies after sunset, do close the curtains, as otherwise the Nyepi police will knock on your door and tell you to switch off the lights / television.
  • Make sure you have enough money for 3 days as ATMs are often empty and money changers are closed. Plus the exchange rate will drop.
Consider yourself lucky if you’re in Bali on Nyepi Day. It truly is a magical day and a wonderful experience. Hopefully, these tips are a useful guide for you on how to spend Nyepi Day in Bali.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Surfing Beach

SURFING BEACH
Bali is renowned fro being one the world's top surfing destinations,wtih warm tropical waters,huge variety of surf points and sunny skies.With surfers from all over the world making the yearly pilgrimage to Bali to get some of the surf action.

Bali is the volcanic island surrounding by cocal reefs.some of these coral reefs are surrounded by deep water channels which rise up to meet the reef sheff which with help of ocean swells creates the ideal surf points.Bali being exposed to swells from the south west,this provides Bali with surf all year around.The majority of surf locations are concentrated mostly in south Bali.

Depending on which season you visit Bali.During the months of May until October,bali get wind from the east and south east this creates good offshore conditions on west coast Bali.The from November unitl April the wind come from the west and south west giving the east coast of bali best location for surf.

Some of the west coast surf points include : Uluwatu,Padann-padng,Dreamland,Bingin,Balangan,Kuta reefs,Legian beach,berawa,Canggu,Balian and Medewi.Some of east coasts surf points incuded : Nusa Dua area ,Turtle island(Serangan ) Hyatt reef and sanur reef,Ketewel,Tantu,Keramas.The majority of waves on west coast of Bali are left hander favoring " Goofy Footers".With the majority of waves of the east coast are right hander favoring " Natural Footers ".Kuta/Legian the stretch of sandy beach is located in the west coast of Bali.It is an ideal location for beginners tp  professional surfers,with so many peaks to chose from,waves break on sandy bottom rather tahn rock of reef like the Majority of surfing spots in Bali

BUKIT PENINNSULA

  • Located on southern tip of Bali around 30 minutes driver from Kuta.This area is made up rocky sandstone cliffs with magnificent beaches tucked away between the cliffs,such as Dreamland beach,Balangan Beach,Bingin and Padang-Padng.Tourism and investors are slowly taking over this area,with accommodation ranging from cheap bungalows to luxury villas and new golf course.All the surf breaks here are lefthanders.


ULUWATU

  • Is the most famous surf point in this area,with waves surf able up to 20 feet (faces ).This surf point is for intermediate to experienced sufers only.The only entry and exit is through a cave located at the base of cliffs.Best on mid tide...offering 5 peaks to choose from depending on the swell direction and the tide.This left hand wave is fast and sucks,offering tube rides for the experience.Just north of Uluwatu is Padang-Padang this wave is body boarders dream with super sucks left hand tube rides,only for experience surfers.Bingin beach is lone with cheap accommadation and restaurant that look out directly to the surf point.Dresmland beach is the only surf point on south peniisular suitable for surfers 0f all types with the wave breaking in deep water,best at low tide.Don't forget to take some time out to relax on beach and take in the colorful surroundings as well as bronzed bodies from all over the world soaking up the sunsrays.


NUSA DUA,TANJUNG BENOA AND SANUR

  • All locaed in the Eastern coast of Bali.Numerous surf point,mostly right hander.Best in November until April,when the winds are coming from the west,Majority of these surf points require a boat trip to get to them from the shore as the waves break out on the outer edge of coral coastline.
  • All location are easily accessible by car with the main BYpass road connecting Nusa dau to Sanur ( 40 minutes drive ) Surf points inlude : Nusa Dua ( Geger Beach )Mushroom rock,Sri lanksa,sanur reef,Hyatt Reef,Serangan (Turtle Island ).If you want follow the coast you will find more surf points on offer Tantu,Ketewel and Keramas and there are more surf points further north,although you will need a local surf guide to show around.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun Temple is located in the village of Mengwi,Badung,approximately 30 minutes driver or 20 km to tthe north of the city of Denpasar.Tama Ayun,whch means beautiful garden stood since the days of empire,precisely constructed in 1634 by the first king of the kingdom of Mengwi,I Gusti Agung Ngurah Made Agung Sakti or Tjokorda Blambangan.

Taman Ayun Temple serve as a source of irrigation,Pura mother and unifying the community.Irrigation function indicated by the pools that surround the temple that used by farmer to be used as a sourse of irrigation,in which water pools were channeled to the rice fields around the temple.Mother Temple unifying fuctioin,indicated by the presence of the temple as a palce of worship for the people who have the same ancestral lineage ,so as to unite them as a big family.

Given the history of the establishment and its functions,it can be said Taman Ayun Temple is a combanation of natural beauty and springs,with the expertise of a king Tjokorda Way Blambangan successfully intergrate into a beautiful place as well as build an irrigation system for the prosperity of its people.A perfect harmony between man and nature that should be preserved.

Taman Ayun Temple is in order with the concept of the traditional Balinese garden surounded by an artificial rover with a variety of rare plant species typical of Bali.The beauty of the landscape coupled with the sacred building Meru overlap SOLAS ( the building with the roof of the fibers that accumulate above amounts to eleven ).Meru typify sthana believed to be a sacred palce of the gods.

With a panoramic view of the beautiful water park empire,captivating also cool air,this palce is very attractive and suitable to serve as a spritual attraction,art and culture where tourists seemed to be in the heyday of the royal family.Taman Ayun is a true symbol of the nobility charm!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Balangan Beach

Hidden between two steeply cliff, Balangan beach is one of the beautiful beach of many beautiful beaches at the southern part of Bali island.Its location which is close to Dreamland beach and Uluwatu Temple so that it could be an alternative attractions you can visit.

The entrance acces to the beach in the area of Pecatu  is not difficult because  stairs have been provided which are wide enough for tourists.The atmosphere is still very natural and it's cool,moreover it is not much visited tourists.For surfers,this beach is very famous  and a favorite spot for surfing,beside Dreamland beach.

Balangan beach with coastlime approximately 1 km long north faceing to north,so the activity of Ngurah rai International Airport is visible from here in the distance.In the eastern part bounded by high cliffs with indentations underneath because eroded by waves.In the western side,the shore is bounded by high cliffs filled with plants,especially palm tree,but it also contains some sort of cottages to enjoy the beaches from the heiht.The absorbing thing is when the sea condition is low tide from this beach we could lead to Dreamland Beach by wlaking along the west shore.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Jatiluwih rice terraces pretty much cover the region of the namesake upland village in West Bali, most famous for its landscapes that are both dramatic and truly exotic. The site is one of the island’s must-see natural panoramas on par with Mount Batur and the caldera of Kintamani. The cool highlands and the breathtaking scenery of this village at the foot of Mount Batukaru makes for wonderful photo opportunities, and serves as a soothing retreat away from the island’s crowded south.