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3 of Bali’s Best Restaurants

From fine dining, a chic warung to high tea, Bali is a haven for foodies.

 Made’s Warung

Coming from humble beginnings this now bustling restaurant originally started as a road side warung or food stall at Kuta back in 1969. Made and her family cooked up traditional Indonesian meals to serve to the locals. Over the years expats and tourists got wind of how good the food was, and gradually over time the warung has now morphed into a foodies hotspot serving up authentic Indonesian coupled with a tad of western, Japanese and Thai influence – you will find everything from guacamole to gado gado.

Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak, Kuta, +62 361 732 130; Jalan Pantai, Kuta, Ph. +62 361 755 297.

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Nusa Lembongan the Hidden Bali Getaway Worth Exploring

Bali was once the world’s best-kept vacation secret, but thanks to it becoming more affordable, more and more people are heading to this beautiful getaway. That means it has also become much busier so if you are hoping to find that relaxing, quiet, tranquillity that once encompassed all of Bali, there is some good news – Bali still has such places. One of those places is Nusa Lembongan the hidden Bali getaway worth exploring.

This pristine location has plenty to see and do and some of these are very cool! Simple thatched roof housed scattered along the beach, seaweed farms throughout the area, which are the main economy along with the growing tourism industry. You’ll experience hospitality second to none here, where the locals are ready to help a weary travel with nothing expected in return. Nusa Lembongan is the perfect introduction to the beauty of Bali. The area has quickly become known for the abundance of manta rays in the area and occasionally mola molas.

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Lights, Camera, Bali! Video Content For Your Bali Website

We can’t go on living in the stone ages, so we have to face the fact that the web, somewhere along the 2000’s, became more of a visual medium than a text-based medium. So, while good ol’ text is still relevant (being the only thing a search engine can find effectively so far), video shows off your product or service like no other kind of content can.

If you’re maintaining a website about Bali tourism, you’ll want to post a video or two showcasing all that Bali has to offer. But you’re in luck! Bali is one of the most delightful regions in the world to view on video. Your only problem will be in choosing from all the options…or web designers (if you haven’t got one already).

#1 The Beach. Obvious choice here, since Bali is surrounded by one. You want to avoid the overcrowded areas like Kuta Beach or Denpasar. Try one of the less-traveled beaches during the off-season, so the camera can show the unspoiled nature. Catch a fisherman or seaweed farmer in the distance. catch some dolphins jumping out of the water.

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Enjoy Your Dream Vacation in Bali

Bali is replete with numerous attractions that bring in tourists from all corners of the globe. One cannot afford to keep off from this amazing Southeast Asia Island. You never have to worry about the security since it is excellent, while the infrastructure is top-notch, and is comparable with what you would get in the West. Moreover, the Cheap Seminyak Villas and attractions here are much more affordable, which is why more and more people flock here across all seasons.

It’s a normal practice for many people across the world to spend their holiday’s in hotels, since this is the norm. On the other hand, you have a wide variety of private luxury villas in Bali, fully serviced, and offering close proximity to the sea for maximum entertainment. In Bali, you will find top of the range condominiums, amazing vacation rentals affordably priced to suit every taste and pocket, while maintaining their luxury status. Additionally, most properties allow you to book your vacation rental or luxury villa via the internet from the comfort your home.

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Surfing in Bali

Bali is the home of surfing in Indonesia. This is where surfing first started in this country and till date this remains one of the top surfing destinations. The geographic location and the conscientious efforts by the Indonesian government to promote the island as a tourist destination mean that you probably have the perfect destination to enjoy surfing in Bali.

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There is a reason why Bali is so popular for surfing and it is the natural gift that this island has. The seas near Bali create the perfect waves that make for ideal surfing. The long waves that curl up perfectly give even the more experienced surfers the thrills of surfing out in the ocean. In fact, the discovery of these fantastic waves in the 1970’s was what put this rustic island on the world map as a good tourist destination. Within a few decades, Bali has grown and evolved into a leading spot for surfing.

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Bali – One of the Top Honeymoon Destinations

Brides Magazine chose reputable Virtuoso to decide where the top honeymoon destinations were. Collaborating with the revered travel network, Virtuoso, Brides magazine was able to have access to 7,200 elite travel specialists, questioning each as to where they considered the best destinations for newlywed couples. Brides Magazine took advantage of Virtuoso’s more than 60 years of travel expertise.

Their survey decided that Italy, French Polynesia and Maui were the three top destinations, but wait… because Bali was also listed as a top honeymoon destination. I mean as prestigious as being in the top three might be, you don’t have to be there to be great, and Bali is certainly a place newlywed should consider travelling to for their honeymoon.

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Bali White Water Rafting

One of the most spectacular outdoor adventures you can experience in Bali is a white water rafting trip. These are views like no others as you take in the amazing panorama of the shorelines and area surrounding you. Combine that with the fun of riding the rapids and you have the makings for a perfect adventure.

There are two famous rivers in Bali where water rafting takes place. The Telagawaja River in Karangasem regency and the Ayung River in Ubud. Both offer an excellent white water experience and the most beautiful scenery for you to enjoy – be prepared to be amazed.

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A Bali Wedding Traditional or Modern

Bali has long has a reputation for holding some of the most beautiful traditional weddings in the world. You won’t soon forget a traditional Bali wedding if given the opportunity to attend.

The beautiful traditional Balinese dress and the women wearing their colourful garments and interesting embellishments. It’s beautiful. There are three types of marriage styles in Bali:

* Ngerorod – elopement
* Memadick – The boy’s parents and his family show up at the girl’s parents and respectfully ask for their daughters.
* Nyentana – man moved into wife’s home permanently

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2012 Cipta Persona Aware Granted to Ulun Danu Beratan

According to Bali Travel News the Ulun Danu Beratan tourist attraction received a national aware in 2012 in the event of Cipta Persona Award (CPA). This was an exciting time for them. Chairman Ulun Dan Beratan Management, Wayan Mustika and the Head of the Tabana Culture and Tourism Agency Wayan Adnyana received the award.

You can find the attraction at Candi Kuning Village, in the Baturiti sub-district. You should definitely take the time to visit if the opportunity arises. 33 units of souvenir shop, opened international restaurant were relocated and constructed, along with an expanded parking lot an amazing garden and a playground for children.

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Bali to Reach Target of 3 Million Foreign Tourists for 2012

According to Indonesia News Bali is set to reach their target goal of 3 million foreign tourists for 2012. In 2011 Bali had 2.7 million foreign visitors and this year those numbers are growing. Then again it should not really be no surprise since Bali really is one of those places that are high on the list of desirable places to visit.

Stakeholders are sure that Bali will be able to increase the number of foreign visitors by at least ten percent in 2012, even with the gloomy state of world’s economy.

Australian tourists continue to be the main source of foreign visitors, totaling nearly 30 percent of all foreign arrivals, when China next making up 9 percent of tourists; then Japanese tourists. However, because of difficulties with the economy and the major earthquake and tsunami disaster during 2011 they have dropped to 7 percent.

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Culture Affairs and Events Bring Tourists to Bali

According to Indonesia Point, tourism to Bali continues to increases. It has always been a popular spot to visit because of the fabulous beaches and fantastic temples. When you vacation in Bali, you know that it will be a memorable vacation. Tourism is actually one of Bali’s main industries.

Throughout the year there are culture affairs going on. Chances are no matter when you arrive in Bali, you will discover some type of culture event to participate in. After all, they are an important part of Bali. There is almost something occurring every month. Tourists from Australia, the United States, Canada, and England find Bali an appealing destination.

Bali Calendar is a great site to see exactly what is going on in Bali at any given month. I found it very helpful in vacation planning to Bali especially if there is something that specifically interests you.

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Take a Trip to Gitgit Waterfall

Imagine it- at a height of about 35 meters, surrounded by tropical trees, and the roar of the waterfall – that’s Gitgit Waterfall and it is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in northern Bali. Not only will the waterfall take your breath away, the stunning surroundings are what memories are made of.

In the rain forest are so protected areas and this is where you will often see the wild monkeys on their way to the waterfall. They are really quite amazing to see. Do be sure to incorporate it with some of your other activities in the area. Bali has some of the most stunning natural scenes to share with visitors. Sometimes we find ourselves so busy with the ‘things’ that Bali has to offer such as the temples, that we forget top stop and enjoy what nature has to offer.

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A Handy Little Guide To Indonesian Airport Taxes

Now, this is the kind of nitty-gritty travel information that you don’t find every day. When flying in and out of Bali (or anywhere else in Indonesia) to and from your luxury villa vacation, here’s some low-down on airport taxes. They’re mostly too small to make a serious dent in your budget, but they’re still of concern to the student traveler and whatnot.

Incidentally, have you noticed how essential airports are to Indonesia? Yeah, all those islands, and they can’t just blow out a bridge in between everywhere, you know. Yeah, that’s what does it. We wouldn’t be surprised if a monopoly forms in Indonesia someday among the airports.


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Several Interesting Pura to Visit in Bali

It’s very exciting that the Bali Culture Officeis making a comprehensive documentary film on Pura Besakih, which is considered to be the mother temple in Bali. You will find Pura Besakih on the slope of Mount Agung in Karangasem regency. After all, this is one of the most popular destinations by tourists headed to Bali.

“We are now conducting research and studies on Pura Besakih to get insightful coverage on the temple,” said I Wayan Dauh, head of the office’s film and licensing.

Pura Besakih is an absolute must to visit. It signifies the Kingdom of Balinese Hundus oneness. There are numerous puru (temples) in the Besakih complex, which is massive. Many tourists guides mention 28 temples although some say as many as 38 temples exist there.

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Where To Golf In Bali

Golfing is seen worldwide as the leisure sport of the elite and successful. Bali is the exotic vacation destination seen worldwide as the place where all the high society people vacation. So if you combine the two, you just might need to do so while sporting a top hat, monocle, and perhaps the mark of a truly eccentric millionaire, such as a pet toucan on your shoulder while you’re lining up your putt.

Just kidding! Actually, Bali is a relatively economic place to golf, and you’ll find the following courses within easy reach of a luxury villa vacation spot in Bali:

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Take a Trip to Bali West National Park

Bali West National Park is nature conservation made up of a pure ecosystem that is under the management of a zone system. It’s purpose is tourism, recreation, and education. It’s definitely a must see with its unique ecosystem, beautiful panoramic views, and fresh atmosphere. It is considered one of the top tourism destinations so make sure that you take the time to get there.

You will find Bali West National Park on the west side of the island, about a four hour drive from Bali International Airport, and close to Gilimanuk Port. Some of the park is in the Grokgak sub-district, Melaya sub-district, Sigaraja regency, and Jembrana regency. You should not have any trouble finding the park as you just need to follow the main road to Singaraja town then to Gilimanuk Port or depending on where you are the main road may take you straight to Gilimanuk Port.

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Lonely Planet Travel Guide’s Top Sixteen Bali Experiences

When you’re planning a vacation trip to Bali, you won’t want to miss the Top 16 Bali Vacation Experiences, produced by the Lonely Planet publishing house. Owned by BBC Worldwide, Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book and digital media publisher in the world.

Notable picks from the list:

  • Pulau Menjangan scuba-diving. Picture a tropical fish tank owned by God himself.
  • Balinese dancers. These are a major form of entertainment in Bali, raised to an art form the way Germany has opera and England has rock concerts.

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The Captivating World of Balinese Temples

The proper name for a Balinese Hindu temple is “pura”, but not all temples in Bali are Hindu. However, Hindu temples in Bali are still the most-visited, as Bali was originally a mix of Hinduism and animism before the Muslim influence arrived. Bali is also called “the island of a thousand puras” because there’s so many of them. They’re also a huge tourist attraction.

A brief round-up of Bali temple links:

  • Mother Temple of Besakih – This is the biggest and most important pura in Bali. The maze of pagoda-style rooftops is staggering. It’s also situated on the slope of Mount Agung.

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Styles of Luxury Villas for Vacationers in Bali

Who would stay at a hotel in Bali when you could treat yourself to a luxury villa? These affordable villas are rented out year-round and offer a far more civilized experience. And there’s a variety for every style of vacation.

Traditional: These are the villas with traditional Balinese architecture. For example, Villa Bunga Wangi. These include patio dining, open plan living rooms, a large pool, and modern tropical architecture. For those seeking an authentic experience.

High-end luxury: These come at a high price; however, when you see the photos, you’ll know where every dollar went. One example is Villa The Khayangan. These upscale estates were once the home of noblemen, and feature mind-blowing architecture and design in very modern styles, open floor plans, sweeping views, and meticulous landscaping.

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Walk On the Wild Side at West Bali National Park

Eco-tourists looking for a unique nature experience would be wise to consider a visit to West Bali National Park, located on the western-most tip of the island of Bali. Here’s just of one many sites offering guided tours.

West Bali National Park has everything you could hope for in a tropical park. It is home to no less than four dormant volcanoes, mangroves, monsoon forests, dozens of birds including the snowy-white endangered Bali Starling, megabats, leopard cats, the crested serpent eagle, and dozens more exotic species besides. There are also a host of endangered species of flora here. Naturally, your tour guide will advise you in pursuing the most unobtrusive methods of visiting.

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Diving Into Bali In The South-East Islands

If you choose to stay in one of Bali’s many luxury villas on vacation, and you’re the least bit interested in watersports, you’ve hit the jackpot! Bali has three islands to the southeast which have a reputation as one of the premiere water sports areas of the world.

Nusa Penida The biggest of the three, by far. A wild tropical paradise with spectacular bays ideal for freediving, snorkeling, and general water frolicking. As this site on Bali diving shows, many package tours and guided trips await you. Here’s a video that gives you some taste of the Nusa Penida diving experience – check the menagerie of tropical fish among the coral at 1:00, manta rays at 1:36, and the bizarre, alien-like eel at 6:10.

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Take An Elevator From your Villa To The Beach

In the category of “practical deployments that you never would have thought of”, here’s a blog post about a Bali villa’s elevator feature. This must be one exhilarating ride! Apparently the villa is right on the cliff overlooking the ocean, so you can just step right in and zip down to your morning dip.

It’s just one of those odd touches that shows how the Balinese handle tourism with a smart efficiency that no one else in the world possesses.


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Volcanic Activity In the South Pacific

Visitors to Bali are sometimes intimidated when they realize that there’s volcanoes in the area. But there’s no need to worry! Volcano eruptions are rare in this era – but you should have seen previous eras.

Take, for instance, 77,000 years ago at Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia. That was the site of a cataclysmic eruption that affected climate and life forms all over the Earth. This was also pretty much before the damn of human history, when volcanoes all over the Earth were much more active.

Indonesia is part of what geologists call the “Pacific Ring” group, where shifting tectonic plates under the ocean floor stimulate geologic activity – for example, the recent Japanese 2011 earthquake and tsunami. But as far as Indonesian volcanoes go, the last major eruption in the region was Krakatoa in 1883, between Java and Sumatra. Remember that the best thing to do if you’re jittery around volcanoes is to stay far away from them – say, by relaxing on the beach around your luxury Bali villa!

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Little Known Things To Do in Bali

While many Bali visitors head straight for the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, any of the tourist-riddled temples, or the white sandy beaches of Kuta, there’s so much more to see and do in Bali. Rent one of the popular luxury villas sprouting up all over Bali and try this “unknown Bali” mini-guide when you want something new to do in Bali:

Southeast Islands

Visit the seaweed farms between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. It’s a small industry whose chief market is the Asian cosmetics industry. Just to say you’ve seen how seaweed is farmed…

Tour the mangrove forest along Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. This is typically done with a tour guide for the day in an outrigger boat called a “jukung”. It’s a great, different kind of nature tour that will remind people of what they think touring the Amazon or Florida Everglades is like.

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A Bali Vacation For Every Taste

Match your preferred type of vacation here with these five Balinese tourist destinations:

Cultural – The heart of Balinese culture is definitely Ubud. It’s like the Paris of Bali; it’s alive with museums and theaters, and it’s the heart of arts and crafts culture in all of Bali. Originally, this descends from a tradition where citizens would create crafts, useful items, and objects of art as tribute to the king under their old feudal system.

Romantic – This is a tough call, because there’s so many places to choose from in this sun-soaked tropical jewel. But we could recommend Jimbaran. It’s a quaint fishing village by the sea, which features a small number of seafood restaurants and tiki-type cafes. It’s renowned for its spectacular sunsets.

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Denpasar, Capital City of Bali

Denpasar, Capital City of Bali

While aiming for the biggest city isn’t the principle aim of most tourists visiting Bali, it’s still good to know just a few things about it. Just in case you have to run through it anyway.

Denpasar is a major metropolitan area in the south point of Bali. It has a population topping 700,000 at last count, and heading for 1 million soon. There’s another 2 million in the surrounding suburbs. Denpasar has everything you’d expect in a major metroplitan area: malls, markets, restaurants, and an airport. And traffic. It’s also home to the Bali Museum, although many other museums in Ubud and such get more of the spotlight.

Climate-wise, Denpasar is as tropical temperature as the rest of the island. Its average temperatures run from 23 to 32 Celsius (74 – 90 F) with rainy season from November through March.


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Civet Coffee – Another Amazing Balinese Oddity

Travelers to luxury villas in Bali love to soak up the local culture and lore, and nothing is so authentically Balinesian as their famous civet-cat coffee. Produced on Sumatra, Java, and Bali, these Sumatran beans are incredibly expensive, but also highly sought after. Because they’re made from civet-cat poop.

No, wait, come back here! You see, civet cats eat coffee beans, which are actually the “seed” in the middle of a kind of berry. As the beans pass through the digestive tract of the civet cat, its enzymes break down peptides and amino acids in the beans – this makes them less acidic and more mellow. The beans are then collected and washed, sun-dried, and light-roasted. They sell for $160 per pound, but coffee fanciers staying in Bali might find a bargain from a local producer.

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A Student’s-Eye View of Balinese Tourism

Any young student should take advantage of that opportune time of their early 20s to travel the world and see the sights. It broadens the mind, stimulates the intellect, and gives you some great stories to tell in your advancing years. And Bali provides one of the best experiences of all.

  • General Student Info – Actually, it’s also good basics for anybody to know.
  • A post about a nurse’s student exchange program – Just one example of the opportunities there are out there.

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Bali – The Diver’s World Paradise

Divers worldwide, both amateur and professional, rank Bali as a sublime world-class diving destination. Miles of unspoiled beaches, amazing diverse coral reefs, an unimaginable menagerie of tropical sea life, and the clearest, most crystal-blue water of the mighty Pacific. Oh, did we mention that even the weather’s perfect for it nearly year-round? Whether scuba or snorkel, Bali is Neptune’s gift to divers.

The concentration of best locations are on the east side of the island of Bali, near either the small south-east islands (Lembongan, Ceningan, Penida), or Tulamben to the north-east. But really, you almost can’t go wrong anywhere around Bali. We recommend staying at a beachside luxury villa, many of which cater to the diving enthusiast. The peninsula of Nusa Dua is also popular. Here, we’ll try to give you a YouTube tour of just some of the awesome diving experiences you could have around this jewel of the Pacific.

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Five Reasons To Stay In A Villa When Visiting Bali

Sure, there are all kinds of ways to enjoy a Balinese vacation. There could be something to be said for almost any kind of temporary residence, because Bali’s such an enjoyable place that you really could stay in a stable and still have a good time. But from surveying a lot of travelers over the years, you’ll find that villas are the overall top-rated accommodation.

1. It’s private.

Hotels are crowded, private lodging is dodgy, and youth hostels are not only dormitory style, but a great place to get your luggage stolen. Bali, as a culture, is generally structured to be a lot more communal than what we Westerners are used to. Villas are the one respite from the hectic, chaotic pace of Balinese cities, and gives you a chance to regroup away from the mobs.

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How To Visit Bali Like A Responsible Tourist

The Indonesian island of Bali has been one of the most-visited places in the world, and their tourism industry has only shown more expansion and become a more valuable part of their economy as time goes on. But, as anybody who has lived near a popular tourist destination can tell you, all that activity can take a toll on an area. You can help ensure that Bali will continue to welcome visitors by following a few tips:

Be patient and respectful with the locals.

Balinese culture, being relatively isolated, is far different from any other region. It has a heavy spiritual influence, and that spiritualism is usually Hindu, which has its own morals and values. At the same time, the pace may be more hectic because of the cultural attitude of “rame”, which basically means “everybody act like bees in a beehive”. At the same time, the pace can seem slower, because everybody seems more interested in socializing than getting any work done. And then there’s the street vendors and touts, who can be annoyingly persistent. The thing to do is to not take any of this personally, and just try to adjust to the pace around you. You’ll never get anywhere by acting like a bossy Westerner and trying to push people around.

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Snorkel Adventure In Tulamben, Bali

A Thrilling Snorkel Adventure In Tulamben, Bali

What could possibly make snorkeling of the coast of a tropical paradise into the clear, sparking, sapphire waters of the Pacific even more fun? How about a whole shipwreck to explore? Bali Villa Rent gives an account of snorkeling amid the shipwreck remains. This is a historic site off the coast of Tulamben, on the north-east coast of the island of Bali.

The shipwreck is that of the U.S. Liberty, a United States aircraft carrier that was sunk during World War II, 1942. Today it rests a mere six meters underwater, easily accessible by divers, and has now partly merged with a corral reef. Scuttlebutt around the diving community says that October and November are the best times to dive the wreck, which is located a mere few minutes’ swim from shore.

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Transportation in Bali

Whether your Bali vacation destination is a bustling, major city like Denpasar or Ubud or a quieter, remote locale, getting around town will be a necessity. While Bali, being a relatively small island, doesn’t have things like railways or major freeways, it is a very well-civilized culture in most places with paved roads and traffic laws, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble.

  • Buses and shuttles – The most common form of transportation, Bali buses are run by the Perama bus company and have stations in most major tourist locations. There is also the newer Trans Sarbagita bus company, set up in 2011 by the Balinese government. Shuttles are also available from most villas and tourist areas, and are cheap and reliable.

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A Sweet Tale of One Couple’s Bali Adventure

A Sweet Tale of One Couple’s Bali Adventure

Our hearts were warmed at this post about one couple’s experience in Bali after winning a vacation as a prize. This was a well-deserved rest, because it was the couple’s first vacation in 12 years! They stayed at a resort in Nusa Dua and got the pampered massage-and-spa treatment.

Naturally, they were thrilled partly just because they didn’t have the kids tagging along. But Bali’s still a great place for kids as well, with the beaches, exotic flora and fauna, and natural beauty everywhere. You’d just want to be sure to pry them away from their iPod and Nintendo DS long enough to look out the window.

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A Visit To the Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud is a major city in south Bali which sees some of Bali’s heaviest tourist traffic, and most of them are there to visit the world-famous Ubud Monkey Forest and sacred monkey temple. This is a truly unique experience, shared by some 10,000 visitors per month.

The monkeys are of the long-tailed Macaque variety, numbering into the hundreds. They typically split up into “troops”, lately about four of them, that take turns roving around and interacting with the visitors. Monkeys are not too territorial but they do have a strong sense of social community, so members of different troops occasionally fight each other. Females stay with the same troop for life; males may migrate from one troop to another.

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The Sacred Monkey Forest of Bali – Why A Temple?

Visiting the Balinese Monkey Forest of Ubud, and the accompanying temples there, is an activity that some 10,000 visitors per month enjoy. But, particularly to the Western mind, the mere existence of a sacred forest, much less the temples, is an enigma. Why build a temple to monkeys, of all things? Do they actually worship monkeys as gods there?

Well, no, they don’t worship monkeys per se. But the explanation requires us to dive deep into the Balinese traditions of Hinduism, which is a pretty complicated subject. Balinese Hinduism differs from other forms of Hinduism in that the Balinese mix in some animism, Buddhism, and ancestor worship. They believe in reincarnation and have a caste system. And they believe that how you live in your present life determines what caste and form you take in the next one. Furthermore, they believe that all life forms, animals, insects, and all, participate in this great universal scheme of reincarnation.

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Bali History

Today Bali is famous for its clean and pristine beaches along with a host of fun and adventure activities. It is interesting to know that some researchers feel that Bali would have maintained the same charm and beauty even before the Ice Age. In the more recent past, Balinese people have come under strong influence of Buddhism, Chinese culture and later Hinduism. Today, even though Indonesia is an Islamic country, Bali retains its own unique Hindu culture.

From Pre- Ice Age Era to 800 BC
It is believed that Bali was the final frontier in the mainland and a place was a magnet for human immigration several millennia ago. In the pre-ice age era, being at the end of the mainland, the sheer beauty and abundance of Bali would have attracted early human settlers. In fact excavations have revealed the existence of Java man or Homo erectus in these islands.

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Balinese Folklore

You’d probably want to soak up at least some of the local culture when you tour Bali. After all, imagine if you bring home some exotic wood-carving of a Rangda and you’re showing it off on the mantel after you get it home, and somebody asks you what the heck a Rangda is. You don’t want to be stumped, do you?

  • Antaboga – The “world serpent”. You know that snake in a circle eating its own tail, popular in logos and tattoos? Rooted in the same myth. Antaboga created Bedwang.

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How’s the Weather in Bali?

Bali is regarded as a tropical paradise, and the climate is the main reason. Year-round temperature ranges from mid-20s to mid-30s C. (68 to 93 degrees F.). This is a generally balmy climate, where snow is almost unheard-of and it’s rare to see anyone bundling up at night in more than a light jacket. At the same time, the hottest it gets is just enough motivation to slap on some sunscreen and grab a cold drink on your way to the beach.

The main rainy season is from December through March. However, parts of Bali can still get rain at other times of the years, while the Bukit Peninsula gets hardly any. In June through September, the weather is warm but not too humid, feeling almost like your living room at the coastal areas.


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Kuta Beach, Bali

Bali is so plentiful in rich attractions and activities that it’s easy to miss the number-one tourist attraction. Could it be the Sacred Monkey Forest and temple of Ubud, or the majestic temple tour of Tanah Lot? No, actually, by terms of sheer numbers, Kuta Beach, in the far southern reach of Bali, draws the most visitors!

The district of Kuta is a very well-developed city, just like anyplace in the Western world. Its commercial district is densely lined with shops and boutiques, lined with shaggy palm trees. It was the first, out of all Balinese locations, to see the beginning of the tourist boom. Outside of the main town area, called Legian, there is the suburb of Seminyak, where many emigrants settle. There is also the area Tuban, lined with tourist-oriented businesses as well.

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Four Things In Bali Culture You Must Experience

Those planning a trip to Bali would be well-advised to take the following advice: Don’t just go there to languish in the sun for a weekend on the beach! The island of Bali is one of the world’s most exotic, dynamic, and fascinating cultures, ripe with a dazzling array of local color and a deep culture that will be worth your while to explore. Just off the top, here are some aspects of Balinese culture you ought to at least take in once in your life, just to cross them off your bucket list:

Balinese Dancing Dance ceremonies in Bali stride the line between religious ceremony and deliberate performance art. Bali is a very ancient culture dating back to 2000 BC, and their dances have evolved continuously since that time. Like a stage play or an opera, there’s characters and a story, all with the performers decked out in intricate costumes that will dazzle your eyes. Find out the story behind each traditional dance, and the variations from place to place. You will be fascinated, and maybe even pick up a few lessons from Balinese beliefs. One good site on Balinese dance here.

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Bali | A Paradise on Earth

Bali: A Paradise on Earth

Bali has become one of the most sought after tourist locations on the world map in the past few decades. In a recent meeting, the Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Development (ISTD) struck up a plan to ensure that Bali continues to develop as a tourist destination while retaining its eco-friendly green nature. This implies that Bali would continue to remain a great place to spend some time off.
As a tourist spot, Bali offers a wide range of activities and pass times to indulge in.

Blessed with pristine oceans and rich cultural history, there is something for everyone in Bali. While planning your trip, ensure that you ear mark the most important places you want to visit so that you are not wasting time picking and choosing while you are there. The most popular attractions in Bali include museums, beaches, textiles and art and culture.

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A Tourist’s Guide To Balinese Temples

A Tourist’s Guide To Balinese Temples

Next to the natural wonders of Bali such as beaches and coral reefs, the temples are its next-biggest attraction. They’re picturesque, exotic, historic, and world-famous. Some of them get thousands of visitors per day. But they can be baffling, too. We’ll try to demystify temples in Bali with this handy little guide:

A very brief overview of Balinese Hinduism

Hinduism is easily the most complicated religion in history. It appears to be polytheistic, meaning that there’s many gods, but also all gods are said to be one god in many forms, rather like the Judeo-Christian trinity. Furthermore there’s sub-castes of gods; there’s a trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, and then there’s the lesser Vedic gods who resemble ancient Roman / Greek gods in being associated with some aspect of nature. Hindus also believe in reincarnation, and Balinese Hinduism is further complicated by the mixing in of some animism and ancestor worship on the side. There is also a different attitude towards sexuality, tending to view it as holy worship rather than a shameful sin as with Western religions.

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Some Balinese Words

Some Balinese Words And The Cultural Concepts Behind Them – PART 1

This will not be a general language guide to Bali. Rather, this will be a specific focus on Balinese words which sum up a concept that is uniquely Balinese (or at least Indonesian). This is important to know, because none of these words have a direct translation into any English dialect. And so, each of them provide an interesting insight for those about to visit (or return to) the island of Bali.

Rojong – The concept of mutual communal cooperation.

In the west, we might have mottoes like “everyone for themselves” or “may the best player win”. This spirit of individual competition is somewhat looked down upon in Balinese society, in favor of “rojong”, the sharing of work so that all may gain equal benefit from the results. Kind of in a commune / socialism sense, many Balinese villages thrive on community gardens, group herding, and sharing of resources and even living space. If you’ve heard the expression “it takes a village to raise a child”, that’s the kind of spirit the Balinese have.

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Some Balinese Words

Some Balinese Words And The Cultural Concepts Behind Them – PART 2

Here are yet more Balinese and Indonesian words with complex ideas behind them which are unique to that part of the world. Vacationers in Bali, no matter how casual, would benefit from getting to know some of these concepts, because they express ideas that are both uncommon to the Western world-view and indelibly embedded into Balinese society.

Rasa – The feeling evoked by a work of art.

Arts in Bali and most of Indonesia have a trait that is peculiar to Western thought: they may be overwhelmingly sad, scary, erotic, or humorous, to the point of making the work itself a caricature. Don’t be confused by this over-bold statement; this is actually the “rasa”, a Sanskrit word that’s seen as a quality to strive for. There’s some dozen of them, and they’re meant to invoke different Hindu gods and even have chakra colors associated with them. For instance, a statue of a conquering warrior might invoke the “viram rasa”, associated with the deity Indra and the color yellow.

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