Category: Things To Do

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Find Many Museums in Bali

If you want to immerse yourself in the culture of Bali while you are there, visiting some of the museums will help you to find out about its history. Once you’ve settled down in your Canggu Villa and had a restful night’s sleep you’ll feel ready for anything. Visiting a museum will educate you on the history of Bali and add an interesting spot to the day.

Here are some of the different museums in Bali.

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Why Bali is the Place to Go for Drug Rehab

We usually think of Bali as one of the most popular places to go for an overseas holiday because it offers access to a different culture, an exotic location, friendly locals and affordable accommodation and other costs.  But when it comes to drug rehabilitation, Bali as a destination is also becoming a popular trend – often for much the same reasons.

Affordability

The monthly cost of drug rehab in Australia is totally unacceptable and quite impossible for the ordinary person to afford.  An addict has nowhere else to turn if they want to access the kind of rehabilitation that really works. 

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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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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.

Surfing Destination
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 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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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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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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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 the many great villas while 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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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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Diver’s World Paradise Bali

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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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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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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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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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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