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    Nature

    by Tripack Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    Bali is a very fertile island thanks to irrigation and volcanic soil. Nature is generous and you will be able to taste some nice exotic sweet fruits as the snake fruit (the scaly skin is like a snake) or the smelly but tasty durian. Enjoy the scenery.

    Rice fields Gitgit water
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    Temple

    by Tripack Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    On the shore of Lake Bratan at 1'200m above sea level (Bedugul area), you will find the stunning "floating" Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Lake Bratan Temple). This temple was built in 1663 and devoted to the water goddess Dewi Danu.

    An small entrance fee is requested to visit the temple.

    Lake Bratan Temple
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    Dive Now!

    by Tripack Updated Jan 15, 2012

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    Balinese underwater world is amazing. Around Bali you will find some great diving spot as Kubu, Tumlaben, US Liberty wreck, Amed, Blue Lagoon, Padang BaiNusa, Shark Point, Candidasa, Nusa Penida, Manta Point...

    Colorful soft coral garden contrast with the black volcanic sand and impressive volcanic walls (called drop off) full of marine life. My great day & night dives let me meet many of locals as anemone, clams, ringed piperfish, scorpion fish, blue spotted stingray, puffer fish, nudibranch, clown "Nemo" fish, lion fish, box fish, pigmy seahorse, trumpet fish, garden eel, bird wrasse, angel fish, octopus, cattle fish, moray, barraccuda, spider crab, orang outan shrimp, arlequin shrimp, humphead parrot fish, napoleon, mola mola (sunfish), manta and even an unexpected swordfish!

    The "cleaning station" at the house reef of my resort was one of my favourite dive... just let your hand be taken care by dozens of little friendly shrimps for a free funny and tickle mancure ;-)

    So Dive now, work later ;-)

    Tumlaben area Kubu area
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    VISIT THE HARD ROCK CAFE BALI

    by DennyP Written Sep 13, 2011

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    Right across the road from the Northern end of Kuta beach is The Hard Rock Cafe Bali easy to see with the large guitar that stands out front....being a really hot day this was just the place for a cold beer and as I always do my best to visit any Hard Rock Cafe in any city wherever I may be.
    This was on my list of things to do here in Kuta Beach....as usual with any Hard Rock Cafe the staff are always extremely courteous and after a quick chat I exchanged a few spare "Sydney" guitar pins that I was carrying for that reason...The bar here has a huge wooden guitar above the bar and is the standout when you walk in although at the moment under renovation I think the interior is going to be changed somewhat..There is a large amount of musical memorabilia located within the dining and bar area and as is the case with all Hard Rocks, they certainly have their share of some great memorabilia on display here...I took many photos and then visited the Rock Shop to buy my Bali Hard Rock Cafe guitar pin for my collection.

    HARD ROCK  BALI THE HARDROCK GUITAR OUTSIDE THE HRC BALI THE ELVIS COLOURED GLASS MURAL BEHIND THE STAGE HARD ROCK BIG GUITAR  REALLY STANDS OUT BY NIGHT. HAVING A HIT OUT ON THE DRUM KIT ON THE STAGE HRC
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    VISIT ULUWATU

    by DennyP Updated Sep 10, 2011

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    When I was staying in south of Bali in Kuta Beach just after my arrival I was advised that a good place to visit was The Hindu Temple at Aluwatu..I decided along with two friends that it was really cheap to get a taxi on a "day hire" the rate was very inexpensive...also we could stop along the way and see other places of interest...here also the Taxi driver was not only helpful but great company..The cost for the day was very inexpensive divided three ways and also the hire rate will depend on your bargaining skills.The large Hindu Temple of Uluwatu is located precariously on the cliff top and makes for a wonderful photograph.
    When at the Temple there is a modest entry fee and that is for the hire of a "sarong" that ALL visitors must wear at the temple.There also is a small fee for entry to the site and also for the guide who will show you the various points of interest and who carries a slingshot to scare off the troublesome monkeys that are in abundance here...

    A word of WARNING here also to be very careful of the monkeys here..they will jump at you and steal anything that they can quickly grab and then run off with...so..hats,sunglasses, jewelry,wrist watches,cameras, ANYTHING.. and also their favourite is your thongs (The rubber footwear type)..these animals also are very aggressive and they bite..be very careful as some have rabies..if bitten seek immediate medical attention..

    THE TEMPLE ON THE CLIFFTOP THE CLIFF WALK TO THE TEMPLE AND FIREDANCE HAVE A COLD REFRESHING COCONUT MILK DRINK ONE OF THE MAIN OFFENDERS.. SO MANY MONKEYS HERE...BE VIGILANT..
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    The Wood Carvers of Mas

    by easterntrekker Written Aug 11, 2011

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    The village of Mas lies on the main road, 20 km to the north of Denpasar and 6 km before Ubud. The village is known for its wood carvers. We’ve seen many wood carvers throughout our travels but these are some of the best. We fell in love with a wall hanging of an intricately carved forest scene with elephants and gods. But after much discussion we decided against it as we were unsure which wood was used. Canada has very strict laws regarding importing exotic wood. One thing to note is the various colours have to do with the shade of shoe polish being used. Don’t pay extra for “mahogany” or “ebony”.

    Exotic Carvings
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    Celuk for Silver

    by easterntrekker Written Aug 9, 2011

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    Next on our agenda was a stop at Celuk , known for its gold and silver works. We visited three of the seemingly hundreds of manufacturers/shops.

    For years Celuk was known as the place where craftsmen made bowls for religious ceremony in silver leave called " bokoran " It wasn’t however until the 1930s when gold and silversmiths arrived in Celuk.

    The work they do is wonderful. Many of the designs are truly unique. The prices listed are automatically reduced by 50% and a bit more can be had with a bit of haggling .

    I bought a silver and pearl set of earrings with a beautiful intricate design for $28.00. My favorite shop was Semadi Gold and Silver

    Buying Silver Silver Artisan
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    Mask and puppet making in Bali

    by Daihappydai Written May 3, 2011

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    Masks are a very important element of Balinese performance. There are many places where you can observe and participant in the creation of both masks and puppets. The village of Mas just south of Ubud is reknowned as a mask making centre. Classes can be organised from Ubud and South Bali. Ask at your accommodation.

    Carving out masks, Mas, Bali Masks ready for painting, Mas, Bali Painting masks, Mas, Bali Cutting out puppets, Mas, Bali Puppets, Mas, Bali
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    Jungle walks around Munduk

    by Daihappydai Written Apr 30, 2011

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    If you are staying in either Lovina or the Central Highlands, there are some great walks through jungle, coffee plantations and ricefields in the Munduk area. From Lovina, a two-hour guided walk could be combined with a visit to Air Panas Banjar. Walks in the area take you through lush forests with some spectacular waterfalls - some with pools for dipping the toes or swimming in extremely cold but refreshing, clean water. Organised treks will also see you passing through coffee plantations. We were lucky enough to meet the charasmatic, old owner of one of the planatations and view the 'ancient' equipment he used for sorting and grounding the coffee beans. He also showed us an example of plastic bricks he made by melting down plastic bags and other rubbish. Oh, and the coffee was delicious!

    Beautiful waterfall, jungle walk in Munduk area Cocoa beans ripening in the jungle, Munduk, Bali Vibrant bamboos in the jungle, Munduk, Bali Friendly coffee plantation owner, Munduk Brick made from plastic bags, Munduk, Bali
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    Take a Balinese cooking class

    by Daihappydai Updated Apr 28, 2011

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    Balinese cooking with its delicious aromas and flavours is one of the treats of a holiday in Bali. There are many cooking classes on offer in both the South Bali area and the Ubud area. Try to find a class held in a village - unattached to a big hotel or chain of cooking classes - something really 'down to earth'. Great fun joining in the preparation of the 'bumbu' - the cooking spices that are chopped up and then crushed into a paste, and watching produce cooked over an open fire and basted with the spices you have prepared. Noticeboards in Ubud give advice on a whole range of classes or do a little search on the web.

    Preparing the spices for 'bumbu' Spices ready to be pounded into a paste Chicken being cooked over an open fire Dishes prepared at a village cooking class
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    Surf or Sunbathe at Dreamland Beach

    by Strikinsmile Written Mar 29, 2011

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    After snorkeling and a visit to Turtle Island, head down to Dreamland beach where you can surf or sunbathe. Enjoy the sun, sand and the surf for a tour (including transport) that only costs USD38. This day tour begins at 11am, where your friendly tour guide picks you up from your hotel and takes back as soon as the tour ends.

    Surfing gear is available for rent at one of the shops lined up at the area.

    This day tour includes a visit to Uluwatu temple as well as a delectable seafood dinner at Jimbaran beach, where you can marvel at the amazing colours of the sunset.

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    Time to Snorkel!

    by Strikinsmile Updated Mar 29, 2011

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    Take a glass bottom boat from Ramada beach. For an affordable rate (half-day tour that ends at sunset, plus other things to do) of USD38, you'll get to see awesome marine life as you snorkel for an hour, take a trip to Turtle Island, visit the Uluwatu temple and see the sunset, and proceed to Jimbaran beach.

    Managed to find a tour brochure at Denpasar airport. It's quite good as the tour, which starts at 11am (hotel pick-up), includes seafood dinner to cap the day.

    Shot taken from the glass bottom boat
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    Visit Turtle Island

    by Strikinsmile Updated Mar 29, 2011

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    Take a glass bottom boat to Turtle Island. For an affordable rate (half-day tour that ends at sunset, plus other things to do) of USD38, you'll get to see different turtles, giant ones to one-week old turtles. Other than turtles, this island offers an opportunity for you to learn more and see other animals such as pythons, birds, and an iguana.

    Managed to find a tour brochure at Denpasar airport. It's quite good as the tour, which starts at 11am (hotel pick-up), includes seafood dinner to cap the day.

    Giant sea turtle
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    Bali New Year Event: NYEPI DAY

    by meiyergani Written Feb 11, 2011

    Nyepi Day is a day of reflection, when all residents both Hindu and non-Hindu alike, respect the rules of silence which mark the Hindu New Year. It is a day of absolute quiet throughout the island and all traffic is banned from the streets for the 24 hour commemorative period from 6 a.m, continuing until 6 a.m. at following day. One and only special Bali's Nyepi day in a year long.. !!

    the hotels ask that guests have to stay in their complexes and strictly can't go out between 6am on new year day to 6am at the following day and no shops/bars will be open, It was really that strict !!!.

    On Nyepi absolutely everything on the island is shut down between 6AM on the day of the new year and 6AM the following morning. Tourists are confined to their hotels and asked to be as quiet as possible for the day. After dark, light must be kept to a bare minimum. No one is allowed onto the beaches or streets. The only exceptions granted are for real emergency cases. The airport remains closed for the entire day, which means no flights into or out of Bali for 24 hours. Ferry harbours are closed as well.

    BUT THREE DAYS BEFORE NYEPI DAY YOU COULD ENJOY COLORFULL CEREMONY AT ALMOST EVERY CORNER OF VILLAGES WORTH YOUR VISIT

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  • Rama Garden massage salon

    by aysem.duygu Updated Nov 25, 2010

    We stayed in Padma this time and this massage parlor was very near to the hotel so we decided to give it a try. It is in Rama Garden Hotel but managed by another company. The prices are more expensive than the average street parlors. The place itself is moderate. BUt the massage was superb.
    All the people are very nice, especially Gede Bayu is a very nice, kind gentleman who really helped us a lot. (I think he is the manager, we learnt his name just to be able to write about him)
    We tried reflexology and Body Sensation, both were remarkable. All the masseurs were fantastic.
    If you are staying in Legian, I strongly recommend you to try Rama Garden.

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  • Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, Bali

    Jl Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Bali Taman Beach Resort & Spa

    Jalan Raya Lovina, Lovina, Bali, 80001, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Tugu Bali Hotel

    Jl Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, Canggu, Bali, 80351, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

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