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    Tanah Lot : Impressive temple !

    by ErwinKoo Written May 2, 2014

    A visit toTanah Lot temple should not be missed if you visit Bali,because its one of the prettiest or might be the best among other temples in Bali.
    Tanah Lot means "Land in the Sea" in the Balinese language.Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.
    We drive a rented car from Puri Saron Hotel Seminyak , input the Tanah Lot destination to our GPS and about 1,5 hour later ,we were there.
    Heavy traffic jam could be experienced on high season or local public holiday.
    Driving there was a pleasant ride , but must be very careful , because streets in Bali are mostly narrow.
    Visit this temple early ,so you can witness the sunrise.
    The best time to visit the Tanah Lot temple is during low tide ( in the afternoon) you can watch the sunset ,and you can walk towards the main rock Temple.There's a cave of Holy Snakes just beside the main rock.
    We forgot to calculate this, and we arrived about 10 am , the tide was high so we cannot reach the main Temple .That the morning this place already packed with peoples.There's some souvenir shops and a restaurant high on the cliff near Tanah Lot temple.

    This is a piece of history of Tanah Lot, quoted from wikipedia :
    Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 16th-century janitor baratha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island's beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

    The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples were established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. However, the temple had significant Hindu influence.

    At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which was created from Nirartha's towel when he established the island.

    In 1980, the temple's rock face was starting to crumble and the area around and inside the temple started to become dangerous.The Japanese government then provided a loan to the Indonesian government of Rp 800 billion (approximately USD $130 million) to conserve the historic temple and other significant locations around Bali.

    As a result, over one third of Tanah Lot's "rock" is actually cleverly disguised artificial rock created during the Japanese-funded and supervised renovation and stabilization program.The area leading to Tanah Lot is highly commercialized and people are required to pay to enter the area. To reach the temple, visitors must walk through a set of Balinese market-format souvenir shops which cover each side of the path down to the sea.

    Entrance is 30.000/15.000 rp for an adult/child for foreigners
    IDR10,000 (adult), IDR7,500 (children) for local.
    Parking cost IDR2,000 for a motorbike and IDR5,000 for a car.

    Several times already ,we visited this temple ,now ,its become very crowded , but we would come back again for sure !

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    Bali Bombing Memorial (Ground Zero)

    by machomikemd Written Feb 12, 2014

    The Bali Memorial to the 2002 and 2005 Bali Bombings, also called Ground Zero, is one of the attractions in Kuta. The Memorial is located along the busy Jalan Legian, near the entrance to Poppies Lane 2 and it the site of the former Paddy's Pub, which bore the brunt of the explosions done by the Pan Southeast Asian Terror Group Jemaiah Islamiyah. The Memorial was finished in 2004 and the memorial is made of intricately carved stone, set with a large marble plaque, which bears the names and nationalities of each of those killed (202 persons of various nationalities). It is flanked by the national flags of the victims. The monument is well-maintained and illuminated at night.

    It is open for the public and admission is free.

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    Nusa Dua

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

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    Nusa Dua is the most exclusive enclave in Bali and host the priciest and most expensive hotel cum resorts in Bali. It is located in the Bukit Peninsula at the eastern side of South Bali and is contigious with Tanjung Benoa at the North. This district has walls and several guardhouses where vehicles must pay entrance fees and was made the the Indonesian Government in the 1970's, also called Kawasan Pariwisata. Nusa Dua has several private dirty white sand beaches for usde by the exclusive resorts and guests and a public Beach named Geger where anyone can swim. the waters here are calm and not rough hence is not for surfing and there are no surfers here, only sunbathers and swimmers and a few water sports activities.

    this area is where the affluent families go for staycation in Bali, away from the boisterous Kuta Area and recently hosted the Miss World 2013 and the WTO trade negototiations.It is located 20 minutes away from Kuta along JI Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai and then becomes JI Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua.

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    Tanjung Benoa

    by machomikemd Written Jan 3, 2014

    Tanjung Benoa is contiguous with Nusa Dua at the Bukit Peninsula at the eastern end of South Bali. Tanjung Benoa is synonymous with beach swimming and water sports as the beach currents in the eastern side of bali are not strong and there are hardly any waves so you would not see surfers here but lots of sunbathers, swimmers and water sports junkies and tourists that do jet skiing, para sailing, speed boats, flying fish, banana boats, snorkelling, ocean walker tours and scuba diving. Even the sands are finer and more dirty white than the golden sands of Kuta.

    Tanjung Benoa is about a 30 minute drive from kuta area via the JI Jalan Bypass.

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    Kuta Beach

    by machomikemd Written Dec 30, 2013

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    Kuta Beach was discoved by the backpackers in the 1970's and among the backpackers and the flower children and hippies of the area, their favorite in Asia where the 3 K's, Kathmandu (in Nepal) Ko Samui (in Thailand) and Kuta (Bali).

    the main destination of all of Bali is the world famous Kuta Beach, which was formerly the favorite destination of hipsters and backpackers in the 1970's and 80's and the crowd is now more mixed, Kuta beach is a golden, rough sand stretch of beach starting from the northern end of the Ngurah Rai international Airport up to the Seminyak area, about 7 kilometers (4 miles) long. there is a concrete footh path at the beach from Seminyak area up to near the Airport where people can walk and is just after the beach walls that separate the kuta beach from the JI Pantai Kuta Beach Road.

    there are many beach activities to do besides swimming and tanning and there are a lot of hawkers, touts and locals selling various wares along the beach and also offer surfing lessons. the more thorough water sports activities lie along the Tanjung Benoa area east of Kuta beach near Nusa Dua or at the Sanur Area north of Tanjung Benoa.

    be careful when swimming here as the beach has tall waves and riptides as it is still more of a surfing spot rather than a swimming spot.

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    Goa Gajah, Ubud

    by CEP1863 Written Dec 15, 2013

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    Upon arrival I was immediately struck with the number of market stalls set up in the car park. I paid my admission and descended down into the temple area. The elaborate carvings outside the elephant cave are fairly impressive, once inside the cave I was struck by how small it was. On the left, there was a statue of Ganesh and on the right a small area set aside for worship. If you do not like small spaces then I would not recommend going inside especially with the heat. There are a large number of "guides" trying to hustle you into paying for their services and I did find that this was very irksome.

    After visiting the cave, I decided to spend some time wandering and exploring the grounds where there were no crowds. I took a detour down a small path to a waterfall which was well worth the short walk.

    Open 08:00 - 16:00 daily. Visitors need to dress modestly as this is a religious site, sarongs are available at the entrance for those needing to cover up knees and shoulders.

    Entrance to the a Elephant Cave Goa Gajah Goa Gajah Goa Gajah Goa Gajah
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    Spend time on Nusa Lembongan.

    by worldkiwi Updated Nov 8, 2013

    The peaceful and rural island of Nusa Lembongan lies about 15km southeast of Bali, a short jet boat ride from Sanur. In 2012, I finally made it out to Nusa Lembongan. I was not disappointed. I spent five days in a Balinese paradise at the beautiful Mushroom Bay. My days were spent walking, swimming, reading, practising my bahasa and generally enjoying the quiet, laid-back lifestyle of Nusa Lembongan. It's the perfect retreat from the world.

    In 2013, I was lucky enough to spend six more days in this Indonesian paradise. The island is becoming more popular with tourists, but still there is very little vehicular traffic on what roads there are. Mushroom Bay beach features a new restaurant, and there seemed to be a few more boats in the bay. I worry that the Indonesian habit of building seawalls, in the mistaken belief that they protect sandy beaches, may one day see Mushroom Bay lost to the tides, as has happened to neighbouring Tamarind Bay. Nusa Lembongan is a delight if you enjoy walking with many empty roads and footpaths.

    Mushroom Bay, Nusa Lembongan, 2012. Mushroom Bay, 2013.
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    Scuba Diving with Crystal Divers, Sanur

    by CEP1863 Written Oct 5, 2013

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    I started my trip to Bali here at Crystal Divers doing my EFR Instructor Trainer Course and finished the diving part of my trip here with a days diving. I was impressed with the professionalism and hugh standards in customer service at the dive centre on both occasions. the centre operates a free minibus pick up and drop off service around the local hotels which makes the diving even more convenient.

    The diving was excellent and the ratio of guides to clients meant that a really personalised service. I was able to complete a deep dive to 40m on a one to one basis as there were no other divers diving that day who were looking to deep dive. The days diving allowed for an optional third tank which meant that I could get the most out of the day. Dive briefings were comprehensive and the attention to detail was impressive. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and I thoroughly enjoyed the three dives that I did.

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    Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park

    by HappyPassion Written Jun 8, 2013

    Unfortunately it was raining during my visit. Otherwise, it's large park crafted on limestone. I didn't watch the Kecak Dance but enjoyed my late lunch at the restaurant with a grand view. Take your time time to absorb the air there..mine was fresh and clear on the day as it was raining. Many school children in bus loads were there too as it's a popular destination among the locals.

    Of copper & brass View from the restaurant The work of skilled local artisans Loving the vastness
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    elephant ride in Bali Safari

    by jenifers Written Jun 7, 2013

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    I often come to Bali with friends or husband, this time i'm visited Bali Safari with my family. Courius with billboard advertising that i ever seen in Bali. The Safari journey was nice , combine between african savannah and Balinese cultural , we can see the animals with safari bus in their habitat wildlife.
    Things that i love most is Elephant Back Safari, ride the elephant with comfy saddle around 30 minutes. The unforgatable moment is we can enjoy the elephant bath in the river and ofcourse can interact with this sumatran elephant closer is the moment that i won't forget.

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    Relax on White Beach, Padangbai.

    by CEP1863 Written Mar 9, 2013

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    If you're looking for a beach to just kick back and relax on then look no further than White Beach in Padangbai. From the ferry port you take the road to the right and it is about a 10 minute walk up a hill. You pass a small temple on the right hand side and then take a left turn up a road that can best be described as rubble. Once you get to the top you just follow the path down the other side. The beach is big enough to have some little bars where you can get an ice cold drink and something to eat but also small enough to escape the notice of many tourists. All in all, it is well worth the walk and if you feel lazy enough, there are locals around who will take you back up the hill on their mopeds for a few rupiahs.

    White Sand Beach View of white beach from road
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    Scuba Diving With Geko Divers

    by CEP1863 Written Mar 9, 2013

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    Scuba diving was the main reason that I chose to visit Bali. The outfit that I chose to dive with was Geko Divers, a PADI 5 star dive resort, mainly because when I visited the shop they listened to my requirements and were prepared to put together a series of dives that met my needs. I did twelve dives in total with Geko Divers over a period of six days and I was very impressed with the whole set up. Divers are paired up according to ability and so none of my dives were cut short by another diver running low on air.

    The atmosphere was relaxed but dive briefings were comprehensive. The local Dive Masters were very knowledgable and this further added to the experience. The Dive Centre has three boats which meant that boats were not too crowded although admittedly I was diving in low season. I had all of my own gear but the rental equipment was in good condition and well looked after.

    Overall I would unreservedly recommend Geko Divers for any standard of diver.

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    Best Golf on Bali

    by Ubudian Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    While there are a number of 18 hole golf courses on Bali, most of them associated with one resort or another, none can match the beauty and challenge of the world class Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club. This course is brilliantly laid out in a valley just below Pancasari not far from Bedugal in the central mountains of Bali. This is a long course, being just over 7,000 yards from the blue tees. It is about an hour drive from Ubud, an hour and one half from Sanur and two hours from the Kuta/Legian area.

    This course is meticulously maintained, and being in a cooler area of Bali, it enjoys a misty fog most late afternoons and early evening rolling down from the surrounding mountains, which means this course is never burned out or dry.

    In addition to its championship 18 holes, the club has several very comfortable bungalow type accommodations, an excellent dining room serving both Japanese and international dishes, a well stocked pro shop, bar, men and women’s locker rooms and all the facilities one would expect with a world class golf club. The caddies are excellent, and they all know the course and the greens very, very well. Forgot to bring your clubs? No problem, as the pro shop has an excellent choice of full club sets, both for the right as well as left hand golfer as well as golf shoes for rent. This course is an excellent value, and they regularly offer two or three day bargain and all inclusive packages.

    A Vista at Bali Handara CC Golf Partner Ibu Lori Makes Offerings Before Play A Vista at Bali Handara CC Ibu Lori Gets Ready to Tee Up A Vista at Bali Handara CC
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    Listen to the music.

    by planxty Written Jan 12, 2013

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    I am constantly amazed by the quality of live music all over Southeast Asia. I am not talking here about traditional local music much of which is also excellent but effectively Western pop and rock music which seems to be so popular everywhere there.

    Readers of my other pages will know that I am a musician of sorts myself and until the airlines made it so prohibitively expensive to do, I always used to travel with my guitar. This was the case when I visited Bali in January 1997. I was there for 21 days and I reckoned I played somewhere or other on 19 of those days.

    I picked up a few "beer gigs" (i.e. paid in beer rather than money) and also managed to end up playing for a number of nights with the guys you see in the images. They were the house band in the Wina Cafe in Kalibukbuk on the North of the island. I believe it has either gone now or changed name. I am offering this just as a very general tip regarding the music scene on the island.

    These musicians, like so many others here, were superb and not one of them read a note of music, everything was learnt by ear. I had been singing with the guys for a few days and one evening some travellers asked if we knew a particular song, something by Deep Purple as I recall. They didn't know it but asked if the travellers had a cassette of it they could borrow. This was duly produced and put to one side. I appeared the next evening and the band asked me if I knew the song requested which I did so they said we would run through it at the soundcheck. They had got it down absolutely perfectly in no time flat, it was incredible how good they were. We played it that night to the great delight of the travellers and were plied with much Bintang beer by way of thank you.

    I know this is a very personalised tip and the specifics well out of date but I am sure there is still some ecellent live music here, it is just a matter of looking for it and asking round. If you have found this tip other than via my Bali homepage I should explain that these images were taken on my non-digital, cheap and pretty rubbish camera so apologies for the quality. Also, I know it is not professional to smoke onstage and none too clever to do it anywhere. If there are any younger readers looking at this, don't do it.

    planxty with musicians, Bali, Indonesia. planxty onstage, Bali, Indonesia. planxty onstage, Bali, Indonesia.
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    Feed the monkeys.

    by planxty Written Jan 12, 2013

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    If you are travelling in the interior of the island you will see monkeys everywhere. Do not ask me what particular type of monkeys they are as I am no zoologist but have a look for yourself.

    In many places you will find stands selling hands of bananas for a few rupiah to feed the animals with and this can be fun although I should offer a word of warning here. The monkeys have got so used to tourists feeding them that they have become very bold and can even be a little aggressive. I was also told to hold on tight to my camera as they have been known to snatch them. You have been warned. If memory serves after all this time this was on the road between Denpasar and Ubud.

    If you have come to this page other than via my Bali homepage, I should explain that these images were taken in 1997 on a non-digital and pretty basic camera, then subsequently scanned into my computer and I apologise for the quality.

    Monkeys, central Bali, Indonesia. Monkey, central Bali, Indonesia. Monkey, central Bali, Indonesia.
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  • Dec 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    One of the local dive center Turtur Dive is also recommended for diving in Bali, see their record in Trip Advisor and it can be good.

  • Jun 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Experience canyoning tours in Bali! If you are looking for fun and adrenaline-filled adventure, it is for you. It's ridiculously fun and extremely safe provided you go with an experienced instructor.
    This activity is an ultimate outdoor adventure and sport using a variety of techniques that may include walking, abseiling, jumping, sliding down natural slopes and swimming in white water for aquatic canyons. And of course discover beautiful and hidden place at the heart of Balinese nature!
    For me it is #1 activity to do in Bali

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