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    The place to be

    by pakin Written May 6, 2015

    If you want watch a wonderful sunset on the beach you have to go in Ku De Ta.
    It's a place where you can eat or drink something, furthermore you can sleep as sunbathing on a very confortable deck chair on a beach. The architectur is very modern and in the same time is tipycal.
    You can sit on the grass in front of the beach, in a table on the terrace in the center of the bar or in a big pillow in height terrace.
    There is a Dj in a center of the place so the music give a good ambience. You can listen it on the beach, it's funny.
    There are many stranger, it is a very touristic place because it's beautiful.
    With my friend we find it by coincidence while walking on the beach so it's very simple to find it. Taxis drop you not very far.
    It is a place to do in Bali.

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    Some views of Ubud area

    by ullfri49 Updated Apr 28, 2015

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    On the way to north from the busy south you will after 2 hours (depending from traffic jam) reach Ubud and the villages around.

    In the Ubud central area even same busy, but it will be soon more quiet- some meters away from main streets. Don`t hesitate even the neightbouring areas like Pelitian.

    In Ubud area you have an easier acess to the so much painting gallerys and painting styles- so look around ore use a guide. Maybe one should at first see the fine art Gallery "Puri Lukisan" at the centre of Ubud- good for Information about history and today and different styles

    Remark: Very useful is to ask for a good Driver! Than you can easy arrange a round tour to check out a homestay.

    Here at Photos some nice Ubud views (more soon).

    Great gallery in Ubud Ubud landmark- old (belanda) & new bridge View to Ubud river from one of nice homestays Palace at main road Ubud Ubut river near new bridge, seen from homestay
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    Nice villages of inner Bali

    by ullfri49 Updated Apr 28, 2015

    Very important is to chose a good homestay-
    Same important is good acess from main centre - but not to near at main road.
    and very important, with a terasse.
    Very useful at the time of the daily rainfall near the rainy season -
    see at photo seen end of may!
    At second a higher place at homestay with balcony- very nice to have a nice view over the roofs around.

    Rainy day at homestay Ubud, Pelitian, homestay with flowers
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    Mengui Temple area

    by ullfri49 Updated Apr 28, 2015

    Very important for the Bali community are the old traditional temple areas.
    For instance let me recommend Mengui Temple in mid east Bali.

    As Tourist is better to view it not at the special days of "acara" (compare the Bali calendar).
    So outside if this time a tourist can see all easy and without traffic jam.

    It is said Mengui temple area is one of Balis important history places.

    See the temple towers with the roofs, interest architecture, special related with the story which the guide will tell you. While walking around Tourists only can walk in the outer area (see the photo).
    But no problem, it is interesting all together.

    By the way at tourist- entrace you pay the fee, and you can rent one of the great umbrellas- quite important if a rainfall come. (the temple roofs are forbidden for tourists...)

    In the second photo with view of outside temple door it seems, there is a face- isn`t it?

    Bali, Mengui, outer area Mengui, main entrance door Mengui, inner towers, view from outer area.
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    Diving around Menjangan Island

    by BowHom Written Apr 15, 2015

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    It's very nice. Here is Indonesia's best wall dive. About 10 minutes drive from the hotel at Pemuteran (North Bali) to pier and took 30 minutes on boat to Menjangan dive site. It can snorkeling or diving with clear water, beautiful coral and reef. Many kinds of small and little cute fish. There are many dive shop and school around Pemuteran beach (also in Bali) for buy a trip to Menjangan dive site.

    One thing I found, the problem was the amount of trash in the water, reef and land. People should help before it effect to marine life. :(

    Java East, view from Menjangan Island
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    Diving around Menjangan Island

    by BowHom Written Apr 15, 2015

    It's very nice. Here is Indonesia's best wall dive. About 10 minutes drive from the hotel at Pemuteran (North Bali) to pier and took 30 minutes on boat to Menjangan dive site. It can snorkeling or diving with clear water, beautiful coral and reef. Many kinds of small and little cute fish. There are many dive shop and school around Pemuteran beach (also in Bali) for buy a trip to Menjangan dive site.

    One thing I found, the problem was the amount of trash in the water, reef and land. People should help before it effect to marine life. :(

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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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  • 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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