A whitewater, white-knuckle ride.
I am not by nature an adrenaline junkie and the very concept of bungee jumping or parachuting is total anathema to me. One adrenaline type activity I absolutely adore though is whitewater rafting. So far I have been lucky enough to have rafted in Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and here on the lovely island of Bali.
I genuinely have no recollection of who I booked through for which I apologise but that information would probably be out of date now anyway as it was in 1997. I offer this tip merely as a general pointer to a great activity.
I don't know if it was because it was off season but the day I went rafting there were only one other couple whom you can see in the photo. to make up numbers a youngish member of staff was recruited as the fourth paddler. Everything was laid on, transport to the river, complimentary (non-alcoholic) drink etc. The boat and safety equipment all appeared new and well maintained and after the safety briefing we were off. The rafting was fun but it was certainly nothing near the Grade 4 advertised. There just was not enough water and we even bottomed once or twice.
The guide must have sensed that it was not really scaring the life out of me, although my companions did a fair amount of screaming, and he let me guide the boat for a short period on a particularly calm stretch which was fun. I should add that he was keeping a very close eye on me so safety was not compromised.
This is definitely one activity that you should have a try at on Bali. Check more recent information here on VT for details of individual companies etc.Related to:
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if you have plan to stay in Sanur, you should try seawalker, I visited two months ago in Sanur and very beautiful under the water, I saw nemo and beautiful coral.. I reservation via website and get 10% discount. here it is the website. hope you have amazing experience just like me www.clubaquabali.com
happy holiday :)
If Invited, Attend a Wedding
Indigenous to all cultures, who can argue that weddings aren't the most enjoyable, festive, fun and colorful events to attend? Weddings in Bali are no less an honor, and no less a great pleasure to attend than any wedding the world over.
In almost fifteen years of living on Bali, we have been to quite a number of weddings, but I am always amazed that among the guests will be a few incidental tourists. They are “incidental” in that perhaps the bride or groom just recently met them, and extended an invitation on the spot. Unlike the typical western wedding, where the guest list is carefully compiled to included only the closest family and friends, Balinese weddings are close to being a public affair.
Balinese weddings often involve two or more days. Certain aspects of the wedding ceremony are held variously at the bride and groom’s family compounds but the emphasis is on the groom’s compound, as in Bali, the woman follows the man into his home and in doing so, must be accepted and taken in as family by the ancestors of her husband’s compound.
Regardless if you are a first timer to Bali, or a seasoned regular visitor, do not pass up this opportunity if you are extended an invitation, even if only a verbal invitation. These ceremonies are beautiful, joyful beyond words, and will leave you with amazing images forever burned into your mind and heart.
You do not need to stay long, nor are you even expected to bring a gift. Your presence is your gift. You will be treated with utmost care and respect, fed with incredible Balinese dishes not found in restaurants, and you will leave with a joyful heart.Related to:
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PURA RAMBUT SIWI
In the westerly part of Bali you'll cross into Bali's most sparsely populated district, the Jembrana area, not that many explored by tourists. You won't find that luxury supplies and may stay in simple accommodations, not that very comfortable. Though many Balineses know their way along the coast, visiting the remarkable PURA RAMBUT SIWI.
Here they pray for a safe journey, at the place where the Balinese story of creation was remodelled, now out of a Majapahit, Javanese version. It's about the holy man Mpu Kulputih/Yeh Embang and the Majapahit seer Danghyang Nirartha. The seer offered his hair at the Yeh Embang Temple near a sweet well (dedicated to the Sea Goddess) and the monument was named "Rambut Siwi" (worship of holy hair).
It's a beautiful, quiet place which is connected to the Javanese Southern Sea Goddess RATU KIDUL ...Related to:
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Alot of people think Bali and tattoo's mixed together equal not good!!! My step dad is Balinese and has known a tattoo artist for 15 years, he has gotten all his tattoo's from him and i got my first one from him 6 years ago. I just recently came back from Bali on 10th Oct 2012 and got a new tattoo from him.
Yes maybe in Bali there is some dodgy tattoo places, but i know here, he wears gloves, mask, makes you check all the new needles with checking the expiry date. I have had my tattoo for 6 years the first one, i have had blood tests and havent caught anything. So i know this guys is the best.
The reason why i got my 2 tattoo's in Bali is the fact it is alot cheaper then Australia, they rip you off in Australia, Bali does it exactly the same way as Australia but for a much cheaper better price.
If your looking for a tattoo artist who is very detailed and good with the eye, then this place is for you.
Pura Luhur Batukau
If you found the Besakih temple complex a letdown (too touristy!), then you should go to Pura Luhur Batukau. At this main temple of the former kingdom of Tabanan no would-be guides, no souvenir sellers. A tricle of tourists find the place, but no crowds.
Pura Luhur Batukau lies at 920 m elevation on the southern slopes of Gunung Batukau, Bali's second highest mountain (2275 m), just within an extensive area of rain forest. Here it is easy to feel the proximity of the deities of nature. At the highest structure, a seven-roofed meru, the people of Tabanan worship the guardian spirit of Batukau mountain.
See the relief of Rama, Shinta and the golden deer for the Ramayana story. After visiting the temple, go down a few steps to the east to a shrine in a pond, only accessible by submerged stepping stones.Related to:
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Tirtagangga water garden
Tirtagangga (“Water of the Ganges”) is the last water garden project of raja Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem (1887-1966). He started its construction after Indonesia's declaration of independence, when formally he was not a king any more.
The 1.2 ha garden complex sits on a natural spring at 300 m elevation in the foothills of Agung volcano. The spring delivers abundant water all year round to an array of ponds, swimming pools, fountains and spouts in the form of fable animals - as well as to the town of Amlapura.
When Theo visited Tirtagangga in 1969 with a Balinese student, the garden was in a sorry shape. Earthquakes during the prolonged 1963 eruption of Mount Agung had broken ducts, cracked walls, and toppled many statues. As a consequence the fountains and spouts ran dry and the water level in the basins was low. There never was a fence or wall around the garden. The local population - who also had suffered dearly from the eruption - had taken away all usable materials and used the basins as their bathing place. See some historic pictures in the travelogue Tirtagangga then and now,
From 1979 onwards the heirs of king Anglurah Ketut Karangasem have patiently endeavoured to restore the garden. Their wealth being greatly reduced, they had to do this step by step. When Theo visited again in 1991, the upper swimming pool had been fenced; the proceeds of entrance tickets went to the restoration fund.
Nowadays when you visit, you can again see the garden as the king envisioned it. On your right when you enter is Mahabharata pond featuring 20 statues of figures from the Mahabharata epos, which you can admire from close by via a path of stepping-stones. Other highlights are the central eleven-tiered fountain pillar and Demon Island in the large southern pond accessed by dragon bridges. Walk around and admire the attention to details, statues big and small. The best time to visit is in the morning; by 4 pm the garden lies in the shadow of the hill.
If you should wish to stay longer, there is enough choice of accommodation, from bacpacker-style Dhangin Taman Inn right by the garden gate to Tirta Ayu Hotel and Tirta Gangga Villas overlooking the garden from the former compound of the royal family.
Open: 6 am to 6 pm, but 24/24 hours for staying guests.
Admission: Foreigners Rp 10,000, Indonesian citizens Rp 5,000. For the upper swimming pool you pay separately.Related to:
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Taman Ujung Water Palace.
In colonial times Bali was divided in eight kingdoms, the kings of which ruled under Dutch supervision. Since independence those kingdoms are now constituted as regencies: Jembrana, Tabanan, Badung, Gianyar, Klungkung, Bangli, Buleleng, Karangasem.
The last raja to rule Karangasem - the most easterly kingdom - was Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. He reigned from 1909 to 1945, and stood out among his colleagues by the number of wives he married and children he sired, and by his obsession with water palaces.
Taman Ujung Water Palace, locally referred to as Taman Soekasada Ujung, was inaugurated by the king in 1921 as a retreat for his large family. Its architectural style is a combination of Balinese and European. The garden complex contains two large ponds, the palace sits in the middle of the northern one and is accessible by two bridges on opposite sides. In the other pond is a bale for ceremonies and theatrical performances. A pavilion at the highest point in the garden provides a look-out over the sea in the direction of Lombok, at the time subject to the kingdom of Karangasem.
The palace and garden were damaged by the 1963 eruption of Gunung Agung. When Theo saw them for the first time in 1969 one could walk freely around the neglected garden and into the ruined palace. Revisiting in the middle seventies he found entrance to the palace barred. Local people said that it had been leased to a foreigner - a retired pilot -, who presumably spent some money in making the place habitable. The earthquake of 1979 did more damage.
The rise of mass tourism finally encouraged the Karangasem government to restore this neglected gem - as much as possible. On September 18th, 2004, the governor of Bali inaugurated the “revitalised Taman Soekasade Ujung Karangasem”. Now the compound is fenced, the gardens are well-tended, the palace-in-the-pond functions as a modest museum with portraits of one-time royals. But lacking are the stained glass windows - part of the original palace design. And the pavilion still has no roof.... see travelogue Puri Taman Ujung.
On our last visit, August 2011, we saw an unfinished villa park on the hillside overlooking the water palace. Too big...., if they had built and finished half of it, we could have stayed there.
Open: 7am to 6pm.
Admission: Rp 20,000. A guide may turn up offering to explain the portraits in the museum. You are free to accept or decline the offer.Related to:
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Singsing waterfalls near Lovina
We had been to Lovina often, but never yet to the Singsing waterfalls. Well, you should not miss them when you stay at Lovina. The little rain-river runs down its rocky bed in several falls, some low some higher. It takes a bit of effort to climb up to the last one; that is exactly why you will have the pool there for yourself!
As the falls are located in low hills, the water is not too clear. But it is good enough for swimming. Even so when we there in June, not the best season. Try going there in the rainy season!
No need for a guide really, although we saw several tourists coming with one.
About 5 km west from Lovina along the main road find the signboard 'Air Terjun Singsing' pointing south. After only 600 m in that direction you have to park your wheels (if you came with them). A footpath leads from there to the left, just 500 m to the first fall and pool. Do not waste your time here. Cross the river and follow the rocky path upstream with the river on your right hand. [Pic 1]
This leads to two consecutive pools. If you think you have climbed enough, then have a dip in the second one behind the disused barrier wall. [Pic 2]
But if you have strength left, find the stairs on the right of the pool when facing upstream. These stairs of 200 steps lead up to a newly built restaurant with good views of the valley below. [Pic 3. Actually you could also drive here, just follow the road past the parking below.]
Walking through the yard of the restaurant and out of the gate, turn left and uphill. Soon the road becomes unpaved and changes into a footpath. Remember that you have to go uphill keeping the river on your left hand. After 15 minutes you reach the river again. Go on upstream finding your way along the rocky river bed until you reach another large pool.
At least this is the last one we discovered, we did not explore the narrow paths leading further from here, but stayed for a good swim.
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legian Street @ Kuta
Spend one evening walking in legian street , you can dine and shop. there's plenty of international restaurants , pups and clothing stores. it's more live at night and can be very crowded but it's safe for female traveler to walk at night.
Bali Beach: MENGIAT
There is a great beach in Bali, at Nusa Dua. Mengiat Beach is one of Bali’s jewels and a well kept secret. The beach is owned by an association of local fishermen who take great care and pride in their beach.Related to:
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Bali beach: KEDONGANAN
About 3 kilometers south of Bali's international airport, the fishing village of Kedonganan boasts a traditional fish market and a great number of traditional fishing boats that can be engaged to sail around the gulf for a picturesque view of the cresent beach.Related to:
Beji temple is located in Sangsit village. For local people this temple is known as Pura Subak; subak here refers to the organization for water supply or irrigation. Pura Subak is a holy place and here you can worship Dewi Sri the Goddess of rice and the symbol of prosperity. The temple is picturesque and full of ornamental carvings mostly in the form of rambling plants and floral motives as is the typical style of Buleleng. The most significant thing in this temple is that every surface has a carving so it is extremely artistic. Moreover all of the carvings are painted thus making this colorful temple very unique.Related to:
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You can't visit Bali without going to the spa! in my case I've been to Febri's spa @ Febri Hotel because it was close to my hotel and the reviews were good, it was clean, the treatments not that expensive, the massage was OK but can't say it was the best.
Ps. the complementary juice they serve caused me a stomachache.
i'm balinese in living in bali.. maybe i can suggest something..
Well in Jimbaran there are many beaches which are beautiful that you can enjoy, and your parent also can enjoy Balinese dance its called Kecak dance in uluwatu temple, .. its around 50.ooo rupiah to watch the dance.. the dance is held every 6 pm, when the sun goes down..
Beaches in jimbaran are beautiful such as, balangan, padang-padang, dreamland, pandawa etc...
Well Gili also nice place to visit but there is no such a cultural field there...
If you wanna have day trip you can go to Ubud you will find so many kind of arts and culture ..
Ubud atmosphere is calm peaceful and classic..
that would be good for relaxing too...
have fun :)Related to:
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