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    legian Street @ Kuta

    by HebaM Written Aug 19, 2012

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    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.

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    Bali Beach: MENGIAT

    by ancient_traveler Updated Aug 19, 2012

    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.

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    Bali beach: KEDONGANAN

    by ancient_traveler Updated Aug 19, 2012

    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.

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    PURA BEJI

    by ancient_traveler Written Aug 19, 2012

    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.

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    Spa

    by HebaM Written Aug 19, 2012

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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.

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    Kecak Dance

    by viovio Written Jul 23, 2012

    hello Az,,
    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 :)

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    Temples…Without Tourists!

    by Ubudian Written Jul 7, 2012

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    It is said that there are more temples on Bali than there are Balinese. If one adds them all up, including those within private Balinese compounds, that would be no exaggeration.

    Unfortunately, most visitors to Bali only go to see one or more of the five main temples of Bali, and given their popularity, these five temples have become tourist traps, complete with often aggressive touts and swarms of other tourists.

    The fact is that many of the most beautiful temples in Bali are off the well worn tourist paths and to find them takes a bit of effort, thus it is always best to use a local and independent Balinese driver to take you around to see some of these incredibly beautiful temples that are located all over Bali. Tell your driver that you want to visit temples off the beaten track, both with and without current ceremonies in progress and he’ll make sure to bring proper attire that you can borrow.

    These are just a few shots of two particular temples in Bali, the Pura Gunung Raung in the village of Taro not far from Ubud, and the Pura Dalem Tenggaling in our village of Bunutan-Kedewatan, located right next to the entrance to the Kupa Kupa Barong Resort.

    Pura Dalem Tenggaling during Calonarang Entrance to Pura Dalem Tenggaling Inside Pura Gunung Raung Entrance gate, Pura Gunung Raung Dancing, Pura Dalem Tenggaling
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    Scuba Diving

    by Ubudian Written Jul 7, 2012

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    Bali offers some of the best scuba diving opportunities in the world. From beginner to master diver, the variety of dive sites offer endless opportunities, and some of the most diversified species of sea life, as well as brilliant jeweled coral reefs, can be found here.

    Having tried various areas, our personal favorite is the Amed area of the eastern coast of Bali.

    The Amed area is a string of Balinese fishing villages along the north/south road of Bali's eastern most coast. These villages are great to stay for a few days to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this part of Bali. There are more than ample places to stay, many with cottages right along the beaches. Most of the best spots are easily accessible from right off shore…no boat necessary. The wreck of the USS Liberty in Tulamben, just a short drive north of Amed is particularly excellent with its superb coral growth and amazing variety of sea life including the rare pygmy seahorse. Because this wreck is right off the beach and in somewhat shallow water, this is also a perfect spot for snorkeling.

    The Amed area is a perfect spot to learn scuba. There are several dive shops in the Amed area that offer open water instruction and certification. All the photos here were taken when getting our oldest boy Bima and his cousin Sita open water certified with our great friend, Dive Master John Huxley of Eco-Dive at Jemeluk Beach, Amed.

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    Cliff diving in southern Bali, in particular Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, is world class and during the months of July through September it can afford the rare opportunity to see the elusive mola mola, (giant sunfish) on their annual migration. However, this is no place for the novice diver as the currents there are very dangerous.

    Bima on his first day of diving Sunrise, Amed Dive Master John Huxley with our son, Bima Coral and sea life off of Jemeluk Beach, Amed At the wreck of the USS Liberty, Tulamben
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    More to see in Bali

    by lilysuzlini Written Jun 5, 2012

    There are a few show that one should see in Bali. One of them is call "Kecak Dance" and "Barung Dance". Kecak dance is perform without instruments except from this group making sound using their mouth and Barung Dance is where in the finale those performers stab themselves with "Keris" and it can't go through them.

    A must place to visit is Tanah Lot. A temple located by the sea.

    Barung Dance Barung Dance Tanah Lot, Temple can be seen right behind us
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    Hire a tour guide is highly recommended

    by lilysuzlini Written Jun 5, 2012

    Bali's road is narrow and winding. Infect if you are not a good driver do not make an attempt to drive yourselves. The attraction places are quite far from one another in this island. Public transport isn't so good. My tour guide is a very nice young local guy and help us a lot with our luggage and children. First day we were taken to visit the production of silver and gold in Celuk Village. Their craftsmanship is unbelievable.

    The next stop is Batur Mount Volcano which is located at Kintamani District. Upon arrival we had our buffet lunch where we can view the Mount Volcano. Weather is slightly cooling here.

    On the way back to Kuta we stop by to see the production of Coffee Luwak. Hubby have his first taste on the coffee luwak here but as for me I dare not try. Well, I am not that gutsy.

    Along the way I manage to snap a few pix of the padi terrace. Baby and kids are too tired to stop for a closer view.

    Silver & Gold Production Mount Volcano View From The Restaurant Production of Coffee Luwak Mbak roasting the Coffee Luwak Beans Rice Terraces
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    PURA KALANGAN MAJELANGU, DESA ADAT KUTA

    by goutammitra Written Apr 28, 2012

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    On our return day, when everybody was busy in shopping in Matahari shopping complex area in Kuta Beach, myself and Munu quickly sneaked out and made a quick visit to this thousand years temple, PURA KALANGAN MAJELANGU, DESA ADAT KUTA.It is situated just on the beautiful Kuta Beach.

    There are many temples in Bali, which people miss just by chance. I am happy of not wasting my time in bargaining in the shopping street!

    Munu in front of the temple. PURA KALANGAN MAJELANGU, DESA ADAT KUTA
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    President Sukorno's House.

    by goutammitra Written Apr 21, 2012

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    Overlooking the temple on a hill above is a suprisingly modern building: the Government Palace, built in 1954. Originally a residence for Dutch officials, it was later used by former President Soekarno during his frequent trips to Bali.This is the govt guest house but actually very famous as President Soekarno's Palace. The President was very famous for his love for young women. He married 12 times besides he had an array of girl friends. The people say, he would come to Tirtha Empul Temple , every now and then with a new women!

    What a libido???

    Me and Munu at the bottom of the palace. The President's house. The Young Muslim Girls we met at Tirtha Empul Temp
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    The Fountain of Youth & Fish Pond.

    by goutammitra Written Apr 21, 2012

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    As the legend says if you take bath here and drink water of the fountain, you will remain young for long period. This must be true also, as many fountains near the volcanoes contain super rich minerals which may help one to retain youth or cure the diseases.

    We saw, many people from West taking bath along with the locals. I also wanted to take a dip in the holy water but had to restrain myself as the guide said we shall be here for a very brief period. I collected water i a bottle and drank it. I also carried a small bottle of water with me to bring back the Holy water to India but the Denpasar airport did not allow me to carry it, so I drank it all. Let's see if I remain young for long!!! Hahaha!

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    Pura Tirtha Empul

    by goutammitra Written Apr 20, 2012

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    Tirtha Empul Temple is a Hindu temple in the middle of Bali Island, Indonesia, famous for its Holy water where Hindu Bali people go for purification.Tirtha Empul Temple was built in 926 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty (from the 10th to 14th centuries), at a site where there was a large water spring.

    On the left side of the temple is a modern villa on the hill. built for President Sukarno's visit in 1954, which is now used as a rest house for important guests.
    More than a thousand years ago a powerful King named Mayadenawa ruled over a vast area which included Bali. Mayadenawa possessed the spiritual power to transform himself into anything he desired. Unfortunately he misused his powers and became a cruel, black magician.

    A priest named Sang Kulputih appealed to Indra to come to earth to kill Mayadenawa.Because he had many spies, Mayadenawa learned about the upcoming attack in time and managed to organize his defenses. However Lord Indra's forces were superior and therefore victorious. Most of King Mayadenawa troops fled, leaving him almost without defense.

    Then the war was interrupted by nightfall. When Indra's forces slept, Mayadenawa stole into Indra's camp, walking on the sides of his feet as to leave no foot prints, and created a pool of poisoned water. This way of walking gave Tampaksiring its name, for tampak siring is Balinese for 'without imprints'. He left as he came and when Indra's forces woke up the next morning and discovered the water pool, they drank from it and became violently sick.

    When Indra found out what happened, he created a large spring of fresh water by stabbing his flag pole to the ground.The clear water was able to cure the sickness of his army. The spring was called Tirtha Empul, which means bubbling spring.

    Mayadenawa fled, chased by the forces of Indra. During his flight he transformed himself a number of times, but he couldn't trick Indra with his disguises. When he had transformed himself into a stone, he was shot by Indra with an arrow. A stream of blood flowed from the stone, forming the river Petanu. And for a thousand years this river would be cursed. Rice fields irrigated with its water would make the rice grow fast, but once harvested, blood would come out of it and it would smell bad.

    The death of King Mayadenawa is symbolic for the victory of good (dharma) over evil (adharma). The day of Mayadenawa's death is still celebrated, every 210 days according to the Balinese Pawukon calendar, and this day is generally known as Galungan Day

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    Tunnel Shelter during Japanese Occupation of Bali

    by goutammitra Written Apr 20, 2012

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    During second world war The Japanese occupied Indonesia, including Bali and drove out the Dutch. But at the same time they brought atrocities to the Indonesian/ Balinese people , they were captured, tortured , raped the women and what not. Many people took shelter in caves , Volcano crater to save them from the atrocities imparted by the Japanese.

    We visited one such cave situated just in front of Mount Batur Volcano. Many people miss this and just go away. This cave was also shelter for many people.

    Our Friend Heri Johan's wife. Munu at the cave. Me at the cave. Little inside the cave.
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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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