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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.

    http://www.ecodivebali.com

    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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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???

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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.

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    Mount Batur Live Volcano and Lake-II

    by goutammitra Written Apr 14, 2012

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    Lake Batur is the result of volcanic eruption from Batur Volcano. The water is beautiful blue and one of the most scenic place! The water here is clean, serene and cool blue. You would love to go there for boating or for just a stroll!

    Danau Batur is a crater lake that fills the south-eastern side of the Batur caldera. It is Bali's largest lake and has an area of approximately 18 square kilometers. Just as Gunung Agung is revered by Pura Besakih as Bali's largest mountain, Batur is revered by its own temple, Pura Ulun Danu Batur, as Bali's largest lake. Pura Batur is considered Bali's second-most important temple, after Besakih.

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    Mount Batur Live Volcano and Lake

    by goutammitra Written Apr 14, 2012

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    We visited Mount Batur Volcano on the second day of our stay in Bali. It is still a very live volcano and has erupted at least 4 times since 1966. The last eruption was in 1996. In case you want to climb to the volcano you may get in touch with local authority. It's a two hours climb from the bottom.

    The area of north-eastern Bali at the Mount Batur caldera, and which encompasses Penelokan, Toya Bungkah, Batur and Kintamani villages, is known widely as just Kintamani. Kintamani, Batur and Penelokan villages sit on the rim of the huge Batur caldera about 1,500m above sea level, and offer dramatic views of the active volcano Mount Batur and serene Lake Batur. Toyo Bungkah village is down at the lake edge.
    As well as the lake and the volcano, Kintamani is home to Pura Ulun Danu Batur, one of Bali's key nine directional temples.

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    Sunset Bounty Cruise & Dinner at Bali Harbour

    by goutammitra Updated Apr 14, 2012

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    Cruise in comfort aboard Bali Bounty Cruises 600 passenger catamaran. With a cruising speed of up to 30 knots, you may sit back, relax and enjoy full staff service while reading the daily newspaper or viewing our onboard video entertainment. We sail from Bali every day.

    Bounty Cruises is equipped with state of the art computerized stabilizer and meets with International Safety Standards. Complete with an executive standard of service, the Bounty Catamaran is three decks of pure luxury.

    I wrote to Bounty Cruise and sent the tips to them, they were kind enough to share the names of the dancers. The dancers are, Puspita Sari, Dessy, Hartini, Kebel Dan Tri. Well I don't know whose name is what. But I really appreciate Bounty Cruise management.

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    Visit to The Nusa Dua Turtle Island

    by goutammitra Updated Apr 12, 2012

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    The visit to The Turtle Island is one of the must if you are visiting Bali. The tour starts from Tanjung Benoa Harbour on a speed boat and takes to you mid harbour . There they show you corals and fishes they they take you to Turtle Island. In this island they have kept various kinds of turtles in various size after making enclosure in one side of the sea. The giant turtles are also kept here, which you are allowed to touch, feed and even kiss the smaller ones ( see pictures).

    They make you aware to preserve the endangered species as they are friends of human.

    Here there are a few restaurants , where you can have beer, coconut water and snacks. But the prices are just double. Bintang beer costs 30000 Rupiah and Coconut costs 20000 Rupiah.

    Please go to next tip:

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    Sunset Bounty Cruise & Dinner at Bali Harbour -II

    by goutammitra Written Apr 8, 2012

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    This is one of the best part of Bali visit. Since, you are going to stay for very limited period in Bali, this Bounty Cruise dinner is one of the better options to see Bali Culture, Bali sea, Breathtaking Bali Sunset and enjoy for dinner and dance for 3 hrs. I shall strongly recommend this show for the tourists visiting Bali with their family.

    For USD$50 the show offers 2.5 hrs of Sunset Cruise, which offers ample opportunity of photography with view of Bali Volcano, Balinese Dance with dances of other country performed by professional dancers, very good singer who can speak songs in various languages, comic show and great dinner!

    Besides, you get the chance to meet the dancers personally, who also invite you to perform with them.

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    Kecak Dance of Uluwatu Temple: IV

    by goutammitra Written Apr 5, 2012

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    Here they have also added some fun/ comedy in the show by depicting Hanuman as monkey with monkey like behaviour. Here he mixes with the crowd, scratches his hair, body , mixes with the crowd and even attempts to clear the lice from their hair!! But in India, Hanuman is considered as God and worshiped in entire East & North India in Temples. No one makes fun of him as he is a highly revered God himself, who has been given the blessing of immortality ( Amaratwa) by his mother Anjani. He is son of God Pawan and is a bachelor. In among all school of wrestling in India Hanuman is worshiped as he is considered Mahaveera ( The most powerful).

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    Kecak Dance of Uluwatu Temple.

    by goutammitra Written Apr 5, 2012

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    Kecak Dance for is an ancient dance form of Bali, though it was popularised from 1930s, by German Painter and Musician Walter Spies. It is basically a dance drama based on the story of Ramayana the great Indian Hindu epic. When, Goddess Sita was abducted by Demon King Ravana and taken to Lanka ( Now Sri Lanka) his capital and kept in his captivity. Then Lord Rama and his younger Brother Laxmana, went in search of Sita to Lanka. On the way they met the great Hanumana and other monkey Kings Bali & Sugreev, who helped them to get back Sita after a battle.

    Kecak was originally a trance ritual accompanied by male chorus. German painter and musician Walter Spies became deeply interested in the ritual while living in Bali in the 1930s and worked to recreate it into a drama, based on the Hindu Ramayana and including dance, intended to be presented to Western tourist audiences. This transformation is an example of what James Clifford describes as part of the "modern art-culture system" in which, "the West or the central power adopts, transforms, and consumes non-Western or peripheral cultural elements, while making 'art' which was once embedded in the culture as a whole, into a separate entity." Spies worked with Wayan Limbak and Limbak popularized the dance by traveling throughout the world with Balinese performance groups. These travels have helped to make the Kecak famous throughout the world.

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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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