Also, while in Bali I highly...
Favorite thing: Also, while in Bali I highly recommend seeing a dance/music performance somewhere. A lot of hotels and restaurants have entertainment in the evenings. The Balinese orchestra is called a 'Gamelan' and consists of mostly percussion instruments such as metallophones. The Balinese costumes and dances are beautiful to see. The best costumes and masks are used in the religious ceremonies so if you have a chance to see one then do so! The most common mask you will see is that of the 'Barong' which is resembles a dragon quite a bit. You may even see a full Barong costume being worn with one person being the head and another the tail.
In the north-eastern part of...
Favorite thing: In the north-eastern part of Bali you will find mountains as well. You will find mountain hikes and biking trips offered at booking places in all of the hotels as well as in the markets. You will also find 4-W treks and white-water rafting trips as well.
Here is a picture at a temple...
Favorite thing: Here is a picture at a temple in Gianyar (to the east of Mas). There are temples everywhere in Bali! They are too numerous to list and visit each one. I will add a helpful note that when traveling to the east past Gianyar be prepared for having to stop to buy entrance tickets and parking permits (I think) along the way which must be displayed in the taxi's window when passing various checkpoints. Then, at these temples there is not an entrance fee (at least at a few we went to like one in Bangli). There are vendors selling sarongs there or 'renting' them and they can be rather pushy. We went by taxi, though, and had no guide so I was a bit confused by everything that day. If anyone has some better advice or a better understanding of things in this area please let me know!
Another popular sight-seeing...
Favorite thing: Another popular sight-seeing route is one that passes through Denpasar and heads to the west to Kediri and Mengwi, home of the 'monkey forest' where you will see many monkeys along with the temple there. Next, travel on to Tanah Lot temple located on the western coast.
Bali is a beautiful island to...
Favorite thing: Bali is a beautiful island to visit and has several good beaches, especially for surfing! You will find hotels and resorts in the southern beaches of Nusa Dua and Jimbaran, as well as in Kuta which is generally filled with vacationing Australians with surfboards! :-) Just above and east of Kuta is the capital of Denpasar. Sanur is a little more to the east on the coast.
A popular day trip to make...
Favorite thing: A popular day trip to make from the beaches in the south is to travel north to the Elephant Cave (pictured) and the holy springs of Tampaksiring. Stops along the way include several small towns each specializing in a particular craft: Celuk (Silver Jewelry), Mas (Wood-Carving), and Ubud (Painting). You can book a trip through your hotel or any one of the numerous tour stands located near the main market in Kuta. You can also very easily arrange for a cab for the whole day or part of the day from most hotels. Agree upon an hourly rate before departing- it is not very expensive at all and a great way to see the sights on your own schedule. If wearing shorts or a short skirt be sure to bring a sarong with you for entering the temples (it should be tied with a sash, and a sash should be worn if you are wearing pants as well). Also, a small note that menstruating women should not enter any temples. Please be respectful to these two local customs when visiting the Balinese people's places of worship! The eastern part of Bali is more strict on these customs and you may find a more relaxed attitude towards them further to the west.
Fondest memory: Saté is something you absolutely have to eat in Indonesia. It is at it's best bought from the little streetbars, not from the fancy restaurants. Some of the best places look a bit frail and dirty but the meat in saté is always fried just before it's served and shouldn't give you any problems:) The so called 'Bali-belly' you get from dirty drinking-water if you are unlucky. I enjoyed my saté meals mostly paked into a bananaleaf on the beach - delicious!
Take at least three weeks to...
Favorite thing: Take at least three weeks to have enough time to explore a few islands. I was only in Bali, but I regreted that I had no more time to visit Java, Lombok and Komodo with its dragons. If you are just in Bali - leave the coast behind you and enter into the jungle, into the middle of island. You'll be surprised!
Not spend your entire time on...
Favorite thing: Not spend your entire time on the beach! Bali is an easy island to get around. Go to Ubud! Go to the volcano! See yourself some rice terraces. The beaches are awesome but there's a lot more to it then that...
Surf.. If you don't know how,...
Favorite thing: Surf.. If you don't know how, take a 'Learn to Surf Lesson'. Kuta Beach is the perfect place to learn. The water is warm, and the bottom is all flat sand. It is so much fun! Cost $39 US for 2 hours for 1 lesson.
Fondest memory: Enjoying grilled, spicy fish with fresh salads and a drink at JIMBARAN bay, in south Bali. This was my first experience in Bali & I have been going back there every time... My favourite restaurant in Jimbaran: Cafe ROMA.
Go to Gili islands - it's 3...
Favorite thing: Go to Gili islands - it's 3 tiny islands in Lombok, east of Bali. I've been there 4 times and it's still be my most favorite place! Gili means small in local language, they have Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan. All with crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, beautiful coral and colorful fish, surrounded by rainforest and mountains. Good for snorkeling or scuba diving.
Fondest memory: Here's what you do in one of Gilis : laying on the white beach, swimming in a clear water, eating snapper barbeque, and partying all night long with reggae music, continue on the beach by guitar playing and singing together. This place is tranquil at day time but it really rocks at night!
WARNING: It was 8 years ago! I just got there few months ago and I hardly recognize the place! Too bad :-(
Hire a motorcycle. In every...
Favorite thing: Hire a motorcycle. In every city you reach, hire a motorcycle cheap and explore the suroundings. It gives you total freedome to explore what you want.
Fondest memory: I have lots of found memories, but one is traveling down the Alas river for four days on a small wooden raft with my father and a guide. Alas is ariver in Ache with rainforest on both sides.
When visitng Bali, Indonesia...
Favorite thing: When visitng Bali, Indonesia you have to go to the interior of the island. Go visit the villages and get absorbed by the 'primitive' life, the tranquillity of their beliefs and the goodness in their hearts. Balinese are truly an amazing people when you get close to them.
Fondest memory: The most impressive sights in Bali are without comparison the volcanic Mount Agung and the rice terraces.
Visit Ubud in the hills for...
Favorite thing: Visit Ubud in the hills for wonderful cultural activities and beautiful scenery. Beach life in Bali is fun, but runs towards obnoxious. Very bothersome children begging on the beach at all hours of the day.
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