Saturday, March 16, 2013


See & Do in Bali, Indonesia
Natural attractions of Bali include miles of sandy beaches (many known among surfers), picturesque rice terraces, towering active volcanoes over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) high, fast flowing rivers, the abyss, the original crater lakes, sacred caves, and tropical forests filled with exotic flora and fauna.
Rich cultural heritage of the island is visible everywhere - in over 20,000 temples and palaces, in many colorful festivals and ceremonies (including tooth filings and cremations), in drama, music and dance.
You can enjoy Bali in various visits and tours by bus, car or the "Big Bike", by boat or by plane: see the beaches and rice fields of Bali, Besakih Temple is known on the slopes of sacred Mount Agung, Lake Batur and the volcano is active, Ubud, Legian, Kuta, Nusa Dua, and the temple of Tanah Lot and Ulu Watu from a helicopter is a very special experience. For the helicopter tours and private charters (3 to 6 people) please contact the Service Center at 703-060 once you arrive.

Most of the full-day tour by car (about 8 to 10 hours, minimum 2 persons) costs about U.S. $ 45 to U.S. $ 50 per person, half-day tour U.S. $ 30 to $ 35. This price includes a bilingual guide and transportation in an air conditioned car, all entrance fees, but no food. The guide and driver you choose can make or break the day: be warned that those who offer very low prices tend to waste your time by showing you almost nothing more than the stores that pay them a commission on your purchases.
For advice on what to see and do during your stay in Bali, please visit the following page:

Kintamani Volcano Tour:
The first stop is often in the village to watch the show Batubulan Barong and Kris dance. After a visit to the village Celuk (silver jewelry) and Mas (wood carving) to Balinese artists at work. Ubud, the cultural center of Bali, has become a bustling city with a range of Balinese art galleries and shops. A beautiful drive through lane overlooking beautiful rice terraces brings you to the mountain village of Kintamani (about 5,000 meters above sea level), which has a spectacular view of Lake Batur and the volcano offers. You stabbing the crater lake below still active Mount Batur and visit the "Bali Aga" village Trunyan. Return through traditional villages with stops in the temple of Tirta Tampaksiring Empul visits, and to the Elephant Cave "Goa Gajah", a hermitage of 11 to visit. century used by Buddhists and Hindus.

"Mother Temple" and East Bali Tour:
Drive to Besakih through various villages on the way to a weaving factory to visit the famous painted ceiling in the "Palace of Justice" in Klungkung old, and visiting schools in Kamasan painting. "Mother Temple" in Besakih Bali holy and Indonesia's biggest Hindu temple. It was built in 11. Century at an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) on the slopes of Mount Agung. You pass picturesque rice fields towards the village walled "Bali Aga" Tenganan, and continue to Candi Dasa on the east coast. On the way, it is advisable to stop at the famous Bat Cave "Goa Lawah" with thousands of bats hanging from the walls.

Bedugul Tour:
After stopping at Sangeh to the holy forest inhabited by wild monkeys visits, increased to the mountains to Lake Bratan (1,200 meters above sea level) and the picturesque water temple Ulun Danu. Visit the busy flower, fruit and spice market in Candikuning where most vegetables came in Bali. Reduced through small country roads, villages and rice fields, with a stop at a village craftsman specializing in gold threaded textiles (Ikat) worn during important ceremonies.

North Bali Tour:
Drive through the picturesque streets Pupuan through the mountains to the coast of North Bali. You will enjoy beautiful views of picturesque rice fields and large plantations growing vanilla, chocolate, wine, coffee, cloves, and even wine. Near the village of Banjar is a popular hot springs where you can swim in a natural pond. After lunch at the black beach in Lovina you pass the old capital of Singaraja on the way to Git, famous for multi-tier waterfall Git. Back through the back roads to the unspoiled Bali. (This tour can be combined with a visit to Bedugul.)

Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot Tourism:
Visit the royal temple of Taman Ayun in Mengwi (built in 1624), the sacred monkey forest near Sangeh, and the famous Tanah Lot. This picturesque Balinese temple was built on the 16. Century on a huge rock 100 meters from the coast of West Bali and is surrounded by the sea at high tide. Spectacular scenery, but marred by thousands of tourists who visit every day at sunset. To prevent this, around enjoying the view from the lobby of Le Meridien Nirvana Resort.

Hobby and Handicraft Villages & Ubud Tour:
Visit traditional villages Batubulan (stone carving), Celuk (silver & gold jewelry), Mas (wood carving) and Pengosekan (painting). Stop at the "Bali Art Market" in Sukawati to bargain for all kinds of crafts and textiles. Already in the 1930s Ubud had been made famous around the world as a cultural center of Bali by Walter Spies German intellectuals, the Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet and other foreign artists who make their home. Today Ubud is a thriving city with many shops and art galleries with paintings, carvings, textiles and souvenirs. Do not miss the Museum Puri Paintings in the center of Ubud, Campuhan MUSEUM Neka, Neka Ubud who GALLERY, Grand Gallery in Peliatan RAI and RAI MUSEUM in Pengosekan great to be the difference between creative art and more commercial products to see.

The problem is that when their "Permanent Collection" can be seen at many "Galleries" you've seen a real art, and when you return to the room they show you not one of the very commercial products like weather. The artist GALLERY - ART by women, founded in 1991 by Mary Northmore (very handsome woman of the famous painter Abdul Azis) to help Balinese women to be accepted as an artist, is a place that you can not miss what you do. The main objective of the Bali Art Gallery is on the long understated brilliance of independent women artists resident in Bali to expose and motivate and train young Balinese girls with obvious creative gifts to encourage. BLUE MOON STUDIO and GALLERY also visit, founded in 1994 with emphasis on the exhibition of contemporary artists. The Lotus Cafe is perhaps the most popular meeting place in town and has become something of an institution and as good as PURE's Bridge CAFE offer tasty snacks and full meals in very pleasant surroundings and at reasonable prices. For other interesting restaurants you can visit restaurants in Ubud. Balinese dances and various performances Puppet (see below) in Ubud and the villages nearby are worth an afternoon there.

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