Diving in Bali

By I Nengah Subadra

Where to dive in Bali

All of our diving location are carefully selected based on through study and survey by the experts and recommended by well traveled experts, you may experience fascinating beauty under water in Bali. Here are some famous diving sites those are highly recommended:

SANUR or NUSA DUA AREA
It’s about 20 kilometers from the Airport, you could see beautiful under water panorama with thousands of colourful tropical fish, soft corals and spongers growing on the 25 kilometers of barrier reef. It’s good for Diving course and general information for beginners.

LEMBONGAN & NUSA PENIDA
This island is located in the east of Sanur (45 minutes by speed boat), it’s actually one of the three sister islands of Bali. The white sandy bottom and exceptionally crystal cool water present you with assortment of fishes and marine vegetation.

MANTA POINT
Spectacular under water panorama. Should you dive to Manta ray, here is the place where we can take you to dive in 12 to 15 meters depth, it’s only 50 minutes by boat from Sanur.

TULAMBEN WRECK/ AMED
It’s about 125 kilometers from the Airport, A US Merchantman sunk during world war II in 6 to 30 meters provide unforgettable diving experience. The wreck is fully grown with different varieties of clams, gorgonia, sea fans, corals and with feeding fishes in the lave flowing area mount Agung.

MENJANGAN ISLAND
It’ about 3 hours drive to get this place , An under water park famous for its great variety of corals, sponges, tropical reef fishes and its crystal clear water and spectacular wall diving that drops off to 40 meters down.

AMED
It’s about 125 kilometers from the airport, this dive side is good for all divers or for fun diver, you’ll see a myriad of soft corals and fishes life. Amed has nice wall that drops of to 40 meters down.

Rafting in Bali

By I Nengah Subadra

SOBEK RAFTING @ AYUNG RIVER, UBUD
Departs at 08.00 a.m. and arrives at 02.00 p.m.

This journey takes you through tropical rain forest, breath taking waterfalls and wild countryside on this exciting adventure. We pick you up at your hotel and take you to the mountain village of Begawan where you will be supplied with helmets and life jackets before walking down to the river for brief introductory talk. And then it’s off down the river in self bailing rafts designed for Ayung, heading for the excitement of 25 class II and III rapids as the fast flowing water carve it’ way through the river valley.

The trained guides, world call expert in rafting technique and river safety take you through two hours of white water fun before reaching Kedewataan where our chefs prepare a delicious buffet meal as you arrive at our prize winning riverside garden restaurant. After your meal, freshen up in our changing rooms and showers before being transported back to your hotel. It’s a great day out for all the family.

SOBEK RAFTING @ TELAGA WAJA RIVER, KARANG ASEM
Departs at 08.00 a.m. and arrives at 04.00 p.m.

The spirit of adventure begins in the hills below the sacred Mount Agung on the Telaga Waja river, perfect playground for this exhilarating sport. Along 14 kilometers of action and adventure, the river propels its guests through narrow gorges and steep canyons to terraced plains where village children play on the river banks. Refresh at the finish point with a shower before joining in a feast of local delicacies at our bamboo restaurant with its panoramic valley view.

BALI ADVENTURE RAFTING @ AYUNG RIVER, UBUD
Departs at 08.00 a.m. and arrives at 02.00 p.m.

The Ayung river is Bali’s most spectacular and provide a challenging and fun filled rapids set to a backdrop of wild unspoiled rainforest, towering gorges and magnificent rice paddy terrace.

Bali Adventure Rafting boasts the longest course on this river and has unique facilities that have attracted international personalities such as Magician David Copperfield, Super model Claudia Schiffer and Hollywood action star Jean-Claude Van Damme. And 27 sets of fun filled rapids will make your day.

At the finish point, our restaurant awaits you with welcoming hot showers, clean towel and changing rooms an a modem kitchen offering a full smorgasbord selection complete with waitress and full bar service.

Bali Tourism Watch: What to Visit in Bali

By I Nengah Subadra

What to Visit in Bali

KINTAMANI / VOLCANO TOUR
Daily tour departs at 08.00 a.m. and arrives at 04.30 p.m.
Watching Barong Dance at BATUBULAN village for one hour. The keep on visiting of the villages, like : CELUK village is a gold & Silver art work, Weaving & Paintings at BATUAN village and wood carving village is at MAS. PANELOKAN is the place for having Indonesia buffet lunch in the healthy restaurant while to enjoy the Lake & Mount Batur Crater atmosphere. And on the way back via SEBATU village where is the Holy Spring Water Temple stand. TEGAL LALANG village is s beautiful rice terrace and colourful modern wood carvings.

BESAKIH, THE BIGGEST TEMPLE TOUR
Daily tour departs at 08.00 a.m. and arrives at 04.30 p.m.
This tour takes you to visit the Mother temple of Bali, first stop at Water fall, coming up next to KLUNGKUNG to visit the old court justice of KERTA GOSA. Then driving up to Bali’s biggest and holiest temple of BESAKIH, the majestic temple complex located on the slope of the sacred Mount Agung. Having lunch at a restaurant at BUKIT JAMBUL, while enjoy overlooking the Indonesian Ocean. On return trip stop at MAS Village , a place where you can find wooden carving, BATUAN Village, a place where you can see weaving and paintings, CELUK Village, is gold and silver smiths.

BEDUGUL, A COOL MOUNTAIN & NICE LAKE TOUR
Daily tour departs at 08.00 a.m. and arrives at 04.30 p.m.
The first of our stop is to visit TANAH LOT Temple which is placed on a huge rock surrounded by sea and an ideal beach for relaxing, then visit ALAS KEDATON , (monkey forest) here you will be welcomed by tamed and friendly monkeys, and continue to BEDUGUL a cool mountain breeze on the shores of Beratan Lake and it’s Ulun Danu Temple, and Lunch at local restaurant, and on the way back home will stop at TAMAN AYUN Temple, it’s a beautiful state temple of the Royal Mengwi Dynasty.

KARANG ASEM, AN ISOLATED VILLAGE TOUR
Daily tour departs at 08.00 a.m. and arrives at 04.30 p.m.
This is special design tour to introduce the Eastern part of Bali, where your first stop is at BONA village as the central of bamboo furniture home industry. Next move on to the East coast of SELAT village to witness a very large of SALAK (light brown snake skin fruit) plantation. Afterward visit TIRTA GANGGA, tranquil and ancient bathing pool of former King of this area, and having lunch at local restaurant than move on to TENGANAN, it’s an isolated village where the Balinese native village called BALI AGA, the people live in an undisturbed place for centuries, and the last stop will be at KUSAMBA Beach with black sand beach and GOA LAWAH Temple (bats cave temple)where thousand bats are hanging on the rim of the cave.

UBUD ARTISTAN VILLAGE TOUR
Daily tour departs at 09.00 a.m. and arrives at 01.30 p.m.
A trip to the famous and the central of arts village. First stop to witness the traditional Balinese hand batik and weaving processing. Afterwards to CELUK famous for its Gold and Silver Smith, BATUAN traditional Balinese house compound, MAS the home of wood carver, next to the monkey forest in Ubud. Lunch at a local restaurant with nice view and the last will visit traditional Balinese painting.

TANAH LOT, AN EXCELLENT SUNSET TOUR
Daily tour departs at 03.00 a.m. and arrives at 08.00 p.m.
This tour featuring to visit one of the most beautiful temple of TAMAN AYUN remainder of the Royal Mengwi Dynasty. ALAS KEDATON (monkey forest ) where you will find thousands of friendly monkeys. TANAH LOT one of Bali’s most important sea temple built on the top of huge rock which is surrounded by the sea at high tide and creates a beautiful silhouette during the sunset.

DENPASAR, BALI’S CAPITAL CITY TOUR
Daily tour departs at 09.00 a.m. and arrives at 01.30 p.m.
This tour provides insights to the daily life of the Balinese people. BALI MUSEUM splendid collection of arts and artifacts from prehistoric period, while looking at the JAGATNATHA Temple which is located next to the BALI MUSEUM, our trip continue to the traditional market called PASAR BADUNG to explore the traditional Balinese activity, where many of quality goods can be bargained. Then move on to PASAR SATRIA (birds market) to see some varieties of birds, and the visit WERDHI BUDAYA Art Center, is the place of Balinese artist, create, learn and show their creation.

ULUWATU, AN EXCOTIC SUNSET TOUR
Daily tour departs at 03.00 p.m. and arrives at 08.00 p.m.
Enjoy your water sports activities at TANJUNG BENOA beach, the best place for : Parasailing, Jet skiing, Wind surfing, Banana boat riding, Snorkeling, Diving and so on. Looking around five star hotels in NUSA DUA area, then we escort you to the southern most tip Bali of ULUWATU site of a temple praying homage Indian Ocean to see an exotic sunset.

Bali Tourism Watch: Free Information about Bali

By I Nengah Subadra

Located at an intersection between Java with Nusa Tenggara Islands, and between two continents, Asia Dominated by lofty volcanoes and misty highland, the highly cultivated fertile plains of Bali stretch towards the sea in an unsurpassable beautiful verdant patchwork. Complex irrigation system feed the intricately terraced rice fields and lush tropical vegetation, fills the ravines and valleys and surround the myriad of temples, ancient monuments and holy bathing places that are constant reminders of Bali’s ancient history and its living culture and religion.To the gem of a tropical island add a warm and smiling gentle brown-eye people with a mellow relaxing life-style that flows the demands of an age-old religion and tradition in a colorful rhythm of ceremony, festival, music, art and dance. It becomes obvious why Bali has been endlessly romanticized and described as a utopian paradise by visitor!

With reputation as being one of the most beautiful and diverse tourist spots in Asia, Bali attracts more than 1000,000 visitors a year, from all around the world. Geographically, Bali lies between the island of Java and Lombok and is one of more than 17.000 island that makes up the Indonesian archipelago. Bali is small stretching approximately 140 km from East to west and 80km from North to South. Slightly off center, and running East to West, are a string of volcanic mountains. The tallest is Gunung Agung, which last erupted in 1963, and is 3,142m at its highest point.

Bali lies 8o south of the equator, just North of Australia and South of Singapore. Bali enjoys a tropical climate with an average yearly temperature of 28o C during the dry season (April – October) and wet season (November – March). The rich of volcanic soil and healthy moonsoon season make this island extremely fertile and a range of crops are grown here. This wide and gently sloping Southern regions play host to Bali’s famed rice terraces, among some of the most spectacular in the world.

The Balinese people have strong spiritual roots and despite the large influx of tourist over the years, their culture is very much alive. The main religion is Hindu Dharma, Which arrived in Bali with the spread of Hinduism through Sumatra and Java during the 11th century. Although original from India Balinesse religion is a unique blend of Hindu, Budisht, Javanesse and ancient indigenous beliefs, with custom those are very different from the traditional form of Hinduism practiced in India today. Naturally creative, the Balinese have traditionally used their talents for religious purposes and most of the beautiful work to be seen here, has been inspired by stories from the Ramayana and other Hindu epics

The majority of Bali’s 3,000,000 people live, for the most part, in tight village communities with large extended families. The largest towns are the capital of Denpasar, population approximately 250,000 and Singaraja in the North. The main tourist area is Kuta. This small sleepy village became a major attraction during the tourist boom of the 70’s, because of its famed white sand beach, the surf and stunning sun set. throughout the whole journey. Medicines can be obtained from local chemist shops called “Apotik” in conformity with doctor’s prescription.

SEA WATER LOW & HIGH TIGHT SCHEDULE
• High Tide, estimated timing from 0800am to 1200noon
• Low Tide, estimated timing from 1230 to 2000hrs

CURRENCY
There is no restriction on import or export of foreign currencies, however, it is prohibited to import or export Indonesian Currency exceeding Rp. 50.000,-.
The unit of currency is “Indonesian Rupiah” (Rp.), consists of:
• Coins: 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500, and 1000
• Notes: 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10.000, 50.000, and 100.000.
Estimated Exchange Rate: US$. 1.00 is equivalent to Rp. 9.500,- to Rp. 9.900,-

VISA / PASSPORT VALIDITY
Visa requirements differ for each country, kindly check with your local embassy if you may require a visa to enter Indonesia. But please ensure that your passport has a minimum of six months validity from the date of departure.

CUSTOM
Dress properly when entering to the Hindu Temple. It is considered disrespectful to wear brief clothing in the villages, towns, or on public transport, and it is even more unacceptable to wear miniskirt, short, thong and beachwear for visiting temples, ritual ceremonies and government offices.

SEASON & CLIMATE
Bali has such a mild and agreeable climate the whole year-round, with average temperature of the day in coastal areas varies from about 28°C (82°F) during May-July to about 30°C (86°F) in March to October, while the most pleasant weather is between May to September.

CLOTHING
Bali lies just 8 degrees South of the Equator, hence has is particularly needed to avoid sunburn since the sun is quite fierce around the day. Therefore light and loose cotton attire is more advisable for the daytime.

MEDICAL SERVICES & SUPPLIES
Hospital and Health Centers staffed by well-trained doctors and medical-assistants are available in major tourist resorts and the Provincial Capital. However, if you are on medication, it is advisable that there are adequate supplies of medicine for you to last throughout the whole journey. Medicines can be obtained from local chemist shops called “Apotik” in conformity with doctor’s prescription.

ELECTRICITY
220 volts 50 cycles throughout the country, and major hotels have only two-round plug sockets. Check your appliance for a 100V/220V switch, if not you will need a voltage converter.

WATER
Do not drink from the tap drink only bottled water.

TIPPING
A 10% services charge is added to the bill at restaurants but a small gratuity will be appreciated. In ordinary restaurants, tip no more than 10% as a token of appreciation for the service rendered.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is advisable to purchase travel insurance for comprehensive protection against traveling overseas to protect of accidental/ medical expenses/ baggage losses.

DEPARTURE TAX
On leaving Bali, every person are obliged to pay a Passenger Facility Service Charge, Rp. 100,000.00 for international flights departure and Rp. 25,000.00 for domestic flight departure.

OTHER INFORMATION
TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES
Bali is linked via satellite to all major countries in the world and to make an International call can be made from any private house, business center, hotel telephone or Telecommunication center. How to call to your home country?
From hotel room: dial 9 + 001 + your home country code + tel. Number.
From your mobile: dial 001 + your home country code + tel. Number

BUSNESS HOURS
Government offices open from 07.00am–14.00hrs on Monday to Thursday, while Friday open from Friday from 07.00–11.00am. Saturday & Sunday closed.
Most Shops open six days a week from 0800am to 1500hrs and in the evening from 17.00 to 22.00hrs, while department stores and shopping centers are open for 12hours from 09.00am to 21.00hrs. Same also open on Sunday.

SHOPPING
Bali is known as a treasure house of interesting goods, splendid local hand-woven materials, silver and gold works, woodcarvings, garments and many other handicrafts in attractive displays await shoppers. It is common to bargain in markets, shops and art shops so having good price is partly depended on one’s smartness in bargaining and must be new experiences for certain buyers.