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Diving in Gili Selang

Diving the Express of Gili Selang

The island of Bali has been known for its natural beauty. Known as the land of the gods or Dewata Island, Bali Island indeed has many visitors attracted to what this tropical island in the archipelagic country of Indonesia could offer. Although it may seem unlikely, diving in Bali has became one of the most sought after activities by visitors. Boasting many interesting dive sites for all kinds of divers, Bali is indeed in its way into becoming world’s top diving destinations. This, of course, is aided by its unique dive site such as one in Gili Selang.

The small island of Gili Selang lies on Bali’s furthest eastern tip and its relatively isolated location made it as a popular choice on live aboard cruises for diving in Bali. To get there, you only need 45 minutes riding from Padangbai on the east coast. In the small islet of Gili Selang there is a home for some excellent dive sites. The reefs closest to Amed have the gentlest currents in the area and are ideal for less experienced divers where they usually enter from in front of the nearby village in the protected eddy near the rock. As you drift near the island’s outer face you will find a wall covered with the beautiful soft corals. Here divers can experience some of the best Bali has to offer when it comes to macro life, and you can dive along coral covered walls, where reef sharks patrol and colorful fish approaching.

A little further down the coast from Amed, reachable with snorkeling equipment, lays a small wreck where napoleon fish, turtles, striped catfish and sting rays can be seen. And as you come near Gili Selang, the current picks up and can be very strong around the small island. The diving site around the island are located where the full force of the Indonesian Throughflow makes its presence known, where you could potentially find yourself in some of the strongest currents you could possibly imagine and exposed to the very dangerous “downdrafts”. This happens when the brute force of the Indonesian Throughflow hits the north-east flank of the island and creates a veritable maelstrom, and causes a mighty downdraft. It is recommended to have a suitable boat and staff who are used to handling divers in Gili Selang areas.

Diving in Giling Selang Island might be hard for less experienced divers. The diving site is known as “The Express” where it enjoys a similar legendary status to “the Magnet” and “the Cathedral” at Belongas Bay in South Lombok, where only “hard-core” divers seek it out as a place that will both offer challenges and thrills in equal measures.

As the current from the Indonesian Throughflow may made it dangerous, it also means that you can see beautiful soft corals, gorgonian fans, barrel sponges and bommies nourished by those nutrient rich waters here in Gili Selang. With the depth reached about 10 – 40 m, expect visibility of 20-25 m and the water temperature is between 20°C and 30°C. All the typical reef fish, bat fish, octopus, a variety of small crabs, many different nudibranches, turtles, whitetip reef sharks, tunas and mackerels can be seen. Yellow-Margin Morays, schooling Big Eye Trevally, cuttlefish, and Pygmy Seahorses can be seen on the Gorgonian sea fans. It is also rumored that the swift currents of Gili Selang attract unusual giant fishes such as trevally, grey reef sharks and the rumored hammerhead sharks.

kuta beach

Surfing in Kuta Beach, Bali

Kuta Beach is a tourist place in south of Denpasar, capital of Bali, Indonesia. Kuta is located in Badung. This area is a tourist destination abroad and domestic, and has become a mainstay tourist island of Bali since the early 70′s. Kuta Beach is often referred to as sunset beach (sunset beach) as opposed to the Sanur beach. In Kuta there are many shops, restaurants, and inns or hotels. Besides the beauty of the beach, Kuta beach also offers various types of entertainment such as bars and restaurants along the beach.

Surfing in Bali? Of course! Kuta beach also has pretty good waves for surfing. It is one of popular water sports especially for young people and even now for some children. Surfing performed on high waves, higher waves are more fun to surf. With the encouragement of the good wave, the surfer moves and directs its speed. This game rushes the adrenaline. Surfing is favorite water sport for people who like a challenge. Kuta Beach in Bali is very popular among surfers all around the world. Besides the beautiful scenery, Kuta Beach also has a good wave pounding surf.

For those of you who do not have a surfing board; do not worry because you can still rent surfboards that available there. Stout rental place you can find easily. For rent rates Rp 50.000 – Rp 150.000 per hour. The cost is already included the power surfing guide that will teach you in action on the surf board. Under their direction, you only need 30 minutes to be able to bend at the top of the board was split Kuta beach waves challenging.

Enchantment of the waves of Kuta beach can be enjoyed by all people, not only teenagers or adults, but also tried to embrace the interest of the children. One of the many surfing contest held in Kuta Beach. Usually the interest of the public and the participants was very positive and good. People who participated in this event come from diverse backgrounds. There is from among the local population and some of the expatriates or the travelers who were holidaying in Bali with his family.

Yup! Everyone knows that Kuta is the most famous beach in Bali. Travelers who vacation in Bali will never forget to visit Kuta beach, especially when the sun will set. Kuta Beach is one of the best places in Bali to see the panoramic setting of the sun besides Pura Uluwatu, Pura Tanah Lot or Jimbaran beach. Kuta Beach is famous for breaking waves waist high, so it’s like the perfect beach for surfing beginners. To gain and impove some basic knowledge about surfing, sign up for a lesson with one of the famous surf schools are located right on the beach. A three-day surfing course with an accredited school and it cost only around U.S. $ 100. Next time when you come back again, as long as you keep in practice, you will be able to explore the surf beaches are hidden on the island. For sure! Surfing in Bali, why not!?

dances of bali

Dances of Bali

Bali traditional dance is an integral part of Balinese culture where the Balinese themselves take them very seriously. In fact, Balinese dances like Kecak dance, Barong dance, Kebyar Duduk, and Legong Keraton are famous all over the world.

The lifestyles of Balinese people are expressed in their dance. Not only do we learn about the Balinese religion from their dance creations but also we can come to understand the flow of cultural events and activities that belong to everyday life. We can discover Balinese attitudes, how they look at nature, and how they regard their fauna and flora. The very essence of the Balinese culture is dance and drama, which is performed during temple festivals and in ceremonies.

The Bali traditional dance cannot be separated from religion. Even the dances for the tourists are preceded by many dancers praying at their family shrine for taksu (inspiration) from the gods. Dance fulfils a number of specific functions: It may be a channel for visiting gods or demons, the dancers acting as a sort of living repository. It may be as a welcome for visiting gods. It may be entertainment for visiting gods.

Panymebrama is the welcome dance from Bali traditional dance, and is probably the most popular Balinese social dance. In keeping with its meaning in the Balinese language, Panymebrama is frequently staged to welcome guests of honor who are making a visit to this island of the Gods. Let’s move to Yudapati dance, which depicts a male character but is performed by female dancers. The word Yudapati is derived from Yuda which means war and Pati which means death. The dance represents the kamikaze warrior in defending the truth. The dance was created in 1987. It is based on the Baris dance.

Barong dance probably the most famous Bali traditional dance where there are several versions of the Barong Dance, as Bali has an abundance of myths and legends. There is Barong Ket, Barong Asu (Dog Barong), Barong Macan (Tiger Barong), Barong Bangkal (Pig Barong), Barong Gajah (Elephant Barong) and others.One of the well known stories on which the Barong Dance is based, is the Kunti Seraya. The plot is very intriguing, showing the effect of the Gods intervention upon the people through supernatural powers.

The Sanghyang Jaran dance probably is the most horror Bali traditional dance, where the unique feature of the Sanghyang Jaran dance is the courage of the dancers who in a state of kesurupan or trance, calmly step and trample on red hot coals just as if they were walking in cold water. This dance is believed to have the power to invite the gods or sacred spirits to enter the body of the dancers and put them in a state of trance.

Last but not least, the Legong Trunajaya, the dance of love and emotions. The Trunajaya dance describes the emotions of a young man through love and passion. The dance movements reflect the theme of courtship and love. Interesting huh?

honeymoon in bali

Honeymoon in Bali

Do you know that honeymoon in Bali; actually is a 1939 American romantic comedy film that is also known by the alternative title “Husbands or Lovers” and “My Love for Yours”. It was proved that Bali is one of the most romantic islands on the planet and the ultimate destination for the honeymoon! Yes indeed, Bali is the paradise for honeymooner that many couple wishes to spend such a special occasion on the island. It’s mesmerized various views such as; beaches, mountain, rice field, and romantic place to stay like: Bali hotel, resort, villa, Bali private villa shall enable you to get a perfect honeymoon, no disturbance, no noisy sound, truly serenity, just sound of nature.

If you are in honeymoon in Bali means that you are in the most visitor-friendly island of Indonesia. Bali rich culture would contribute to make your honeymoon the unforgettable one; you’ll find something that is unique, beautiful, memorable and fun, the experience of a lifetime, which cannot be gained at other places. There are pleasures of the body, whether a massage on the beach or a hedonistic interlude in a sybaritic spa. Shopping that will put ‘extra bag’ at the top of your list. Food and drink ranging from the freshest local cuisine bursting with the flavors of the markets to food from around the globe, often prepared by chefs and served in restaurants that are world class.

Here are some tips to get comfortable honeymoon in Bali: first of all, schedule your departure day two days after the wedding to give you ample time for rest after the activities and the celebrations. If you must travel immediately, remember to leave in the middle of the day and not the early morning so you’ll get a good night’s sleep. Mention to anyone, especially in the café or in the tour boat, that you’re on your honeymoon, yes this may sound a bit embarrassing, but some restaurants give extras like free drinks or gifts for honeymooners. This also works for birthday celebrants. Isn’t that wonderful?

If you want an active honeymoon rather just staying in the room or beach, research and prepare for water sports because the tropics island are a great place to learn them. Always put the sun protection. The higher the SPF the better, as you’ll probably be spending whole days out in the sun; you wouldn’t want to get skin cancer or over tan after just two weeks of marriage. Remember that the entire objective of a honeymoon in Bali is to have an unforgettable romance.

Besides the honeymoon, Bali is also a perfect place for wedding venue. Bali has been the top destination for wedding simply because of its magical charm and exotic beaches. This island offers many more than just clear beaches. It cultural heritage, elegant temples make this location truly mystic and a perfect destination for wedding. Perhaps, after having the unforgettable wedding in Bali you might be interested to stay a little bit longer for the honeymoon in Bali as well.

Beaches in Lombok

The Best Beaches in Indonesia

Indonesia is a maritime country that most of its territory consists of the waters of the oceans. As a citizen of Indonesia, we should be proud because it has abundant of marine wealth. If we are able to exploit the potential of such nature, it will bring many benefits to the state treasury.
Part that limit the sea with the island called by the beach. This beach has a very natural beauty that shooting our eyes. Everyone will feel calm when you are on the beach. The beach is a favorite attraction for most families who are on vacation and like to spoil the natural beauty of the beach.

So many beaches in Indonesia, because almost in every province or city in Indonesia borders the ocean, which means that almost every region in Indonesia has the attraction of the beach. But there are some beaches that unspoiled by people, so not many people know about the beach. But there are many beaches that have been treated and developed into a tourist attraction, so the beach is famous everywhere. Who does not know Kuta Beach and Sanur? These are two of the many beaches on the island of Bali. Not only the Indonesian’s people who admire the beauty of the coast, but its beauty has spread in worldwide. Every foreign tourists choose to travel on the beaches of Bali because of its beauty is in the category of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In addition to providing a captivating natural beauty, this beach also offers a variety of sports and games, such as banana boating, diving, and surfing.

From Bali, we turn to the neighboring island, the island of Lombok. There is a charming beauty of the beaches on the coast of the island of Lombok, that is Senggigi Beach. The beach is almost similar to Kuta Beach, Bali. They differ just in fame only. Beach in Lombok is seen less well maintained, when in fact the beach is very beautiful. In addition, you can be see the sunrise and sunset, this beach also has a view of the large coral reef that adds to the beauty of Senggigi Beach.

The next beautiful beach which will be explore is Beautiful beach located in Pangandaran. The beach is quite famous for not only domestic tourists who come to witness the natural beauty, but many foreign tourists who visit this Pangandaran beach. This beach offers a variety of stunning natural beauty, ranging from white sand, gently sloping shoreline, beautiful marine park, and there is a place of accommodation for tourists.
This is some of the beaches in Indonesia. In addition to this, there are many other beautiful beaches, such as Parangtritis and Baron Beach in Yogyakarta, Ancol Beach in Jakarta, Beach at Tidung Island in Thousand Islands, Beach in Karimunjawa Islands, and so much natural wealth of beautiful beaches in Indonesia.

Interested to enjoy it ..? Let’s explore all the natural beauty of the beaches in Indonesia ..!

Bulgari Resort and Spa Bali

The Best Resort in Bali

Do you want to go for holiday with the entire families? Bali Island is a perfect choice to be your holiday destination.

Why Should Bali Island?

Bali Island is located in Indonesia which Denpasar is the capital province. Bali has beautiful panorama and exotics culture that make this Island is different than others. Bali also has tropical climate that can be perfect time not only for vacation but also spending time.

Since Bali Island has known well by many traveler as perfect place for vacation, there’s no doubt for you to visit Bali when holiday because Bali has many fabulous sightseeing with beautiful sandy beaches, great underwater life marine, many temples (is called Pura), and a lot of historical building with strong local tradition which is being identity of Bali.
Resorts in Bali

Enjoying in Bali is not perfect if you not spent long time there. There are many resorts are provided for you and families to enjoy tropical paradise. Bali is the place giving a holiday package of both natural beauty and luxury hotels. Now days you can find many resorts information in Bali Island on the Internet. But you need be careful finding the update one. In finding resorts, you can choose depends mostly on what style you prefer and of course budget that you have.

Here is list of the best resort in Bali with high recommend.

The Legian

The Legian

The Legian, has beach view in front of the gazebos, surrounded by coconut palms, flowers, and lush tress. The lounge and restaurants serve international and traditional dishes, while spas, swimming pool, beauty salons, and other facilities, each of which clearly exposes the Balinese style.

The Oberoi

The Oberoi

The Oberoi, has traditional style villas, private pools, thatched roofs, Balinese art, and many more. Each guest is also served with the conveniences of pampering spas, swimming pools, fitness rooms, saunas, and others facilities.

Bulgari Resort and Spa Bali

Bulgari Resort and Spa Bali

Bulgari Resort and Spa Bali, presenting the meditation pavilion, home theater, lap pool, extensive terraces, and bedroom at the highest level of opulence. The Bulgari was design by combining Italian and Balinese style, which is a very exotic elegant of architecture. Guests of Bulgari can find the Indian Ocean across the hotel, a view no more can resist.

Wherever resort you choose, should be suitable with your needed, easy access to your destination, and of course budget that you have. So, your vacation will be the fantastic moment. Enjoy holiday.

Eat Pray Love

Bali: Best of both worlds

Imagine walking on the beach side, just enjoying yourself alone, sand on your feet, warm sun on your skin and ocean waves as a background. In the night you can have a party in the different kind of night clubs, offering from just chill out bar and lounge to more up beat dance scene. Not feeling into some clubbing? Why don’t you spend the night just wandering around to try local food? Choose between infamous beachside seafood restaurants to more traditional Balinese cuisine. Looking for quieter getaway? Hide from the blaze of the city, traffic and night life? Enjoying the green scenery, walking down the paddy field and just admire the subak (traditional cultivation) and other traditional culture. You can have all that complete travel experience in one place, yes…Bali the land of gods, the tropical paradise of South East Asia.

Bali is located 8 degrees south of the equator between Java in the West and Lombok and the rest of the Lesser Sunda Islands (Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor) in the East. This little island is part of Indonesian archipelago, its only takes 2 hours from Singapore, 3 hours Perth (Australia), 4.5 hours from Hong Kong and it is approximately 6 hours from Sydney/Melbourne. Bali is just like one stop tourism spot, you can choose between urban beach lives to more traditional Balinese culture atmosphere. Bali also famous with the state of the art handicraft, indulge yourself with handmade perfection of traditional goods also try some Balinese traditional fabric and embroidery.

There are different travel spot you can choose in Bali, if you are into surfing, shopping and night clubbing, you can go to Kuta or drive a little bit to legian and seminyak, the view just amazing you can feel the transformation and acculturation between modern living with traditional culture. Have you ever watched the movie “Eat,Pray,Love” starring Hollywood actress Julia Roberts? The movie that based on award winning novel with the same title is having some shoot take in Bali, in Ubud to be exact. In Bali you never going to have shortage in beach location option, go to Uluwatu or Padang-Padang and you can find best waves to surf in the Asia.

Need to find peaceful while you are travelling? Bali is the right places to be. Come visit to beautiful temple across the island, one of the famous temples is Pura Tanah Lot temple in Tabanan. The scenery is just amazing; temple is standing firmly on the cliff facing the ocean. Pura Uluwatu in Badung also offering both peaceful atmosphere and heavenly scenery, its located in tip of big rock cliff, and below you can see beautiful scenery of Pecatu beach. Bali is complete as a perfect getaway, for you or with your family. Experiences modernity with tradition in one place, best of both worlds…. find your peaceful and happiness in the land of gods.


Having a Stay in Two Loveliest Places in Bali

Bali. One heavenly destination. One of beautiful islands in Indonesia between Java and Lombok where gives you exciting experiences of having a holiday. One island with beautiful beaches and breath-taking scenery. Countless hotels offer services and facilities to the tourists from the cheapest to the most expensive rates. Because tourists are in love with Bali beaches, many hotels built near the beach area. Here are the budget hotel in Bali especially in Kuta and Ubud. Let’s sneak a peak to the affordable price of hotels in these two loveliest places in Bali.

When you heard about Bali, one thing crossed in your mind is usually Kuta. Kuta is located in the south of Bali. Kuta seems like the icon of tourism in Bali. The tourists are usually spending their time in Kuta Beach for surfing, relaxing, playing on the white sand, or sun-bathing. Moreover, the tourist are always come to see the sunset in the Kuta Beach. Because of the mesmerizing view of Kuta Beach that dazzled the tourists, the hotel managements are race each other to give their best services and facilities. There are more than 40 hotels in Kuta and the budget hotels are varied. The budget for 2 star hotels in Kuta are around 450.000,- IDR until 1.000.000,- IDR depends on the type of room choice and the room facilities. The room facilities of 2 star hotels in Bali are most likely have AC, TV, Telephone, Bathroom with Bathtub and Shower. If you want to stay in more luxurious hotel, you can pick your choice into one of 4 star hotels near Kuta Beach which most likely have room services such as AC, Bathtub, Shower, TV LCD, Satelite/Cable TV, Balcony, Wireless internet and WiFi, and small kitchen or pantry. The budget of 4 star hotels are around 700.000 IDR until 1.600.000,- IDR. Hotels in Kuta like Fourteen Roses Beach Hotel, Harris Riverview Hotel, and Harris Kuta Hotel are mostly 5-10 minutes walk to Kuta Beach and famous shopping centre, Legian.

Ubud, a nice dazzling place in Gianyar, Bali become another choice to go beside Kuta. Ubud is very different from other places in Bali where are mostly too packed with tourists. The rice fields, forest, and mountains in Ubud make this place is naturally beautiful. Ubud has dozens of hotels with national and international level. The budget for 3 star hotels in Ubud are around 750.000,- IDR until 4.000.000,- IDR depends on the type of room choice and the room facilities. The room facilities of 3 star hotels in Ubud are most likely have AC, TV, Bathtub and Shower, Mini Bar, Hairdryer, access to internet and WiFi, and some types of room provide you a safety deposit box . You can also having a stay in one of 5 star hotels in Ubud which mostly are a villa and resort. They are most likely have facilities such as AC, Bathtub, Shower, Balcony/Terras, Internet and WiFi access, and  Satelit TV. Some of villas have their own Gazebo and Jacuzzi. The budget of 5 star hotels are around 1.500.000,- IDR until 7.500.000,- IDR. The hotel location is very strategic that near the souvenir shopping center and other art and culture centre in Bali. Some hotels are just few minutes walk to the famous Monkey Forest.


Asia’s Best Hiking Destinations

Asia, the largest continent on this earth, is a dynamic depiction of natural scenery. Filled with assorted wonderments like tropical beaches, impenetrable tropical forests and majestic snowy mountains, this giant landmass is a fantastic space for adventure buffs from across the globe. When it comes to trekking, Asia is non-to-second offering stunning opportunities to walkers and hikers of all abilities. If you’re also the one whose boots are made to touch milestones, here’s our list of top hiking places in Asia.

Kintamani, Bali: Hiking here is really a rewarding experience that leads the trekkers through enchanting landscapes and scenic views of volcanoes and lakes. Interesting forest villages and some historical temples can also be explored during the journey. Climbing to Mount Batur is not so hard, and a physically fit traveler can easily access the top summits even without help of professional guides. However, unexpected rain can turn the exercise tough, so you may be better preparing well before heading on your hiking tour.

Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore: It’s perhaps the best place for trekking & hiking in Singapore. Climbing at Bukit Tmah Hill is quite easy that requires no special training or equipment. With eye-catching greenery and a variety of flora & fauna, the journey is pleasant yet full of thrilling experiences. Most of the trekking routes have been upgraded to alleviate trekking with various facilities including shelters, food and toilets are available for trekkers.

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia: Cameron Highlands are truly hikers’ paradise, but they are not for everyone. Miles of dense forested hills here are dotted with rambling tea plantations, a baffling matrix of summits and barely-noticeable tracks which are not paved. Besides this, there’s hardly a helpful sign or map on any of trekking routes. Nevertheless, heart-throbbing adventures, stunning greenery and cool climatic conditions in the area attract experienced from far and wide.

Everest Mini Trek, Nepal: Come here to see the excellent views of Everest, the highest peak in the world. This once-in-lifetime trekking opportunity let the hikers explore breathtaking natural beauty through varied enchanting landscapes such as cross river valleys, undulating farm terraces, evergreen dense forests and serene scenic mountain lakes. Apart from that, beautiful hill villages and their interesting traditions & cultures are some additional attractions for trekkers to this route.

Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia: Full of thrills and joy, trekking the Mount Rinjani is a truly an unforgettable experience. With elevation around 12,000 feet, the mountain stands giants on the Island of Lombok inviting adventure enthusiasts from far corners of the globe. But remember that trekking to Mount Rinjani is not for amateurs. It requires a high level of physical endurance, suitable equipment, an experienced guide and ability to face varied weather conditions. But if you manage to do so, be ready to explore one of the best performances of nature.

Bali Villa

Bali Villa Rental

Let’s be honest, hotels can be expensive.

Looking at tourism in Bali travel statistics, we see that many people travel in groups or families of 4-6 people requiring at least 2-3 bedrooms at rates averaging anywhere from $100-$800 per night depending on your level of quality requirements.

Sure. This gives you a big pool, gym, social interaction, a smile from the front desk, the concierge and baggage handlers, there’s room service and a clean room to come back to at the end of a long day of illustrious shopping and sight seeing in the wonderful Bali.

However, on the flip side. The pool is public and shared. The gym is barely used. The social interaction consists of screaming kids and rowdy teens. The smiles are impersonal and disappear 9 out of 10 times when faced with any problem. The room service, inconvenient. When a door knock accompanied by ‘room service’ awakens you in time to watch the sunrise on a Sunday morning.

If you look into some of the Bali Villa options available, you will notice that there is a big range of pricing. More often than not, you will find that when comparing a private Bali Villa ‘room for room’ with a comparable hotel the Villa will come up cheaper. Continue reading