Bali : an adventure Island

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Besides being one of my all-time favorite palace in the world “Bali” amazing why! I m here to guide you to the world famous adventure palace where you will feel like an island of movie Tarzan.

And I m sure , in this blog

I would make you feel the same adventure and fun as i felt .

Bali an island which is known as the ‘Island of the Gods’ is one of the most beautiful places on earth. surrounded by azure seas and edged with golden beaches . if you are looking for a beach holiday then there is no better place to find it than this gorgeous island set in the middle of Indonesia.

As well as sea and sand however Bali has a huge number of other attractions to enjoy such as temples, caves, waterfalls, museums, and markets, and if you like history and culture then you can spend hours learning the local legends and Balinese traditions in places like Ubud.

pura ulun danu bratan temple in Bali, indonesia.
Beautiful rice terraces in the morning at Tegallalang village, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Topics :

  • SPOTS TO VISIT
  • ADVENTURE PLAY
  • FOOD PARTY
  • PROS & CONS

Bali people speak Balinese or simply Bali, is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by 3.3 million people .Because Bali is a major tourist destination both for Indonesians and people all over the world, you are likely to hear different languages depending on where you go.English is the common “third” language and the most popular foreign language by far (after Indonesian and Balinese). Due to tourism requirements a lot of Balinese speak a level of English that allows them to communicate with tourists on a basic level.

SPOTS TO VISIT

1. Ulun Danu Temple

Ulun Danu Temple lies at the edge of Baratan Lake in Bedugul in Bali.

Dedicated to the goddess of the lake and is one of the quietest and most serene places on the island.

The temple complex consists of five various shrines dedicated to other Hindu gods as well, each one dedicated to a different god, and look out for the ornate architectural touches such as the intricate carved gates.

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, or Pura Bratan, is a major Hindu Shaivite Shiva temple in Bali, Indonesia.

2. Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot means “Land [in the] Sea” in the Balinese language

Tanah Lot Temple is probably the most famous attraction in Bali and is a Hindu temple that sits atop a large and scenic rock formation.

Over the years the sea has separated the rock from the mainland, and at high tide the rock is completely surrounded making this one of the most amazing sights in Indonesia.

Many people flock here for the sunsets around the temple so make sure you go early to get the best spot to watch the spectacle.

The best time to visit the temple is during the time of sunset in between 6 pm to 7 pm. Otherwise the timings of the temple are from 7 am to 7 pm.

3. Watch a Kecak dance

Bali is famous for its dances and one of these is the Kecak dance which was developed in the 1930s.

The dance takes its name from the ‘cak’ sound that is repeated throughout and is based on the story of the Hindu epic called the Ramayana.The drama is based on the Hindu mythology of Ramayana and features 4 important characters: Ram, Sita, Ravana, and Hanuman.

You can watch performances of the dance all over the island and many shows take place outside under the stars.

  • Kecak has no musical background except the rhythmic chanting of “chak kechak kechak” by the performers.
  • Kecak originated as a men-only dance form but has now progressed to adopt women performers. There are a couple of women-only performances in downtown Ubud.
  • Kecak did not arise in Hinduism. It is more like both of them fused in the 1930s to give birth to a more touristic and dramatic version of the original Kecak Fire Dance

3. Uluwatu Temple

Drone taken by drone

Uluwatu Temple is arguably one of the most famous sights in Bali and stands 70 meters above the sea.

The temple was constructed on the side of a cliff overlooking the raging waters below

Uluwatu Temple has a unique architecture with palm-frond black roof stacked into the black. Most travelers enjoy the view of this temple from two different vantage points, from both northern and southern part of the area.

The most impressive thing that anyone sees Uluwatu temple are also amazed prime location, precariously between heaven and earth.

The temple is known for its monkey population and you can also catch a range of shows here such as famous Balinese dances.If possible try to go in the evening so that you can catch the sunset here.

Visits to the Uluwatu Temple are subject to an entrance fee of IDR 15,000 for domestic tourists and IDR 30,000 for foreigners

 when you visit of any temples in Bali, both men and women should wear a sarong, scarf or sash tied around the waist.Sarong and sash is provided in Uluwatu Temple, and you can use that for free, as long as you visit the temple.

4.  Day on Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island is a little piece of secluded, uninhabited paradise, located just a few miles from the coast of Bali.

As well as trekking on the island the main reason to come here is for the diving and you will find a plethora of underwater delights such as coral reefs and colorful fish.

There is also a good chance of seeing other sea creatures such as turtles, octopus, crabs, and rays.

The easiest way to reach Menjangan Island is by boat from Labuhan Lalang, a port in Northern Bali . To travel around the island which will cost you about IDR 350,000 (USD 24.50). You’ll also need to purchase a permit, which costs IDR 200,000 (USD 14) on a weekday and IDR 300,000 (USD 21) on the weekend.

Once you’ve reached the island, there are many things you can do to occupy your time.

  1. EXPLORE A PART OF WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK
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The park is teeming with a huge variety of flora and fauna, it is the best-known part of the park when it comes to marine diversity and optimal diving spots. You can spend your morning travelling through the park with your guide and still have time for other activities, as you can walk around the entire island in about 1 hour and 15 minutes Cost: IDR 40,000 for a park permit (USD 2.80)*

2. RELAX ON MENJANGAN BEACH

Beach

The first thing you will see as your boat draws up to Menjangan Island is a beautiful beach with crystal clear waters, perfectly blue sky and white sand. The deer are friendly and it is perfectly safe to approach them — just do not harm them .

3.  PURA SEGARA GILI DHARMA KENCANA TEMPLE

It is the most popular activity on Menjangan Island. The majority of people who come to this secluded island come in search of some of the most diverse pockets of marine life in Indonesia. There are seven different world-class diving sites off the island’s coasts, offering excellent visibility (anywhere from 15 to 50 metres).

5. Bali Provincial State Museum

bali museum

The Bali Provincial State Museum has the claim to fame of being the oldest museum in Bali and has over 10,000 items on display.

The museum is built in the traditional style and has royal pavilions and beautiful Balinese architecture aplenty.

Here you will find an amazing array of prehistoric artifacts as well as works of art and weaponry.

Other galleries are full of ceramics such as statues and stones with ancient inscriptions as well as tools and bronze pieces.

6. Shopping at Pasar Badung

Those that like shopping need to squeeze in a trip to Pasar Badung which is a market in Denpasar that sits on the scenic banks of the Badung River.

Pasar Badung Local Market

Traditional open-air market with a variety of offerings, including groceries, clothing & souvenirs. You can take a tour of the market and check out all the uniquely Balinese products on sale and then explore the local temples that are located close by.

7. Ubud Palace

Ubud

An itinerary to Bali is incomplete without a stopover at Ubud Palace, located right on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road. Built in the 19th century by the ruler Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel, the palace’s front section with its gardens and carvings is a visual delight, while international events on art, music and literature are held inside, making this place a cultural repository of Ubud.

In the evenings the palace also comes alive and there are dance shows held here that are perfect if you want to take in some of the culture in a beautiful historic setting.

8. Travel to Karangasem

Walk on thew rock

 Eastern Bali part of the island offers a completely different experience compared to other spots like Seminyak and Kuta.

It is said that “Tirta Gangga” which is a famed water palace that would have been used by the royal family who were the heads of the city of Amlapura. Tirta Gangga is based on the beliefs in Balinese Hinduism, where river Ganges and its waters are considered sacred. Its waters are cherished for irrigation and agricultural abundance, recreation and economic activity.

9. Spot the dolphins in Lovina

dolphin
Bali is covered in beaches but one that stands out the most is Lovina as the sand is black thanks to its high mineral content and volcanic ash.
The main reason why many people visit Lovina is to see some of its resident dolphins that swim in the waters here and you can take a boat trip out in the early morning when you will have the best chance of spotting them.
For many visitors this is a highlight of a trip here and it is well worth getting up early in the morning to get a chance to spot these graceful creatures in their natural environment.

10. Sacred waters of Tirta Empul

Tirta Empul

You may recognize Tirta Empul which was used as a location in the film Eat, Pray, Love which featured Julia Roberts.

This temple complex sits just outside of Ubud and is made up of a number of pools which are filled by fountains.

The waters here are said to be sacred and Hindus from all over Bali come here to bathe.

Anyone can swim in the waters or you can walk around the complex and check out the pretty architecture and plethora of ornate statues.

11. Explore out a turtle sanctuary

Serangan Turtle Island Conservation Centre

Serangan Turtle Island Conservation Centre

The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre is located on Serangan Island which is close to the seaside town of Sanur and is a fascinating place to come if you love turtles.

The aim of the center is to educate visitors regarding the various dangers that pollution and poaching can pose to the turtles and the staff here rescue injured turtles and care for them before they can be released back into the wild.

Despite its popularity however it doesn’t feel crowded and still retains much of its rural charm, and popular pastimes here include swimming and surfing.

12.Enjoy the nightlife in Kuta

club

There is so much tourism thriving on the island that it is impossible for this place to not have bars and clubs where you can party. … If you want to go party, Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak, and Legian areas are perfect for bar and club hopping.

The party scene keeps going into the early morning and you will also find a vast number of eateries here if you get hungry.

13.  safari at Bali Marine and Safari Park

safari ride

Bali Marine and Safari Park is made up of a collection of the best flora and fauna in Indonesia and you will be greeted with over 60 different species of animals here.

There are also dance and musical shows held here throughout the day and you can go on a safari tour to see the animals as they roam all over the park.

There is even the option to stay here overnight and watch graceful giraffes and elephants amble past your hotel room (wow).

14. Visit a spa

hotels
Bali is known for its spa experiences which blend traditional local ingredients and centuries old techniques that will leave you relaxed .

One of the most amazing of all Bali’s spas is The Spa and The Edge Hotel which is located in Pectau and sits on the side of a cliff.

This means that you get views over the water and can look over a sheer drop down the cliff side and the packages here mix flowers, rice, and holy water for one of the best spa experiences on the island.

15.  Gitgit Waterfall

waterfall

The waters are located between Denpasar and Singaraja and you can hike along a small trail to the waterfall that will take you past leafy forests and through coffee plantations.

The waters gush down a drop of 35 meters and there is a pool at the bottom of the waterfall where you can swim although there is also a local legend here that says that couples shouldn’t bathe together as this can spell bad luck for their relationship.

16. Bali Bird Park

Bali Bird Park is filled with a vast collection of birds from all over Indonesia including an array of unusual species.

The park is located in Batubulan which is also known for its stone carving and there is an adjacent reptile farm if you want a change of pace from the birds.

The park is separated into different sections that mirror the natural habitats of the birds and you will find gorgeous avians such as colorful parrots and birds of paradise.

17. Lempuyang Luhur Temple

Lempuyang Luhur Temple

Since the November 2017 eruption of Mt. Agung, this temple has become even more popular among tourists. One of its more famous spots is the temple gate, from where visitors can directly marvel at the sight of the volcano. Those taking photos from the right angle will be able to capture the symmetrical peak framed in the center of the gate. 

Lempuyang Luhur Temple is one of the most important places of Hindu worship, so make sure to follow the local rules when visiting, such as proper speech, behavior and clothing. 

ADVENTURE PLAY

1. Sunbathe on Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach lies some 40 minutes outside Kuta but it feels as if you are in another world.

If you want to get away from the crowds then this is the place to do it, and you will find pristine sands and a great surf break if you want to try some surfing.

The beach sits at the bottom of a set of craggy cliffs and you can walk down a steep set of stairs cut into the cliff side in order to access the beach.

It takes a little effort to get to this secluded beach but it is more than worth it for the views and you will find a range of cafes and canteen where you can have a spot of lunch or relax and look at the sunset with a beer.

2. A hidden waterfall in Sukawati

Bali is known for its natural beauty and no more so than its stunning waterfalls.

Bali is One of the best examples of these is the spectacular Sekumpul Waterfall which lies in a lush valley and is meant to be a sacred spot in Bali.

To get to the waterfall you will need to trek along a secluded path and you won’t realize that you have arrived at the waterfall until you suddenly see it peeking out of the undergrowth.

You can swim in the pools beneath the cataract and cool off after the long hike.

3. wreck diving at Tulamben

diving

you can dive all around the island of Bali but if you want to try wreck diving then you will need to come to Tulamben.

Here you will find the wreck of the USAT Liberty which was sunk here in the Second World War and this is one of the most famous wrecks in the world.

You can expect to find a huge number of underwater creatures here as well as colorful fans and there is also a larger coral garden that lies close to the USAT Liberty so that you can check out both spots at the same time.

4. Fun at Waterbom

WATER PARK

Waterbom is a well loved institution in Kuta and a great place for families or those who want to make a splash.

This water park has a range of pools and slides as well as some hair raising rides like the Climax which is a sheer drop down a long water slides for those seeking an adrenalin pumping afternoon.

5. Enjoy some water sports in Sanur

fun to next level

Sanur is famous for not having any waves, so surfing is not possible here.

For this reason many visitors think that you can’t get out on the water although this is completely wrong.

On the contrary, Sanur has a huge variety of water sports on offer and you can try kiting surfing, paragliding, and even standing up paddle boarding.

6. water rafting on Ayung River

rafting

Bali has a huge range of water sports and one of the most exciting is a trip down the Ayung River on a raft.

The river is covered with white water rapids that make for a wild ride and as you float down the Ayung you will pass little local villages and lush forests that let you take in the beautiful vistas here from a completely different vantage point.

7. Climb Mount Batur

hiking

Anyone looking for some adventure in Bali needs to head to Mount Batur which stands at 1,700 meters above sea level.

This is one of the most famous volcanoes in Bali and you can take a tour to the top which usually starts out at around 4 am.

This gets you to the top in time to watch the spectacular sunrise over the crater and the mountain is encircled by a stunning lake.

8.  Diving in Padang Bai

WATER DIVING

Padang Bai is situated in the east of Bali and is most famous for its diving.

There are seven different dive sites that can easily be reached after a short boat trip from the shore and whatever your diving experience there is something for everyone here.

You can get PADI certified and if you like muck diving then this is one of the best places to do it in Bali and you will find a range of underwater critters like the blue ringed octopus and pygmy seahorses.

There is also a good chance of seeing sharks, turtles, and waving fans and coral gardens.

9.  Bali Treetop Adventure Park

HIKE ON TREE

If you want an adrenaline packed afternoon then make your way to Bali Treetop Adventure Park where you will find a range of rides surrounded by lush forests.

The park is great for families as well as groups or couples and has rides for children as young as 4 years old.

There are a range of different circuits that are located high up in the trees and there are nets, swings, and flying foxes galore that let you fly through the air and take in the breathtaking views over the forest canopy.

10.  Surfing in Kuta

KUTA,INDONESIA- JULY 25 : locals performs surf trick on the 25th of july 2009 in Bali,Indonesia. Bali is a popular holiday destination especially for young australian and backpackers

If you haven’t surfed before or are just looking for some gentle waves then you have to come to the most famous beach in Bali which is Kuta Beach.

The beach sits across from a sand bar which means it has rolling surf that is free of any sharp reefs and you can rent a board here and sign up for a surf lesson, or rent a body board if you want to try something a little less strenuous.

Locals and visitors alike come here to watch the sunset and you can relax on the sand with a cold beer and drink in the atmosphere.

FOOD PARTY

1.Feast on seafood in Sanur

LOBSTER

Sanur is famous for its seafood restaurants and one of the best things to do in the evenings is to go for a wander and stop when you see something that looks good.

The food here is simply grilled over coconut husks for a wonderful smoky flavor and served with rice and chili sauce.

2. Dinner in Jimbaran

Jimbaran sits on the coast and is flanked with a long stretch of golden sandy beach and you can come here and pick from any of the beachside restaurants which will let you sit with your feet in the sand and will serve you up a delicious traditional seafood barbecue.

You order the seafood according to weight and can pick from the freshest catch of the day according to what looks best when you visit.

The fish is cooked to order and served with rice and some simple side dishes.

3. Balinese food at Warung Blanjong

LOCAL FooD

Bali has a range of delicious local specialties that you won’t find anywhere else in Indonesia, so with that in mind make sure to spend some time eating your way around the island.

One of the best places to try some of the local bites is at Warung Blanjong in Sanur which serves up traditional Balinese food such as siap betutu which is chicken roasted with local herbs and spices.

You can also try pepes be pasih which is a fish dish wrapped in banana leaves and as the staff speak English this is a good choice if you are new in town and want to sample some of the local delights.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  1. EASY VISA PROCESS
  2. CHEAP RENT
  3. CHEAP LOCAL FOOD
  4. SCOOTER RENTAL IS CHEAP
  5. EASY & CHEAP TO TRAVEL
  6. LIVE CLOSE TO THE BEACH FOR A GREAT PRICE
  7. WESTERN AMENITIES & GROCERY STORES
  8. EASY TO LIVE HEALTHILY
  9. MORE ADVENTURE IN BALI
  10. EXPLORE EVERYTHING

Cons:

  1. THE CHEAP LOCAL FOOD ISN’T GREAT
  2. THE WIFI IS WEAK
  3. LOTS OF STRAY, SICK DOGS (& RUMORS OF DOG MEAT)
  4. CERTAIN PLACES ARE OVERRUN BY EXPATS/TOURISTS
  5. APARTMENTS ARE LOW QUALITY FOR THE PRICE
  6. BIG & SCARY WAVES

Thank You..