Bali
Bali

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The name of Bali alone is and will always be synonymous with tropical paradise, and this reputation is not usurped: dream landscapes, huge beaches of fine sand, temples with refined decor in lush landscapes, rice terraces whose setting s' animates a new light at every moment of the day, sumptuous sunsets ... The amazing volcanic landscape of Lake Batur, the barong shows, the traditional shadow theater will also count among the thousand wonders that Bali will reserve for you, not to mention the extreme kindness of an affable and smiling population who remains deeply attached to this ancestral culture which also earned in Bali the name of "island of the gods".
 
Indonesia is an archipelago, bathed by the Indian Ocean to the South, the China Sea to the North and the Pacific Ocean to the West. This archipelago is made up of more than 17,000 islands, of which 3,000 are inhabited. The main islands are Java, Sumatra, Borneo (or Kalimantan), Celebes (or Sulawesi), Maluku, Timor and Irian Jaya (western part of the island of New Guinea). The island of Bali lies between the islands of Java and Lombok, it is part of the small islands of Sunda. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, and the southern beaches are of white sand, and those of the north and east are of black sand.
 
The mountain range of central Bali includes several peaks over 2,000 meters high. The highest is the Agung (3,142 m), an active volcano called the "mother mountain". The chain rises from the center to the east, with the Agung dominating the far east. The volcanic nature of Bali contributes to its exceptional fertility and its high mountain ranges cause heavy rainfall favoring the high production of the agricultural sector. The vast downward zone on the south side of the mountains is devoted to rice cultivation. The slopes on the north side descend more strongly towards the sea. This is the main sector of the island's coffee production, where vegetables and livestock are also found.
 
Bali has many bird species, including the Bali starling, which is the only endemic bird on the island (now extremely rare and endangered), while the crab-eating macaques inhabit the forests and frequent the forests. roads and temples.
 
The Western Bali National Park is a nature reserve located, as the name suggests, in the west of the island. This nature reserve is a refuge for wild species such as sambar. The vegetation is very diverse: mangroves bordering the north coast, fertile meadows, savannah on the northern flanks of the mountain range, or rainforest. The park includes the small island of Menjangan whose coastline is home to a rich marine life.
 
The Balinese language is part of the so-called "bali-sasak" group of the Malayo-Polynesian branch of Austronesian languages. As elsewhere in Indonesia, Indonesian, the national language, is only a second language for the majority of Balinese. Given the importance of tourism in the island, English is spoken in the tourist areas of the island.
 
Have a nice trip to Bali!

SMALL EXCURSIONS TO BALI

Chose your one day excursion!
Discovery of the Barong and Kriss dance Visit the Royal Temple of Tampak Siring Panoramic view of the Batur volcano lake Visit the Gitgit waterfalls Discovery of Singaraja Discovery of coffee plantations, vanilla, cloves, rice terraces Visit of Besakih Visit of the magnificent Royal Temple of Taman Ayun of Mengwi
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  • 1 Days 0 Nights
  • Excursion

DISCOVER THE IJEN MOUNT

Excursion to the fabulous Mount Ijen
Discovery of ricefields scenery Banyuwangi city tour in a rickshaw Discovery of the Ijen mount through its many sceneries Visit of the crater
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  • 2 Days 1 Nights
  • Adventure

BALINESE DREAM

A trip to the heart of the wonders of Bali
Discovery of the Barong and Kriss dance Dinner by the beach Rafting Discovery of winding gorges, jungles and rice terraces, waterfalls Visit of the Tanah Lot temple
  • Bali
  • 4 Days 3 Nights
  • Adventure

Bali as you wish

Discover the charming island of Bali
Discovery of the Barong and Kriss dance Visit of Tirta Empul in Tampaksiring Visit of the Pura Taman Ayun temple in Mengwi Discover the mountain sceneries in Bedugul Visit of the Candikuning market Cruise to Lembongan island Multiple activities on the island
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  • 5 Days 4 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

BALI - EXTRAORDINARY

Bali's must-sees with an excursion to Lembongan Island
Discovery of the Barong and Kriss dance Visit of the Bajra Sandhi monument Visit of the Tanah Lot temple Day cruise Discovery of underwater gardens and colorful fishes on the coast of Lembongan island Barbecue by the beach
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  • 4 Days 3 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

CULTURAL DISCOVERY

Discovery tour in central and southern Bali
Barong and Kriss dancing demonstration Visit of several villages Visit of the Pura Taman Ayun temple Discovery of the Candikuning market Sunset on the most famous site of Bali
  • Bali
  • 4 Days 3 Nights
  • Classic & cultural
Culture
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POPULATION:
  • Known for their joie de vivre and warm welcome, the Balinese are proud of their culture, their heritage, their religion, and of course their tolerance and open-mindedness, characteristics that have become the true "identity markers" of inhabitants of "the island of the gods". The famous offerings, which are found everywhere (on the ground and on the tables, on the sand of the beaches and on the stalls of the shops, on the altars dedicated to the deities as in the hotels open to the guests, etc.), have thus become a strong symbol of Bali's cultural and religious identity.
RELIGION:
  • Unlike the rest of Indonesia, where Muslims are overwhelmingly dominant, Hinduism is the dominant religion in Bali (about 95% of the population). Balinese Hinduism is specific to the island. It is different from the one practiced in India.
  • Religion occupies a considerable place in the daily life of the Balinese. Every day, there are many celebrations that tourists can attend. These are more important in large cities, especially on full moon nights. The smaller villages prefer, for their part, more authentic and intimate celebrations.
  • By their Hindu religion, the Balinese believe in spirits and reincarnation.
  • 3 holidays are particularly important in Bali:
  • Galungan: This festival, which lasts for 3 days, is every 210 days and represents the victory of the good Dharma against evil Adharma, the creation of the universe. On this occasion, the Balinese return to their village of origin to honor the gods who would go down to the temples.
  • Kuningan: Celebrated 10 days after Galungan, she puts purification in the spotlight. On this day the ancestors leave the family temple. Kuningan partly immobilizes the country: the service in the hotels is reduced and most banks and restaurants are closed.
To know when the next Galungan / Kuningan festivities will take place, find out because the time of year is never the same (every 210 days).
  • Nyepi: Nyepi means silence and celebrates the Balinese Solar New Year, which is usually around March or April. The day before, the Balinese bait the evil spirits by offerings and then terrorize them at night by a din of firecrackers, shouts and other gongs, all completed by a parade of giant monsters in the streets of the city. The next day, the island becomes totally silent and the inhabitants have to stay at home. No noise is tolerated on the streets and no one should be outside, including tourists. Except ambulances, all motorized devices are prohibited from circulation. This obligatory silence will drive away evil spirits who will think that the island is devoid of its population.
KNOW-LIVING:
  • A golden rule applies in Bali: it is better to keep calm, not to be aggressive or angry, better to be patient. Do not be demanding and capricious, do not impose yourself, it can be very badly seen by the Balinese.
  • Regarding a rule of manners, remember to take off your shoes when you enter a temple or a house.
  • It is strongly discouraged to touch the head of a Balinese, in Europe touching the head of someone can be perceived as a friendly gesture, however this is not the case in Bali, it is for them a gesture that is very badly perceived. Indeed, the Balinese believe that the head is sacred since it is the seat of the soul.
     
  
 
THE FOOD :
  • In Indonesia, and especially in Bali, we eat well. Rice is the staple food, of course, and the national dish is called nasi goreng: fried rice with eggs, small pieces of meat and vegetables. In Bali, we feast on lobsters and frog legs so huge that we think we eat toad! And all, of course, at ridiculous prices.
  • Here are some Balinese specialties:
  • Urab: delicious blend of coconut, beans or other finely chopped vegetables and flavored with spices and peppers.
  • Ayam betutu: grilled stuffed chicken, served with vegetables, tapioca and coconut.
  • Bebek betutu: a tasty Balinese duck specialty. Stuffed and cooked for a long time in a banana leaf, it is always ordered the day before.
  • Babi guling: stuffed and roasted pig on the spit. Excellent when it is not too fat. It is found mainly in Bali, the rest of the archipelago being overwhelmingly Muslim.
  • Indonesians recover quickly in khaki lima (literally, "five legs"). They are small traveling stalls where soups and rice are kept warm on embers.
  • The warungs are simple restaurants with benches around a table. The choice is limited, but the cuisine is relatively good. Here too, prices are ridiculous.
  • The more traditional rumah makan remains an economical solution, but a bit more expensive than the warung.

Before leaving
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PASSPORT & VISA:
  • Since June 10, 2015, Indonesian tourist visas have been canceled for stays of up to 30 days. This measure is valid for citizens of 60 countries including France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada.
  • A return ticket or other proof of departure will be required by the Indonesian authorities. For French nationals who have benefited from the visa exemption, it is impossible to extend the stay beyond 30 days once there.
  • The passport must be in very good condition. Indeed, many French nationals have been denied access to the Indonesian territory because of a damaged passport (torn pages, cover in bad condition, ...). They are then expelled and forced to return to France.
  • Travelers must have a passport valid for more than 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia and blank pages to affix the visa.
  • Tourists wishing to stay more than 30 days in Indonesia can apply for a visa on arrival (VOA) from immigration services, including visa-free entry points. They must be in possession of a return ticket or other proof of departure.
  • Before leaving, we advise you to photocopy all important documents (passport, electronic equipment invoices, insurance policy, plane tickets, driving license ...). A handy tip if you lose your papers or valuables.
  • Note: Any alien residing in Indonesia after the expiry of his visa ('' overstay '') is liable to a fine of 300,000 rupiahs (approximately US $ 30) per day during the first 60 days of visa override. Beyond these 60 days, the maximum fine is 500 million rupiahs (about 52,590 USD). The immigration services are very vigilant, especially in airports at the time of embarkation, and this measure is no exception.
HEALTH AND VACCINES:
  • No vaccination is required but some vaccinations are recommended: make sure you are up-to-date with your usual vaccinations (especially diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP), and rubella, mumps and measles in children). We strongly advise you to make an appointment with your doctor, or with a vaccination center.
  • The hepatitis A vaccine is highly recommended for a stay in Indonesia. Depending on the conditions of your stay, vaccinations against hepatitis B, rabies, Japanese encephalitis and typhoid can be advised by your doctor.
  • In Bali, as well as in cities and urban areas, there is no risk of malaria transmission. In contrast, pay attention to remote rural areas in other Indonesian islands.
  • Do not hesitate to provide a small kit of pharmacies with some basic products, it will be very useful in case of first aid.
  • Falling sick is certainly not planned in your vacation schedule. But sometimes, being away from the usual environment can upset your health or that of your children. Do not worry, Community Health Care will provide you with affordable medicine for tourists and locals, and information for reimbursement procedures.
           Address: Community Health Care Bali (C.H.C.) Kim A. Patra SRN / RM, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai 289 B, Sanur, South Bali, 80228
           Phone: +62 (0) 361 2775666
  • The International SOS Clinic is located on By Pass Road. The staff is multilingual and respects international standards of medical practice.
           Website: http://www.sosindonesia.com/
           Address: Jalan Pass By Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80221
           Telephone: +62 (0) 361 710 515

CLIMATE:
  • The island of Bali has a tropical climate marked by constant high temperatures (average temperature of 29 degrees) and a contrast between a rainy season from November to April and a dry season from May to October.
  • Avoid hordes of tourists by preferring Bali in May, June, September or October. Even in the dry season it may rain, but rather late in the day or at night.
  • June is a good time: everything is green after the monsoon, and we find interesting prices because the high season has not started yet.
  • The rainiest months are December and January. Rain usually occurs early in the morning or in the evening. Most of the time, the early afternoon is dry, so we recommend programming your outdoor activities preferably at this time of the day. Nevertheless, the heat remains wet throughout the day, so if you are not a big fan of tropical climates, we advise you not to choose this time of year to spend a holiday in Bali.
JET LAG: + 6h00 offset in summer, and + 7h00 in winter, compared to France.
 
INSURANCE:
 
All travelers have the obligation to take out an insurance policy for their trip before participating in our tours. In order to cope with hospitalization costs and sometimes very high health expenses abroad, it is highly recommended to have an assistance contract or insurance to cover all medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization ...) and medical repatriation, at the risk of not having access to care, including in the event of a vital emergency. These costs can not be supported by the embassy or consulates general of France on the spot.
 
MONEY :
 
Be sure to ask your bank about the use of your credit card and the fees for using it. Travel options exist, so consider traveling at no extra cost.
 
ELECTRICITY :
 
  • There is no problem: the voltage and the plugs are the same as in France (220 volts). On the other hand, if you come from Switzerland, plan an adapter.
  • Bali is poorly lit and we advise you to take a flashlight if you have to go out at night.
  
On the spot
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NATIONAL CURRENCY: Rupiah (IDR or Rp).
  • The Indonesian rupiah (rupiah) is the official currency of Bali, as well as throughout Indonesia.
  • Many current transactions are made in cash. The credit card is generally accepted in restaurants. It is easy to find ATMs in big cities. Care should be taken when visiting rural areas or smaller cities.
  • There are bank notes of 100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000 Indonesian rupees.
The current exchange rate is 1 EUR = 16,872 IDR (and 1 USD = 14,373 IDR).

PHONE :
  • To call Bali from France dial 00 62 (indicative of Indonesia), 361 (indicative of Bali) then the number of the correspondent.
  • To call France from Bali, dial 001 33 and the correspondent number without the initial zero.
BANKS:
 
You will find many vending machines in the big cities but also in small towns and sites frequented by tourists.

INTERNET :
  • You will find an internet connection very easily in cybercafés, airports, shops, hotels and restaurants.
  • In contrast, in the countryside, the connection is more restricted, but almost all hotels have their own Internet connection, so it is always possible to stay connected during your trip.
  • Be sure to think about disabling your "Cellular Data Abroad" on your mobile to avoid the bad surprise of the bill when you return to France.
  • If you want to stay connected, you can also buy a prepaid local sim card and buy one of the packages offered by many operators (Telkomsel, XL Axiata ...), be careful anyway because you will not be able to receive your messages and calls on your number usual.
SECURITY / LAW:
  • The purchase and consumption of narcotic drugs is severely repressed in Indonesia. Possession of drugs, regardless of their qualification (hard or soft) and the amount held (from 0.2 g) is punishable by imprisonment for several months or even years and a very high fine (tens of thousands of euros). There is no tolerance and no permissiveness, despite the apparent ease to obtain, especially in tourist places.
  • In order to avoid pickpocketing during your trip, we encourage you to follow a few simple rules. If you have valuable items or a lot of cash, put them in the hotel safe so they will be safe. It is also not recommended to bring valuables to the beach or, if there is no choice, be sure to stay close to your belongings to keep an eye on them.
  • Due to the prohibitive prices of imported alcohol, the preparation and sale of adulterated alcohol is becoming more and more common in Indonesia. You must be very vigilant and avoid at all costs to consume alcohol purchased in stalls. By the way, the best is to avoid local alcohol, called Arak.
  • The proposal of "complete massages", "massage with happy ending" or "ultimate pleasure" exists in Bali. It is indeed prostitution, illegal and considered in Indonesia as a "crime against decency and morality". It's up to you to act accordingly.
WATER / FOOD:
  • Be very careful about the water you drink. Never drink tap water, always drink bottled water and check that it is properly capped. It is necessary to be vigilant also with ice cubes, consume exclusively cubic ice cubes or with a cylindrical hole form in the middle.
  • Avoid the consumption of raw or undercooked food products (fish, meat, poultry, milk); peel fruits or vegetables, or wash them well with clean water.
USEFUL TIPS:
  • Avoid swimming in stagnant water (risk of parasitic infection).
  • Avoid walking barefoot on sand and wet soil.
  • Stay away from dead animals, animals and their droppings.
  • Do not approach stray animals and dogs (risk of biting and rabies); Do not pet the animals you meet.
  • Shake clothes, sheets and sleeping bag to avoid the bites of scorpions or snakes.
  • Ensure your road safety (wearing the seat belt, wearing the helmet in two wheels).
  • Never consume drugs purchased on the street.
  • Wash your hands regularly with hydro-alcoholic washing solutions, especially before and after meals or when using the toilet.
A FEW USEFUL VOCABULARY WORDS:
  • Good morning: selamat pagi
  • Hello (lunchtime): selamat siang
  • Good afternoon: selamat sore
  • Good evening: malam selamat
  • Good night: selamat tidur
  • Welcome: datang selamat
  • Goodbye: selamat tinggal (if you leave), selamat jalan (if it's them who leave)
  • Yes: ya
  • No : tidak
  • Thank you: terima kasih
  • Nothing: sama sama
  • Excuse me: permiti (in the sense of "let me go / do this), maaf (apologize for an error)
  • Please: tolong (for a request), Mari, silakan (for an invitation)
  • How much does it cost ? : berapa hargannya?
  • Addition please: Tolong nota
    

Attractions
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The name of Bali alone is and will always be synonymous with tropical paradise, and this reputation is not usurped: dream landscapes, huge beaches of fine sand, temples with refined decor in lush landscapes, terraced rice fields whose scenery animates a new light at every moment of the day, sumptuous sunsets ... The astonishing volcanic landscape of Lake Batur, barong shows, the traditional shadow theater will also be among the thousand and one wonders that Bali you will reserve, not to mention the extreme kindness of an affable and smiling population who remains deeply attached to this ancestral culture which also earned in Bali the name of '' island of the gods ''.
 
 
THE ATTRACTIONS
  1. South Bali
  2. Bali Center
  3. West Bali
  4. North Bali
  5. East Bali
  6. The islands of South Bali
  7. Balinese dance
 
SOUTH BALI
 
 Denpasar
 
Economic and administrative capital of the island, Denpasar is a teeming city (half a million inhabitants), noisy, very touristy. It is advisable to take a trip to its beautiful market, Pasar Badung, and to allow some time for its beautiful museum.
Mixture of Dutch colonial architecture and Chinese influences, the Balinese capital is an authentic city. Witness of a new urbanization, the city remains faithful to its culture, its habits.
Your trip to Denpasar will surprise you in many ways! Volcanic land, between mountains and beaches, the surrounding landscapes are magnificent.
 
Former capital of the kingdom of Badung, a trip to Denpasar is a journey to the heart of the history of the entire country. Near beautiful beaches, visitors like to stop there to visit the many monuments of the city and enjoy its markets.
It rains often on the country, but from May to October the rains are more scattered and it is the good moment to leave. Temperatures range from 25 ° to 35 °. In July-August, the kite festival is very popular.
 
The jewelry design is famous throughout the island. Here you can enjoy jewelry shops and local handicrafts, such as pottery, batik, basketry, clothing design (Jalan Sulawesi Street) and wooden sculptures.
Culture, heritage, craftsmanship, it is an important cultural center and the starting point for many excursions to the surrounding area where visits to temples, relaxation and hiking are possible.
Surrounded by beautiful nature, beaches, rice fields, mountains, volcanoes, Denpasar is a jewel where culture and tradition have a lot to offer.
 
The temple of Jagatnatha (in the center of the city), and the Maospahit temple will delight the curious eager to get acquainted with Hinduism. Stroll down the historic square, Puputan Square, and visit the very interesting museum of Bali, featuring sculptures, costumes and ceremonial masks. And do not miss the traditional markets, colorful (and flavors)!
 
Jimbaran
 
The sparkling Jimbaran Bay in Bali is a seaside destination just south of the airport. Jimbaran has a wonderfully calm and golden little beach, where peace and quiet are the religion.
At night, the beach comes alive with countless seafood restaurants that place their tables and chairs by candlelight just on the sand. It is a beautiful gastronomic experience, with feet in the sand while the waves of the bay embrace the shore.
 
Next to its kitchen, the bay itself is a nice place to swim and sunbathe, especially the beaches of Kuta and Legian. The ocean is generally much quieter here, so families with children will feel completely comfortable. In fact, the whole atmosphere in Jimbaran is much more peaceful than in neighboring Kuta and Legian. Just south of the airport is the Jimbaran fish market, very lively, must see.
 
Bali, thanks to its proximity to the equator, has a tropical climate. Average temperatures are around 30 ° C throughout the year. The wet period is between October and April. Summer is the best time to travel to Jimbaran (May-September).
 
Jimbaran is bordered by one of Bali's most beautiful beaches. The sand is fine and white and the waters are calm, it is suitable for swimming, both for children and adults. To enjoy the most during your stay in Jimbaran, arrive at the beach around 17 hours, book a restaurant and wait until the romantic sunset.
 
Sanur
 
In the south of Bali, Sanur is historically one of the first seaside resorts established on the Indian Ocean for Western customers. It is a few kilometers from the city of Denpasar, and 10 kilometers north of the newer Kuta Salan Station.
Today, it attracts tourists with the authenticity of the village, its calm and safe bathing waters. Its beach, three kilometers long, is very pleasant: it is lined with tropical trees and a coral reef protects the shore from the swell.
 
Along the promenade along the beach you will find several huts called warungs. These food stands offer typical Balinese dishes such as fire-roasted and coconut-flavored fish: a delight! This region experiences important tides, one can not bathe only at high tide because it is risky to exceed the coral reef. But it stops the waves, avoiding rolls and currents. So you can enjoy colorful fish with a mask and a snorkel.
For a few rupees, fishermen will take you fishing offshore or simply take a walk in prao (traditional catamaran). The Balinese are calm and smiling, the culture is rich and the landscapes beautiful. Visit the former home of the impressionist Belgian painter Adrien Jean Le Mayeur, in the district of Jl Hangtuah.
 
See also: The Orchid Garden Bali, where you can admire hundreds of orchids and tropical flowers. To the south, in the district of Blanjong, is the Pura Blanjong temple and an information center on mangroves that offers two trails with footbridges over preserved forests.
The Sanur resort is an ideal starting point to discover the rest of the island and in particular Ubud, located in the middle of the rice terraces of Jatiluwih, classified by UNESCO and the Neka Art Museum with rich collections of Balinese art. . Go to Denpasar Market for its ambience and visit the temples of Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot.
 
Tanah Lot
 
The Tanah Lot is a famous Bali rock, on which rests a temple called the Pura Tanah Lot. It is one of the most visited and photographed places on the island, especially at dawn and dusk.
The temple was built in the 16th century, during the reign of Dalem Waturenggong Dang Hyang Dwijendra (around 1460-1552), by a priest named Niratha who would have rested there on a trip. Some fishermen, having seen it, would have given him gifts. Niratha would have slept on the islet. He later asked the fishermen to build a temple on this site to worship the gods of the sea. Legend has it that a sea serpent, born of Niratha's scarf, protects the temple from thieves and evil spirits.
The expression Tanah Lot means "the land in the middle of the sea" in the Balinese language. Located about 20 kilometers from Denpasar, on the southwest coast, the base on which the religious building rests is the work of the oceanic tides.
 
Tanah Lot is one of seven marine temples built on the southwestern coast of Bali. Some say that they form a chain because of the fact that it is possible to see on each side of each temple, the one that precedes it and the one that follows it.
Major restoration work was undertaken in 1980 to consolidate the crumbling rock and threaten the temple structures. The Japanese government financed the restoration works with a loan of 800 billion rupees. The third of the visible rock today is artificial.
 
The marine temple is surrounded by six other religious buildings, built on the coast for a distance of about 1 kilometer. They are named after Pura Pakendungan, Pura Penataran, Enjung Galuh, Jro Kandang, Batu Bolong and Batu Mejan.
 
Seminyak
 
Formerly a charming and peaceful village, Seminyak has developed strongly over the past ten years into a popular seaside town. Its tourist development has resulted in the blossoming of luxury hotels that offer all possible services for tourists. If you want to pamper yourself or massage, this city is the queen of spas and prices are very affordable.
Upscale hotels and sophisticated restaurants, chic terraces and trendy clubs, large shopping malls and well-equipped spas - this is the current image of the old coastal village. If you dream of a moment of pure relaxation where all your daily worries would disappear, Seminyak is then the best address you can find. Let yourself be spoiled by its welcoming establishments that are there only to fulfill your desires.

Of course, all this has developed around beautiful beaches, washed down by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. There is nothing better than lying on the sand, your feet in the water, and letting yourself be caressed by the gentle rays of the sun ... Seminyak has become in a way the tourist capital of Bali. The beaches of Seminyak and Petitenget, which embrace the south of Legian, all have end of gray sand stretching to infinity.
 
Kuta
 
Located in the south of Bali, the former fishing village was in the 19th century a considerable port open to international trade. Through the years, Kuta has become a destination renowned for its huge idyllic beaches and luxurious hotels.
The story of Kuta is amazing. In the sixties, at the time of the hippies, this village was part of the "3K" with Kathmandu and Kabul. Initially intended for a backpacker clientele, it has become the most touristy, but also the most trendy place in the Indonesian archipelago.
The hotels are numerous, and you will easily find accommodation to your taste and corresponding to your purse. Throughout your stay in Kuta, you can relax on the wide sandy beaches, but also practice one of the many water activities on offer.
 
Kuta Beach is one of the most mythical beaches in the world with its endless expanses of sand, its ocean with pleasant temperatures and its swell so precious to surfers. Here, the slogans are relaxation and pleasure! All year long, you will enjoy a pleasant climate and can swim in waters at 28 degrees. Kuta is ideal for enjoying the sun, but it is also paradise for surf lovers!

This part of the island has the particularity of having white sandy bottoms, deep waters and imposing waves. Nothing like to learn to slide in the best conditions. Kuta Beach also offers an exceptional show with its beautiful sunsets. Flamboyant hues gradually ignite the water and sand before giving way to the nightlife and its festive atmosphere.
Kuta has a lot of attractions, especially its beach, still considered one of the most beautiful in Indonesia. The conditions for surfing are ideal and sports events with professionals from around the world are common. The theme parks are also remarkable, with slides, trampolines or wave pools: they will satisfy both children and adults.
 
Nusa Dua
 
Located on the Bikit Peninsula, facing the Indian Ocean, Nusa Dua is one of Bali's most luxurious resorts. It is an invitation to idleness in an exotic setting. Nusa Dua is 40 kilometers south of Denpasar Airport.
Its hotels with typical Balinese architecture and refined interior design are surrounded by vast tropical gardens inviting serenity. The beach of Nusa Dua is beautiful, lined with a coral reef that protects swimmers from the rollers. In addition, everything has been designed so that tourists are not bothered by merchants and street vendors.
 
Further north is Tanjung Benoa Beach, which offers a wide range of water sports. When the tide is low and the reefs outcrop, retreat to the beautiful pool surrounded by vegetation of your hotel unless you prefer relaxing massages or a cocktail on the beach while watching the sunset. The restaurants adapt to the tastes of each with varied menus (Western, Balinese or Asian).
 
In addition to seaside activities, Nusa Dua offers golfers the opportunity to practice their swing on several courses. If you are looking for a wilder beach, no buildings, or contact with the Balinese, go to Geger Beach, which has retained all its character and authenticity. The inhabitants run the restaurant-bar in the form of a cooperative. We also offer umbrellas, sun loungers and massages. You will be able to see the algae collectors perform their daily harvest.
From Nusa Dua, you can easily embark on a trip to Serangan Island with boats equipped with transparent bottoms to let you admire the seabed during the crossing.
The Pasifika Museum in Nusa Dua has a collection of works on Bali and Indonesia. A 20 minute drive away is Uluwatu Temple, built on a cliff, from where you will have a wonderful view of the coast and surfers. Plan an excursion to Ubud, located in the middle of the rice terraces of Jatiluwih, classified by Unesco.

 BALI CENTER
 
Ubud
 
Small town in the center of Bali with a crazy charm, Ubud has forged the reputation of Bali as an island of artists. Located 35 km north of Bali International Airport, it is at an altitude of 300 meters, which explains its cooler climate than many other destinations.
In the 8th century, this region was the center of natural medicine and healing. The name Ubud comes from "Ubad" meaning "medicine" in Balinese language. For over a century, it has been the preeminent center of the island for fine arts, dance and music. While it was once a haven for backpackers and bohemians, it's now a hot spot for celebrities and art collectors.
 
This small town is one of Bali's must-sees. Surrounded by picturesque rice fields, small craft villages, ancient temples and palaces, a monkey forest and a large traditional market, its central location offers proximity to mountains, beaches and major cities. For example, the ascent of Mount Batur for an exceptional sunrise, or a magical sunset at Ulun Danu Temple on Bratan Lake are possibilities that the divine city of Ubud allows.
All of its region is a Mecca of Balinese culture. An imprint of tradition, ancient doctrines and rituals, a multitude of Hindu temples stands proudly in the alleys of the city. Offerings and prayers rhythms the days of the Balinese. The Goa Gajah (elephant grotto), the sacred springs of Tirta Umpul, where still the temple of Gunung Kawi of tampaksiring testify well to the omnipresence of this religion.
Although Ubud at first seems relatively small, it is actually the grouping of fourteen villages, each headed by its own Banjar (committee). Located in the hills, Ubud becomes an increasingly popular destination. It is a good alternative for those who want to leave the beach a bit and venture into the interior of the country. It is famous not only for its local artists but also for the foreign artists who decided to settle there and to be inspired by the pleasant atmosphere of the city, and by the magnificent views in the surroundings. If you want to discover the traditional Balinese arts, you have chosen the right place.
In many ways, the history of the Ubud region dictates the history of Bali itself. It is not surprising that many people come to Ubud with the intention of spending a day or two there and end up staying much longer, attracted by its rich culture and many other activities.
In addition to the popular dance and music shows, there are many classes that allow you to immerse yourself in Balinese culture. There is also a lot to please gourmands. Many hotels have also developed their services by creating their own spas. When you want a little more fresh air, rent a bike and explore the surroundings. The nearby villages, beautifully situated between the rice fields, are beautiful. The main historical sites are located outside the city, some more than 20 km away.
Temperatures in Ubud are around 30 ° C all year round. If you travel to Ubud between May and October you will surely avoid the rain.
 
WEST BALI

Pemuteran
 
Isolated at the western end of Bali at the foot of the austere mountains, Pemuteran is a small, laid-back seaside village. Its proximity to Lovina and the West Bali National Park is fueling the tourist growth of this region.
The extreme natural beauty of this village with tastes at the end of the world, and its aridity gives it a unique richness: the culture of the vines. Pulaki village, just east of Pemuteran, is the center of the viticulture industry in Bali where the best vineyards on the island offer tasting of local rosé.
Pemuteran hides splendid coral reefs on the edge of Menjangan Island, where a real spirit of marine conservation effort persists. The "Proyek Penyu" project, a turtle breeding program in cooperation with local villagers, is a case in point.
 
The beautiful beaches of Pemuteran are particularly pleasant and consist of a fine grained black sand where many divers come to bask at the end of an intense day.
 
NORTH BALI

Lovina
 
Lovina Beach is a huge black sand beach, extending for more than 7 km. Much less touristy than the southern beaches, it is particularly conducive to swimming, with its calm waters, and its friendly family atmosphere. Lovina Beach is also famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
The place owes its name to a house inhabited by Panji Tisna, the regent of the region of Buleleng (district to which Lovina belongs) and last king (raja) of northern Bali: the name chosen Lovina is a contraction of the words Lov and Indonesia.
The city is actually made up of seven small villages (Temukus, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Banyualit and Kaliasem) that merged to form the city of Lovina. Kalibukuk is the main hub of this region, and is often considered to be the "downtown" of Lovina.
 
The entire coast is bordered by fine black sand beaches that are accessible by a multitude of narrow streets perpendicular to the east-west coast road. The beaches are generally safe for swimming, and the waters of the north coast of Bali are relatively calm.
Scuba diving, snorkelling and dolphin watching are the main activities, however Lovina is also a great place to relax and take the slow pace of traditional life. 
Singaraja
 
Singaraja is the largest city in northern Bali, the 2nd largest city on the island of the gods, and it is the former colonial administrative capital not only of Bali, but also of all the small islands of Sunda. The city still keeps a large number of vestiges testifying of the Dutch colonial time. Indeed, the streets are wider and larger than anywhere else in Bali, and some of the old houses and gardens are reminiscent of the Dutch colonial style.
It is a city significantly different from the rest of the island: in addition to the remains of the colonial era, the city has undergone an influence of different ethnic groups, among other Muslim and Chinese, which is why there is an Arab neighborhood and the
largest Chinese temple in Bali.
 
The port, once the first port of the island, is no longer active and this noisy city is of little interest to tourists, so Singaraja is more often a place of passage than a resort. Singaraja, however, has a superb museum with a large library filled with lontar (text engraved on palm leaves) constituting an inexhaustible source of information on the history of the island and ancient Balinese medicine.
Every year, for a whole week, the Buleleng Bali Art Festival is held, a dance and music festival that takes place in May or June.
 
BALI EAST
 
Kintamani and Lake Batur
 
The descent to Lake Batur is from Penelokan village, via a small road to the east.
Lake Batur, located 1,000 meters away, is the largest lake in Bali with an area of 24 km2. It was formed in the caldera of Batur and is fed by a dozen sources.
 
Besakih
 
Besakih is the largest temple in Bali, on the southern slope of Agung (3 142m).
On the left are the spirits of evil, and on the right are the spirits of good. The entrance fee, "guides" insist to accompany you, which is not essential, we visit very well alone, but we must make live local families! Another interest: your guide will keep others, who constantly harass you.
 
Besakih, the mother temple, is nearly 1000m above sea level. It is recommended to have your legs covered. Some temples are forbidden to non-Hinduists, because of religious ceremonies.
There are 3 main temples, for Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, and also a number of other temples dedicated to minor deities. This pagoda 11 merus (roofs), it is traditionally reserved for princes.
 
Candidasa
Candidasa Bay is one of the most beautiful in Bali. Unfortunately, it was over-exploited: the coral reef was used to make concrete and build houses ... Consequence: the beach was no longer protected, and the sand began to be washed away during the tides. For some time, aware of the problem, the authorities have created artificial barriers in concrete.
Most hotels and accommodations are located on the northeast coast of the bay.
 
THE SOUTH ISLANDS OF BALI
 
Nusa Lembongan
 
A few dozen kilometers off the south coast of Bali, dominated by the impressive volcanic landforms of its big sister, you will be able to meet the inhabitants and the beautiful landscapes of the island of Nusa Lembongan.
The inhabitants of the island are mostly Hindu. They are mainly fishermen, builders of traditional wooden boats, or growers of seaweeds. This last activity is booming because it is more lucrative, and, which does not spoil anything, it is particularly pretty to watch.
 
The island is not rich and remains very traditional, yet every day hordes of tourists from Bali invade this little jewel. Most of them stay there for only half a day, just the time to take advantage of the modern infrastructures put at their disposal by large tourist groups.
 
Nusa Penida
 
Nusa Penida has about fifteen scuba diving sites, some of them being also passable in PMT. Sites are exposed to moderate to strong currents, and dives are often drifting.
 
Dives around Nusa Penida are internationally renowned, the waters around Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan encompassing some 296 species of coral and 576 species of reef fish. The presence throughout the year of manta rays, as well as the possibility of regularly seeing the moon fish (Mola Mola), also contribute to the notoriety of the dives around these 3 islands. Finally, brewed by strong currents, the waters around Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan offer exceptional visibility throughout the year.
 
Nusa Ceningan
 
It is the smallest of the three main Balinese islands, it is between its two sisters. It is also a very good spot for surfing and diving for fans of these activities.
Perfectly nestled between the large islands of Lembongan and Penida, Ceningan Island is the ideal transit point for visiting both islands, while maintaining the exclusive and relaxing tropical atmosphere of Ceningan Island.
 
Take a walk up the cliff face to the villas on the west coast of Ceningan Island and you will encounter island life virtually untouched by tourism, walking along the flat cobbled roads of Ceningan Island . In the village you will be surrounded by mangroves on one side and coconut palms falling from the tropical hills on the other. It is not uncommon to meet, impeccably dressed and smiling, some schoolchildren on these walks and most of them are only too happy to stop and have a quick conversation with passersby.

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