Bali
Bali

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The name of Bali alone is and always will be synonymous with tropical paradise, and this reputation is not usurped: dream landscapes, immense beaches of fine sand, temples with refined decor in lush landscapes, rice terraces whose setting comes alive with a new light at every moment of the day, sumptuous sunsets… The amazing volcanic landscape of Lake Batur, the barong shows, the traditional shadow theatre 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 that remains deeply attached to this ancestral culture that also helped Bali earn 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 over 17,000 islands, of which 3,000 are inhabited. The main islands are Java, Sumatra, Borneo (or Kalimantan), Celebes (or Sulawesi), Moluccas, Timor and Irian Jaya (western part of the island of New Guinea). The island of Bali is located between the islands of Java and Lombok, it is part of the small islands of the Sonde. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, and the beaches of the south have white sand, while those of the north and east have black sand.

The Central Bali Mountain Range includes several peaks over 2,000 metres 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 to the far east. The volcanic nature of Bali contributes to its exceptional fertility and its high mountain ranges cause heavy rainfall promoting high production in the agricultural sector. The vast area descending on the south side of the mountains is devoted to rice cultivation. The slopes on the north side descend more strongly towards the sea. It is the main coffee production sector on the island where vegetables and livestock can also be found.

Bali is home to many bird species, including the Bali starling, which is the only endemic bird on the island (now extremely rare and in danger of extinction), while the crabber macaques populate the forests and frequent the roads and temples.

The western Bali National Park is a nature reserve located, as its name suggests, in the west of the island. This nature reserve is a refuge for wildlife such as sambar. The vegetation is very diverse: mangroves bordering the north coast, fertile meadows, savannah on the northern slopes of the mountain range, or rainforest. The park includes the small island of Menjangan whose coasts are home to a rich marine fauna.

The Balinese language is part of the so-called "bali-sasak" group of the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian languages. As elsewhere in Indonesia, Indonesian, the national language, is only a second language for the majority of Balinese. Due to the importance of tourism in the island, English is spoken in the touristic places of the island.

Have a nice trip to Bali !


Discover the Ijen Mount - Long

Excursion to the fabulous Mount Ijen
From Denpasar, you will cross the rice fields before reaching Gilimanuk to take the ferry to the island of Java. You will admire a completely different scenery compared to Bali, and you will be captivated by the impressive Mount Ijen and its crater.
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  • 3 Days 2 Nights
  • Adventure

SMALL EXCURSIONS TO BALI

Choose your one day excursion!
Discovery of the Barong and Kriss dance Visit of the Royal Temple of Tampak Siring Panoramic view of the Batur volcano lake Visi of 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 - SHORT

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 OF BALI

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
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  • 4 Days 3 Nights
  • Classic & cultural
Culture
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POPULATION :
 

Known for their joie de vivre and warm welcome, Balinese people are proud of their culture, heritage, religion, and of course their tolerance and open-mindedness, characteristics that have become the true «markers of identity» of the inhabitants of «the island of the gods». The famous offerings, found everywhere (on the floor and on the tables, on the sand of the beaches and on the stalls of the shops, on the altars dedicated to the divinities as in the hotels open to guests, etc.) have become a strong symbol of Bali’s cultural and religious identity.

RELIGION :

Unlike the rest of Indonesia, where Muslims are overwhelmingly majority, Hinduism is the dominant religion in Bali (about 95% of the population). Balinese Hinduism is island-specific. It is different from that 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 big cities, especially on full moon nights. Small villages prefer more authentic and intimate celebrations.
  • Because of their Hindu religion, Balinese believe in spirits and reincarnation.
3 festivities are particularly important in Bali :

Galungan: this festival, which lasts 3 days, is presented every 210 days and represents the victory of the good Dharma against the evil Adharma, the creation of the universe. On this occasion, the Balinese return to their original village to honor the gods who would descend to the temples.

Kuningan: celebrated 10 days after Galungan, it honors the purification. On this day the ancestors leave the family temple. Kuningan partially immobilizes the country: service in hotels is reduced and most banks and restaurants are closed. To find out when the next Galungan/Kuningan celebrations 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 with offerings then terrorize them at night with a din of firecrackers, screams and other gongs, all completed by a parade of giant monsters in the streets of the city. The next day, the island becomes completely silent and the inhabitants must stay at home. No noise is tolerated in the streets and no one should be outside, including tourists. Except ambulances, all motorized devices are not allowed. This obligatory silence will drive away the evil spirits who will think that the island is deprived of its population.


CUSTOMS :

  • A golden rule applies to Bali: it is better to keep calm, not to be aggressive or angry, better to be patient. It is not necessary to be demanding and capricious, do not impose yourself, this can be very badly seen by the Balinese.
  • Remember to take off your shoes when you go into a temple or home.
  • It is strongly discouraged to touch the head of a Balinese, in Europe touching the head of someone can be seen as a friendly gesture, on the other hand it is not at all 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, the food is delicious. Rice is the basic 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 crayfish and frog legs so huge that we think we eat toad! And all, of course, at very affordable prices.

Here are some Balinese specialties :

  • Urab: a delicious blend of coconut, beans or other vegetables, finely chopped and flavoured with spices and peppers.
  • Ayam betutu: grilled stuffed chicken, served with vegetables, tapioca and coconut.
  • Bebek betutu: a tasty duck Balinese specialty. Stuffed and long cooked in a banana leaf, it is always ordered the day before.
  • Babi guling: stuffed pig and roasted on the spit. Excellent when not too fat. It is found mainly in Bali, the rest of the archipelago being largely Muslim.

Indonesians quickly ate in the lima khaki (literally “five legs”). They are small walking stalls where soups and rice are kept warm on coals.

Warungs are simple restaurants with benches around a table. The choice is limited, but the cuisine is relatively good. Again, the prices are very afffordable.

Rumah makan, more classic, is still an economic solution, but still a little more expensive than 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 always will be synonymous with tropical paradise, and this reputation is not usurped: dream landscapes, immense beaches of fine sand, temples with refined decor in lush landscapes, rice terraces whose setting comes alive with a new light at every moment of the day, sumptuous sunsets… The amazing volcanic landscape of Lake Batur, the barong shows, the traditional shadow theatre 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 that remains deeply attached to this ancestral culture that also helped Bali earn the name of «island of the gods».

THE ATTRACTIONS

Denpasar

Jimbaran

Mount Ijen

Sanur

Tanah

Lot

Seminyak

Kuta

Nusa Dua

Ubud

Pemuteran

Lovina

Kintamani and the Lake of Batur

Besakih

Candidasa

Nusa Lembongon

Nusa Penida

Nusa Ceningan

DENPASAR

Economic and administrative capital of the island, Denpasar is a bustling city (half a million inhabitants).

It is advised to visit its magnificent market, Pasar Badung, and to allow some time for its beautiful museum. A 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 and its habits. Your trip to Denpasar will surprise you in more ways than one! Volcanic land, between mountains and beaches, the surrounding landscapes are magnificent.

The ancient capital of the Badung Kingdom, a trip to Denpasar is a journey into the heart of the history of the entire country. Near beautiful beaches, visitors like to stop to visit the city’s many monuments and enjoy its markets.

It often rains on the country, but from May to October the rains are more scattered and it is the right time to leave. Temperatures range from 25° to 35°. In July-August, the kite festival is very popular.

The jewellery handcrafting is renowned throughout the island. You can appreciate its jewellery shops and local crafts, such as pottery, batik, basketry, clothing creation (Jalan Sulawesi Street) and wooden sculptures.

The temple of Jagatnatha (right in the center of the city), and the temple Maospahit will delight the curious eager to become familiar with Hinduism. Stroll around the historic square, Puputan Square, and visit the very interesting Bali Museum, featuring sculptures, costumes and ceremonial masks. And don’t miss the traditional, colourful (and flavourful) markets!

JIMBARAN

The sparkling Jimbaran Bay in Bali is a seaside destination just south of the airport. Jimbaran has a wonderfully quiet and golden beach, where tranquility and peace are 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 dining experience, with feet in the sand while the waves of the bay embrace the shore.

Apart from its cuisine, 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 neighbouring Kuta and Legian. Just south of the airport is the bustling Jimbaran Fish Market, a must-see.

Bali, thanks to its proximity to the equator, has a tropical climate. Average temperatures oscillate 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 the most beautiful beaches in Bali. The sand is fine and white and the waters are calm, it is suitable for swimming, for both children and adults. To enjoy your stay in Jimbaran in the best way, arrive at the beach around 5 pm, book a restaurant and wait until the romantic sunset.

MOUNT IJEN

The lake of Mount Ijen is known as the most acidic lake in the world, despite its beautiful turquoise color (due to its acidity), you are not advised to dive your hand. 1km long and 600m wide, the lake is located right next to a solfatare, producing large amounts of sulphur.

SANUR

In the South of Bali, Sanur is historically one of the first resorts established on the Indian Ocean for Western clientele. It is located a few kilometers from the city of Denpasar, and 10 kilometers north of the newer resort of Kuta Salan.

Today, it attracts tourists by the authenticity of the village, its calm and its bathing waters without danger. Its beach, three kilometers long, is very pleasant: it is lined with tropical trees and a coral reef protects the shore from the swell.

This region is experiencing significant tides, you can only swim at high tide because it is risky to cross the coral reef. But it stops the waves, avoiding the rollers and currents. So you can enjoy the colorful fish with a mask and snorkel.

For a few rupees, the fishermen will take you fishing offshore or simply walk in prao (traditional catamaran). The Balinese are calm and smiling, the culture is rich and the landscapes magnificent. Visit the old house of Belgian impressionist painter Adrien Jean Le Mayeur, in the district of Jl Hangtuah.

To see as well : the Orchid Garden Bali, where you can admire hundreds of orchids and tropical flowers. To the south, in the Blanjong district, is the Pura Blanjong Temple and a mangrove information centre that offers two paths with footbridges over preserved forests.

Sanur Station is an ideal starting point for exploring the rest of the island, including Ubud, located in the middle of the Jatiluwih terrace rice fields, classified by Unesco and the Neka Art Museum with rich Balinese art collections. Visit the Denpasar Market for its ambiance and visit the temples of Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot.

TANAH LOT

The Tanah Lot is a famous rock of Bali, 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 is said to have been built in the 16th century, under the reign of Dalem Waturenggong Dang Hyang Dwijendra (circa 1460-1552), by a priest named Niratha who would have rested there during a trip. Some fishermen, having seen him, would have given him gifts. Niratha would then have slept on the islet. He later asked the fishermen to build a temple on this site to worship the sea gods. Legend has it that a sea snake, born of the Niratha scarf, protects the temple from thieves and evil spirits.

Tanah Lot is one of seven marine temples built on the southwest coast of Bali. Some say that they form a chain because of the fact that it is possible to see on both sides of each temple, the one that precedes it and the one that follows it.

SEMINYAK

Once a small, charming and peaceful village, Seminyak has developed strongly over the past ten years into a large, highly popular seaside town. Its tourist development has led to the flowering of luxury hotels that offer all possible services for tourists.

If you want to get pampered or massaged, this city is the queen of spas and prices are very affordable. Upscale hotels and sophisticated restaurants, chic terraces and trendy clubs, extensive shopping malls and well-equipped spas, 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, then Seminyak is 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 developed around beautiful beaches, watered by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. Nothing better than to lie on the sand, feet in the water, and be caressed by the soft rays of the sun … Seminyak has become the tourist capital of Bali. The beaches of Seminyak and Petitenget, which embrace that of Legian, are all endowed with fine grey sand extending to infinity.

KUTA

Located south of Bali, the former fishing village was in the 19th century a considerable port open to international trade. Over the years, Kuta has become a famous destination for its huge idyllic beaches and luxurious hotels.

Kuta’s story is quite unique. In the sixties, in the days of the hippies, this village was part of the «3K» with Kathmandu and Kabul. Originally intended for a poor backpacker clientele, it has become the most touristic, but also the most trendy, place in the Indonesian archipelago. The hotels are numerous, and you will easily find accommodation to your liking and corresponding to your purse. Throughout your stay in Kuta, you can relax on the vast sandy beaches, but also enjoy one of the many water activities on offer.

The beach of Kuta is one of the most mythical of the globe with its stretches of sand as far as the eye can see, its ocean with pleasant temperatures and its swell so precious to surfers. Here, the words of command are relaxation and pleasure! Throughout the year, 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 a paradise for surfing enthusiasts!

Kuta has many attractions, especially its beach, which is still considered one of the most beautiful in Indonesia. The conditions for surfing are ideal and sports events with professionals from all over the world are frequent. The amusement parks are also remarkable, with slides, trampolines or wave pools: they will satisfy both young and old.

NUSA DUA

Located on the Bikit Peninsula, facing the Indian Ocean, Nusa Dua is one of the most luxurious resorts in Bali. It is an invitation to relax in an exotic setting. Nusa Dua is located 40 kilometres 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, bordered by a barrier reef that puts the bathers away from the rollers.

Further north is the beach of Tanjung Benoa, which offers a wide range of water sports. When the tide is low and the reefs are flushing, retreat to the beautiful swimming pool surrounded by the vegetation of your hotel unless you prefer relaxing massages or a cocktail on the beach while admiring the sunset. The restaurants adapt to everyone’s tastes with varied menus (Western, Balinese or Asian).

In addition to beach activities, Nusa Dua offers golfers to practice their swing on several courses.

If you are looking for a wilder beach, without constructions, or contact with the Balinese, head to Geger Beach, which has retained all its character and authenticity. The inhabitants manage the restaurant-bar in the form of a cooperative. There are also umbrellas, sun loungers and massages. You can see the algae harvesters harvesting daily.

From Nusa Dua, you can easily undertake a getaway to the island of Serangan with boats equipped with transparent bottoms to let you admire the underwater 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 the Uluwatu Temple, built on a cliff, from where you will have a magnificent view of the coast and surfers. Also plan a trip to Ubud, located in the middle of Jatiluwih’s terraces, classified by Unesco.

UBUD

Ubud, a small town in the centre of Bali, 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 metres, 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 more than a century, it has been the island’s pre-eminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. Once a destination for backpackers and bohemians, it is now a hot spot for celebrities and art collectors.

This small town is one of Bali’s must-haves. Surrounded by picturesque rice paddies, small craft villages, ancient temples and palaces, a monkey forest and a large traditional market, its central location offers it a proximity to the mountains, beaches and main towns. Thus the ascent of Mount Batur for an exceptional sunrise, or a magical sunset at the temple of Ulun Danu on Lake Bratan are possibilities to discover the divine city of Ubud.

The entire region is a hotbed of Balinese culture. Steeped in traditions, ancient doctrines and rituals, a multitude of Hindu temples proudly stand in the alleys of the city. Offerings and prayers rhythms the days of the Balinese. The Goa Gajah (elephant cave), the sacred sources of Tirta Umpul, or the temple of Gunung Kawi of tampaksiring bear witness to the omnipresence of this religion.

Located in the hills, Ubud is a good alternative for those who want to leave the beach a little and venture into the interior of the island. It is famous not only for its local artists but also for the foreign artists who decided to settle there and 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 there much longer, attracted by its rich culture and many other activities.

PEMUTERAN

Isolated at the western end of Bali at the bottom of the austere mountains, Pemuteran is a small, relaxed seaside village.

The extreme natural beauty of this village to tastes of end of the world, and its aridity gives it a unique richness: the culture of the vines. The village of Pulaki, just east of Pemuteran, is the centre of the winemaking industry in Bali where the best vineyards on the island offer tasting of the local rosé.

Pemuteran hides splendid coral reefs on the edge of the island of Menjangan, where a real spirit of marine conservation efforts persists. The project «Proyek Penyu», a turtle breeding program in cooperation with local villagers, is a concrete example.

The beautiful beaches of Pemuteran are particularly pleasant and consist of fine grained black sand where many divers come to bask at the end of an intense day.

LOVINA

Lovina Beach is a huge beach of black sand, stretching over 7 km. Much less touristic than the beaches of the south, it is particularly suitable for swimming, with its calm waters, and its friendly family atmosphere. Lovina Beach is also known for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

The place owes its name to a house inhabited by Panji Tisna, the regent of the Buleleng region (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 7 little villages (Temukus, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Banyualit et Kaliasem) that came together to create the city of Lovina.. Kalibukuk is the main hub of this region, and is often considered the “downtown” of Lovina.

The whole coast is bordered by fine black sand beaches that are accessible by a multitude of small alleys 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, snorkeling and dolphin watching are the main activities, however Lovina is also a good place to relax and take the slow rhythm of traditional local life.

KINTAMANI AND THE LAKE OF BATUR

The descent to Lake Batur starts from the village Penelokan, via a small road to the east. Lake Batur, 1,000 metres away, is the largest lake in Bali with an area of 24 km2. It was formed in the caldera of the Batur and is fed by about ten sources.

BESAKIH

Besakih is the largest temple in Bali, on the south side of the Agung (3,142m). On the left are the spirits of evil, and on the right are the spirits of good. You must pay for the entrance, "guides" insist to accompany you, which is not indispensable, you can visit very well alone, but after all, we must help the local families! Another interest: your guide will keep others away from you, who are constantly harassing you.

Besakih, the mother temple, is almost 1,000m high. It is recommended to have the legs covered. Some temples are forbidden to non-Jhindus, 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 with 11 merus (roofs), is traditionally reserved for princes.

CANDIDASA

Candidasa Bay is one of the most beautiful in Bali. Unfortunately, it was for a time over-exploited: the coral reef was used to make concrete and build houses … As a result, 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 concrete barriers.

NUSA LEMBONGON

Tens of kilometers off the south coast of Bali, dominated by the impressive volcanic reliefs 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 marine algae growers. This latter 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 gem. For the most part, they spend only half a day there, just enough time to enjoy the modern facilities provided by major tourism groups.

NUSA PENIDA

Nusa Penida has about fifteen diving sites, some of which are also suitable for MTP. The sites are exposed to moderate to strong currents, and dives are often drifting.

The dives around Nusa Penida are internationally renowned, the waters around Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan include some 296 species of corals and 576 species of reef fish. The presence of manta rays throughout the year, as well as the possibility of regularly seeing the moonfish (Mola Mola), also contribute to the notoriety of the dives around these 3 islands. The waters around Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan are stirred by strong currents and offer exceptional visibility throughout the year.

NUSA CENINGAN

It is the smallest of the three main Balinese islands, it lies between its two sisters. It is also a very good surfing and diving spot for lovers of these activities. Perfectly nestled between the large islands of Lembongan and Penida, the island of Ceningan is the ideal transit point to visit both islands, while maintaining the exclusive and relaxing tropical atmosphere of Ceningan Island.

Walk from the bottom to the top of the cliff facing the villas on the west coast of the island of Ceningan and you will encounter island life virtually untouched by tourism, walking along the flat paved roads of Ceningan Island. In the village you will be surrounded by mangroves on one side and coconut trees 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 passers-by.

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