ELEPHANT SAFARI RIDE AND UBUD TOUR
Pass through unworldly beauty – natural rice paddies, quaint Balinese villages, temples and local markets – on the scenic drive to Bali Elephant Camp, located in the historic village of Carangsari, birth place of Bali’s national hero ‘Ngurah Rai’ and only a short distance from the Sangeh monkey forest. Bali Elephant Camp is situated between the rice paddies, jungle, and the Ayung River (where we also do white water rafting) and is one of the most natural places in Bali.
CELUK, VILLAGE OF ALCHEMISTS
Most of which specialize in the gold and silver jewelry for which Celuk is the island’s undisputed center. Turning left off the main road in the center of the village you can enter a maze of back alleys where from almost every household emanates the sounds of hammering, chiseling, and filing as people work to supply these shops with small masterpieces, and to fulfill large export orders.
THE BARONG DANCE
Batubulan’s other great claim to fame is trance – every morning 9.30 sharp. Here you can witness the eternal conflict between Ratu Barong, the faithful guardian of the community, who looks like an overdressed cross between a lion and a Pekinese dog, and the pendulous-breasted Rangda, demonic mistress of the graveyard . At the height of the drama, Barong’s entranced acolytes turn their serpentine-bladed krises upon.
Mas was firmly staking its claim to become Bali’s preeminent center of modern woodcarving. Long before reaching the village itself, the first shops begin to appear, offering anything from crude mass-produced carvings in local soft woods which can be bought for less than a dollar, to the works of recognized masters in fine-grained ebony, jackfruit, or sandalwood.
PURI SAREN PALACE
One of the most respected dance groups in Bali performs several nights a week in the outer courtyard of the principal palace, at the northeast corner of the central crossroads. Their backdrop is a grand gate, kori agung, built by Ubud’s most famous artist, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. It separates the outer courtyard from the inner sanctums of the palace where the current riling cokorda lives. The Puri Saren was demolished by the great earthquake of 1971, so the maze of courtyards, pavilions, and elaborate gates extending far behind the kori agung were mostly built soon thereafter.
from the southeast corner of the main palace crossroads sprawls Ubud’s every growing market. While most if it is devoted now to crafts and souvenirs, the traditional portion of the market still thrives alongside the tourist-inclined part.
TOYABUNGKAH HOT SPRING
Also called Air Panas, Toyabungkah is the site of another important spring temple, but it more conspicuously a tourist spot. The hot springs, flowing into cement-lined pools on the lakeshore, are crowned, and popular with Indonesian students and day-trippers. From here one can embark on a hike up Mount Batur, but those who prefer to observe an active volcano without climbing into it may take a close look at the lava flow left by the 1965-74 eruptions. the road through Toyabungkah toward Songan comes to an abrupt half at the lava flow. The reason the goes no farther becomes dramatically clear.
No one is sure what the figure represents, but the monstrous face, whose fanged mount is the entrance to a man-made cave, appears to represents an earth spirit clawing its way out of the cosmic mountain, which is populated by a curious and often comical array of animals and phantoms. According to 14th century Javanese scribes, this was one of Bali’s principal Buddhist sanctuaries. Yet in the dark tunnels of its cave we find Hindu linggas and a statue of Siwa’s Ganesha, the elephant god of Hinduism. At every turn one is confronted with elements of both religions, ranging from the 8th to 14th centuries, suggesting that Bali’s religious syncretism goes back a very long way. To the left of the cave is a small shrine housing a 1000-years-old statue of the Buddhist goddess Hariti, protector of children, surrounded by a brood of her young charges. Hariti had been a notorious baby-eating ogress until Buddhism changed her wicked ways. At the bottom of the ravine some unusual broken fragments of collapsed cliff have been found with very old and rare relief carvings of delicate stupas in the style of 8th-century Java. Farther on are two small Buddhas in the lotus position, also tentatively dated to the time of the great javanese monument, Borobudur . Beyond the buddhas lies the entrance to what may have been a hermit’s cave. So far, it has been excavated to a depth of only 30 feet; whatever lies beyond that remains a mystery.
Its three chunky meru stand at the entrance to a deep cavern, their tiered roofs of black palm fiber stained with the droppings of the thousands of bats which dangle from the rocky overhang. Nobody knows how far the cave extends, it being taboo to venture too deep, but one story claims that it reaches all the way to besakih, 12 miles away, while another tells that there is a submarine tunnel to the powerful temple, Pura Peed, on the facing coast of Nusa Penida.
Desa Adat Tenganan Pengringsingan (as the innermost community is called) believe that their adat, or customary law, was granted to them by the god Indra in a special covenant, and they have protected the spiritual purity of their realm by an iron-clad obedience to their adat for many centuries. Despite its brittle exclusivity, Tenganan welcomes foreign visitors during daylight hours. For decades, scholars and interested visitors have been attracted to this “living museum”, many of them drawn by the magical geringsing cloth woven by the women of Tenganan. In the recent tourism boom, the trickle of tourists has become a deluge, and the villagers’ response, understandably enough, has been to put a ticket booth by the gate. Visitors are politely tolerated until dusk when the village gates close and only those of the inner tribe remain within.
GIT GIT WATERFALL
Waterfall Air Terjun GITGIT (Hard g’s, by the way, or the Balinese will die laughing :jit-jit means “bottoms”.) No amount of promotion can diminish the glory of this waterfall, but the approach with its multitude of kiosks is not what is used to be. The popularity of Gitgit has led to the discovery of numerous other lovely and less-visited waterfalls in the area, some with trailheads marked by painted signs.
CANDI KUNING-PURA ULUN DANU BRATAN
been formally landscaped with clipped lawns and hold flowerbeds that reflect the elegance of the lakeside temple and its stately meru. Tourists are allowed to roam the gardens and through This is a major stop for the tourist buses, but it is too beautiful to miss. The outer grounds have e our courtyard, but entry into the over the walls. The temple is said to be associated with the Bratan clan of the Pande caste, from which the lake takes its name. The goddess of the lake is honored at Pura Ulun Danu at the taller of the two meru on little island near the shore.
The hot springs are not far to the west of the monastery, return to Banjar and follow the signs to Air Panas. The key word for this little spa is modesty: in fees, in water temperature (about 100o Fahrenheit), and in proper attire for bathing.
TANAH LOT TEMPLE
According to legend, the temple Pura Pakendungan, better known now as Pura Tanah lot, was founded by the 16th-century priest Danghyang Nirarth out of sheer adoration for the natural beauty of the landscape here. It’s not hard to understand why : the power of the sea and the abrupt drama of the coastline here are awe-inspiring. The little temple sits atop an outcrop of rock in the surf, guarded by sea snakes. It is currently undergoing a major offshore reef conservation project, and heavy machinery temporarily spoil the view, but these works will eventually protect the temple from erosion and collapse.
The monkey forest has become a tourist site of the worst sort. The positive side is that there are lots of fruit bats that have found refuge in the trees. The temple and forest are bouncing with tame monkey, not yet too mischievous, and there are pleasant guides to accompany visitors around the site.
The water palace at Tirtha Gangga, about 4 miles northwest of Amplapura, was built in 1948 by the last raja of Karangasem, A.A. Ngurah Ketut Karangasem, in a series of formal pools fed by a sacred spring. The eruption of Mount Agung in 1963, which buried much of the neighboring village of Subagan, badly damaged Tirtha Gangga. It has been gradually restored, and is open to the public for a small fee. A small hamlet of tourist accommodations and eating places has grown up here, but the main attraction is the swimming, which is permitted in several designated pools : a large one open to anyone, and a smaller one closer to the spring, for which an additional admission fee is charged. The water is indescribably refreshing, a swimming pool of holy water.
PURA TAMAN AYUN
This is probably the largest existing Balinese house temple, built in the middle of the 18th century by Mengwi’s greatest king, Cokorda Munggu. He moved the center of the kingdom from Kapal to the village of Mengwi where he founded a new palace, Puri Gede Mengwi, not far from Pura Taman Ayun. The temple is surrounded by a wide moat. There is a grand jaba pura (outer courtyard) with a fine wantilan pavilion in the southeast : the lines in the floor mark out the rings and perimeters for cockfights. A split gate leads into the broad central courtyard from which you can admire the magnificent gate to the inner courtyard (jeroan).The low walls of the jeroan are shaded by flowering trees that go down to the banks of the moat. Entry to the jeroan is not permitted, but you can look over the walls at its fine old pavilion and the meru honoring the deities of the mountaint Batu Karu, Agung, Batur and Pengelengan.
This well-known destination on the eastern edge of Puputan Square is a good place to be dropped off by taxi. The museum was built by the Dutch after the puputan of 1906 and 1908 as part of their new policy to preserve Balinese cultural rather than bombard it to death. The museum’s architecture is itself a subject if this ethnological museum : the buildings incorporate various aspect of temple and palace architecture from different regions of Bali. The collections are very fine, but unfortunately their preservation and display are not.
The commercial crux of Denpasar, this market is southwest of the intersection of Gajah Mada and Jalan Sulawesi. This is a serious market, one that gets roaring at 2 A.M. In daylight hours you can find mountains of things to buy from gilt-painted parasols with a 7-foot span to sacks of cloves and baskets of blue hydreangeas.
Kuta never stops changing and it’s pace can be exhilarating (in contrast to the pace of it’s road traffic, which can be glacially slow, especially during the high season). The town’s main roads boast a bewildering array of shopping opportunities, and it’s web of backstreets is also jammed with shops, cafes and kiosks, albeit on a more friendly scale. Kuta beach is as alive as ever and is currently in the throes of a new phase of development, with a more upscale, urban flavor. The site of the 2002 Kuta bombings now rivals the beach as a tourist magnet, and is being developed as a “peace park” with a monument and open space planned.
The village of Jimbaran lies on the western shore of the narrow isthmus connecting the Bukit peninsula to the main island. It’s beach-lined bay has developed slower than it’s northern neighbours, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Although there are now several fine hotels and villas here, many of the locals are still fishermen. In the afternoon you can see their boats heading out to sea from the front of Jimbaran fish market. Nearby, on the beach, there are rows of casual cafes serving superb, just-caught fish grilled over coconut husks.
PURA LUHUR ULUWATU
The most famous temple is Pura Luhur Uluwatu, at the southwest extremity of the peninsula, perched on a high limestone cliff. This is one of the most visited tourist destinations, especially at sunset, when for a few moment the light is unearthly. The surf just below Uluwatu is word-famous.
Life on the once-poor Bukit has been transformed since the building of the five-star hotel complex at Nusa Dua on the Bukit’s northeast coast in the 1980’s. (The “two island” to which the name refers are two projections of rock in the middle of this expensive stretch of beach.)
BALI BIRD AND REPTILE PARKS
A visit to Taman Burung (Bali Bird Park) is highly recommended. It houses an exceptional collection of exhibits in lush tropical garden surroundings, and is one of Bali’s most visited destinations. Rimba Reptil (Bali Reptile Park) is adjacent to it, and also not to be missed.
UBUD MONKEY FOREST (MONKEY PATROL)
Ubud’s Monkey Forest was once infamous for it’s menacing monkeys, who would snatch valuables from unwitting tourists, or approach them aggressively. Since 2002, however, the forest has been under the management of a local organization devoted to the preservation and care of the forest and it’s furry denizens. Salaried attendants are on duty daily though out the forest. The know all the monkeys, their idiosyncrasies and habits, and if any health or behavior problems arise, veterinarians and wildlife experts are consulted to resolve them. The monkeys enjoy supplementary food, and with the care and guidance of the new monkey patrol, their manners are much improved. The forest is now clean of litter too, and has well maintained trails.
BALI ZOO PARK
Our animals reside in hundreds of quality built eco-habitats and are well cared by our friendly staff of 170 who work as part of our extended zoo family. Bali Zoo offers a number of unique and one-of-a kind experiences during your visit with us. From our beautifully landscaped and shaded garden paths that lead you through our park to our various ‘hands on’ animal encounter sessions where you are allowed to feed, pet and take photos with number of our zoo inhabitants to our assorted family activities such as our Elephant Back Safari, Treewalk adventure and Village Trekking.
Bali cooking is a creative process that is simple and a lot of fun. You will learn the techniques and become familiar with the fresh herbs,spices,and other ingredients that make Balinese food delightfully tasty as well as nutritious and cleansing. Over the day we will explore different ways to blend and balance the varied flavors to create a stimulating of unique tastes.
Trough demonstration and hands-on experience, we will prepare and breakfast,lunch,afternoon tea or together on an assortment of exquisite dishes, from satay and grilled fish and curries to black rice pudding dessert ,and many more.
Class starting from 8 am- 7.30 am
One hour visit to Traditional Market
Breakfast -class Time-Lunch
Start 7 am to 1 pm, 1 hour Traditional Market tour, Breakfast, Class time, Lunch, Free Transport, Booklet, Certificate.
Start 3 pm to 8 pm, Afternoon tea, Class time, Dinner, Free transport, Booklet, Certificate. Fee : US$ 65.-
Our mission is to continue the development of an internationally-recognized surfing syllabus, to strive for excellence in teaching, and to offer the finest services to our students. We aim to be a vibrant and intellectually challenging place of learning, nurturing a community of surfers who share a passion for the search, the advancement of knowledge and respect for our oceans.
Beach Surfer – Level 1
We will have you ripping up the beach break in three simple courses. Learn the skills of board handling and board control, before mastering the same jump up* technique used by professional surfers in your first course. The second course focuses on understanding beach, wave and ocean conditions which, when combined with proper paddling skills, will guide you effortlessly through, over and under waves. The essential skills of the third course will have you racing along the waves with forehand* and backhand* turns designed to create valuable board speed, building your skill basis to progress you to the next level; Reef Surfing.
Reef Surfer – Level 2
If you have surfed before but yet have to conquer a reef break wave, or you’re ready to graduate off the beach break; then this level is for you. Skills taught in these three courses include how to master taking the drop on an unbroken wave, the sweeping upper body transitional turn used to develop bottom turns* and cutback*. The Reef Surfer set of three courses develops these skills first with two days on the beach break, then for your third and graduating course you will be ready to test your new skills at Canggu Reef or travel on one of our school reef boats to a reef in Sanur.
Power Surfer – Level 3
Be warned: These four courses will change your life! Bottom turns, top turns, cutbacks, duck dives and complete knowledge of reef geography, tidal effects and swell chart reading. All courses are held at a reef, with a duck dive course started in the lagoon or pool before heading into the waves. This program utilizes video coaching to fine tune skills and requires usage of Rip Curl fiberglass surfboards. All prospective Power Surfer students require minimum Reef Surfer certification level or a free evaluation session with a senior coach on the beach break.
– Kuta Beach
– Dreamland Beach
– Bingin Beach
– Padang-padang Beach
– Uluwatu Beach
– Keramas Beach
– Canggu Beach
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