Bali

These reports are useful information about Bali from our personal experience and from our son and his Indonesian wife who live there.

Visit Trunyan, where the dead are buried above ground!

Trunyan Cemetery

Trunyan Cemetery

For those of you who have read “Bali – A Family Holiday” in Life and Travels of a Non-Famous Person, you may have noticed a paragraph where we visited the village of Trunyan across Lake Batur to see where the locals bury their dead above ground. This tour has been almost abandoned for nearly two decades. I thought it had been stopped either because the villagers had stopped the tradition, or laws had prevented anyone undertaking the tour.

But no; it appears the tours were all but ceased because of aggressive, heavy-handed, and coercive behaviour by Trunyan villagers towards tourists crossing the lake to view their unique community. These actions had been the source of numerous complaints, causing tour operators to largely avoid sending their guests there. The village chief is now seeking to restore the reputation of the village as a tourist destination.

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Snorkeling | Diving – Things to do on Lembongan Island, Bali

Lembongan Reef

Lembongan Reef

Some of the best snorkeling in the world is in the warm tropical waters off Lembongan Island. You can take a cruise on a luxury catamaran to this paradise surrounded by colourful reefs and vibrant marine life, for a day of swimming, snorkeling and sun worship.

Your day begins by being collected from your hotel on Bali, and then a relaxing one hour cruise aboard the magnificent Bali Hai II, which brings you to the pristine tropical island of Lembongan. Here, your captain will moor alongside a purpose-built floating pontoon above the reef in peaceful Lembongan Bay. [Read more...]

Tour Lovina & Singaraja – Things to do on Bali

Temple of Ulun Danu

Temple of Ulun Danu

Eileen and I did this trip with our son and his family in their car, and it truly is wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of the southern end of the island. See
Bali 2010 – A Road Trip. If you don’t have family who live on Bali to take you to the north, here’s the next best thing. Book a tour!

Then you too can explore the green rural countryside of Bali as you travel the whole length of the island. There is not much to see on the far west coast unless you are catching the ferry to Java, so this journey through the central mountains to Singaraja and Lovina Beach on the North Coast is ideal. [Read more...]

Bathe in the Hot Springs – Things to do on Bali

Bali Hot Springs

Bali Hot Springs

Scenic views of a smoking Mount Batur volcano, and Lake Batur, are regularly on visitor’s lists of places to go and things to do when exploring the sights of Bali’s crater-side community of Kintamani. What most travelers don’t realize is the nearby healing sulfuric waters of the volcanic lake and their chance for a relaxing soak.

The hot springs of Toyabungkah, located only about 80 kilometers from Bali’s capital of Denpasar, are widely believed to contain healing and restorative powers.

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WaterBom Waterslide – Things to do on Bali

Waterbom Bali waterslide

Waterbom Bali waterslide

One of the best bits of cooling off fun for the whole family on Bali has to be the Waterbom waterslide at Kuta. There’s not much that’s better to do on one of Bali’s typically hot days than ride the tubes along the lazy river, race down up to 17 wet and wild rides, fire water balloons at each other, or just loll about in one of the pools. There are separate pools for adults and children, although the kids pools are more fun as they have water cannons and giant spilling buckets.

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Best Ubud Restaurants – Things to do on Bali

Ubud Dining

Ubud Dining

Here is a list of the best restaurants in Ubud as compiled by the UK Guardian’s John Brunton:

• Warung Ibu Oka – Speciality: Babi Guling or roast suckling pig . Location: Jalan
Tegal in Ubud telephone +62-(0)361-976435

• Puteri Minang – Speciality: Spicy dishes of West Sumatra including rendang – beef simmered for hours in chilies, coconut and other spices. Location: Jalan Raya Ubud No. 77 in Ubud. Telephone +62-(0)361-975577.
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Best Beach Cafes – Things to do on Bali

Best Beach cafes on Bali

Best Beach cafes on Bali

On the beach outside Pelangi Bali Hotel on Jalan Dhyanapura, Seminyak, just south in the direction of Kuta, were four new (we think) cafes. They seemed to be only open for dinner. We hadn’t noticed them there in previous years, but that may have been because this year the seating was different. Someone has invented the Balinese BeanBag.

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Walk on the bottom of the Sea – Things to do on Bali

Seawalkers at Bali ClubAqua

Seawalkers at Bali ClubAqua

Now anyone who wishes to walk on the bottom of the sea can do so. Everyone can enjoy the marine life with minimum equipment and minimum fuss at Bali’s Club Aqua.

The Seawalker station is only 3 minutes off Sanur Beach, and all you need is your swimsuit.

The experienced staff will fit you with a cool helmet which supplies you with air via a hose. Then you walk down the steps to the bottom of the sea.

You are only a few metres below the surface, and instructors will be with you all the time, so all you have to do is walk and look around at the amazing marine life.

This activity is suitable for adults and children, whether you can swim or not, and no diving experience is necessary. You do not even get your hair wet and you can wear your glasses or contact lenses.

To contact Club Aqua, ring 361 281 408, or book through your hotel or travel agent.

Bali Theatre – Things to do on Bali

Bali Theatre

Bali Theatre

Bali Theatre is a mega-stage theatrical complex with a 1200 seating capacity. It is fully equipped with advanced multi-media technology and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.

The entrance features the island’s tallest 8-metre high Ganesha statue, the God of science and knowledge. He appears to be persuading visitors to enter the lobby and discover the many aspects of theatre. The statue even suggests to people that the theatre was built with highly sophisticated technology, and performers that will guide their audiences to a better knowledge of Bali and its charming people, unique tradition, history, and culture. [Read more...]

Tree Top Adventure Park – Things to do on Bali

Bali TreeTop Adventure Park

Bali TreeTop Adventure Park

Bali Treetop Adventure Park is a fun activity centre set in an open air environment. It is open daily for individuals or groups of all ages from 8.30 a.m to 6.00 p.m. at Bali Botanical Gardens, Bedugul. They can also provide company outings and team building services.

When you arrive you will be given safety instructions by your guides. You will be informed about all the circuits and how to use the equipment.

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