EXPLORE BALI

Nusa Dua

 

  • Pantai Geger (Geger Beach). This is the public beach in Nusa Dua. This splendid white sand beach at the western edge of the enclave retains lots of the character that is missing in the sanitised Nusa Dua resort zone. Generally safe for swimming and some beach side warungs. The restaurant, beachbeds and massage ladys all work for the local cooperative. By suporting them you support the locals. Geger has a cooling breeze as it is one of the few beaches facing east and because ofv the reef far out from the beach it has some of the warmest water temperatures in Bali.

  • Water Blow, There is one spot in the area of Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, called "Water Blow" which is a rock formation where waves colliding onto the rock wall creates a giant splash like the water is "blowing up". Water Blow is located on the Nusa Dua peninsula on Nusa Dua Beach just north of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This amazing attraction is located on the far edge of the peninsula. The interesting mechanism of Water Blow is that on the cliff, face-to-face with the Indian Ocean, there is a large narrowing gap. When the wave rolls in and hits the cliff, it is caught in the gap and slammed into the top. From a distance it appears like a huge white foam dancing to the top. As larger and faster waves approach, the higher waves tower over the cliff. If not careful, you will get wet.  

  • Pasifika Museum, Blok P, BTDC Nusa Dua (near Bali Collection), ☎ +62 361 774935 (info@museum-pasifika.com), Open at 10AM-6PM daily. A truly under-appreciated and poorly known attraction. It is a splendid museum, and is highly recommended for anyone interested in the art of Bali, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific region. Look for the exhibitions focused on European artists who made Bali their home, as well as renowned local painters. The Indochinese exhibition is impressive, as are the displays of Polynesian artifacts. Featuring premium artworks of well known artists from around the world such us Paul Gauguin, Theo Meier, Le Mayeur, Rudolf Bonnet, Arie Smith, Hendrik Paulides, Isaac Israel, Emilio Ambron, and many more.

  • Serangan Island (Turtle Island), Boats are available from Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa. These are usually glass-bottomed allowing observation of marine life from within the boat. As the name suggests, Serangan is a turtle conservation area. The local people keep turtle eggs in traditional conservation houses until they hatch and then the youngster are released from local beaches. Besides turtles, they also have reptiles, birds, snakes and bats. The sea turtles which give Serangan its popular name are not found swimming picture squely under ocean cliffs - here they are caught and sold as food. People in the Denpasar area are fond of turtle meat, especially on festival days. 

  • Many companies in Nusa Dua offer water sports activities (banana boat, parasailing, jetski, diving, flying fish, etc). You can book directly on the beach at Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa, or have your hotel organise for you. All the operators work together to ensure that there is very little (if any) price difference. Expect to pay about US$25-30 for most activities.

  • Blue Point Beach (pantai Suluban), jalan pantai suluban,ungasan, This beach is less prestigious than Kuta, Sanur or Nusa Dua. But if you have visited this beach, you'll surely be fascinated with the exoticism of this offer. If you want to enjoy the sensation of clear water, you can go down the steps to the beach. To reach this beach, you have to walk down past the rather steep hill derivative, through a gap of two cliffs. Physical beaches with white sand is similar to his brother: Padang-padang beach and Dreamland beach. After reaching the shore, you'll enjoy its beauty because the beach is surrounded by a wall of rock that juts into such caves, and large rocks that you can sit on while looking at the scenery. The high rocks surrounding the beach and the notches are indented, making it an attractive beach viewed from any angle.

  • Pandawa Beach (Hidden Beach), Jalan kutuh,north kuta (near uluwatu temple), around 3 km from the famous Nusa Dua area and Uluwatu Temple. In the past, this beach was hidden behind a hill so it was called Secret Beach. Secret Beach was actually known well by some tourists. However, the difficult access to this location made this beach empty. The few visitors that did go were either foreign surfers or domestic tourists. admission tickets : IDR 10.000.

 

Ubud

 

  • Bicycle in Bamboo Forest, Do a cycling tour through the bamboo forest, visit traditional Penglipuran villages, kehen temples, and a restaurant in the middle of rice fields. There are many bike tour companies offering this. 

  • Downhill Bike Tours, Their guides will lead you at a leisurely pace along the tranquil, less travelled roads and mostly downhill through the traditional villages and varied landscapes of Bali, visiting local craftsmen at their work, local school and typical Balinese houses. It's good way to explore the Balinese countryside. 

  • Unique Cycling Tour, The unique cycling tour combination with 2 hours downhill cycle tour and 1 hour rice paddies trekking will makes your day out more pleasure. Their guides are professional, fun, energetic and will makes you laugh all the way. They will lead you to the unique and authentic Balinese Land, show you up about Balinese life, explain all the things you might be interest in along the way. 

  • Pura Puseh Batuan Temple, The most notable landmark is the village temple, known as Pura Puseh, an ancient structure dated to the 11th century, embellished with intricate stone carvings. It's in the northern part of the village, 200m (620 ft) off the main road. The temple also has an inscription that testifies to the date of founding of Batuan in 1022 AD. The temple underwent restoration in 1992. It's a five-tiered gateway tower, clearly influenced by Indian religious architecture. Its icons and decorations, however, are typically Balinese in style. Notable depictions include a Bhoma head overlooking the main gateway. Admission tickets : IDR10,000. 

  • Ubud Go Tours Personal organizer. This man know what you must see and do around Ubud. Tours, rafting, cycling, trekking, fast boat to Gili's or Lombok, cooking class can book here.Call or email him for more information. Better price for good service.

  • Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), Jalan Goa Gajah. Daily 08:00-18:00. The centrepiece here is a cave dating back to the ninth century, the entrance to which is an ornately carved demon's mouth. Inside are some fragmentary lingam and yoni statues, as well as a statue of Ganesha. Large, carved guards stand around pools near the entrance, and a little path leads to a waterfall, rice fields, and some Buddhist stupa fragments. Some parts of the Goa Gajah complex were not excavated until the 1950s. This sight is quite disappointing compared to other sights around Ubud. IDR15,000, including sarong rental, so don't buy a sarong because it's included.

  • Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring (18 km northeast from Ubud). Daily 07:00-17:00. Dating from the eleventh century, this is presumed to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu and his many wives. Reached by climbing down 371 steps, the location at the bottom of a steep valley lined with paddy fields, is quite stunning. It's not easy to climb all those steps but to see one of Bali's oldest and largest ancient monuments in this lush green river valley is worth it. The smaller complex on the south side of the river is presumed to have been built for the King's wives, while the larger complex is thought to have been the residence of the King himself, and perhaps his concubines. The structures are carved into the sides of a steep river valley, and the river crossed by twisting trees and vines. You must take off your shoes before entering into the central pura complex. About 1km downstream there are further tomb cloisters. On the way back up, take a break at Cafe Kawi which has cold drinks and you can continue daytrips to Batur volcano.

  • Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring (20 km northeast from Ubud). Daily 08:00-18:00. One of the holiest temples in Bali built around hot springs that still bubble in the central courtyard. The Balinese come here to bathe and purify themselves physically and spiritually, and during Galungan, the sacred barong masks are bathed here. Take extra clothes if you want to bath with locals. Water from the spring is clean and believed to have magical powers. The complex dates to 960, but the present buildings are largely modern reconstructions. IDR15,000, including sarong and sash rental.  

  • Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Jl Pengosekan, ☎ +62 361 975742 (info@armamuseum.com), [8]. 09:00-18:00. Showcases works by well known Balinese artists, as well as international artists who made Bali their home such as Walter Spies, Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, Rudolph Bonnet and Arie Smit. The only painting in Bali by renowned Javanese artist Radan Saleh is exhibited here. They also run workshops for thirteen different aspects of Balinese art and culture. Cafe with tea and coffee. Price includes tea or coffee (hot or cold). IDR60,000.  

  • Blanco Renaissance Museum, Jl Raya Campuhan, ☎ +62 361 975502, [10]. Daily 09:00-17:00. Before he died in 1999, Spanish artist Antonio Blanco was an absolute fixture on the Ubud art scene. His former home is now a museum showcasing his sometimes bizarre but always interesting work. Think Salvador Dali transplanted to Asia. In the garden you can take pictures of the exotic birds flying around. 

Sanur

 

This is a town with a wealth of cultural, natural and historical attractions, as well as the obvious shopping and beach-related sights.

  • International Kite Festival, Padang Galak beach (just north of Sanur, east off the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass). The annual international kite festival takes place here every July. Traditional Balinese giant kites up to 10 metres in length are made and flown competitively by teams from different villages around Bali. The origins of this event are as a festival intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create abundant crops and harvests. Aside from the actual organised festival, from June through to August each year, visitors will see many giant kites being flown in this area.  edit

  • Le Mayeur Museum, Jl Hangtuah (go the end of Jalan Hangtuah and turn right at the beach. Proceed along the paved footpath through the souvenir stalls and look for the entrance to the museum on your right), ☎ +62 361 286201. Su-F 7.30AM-3.30PM. This is the former home of noted Belgian impressionist Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, which is now a museum dedicated to his works. Le Mayeur arrived in Bali in 1932 and soon immersed himself in the culture of the island, and married a noted Balinese Legong dancer. Much of the house stands just as it did when he died in 1958, and apart from viewing his works, visitors will gain an insight into what it must have been like to be one of Bali's very first expats. The whole place is in need of some maintenance, but this remains one of Bali's true hidden treasures. Rp 10,000.  edit

  • Mangrove Information Centre (MIC), Suwung Kauh, (micjica@indosat.net.id), [2]. M-Sa 8AM-4PM. Visit the well appointed Mangrove Information Centre set in the huge 600 hectare mangrove forest which fringes the east coast south of Sanur. There are two different boardwalks through the mangrove forest. This centre is doing great work in educating local schoolchildren as well as visitors, about the importance of mangrove forests. A good place to spend half a day for adults and children. Rp 50,000 entrance, Rp 50,000 parking.  edit

  • Pura Blanjong (Blanjong Temple), Jl Danau Poso, Blanjong (just south of Sanur). The most notable temple in Sanur which contains a major, important inscription on a stone pillar called the Prasati Blanjong. The inscription tells of a Javanese king who visited Bali in the 10th century and installed what was probably Bali's first formal government. This is Bali's oldest known artifact.  edit

  • Serangan Island Turtle Conservation Centre (Turtle Island), (about 3 km south of Sanur, reached by turning east off the main Jl Ngurah Rai bypass),☎ +62 813 3841 2716, [3]. 9AM-5PM daily. Visit the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre here and learn about current conservation initiatives. This island used to be the centre of the Balinese trade in turtle meat until the practice was banned. Donation

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