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Bali Places and People

There are so many places I could take you to.

Below are examples of what you could see and do.

A tour of several days is best but also try clicking on 'Example One Day Tour' to get an idea of what can be done in one day.

Why not let me suggest a tour program especially for you? Then you can be sure to have the most excellent time in Bali.

I can take you to all the famous places but I can also take you to explore special places I have found in many years of being driver and guide in Bali.

Temples

Pura Ulun Danu

Bali is a land of temples. They all have a unique character, their beauty is astonishing.

Pura Ulun Danu at Bedugal in the central highlands is one of Bali's nine directional temples which protect the island from evil spirits. A Hindu/Buddhist temple founded in the 17th century, it is a great place to visit as it surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Pura Tanah Lot

Other famous directional temples you can visit include: Pura Besakih, Bali's most important temple 1000m up on the western slopes of Gunung Agung in East Bali and, Pura Luhur Uluwatu on the western end of the Bukit peninsular.

There are also a set of 'sea temples' built in the 16th century by a hindu monk from Java named Niratha. The sea temples are mostly found on the western coast of Bali and include: Pura Tanah Lot near Canggu; Pura Kehen, The Temple of Fire, one of the largest in Bali, located in Bangli; and Pura Tirta Empul, in Tampaksiring with its well known water springs and bathing pools.

Shop till you drop!

Ubud market - baskets for temple offerings

Bali is a shopper's paradise.

I can take you to traditional markets like those at Sukawati, which is a wonderful craft market, or to Ubud for morning market filled with all forms of produce,spices and tropical fruit.

You can try bargaining at the street markets of Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua or go to fixed price shopping in department stores.

Sukawati market


You can take home hand made clothing, jewellery, handicraft, antiques and artifacts, and leatherware.

Be sure to bring a big suitcase!

Balinese food and dining

You will love Balinese food. The climate means plenty of tropical fruit (bananas, papayas, jackfruit, durians, kaffir limes) and vegetables (especially kangkung or water spinach) can to be bought in markets daily.

All Balinese food has mixture of sweet, salty, hot and sour flavours, in ordinary food eaten at home and in temple festival food for the gods.

Vegetable tempura, Ubud Botanic Gardens


Daily food always includes rice and perhaps a vegetable dish simply flavoured with a paste of chilli, garlic, onions and turmeric, sometimes with chicken and tofu added along with spices and coconut milk.

Festival food is more elaborate and is always purified by the local priest before being enjoyed by the families who bought it. Lawar is the most famous festival dish - a mix of pig and turtle, fresh blood, vegetables, seasonings and sauces, served on banana leaf.

Sunset dining at Jimbaran Bay

'Warung' (restaurant) food in Bali is high quality, diverse and delicious. Jimbaran Bay is famous for its seafood barbequed over coconut rusk coals; Singaraja for its 'babi guling' (pork). 'Bebek' (duck) is a must for all visitors to Bali.

Cooking demonstration at Casa Luna

There are many good cooking schools in Bali but Casa Luna in Ubud is one of the best known with its friendly, trained staff and superb location.



Beaches

Sun baking, swimming, surfing, white water rafting, snorkelling, diving and boat trips can all be enjoyed in Bali.

Bali has some of the best surfing beaches. Kuta's Beach has a long expanse of white sand and great waves for beginners. You can walk out of some of Kuta's best eateries or speciality shops straight onto the beach.

Surf at Uluwati and sleeping monkey!

For surfing specialists Padang-padang beach is the best with the Indian Ocean's long rolling waves.

Close by is Uluwati Beach. Its big waves are just wild - best for the experienced surfer. On a good day the waves are 5m to 15m, but can go to 30m!

Landscapes and Gardens

From east to west, north to south, Bali is so picturesque. You will find landscapes of startling beauty, others of wild energy and others will fill you with gentleness and calm.

You could begin with World Heritage Site, Jatiluwih, in the shadow of Gunung Batukaru. Here are picture perfect rice terraces and traditional village life including gamelan playing and ceremonies.

Sacred springs at Tirta Empul

A trip to Kintamani will give you spectacular view of Gunung Batur and Danau Batur. Your trip there can take several routes and include experiencing: Goa Gajah, the elephant cave; near Tampaksiring you will find the sacred springs of Tirta Empul; Gunung Kawi, the “Candi’s” (tombs) of Anak Wungsu and his queens; and the Elephant Safari Park at Taro.

Batu Jimbar Sanur

On the slopes of Gunung Agung is “A Garden Fit for a King” – Tirtagangga. This is beautiful complex of water gardens, stepping stones, statues and fountains. The garden is near Amlapura, on the east coast of Bali.

North from Bedugul are Bali’s Botanical Gardens, a branch of the national botanic gardens at Bogor, near Jakarta.

Ubud’s Botanic Garden is a place of peace. It is only 5 minutes from Ubud centre and is open daily.

Bali's west offers a wide range of adventures, on land and underwater. This area includes the Bali Barat National Park, 19,000 hectares in size. As you move towards the West, a different group of flora and fauna flourish in the drier air. Here you will find deer, large monitor lizards and over 80 species of birds.

Within this wonderful wilderness you will be very welcome at the Menjangan Resort in the National Park. It offers you an amazing range of eco-experiences. I can get you there in a three hour drive, straight up the west coast through Negara or go by the road across from Bedugul, my home territory.

If we go to the far east of Bali, Candidasa is a good base from which to explore. Then you could wander around the coast to the sleepy fishing village of Amed. The waters off Amed teem with fish species making the area very popular with snorkellers and divers. The contrast between the water's edge and the black sand and the 'jukung' (the fishing boats) lining the shore is a sight to remember.

Activities for Everyone

With my family at Bali Bird Park

The range of things you can do in Bali is endless, from the Bali Bird Park, the Elephant Park to White Water Rafting and other activities too many to list.

In Bali you can simply relax or if you want to do something there is so much choice.

Your welcome to Bali will be as warm as these smiles.

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