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Things to do in Bali (Summary)

Maybe this article should be titled “Things you CANT do in Bali” because the things you can’t do in Bali would be a much shorter list than the things you can do! I mean let’s face it, Bali is the place to go for a holiday. So it goes without saying that when you have tourists flocking to an island paradise, provide them with EVERYTHING they want to do so they have the experience of a lifetime.

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Hence, you can do anything in Bali. So at a glance I will start to list my top enquiry of things to do in Bali. This list will not be exhaustive but it will provide you with some key notes. When you want to know more about how, where, when, cost etc. go online or talk a one of the plenty booking agents by the side of the street.


  • Observe traditional Balinese dancing in full costume
  • Watch woodcarvers sculpt masks, furniture and ornaments
  • Visit the many temples spread over the island and witness the stunning size and craftsmanship of the building details first hand
  • Balinese cooking classes


  • Try surfing for the first time or challenge yourself to some of the best surf breaks in the
  • world if you are more experienced
  • Swim in pure blue waters
  • Scuba dive or snorkel the plentiful coral reefs
  • Go charter boat fishing and land an exotic reef fish
  • Sunbake and be pampered on the shore by willing masseuses
  • Hire a jet ski and tour the coastline
  • Go water skiing on perfect calm waters


  • Take a guided tour through the many tropical rainforests
  • Climb the highest mountain peaks on the island and marvel at the views
  • Take in a golden sunset over the ocean at the end of the day
  • Crack a fresh coconut open and drink the milk from a straw
  • Enjoy fresh fruit straight from the orchard to you
  • Visit the Monkey Forest in the village of Ubud
  • Visit the bird and reptile park
  • Bath under a cascading waterfall
  • Meditate in the serenity of Mother Nature


  • Visit the thousands of different dining options and challenge your taste buds
  • Pick your freshly caught seafood straight off the boat for your dinner
  • Kick back at a jazz venue or dance the night away at a nightclub
  • Have your hair platted at the beach front by the local ladies
  • Indulge in a deep tissue full body massage
  • Finish off your pampering with a pedicure, manicure, facial and a spirit cleansing
  • Hit the water slides at Waterbom Park in Kuta
  • Retail therapy ? shop, shop, shop?then shop some more


  • Go bungee jumping
  • Hire a trail bike
  • Dare to ride in peak hour traffic in Denpasar on a moped
  • Go white water rafting along the Ayung River
  • Hire a go kart and challenge your friends and re-enact the fast and the furious
  • Sign up for a jet ski tour
  • Go mountain bike riding through the spectacular forest or from village to village
  • Get a tattoo! (If you dare)
  • Visit the elephant safari park and ride a pachyderm
  • Take a submarine cruise (seriously)
  • Do an island cruise and travel around the band of islands that neighbour the beauty of Bali
  • the Island of the Gods
  • Horse back riding
  • Paint ball wars
  • Harley Davidson motorcycle hire (can you feel the rollin? thunder already?)
  • Or you decide to go on the adventure of a lifetime and marry on Bali

So, that should give you a bit of an idea how you can spend your time and money on Bali. Just remember that depending on where on the island your accommodation is, it can take up to a couple of hours to get to some of these places.


Enjoy Your Holiday by Diving in Bali – Recreation and Sports

Everybody in the world always looking for fun and relaxation. Geeting your daily stress away from your life is important specially for you who spend most of your time behind the desk of your office and after that just resting at your home and feel tired. Of course there are a lot of options that can be chosen during this era of technology where any kinds of information (including the entertainment) can be obtained from our very own home. For example, if your hobby is to have scuba diving in beautiful places, you can get such information from the internet.

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Bali is one most popular island in Indonesia, South East Asia. is famous with the incredible beaches surrounding the island and become the most popular tourist destination.. The amount of tourist visiting this island evert teay showing a steady increase. Most of the visitor who comes to Bali to spend their holiday want to explore the amazing beauty of nature. One of the activities suitable while visiting Bali is diving. It has extremely rich and varied dive sites. The amazing underwater tapestry enriches with volcanic outcrops and sea grass. Coral ridges and thousand kinds of beautiful fishes show divers the colorful and diverse marine life. Bali diving is beyond the expectation of holiday ‘extra’ people might imagine. The combination of Bali nature beauty and the friendliness of the people completed with warm tropical climate and white sandy beaches make it an increasingly favorite holiday destination for tourists across the world.

Lying in South East Asia, Bali is the most famous island and tourists destination. The island is incredibly rich with and surrounded by coral reefs. Bali has different kind of colors of sand ranging from black to pure white sand enrich the nature beauty of the beautiful beaches. If the color is when then you can almost certain that the beach location is in the south where if the color is black than it can be found in the north and west past of Bali. Bali diving recently becomes a very famous activity for visitors. The magnificent oceanic sun fish, the largest and incredible bony fish, the marine creature you couldn’t have imagined before can be found around the water of the popular diving sites of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. There are several types of diving which depends on the purpose of the dive, to have fun with this activity; surely you will choose the recreational diving. So, where is your next destination for scuba diving? If your interest right now is the beautiful sea with tropical climate and beautiful beach in white sand, you can choose Bali which is located in Indonesia.

Although there are many things to consider to have scuba diving, however, one of the most important aspect is the security of the diving sites and it’s guide It can be seen from your preparation with the instructor of scuba diving, and it can also be seen from the quality of the sophisticated equipments applied in scuba diving. Maybe you want to learn about scuba diving first by knowing what equipment that you should use. The main life support of scuba diving is redbreather and open circuit scuba. The open circuit scuba has diving regulator as well as diving cylinder. As the alternative, there is liquid breathing, snorkel, standard diving dress, and surface supplied diving.

Waterboom Bali

Waterbom rises in Bali. Born in 1993, this family business has been conceived and created by an Italian-American installed on the island, Santo Gulino. Today managed by a “native son”, his son Sayan Gulino, Waterbom is part of the well known tourist attractions in Bali. At the heart of the water park, the challenge: meet the hippies and eco ideals that underpin the company’s foundations without denying economic requirements of a business to compete on an island become the new mass tourism destination lighthouse in Asia.

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History Behind Establishment

“Once upon a time in Bali …” Once is not custom, our business portrait and especially the history of Sayan Gulino, general manager of Waterbom, could begin as well, like a children’s story. For if there is here today, is that at the end of the 70, Isabelle, a young French graduate of the School of Fine Arts on vacation in Bali, Santo met a young Italian-American , working in the reggae industry. “At the time we landed in Bali through word-of-mouth. Few people knew the island locate on a map. It was a tropical paradise for hippies. My parents, like other foreigners here, were looking for a place full of mysticism, and the island was known for its gods and spirits. “At the heart of Bali lost that fantasy today, where he had to go to the airport to make a phone call abroad, Isabelle and Santo fell in love, and you will understand that n ‘ was not only the island!

The following? In a small village near Ubud, Sayan, they conceived a child by the name of … Sayan. Originally Waterbom Bali is not, as one might think, the product of an international franchise established on the island, but the idea of ​​Santo Gulino. “In the late 80s, the only tourism that existed in Bali was a tourism dedicated to surfers. There was nothing suitable for families. “In Europe, water parks are emerging, but for Santo, out of the question to build” one of his hideous stuff! “We had to build, yes, but in the middle of the jungle, in the respect of Balinese flora.

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Today, “the jungle” Kuta has changed. The trees have given way to concrete and it is finally in Waterbom pregnant, spread over 3.8 hectares, found the remains of vegetation. Besides, on the website of the park, noted that green spaces make up 68% of the place. In 2007, after studying economics and tourism management and worked as a consultant for Waterbom Jakarta (since sold), Sayan decided to return to Bali and devote himself to the family business. Ado, there was maintenance man or lifeguard. A few years later, he went through all levels, accounting, human resources and marketing before becoming general manager of the company. Today Sayan manages about 170 employees, all Indonesians. In everyday life, in addition to staff dedicated to communication, marketing, innovation, employees are evenly distributed between the management and maintenance of 22 slides (including 6 slides for children), 5 swimming pools, kitchen, 3 restaurants and spa that includes the park.

“The idea of ​​Waterbom, this is not just to offer a trip to the pool to children, but to spend a real day of relaxation for the whole family. We do not sell you a good time, but an atmosphere, an experience. “Does it work? We will not know really. Sayan Gulino does not want to reveal the number of annual visitors. What is known is that Waterbom customers are primarily Australian, local, followed by Koreans, Japanese and finally the Europeans. Today he says that more than media promotion is word-of-mouth which sell tickets to Waterbom. Moreover, the company show that love the water park got number 1 in Asia and No. 5 in the world in 2014 Tripadvisor ranking.

What will it be in a few years? Bali is now one of the Asian centers of mass tourism, competition is gradually expanded, including one thinks newest water parks, “Splash” in Canggu. To satisfy and retain clients, Sayan on innovation. “Every two years, it innovates, improves, rethinking. Waterbom is a canvas on which one stops working. “Last spring, the water park inaugurated the end of its first phase of renovation, with four new slides whose” Constrictor “along 250 meters. This June, the park is expected to complete the second phase of renovation with the opening of a new restaurant and 5 new slides. Among them, Sayan plans to build the tallest in the park, with 25.9 meters high. More than recreation, Waterbom seems now focus on thrills. “Once arrived at the top, you will fall directly to peak and reach the finish in seconds! “Already today, the centrifugal effect to 2.5 g during a visit in one of the pipes of the park.

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Go farther, faster, higher … A motto that is not necessarily simple to implement in Bali. Although Sayan has his mastery of the Indonesian language and knowledge of Balinese culture, the manager has to deal with cultural differences that oppose the demands of the businessman it is its employees. For ten years, the island is experiencing a significant economic and tourism boom, but the Balinese society, it remains based on the principle of castes. Social mobility as understood in the West do not exist here. Which can complicate the task of Sayan when it comes to motivating staff. “I am faced with this ideal of life consisting earn enough money to support themselves and finance the ceremonies, period. Sometimes, to understand the challenges of our policies, so you really bet on patience. ”

Bali, its land, its culture, are fundamental parts of the identity of Waterbom, and Sayan, who grew up on the island, believes in karma and harmony, the principle of “giving and receiving. “If he says give pleasure to people is their first motto, he adds that this is the least we can do against the gift of the environment. “We can not forget that we owe everything to our land. Except if you like spending your life in malls, the environment is important to you, and must be preserved, because everybody loves beautiful beaches, beautiful rice … Protected landscapes. “But then, how to lead climb out of Waterbom, a company that is all about the water, while respecting the environment, on an island threatened by the draining of its groundwater and freshwater shortage imminent? “The water carried by people leaving the pools and showers is the only water wasted here. “To avoid the maximum loss, Waterbom system is designed so that it is kept in a closed circuit powered by a pump in the park. In the basement, it is filtered and chlorinated before making another lap of the circuit, and so on: “A water in which fish could survive almost …”

During our visit, Sayan tells us that the ancient park materials are reused for the construction of other parties. Accredited by an award of money issued by the ecolabel EarthCheck Waterbom must respect an annual sustainable development policy, water consumption, paper and energy, waste management, pesticide use, products maintenance and hygiene and engagement with local communities. What a program that one day, perhaps, the island of the gods irrigate a green tourist ideal?

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Bali Safari Marine Park

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At first glance, Bali Safari Marine Park Gianyar has the air of an archetype, that of a juicy attraction for tourists. Yet the owners defend to exploit animals because besides his leisure activity, the zoo is also responsible for education and conservation programs.

Opened in 2007 in Gianyar, in the west of the island, one can also see one of the leopards, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and other lions, endangered species. Endemic as with the Bali mynah, the Bali starling (see The Gazette Bali # 38 – July 2008 and No. 75 – August 2011), this white bird with blue fur around the eyes that boasts a program full preservation within the park, or imported with the white tigers or Sumatran elephants. But here we do not ask anything to the animals than they would in nature, even though being “players” show presented every two days the public is not really on the agenda of these in the jungle or savannah. Indeed, there is no question here of seeing a monkey on a bicycle or elephant balancing on a ball. For the Bali Safari Marine Park, it is also true protection activity. For five years, four calves were born in the park, and dozens of Bali mynah were released into the wild after a breeding program. The only “exploitation” of the animals concerned made their droppings. Since last year opened the Safari Poo Paper Factory, a small factory that transforms the droppings of animals sheets of paper, then used to manufacture certain products of souvenir shops. More than a theme park, Bali Safari Marine Park is thus gives a true educational mission: to discover the various animals, tell them about the threats to them and encourage them to protect them.

In the public yet, it is easy to guess that none of the people attending the educational shows is responsible for deforestation in Sumatra or poaching in India. Probably none of them would also never have the power to stop environmental disasters caused in a world over which they have little control. But the staff and park specialists no longer rely on our generation to change things, they want to bet on the next one, the one we most often ride in strollers during the visit. Children, here the target of Bali Safari Marine Park and their education program. Touch the animals, look them in the eyes, spend time with them and explain what threats facing them today is what could stop the destruction of our ecosystems. So every morning, on one of the scenes of the park, the conflict that pits men against elephants in Sumatra is reconstituted. Simply, are explained the problems caused by deforestation of the island for the benefit of palm plantations, whose oil is marketed throughout the world, the disappearance of the natural habitat of elephants, their villages in search of food , sometimes their violence against men whom they meet with fire. In addition to the show, the park also provides on-site education programs for school children and students whose content is established with each of the schools as they wish. And for those who do not have sufficient means to spend a day at the park, it is the staff of the Bali Safari Marine Park which visits schools, free.

The importance of these conservative and educational missions within the Bali Safari Marine Park, is also explained in the past and especially of its owner. Tony Sumampaw is the descendant of a great circus family. To accommodate the animals at retirement and protect, a first Taman Safari Park was established near Jakarta. Then a second in Prigen, always on Java. It is also the wildlife specialist who tried to save animals from the terrible Surabaya Zoo (see The Bali Gazette No 83 – April 2012). In 2007, it was the turn of the Bali Safari Marine Park to see the day. If it is the birds that are found for obvious reasons in the aviaries, most animals do not live in cages but in an open space and natural that one can discover through a “safari”. Within the park, the care they do not depend on the number of visits and the money collected each day. According to management, the owner of the assets sufficient to cover the maintenance of the animals, with or without an audience. In real enthusiast, Tony is also the founder of the Bali Mynah Conservation Foundation, within the Bali National Park and where the birds are released born in Gianyar.

But a reputation and a signature on a check are not enough to bring animals in Bali. Despite the licenses and the labels they have nothing deprives long discussions with negotiators States or international organi sati ons such as WWF. The latest about the future Panda be hosted shortly Bali Safari Marine Park. In 2014, the freshwater aquarium should also be completed by the future Marine Park and count dolphins. A facility that should please some tourists and some discouraged because once again, and despite all their good intentions, it is difficult today to accept the idea that animals should live in captivity. It remains to hope that zoos today, can avoid the construction of tomorrow and the captivity of some animals might someday restore their full freedom.


source : bali safari marine park, wikipedia

Ubud Monkey Forest

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General Information

Among the ancient banyan trees of this dense forest you will find peaceful streams, reservoirs, temples and especially nice macaques acrobats.

Every single aspect of the Monkey Forest Ubud, from the trees to the temples and monkeys, has a sacred meaning. The site is in fact an important place of worship for Balinese Hinduism. However, its large population of monkeys and 115 different plant species make a significant zoological and botanical research center. This place is located in the community of Padangtegal, so sometimes you will hear it also called Monkey Forest Padangtegal.

Location of Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud is about an hour and a half drive by car from Bali. Taxis are available at the airport. Any travel agent in Denpasar will also be able to get in there. If you are staying in a hotel, the management usually provides a shuttle service for a reasonable fee.

Ubud Monkey Forest Highlights

This resort is considered sacred for centuries. Pagodas, pavilions, temples and sanctuaries date back to the mid-fourteenth century, although some of the worn parts have been reintegrated in more recent times. The main temple, the Dalem Agung, is the largest structure, hosts the daily rituals and is next to the temple used during the cremation, the Prajapati. The temple is reserved for ritual ablutions in the river, almost hidden from view.

The largest population of the forest is made up of more than 600 macaques, divided into four different groups. Balinese Hinduism, which has assimilated elements of animism, Buddhism and ancestor worship, gives the monkeys a great sacredness. For this reason, do not feed them. These cute little animals know how to be very bold, so do not keep in view objects that could grab and snatch away.

You’ll also see some people who bring offerings to temples. For them, the trees have an important sacred character. For example, the leaves of the banyan are used during ceremonies cremation, while the wood husks Bandak, who embodies the spirit of the forest, is used to make ritual masks.

The Monkey Forest Ubud is open daily. The maintenance of the site is funded by the cost of the ticket; however, are welcome further offers, you can always pour the main entrance. The forest is easily accessible on foot from Ubud. Parking is free.

Get a sarong to cover your legs when you walk in places of worship; women must cover the shoulders. Access to the main temple is not permitted to those who have children under the age of four years, women with menstruation, those who are wounded or people that a relative was buried or cremated within the previous seven days.

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