Top Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Bali Holiday

Bali Holiday

Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southeast Asia – and indeed, in the world. People from all over the world visit Bali every year, drawn in by its wonderful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and the wide range of affordable accommodation options – such as Bali villas. However, most people don’t make the most of their Bali holiday. They stick to the touristy parts of the island, they miss out on some of its natural beauty, and they don’t get the full Bali experience.

With this in mind, here’s a few of our top tips for making sure that you get the most out of your Bali holiday:

  1. They Beaches Aren’t As Good As They’re Meant To Be

If you’re coming from Australia, prepare to be disappointed in Bali’s beaches. Let’s face it – Australia has some of the best beaches in the world, and you simply won’t find anything like them in most of Bali. That’s not to say that Bali beaches aren’t good – the weather, beach bars, and wonderful vibes make them more than worth visiting.

  1. Choose Your Visiting Time Carefully

Bali suffers from an intense rainy season from October to April. The peak of the season is December and January, when it rains heavily almost daily. This can impact your holiday, forcing you to spend a lot more time indoors than you would perhaps like to, and reducing the amount of sights that you get to see. If possible, try and visit during the dry season – June and July are the best.

  1. Be Careful Driving

If you’re not used to driving in an Asian country, then proceed with caution if you choose to hire a scooter or motorbike to get around on. Bali’s roads are crazy, and you might find yourself in a bit of trouble if you’re not careful. Even if you don’t have to wear a helmet and protective gear, you should – there is a fairly good chance that you will fall off at some point.

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How to Retain the Romance of Bali

Outdoor Furniture

Travelling overseas for a holiday is an exciting time. Many places such as Bali are very popular holiday destinations for Australian tourists, because it is fairly close and we love the friendly Indonesian culture. But rather than forgetting all about it once you return home, why not retain the romance of the region by keeping something of it in your home or garden?

Much outdoor furniture reflects the culture of other countries. While you are in Bali take note of all the wonderful furniture – not in the hotels, but in the Bali villas and other similar accommodations that more truly reflect the Bali lifestyle. Then when you get back home you’ll be able to find similar styles or imports from that country for your own home.

Including boat wood furniture in your decor is a prime example of how your home can reflect parts of your overseas trip, even if you didn’t see any furniture like that while you were there. Knowing that much of such timber would have been sourced from Indonesian fishing boats and made into alfresco furniture is enough to keep the dream alive. Such timber is well used to weathering the wet conditions of the ocean and has done so admirably, so it is going to be one of the best choices for furniture that is out in the weather all the time.

Even if you don’t ultimately choose that kind of timber, you can get many wonderful ideas from the furniture styles of another culture and find similar pieces that remind you of it, to use in your own home or in the outdoor oasis you create on your property to enhance your lifestyle.

We often see this done in other ways too, with Balinese flags and statues included in the garden scene. In fact, some outdoor furniture stores may also keep such things as accessories with which to decorate outdoor spaces that are created as havens, or as places for alfresco dining or entertaining.

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Getting Over Alcohol Addiction More Easily

Most people go to Bali for a holiday since it is such a lovely place, easy to access and so very affordable. According to Sivana Drug Rehab, these three points make it the ideal place to go for drug rehab and will help you to recover from your drug addiction, whether that is from alcohol or a different kind of drug. With the increase of party drugs, few people see alcohol as harmful, yet it has ruined more lives than drugs such as ice.

Once a person is addicted to alcohol, like other drugs it takes precedence in their lives, with the sufferer using ever more of their time and resources on the drink of their choice and becoming ever sicker, whether they admit it or not. This can go on for many years with the drinker refusing to believe they have a problem while their health and their family suffers.

Getting over alcohol addiction is not easy, but it can be done, especially in a beautiful setting such as Bali. Bali offers affordable drug rehabilitation in a beautiful setting that is right by the ocean. Booking into a place where there are no tempting drinks and where you can be treated for the addiction by highly qualified staff is the best way forward when your life has spiralled out of control due to alcohol – or any other drug, for that matter.

The best part about the treatment offered in Bali is that you get to have a say in what kind of treatment you will have. This doesn’t mean you’ll be able to skip the most important parts of treatment. Your professional health care team will guide and advise you on the type of treatment to choose if you want to reach your goals of becoming free from the tyranny of alcohol. It is advisable to accept their advice and work with them in order to achieve your goals more quickly.

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Where are You Going for Your Botox Injections?

Botox Injections

Botox treatment is a popular way to remove those aging lines and wrinkles so your face looks smoother and younger. While going overseas for cosmetic surgery seems to be an ongoing trend, many people find they need to have their Botox treatment redone after going to Bali or Thailand for treatment.  It pays to choose a cosmetic surgeon at a recognised professionally trained cosmetic surgeon.

One of the first things you need to do before having any Botox treatment is to find a cosmetic surgeon who is fully qualified and experienced.  Going online will help, as will getting references from your GP and friends who have had such treatment.  However, you can’t be sure when looking online just what the standards are for cosmetic treatment in overseas countries such as Bali or Thailand.

In fact, even though these countries are wonderful for a holiday and offer many different and exciting things to do and see, Perth cosmetic surgeons are often required to redo treatment on patients who have tried to save on the costs by going overseas to have their Botox injections.  It is far better to have such treatment done just once, with a good result. No one wants to have any kind of treatment done if they can’t be sure it’s going to turn out right.

Besides which, combining a holiday with Botox treatment will certainly spoil the holiday at least to some extent, since you will lose time in having it done, instead of doing all those activities you want to cram into your holiday. You’ll be stuck going to a clinic and taking care of those injection sites afterwards. You may not feel up to enjoying the holiday and you may not even be able to sunbake on the beach or by the pool to recover.

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What you Need to Do When Starting a Business in Bali

Business-in-Bali

Many people make a living running their own business in Bali.  It is imperative to get all the business licenses you need and this can be facilitated by consulting a reputable Bali based law firm in that country. In regards to a professional digital agency you might want to opt for an Australian company for advice on web design and SEO. Unfortunately, good Bali based web designers are few and far between, but with professional help you can make sure your website is the best that it can be – and get a lot of business from it.

There are many wonderful opportunities to start up a business in Bali. It is important to do your research to find out not only the best business, but to ensure it is something that you will like doing. If you are a bit of a hermit, dealing with people constantly can be very draining, so you wouldn’t want to choose an accommodation business or even running a coffee shop, unless your staff could deal with the public and you can simply run the business in the background.

Your research will soon show that you need to have businesses licenses and the proper visa to stay in the country. These must all be seen to before you get any assets for your business, otherwise you will be considered an illegal business operator and may face steep fines or imprisonment. Even getting a local person to run the business for you is illegal unless you have the proper permits.

While this can take several weeks or a few months, it is essential to wait until it is all done properly. But once everything has been properly and legally set up, you can really get into organising your business, buying stock, finding a good location and hiring employees. You’ll also need to get a house or other accommodation to live in while you run your business.

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Tips for Bali and Other Overseas Holidays

Bali-Holiday

When you travel overseas whether for business or pleasure knowing certain things ahead of time will help smooth your way.  After all, you’ll be dealing with a lot of different things that can seem quite confusing especially if it’s the first time you’ve travelled out of your own country.  According to event planning experts Lumin8 Events, many people choose to travel to Bali for events such as weddings and honeymoons because it is one of the nearest exotic locations so the travel cost is cheaper and they save time in travelling, making their holiday longer.

If you are going to Bali or any other overseas country, here are some tips to help make things easier.

  • Get a business card from the front desk of your hotel or if you book Bali villa accommodation, ask if they have one. Having the address in the local language is invaluable if you get lost and can’t speak the language.
  • Renew your passport so that you have at least 6 months before the expiry date. Some countries won’t let you in without it, just in case you are delayed getting back home.
  • Some credit cards tack on extra charges for overseas use. Look around before you go to find one that doesn’t.
  • When letting your bank know what country you are going to, so they don’t regard your charges as suspect and freeze it, also include any countries the plane may land at on the way. That way, if you happen to want to buy something there you can do so without worrying.
  • Take earplugs and an eye-mask to help you sleep on the plane or at your Bali accommodation. Also stock up on prescriptions that you need and other basic medications, especially for pain and fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. Make sure the destination country will allow you to take them in.

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Best Things to do in Bali for a Little R&R

Best Things to do in Bali for a Little R_R

So you are off to Bali for a little R&R. If this is the first time, you’ll want to have a look at some of the most highly recommended things to do.

1. The optimum R&R vacation occurs with your own private swimming pools, lush gardens, beautiful sunsets, luxurious villas, personal staff including cooks, and in-house spa treatment. Of course, you’re going to want to leave your paradise at times.
2. Tirta Empul Temple is one of the many amazing temples to be enjoyed in Bali, and there are many
3. Uluwatu Temple is located on the side of a cliff which is truly stunning. You’ll love the architecture.
4. Tanah Lot Temple makes most jaws drop. This stunning complex is a must visit for anyone that is looking for some R&R and maybe a little spiritual exploration too.

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Bangkung River Bridge a New Tourism Destination in Bali

Bangkung River Bridge a New Tourism Destination in Bali-min

The Bangkung River Bridge a New Tourism Destination in Bali at Plaga Village, in the sub-district of Petang, has become a new tourism destination in Bali. In fact, it has been able to support North Badug tourism development. It was inaugurated back in 2006, and since then it has become a regular visit by tourists and locals alike. In fact, on national holidays the bridge is packed with visitors.

It takes only about an hour from Denpasar to reach the Bangkung River Bridge, and the journey along the way has many points of interest and places you’ll want to see such as Bukit Sari Sangeh, and Tanah Wuk Green Canyon. There is also the Nungnung waterfall and Petang a village for tourists.

As bridges go Bangkung River Bridger really isn’t much different, but it is claimed to be the tallest bridge in Asia, and so people are curious and come to see. The bridge spans across cool and lush area, quite the contrast from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a great place to spend a day relaxing.

It spreads along 360 meters with a whopping height of 71.14 meters tall. The pillars rise 41 meters from the underground and the bridge is over 100 years old, making it an impressive piece of history. Tourists who decide to navigate their way to the Bangkung River Bridge will not be disappointed.


Gelang Agung Temple contains Thirteenth Century Antiquities

Gelang Agung Temple contains Thirteenth Century Antiquities-min

The Gelang Agung temple is located at Buangga Halemt, in the Getasan Village in the Sub-district of Petang. It is considered a sanctum by locals and it a cultural heritage cornerstone that has seen an increase in tourists. There are a number of cultural relics that date back to the thirteenth century.

Some of the relics from the Gelang Agung temple have been placed in the Gedong Arca, including a statue of Lord Vishnu riding a Garuda, a statue that looks somewhat like a lotus flower made of three sections with an octagonal base, probably a symbol of yoni. There is also a relic of Padmasana shrine inscribed with a Balinese script, and even a few building stone fragments.

There are a number of magical stories that have followed the Gelang Agung temple. The structure of the Gelang Agung temple isn’t much different than that of other Bali sanctums. It had a two-tier meru shrine to venerate Goddess Sri, and a chamber to venerate Danghyang Dwijendra. During paddy planting, and when surrounding residents of Buangga were attacked by disease locals came to pray at the temple.

Chief of Buanagga voiced the community’s hope that the government would pay more attention to the existence of the temple, and what it represents historically. However, to date government interest has been minimal. Bali visitors will want to add this to their things to do.


Bali: Tanah Lot – The Temple in the Middle of the Sea

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The translation of this temple’s name puts the strong emphasis on the sea. The Sea Temple or The Temple in the Middle of the Sea or The Land in the Middle of the Sea are some of the well-known names for this genuine temple. The temple itself is situated in the south-east part of the island.

The Tanah Lot Temple is located on the cliff’s edge very close to the shore. It can be approached only during the periods of the low tide. The entrance to the temple is less than hundred steps away from the sandy beaches. It worth mentioning that this temple is not open for the tourist visits. In addition, only the priests are allowed to enter its premises.

The central place within the temple is reserved for the five altars which are called Meruses. They are built to honor the god Mer. During the periods of high tides this temple is transformed into an island. In one particular part of the temple at the island’s bottom there is a small spring of fresh water within the cave. This place is of great importance for the religious reasons. It is always guarded by the priests. Additionally, it is believed that this spring has the special healing powers.

On the other side of the island there is one more cave which is called Ular Suci. In this place the water snakes which are poisonous can be found. These snakes are considered to be the holy snakes with magical powers. During the night these snakes hunt fish in the sea. During the day they rest in the cave. According to the religious belief one man’s wish can come true, if the snakes are being touched while wishing the particular thing. The priests of this temple are to make sure that the snakes are gathered together after the night’s hunt in the cave. It has to emphasized that these snakes are poisonous. However, they do not attack priests, which is also part of the religious belief related to this temple. In addition, this tradition of carrying the snakes into the cave is couple of centuries old. According to the legends there are no records of snake’s attacks during these ceremonies.

According to one of the legends in the 16th century one of the high priest Danghyang Nirartha traveling from Java supposedly saw the magical lights on this place. Attracted by this unusual phenomenon he accidentally discovered this island next to the shore. Fascinated by this amazing place he spent the night on the island in meditation. His followers also visited this place and contributed in the construction of the new temple of the very cliffs.

This temple is one of the most recognized symbols of Bali. It can be seen on almost every picture or brochure which is related to Bali. Its name is fully deserved. During the periods of the higher sea levels it really looks like the small island in the middle of the sea. The unusual natural phenomena related to this place have been the fascination of tourists and locals for decades. This is one of the very reasons why this temple has found its place in every photo album of the tourists who visited this place.


Going Batty In Bali

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Bali is home to thousands of bats. The tour guides have been known to stop in areas where some bats have been known to reside in order for the tourists to have the chance to get up close and personal with the winged mammal. One group of tourists made friends with a pair of resident bats at a roadside rest area, and were able to feed the bats and watch them eat. This particular group of tourists fed the bats bananas and were mesmerized at how the animals clung to their perches, upside down, hanging on to the banana, peeling and eating it in several stealthy moves.

For the tourist who is not interested in the gustatory habits of bats, there is always the pineapple grove growing along the side of the road near the rest stop, or the rice paddies a bit further up the road. A good tourist guide will never force a tourist to endure something that could cause them any undue distress during what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation.

Most tourists are wary of the bats at first, but curiosity eventually gets the best of most and the cameras come out in droves to permanently capture this unique opportune animal encounter. The bats that hang on low branches and eat fruit are thought to be primarily instrumental in the propagation of fruit by spreading the seeds, and they also serve as food for the snakes found in Bali. These fruit-eating bats are not the same species found in the infamous bat cave, Goa Lawah. Reputedly impressive, and the cave itself is considered by the Balinese to be a holy spot.


In Just Three Days You Can Experience Amazing Bali

In Just Three Days You Can Experience Amazing Bali img

Having the time of your life in Bali doesn’t require you to have weeks available. According to providers in the tourism industry you can actually have an amazing Bali experience in just three days. So rent your nice villa and come make some memories.

If you can escape to Bali for just three days, here’s an idea of how your vacation might look according to some of the best in the travel industry. You’ll have just enough time to get a taste of all the aspects that make Bali the exotic experience it is, from the famous beaches to the iconic temples.

You will certainly want to spend some time in Ubud, the artistic capital of Bali. There are all kinds of amazing shops to experience and leave a little of your money behind in. Kuta Beach is a must see – it will tantalize all of your senses, and it’s a great place to spend some time no matter what the weather is doing.

Jimbaran Bay is another great place to explore – here you’ll be able to enjoy some of the tastiest seafood you’ll ever eat. There’s numerous seafood restaurants along the peaceful beach, so come enjoy, relax and stay just a little while.

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Tips for Your Exporting Business in Bali

So you have long had the dream to start a new life in Bali and found to support yourself you needed to start up a business. There are many businesses models to choose from and you may have decided to export some of the unique furniture and home wares on offer in Bali to Australia. Make sure you consult a professional digital agency to get advice on web design and SEO so your website design will be the best to attract customers.

You will also need to find a company you can trust for the wrapping, packing and shipping of such goods. Furniture especially can’t be simply placed in a box. It needs to be securely wrapped and packed into a shipping container. In fact there is a freight forwarding company in Denpasar that offers other services to people who wish to export goods from Bali.

They assist with…

  • Product sourcing
  • Shopping tours
  • Procurement and order management
  • Collection and wrapping
  • Freight forwarding

Anyone wishing to set up an export business in Bali would benefit from these skills, but you will also need to have contacts in Australia or other countries to send the goods to. It is advisable to get expressions of interest from furniture retailers or home ware stores before you leave Australia.

You could also go into partnership with someone in Australia who could start up a store over here to sell the goods you source in Bali. That would ensure a reliable outlet for all the goods you could find. You would have to decide on the pricing in Australia and get good prices for your freight costs so as to ensure a good profit.

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Mount Agung: The Highest Point in Bali

Mount Agung The Highest Point in Bali

Mount Agung also known as Gunung Agung is the highest point in Bali. This volcanic mountain is located on the eastern corner of Bali. With its 9,944 ft Mount Agung absolutely dominates the surroundings. This mountain is very often covered in clouds, which gives it an almost mystical look.

Mount Agung has a great significance in the Balinese culture and spiritual life. For them this remarkable mountain represents the Mount Meru or the universe’s central axis. According to one of the legends this volcanic mountain is one part of the Mount Meru which was given to Bali by one of the very first priests. In addition, one of the most important temples in Bali, Pura Besakih, is situated exactly on the Mount Agung.

The last eruption occurred in the early 1960’s. Almost 2,000 were killed because of the volcano eruption. The Mother Temple of Besakih was luckily missed the rivers of lava literally by a few yards. As expected this miraculous event had its appropriate interpretation in the Balinese culture. The island had been punished for its sins by the gods, but at the same time the hope survived in this temple.

For the recreational purposes the tourists can use the two existing routes which can take them to the top of the mountain. First starts in Besakih and goes through the western part of the mountain. Second route uses the southern part. This second route starts in Pura Pasar Agung very close to Selat. For this tour approximately four hours in one direction are required. It is very important to emphasize that the only possibility to start your journey from one route and to finish it using the second route is available in the dry season. In addition, for this kind of an adventure the tourists are strongly advised to use the services of the professional guides. Sometimes, this journey to the top of this mysterious mountain can last more than four hours and can include the danger of getting lost.

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Nothing Beats the Experience of a Road Trip Around Bali

Nothing Beats the Experience of a Road Trip Around Bali

There are many ways you can travel to, and around Bali. One of the most rewarding experiences is a road trip around Bali. It provides you with an authentic and unique experience. Moreover, the road trip is not as costly as what you will get anywhere in the western countries. You will see the best part of the Balinese landscape and rice paddles spread across the island.

Bali is home to around 4 million people. When you add the close to 2.5 million tourists who come to this island every year, you are likely to meet or see many people at any given time. The Balinese are renowned for their friendly nature, and willingness to hold conversations with anyone not familiar with their culture or island. Reliance on the local maps can give you the sort of experience you are looking for but nothing beats getting help from the local population, and of course making a few new friends.

You can visit several places while in Bali, from attending local festivals that the Balinese hold on almost every day, to watching people work in the rice paddies. Bali has played host to a number of globally recognized events such as Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, which attracted thousands of tourists into this island. The beauty pageant helped to open up the island and market it better to the rest of the world as an island of paradise, and one that holds a lot of magic.

Most visitors to Bali love travelling to Lake Bratan by road. Roads trips to Lake Bratan provide visitors with the perfect chance to learn more about the Balinese and their unique culture. Road trips are quite attractive to tourists who intend to get a better appreciation of the other parts of Bali.


The Best Places to Eat Drink and Be Merry in Nusa Lembongan

The Best Places to Eat Drink and Be Merry in Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is no longer just a day trip destination. According to villa accommodation experts Bali Villas have become a popular place to stay thanks to modern villas that are very affordable and tons of things to do. In fact, this location has some of the best places to eat and it has a lively nightlife, yet at the same time, you can stay off the beaten track and not have to deal with the high levels of congestion that other areas of Bali often have. The pace of life may be slower but you aren’t going to be disappointed.

Part of your Bali vacation experience is enjoying the sights and sounds that the country has to offer. That includes enjoying local cuisine. Of course, if you prefer to stick to western dishes rather than Balinese specialties that’s never a problem as most restaurants offer both.

Eating out is pretty laid back in Nusa Lembongan with many of the beachfront restaurants offering Balinese specialty dishes in addition to Western dishes and of course, fresh seafood is always on the menu. Let’s look at a few of those restaurants.

The Beach Club

This is considered one of the best dining places in Nusa Lembongan. You’ll enjoy some of the most stunning views around, high quality tasty dishes, great service and signature evening BBQs.

Muntigs Bar & Restaurant

This one definitely sets itself apart from many of the other restaurants. This is a fine dining experience that offers Balinese cuisine and a variety of international dishes along with an excellent selection of imported wines. Dining here might cost you a little more but it’s worth every dime.

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Tips for Starting a Sight Seeing Business in Bali

There are many people in Bali who are not locals, but are there to run some kind of business. They’ve put in the hard work of getting all the legal stuff done and may have even consulted a professional digital marketing agency to get advice on web design and SEO so their web designer has made an amazing website from which to advertising their product or services.

While there are many different kinds of businesses you can choose from in Bali, a sightseeing guide would be one of the easiest. Here are some tips to starting one up.

  • Get all the legal stuff out of the way before you even think of opening for business.
  • Choose one or several destinations that are a bit difficult to get to. Since there is no public transport in Bali, it should not be difficult to find places to take tourists.
  • Purchase air conditioned vehicle/s.
  • Take out insurance.
  • Set up bank accounts for your business.
  • Plan your routes and work out how much time it will take.
  • Decide if you are going to offer meals, snacks or detours along the way, or at least detour to a place where food can be purchased, especially if it’s a long trip.

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Tourism Bug Has Bitten Bali

Tourism Bug Has Bitten Bali

Bali has been bitten by the tourism bug. Tourism has doubled from 2001 to 2011, and every year there are more than 700 hectares that are developed for luxury living by foreigners, hotels, and roads to connect the island. Every year the amount of waste dumped multiplies and the number of cars on the roads steadily grows. The peaceful Bali everyone wanted to visit is suddenly outgrowing its image, and locals as well as government want to put the brakes on to ensure Bali remains the Bali they know and love.

The Indonesian government has initiated legislation to protect the environment and culture. However, to date these appear to not be too effective, since local authorities are doing nothing to enforce those laws, and of course, investors are against any regulation, as they want to develop the island even more. There focus it to make Bali the top destination spot.

When you visit Bali, there are some great spots that have not yet been developed. The Bali Bukit Peninsula offer a less developed environment that’s rustic and relaxing. Here you can experience the unique Bali culture.

The island will continue to grow in popularity as the secret of how fantastic a vacation to this out of the way destination can be. For those that want to see a little of the old Bali, now is a great time to plan a trip before it has been completely transformed by the modern world.


Bali Vacations Saw A Huge Spike Last Christmas

Bali Vacations Saw A Huge Spike Last Christmas

However the rest of us spent the holidays, it seems Santa traded in his reindeer and sleigh for a surfboard and scuba gear this last holiday season. Bali Discovery reports that Bali received a record-breaking number of tourist flights over the 2013 Christmas season. For just the weekend of Christmas, Bali vacation destinations received a whopping 15,000 tourists – that’s nearly a 50% increase over last year. Experts point to the growing Balinese economy and domestic market as a factor in the growing popularity of Bali vacations.


Sun Worshiping On Uluwatu Beach

Sun Worshiping On Uluwatu Beach

Uluwatu Beach is a beautiful beach, somewhat secluded from any main road in Bali. There is a bit of a trek from the road, down a steep hill to a small bit of sand and rocks where tourists can usually find some freelance masseurs to help them pass the time until the tide goes out. Once the tide goes out, a rock used as an entrance to the main portion of the beach is revealed and then the beach going tourists are able to fully enjoy Uluwatu beach. It is a fairly private beach, so most tourists find they have very few other tourists to compete with for prime sun tanning areas as well as seashell hunts.

The Uluwatu temple is located on a cliff that overlooks the beach and is a beautiful place to visit and photograph. The temple is home to numerous tame monkeys, but beware as the monkeys are worse than pickpockets at times. Jewellery or watches and anything else sparkly and easily removed will tempt the monkeys and they have been known to abscond with any number of items formerly belonging to some hapless tourist. Also keep in mind, the monkeys in the temple are sacred so they cannot be harmed for ANY reason.


We Have To Say It: We Love ‘Road To Bali’

We Have To Say It

We can’t talk about villa vacations in the tropical paradise of Bali for too long without mentioning one of the most famous films ever set there. It’s an old flick from 1952, but The Road To Bali still resonates as a comedy classic from two masters of the fun-loving road film genre.

Of course, being a Bob Hope / Bing Crosby caper, there’s more of a focus on the madcap hijinks of the famous comedy duo than the surroundings. And they didn’t bother location filming – sad to say! – beyond some stock footage, being content to breeze through everything on a Hollywood sound stage. But it starts out in Melbourne, ends up in Bali, and is chock full of volcanoes, giant squid, underwater treasure, and references to Australian opera singers. Great fun, historical piece to get you in the mood in-flight.


Bali-Based Businesses That Are Ripe For An Online Presence

Bali-Based Businesses That Are Ripe For An Online Presence

If you are an entrepreneur participating in the current Balinese economic boom, but don’t have a website presence yet, you’re missing out. Remember that to bring money into Bali, the rest of the world needs to find out about it, and the web is the great international communicator. Here’s a few example businesses which will really benefit from having their own website:

Travel and tours: According to market studies, online purchases now outnumber all other transactions when it comes to travel spending. People planning their vacation turn to the Internet first. If you’re offering package or themed tours, you’ll need a website showcasing all you have to offer, and also some links to travel agencies and other business partners to make it easy and seamless for your potential customers to purchase your services.

Villa rentals: Hotels are already on the web, but small business and even mom and pop villa rentals need to follow suit if they want to compete. When you’re selling a villa over a hotel room, you need to post photos of your luxurious and spacious accommodations, plus ad copy to describe all the fun your guests will have.

Agricultural exports: We’re thinking more Indonesia in general and things like “coffee beans” here – heard of kopi luwak? That’s the civet coffee they make in Sumatra, and you probably heard about it first on the Internet. If there’s anything amazing, intriguing, or just plain outstanding to say about your product (come on, think of something), blog it, post it, and spread the word through online social media.

Business agencies and consultants: We don’t have to tell the web developers or marketers to head for the Internet – they were born there – but businesses like employment agencies, consulting firms, and other secondary business services also benefit from a local online presence. With Indonesia’s economic boom in full swing currently, there’s no better time that to catch some of that opportunity. Remember, sometimes the person who makes the most money from the gold mine is the guy selling the shovels.

Entertainers: Dance troupes, bands, and live performers of every variety benefit from the online marketing boost, because travelers looking for some amusements don’t really know where else to look. Especially if your thing is music, bands and performing artists swear by an online presence as the way to build their audience – one viral YouTube video can make you world-famous.

Setting up a web presence with a great website design is easier than ever in the 2000’s, since web hosting is so cheap you can practically have it free, and setup packages are made to drop in and run. After that, it’s just a matter of building your content and getting it noticed in the right places.


APEC Summit to be Held November 2013 in Bali

APEC Summit to be Held November 2013 in Bali

All the players in the game of tourism are getting ready for later this year when in November of 2013 the APEC Summit (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) will be held in Bali. According to Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, who is the chairman of the Bali Indonesian Tourism Industry Association, assures those in the tourism industry that this is going to have a positive economic benefit to Bali’s economy.

The government has initiated some infrastructure improvements as it prepares for this event in the fall. For example, the airport expansion that is ongoing, the toll road connection, and the Dewa Ruci underpass are all in the works to be completed during the first six months of 2013.

In addition to the infrastructure, there are numerous hotels that are planned to be opened in time for the summit. One of those hotels is the Nusa Dua luxury hotel with 1319 rooms opening specifically for the APEC summit. There are six new hotels scheduled to open and there are a number of new Seminyak villas that will be added to the accommodation pool.

The APEC Summit will offer an opportunity to promote Bali culture and it will also have a positive impact on tourism both directly and indirectly. It is hoped that the momentum from the APEC summit will help to improve the image of Bali through cultural performances and various that gather attention throughout the summit.

Bali is a beautiful place to visit – in fact, the secrets out, as more and more vacationers share their positive experience. In addition, more Bali vacation villas and hotels become available, the cost of a vacation to Bali has decreased, and there are more flights – these are all reasons why the demand for Bali vacations is on the rise. The APEC summit will simply increase awareness even more.


Bali Elephant Safari Park Gets New Baby Elephant

Bali Elephant Safari Park Gets New Baby Elephant

In Taro, Bali you will find The Elephant Safari Park & Lodge. It’s been an exciting time there because they have just welcomed a baby elephant to their herd. To date the Elephant Safari Park has a herd of 27 rescued elephants, and since 2009, they have been lucky enough to have three babies born in the park. The birth of this baby elephant brings their total Sumatran elephant count to 31 pachyderms. And that’s very exciting for this world famous park.

The baby elephant was born at dawn so the morning at the safari park started off with a buzz. Even excited guests that were staying at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge were lucky enough to be able to get a close up view of the baby’s birth. Now that’s what memories are made of. These guests won’t soon forget their experiences.

The baby elephant was a girl and she was given the Indonesian name of Fajar, which translates to Dawn. The birth was actually quite easy for the elephant’s mother, which was quite surprising for a first time mother. With a loud cry, the mother elephant greeted her baby, after a 22 ½ month gestation. After just one hour, the baby elephant was on her feet, and that was exciting for all the onlookers. This was truly a magical experience.

The baby elephant and the mother elephant can be seen daily at the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge in its open enclosure. You can sit and watch the elephants or you can see them as you pass by on one of the elephant rides.


Bali Government Establishes a Bali Tourism Promotion Board

There’s no question that Bali has become one of the hottest vacation destinations, especially for Australians, Asians, and Americans. What was once a well kept secret and a destination that only a few would consider travelling to, is now considered a ‘hot spot,’ and the Bali government wants to make sure it stays that way so they have actually established a Bali Tourism Promotion Board.

The good news for travelers is that Bali is going to remain a viable vacation destination that’s becoming increasingly more affordable. In fact, holiday villas that were once only affordable by large groups or the wealthy, are now an option for average people, and that’s pretty exciting, because a villa as your accommodations offers so much more than a hotel experience.

Ida Bagus Kade Subhisku is the head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, and it was at the end of January of this year (2013) that the documents were signed by the governor making the Bali Tourism Promotion Board official. A great deal of time went into establishing this board because it required the creation of a number of mandates, rules, etc. Currently there are nine people who have been named to lead the board.

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2013 Shaping Up To Be The Most Spectacular Year In Recent Balinese History

The Indonesian island paradise of Bali is looking forward to a full schedule of events and appearances in the global spotlight. One big landmark is that, for the first time ever, the Miss World Pageant will be held in Bali. There’s also the Hindu World Summit to come in June, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November. This last event will be attended by world leaders and dignitaries, in a summit to foster the continued growth of Asia-Pacific business.

If you’ve been putting off a Bali trip until something interesting happens, this will be the year to go!


Jakarta Tourism Industry Flourishes

Jakarta Tourism Industry Flourishes

Jakarta tourism is flourishing thanks to a push by the local Government Tourism Office. Well there’s no question that tourism in Jakarta has been grown, as has it around the island of Bali, this local push will certainly help immensely. In addition, back in November of 2012 Jakarta participates in the GWBN, which brought increasing awareness to the area.

It is estimated that the GWBN, reached more than 7 million foreign tourists not to mention the millions of Bali residents. Those are impressive numbers, and Jakarta will likely reap the benefits of that exposure for years to come.

Jakarta has a population of more than 11 million people, and has a great deal to offer anyone who chooses to visit. In fact, renting a Jakarta villa is a great way to have fabulous accommodations that are all yours including your own private pool. You’ll be nicely located to take in what the city has to offer including a busy nightlife, or if you wish to travel outside the city, you can take advantage of your car services. There is certainly plenty to explore and enjoy outside of Jakarta just as there is within the city.

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Air Bali Expands Air Charter Service in Bali

Air Bali Expands Air Charter Service in Bali

Many are aware of the recent upgrades to the Bali airport so that more flights can arrive in Bali, but the expansion of Bali’s first air charter service is even more exciting.

Air Bali, is the island’s first Air Charter Service, and it now has a new look and a new heliport located at Benoa Harbor. Air Bali has been providing tours that explore Bali’s spectacular and hidden interior gems for more than twelve years. Now Air Bali has expanded their services to include fishing, golf tour, and dining, packages, as well as emergency medical retrievals, an island hopping tour, and airport transfers to help you avoid the traffic jams.

Air Bali will help you experience the amazing island of Bali from an entirely different perspective. They have created a number of aerial tours that will show Bali in the most spectacular vantage points. There’s nothing like a bird’s eye view of highland lakes, smoking volcanoes, remote beaches, rice fields, thousand year old temples, or famous surf breaks.

Air Bali is the only helicopter charter company in the area that is western managed, and it offers the highest standard in helicopter charters with a focus on professionalism and safety at all times. In fact, they go far beyond the standard in the industry, which is why clients have so much positive feedback for Air Bali. This company knows how to treat their clients.

Whether you want to see a majestic volcano or a scenic beach. Whether you want a private picnic or a hike in the backcountry. Whether you want a helicopter wedding or faster route to your Bali villa, Air Bali is ready to serve you.

You can reach Air Bali Air Charters at Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai – Dewi Ruci No. 2, Kuta, by phone (0361) 767-582, or through the Air Bali website.


Bali Travel Tips: Customs, Tours, Cuisine and more

Bali Travel Tips

* Possess a valid passport good for at least six months, and have proof of onward passage

* Meet all visa and health requirements for your country of residence, if you are unsure contact your local travel

* 220 volt electrical plugs are used in most villas

* time zone is GMT +8

* 10% is the appropriate tip, but most hotels and restaurants have it included

* Currency exchange should be done in banks or certified money changers

* ATMs are available almost anywhere

* For personal safety, it is best to hire a professional driver, do not rent and drive yourself

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New Feeder buses Launched in Trans Sarbagita

New Feeder buses Launched in Trans Sarbagita

A new fleet of feeder mini buses has just been launched by the Denpasar Transportation Agency. These buses are designed to optimize Trans Sarbagita public bus services, which will largely affect tourists who are trying to get around the area.

There are a total of 56 mini buses that runs daily, serving four routes that all interested at the Trans Sarbagita bus routes. While the buses were just officially launched they actually began their routes on September 10, 2012 and according to the Bali Daily during their first 11 days of operation they served approximately 6,500 passengers.

There are two shifts of busses that run so you can catch a bus from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m seven days a week. Routes will be evaluated to ensure they are meeting the needs of the area. There is also a plan to launch more buses in the future so that they can connect passengers to other parts of the city.

“The most important thing is that Trans Sarbagita could now be more accessible to a greater number of people thanks to the feeder buses that take them to and from the nearest bus stops,” he told Bali Daily.

Bali’s mass transportation system focuses on 17 main routes and 36 feeder routes by 2019, to reduce the traffic condition that continues to worsen in southern Bali.


Paintings by Angels October 3

Paintings by Angels October 3

This is an exhibit you won’t want to miss. Designer Irwan will have his Indonesian gemstones and jewelry; will be displayed at the Neka Museum in Ubud, Bali, October 3 to 8, 2012. This exhibition is part of the numerous activities that are being held alongside the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

Opals from West Java will be some of the most extraordinary gemstones on display. There will also be beautiful cultures South Sea pearls, black and red coral, and the very rare blue coral native to only Indonesia. Wait there is more to see – picture agates, rare amber, rose agate, amethyst, Chrysocolla, and Pancawarna Sanksrit agates.

Irwan has a very unique take on his jewelry, which involves the innovative use of bamboo, rare tropical woods, textiles, lava, and other materials. You will find a huge collection of gems and stones on display that can be placed into beautiful settings within 48 hours.

Irwan William-Holmes was born in New York City, travelling throughout Europe before in 1969 settling in Indonesian. He has been a member of the Subud Spiritual community in Indonesia for 50 years, and his designs contain only Indonesian. Irwan William-Holmes has won numerous awards including the Bijorcha Exhibition in Paris (2006), a very prestigious award.

Be sure to drop by and see the Painting by Angels exhibition.


It Could Soon Cost you More to Party in Bali

It Could Soon Cost you More to Party in Bali

If you are planning to head to Bali for your next vacation, you need to be prepared to pay a little more to party the night away. That’s because the legislators from the Badung House of Representatives, are unhappy that lax collection policies by tax authorities are resulting in lost revenues because the nightspots and discotheques are underpaying taxes.

Badung lawmakers would like to see clubs paying the 12.5 percent rate rather than the lower 10 percent rate they are getting away with by disguising themselves as bars and restaurants. Badung lawmakers want to see that stop and that they are required to collect the tax rate that matches what their permits are for. It seems that’s another concern since many clubs, discotheques, and nightspots are operating on permits that are incorrect and they are sliding through at the 10% rate.

For tourists visiting Bali, and ready to party, they aren’t going to care if they is a 12.5 percent tax or a 10 percent tax. All they want is a good drink, good service, and a good time. After all, isn’t that what a vacation to Bali is about? Fun times!

So it might just make more sense to standardize the permit process or the taxes themselves and just get busy collecting the revenue to help Bali.