Friday, August 28, 2009

Welcome To Bali!!!

Bali is one of tourist destination where many foreign people and domestic people love to spend their vacation time in here. Bali offer a variety of natural beauty and all the world already known about that. In addition to it's natural state very beautiful, the Balinesse people are very friendly.
One of the most famous tourism destination in Bali is uta Beach. Where we can indulge our eyes in the morning with the sun rising and also sunset in the afternoon. The white sand with excellent surf adds the beautiness of Bali Island. Another tourism destination is Besakih Temple. Which located under the foot off agung Mount. This temple is the largest temple in Bali. That's why Bali is called "The Land of The God".
Also, if you want to enjoy the countryside, indulge your self in padangluwih which located in Tabanan. There are many more interesting places, That you should visit.
So.....Welcome to Bali adn enjoy your self with all the beauty of Bali.
"Bienvenido a Bali"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Diving Spots in Bali

Bali is a great place not just for holiday but also for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can dive in the vicinity of Sanur and in Nusa Dua, but the most exiting scuba-diving locations are in more remote places. Pulau Menjangan in the west is a favorite, as are Candidasa, Padangbai, Tulamben, and Amed in the east. Other spots are Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.

Menjangan Island
The most beautiful unspoiled coral reefs in Bali are off the coast of Pulau Menjangan ("Deer island"). Comprising hundreds of species of coral, these reefs extend 100 to 150m from the shore then drop 40 to 60 m down to ocean floor.Menjangan island and the nearby mainland are excellent places for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Candi Dasa is a new but rapidly growing beach resort located on the black sand coast of Karangasem Regency. It is the perfect base for explorations of the area, as well as a quieter alternative to the southern tourist centers.

Padang Bai
Padang Bai is a major harbor for ships to Lombok and points east, as well as for smaller boats to Nusa Penida. Padangbai hides great coves and dive spots behind its hills. Just north of Padangbai is the Blue Lagoon, a treasure-trove of marine life. 2 islands (Tepekong and Mimpang) outside the bay, and Biaha a little to the north, offer some of the most breath-taking diving in Bali. However, due to conditions, these 3 sites need to be treated with care and respect. The currents coming from the Lombok Strait create unpredictable water movements that can result in a washing machine effect.

Tulamben is a quiet village on the northeast coast of Bali, facing the Lombok Strait. Divers occasionally meet mola-mola sunfish, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks in the waters off Tulamben. Its biodiversity and location make Tulamben one of the best dive sites in the world. Complete with its own wreck, the USS Liberty, which sank in 1963 when Gunung Agung erupted, the easy access to this wreck adds to the village's charm.

Amed reef, this small coral reef lies in depths ranging from 12-22M. In this area you will find many different kinds of sponges and gorgonians and the marinelife includes everything from gobies and shrimp as well as anemones with attendant clownfish to schools of barracuda and Blue Spotted Ray. Many different kinds of parrotfish, angelfish, surgeonfish and moray eel.

Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan, a small island between Bali and Nusa Penida in the Badung Strait, is the perfect location for a dive trip like no other. With seasonal migrations of the Mola Mola and all year round sightings of Manta rays, this is an exceptional location to see prolific marine life.

By dharma Putra

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bali : Never Ending Story…...

Bali is a island located in Indonesia. Bali is very Famous island and it always get a top ten of the best destination places for vacation in the world. People around the world call bali in many name such a The Last Paradise, island of God, Island of Onethousand Temple and many other call for this beautifull island.
The people in bali is very friendly and it very religius with their religion. Majority people in bali is Hindu. In bali there are many interesting place you should come like Kuta Beach, Sanur Beach, Dreamland, Jimbaran, Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Ubud, Trunyan Village and many other place in around bali. If you looking a game that required adrenalin you should go to Telaga Waja in Karangasem and try rafting and many other game in there.

For me bali is more than that. Bali is a place that i'm proud to call home. The place that i spent my life with my family not only by now but if i can choose I love to stay in bali with the rest of my life.

By Minato Namikaze

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bali Beaches -The A To Z of Bali BeachesThis is the A-Z of Bali Beaches

This is the A-Z of Bali Beaches. No doubt there are more that have not have been covered in this article but the following beaches are the more common you will find on your way around Bali.

Bali's renowned beach towns blend high energy activities, nightclubs and markets with shopping, dining and relaxing. From the palm fringed beaches to the wild coastline and black sandy beaches in the west, the exciting surf, as well as the quiet coves in the north, Bali beaches are sure to give you are memorable experience. This is the A-Z of Bali Beaches. No doubt there are more that have not have been covered in this article but the following beaches are the more common you will find on your way around Bali.

Amed Northeast coast; just 30min North East from Amlapura, Amed offers an excellent site for training dives. It has a flat bottom lagoon for instruction and a coral reef only 5 minutes swim away. Amed Beach East Bali is everything you dreamed it would be; a rare and special paradise of outstanding exotic beauty, vibrant culture and friendly people. Here you can finally find peace and quiet, enjoy great food and take advantage of comfortable and inexpensive accommodation.

Bingin Surfing Beach: Bingin is located on the western side of the Bukit peninsula between Dreamland and Impossibles. It is ideal for advanced surfers and has a beautiful wave, a left hander, that works really well during the dry season (June-September) when off shore winds are the norm.

Candi Dasa Located 85 km north-east of the airport, Candidasa is a relaxing beach area close to cultural treasures like Pura Besakih ("Bali's Mother Temple") While the beach is not one of Bali's best, the tranquility of Candidasa has attracted a number of exclusive hotels like the Amankila and the Chedi. Candidasa is most often compared to Kuta as Kuta was some 20 years ago.

Canggu Surfing Beach: Hidden behind coconut palms, and backed by rice fields north of Seminyak, this is a good surfing beach.

Dreamland Surfing Beach: Dreamland Beach is located on the west coast of the Bukit Peninsula in South Bali and therefore only a short ride from Bali's major tourism spots. It has a break with longer left and a short right hander. Surfable at low to dead low tide and works well when there is an average swell above 3ft.When the swell is over 7ft, the waves tends to be unpredictable and close out. Dreamland Beach is quite beautiful and the azure blue water looks quite inviting for swimmers but be aware of the very strong currents. Beach Chair hire is available and many people are found sun baking on this pretty beach.

Jimbaran Jimbaran beach is about 10 minutes drive from the airport. Perfect white sand beach and romantic atmosphere with sunset view.

Kedongan Beach in the neighborhood also offers a mild ocean breeze with fish market and beach side sea food cafes.

Kuta This is the famous beach of Bali and the main tourist area. Located about 10 minutes drive from the airport. Great for surfing, waterskiing, windsurfing, banana boating, boogie boarding and parasailing. Other outstanding surfer beaches include Canggu and Well known for its spectacular sunset view.

Legian Named after the Balinese word for "sweet and pleasant," Legian Beach is a popular destination for sun worship and water sports.It is a continuation of Kuta Beach to the North.

Lovina With its unusual black sand, Lovina is an 8km lovely calm beach on the North coast. A good place to watch bottlenose dolphins, from an outrigger off the beach.

Medewi One of the quiet beaches on the West coast, near Negara, Medewi is a friendly beach for surfer beginners.

Nusa Dua Amidst white sand beaches lined with luxury hotels.Nusa Dua's palm-fringed beach has lifeguards on duty daily. On the North side, Tanjung Benoa offers plenty of water sport activities.

Nusa Lembongan This island is one of the most popular destinations for day trips from Bali. The journey takes between one and two hours. The pristine sandy beaches with calm bays are abundant with colorful sea life, so diving and snorkeling are very popular. For the less adventurous, glass-bottomed boats are available.

Padangbai The white sand beach of Padangbai on the East coast offers boats to Lombok. A good beach for snorkeling and diving.

Padung Padung Surfing Beach; often referred to as the 'Balinese pipeline' for its constant and perfect tubes that some say are reminiscent of Hawaii's famous Banzai pipeline. It's an intense left-hand break that wraps around the headland like an unfurled Oriental fan that produces a forever barreling surfing wave.Other outstanding surfer beaches include Canggu and of course the favourite Uluwatu also know for its long barrels.

Pasir Putih A hidden Treasure: Five kilometers north east of Candidasa on the east coast of Bali is Pasir Putih, an isolated, beautiful, white sand beach fringed with coconut palms. It is five hundred meters in length and is crescent shaped with green headlands at each end. Cold drinks and food are served by locals in the Warungs that are located on the beach. There is beach lounge and umbrella hire if you prefer comfort and shade on this crystal clear water paradise.

Sanur Sanur beach is part of Denpasar city, about 20 minutes drive from the airport.Sanur is famed for windsurfing. Most of the popular beaches offer boat hire and snorkeling trips.Sanur beach is quieter than Kuta with beachside hotels and beach markets. Boats are available to cross the island to Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.

Tulamban This beach is famous for diving for the wreck boat, located East of Bali, just north from Amed or Amlapura. The highway between Amlapura and Singaraja passes through this small village. All tourist facilities are located on the road.

Tanjung Benoa On the southeastern coast of Bali, neighboring the popular Nusa Dua resort area is the small village of Tanjung Benoa. Still a fishing village, Tanjung Benoa over the years has developed into a major player in the tourism sector. The calm waters and the white sand beach have made Tanjung Benoa the prime water sport areas of Bali.

Tuban Between Kuta and the airport, Tuban Beach is lined with big hotels. Less frantic than Kuta, it is a wonderful place to simply grab a lounger, a good book and relax. It is safe to swim here, thanks to the hotel lifeguards.

Uluwatu Surfing Beach: This place used to be one of the exclusive playgrounds of surfers as access was along rough dirt tracks. The hike down to the beach also deterred many people. Tarred roads have now been built making it an easier access to the beach.

Bali is a volcanic island and as such has a selection of black sand beaches, most notably on the east coast, the north coast and the west coast. White sand beaches can be found on the Bukit Peninsula, Sanur, Nusa Lembongan and a few select places in East Bali, such as Padangbai and Candi Dasa.By no means have I covered all the beaches of Bali but the above are some of the more well known. If you have time, make an effort to go across to the Gili Islands where you will also find many beautifil beaches.

By Sofie De

Bali-Island of the God

Bali is one island of Indonesia which has about 13,000 islands in all. Bali is located just 2 kilometers away from the eastern tip of the Java Island and Lombok Island. The island is home of approximately 4 million people. It is approximately 144 kilometers from east to west and 80 kilometers north to south. There are varied landscapes of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides which provide a picturesque backdrop to the colorful and deeply spiritual culture of this 'Island of The Gods'.

The word "paradise" is used a lot in Bali. Eighty percent of international visitors to Indonesia visit Bali or visit Bali specially. The popularity is not without reason. The first Hindus arrived at Bali as early as 100 BC. So it is easy to understand why the island has such a long time to develop its own culture. But the current chapter for Bali's history begins in the seventies when intrepid hippies and surfers discovered Bali's beaches and waves. Tourism soon became the main resource of income. Despite the shocks of the terrorist attacks in 2002 and 2005, the magical island continues to draw crowds. Bali's culture remains as spectacular as ever.

There are an estimated 20,000 temples (pura) on the island, each of which holds festivals (odalan) at least twice a year and there are many other auspicious days throughout the year. There are always festivities going on. There are some large festivals that are celebrated island wide, but their dates are determined by two local calendars. The 210-day wuku or Pawukon calendar is completely out of sync with the Western calendar while the lunar saka (caka) calendar roughly follows the Western year. For more information about traveling, please have a look at

By Michael Drewell

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Enjoy the Experience of Scuba Diving in the World's Best Scuba Diving Locations

Scuba diving is a sport pursued by people living in all parts of the world due to the many joys and pleasures which it has to offer. The thrill of being in unfamiliar surroundings, gazing at the most stunning coral reefs in crystal clear waters and getting close to beautiful sea creatures, are reasons enough to convince anyone to engage in scuba diving.

While one can always do diving in any body of water that is deep enough, but still there are certain famous scuba diving locations in many parts of the world, which truly take scuba diving to the next level. Scuba divers visit such locations because they have to offer unaltered marine life, clear light blue waters and great facilities which include experienced diving instructors.

Caribbean islands are one of the most prominent dive spots in the world, with countless areas where one finds nature still preserved in its purest form. These islands not only offer great marine life, but the visibility under water ranges from twenty feet to up to one hundred and twenty feet, allowing divers to capture as many stunning scenes as they can. From Bahamas to Aruba, Caribbean islands have ideal scuba diving resorts with great facilities close by.

The islands of Hawaii are another great destination for diving enthusiasts. Scuba diving in Hawaii offers the most complex and breathtaking coral formations, while the most attractive and colorful tropical fish reside in the waters encircling the islands. From turtles to sharks, all kinds of magnificent sea creatures are lurking in the stunning waters of Hawaii, adding to the thrill factor.

Along the coast of Florida, many stunning and world renowned dive sites locations attract tourists from many countries of the world. Florida, being one of the most popular fishing resorts in the US, offers warm and clear waters for divers, while large supply of tropical fish and sensational coral formations from a close bond between you and nature. Once you are in Florida, you will find the best equipment in nearby diving stores, while expert instructors will ensure that your deep-sea adventure does not take an ugly turn.

The coasts of Belize also offer a thrilling and exciting experience to scuba divers. Divers head towards the diving locations of Belize to have a closer look at the largest coral reef system in the northern hemisphere. The stunning coral formations and the underwater volcano bring thousands of scuba divers to the shores of Belize.

Countries like Australia, Philippines, and Fiji, Malaysia also boast of great dive locations. All of these scuba diving spots are enough to draw an aqua phobic person to indulge in scuba diving.

If you are looking to go scuba diving, try to consider scuba diving in the Philippines or Scuba diving in Cebu

By Joaquin Costa

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Honolulu - The Heart Of Hawaii

Honolulu is the state capital of the state of Hawaii and is a census designated place CDP with the highest population of all the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu is considered to be the whole area of the Hawaiian State, Oahu, but it is usually referred to as a city whose position is along Oahu's southern shore. Honolulu in the Hawaiian language means the sheltered bay or a place offering shelter. Honolulu was initially inhabited by the Polynesians and some evidences trace it back to the 12th century. It was when Kamehameha conquered the island of Oahu, that this place actually started developing. He had set up his court in Waikiki, a neighbourhood on the Oahu Island. His court was relocated in a due time and is now the downtown Honolulu. It became a commonplace for all the ships sailing between Asia and North America.

It is the only city which is incorporated in Hawaii State. All the other places fall under the jurisdiction of the local government and are under the City & County of Honolulu.

The Ala Moana Center of Honolulu stands as the largest shopping mall in the state of Hawaii. This mall attracts around 56 million tourists and is the busiest shopping center of this Island State. The Aloha Tower stands as a prime landmark for this port city. It is one of the most popular buildings and inaugurated in 1926. This is a lighthouse and is synonymous to the Statue Of Liberty in new York and welcomes millions of tourists round the year.

Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island alongside Hanauma bay are two of the most visited beaches here at Honolulu. The former stretches to an area of 100 acres in the center of Honolulu and Magic Island further stretch to around 30 acres. These are used as a beach, park and a picnic area by the visitors from all around the globe. This place is comprising of all the equipments to cater the needs of guests and locals.

Hanauma Bay is formed as a result of a collapsed volcano crater and boasts to be calm and a protected area. Ideally, this place is best suited to enjoy marine life and some exciting hiking as well. It is a one of the most crowded beaches as well and finding place to park your vehicle on the weekends is truly an ordeal in itself.

The Diamond Head is also one of the most visited places in Honolulu. This is a crater and is a declared United States State Monument. A part of this crater is out of the public reach as; it is used by the government of the United States as a platform for antennas. There are many luxurious hotels and resorts which make this place even more popular. One can reach the rim of the crater with a hike of around 1 mile. The whole of Waikiki and the panoramic view of the Pacific from the top of the crater make the whole hike really exciting and more than satisfying to say the least.

By Carson Tien

Kahala - A Must Visit Destination

Kahala, Honolulu features some of the most expensive real estate in Hawaii. Located in the neighborhood alongside Waialae and Kaimuki, it features many beachfront properties. Kahala has a very favorable climate and is known for its predominantly dry weather.

Like every Hawaiian destination, the district of Kahala is also home to several sandy beaches. These beaches are rarely crowded and offer a great site for swimming, deep sea fishing, beach volley ball and snorkeling. They are a great place to relax while listening to the sound of the waves. Taking a hiking trip would present you with the opportunity to come across some of the most magnificent and beautiful land and seascapes in Hawaii. Horseback riding offers the best option of exploring the countryside surrounding the Kahala neighborhood. The Diamond Head Crater located at Kahala district is another major tourist attraction.

Kahala is also home to one of the best resorts in Hawaii, The Kahala Resort and Hotel. Formerly Known as Kahala Mandarin Oriental, it is a favorite with locals, celebrities and international royalty offer world class facilities and all the modern amenities to make it a memorable stay for the guests. The Kahala Resort and Hotel has some world class restaurants including the Hoku's, Seaside grill and the Veranda.

The Waialae Country Club has one of the finest golf courses in Hawaii. This world class golf course is only open to the club members and offers a great golfing experience. Probably the longest hedge in Hawaii that runs along the Kealaolu Avenue protects the golf course from the exterior world. Kahala offers great shopping experience with the Kahala Mall offering several Hawaiian gift items together with other souvenirs.

Kahala promises a true Hawaiian vacation with several fun filled and exciting activities that is sure to be remembered for several years.

By Carson Tien

Monday, August 10, 2009

BALI TOURS- What You Can See & Do in Bali, Indonesia

Bali's natural attractions include miles of sandy beaches (many are well-known amongst surfers), picturesque rice terraces, towering active volcanoes over 3,000 meters (10,000 ft.) high, fast flowing rivers, deep ravines, pristine crater lakes, sacred caves, and lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife.

The island's rich cultural heritage is visible everywhere - in over 20,000 temples and palaces, in many colorful festivals and ceremonies (including tooth filings and cremations), in drama, music, and dance.

You can experience Bali on many different excursions and guided tours by coach, private car or "Big Bike", by boat or by air plane: seeing Bali's beaches and rice terraces, the famous Besakih Temple on the slopes of holy Mount Agung, Lake Batur and it's active volcano, Ubud, Legian, Kuta, Nusa Dua, and the temples of Tanah Lot and Ulu Watu from a helicopter is a really special experience. For helicopter tours and private charters (3 to 6 passengers) please contact the Service Center at 703-060 as soon as you arrive.

Most full day tours by car (about 8 to 10 hours, min 2 persons) cost about US$45 to US$50 per person, half day tours US$30 to US$35. These prices include a multi-lingual guide and transport in an air-conditioned private car, all entrance fees, but no meals. Which guide and driver you choose can make or break your day: be warned that those who offer very low prices tend to waste your time by showing you hardly any more than those shops which pay them a commission on your purchases.

For suggestions what to see and do during your stay on the island of Bali, please visit the following pages:

* Private Vacation Villas in Bali.
You can rent a private villa with two to seven bedrooms, tropical garden with private swimming pool, and trained house staff for a romantic honeymoon or a vacation with your family and friends.

* Bali Hotel & Resort Bargain Finder.
Find the GUARANTEED lowest rates for famous luxury resorts and budget hotels in Bali. Reserve on-line to save 70% and more on your hotel accommodation.

* Cruising the Spice Islands from Bali
Cruises from Bali to visit fierce dragons which have survived from the Jurassic age in Komodo, and to experience ancient tribes and cultures in the Lesser Sunda Islands.

Indonesia - Top 10 Shopping Destinations in Indonesia

Indonesia is a wonderful place to go shopping with the great finds and interesting items that are found here. There are many shopping destinations and here are the top 10 most favored and visited shopping places in this amazing country:

1. South Jakarta - along the JI Sultan Agung where almost everything is found. The latest in shopping industry is found here that lots of shoppers come here making the place really crowded and swarmed with many people. Amazing finds such as clothes, jewelries and others are sold here with very low prices.

2. Gianyar - found in Bali, is a place to find lots of handcrafted jewelries and really decorative accessories. Everyone is welcome to explore great finds and excellent negotiable prices.

3. Kuta - the streets of Kuta Indonesia has several shops and stalls where one can find accessories and clothing items that are with really cheap and affordable prices. There are also funny and interesting stuffs you can find here that can be a souvenir for your loved ones back home.

4. Star Disc Music center - where the latest in the music industry are found and also all kinds of popular music from both local and foreign musicians. There are extensive ranges of choices that can be found here that will truly amaze every music lover.

5. Bali - a great shopping destination in Indonesia where you can find lots and lots of amazing stuffs. It is advisable for shoppers to bring huge shopping bags to carry your shopped items because there are definitely lots of finds here.

6. Manga Dua - a place in Indonesia where the vast complex buildings are found that are usually shopping malls and department stores. These are one of the best places to shop in the whole Indonesia plus you get to be offered the lowest prices in town.

7. Malioboro - where the best finds of silvers and metal bird cages are found.

8. Legian - also an ideal place to shop for lots of goods and accessories and is full of vendors so you have lots of choices.

9. Grand Indonesia - is a very massive building that is very spacious for one to shop. There are so many stalls inside the building that offers pretty good finds.

10. Mall of Indonesia - where the famous brand named items are found. This is where most of the Indonesians shop to make sure to buy quality items and products.

By Pinky Mcbanon

Indonesia - Top 10 Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia is a country with many things to do.

Here the ten things to do in Indonesia that everyone will surely enjoy.

1. Pamper yourself - massage anyone? Here in Indonesia, you can indulge with the great massage treats that are truly relaxing and soothing for your tired bodies. There are several massage centers here that offers very relaxing services for everyone. There are specific spas that are exclusive for tourists so one will definitely have a really great time.

2. Visit the Indonesian temples - when planning a vacation trip to Bali, include to your schedule to visit some of the well known shrines and temples of the place. A temple or two would complete your whole Bali trip.

3. Go Shopping - of course, one's trip to any place in the world will never be complete without the shopping spree. There are hundreds of shops in Bali that are ideal shopping destinations with amazing finds and affordable prices.

4. Check out the traditional dances - locally known as the "Kecak". Where the ck-ck sound is very fun to hear with accompanying native dances in some Bali public places.

5. See the Cheeky monkeys - these monkeys are pretty famous in Bali. Hundreds of these long tailed monkeys are seen in some parts of Bali that is a center of attraction here. Visitors can also feed these monkeys with bananas that are sold outside the gates from where the monkeys are kept.

6. Watch the beautiful Sunset - the days are quiet very hot in Bali and the perfect time for everyone to stroll outside is when the sun is setting. The beautiful sunset of Bali is very spectacular! Visitors always find time to stop and stare at the setting sun during sunset hours.

7. Run in the rain - Bali always have rains, and it is a great fun experience to dance along the rain. It is more fun when you have your friends with you to join you lose yourself along the dropping waters.

8. Eat - indulge with the delicious Indonesian cuisines that are very mouth-watering and delectable meals that are cooked by the Indonesians.

9. Watch the dolphins - in Lovina found in the north of Bali is where the lovely dolphins are found. Lots of tourists come to for them to get a chance of holding the dolphins closely and play with them in the waters.

10. Book your next Bali trip - once you visit this country, you'll definitely be back for more so it is ideal for everyone to book their next Bali trip right after your first trip.

By Pinky Mcbanon