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Island Bali

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Bali lies 8 degrees south of the equator, it boasts a tropical climate with just two seasons (wet and dry) the temperature is an average 28 degrees with little fluctuation

bali rice terraces

Its main produce is rice from its spectacular terraces for which it is famous but also copra, spices, coffee and a wide variety of vegetables.

History

The majority of Bali 's 3,000,000 inhabitants are Hindu. The islands Hindu roots date back to the 16th century when the Javanese Majapahit empire began to collapse in the face of the spread of Islam and a large exodus of aristocracy, priests and artists migrated to Bali .

The Hindu religion of the Balinese differs from that of the Indian variety from which it originated.

The Balinese believe in the power of spirits and magic, basing much of their religion on this. They believe good spirits dwell in the mountains while demons and ogres inhabit the sea.

Several times a day offerings are made to the gods in the form of small trays containing food money and sometimes cigarettes to ensure good luck and health.

From the tourist perspective the dances and processions that are a regular part of Bali 's culture, are a spectacle of colour not to be missed.

The Language

The Common language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia. Many of the islands however speak theirown dialect.

In Bali, with its history of Tourism, English is spoken widely.

Getting Around

Renting cars and motor bikes.

This is very reasonable here. but a word of caution. Driving can be stressful as you must cope with and understand the local road rules.y ou must have an International Driving license. Your national license is not enough so you must apply for an international license before you come to Bali.

A popular choice is to hire a car and driver for part or all of your stay. SUV's seating 8 or more passengers are common and reasonably priced. We can arrange this for you with a recommended company in advance if you wish.

Taxi

Also very reasonable priced and work with a meter. They are to be found everywhere but can be ordered by telephone. Most of the drivers, especially with the larger companies, speak English.

Visas

Visas are reqired for all nationals except the following 11 countries and territories: Brunei Darussalam , Chile , Hong Kong , Macau , Malaysia , Morocco , Peru , the Philippines , Singapore , Thailand and Vietnam .

Nationals of the following countries May enter Indonesia on a Visa on Arrival: Argentina , Australia , Brazil , Canada , Denmark , Finland , France , Germany , Hungary , Italy , Japan , New Zealand , Norway , Poland , South Africa , South Korea , Switzerland , Taiwan , United Arab Emirates , United Kingdom and the United States of America.
A Visa on Arrival (VoA) is valid for either 7 or 30 days upon arrival by air in Bali , Jakarta and a few other international airports or by ship at a limited number of Indonesian sea ports.

A 30-day visa costs US$35 per person.
The VoA cannot be extended or converted into any other kind of visa. Also be aware that Immigration officials calculate the 30-day period as follows: your arrival day is counted as your first day, and you must leave the country on the 30th day


Passports must be valid for at least 6 months or a visa will not be issued.
Payment of visa fees can only be made in US dollar bank notes, Indonesian Rupiah equivalent or by VISA or MASTERCARD.

Surfing

Long known as surfers paradise Bali has attracted surfers from all over the globe for decades. Sites for all from beginners to experts. A number of sites around the south almost guarantees waves at least 4 ft, head high to the frequent 10 ft waves. The closeness of the sites means there is always good surfing somewhere easily reachable all Year round.

Impossibles 4-8ft

Padang-Padang,a long stretch of white-sand beach is free of hustle and bustle,lovely display of flora along the towering cliffs. Unfortunately, at high tide the beach all but disappears under the waves, and for this reason Impossibles is not an ideal place for relaxing on the sand, although it is a great setting for a sea-side walk at low tide. Swimming is not advised here, and the waves are for experienced surfers only, as they break over reef.

This wave when lining up good can be a very long and fast wave, usually when wave height gets above 5ft and the tide is mid range you can expect some very long waves.

Padang Padang 5-8ft


Padang-Padang, which is another enchanting beach in a pocket of lava-rocks, with an entrance to the beach though a cave crevice. This small cove offers famous world-class waves that attract surfers from all over the world. The water is also safe for swimming and snorkeling. The beach is small but the setting is outstanding. Really starts to work when we have a big swell running.

Dreamland Beach

Dreamland overlooks every other Bukit beach all the way to Uluwatu. Because of its beauty, white sand and cliff outcroppings, it has become the chic beach of the day, and it is usually fairly busy with tourists, and quite a number of warungs and small bungalows have been built in the area. It is a great beach for swimming and surfing, as it offers a sand-bottom break, but often has a strong rip current.

 

Serangan 4-6ft

Suitable for all kinds of surfing skill levels, people who only want to surf Bali or wish to learn how to surf in Bali.

Sanur 4-6ft

If it's maxing out at Nusa Dua you will find perfect right handers breaking at these spots.

Balangan 4-8ft

The wave itself is very fast and hollow best on the mid to high tide.

Uluwatu 3-10ft

Temples which is a long and hollow wave that works on the mid to high tide.

The Peak right in front of the warungs in line with the cave also best on the high tide.

Racetrack is a super fast but makeable barrel that works on the low tide, but gets seriously shallow.

Outside corner is considered by many to be one of the best waves anywhere in the world, the corner won't even start to break unless the swell is at least in the 8' range, and then if your game you are in for one long and fast ride.

 

oddessy surf schoolOdyssey Bali Surf School
For beginners and intermediate level surfers Bali surf lessons sponsored by Oakley, Academy of Surfing Instructors Australia, and supported by the Hard Rock Café and Surftime-Surf

 

Golf

There are three 18 hole golf courses and one newly rejuvenated 9 hole course.

Bali Golf and Country Club Nusa Dua. | 18 Hole Par 72

Designed by Rodney Wright and Robin Nelson Home to the 1994 Alfred Dunhill Masters

Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club
Lake Buyan | 18 Hole Par 72

Designed by Peter Thompson, Michael Wolferidge and Associates

Listed among the world top 50 golf courses.

Nirwana Bali Golf Club Tanah Lot | 18 Hole Par 72

Designed by Greg Norman
A Truly stunning course overlooking the Indian Ocean and the landmark Tanah Lot temple.

See our golfers villas overlooking this course| Senja | Bunda | Ocean Golf

Grand Bali Beach Sanur | 9 hole.

Challenging course conveniently sited in Sanur. Very popular with the resident expatriate community. Boasting newly opened stylish Clubhouse that provides quality dining and night time entertainment.

Rafting

There are two rivers where rafting is possible. Ayung river in the area of Ubud and the Telaga Waja further north. Conditions vary with the seasons but offer year round possibility of rafting their rapids.
Both locations are well populated with rafting companies with experienced guides to make an exiting but safe adventure.
River Ayung is the busiest perhaps because of its easier location to the main tourist areas although the further trip to Telaga Waja's more thrilling river is well worth the extra effort.

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