Wednesday, November 30, 2011


The Kecak Dance

Kecak Dance is one of the most famous Balinese dances. Its name is derived from the sound "cak", pronounced "chok", which is chanted in complex interlocking patterns that are like the rhythmic patterns played on the gamelan. The modern form of kecak originated from Gianyar village of Bedulu in the 1930s as a result commissioned by the German expatriate artist, Walter Spies. He wished to create a performance that could be enjoyed by a small coterie of expatriate artists like himself, as well as friends and guests to the island.The best of Bali is well-presented in every details of the dance performances.

The modern performance of Kecak is a sensational sight to behold. Hundreds of barechested men sit in a circle with a flickering single oil lamp in the middle. "Cak - Cak - Cak", the chant begins and the men start dancing and swaying to the rhythmic reverberation of their own voices. Hands raised to the sky, bodies shaking in unison, the chorus performs the highly structured piece of vocal music for about an hour. This unique kecak dance holds the title of being the most popular dance in Bali.

The Barong Dance

Barong dance is another famous Balinese dance. "Lord of the forest" and magical protector of Balinese villages, the Barong is a mythical, shaggy half-dog, half-lion creature, with a long mane, fantastic fangs, and bulging eyes. It is propelled by two men who maneuver the costume with whimsical and mischievous movements to express its fun-loving nature. The Barong's opponent is Rangda, the evil witch who rules over the spirits of Darkness. The Barong dance epitomizes the eternal struggle between good and evil. The fight of Barong and Rangda is also a topic of traditional narratives performed in temples and takes various forms. The Barong will snap its jaws at the gamelan, prance around a bit, and enjoy the acclaim of its supporters - a group of kris-wielding men. Then ferocious Rangda will then appear lolling her long tongue, baring her threatening fangs, her neck draped with human entrails...not a pretty sight.

The duel begins. Each opponent tries to overcome the other with magical powers but when things do not look too good for the Barong, supporters will lunge at Rangda with krises to weaken or stall her. In retaliation, Rangda would put them all into a trance with her mystical powers and make them stab themselves with their weapons. Fortunately, the Barong possesses magic that is strong enough to cast a spell on the krises from harming the men. This part would be the highlight of the dance; the gamelan rings madly and intensely as the men rush back and forth waving their krises in a frenzy, sometimes even rolling on the ground in a desperate attempt to stab themselves. Often, there seems to be a plot to terrify the audience in the front row! Eventually, Rangda will retire, defeated. And once again, good will reign over evil. This Barong dance is rich with a story telling that makes it as a beautiful meaningful dance to see. It is another best of Bali in the form of dancing art.

Legong Keraton Dance

After you have watched Kecak Dance and Barong Dance, there is another Balinese dance that you shall not miss to see. It is known as the Legong Keraton dance. The most graceful of Balinese dances, this is the epitome of classical Balinese female dancing. A legong, as the dancer is known, is often a young girl of eight or nine years, rarely older than her early teens. It was first created in the 18th Century and is usually the first dance to be taught to beginners. There are many forms of Legong, the most frequently performed dance being the Legong Keraton or Legong of the Palace.

The story of the Legong is very stylized and symbolic and one should know the story before actually watching the performance. The Legong Keraton dance involves three dancers - two legongs and their 'attendant', the condong. The legongs are identically costumed in gold brocade, which is bound so tightly that it is a mystery such agitated and rapid moves could be made. With elaborately made-up faces, plucked eyebrows that are boldly repainted, and hair decorated with frangipanis, the dancers relate the story with captivating movements.

A king takes the maiden Rangkesari captive. When her brother comes to release her, Rangkesari begs the king to free her rather than go to war. The king refuses and chances upon a bird carrying ill omens on his way to battle. However, he ignores the bird, meets Rangkesari's brother, and was thus killed in the fight.

The roles of the dancers may change according to the narration. However, the Legong Keraton dance usually begins with the king's preparations for battle and ends with the bird's appearance. This beautifully story telling is well presented into one of the best of bali traditional dance.

Baris Dance

There is also a dance which is a male equivalent of the legong, called as the Baris Dance. Baris Dance is a warrior's dance. Executed with energetic and warlike martial spirit, the Baris dancer has to convey the thoughts and emotions of a warrior preparing for action as well as confronting an enemy in battle.

Baris dance is performed solo and requires great energy, spirit and skill. The warrior's changing moods have to be displayed through facial expressions and movements; he should be able to depict chivalry, pride, anger, prowess, and a little regret. Baris dance is said to be one of the most complex of all Balinese dances.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Nusa Ceningan Map

Nusa Ceningan is the smallest island of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, which is easily reached via a suspension bridge on foot or by bicycle / motorcycle. There are a leading surf at Nusa Ceningan an interesting few surfers to stay away from Nusa Lembongan are more crowded. The island offers some beautiful roads and scenery to the west and Nusa Lembongan Bali impressive. Watch the sunset in Bali from the ridge Nusa Ceningan very beautiful. Channel waters between Lembongan and Ceningan is home to many seaweed farms. Some visitors really choose to stay in Nusa Ceningan, they like living in a small bungalow complex, which opened in 2009.

Surfing at Nusa Ceningan

Nusa Ceningan first opened as a tourist destination by surfers, and has long been a part of a series of surfing in Bali. So many water activities, surfing and scuba diving’s most famous.
There are three main breaks, all off the top half of the west coast, with another less well known just to the southwest off Nusa Ceningan. Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks are all close offshore and reached via an energetic paddle from the beach, or in a more leisurely fashion, by a local boat (perahu) which can be chartered from the nearest beach. Whilst the breaks usually suit intermediate to experienced surfers given they all break over coral reefs, the aptly named Playgrounds is a little more forgiving and can be enjoyed by beginners and experts alike. All the surf breaks become extremely crowded during the dry season
Although surfable all year round, waves are best when winds are in the southeast quarter, normally from April to September/October.
There is a thriving surf scene in Jungut Batu. When compared to its tiny population, 
 has produced a remarkable number of international quality surfers for competition. Any keen surfer will certainly not be short of company here.

Scuba Diving At Nusa Ceningan
Manta at Nusa Ceningan
Diving in this place is very good with crystal clear waters around the island. A number of leading dive shops and places of the famous course. Hundreds of visitors have learned to dive here.
For more experienced divers the most interesting site is the next area, Nusa Penida. There are some challenging dive sites here, and dive operators will visit a particular site only if it is safe sea conditions. There are many choices for the reef flat easier and wall diving as well. Marine highlights include a large manta rays year round, spectacular, large ocean sunfish (mola-mola) in season (July-October), white-tip reef sharks, nurse sharks and hammer strange. The whale shark is far from ordinary, but it looks odd migrants. Last but certainly not least, four species of sea turtles can be found here. All operators offer scheduled trips to key places around the three islands.
Diving at Nusa Ceningan

Prices vary slightly differ from store to store. Course fee of about U.S. $ 60 for a half day introduction to Discover Scuba, U.S. $ 395 for PADI Open Water certification. A nice dive with a cost of about U.S. $ 35-45 including all equipment, with discounts offered for multiple dives. Dive shop has a variable opening hours according to seasonal demand. Night dives are widely offered and offers a fantastic underwater experience.

Snorkeling at Nusa Ceningan

Good snorkeling is available near the beach in various places around Nusa Ceningan island. Perhaps the two best areas Mushroom Bay on the west coast, and mangroves at the northern end. Equipment can be rented from the hotel or on the beach, and depending on the quality of equipment, the rental price of Rp 20.000 to 50.000 for a mask, snorkel and fin set.
If you like to get more for off-shore, dive shop can sell you space on a snorkeling submarine is scheduled, depending on availability. Also, a local boatman willing to take you by boat to a variety of snorkeling. Depending on the amount of snorkeling spot you want to visit, boat trips can be arranged for a price of about Rp 200000-300000 (including snorkeling gear). A place of fun snorkeling only be reached by boat along the coast of Nusa Penida, Crystal Bay with a particularly helpful. There are currents along this coast. Boatman will drop you at the beginning of this time, and you can drift with the currents while snorkeling along the drop off the wall with loads of beautiful coral and fish. Boat builders will follow you and pick you up at the end of the day.

Nusa Ceningan, Other water sports

Families with children will not lack choice here, filled with the typical Start-type resort, mechanical water sports are available, including jet-skiing, para-sailing, wake-boarding and banana boat. Those who care little about the environment may prefer sea kayaking. Your hotel will be able to help with booking one of these activities. Or, just go to the beach either in the Gulf of mushroom or stone mountain spur, and seeking a way out for yourself. Fees range from about Rp 150,000 for a single banana boat ride, Rp 300,000 for a jet ski.
This is an excellent island for visitors, for walk away and explore the various tracks that criss-cross the Nusa Ceningan island.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Map of Nusa Penida

As part of Bali’s district, Nusa Penida Island is under the Klungkung regency. If you want to go to Nusa Penida Island from Bali, you need to go to Padang bay to take a ferryboat crossing from Bali to Nusa Penida Island. The only ferryboat available is called as Roro-Nusa Jaya Abadi. This boat will take you crossing the Badung Strait (located between Bali Island and Nusa Penida Island), and the trip will take around one hour to get to the Toya Pakeh Harbor in Nusa Penida Island. After you have reached the island, you can continue the trip by having a modified pick-up car or known as “omprengan”.

The northern dive sites of Nusa Penida like Crystal Bay, Pura Ped and Toyapakeh are good destinations for Drift Diving. A boat ride with BIDP's speed boat of 45 minutes brings y ou to the best underwater adventures here in Bali Indonesia.

The divesites around Penida can be challenging. Upwellings from the deep can cause thermoclines and let the temperature drop to 20 degrees celsius. Currents running between the Nusa Islands and Lombok Strait are most of the time southward, but can be influenced in direction and strength by the monsoon seasons.

The three islands, Nusa Penida Island, Lembongan Island and Ceningan Island are situated at the Wallace Line which lies at the middle of Bali Island and Lombok Island. This Wallace Line is a separation line between the eco-zones of Asia and Australasia. To the west of the Wallace Line, Asiatic species and organism live, while to the east of the Wallace Line, Australian species and organism exist for living. According to the scientist, these boundaries have been existing for 50 million years. They are predicted to be the south-western edge of Sunda Earth Crust Shelf which are believed to link some main islands in Indonesia, such as Java, Sumatera, Borneo, Bali to the Southeast Asia’s mainland.

Nusa Penida Backgrounds

Nusa Penida Island as the part of Bali district under the Klungkung Regency has its own history. The Nusa Penida Island was a place where the Gelgel dynasty from Bali was held in prison at early 18th century under the Majapahit ruler. The Gelgel Dynasty was one of the Balinese Kingdoms which conquered the Lombok Island once.

Badung Strait, during WWII the Badung Strait was the location of "The Of Badung Strait". This event took place on 19 and 20 februar 1942. Allied forces had a confrontation here with the Imperial Japanese Navy.

How to get to Nusa Penida

BIDP organise daily dive trips to the Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan Islands and regularly visit 12 divesites. You can feel save to dive with an organisation with more then 25 years of experience diving in Bali, Indonesia.

These are just a short summary of so many interesting places that you can visit in Nusa Penida Island. However, many tourist are not yet well-informed about this amazing island, so that not many tourist coming to the island. Furthermore, the very potential tourism objects are not well- managed yet. Hopefully, there will be a significant improvement in the nearest future.

Diving sites

Nusa Penida covers a wide area of diving locations. They are Penida Bay, Manta Point, Batu Meling, Batu Lumbung, Batu Abah, Toyapakeh and Malibu Point. The flow through the Lombok Strait is, overall, south-tending, although the strength and direction of the tidal streams are influenced by the monsoon seasons.

During the southeast monsoons, the tidal flow tends south; during the northeast monsoons, the tidal flow tends north. In the area of the strait north of Nusa Penida, the pattern is relatively simple, with a flow, at peaktide, of about three-and-one-half knots. Tidal streams in Badung Strait are semi-diurnal, but the character of the stream is very complicated because its direction runs obliquely to the general south to north direction of Lombok Strait, and the channel has a curved shape.


Toyapakeh has a stretch of reefs, and in the southern part of the bay there is a similar area of rugged bommies, rich with color and fish. Big schools of fish, sea turtles, and occasionally molas are highlight of Toyapakeh diving. Toyapakeh is special for its pillars of coral.

Malibu Point

Malibu Point is a diving site with gray reefs, reef white tips, silver-tips and numerous sharks. While Penida Bay is another anchorage, and the rocky islands have an interesting forms; something like an old resting elephant. The bay is vulnerable to swell, creating-up-and-down-currents. Then, Manta Point is a limestone rock off Pandan cafe. The swell is relatively strong.


Lembongan is a diving site with vast spread of coral reefs and good visibility. Big fishes are frequently observed at the area. Manta rays or sunfishes appear in the certain season.
The site is also known of the very strong currents requiring divers some skills.

Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay is calmer than outer shore. There are many Antheases. A school of batfish comes around periodically. A bat cave is located nearby.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Many people believe that ‘Bali Tropic offers too many amazing things, that one visit will never be enough’. Yes, it is so true. There are so many things to do in Bali. Bali offers you beautiful tropical beaches and landscapes, highly-valued culture and tradition, friendly Balinese people, and last but not least, beautiful and unique local handicrafts. These might be just some of great things in Bali that will certainly attract tourist to come again and again.

Somehow, from my latest trip to Bali, I find out much more things to do in Bali “the paradise of tropical island”.

Today you can also add to my list above, the attraction of a myriad of activities catering to both the action oriented holiday maker and the more staid. Things to do that will absolutely blow you away.

Here is a starter list of best things you may want to try when you are next in Bali:

Bali Cruises

Another great thing to do in Bali is cruising in Bali. You do not need to get worried about the range of boats that you can have when you are cruising in Bali. Nowadays Bali has a great selection of safe boats to choose from. All you need to do is just picking one of the Bali cruising as you wish. Go for a fun filled family outing or go more adventurous with some of the latest cutting edge crafts which deliver the speed. Some of the great offers cruising in Bali are Bali Hai Cruises, Sea Safari Cruises and Bounty Cruises.

Bali Diving

If you are a water sport lover, diving in Bali is definitely a thing to do in Bali. By doing so, you are required to have PADI. So, just put your PADI license to use if you already have one, or if you are a diving newbie, you may just jump and try it to get your PADI certificate. A range of dive organizers for the experienced, and dive schools for the new comers are available to choose from. Some offer PADI 'Youth Scuba' courses for ages 5+. Bali diving will certainly be an adventure of exploring the sea that you might never forget.

Bali Surfing

Many people are coming to Bali for watching or doing surfing in Bali. Bali surfing is well-known because the beaches in Bali offer great experiences for the surfing lovers. If you come to Bali with your board, then it is assumed that you must’ve known where to go. However, Bali surfing is for everyone, even for the beginners. If you are keen to learn, there are many schools to choose from, just head for the beach! Whilst Kuta is a good all rounder, Uluwatu, Padang-Padang, and Balangan can provide some great tubes to test the more experienced. (some offer surfing lessons for ages 5+, so the whole family can enjoy surfing all together). Surfing in Bali is worth to be put in your things to do in Bali list.

Bali Fishing

Fishing in Bali will give you a different fishing experience from other places. So, yes, Bali Fishing is another great thing to do in Bali, especially if you love fishing. Challenge yourself to get one of the biggest fish in the sea. Go after that marlin or try your hand at yellow fin tuna! Most boats provide full tackle, bait and a running commentary, a friendly, giggly banter which makes the day out that much more enjoyable. (fishing boats from Benoa Harbour or Sanur).

Jet Skiing in Bali

Jet skiing in Bali will certainly be more challenging. The other advantage while you are having a jet skiing in Bali is that you can also enjoy the Balinese great beaches. Re-create those favorite Baywatch moments! However, due to their environmental impact, it is only available at some selected beaches across the island. (for example, it is available at Grand Hyatt Nusa Dua).

Bali Wind Surfing

Another water sport that you can challenge is the wind surfing in Bali. Bali wind surfing will demand you to maximize the almost continuous winds found in Nusa Dua or Sanur. You can rent a board, and head out, or take one of the courses designed for beginners. Put this one if your list of things to do in Bali, and enjoy the breeze.

Dolphin Watching

You might not able to see Dolphin in just whenever places. So, I am now saying that Bali will be a perfect place to enjoy these adorable creatures swimming freely in the sea. Watching Dolphin in Bali will be another must thing to do in Bali.

Enjoy these all-time favourites in their natural habitat. They are at their best first thing in the morning. Also, the soft hues of the sun-rise provide amazing colours for the photography enthusiasts. However, you will need to plan ahead for this one, since Lovina is in the North of the island, and you will more than likely be staying in a hotel or a rental villa in the south.


Again, when you do have adrenalin, you can put Bali paragliding in your list of things to do in Bali. One perfect place to have Bali Paragliding is Uluwatu. All you need to do is throwing yourself off the sheer cliff faces of Uluwatu into the Indian Ocean , and enjoy the spectacular view from the above. As a beginner you can enjoy great tandem jumps with well qualified professionals with great safety records.

Elephant Safari Park

The Elephant Safari Park Bali is arguably, one of the best in South East Asia! It is in a great location and landscaped gardens. Don't forget to write the elephant safari ride in you must do things in Bali list.

Bali Bird Park

Bali Bird Park shall be in your ‘things to do in Bali list. There are so many bird species that you might want to see in Bali Bird Park. Some people think that the Bali Bird Park is a serious place where experts spend sometimes to study these species. However, you don't need to be a bird watcher to enjoy this colorful park. You may just want to take a morning off, and discover the beauty of an array of tropical birds Bali has to offer. My suggestion, it will even be better if you arrive later in the afternoon, and enjoy some amazing sun-set melodies. I am sure that it will be a great choice for enthusiasts and families. (located at Taman Burung - open 08:00 - 18:00 daily)

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter tours in Bali is another great offer that you can have in your list of things to do in Bali. It can be one of the greatest experiences of a life-time. Spectacular views over Bali even Lombok. Take in the gentle rice terraces from the best vantage point, or get up close and personal with a volcano! Helicopter tours in Bali will be quite expensive though, but it will certainly be an experience that you never forget. (Air Bali)

Dance Performances

Be enthralled by unique Balinese dances! Try to catch one of each of: Kecak, Legong and Fire Dances, at least. These dancing performances are things to do in Bali that you must never skip from. Balinese dances are one of the most beautiful and unique dances that I have ever seen. There are dozens of different troupes to choose from, each with their own following. Keep in mind, shows in hotels and tourist restaurants offer vanilla flavor, and sometimes mechanical re-creations of the real thing. Head out to some of the villages, and you will be handsomely rewarded with the authentic fare.

Bali Shopping

When I put the designer shopping into my ‘things to do in Bali’ list, I am not talking about the faking product that you might also find in the streets of many other Asian locations. I am talking about the original product made by inspiring designers that makes Bali shopping as an option that you cannot leave behind. In the recent years, Bali shopping has attracted some of the most talented original designers, and artists from around the world (both the East and the West). This coupled with the inherent artistic capabilities of the Balinese, means that Bali today enjoys a large number of original designer shops. You can find anything from post-modern lighting installations, to Imperial Chinese style sideboards, and from original water fountain designs to some of the best jewelry designed and manufactured anywhere in the worldShopping in Bali is really fun!


If you want another challenging sport, go-karting in Bali is perfectly suited your things to do in Bali. Only for those who get withdrawal symptoms from being away from the hustle and bustle of big-city life! All the noise, thrills and danger of the real thing! When you do go karting in Bali, there are some choices of single or double carts that you can choose from.

Bali Golf

There are 18 hole courses available across Bali, offering you the best golf in Bali. Each of them will give you different experience. You might also find that one seems to be more beautiful that the other. Relax on an easy course, or challenge yourself to one of the more demanding courses designed by professionals. Either way, don't miss the spectacular views over the Indian Ocean or one of Bali's great volcanoes. Most courses in Bali are to international standards, and many offer clubhouses and recreational facilities for the rest of the familyGolf in Bali will definitely be put in a list of things to in Bali.

Bali Horse Riding

If you want to enjoy the beautiful nature, you can try a horse riding in Bali! It is a unique way exploring the wonderful rice terraces and the tide waves of the beach.

There is a selection of horses that you can choose from. There are also some courses for the beginners when you do horse riding in Bali. (Umalas or Saba Bay Stables). Put it in your things to do in Bali list, and you will be guaranteed to have an unforgettable memory of it.

Kite Boarding

Do you have enough adrenalin for Kite Boarding? If you do, then you can try Bali Kite Boarding. It is an extreme sport for the brave ones. So, if you think that you are one of those people, you must put Bali Kite Boarding is your list of things to do in Bali.

Some great wind and lift, as well as the equipment for rental is available at Nusa Dua beaches. But make sure you have a great story lined up for your insurance company! Keep in mind, this really is an Extreme Sport.

Monkey Watching

Watching monkey in Bali will be something that you cannot have in other country. Because of this uniqueness, watching monkey in Bali shall certainly be put in your agenda of things to do in Bali. Just Experience this mischievous macaques in full action! There are also some good restaurants and eateries nearby. However, you should be careful of your cameras, glasses and the like! (The Sacred Monkey Forest - Ubud)

Mountain Cycling

Another great thing to do in Bali when you feel like exploring the nature is Bali mountain cycling. You can enjoy a leisurely cycle with views of the Batur volcano! When you have a Bali Mountain Cycling, there are lots to see, lots to learn, and all of these are on two wheels. You do not need to be worried getting lost, because you will be accompanied by an experienced guide. (Bali Adventure Tours)

Slingshot (Reverse Bungee)

Bali Slingshot is just for the brave ones. If you think that you are one of them, then Slingshot in Bali will certainly to be put in your things to do in Bali list.
Defy gravity Bali style, with some spectacular 50m views! (That is, if you remember to open your eyes!) Not for the faint-hearted. Organizers follow international safety standards.

Bali Temple

There are many temples in Bali, and they are one of the charms to attract the tourist, especially the Bali temple ceremonies. It is another thing to do in Bali that you don’t want to miss. There is a Bali temple ceremony every single day where you can come to have a visit as an observer. You can just ask around to find the nearest one during your stay. If you are lucky enough, you may be able to catch one of the Full Moon or Dark Moon ceremonies which attract devotees from far a field and are some of the most colourful events on the island. Please remember that a sensible dress code, and polite/respectful behaviour are essential for continued hospitality towards foreign guests. (Also, please note that women are not allowed in the temples during their menstrual period.)

Tennis in Bali
If you want to stretch out your muscles by playing tennis in Bali, you do not need to be worry that you are not able to find a good tennis course. There are great tennis courses from the open to the covered ones. The finest tennis courts are mostly located at major hotels, you can use these facilities on a pay-per-use basis. Many will provide a partner to match your skills. You can just pick the desired one and do tennis in Bali.

Wake Boarding (or Knee Boarding)

Have you ever tried a wake boarding in Bali? If you never try it, you can have this experience in Bali. Have a go at that double flip, or just learn to stand up! Most beaches in Bali are more suitable for surfing, however, you can enjoy wakeboarding at the Condrad Bali Resort, and surrounds. You may want to put it in your things to do in Bali list.

Bali Waterbom Park

Bali Waterbom Park is a swimming pool park to spoil you and your family with a variety of water gaming, such as water slides and rides galore. This is a place where both kids and adults will have a blast! It is a world class park, with well trained staff. It will be better if you go there early, because you and your family can make the most of your day! (open 09:00 - 18:00 daily) . I highly recommend this to be put in your things to do in Bali list. You and your family are guaranteed to have a spectacular pleasure there.

White Water Rafting

Last but not least in my list will be the White water rafting in Bali. To have both, the enjoyment and the excitement of your holiday vacation, you must put Bali Rafting in your list of things to do in Bali. It is a thrilling experience through 8 kilometers of rapids! (Believe it or not, it is still suitable for ages 5+) Organizers follow international safety standards. (Bali Adventure Tours)

Based on my experience, if you decide to have some of these lists into your schedule when you visit Bali, you may always want to come back for more. Above all, the hospitality of Balinese people, their willingness to help altogether with their warm welcoming smiles, makes the adventures complete and be full of precious memories.

To remind you, some of the lists involve some dangerous or extreme activities. You must make sure to check whether you are suitable enough for the related adventures. Furthermore, also check if the organizers provide you with all necessary experience and safety record to make sure that everything goes perfect for your wonderful adventure experience in Bali.