Travel - Hot Spots - Bali
Bali is an Indonesian island located at [show location on an interactive map] 8°25?23?S, 115°14?55?ECoordinates: [show location on an interactive map] 8°25?23?S, 115°14?55?E, the western most of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country's 33 provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the south of the island. The island is home to the vast majority of Indonesia's small Hindu minority. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music.
Bali is so picturesque that you could be fooled into thinking it was a painted backdrop: rice paddies trip down hillsides like giant steps, volcanoes soar through the clouds, the forests are lush and tropical, and the beaches are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Bali, a tropical island in the Indonesian archipelago, is so picturesque and immaculate it could almost be a painted backdrop. It has rice paddies tripping down hillsides like giant steps, volcanoes soaring up through the clouds, dense tropical jungle, long sandy beaches, warm blue water, crashing surf and friendly people who don't just have a culture but actually live it. In Bali spirits come out to play in the moonlight, every night is a festival and even a funeral is an opportunity to have a good time.
Bali lies 3.2 km east of Java and approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. East to west, the island is approximately 153 km wide and 112 km north to south (95 by 69 miles, respectively), with a surface area of 5,632 km². The highest point is Mount Agung at 3,142 m (10,308 feet) high, an active volcano that last erupted in March 1963. Mountains cover centre to the eastern side, with Mount Agung the easternmost peak. Mount Batur (1,717 m) is also still active. About 30,000 years ago it experienced a catastrophic eruption one of the largest known volcanic events on Earth.
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WHERE TO STAY IN BALI, FOR FAMILIES
when planning your Bali holiday.Things to consider in selecting your Bali accommodation for a family group are:
* Location - try to choose a location that is popular and close to family oriented attractions i.e. near the beach, shops, restaurants and amusements.
* Facilities - make sure your accommodation choice is suitable for kids, it has a children's pool, connecting doors, play ground etc. Some venues are unsuitable for family groups.
* Pricing - does your accommodation choice offer discounts for children under a certain age?
* Transport - when you travel with a family in Bali, it will be much more convenient if you use private transport. Check with your accommodation venue if they provide private transport as part of the holiday package.
Top 10 Things to Do1. Tanah Lot is located about 12 kilometers from Tabanan City and 20 kilometers from Denpasar. The area comprises a wondrous mixture of natural beauty and sheer human effort. Here lies an idyllic white sand beach with crashing waves, complemented by a small yet majestic temple. This temple, known as Pura Tanah Lot, juts out to sea on a rocky background. Tanah Lot attracts throngs of both locals and tourists daily. Most come here longing to catch a glimpse of the romantic Tanah Lot sunsets--a regular occurrence during the dry season (April to November). Admission: IDR3,300
2.Lovina Escape from the hustle and bustle of Kuta to Lovina Beach located in north Bali, about 100 kilometers from southern tourist hotspots. Famous for its early morning dolphin-watching boat trips, Lovina also offers good snorkeling and diving, and trekking in the nearby mountains. Do not miss the opportunity to soak in hot springs and catch beautiful sunsets! With a wonderful variety of hotels, restaurants and bars located on or very near the calm beach, Lovina offers something for everyone. It is also a good base to take day trips to the nearby attractions of north and west Bali.
3.Klungkung Royal Palace The Klungkung Palace was built by the Dewa Agung dynasty when the people moved here in 1710. The existing palace, called the Semara Pura, contains a large square with spacious courtyards, lush gardens, pavilions and moats. The palace that you see today is actually a reconstruction, as the Dutch destroyed the original palace and grounds during attacks in 1908. Stone walls with water lilies in the moat surround the very beautiful Taman Gili complex.Admission: IDR5,000
4.Pura Besakih Bali's mother temple stands against a stupendous mountain backdrop on the southeastern slopes of Mount Agung. The largest on the island, this massive complex of 35 small temples attracts staggering numbers each year, being the main point of pilgrimage for Balinese Hindus. Tracing its origins to prehistoric times, the complex was untouched by the great 1963 eruption of Mount Agung, which wiped out surrounding villages.
5.Taman Burung Bali (Bali Bird Park) Located northeast of Denpasar in the village of Singapadu, this two-hectare bird park incorporates some 60 aviaries. Manicured gardens with flourishing tropical plants and exotic trees provide home to more than 1,000 rare and beautiful birds from the Indonesian archipelago and all over the globe. The Bali Starling, birds of paradise, flamingos and many other varieties make for a wonderful yet educational outing for the whole family.
6.Monkey Forest Sanctuary Located within easy walking distance from the center of Ubud, this small, forested area contains three troops of gray monkeys. After purchasing a ticket at one of the three entrances, proceed down the walkways to the center of the forest. You can purchase bananas and peanuts at the entrance to feed the monkeys but be warned, the monkeys are quite mischievous and will not hesitate to jump on you in search of hidden treats!
7.Uluwatu Uluwatu lies at the southern tip of Bali in the Badung Regency. Famous not only for its unique position, Uluwatu also boasts one of the oldest temples in Bali, Pura Uluwatu. Being a popular surfing spot for the very experienced, Uluwatu offers a wonderful vantage point to view a spectacular sunset. Warungs or small restaurants perched on the cliff offer a comfortable spot to survey the vast Indian Ocean beyond and below the 100-meter-high cliffs with panorama on three sides.
8. Waterbom Park & Spa Waterbom claims to have 101 ways to fill 24 hours for the young and the young at heart. There is a variety of rides including a river raft ride, water racetrack, macaroni tube ride, boogie ride and a jungle ride. The other facilities include: swimming pools for adults and children, table tennis, volley ball and badminton courts, sunbathing areas, restaurants, souvenir shops and a spa. Australian-trained lifeguards on duty make this a safe and enjoyable place for the whole family.
9.Gunung Agung (Mount Agung) Considered the "navel of the world" by the Balinese, Gunung Agung is the holiest mountain in Bali. Many Balinese believe that the gods raised the mountain as a place to view the rich parade of life below. This occasionally active volcano (the last major eruption occurred in 1963 with devastating results) stands at 3,014 meters. Bali's most sacred temple, Besakih actually sits on its slope. The adventurous traveler can attempt to climb the volcano between July and October. Be sure to hire a guide, as the route is long, difficult and dangerous.
10. Museum Semarajaya Located on the eastern side of the Puputan Square and Monument, the Dutch initially built the museum in 1910. After being destroyed by an eruption of Gunung Batur, it was rebuilt in 1925 but did not become established in its present form until 1932. Famous artist Walter Spies helped in bringing together the collection of archeological objects and traditional artifacts. On display are a collection of weapons, dance and ceremonial costumes, ceramics, paintings and furniture housed in the collection of buildings which make up the complex. Admission: IDR20,000
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