The article is relevant for 2020
Watching sunset in Bali is one of the most common and enjoyable activities. The passion to admire the sun setting behind the horizon, coloring clouds in the most incredible combination - everything is within reach for those who have just arrived in Bali and those who have lived here for many years.
To learn how to ride a bike is best in closed shoes (sneakers) and covered clothes (jeans and a jacket). Often it is at first, because of inexperience, you can get hurt and if you are wearing flip flops and shorts, your wounds will be much more serious.
Bali has a population of about 4 million people. A third of them live in rural areas, although on this island the boundaries between small town and village are sometimes blurred. Kabupaten Badung is the most populous (over 700,000 people), while Klungkung has a population of about 200,000.
A wedding is an important event in Balinese society. It is one of the rituals of yadnya, designed to bring the material and spiritual worlds into harmony. A wedding or "pawiwahan" becomes sacred because it involves three important forms of witnesses: gods, creatures from the underworld, and people.
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Not all Balinese offerings look elegant and sophisticated like Canang Sari, which combines 4 kinds of flowers, woven coconut leaves and handfuls of rice. In the religion of Bali, one must accept both good and bad. We’ve talked a lot about gods, so today we’ll take a look at demons in balinese culture.
* This information is relevant for 2019
When we travel, it’s great to see how familiar things can become absolutely unusual. We understand that obsequial rites, ways of fasting, initiation into adulthood, and rules of marriage can be completely different. The kind that would be hard for us to imagine before we face them.
For many people Bali is a small tropical paradise island in the ocean, with only beaches with azure water, surfing and interesting excursions. In fact, Bali is a very large island (80 x 150 km) with 4 million people living here and another 10 million annually coming as tourists! Tourism means money, so at some point the island began to attract criminals from all over Indonesia. Also, the Balinese themselves sometimes lose their mind and turn to crime.
Many of us relax in the gentle tropical climate, admiring the natural beauty of Bali. How can anything go wrong? Don't forget that Bali is not in the seventh heaven, but still on planet Earth. This beautiful island that can provide many pleasant moments, but don't forget to be cautious about security and especially financial security.
Visitors to Bali are split between those who believe that the island miraculously fulfils desires and those who don't quite buy this theory. Once in Bali, many people realize that they must be careful with their requests from the universe.
Many people think that big waves are most dangerous thing in the ocean for swimmers. But they are not. When a big wave crashes, there is a strong white foam that will push you to the shore. Simply speaking, the waves themselves will not let you get close to them, and will constantly push you ashore. This might involve some tumbling, sand dragging, and other fun stuff, but ultimately you will be ok.
You can buy fruits in Bali all year round; however, each fruit has its own "season". During its season, the fruit is especially juicy and the price is the lowest. Not all fruits you will find grow in Bali. Some come from other islands or countries, but for tourists it does not make any difference.
Bali is an island in an Asian country, so it is no surprise that Balinese cuisine has lot of spices. If you have never experienced asian food before, then be careful while trying Balinese cuisine for the first time. Some dishes can be really spicy, however, not all the dishes are this way.
All tourists who visited Bali sooner or later noticed small baskets of flowers, which Balinese carefully put at the doorsteps of houses or on a holy place in the house. They set fire to an aromatic stick and make enchanting gestures with their hands as if directing the smoke and fragrance of flowers to the sky.
When you come to another country with other traditions and cultures, you inevitably face things that can shock you. At such moments you should not be upset or worried, you just have to be prepared for other people living differently. Here is a short list of things that can shock you in Bali. Don't be afraid, just be prepared for them
Travel to any country necessarily includes visits to local temples and other religious centres. Whether you're in Egypt, France, Bali or Zimbabwe, you'll get the opportunity to learn about the local religion. It's interesting, informative and also helps you understand better than and how one or another nation live.
In 2020, Bali Nyepi will be celebrated on the 25 of March. Any noise, walking outside the house, light, fire, entertainment and work will be banned from 6 a.m. on 25th of March to 6 a.m. on 26th of March. The parade (Pengrupukan) will be held on 24th of March. It starts after sunset (exact time varies) and lasts for several hours (in different villages varies).
If you have already joined the Balinese tradition of ablutions melukat in holy springs, you probably already know such places as Tirta Empul and Sebatu. Tirta Empul is probably the most popular water purification site in Bali and it becomes particularly lively on the days when the Balinese come here for melukat according to Balinese calendar. Kajeng Kliwon Day is often chosen as the date. Kajeng, the third day of the three-day week, and Kliwon, the fifth day of the five-day week, are held simultaneously on this date. And it happens every 15 days.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of the most meaningful Balinese temples, located on the southwestern tip of the Bukit Peninsula near Pecatu. The complex of buildings is located on the edge of the cliff at an altitude of about 90 meters above sea level. Pura Uluwatu is dedicated to protecting Bali from evil sea spirits.
Blue Lagoon near Padang Bai is one of the best snorkeling place in Bali. Blue Lagoon is a favorite snorkeling spot for families and new snorkelers because the waters are extremely calm. The place is also popular because of its proximity to world-class sites in Nusa Penida, and there are also some interesting spots for snorkeling close to Padang Bai itself.
The Japanese Wreck dive site in Amed is a 20 meters sunken wreck of a Japanese patrol ship sunk during World War II. The quiet bay of Lipah is located in the cozy resort town of Amed. Lipah's black sand is home to an amazingly rich reef, overgrown with soft and hard corals with lots of fish. It is one of the easiest and nicest places to snorkel in Bali. The wrecked Japanese patrol boat of World War II lies just 30 meters off the shore in the Lipah bay. The ship is visible from the surface during clear conditions.
The USS Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben has drawn divers from the world over to this quiet coastal village in East Bali.
Splash is the newest water park on the island and it is located right next to the main facilities of the Finns Recreation Club (formerly Canggu Club) sports and leisure complex in Canggu area (30 minutes away from Kuta and Seminyak). Here you will find waterslides and world-class entertainment, which will bring a lot of pleasure not only to children, but also to adults. Giant slide looks like a five-storey house anв can be used by up to 4 people at a time. The speed slide is designed for both children and adults.
This old Boeing 737 can be found on the left side of Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai about 500 meters from Benoa Square and right next to Dunkin’ Donuts. This place is still covered with a touch of mystery. The story began about 8 years ago. Arif, the pilot of the Garuda airline, loved aircrafts so much, so he decided to buy one of the planes in order give it a new life. He dismantled the aircraft, loaded it into containers and transported the plane from Java to a new location in Bali. The plane was to supposed to become a restaurant.
There are two abandoned aircrafts in Bukit. One of them is located near the southern coast of the Bukit Peninsula, not far from Pandawa beach. According to local residents, both planes were planned to be used as restaurants, but this plan never came to life.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana, known as GWK, is a cultural park located in a picturesque canyon on the Bukit Peninsula and has an area of 60 hectares. This beautiful and atmospheric park became one of the attractions in Bali that must be visited. It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who became his companion.
Lippo Mall is a spacious and air-conditioned new shopping center, which was opened in 2014. It is located in Kartika Plaza road across the Catholic Church St. Francis Xavier. At the center atrium there is an open space that usually host many kinds of events like exhibitions, shows, competition and others.
DFS Mal Bali Galeria is a large shopping complex conveniently located at the Simpang Dewaruci landmark and roundabout in Kuta. Mal Galeria offers Matahari - a big clothing store with accessories and cosmetics, Gramedia - a bookstore, Hypermart - grocery store, and ACE hardware store. Lots of international options as H&M, Nike, Uniqlo. There is a mobile operator office for Telkomsel, where you can register a sim card. For movies, there is the Galeria 21 Cineplex, the island’s premier cinema complex. (If you live in Kuta, it may be more convenient going to the cinema at Beachwalk or Lippo Mall).
The four-story Discovery Mall is located on Jl. Kartika Plaza in South Kuta. Discovery Shopping Mall is one among the largest shopping malls in Bali and the second largest shopping hub after Kuta Beachwalk. It is located on one of Kuta’s main roads, the Jalan Kartika Plaza. Shops offer a wide variety of products, ranging from clothes and shoes to traditional souvenirs made by local craftsmen.
Beachwalk Shopping Center was opened in April 2012 and it is located right in front of the legendary Kuta Beach. This three-story building has a very has a unique architecture design with a green and open concept, creating relaxing and open atmosphere.
Berawa is one of Bali's volcanic black sand beaches. Water here is not transparent because of the sand’s color. Not ideal for swimming, but great for surfing. Normally people swim in front of the beach cafes, on the right side from the entrance. The cafes are open all day long, and it is nice to hide there with a coconut when it gets too hot. For a more sophisticated atmosphere, try the Finns Beach Club, which is located right at the beach.