Usefulness of Bali guide

Bali is one of the 17 500 islands of Indonesia. It belongs, both with Lombork and Gili Islands, to the most frequently visited places there. On the face of it, those islands seem to be wildly known and no guide is needed. Tourists usually know where to go and what to see and they usually seem to be satisfied with their stay. But like it often happens their knowledge isn’t as complete as it seems.

Variety of Bali

Bali first of all, apart from boasting about its awesome beaches, wonderful weather, incredible views hearty and hospitable people, has something more, something that ranks it very high among other touristic places: its cultural heritage. Very often it is hidden deeply somewhere in the crowded streets of Kuta or Denpasar, somewhere among shops, motor rentals, markets; and much of willpower is crucial to find it. No guide to Bali tells about it.

Bali guide to beliefs

Bali’s predominant religion is Hinduism, though Bali is multi-religious. That’s why there are so many temples or altars what creates magic atmosphere. Balinese religion is known to the world through the richness of its rituals. Gods and demons seem to be everywhere hence so many ‘canang sari’, which are daily offerings made to show gratitude to the Hindu god. It is offered everyday usually in the morning. Even in such touristic places as Kuta, Denpasar or Ubud ‘canang sari’ are seen all over the pavements, inside shops, banks, restaurants and cars. They are little baskets made from palm or banana leaves. Some rice, fruit, cookies are put inside but also incense sticks and flowers. People must be careful not to trample it as it can result in bad luck. When planning a trip to Bali is crucial to have that in mind.

Bali unknown

When searching for other Bali the less touristic and more natural one it is crucial to go inland. That part of Bali can hypnotize and fascinate. That is The Bali that no guide tells us about as they cannot put the outstanding and unique atmosphere that rules this part of the island in writing. That Bali should be seen, should be felt and should be kept somewhere deep inside; The Bali no guide tells us about.

Bali, guide to hidden villages

The unique place like that is Amed, a small village hidden in the north east corner of the island. Apart from breathtaking views Amed tempts us by its incredible, uncommon beaches. They are covered with volcanic sand and that’s why they are pure black. Nearby there is a volcano Gunung Agung that is Bali’s highest mountain pick. It is still active and we can observe the magma rising from below. On mountainside there is Pura Besakih, the most important temple complex in Bali. Gunung Agung can be climbed up and there are trekking routes however this isn’t a technical climb, it is a difficult one, extremely difficult because of unpredictable weather and terrain. While trekking you should be accompanied by a guide which isn’t obligatory but highly recommended. However every trip to Bali should include such a trek.

Guide to the Balinese coast

Amed is a calm enclave surrounded by wild area that tourists reach very rare. There are five big beaches and a lot of bays that provide easy and relaxed dives and snorkeling. In one of the bays, not far from Tulamben fishing village there is a Liberty wreck, an US army cargo ship torpedoed by Japanese in 1942. It is an outstanding place for snorkeling. Amed is a starting point for trekking routes that run through amazing mountains villages. You can spend some time with villagers witnessing their everyday life. The history of Bali goes back to 350 years when all the Hindus living on Java had to emigrate not to be converted into Islam.

Balinese rice terraces

Rice terraces are synonymous with Bali and are the dominant part of the scenery. They are mainly inland, and the juicy green covered large area. Rice terraces alone offer a scenic outlook that spreads down before you. The air is usually cool and breezy there so we can relax a bit, everyone who plans a trip to Bali should go there.

Bali guide to temples

There are a lot of temples in Bali. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of Bali’s six key temples. Its magnificent location perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 80 meters above sea level, which makes it even more attractive for tourists.

Pura Tanah Lot is one of the Bali’s most important landmarks famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. It is placed on the north east coast, not far from Kuta.

Ujung Water Palace is located in the village of Seraya in Karangasem regency. The complex consists of various large pools and historic structures. Another Water Palace built in 1948,Tirtagangga, is a former royal palace in eastern Bali. It is famous for its amazing water gardens.  Every guide to Bali tells about it.

Balinese journey and dances

Bali is also famous for its dance. Balinese dance is beautiful and unique and it’s closely connected to religious rituals. Balinese dancers move their neck from side to side as if these were made of rubber. Their movements tend to be both precise and stylized. There are many performances there and it is easy to take part in some. For those who cannot go inland to see them, the performances take place in Ubud, Denpasar or Kuta.  Dances make our trip to Bali even more unforgettable .

How long to stay in Bali

Bali is a magic and diverse island. Despite being a popular tourist destination there are calm and isolated places where you can relax and where you can meet native inhabitants. Bali would require one week or so but sometimes one month is too short. It depends on our expectancy. How deep do we want to submerse in it and how well do we want to learn it? To learn it better than the guide to Bali can taught us.

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