Uluwatu Temple

ULUWATU TEMPLE

Uluwatu is the most famous wave of Bali. There is always some swell here so it's also always crowded. The spot offers several waves which are working with different swells and tides:

The Peak: best at mid and high tide. Closes out at low tide. In front of the cave. it's the most consistant. Short and powerful waves, tubes. The take off is moving. It works from 1ft to 8ft. The most crowded. One of the sections closes more than the others.

Racetracks: 100 meters further. fast wave, a lot of sections with easy tubes. Best at low tide and at 6ft. Can hold bigger swell. On the right tide and the right swell, "The Peak" connects with "Racetraks" (you need to be a good tuberider). Over 10 ft, Racetracks breaks until "The Corner".

Inside Corner: best at mid and low tide with a 6ft swell. At first, it's a fun wave and the final bowl is a tube. Don't do a cutback just before the bowl! Take plenty of speed, stay high in the face and trim. You will pass the tube.

Uluwatu TempleOutside Corner: the REAL Uluwatu. Works only with big swells (>8 feet) and at low tide. The lower is the tide, the better is the wave. Take at least a 7' board. It is a succession of long walls good for carving and, sometimes, a beautiful final tube. The length is around 300 meters.

Temple: less surfed. Two waves in fact ("Outside temple" and "The Bombies"). Only for experts because the water is very shallow. For them, it is a incredible tube when it works.

Activities

To Eat, To Buy, To Stay, To Do

TO EAT
Various restaurants and cafes throughout Uluwatu, from cheap food stalls to luxury restaurants.

TO BUY
Naturally, the souvenirs around here are sea-related products, such as items made of seashells and corals. But of course, there are also the modern kind of merchandises, such as T-shirts. 

TO STAY
There are many accommodations from warung (warung is a traditional cafe), motels, hotels to villas. The prices range from $5 to $2000 for a day. If you stay in a warung you just need to pay for the meals. You'll find better accomodations like starred hotels near resorts. Just click the Find a Hotel button.

TO DO

Spot information for surfing at Uluwatu:
Type of break: reef break Type of wave: hollow barreling wave Direction: left hand Bottom: coral Average lenght of ride: long Suitable for : expert level

Detailed information:
Crowd level: a big crowd Best tide: mid Ideal board size: 6'8-7'4 Mini gun Ideal wind direction: south-east

Wavesize & wetsuit:
Spring – Summer – Autumn – Winter Overhead: 6'- 8' – Ok : 2'- 4' – Overhead: 6'- 8' – Overhead: 6'- 8' Boardshorts – Boardshorts – Boardshorts – Boardshorts

(Source: www.globalsurfer.com. Image credit: www.baliwaves.com)

GET THERE
Uluwatu is about one hour drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. You can use a taxi from the airport. Or you can go to Denpasar and to find a travel agent or auto rental. Many rentals also provide motorcycles.

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About Bali

Geography

Amongst the thousands of islands that are beautifully arranged from west to east in Indonesia, Bali is peacefully seated in the eastern part of the tropical country. Occupying an area of 5.632 kilometer, Balis beauty sparks out as a dramatic view but overshadowed with the arrogance of the active volcanoes. The Balis mountainous area divides the island into northern and southern parts.
 
Its exoticism lies on the beautiful silhouette of its white-sand beach­es. Outside the main island, Bali promotes some of tiny islands on, they are Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan & Menjangan ­Island that are undeniably paradises for divers and surfers.
 
Balinese puts high respect for the natural elements, including mountains, sea, springs, like lakes, rivers and other elements. They get acquainted with their physical existence while upholding a philosophy of being the sources for life. Hence, the nature and all the important elements have special space in the hearts of Balinese. The Balinese include them as important constituents in its spiritual and religious activities, exceptionally for Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali (3,141 meter) and Besakih Temple (the mother temple) of Balinese Hindus on its feet.

Traditions and Religions

Bali is densely populate & with over 3.5 million people, almost all of the Balinese Hindu Religion. The Hindu people retain the basic values that teach them of balance and harmony of all aspects in life, which is Tri Hita Karana.

Tri Hita Karana is a guidance on how to have a harmonious relationship with surrounding nature (Pawongan), others people (Pelemahan) and with Ida Hyang Widhi Wasa/God The Almighty (Parahyangan). The commitment to maintain and manifest the fundamental values into daily living is the thing that keeps Bali unique in life dynamic.

Balinese Hindus celebrates Galungan day and Kuningan day once in every six month and celebrate the New Year with special rituals called NYEPI. The Nyepi celebration is started with the conduct of catur Brata Penyepian (four forbidden things to do during the change of Saka Year) which includes amati geni (no light), amati lelunggaan (no trip), amati lelangguan (no entertainment) and amati karya (no activity). During Nyepi, all places in Bali for 24 hours will be left in silent and free from activities, including those in airport, harbours, terminals, and roads.

Synergy of Culture, Nature and Spiritual

Bali gives high values to nature, culture and spiritual life, which are all in synergy to create harmony and peace in the island.

Balis charm is not only anchored in the beautifully crafted paddy terrace which is watered by Subak system (a system that has been implemented for many years). The island captures the heart of tourists through a selection of dance and cultural ritual festivities also in spiritual awareness that make strong foundation to live their life. Besides, the honesty of the Balinese attains great respect from the other people.

Nature

Bali is gifted with rich nature. Not mention the fertile soil, abundant water resources, or friendly but cool weather, Balis land lets grow any plants. From rice produced at stunning paddy terrace to any plants and range of colourful flowers made for rituals, such as ba­nyan tree, coconut, plumeria, lotus, hibiscus, cempaka and other plants, its own characteristics Bali defines.

For Balinese, nature and plants are highly respected elements. In fact, they have special event to give deep salute to the plants, which is Tumpek Uduh. So many rituals you will meet in Bali are mostly to bring harmony into life, either on the sea or springs, forests, and other places.

Culture

A bounce of cultural attractions and creations from Bali have been put on stage everywhere in the world. People admire every move on Balinese dances, spirit behind the gamelan, the story of the puppet show, beautiful crafts, brilliant paintings, clothes, and other art and cultural designs.

Beyond the creativity, the deep understanding to the tradition and decency to present a masterpiece of art to the Great Creator, Ida Hyang Widhi Waca, also plays important role in cultural creations and attractions.

Spiritual

Spiritual activities in Bali are most dominated by Hindu rituals. Everyday in life in the island of thousands of temples, a spiritual activity takes place, especially on sacred days for Hindu people.

A spiritual event also takes place to mark each phase of life from the day of the birth, into childhood, adulthood, wedding ceremony until they are departed. One ritual process for the departed, called Ngaben, is in fact famous amongst the international community.

Attractions – The Colour of Celebration

Do not worry that you will miss interesting things in Bali. There are more to see than its amazing nature and culture, such as how Balinese live their daily life. There is always a spiritual presentation in efforts to keep the nature and the Gods creatures all in balance. Balinese celebrates life with full of joy reflecting the purity and gratitude to the life creator, Ida Hyang Widhi Wasa (God the Almighty).

To bring harmony into life, a Balinese has conducted some stages of spiritual procession since they were still in womb. They ride through the birth, maturity and mortality period with gratefulness and ceremonial procession. What an interesting event to follow through.

Bali, mostly Hindu/followers, lists a number of spiritual events, including a ritual event once on full moon or sleeping moon (tilem), great day of Galungan and Kuningan, and other sacred days. Through this event, they express gratefulness to Gods blessings on life.
 
Balinese celebrates the change of year (year of caka) in unique way, the one and only in the world. The change of year in Bali is celebrated as Nyepi. The Nyepi procession is began with some ceremonials aimed at self-resurrection and natural rejuvenation to welcome the new days. They wash the ceremonial equipment on the sea or springs to bring back the purity. Then during Nyepi, Balinese remains dormant by conducting catur brata penyepian (four challenges on Nyepi day) that consist of: Amati Geni (no fire including furious feeling inside), Amati Lelanguan (no entertainment), Amati Lelungaan (no trip) and Amati Karya (no activity). On Nyepi, there appear no activity at the airport, harbours, and all roads in Bali.
Bali is kept in silent, dark around, and goes meditative.

Nyepi puts somebody and the entire nature off. What a unique ceremony!

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Rafting in Bali

Rafting in Bali

Bali is a tropical island in the Indonesian archipelago. The climate is hot, with temperatures averaging around 86 degrees F all year. The best time to visit the island is between May and August, when it is slightly cooler and mainly dry. The island has several tumultuous rivers that are ideal for whitewater rafting, and trips are available throughout the year.

Rafting Tours

All of Bali's rafting companies provide free hotel transfers in air-conditioned vehicles. A welcome drink also is included, and morning tours finish with a hot buffet meal. Waterproof bags are supplied for keeping your valuables safe, and shower facilities are provided at the end of the trip. Some companies also offer a souvenir video or photographs of your tour for an additional fee.

Health and Safety

Bali's rafting companies have an excellent safety record. Most use Avon rafts with safety hand ropes and toe-cups, as approved by the World White Water Rafting Association. Helmets and life jackets, which meet international standards, are provided, and an instructional briefing is given before the trip. Reputable rafting companies use only professional, experienced guides, many of whom are trained in emergency first aid. Children under 6 are not permitted to ride.

What to Bring

Rafters should wear lightweight shorts or bathing clothes with a T-shirt in case they fall into the river, and should bring along a complete change of clothing and a towel. Rubber-soled sports shoes that can be securely fastened are the most suitable footwear. Although a helmet is used while rafting, it is still a good idea to wear a sunhat, and sunscreen is vital. Bring along a camera to take shots of the beautiful Balinese scenery, but ensure that it is secured in a waterproof bag during the trip.

Ayung River

The Ayung River is Bali's longest waterway and a number of rafting companies operate from here. The start of the course is approximately one hour's drive from the resorts of Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua. The 7-mile run has a class II to III rating, which means that it is suitable for beginners. The course includes 27 sets of rapids and several short drops. The route winds through steep-sided gorges with cascading waterfalls and tropical rain forest. The trip lasts around 90 minutes.

Telaga-Waja River

This river is more challenging than the Ayung and suitable only for people who are physically fit. The rafting course, which begins at the foot of Mount Agung, an active volcano, is a continuous 7.5-mile stretch of whitewater and hairpin bends. Riders are sure to get soaked as they paddle though waterfalls, and the trip ends with a hair-raising 13-foot drop at Bajing Dam. Transfer time from Denpasar is around 90 minutes, and the rafting trip lasts for approximately two hours.

Melangit River

The starting point is about 45-minute journey from Denpasar, and the course runs through a rain forest canyon, with steep cliff sides and numerous waterfalls. This is a challenging run, with sharp bends to negotiate, more than 30 rapids and drops of between 3 and 13 feet. The river is classed as a II to III, but can increase to level IV during the rainy season of October to March. It is suitable for rafters of intermediate skill.

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The 37th Bali Art Festival is held this June until July 2015

Bali Art Festival
Annual Celebration of Arts and Culture in Bali
June 13th, 2015 – July 11th, 2015

 

Bali Arts Festival is considered as one of the enchanting celebration of the year! Aside from the colorful music and art performances, it touches the realization that art affects daily endeavours. The festival will be held at Bali, Indonesia from the month of June until July. Explore each various events which showcases the creative handicrafts exhibitions, arts by means of music, dance and beauty. The cultural parade will be happening where people n their distinct costumes are eye-catching. This is also one way promoting Balenese culture for tourism.

On regular days, a visit to the Denpasar Art Centre is a small tour to admire magnificent sculptures and Balinese architectural features as well as a venue of choice for photo shoots with exotic backdrops. But throughout the Bali Arts Festival in June and July, the complex becomes alive with colourful traditional bamboo and coconut leaf decorations and banners. Crowds gather in front of its open stages, auditoriums and outdoor pavilions to witness a variety of traditional and contemporary dances, shadow puppetry, music compositions and youth competitions that fill the festival agenda. Hundreds of artisans from the Denpasar municipality, Bali’s eight provinces, other neighbouring islands and even art troupes from abroad participate and showcase their talents. Now in its 37th year, the Bali Arts Festival returns June 13 to July 11, 2015, and takes on the theme "Jagadhita: Strengthening Public Welfare".

Following the June 13 weekend kick-off this year, with lavish parades around the Bajra Sandhi monument in Denpasar, witness a series of stage performances by art groups from the subdistricts in the Bangli, Gianyar and Karangasem regencies at the Angsoka, Ratna Kanda and Ksirarnawa stages of the Arts Centre in Denpasar. The Ardha Candra main open stage features a female Gong Kebyar performance, brought to you by the Mekar Sari Balerung art community of the Peliatan village in Ubud. The following days up to Saturday, July 11, 2015, these stages feature a wide and colourful variety of performances from different art groups from all over the island and Indonesia for the Bali Arts Festival, offering a lively celebration of arts and culture for all to see.

Through July 11, the weeks are filled with traditional music shows and gamelan recitals at the Ayodya and Angsoka stage, and even evening Balinese documentary film screenings at the Ksirarnawa auditorium. Balinese children’s Gong Kebyar gamelan jam sessions at the Ardha Candra open-air amphitheatre are also a unique show, with vocal, musical and dance collaborations presented by gong troupes from Denpasar and the Tabanan regency. Besides the live performances, the yearly event also features handicraft, painting and sculpture exhibitions, together with a traditional culinary festival that presents favourite Balinese dishes. The Bali Arts Festival closes with a lively ceremony comprising an evening traditional ballet known as ‘sendratari’ held at the Ardha Candra open stage from 20:00.

Don't miss it !!

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  • Opening Hours: Mon–Sat, 10:00–22:00
  • Location: Denpasar Arts Centre (Taman Werdhi Budaya), Jalan Nusa Indah, Denpasar
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 227 176

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Balinese People Celebrates Galungan Day

Galungan is a Balinese holiday that occurs every 210 days and lasts for 10 days. Kuningan is the last day of the holiday. Galungan means "When the Dharma is winning." During this holiday the Balinese gods visit the Earth and leave on Kuningan.

Occurring once in every 210 days in the pawukon (Balinese cycle of days), Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremony that is celebrated by all Balinese. During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They must be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them. Those families who have ancestors that have not yet been cremated, but are still buried in the village cemetery, must make offerings at the graves.

penjor-galunganAlthough Galungan falls on a Wednesday, most Balinese will begin their Galungan 'holiday' the day before, where the family is seen to be busily preparing offerings and cooking for the next day. While the women of the household have been busy for days before creating beautifully woven 'banten' (offerings made from young coconut fronds), the men of our village usually wake up well before dawn to join with their neighbours to slaughter a pig unlucky enough to be chosen to help celebrate this occasion. Then the finely diced pork is mashed to a pulp with a grinding stone, and moulded onto sate sticks that have been already prepared by whittling small sticks of bamboo. Chickens may also be chosen from the collection of free-range chickens that roam around the house compound. Delicate combinations of various vegetables, herbs and spices are also prepared by the men to make up a selection of 'lawar' dishes. While much of this cooking is for use in the offerings to be made at the family temple, by mid-morning, once all the cooking is done, it is time for the first of a series of satisfying feasts from what has been prepared. While the women continue to be kept busy with the preparations of the many offerings to be made at the family temple on the day of Galungan, the men also have another job to do this day, once the cooking is finished. A long bamboo pole, or 'penjor', is made to decorate the entrance to the family compound. By late Tuesday afternoon all over Bali the visitor can see these decorative poles creating a very festive atmosphere in the street. (related link : http://ubudtaksu.com/Bali-Latest-News/galungan-kuningan-day-2013.html) More information visit : http://disparda.baliprov.go.id

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