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beach fishingLocated at the most western point of the Lesser Sunda Islands, bordered by black, sandy beaches and fascinating coral reefs, Bali is the one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, if not the world. A predominantly Balinese Hindu province, the island is home to a wealth of arts and culture and is a great source of national pride for the whole country.

Also known by its colloquial nickname, `the Island of the Gods,` Bali is one tourist destination that really does have it all. From rugged coastlines and barren volcanoes to tranquil beaches, sloping emerald rice terraces and joyful, vibrant cultural festivals, Bali has something to offer any kind of traveller from every walk of life.

For many visitors to the island, one of its most popular attractions is its incredible, unique culture, arts and festivals. Bali is home to approximately 20,000 `pura` (temples). These vary in size and congregation but each holds festivals at least twice a year, according to a complicated system which is determined by the two separate calendars which the island follows - the `wuku` calendar and the `saka` calendar, the latter of which follows the lunar cycle and is much more similar to the Western calendar system. One of these festivals is the `Galungan` festival, which is celebrated every 210 days and lasts for ten days in itself, with the biggest celebrations held on the final day, the `Kuningan`.

The second festival of the year is `Nyepi`, which is generally considered to be the Hindu New Year. Nyepi is respected by all establishments and authorities across the island as a Day of Silence, when Balinese residents believe they can trick evil spirits into avoiding the island by keeping silent and still between the hours of 6am on Nyepi and 6am the following day, pretending nobody lives on Bali at all. Nyepi is not held on a fixed date but is decided late the previous year; tourists are asked to remain inside their hotels, keeping noise and light to a minimum. The airport is closed down for 24 hours and all booked flights are rescheduled to before or after this date. With such heavy restrictions in place, you might wonder why anyone would wish to visit the island during this time. In fact, the true celebration is held in the evening of the day before, when the island`s inhabitants carry huge, fantastically colourful puppets of giants to form one of the most incredible parades in the world.

Other great attractions to the island include its bizarrely black, sandy beaches, its exciting surfing and snorkeling opportunities, the renowned Balinese massages and the exotic array of clothing, footwear, ornaments and different foods available in the local shops and markets.

 

Tour Guide

AgustoBali Tours are all conducted with Bali Sanur Properties, who are also your airport transfer providers & your main contact at Zen Villa.

( 1 ) UBUD TOUR

US$35 

 
Tour start: 09.00AM
Duration: 05-06 hours
Type: Half-day tour

A Half-day tour to the Ubud Art Village, visiting: Batik Factory at Tohpati, Bali Bird Park, Gold and silver at Celuk, Wood carving at Mas village, and Tegalalang to see a beautiful rice terrace. The art village of Ubud and Lunch is served before visiting monkey forest (not included in cost).
 

( 2 ) TANAH LOT

 US$40

 
Tour start: 02.30 PM
Duration: 05 hours
Type: Half-day tour

A half tour to visit Tanah Lot temple. First visit is to Taman AyunTemple built in the year of 1634. Last stop is Tanah Lot temple.
 

( 3 ) ULUWATU TOUR

 US$40


Tour start: 03.30PM
Duration: 05-06 hours
Type: Half-day tour

A half-day tour to,GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana Pedestal) Uluwatu temple that is located on the top of the cliff. It is approximately 80 meters above sea level and faces the Indian Ocean.
Watch the performance of Kecak and Fire Dance,then to Jimbaran for seafood Barbeque dinner (cost not included).
 

( 4 ) Nusa Dua-Tanjung Benoa

US$30

        
Tour start: 12.30.pm
Duration: 04-05 hours
Type: Half day tour

Nusa Dua-Tanjung Benoa; (Beautiful beach for water sport) water sport activities dive turtle island and spa/massage at kuta ( costs not included ).
 

( 1 ) KINTAMANI ( VOLCANO TOUR)

US$50


Tour start: 09.AM
Duration: 07-08 hours
Type: Full day tour

A full day tour to Volcano and Lake Batur, well known for its fantastic panorama. First stop is the Barong Dance in Batubulan 
Barong is believed in Bali to be the magical guardian of peoples lives. Barong, which is also believed to be "The Sovereign Lord of the Forest", a beast representing no known animal, is regarded as a symbol of the power of benign - beneficial to mankind. This mystical creature with a long swayback and curved tail represents to protector of mankind, the glory of the high sun and the favorable spirits associated with the right and white magic. . Your tour begins by visiting The Batik Factory & the journey will be followed by a visit to Celuk village for its Gold and Silver works, Batuan village; home of Balinese Painters and Mas village; the village of Balinese wood carvers. The next stop is Kintamani, the best place for enjoying the beautiful scenery of semi active volcano and Lake Batur while having lunch at Local restaurant (cost not included).
 
Tampak Siring and Sebatu Spring Water 
The temple was found in 962 AD. There are two important parts of this temple. The first is the tirta empul - bubbling water - the source of Pakrisan river. The second is the altar which is dedicated to god Indra. The Balinese believe that the tirta empul is a special grace given by the god Indra. He made this tirta empul when he pierced the earth to create a spring of amerta the elixir of immortality, with which he revived his people who were poisoned by the cruel king Mayadanawa. They also believe that the water has a magic curative power. To commemorate this every year many people from all over Bali come to purify themselves in the clear pools
Tegal Alang means hills of thatch grass. It is a village, still in the district of Ubud, with many hills around. The traditional farmers of the village make rice field terraces by carving the hills as high as they can supply water to irrigate it. The carved hills look so beautiful and become a magnificent view which has attracted many visitors to visit.
 

( 2 ) TANAH LOT & BEDUGUL TOUR

US$70


Tour start: 09.amAM
Duration: 07-08 hours
Type: Full day tour

This tour is started by visiting Taman Ayun Temple and the Royal Palace of Mengwi 
Taman Ayun which means beautiful garden park is the most complete and beautiful temple in Bali. Taman Ayun temple was built by the king of Mengwi named I Gusti Agung Anom in 1634 AD. It was restored and enlarged in 1937. This large temple is well maintained and surrounded by moat to give the impression of a sanctuary in the middle of a pond, garden with a pond.
The water is a symbolic place of contact with the divine through widyadari, nymphs who bathe there. The Taman Ayun temple are categorized into the state temple where the ancestors of a royal dynasty and the founder of a kingdom are collectively worshipped by the people of a kingdom. State temples include mountain temples, sea temples, and those at the heart of a kingdom. All of the merus and pelinggih here are dedicated to the ancestors of the royal family and the God in His many manifestations. Amongst all pelinggihs, there is a brick building facing east the paibon, a royal ancestral altar.
Then to Pacung and Candi Kuning, a traditional fruit and vegetables market.
 
Bedugul National Park & Temple Bratan 
Bedugul is situated in a highland, in the crater of the ancient Mt Bratan. With its cool temperature this part of Bali becomes the center of tropical vegetables and fruits production. Close to the lake there is a public market where Balinese traders sell their vegetables and fruits. It is pleasant if you make a stop just to see their activities. On on this lake is the way to Bedugul we will feel a radical change of atmosphere from the green and yellow rice paddy into green and fertile land of vegetables, from flowing tiers of rice to motley patches of onion, cabbage and other fruits. On both sides of the main road we can see hills of green vegetables and farmers working to cultivate the land. This is rich alpine country. The earth saturated by mountain streams is smothered with thick moss and creepers. The Lake Bratan takes an important part of peasants daily life as a water reservoir to irrigate the vegetables plantation and rice fields in the lower area. The beautiful temple dedicated to Dewi Danu, godess of water..
The lunch will be served at a Local restaurant (cost not included)
 
Jatiluwih 
This area around Batukau is one of great scenic beauty. There is a tiny road from Wongaya Gede across steep rice terraces. The view here is fantastic, above hill and slopes with steep rice terraces all around.
 
The last stop Tanah Lot Temple.
Tanah Lot is believed to be derived from the words: "tanah laut" means "a peace of land in the sea". This holy Hindu temple built on a small strong rocky isle set apart from the mainland by a stone basin. The rock becomes beautiful & has been carved by the incoming tide for many years.  The temple is small, but for the Balinese this temple is very important as it is associated with Danghyang Nirartha - Ida Pedanda Sakti Wau Rauh- a holy Hindu priest who made a holy trip on foot through the island at the end of the 15th century.
He once arrived in this village and took a rest in this small rocky isle and healed many sick people from the fishermens village. But he did not want to move from this place and advised the fishermen to build a temple there as he felt it to be a holy and fitting place to worship God. The fishermen kept the promise and built the temple we see today.
 

( 3 ) NUSA DUA-ULUWATU TOUR

US$50

 
Tour start: 12.30.pm
Duration: 07-08 hours
Type: Full day tour

Nusa Dua - Uluwatu Tour visiting: Tanjung Benoa; (Beautiful beach for water sport) water sport activities.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue 
The substance of the concept was built directly into the architectural plans with the focus on two mutually supportive components that constitute a harmonious fusion, creating an alternative tourist facility with a very special attraction.
The first of these two components is the principal, the statue and its pedestal. This is referred hereafter as Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK).
With it’s immense size, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana is expected to draw the attention of potential visitors within a wide area of sight (20 km. Radius).
The second component is the 230 ha support area which will be developed into a cultural park.
UluwatuTemple
The Bukit’s most famous landmark in Jimbaran is Pura Luhur Uluwatu, an exquisite monument situated on a headland at the westernmost tip of the Peninsula. The carvings which decorate the temple are very well preserved in comparison to many of Bali’s temples, due to the extremely hard, dark gray coral stone used in its construction.
Uluwatu temple was reputedly built by the architect-priest Mpu Kuturan around the 11th century as one of the six major sad kahyangan territorial temples of the island. The reformer priest Pedanda Wawu Rauh, rebuilt it in its present state in the 16th century. He is said to have attained his moksa (release from earthly desires) here. The temple is home to a small colony of monkeys who have caused some damage to the temple over the years, but still retain their status as sitting tenants.
The temple’s structure follows the tripartite pattern of godly, human and demonic courtyards. The outermost entrance is a candi bentar split gate shaped as a set of curved Garuda wings, an unusual feature as they are usually left smooth. Inside the temple, a second gate is capped by a monstruous Kala head guardian figure. At the foot of the gate, right and left, are two Ganesha “elephant god” statues. 
The temple underwent renovations in the late 19th century, in 1949, and more recently in the 1980s, and some parts are actually as new as they look. Despite the temple’s mixture of old and new it is a breathtakingly beautiful spot, especially when the sun begins to set.
Kecak Dance at the Uluwatu Temple 
The most famous of the Balinese dances, the Kecak originated from the Sanghyang dance choirs who chant a distinctive 'kechak kechak' accompaniment. The Kecak as a dance developed in the 1930's in the village of Bona where it is still perform regularly. The theme is taken from the Ramayana and tells the story of Rama who with the help of the monkey army tries to rescue his wife from the clutches of the evil King Rahwana.
 

( 4 ) UBUD TOUR

US$50


Tour start: 09.00AM
Duration: 06-07 hours
Type: Full-day tour

First stop is Barong Dance in Batubulan 
Barong is believed in Bali to be the magical guardian of peoples lives. Barong, which is also believed to be "The Sovereign Lord of the Forest", a beast representing no known animal, is regarded as a symbol of the power of benign - beneficial to mankind. This mystical creature with a long swayback and curved tail represents a protector of mankind, the glory of the high sun and the favorable spirits associated with the right and white magic.
Bali Bird Park. A cast of hundreds of the world's rarest and most beautiful birds greet you as you stroll through tropical gardens: highly endangered endemic Bali Starlings, South American Macaws and Australian Cockatoos in their kaleidoscopic plumage, stately African Crowned Cranes and Tanzanian Flamingosmilling serenely by the waters edge and Pelicans floating quietly in shimmering lotus ponds, are just some of the marvelous sight you will experience.
 
Visiting: Batik Factory at TohpatiCeluk Village 
Celuk, a very well-renowned handy-craft center village, is so well situated that all visitors on the way to Ubud can never miss it. Art shops are lined along both side of the main road, displaying and selling the best products of local goldsmith and silversmith as almost every family in Celuk makes gold and silver work. The original design in delicate filigree make the Balinese jewelry one of the most unusual styles in Asia.
Mas Village 
At the end of the 15th century, a holy Hindu high priest named Danghyang Nirartha (Ida Pedanda Sakti Bahu Rauh) came to Bali from Java and settled in this village. This priest gave the Balinese Hinduism its current form, including its highly complicated offerings and spectacular cremation rituals. In the golden age of the Gelgel kingdom, he became the royal priest. And many temples are associated with his name as he made a long holy trip on foot through the island. Most of the family of this village are from Brahmana caste and they honor their ancestors in Pura Taman Pule which is built upon the sight of the priests residence. Though "Mas" means gold, but this village is the center of woodcarving. Almost all the villagers are talented in carving wood. None of them are Goldsmiths. Some of the carvers specialize in making the topeng (mask) and others the Garuda (gigantic bird).
Then to Tegalalang to see a beautiful rice terrace. The art village of Ubud and Lunch is served before visiting monkey forest (cost not included).
 
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