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It is hard to describe Bali. I will either fall into the sin of understatement or commit the crime of bias. But my short stay in this small island province of Indonesia has proven it worthy to be called my own little piece of heaven. I have claimed it then and I still claim it until now.

Shortly before landing, I was staring at the waves curling from a distance. Surfers around the world flock to this island for a green room – the term used to call the inside of a barrel/tube produced by a wave. I don’t own any long boards, mine are skim boards, smaller surfboards without fins, and yet for a non-surfer gal like me, the scene was beautiful. Just being in this surfer’s haven made me smile but I didn’t know that the island’s accommodation and everything about this island will pull my heart in strings.

Rumah Bali - bedandbreakfastbali.com, a Bali Bed and Breakfast and Balinese style private villa accommodation located in Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua. Not your typical hotel but the accommodation that brings the feeling of being in a private home with spacious bedrooms, large outdoor bathrooms, a bed perfect for a princess, private pools, and the warm service of the staff.

The fruits and drinks that welcomed us at Rumah Bali - bedandbreakfastbali.com, a Bali Bed and Breakfast and Balinese style private villa accommodation located in Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua,Bali, Indonesia.

The fruits and drinks that welcomed us at Rumah Bali – bedandbreakfastbali.com, a Bali Bed and Breakfast and Balinese style private villa accommodation located in Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua,Bali, Indonesia.

Our home during our 4 day stay in Bali - Rumah Bali (bedandbreakfastbali.com), a Bali Bed and Breakfast and Balinese style private villa accommodation located in Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua,Bali, Indonesia.

Our home during our 4 day stay in Bali – Rumah Bali (bedandbreakfastbali.com), a Bali Bed and Breakfast and Balinese style private villa accommodation located in Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua,Bali, Indonesia.

 

Majority of the Bali population is Hindu and what better way to know their culture is to visit temples. Tanah Lot is a popular rock formation shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide with a temple built for worship of the Balinese gods. Arrive here on a low tide and you can walk very close to the temple. And at night, just a walking distance from this temple is a show on Kecak Fire Dance, a traditional Balinese dance and music drama.

Tanah Lot in Bali, Indonesia is a popular rock formation shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide with a temple built for worship of the Balinese gods.

Tanah Lot in Bali, Indonesia is a popular rock formation shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide with a temple built for worship of the Balinese gods.

Tanah Lot in Bali, Indonesia is a popular rock formation shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide with a temple built for worship of the Balinese gods.

Tanah Lot in Bali, Indonesia is a popular rock formation shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide with a temple built for worship of the Balinese gods.

Kecak Fire Dance, a traditional Balinese dance and music drama.

Kecak Fire Dance, a traditional Balinese dance and music drama.

 

The following morning was spent walking around Tanjung Benoa. Luxurious hotels line the coast but the beach wasn’t very impressive. The sand is not as white and as fine as I expected. I come from a beautiful island of Cebu and I have high standards for a beach!  However, the view is breathtaking and it is quiet and less crowded. It is one sunrise I will never forget.

Tanjong Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

Tanjong Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

Tanjong Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

Tanjong Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

Tanjong Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

Tanjong Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

Tanjong Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

Tanjong Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

 

And the rest of the day was spent country sight seeing. While on my last trip to Phuket, Thailand, I was scared to ride an elephant, Bali sure has a way to lure me!

Elephant ride in Bali, Indonesia.

Elephant ride in Bali, Indonesia.

 

At Kintamani, you get the best view of Mount Batur (Gunung Batur), an active volcano which last erupted in 2000. This volcano is surrounded by Lake Batur.

Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) in Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia is an active volcano which last erupted in 2000. This volcano is surrounded by Lake Batur.

Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) in Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia is an active volcano which last erupted in 2000. This volcano is surrounded by Lake Batur.

 

In Tampak Siring Village, you can find Tirta Empul, a holy spring water temple. That day happened to be a Saraswati festival in honor to the Balinese Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. Balinese bathe at the holy spring in a belief that it purifies the mind and body. Visitors are required to wear sarongs and they gave me a red one :)

Balinese bathe at the holy spring Tirta Empul during Saraswati festival in Tampak Siring Village in Bali, Indonesia.

Balinese bathe at the holy spring Tirta Empul during Saraswati festival in Tampak Siring Village in Bali, Indonesia.

Everyone is required to wear a traditional Balinese sarong at Tirta Empul during Saraswati festival in Tampak Siring Village in Bali, Indonesia.

Everyone is required to wear a traditional Balinese sarong at Tirta Empul during Saraswati festival in Tampak Siring Village in Bali, Indonesia.

 

Another place worth a visit is the Ubud Kingdom Palace. The palace now serves only as a family homes.

Ubud Kingdom Palace in Bali, Indonesia.

Ubud Kingdom Palace in Bali, Indonesia.

 

I should mention that at North Ubud town, on the way to Ubud Palace, you can drop by at Tegallalang Rice Terraces.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces at North Ubud in Bali, Indonesia.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces at North Ubud in Bali, Indonesia.\

 

And a spa and a henna tattoo to complete my day!

Spa treat in Bali, Indonesia.
Henna Tattoo in Bali, Indonesia.
Henna Tattoo in Bali, Indonesia.
Henna Tattoo in Bali, Indonesia.
Another day meant for the waters! While I can’t surf, I sure can snorkel. This is my playground!
Snorkeling in Bali, Indonesia.
Snorkeling in Bali, Indonesia.
And 20 minutes on a glass bottom boat ride will take you to Turtle Island. Aside from turtles, other animals are also seen like python, monkeys, eagles,.
20 minutes on a glass bottom boat ride will take you to Turtle Island in Bali, Indonesia.
Turtle Island in Bali, Indonesia.
A sin of understatement or the crime of bias? Bali is my little piece of heaven. Visit the island and you will know why.
Bali, Indonesia.
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Bali, Indonesia

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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in INDONESIA, TRAVEL

 

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