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Monday, December 28, 2009

Banjar Hot Water

Banjar Hot Water is a nature hot wellspring from the ground and it is believed can heal the disease. Its water is accommodated at one small swimming pool encircled by unique rural nature, its situation close to the Wihara ( Budha Temple ). Banjar Hot Water is located in Banjar Countryside, Banjar sub district and Singaraja Regency. It is about 1,5 Km from Banjar or 24 Km from Singaraja Town . To reach the Hot Water location in Banjar, we can use the motor vehicle through the main road with good condition and passing the Balinese Village with unique culture life. The nearest accommodations like hotels or lodging including restaurants are also available in particular at Lovina Beach area. There are many public transportation also available to connect the travel to Singaraja town.

Hot Water History
This hot wellspring source is predictably built since of hundreds of year ago and since the Japanese colonize the Indonesia, this place has developed into three pools to relocate the water for taking a bath. The Japanese had also developed its military officer resort close to this area. Having bathing in the heat water containing the brimstone, it will be able to heal the skin disease. This public bath which is built by Japanese now is exploited by public society. Beside of that, now this place is opened for tourist who can use this bathing place to swim in hot pool and also enjoy the water fall. Enjoying the hot water fall, we can feel like squeezing, especially at pool equipped by the douche with the high about 3,5 meters, so that can make the body refresh and relaxation.

Hot water in Banjar is progressively recognized to be a place of interest in north of Bali or a tourist destination in Singaraja Bali. Now this place visited by many tourist from local and Foreign countries. It is a mini tourism object which is easily reached from Lovina Beach and it is opened daily from 07.00 am until 18.00 pm daily except Nyepi Day (Silent Day).From Singaraja Town, take the way to Gilimanuk or to the west part of Singaraja and we will meet the Banjar Countryside which is show the direction sigh of this hotel water place.

How to visit Banjar Hot Water? 
It is an easy way to reach this place from south part of Bali or other regions in the island. It will take 3 hours drive from Bali's International Airport and we recommend you to join Singaraja Lovina Tour for more comfortable journey and this tour also visit other places of interest in north part of Bali. Banjar hotsprings, very near Lovina.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Git Git Waterfall

South of Singaraja tourism object is Gitgit Waterfall, Bali highest waterfall. The waterfall is sixty metres high and as the water falls, it looks like white clouds falling down the mountain one after another.

The falling water almost completely covers the rockface of the fall. It is a refreshing experience to walk in this quiet area where the birds take turns to sing. The air is cool and gradually gets colder a you approach the waterfall. A short distance from the waterfall, the fine water spray will cool your body. Sometimes the atmosphere will become misty

Nestled deep in the mountains, this beautiful wildernedd area is a must for nature lovers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the larger town.

Gitgit Waterfall is one of the famous tourist destinations in Bali which is located in Gitgit countryside, Sukasada sub district and about 10 Km from Singaraja Town or about 70 Km from Denpasar. It is set at height land about 300 meters above sea level. Beside of Gitgit, there is another important spot point like the monument for hero struggle of Singaraja resident who dead on the battle against the Dutch colonialist. This monument is called Bhuwana Pangkung Bangka. This Monument is extant monument and idol of people struggle action against the Dutch colonization. This monument is located in Gitgit countryside and Sukasada sub district and about 17 Km from Singaraja Town . It is situated on the hill bank. The facilities are available at Gitgit Waterfall is consisted of the parking area, restaurant and art shop. It is not far from the waterfall place, there is a place for taking a rest while enjoy the beauty panorama of rice terrace and Buleleng Beach. In order to visit the Gitgit waterfall, all visitors will follow the walkway down until the spot point. This road is one of the omissions in Dutch era where the local resident uses it to access other regions. On 1975, this waterfall is opened as tourist destinations in north part of Bali . Since it is appointed as a tourist destination in Bali, many tourists from domestic and foreign countries visits this waterfall and Bali Singaraja Lovina Tour is one of the famous tours in Bali visit this place.

Gitgit Photo Gallery

Monday, December 21, 2009

Yeh Sanih Bali Natural Water

Yeh Sanih is about 17 kilometers from Singaraja. Yeh Sanih is a place with natural water source which is right on the edge of the beach. But the water in this place does not taste salty because it water source comes from Lake Batur. Water from these sources are often used in Hindu religious ceremonies. In this place there is also a temple that dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The name of Yeh Sanih is derived from YEH SANIA that means South East. Because the potency of the tourism, the Local Government of Bali decided that Yeh Sanih is one of the 21 tourist areas in Bali. Cool sea breezes, tall trees, and the nice panorama over the Bali Strait make for a serene setting.

Visit the 'pura' on the hill, Pura Taman Manik Mas. In the mornings take a swim in the ocean-more like a lake than a sea. Not a soul on the beach to bother you. Quite passable snorkeling 500 meters out, another good snorkeling spot one km away.

Seven km east of Yeh Sanih is the ancient temple Pura Pondok Batu ('Pile of Stones') perched on a small rock face and surrounded by hills, valleys, and twisted frangipani trees. It's said the wandering Javanese priest Nirartha sat on one of the temple's stones and composed poetry.

Inside the temple is a well-crafted but eroded statue of Durga. Nearby on the beach at low tide is a freshwater springs frequented by locals, the water bubbling up from the sand and running into the sea.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Baris Dance or Warrior Dance

As a dance ceremony, according to the name "Baris" which comes from the march of the army can be interpreted this dance describes the agility forces soldiers. This dance is a dance group that performed by men, usually danced by more than 8 to 40 dancers with a lively movement strong enough, simple and dynamic, with the accompaniment of Gong Kebyar and Gong Gede. Each types, groups of dancers carrying weapons, ceremonial equipment and costumes with a different color, which later became the name of the types of existing Tari Baris. Tari Baris in Bali are:

Baris Ketekok Jago
Baris with a polet spear (spear with black and white stems) and black and white striped dress, danced in the ceremony Yadnya Pitra (Ngaben). Generally in the districts of Badung and Denpasar municipality. Baris dances are similar in Buleleng called Baris Bedug and in Gianyar called Baris Poleng.

Baris Tumbak (Spear March Dance)
Baris with a spear and awiran layered dress - danced in a Yadnya god ceremony , often found in areas of Badung, Bangli and Gianyar

Baris Dadap
Baris with carrying dadap armor (like a shield), the movement is more gentle than the types of other Baris dances and the dancers dance while singing a song with a irregular voice to the accompaniment of gamelan Angklung is also barreled irregular and danced in God Yanya ceremonies except in Tabanan areas danced in a Pitra Yadnya ceremony, we can found at Bangli, Buleleng, Gianyar and Tabanan areas.

Baris Presi
Baris dancer are carrying kris weapon, and a similar shield called presi. this dance for God Yadnya too. We can found in Bangli and Buleleng region.

Baris Pendet
Baris dance which the dancers perform withour carrying a weapon of war but carry the offerings (Canang Sari), danced in the God Yadnya Ceremony. At Tanjung Bungkak village (Denpasar) this Baris dancer carrying canang called canang oyod and in the end of the dance, the dancers dancing use hand fan with "ma-aras-arasan" or laugh in fun

Baris Bajra
Baris dance carrying a mace with banyu shaped ends (such as a mace of Bhima) and danced in the God Yadnya ceremony and can be found in the region of Bangli and Buleleng.

Baris Tamiang
Baris dance with carrying kris and shield that called Tamiang, can be found in Badung region.

Baris Kupu-Kupu (Butterflies March)
according with the theme, this Baris dance depict the life of butterflies. The dancers wearing butterfly wings, agile and dynamic movement adopt mimic of butterfly. Until now, this dance is in Renon and Lebah Village. (Denpasar)

Baris Bedil (Rifle March)
This Baris dance, danced by several pairs of dancers carrying imitation long rifle made from wood. shown for God Yadnya cereminy and we can found in Klungkung, Bangli and Badung region.

Baris Cina
This dance allegedly under the influence of Chinese culture. The unique are found in fashion look (long pants with long sleeves, sarung sashes, hat, wearing sunglasses and a sword), the movement (taking martial art movement), and accompanied by music rom Gong Bheri gamelan thare is Gong without moncol). This dance illustrated the troops of Java home land owner who came to Bali. This dance shown in the God Yadnya ceremony and found at Renon and Belanjong village. (Denpasar-Sanur)

Baris Cendekan
This Baris dance, danced by several pairs of dancer which carrying short spear, shown in the God Yadnya ceremony

Baris Panah
Baris Panah (Bow) danced by several pair of dancers with carrying bow and shown in the ceremonial of God Yadnya, we can found at Buleleng and Bangli.

Baris Jangkang
This Baris dance, danced by dancers carrying long spear, shown in God Yadnya Ceremonial at Bangli, Gianyar and Klungkung.

Baris Gayung
Baris dance which danced by group of dancers there are stakeholders with a bailer or cantil (a tool to bring holy water), shown at God Yadnya ceremony. Can be found at Bangli, Gianyar and Badung

Baris Demang
Danced by a group of dancers representing figures Demang (one of the characters Pagambuhan) in the Gambuh drama classical dance with sword, spear, arrows, and others. Baris Dance is located in Buleleng.

Baris Cerekuak
Dance depicting the movements of a group of water birds (cerekuak) while searching for the lover, bird Manuk gods. The dancers wore clothing babuletan (wearing cloth from waist until above the knee) with the decoration of leaves on the entire body and head, only shown in the Pitra Yadnya ceremony (Ngaben) with Batel Gaguntangan Gamelan retinue. This Dance is in the region of Tabanan

Baris Mamedi
It describes a group of spirits (mamedi) who lives in haunted place like tomb, the dancers wore clothes made of leaves and twigs are taken from the grave. Gamelan which accompaniment is Balaganjur gamelan. Dance ceremony was held in the framework of Yadnya Pitra (Ngaben) and are in the area of Tabanan.

Baris Ketujeng
This dance describes a group of spirits who live in haunted places that are intended as introductory dance of atman the deceased to heaven, brought by a group of dancers who wore clothes from the leaves. This line dance performed in the Yadnya Pitra ceremony (Ngaben).

Baris Gowak
This dance illustrated depicts the battle between the forces Tegal Badeng (Badung) with a group of crows who carrying the death, in which several pairs of dancers portray Tegal Badeng soldiers and others as a group of crows with a wing costume. This dance was purified by Selulung village, Kintamani (Bangli) and contained in the God Yadnya ceremony.

Baris Omang
Baris dance that uses a spear, but move slowly like a snail (Omang), describes the battle between the forces Tegal Badeng (Badung) with troops of Guwak (crow). This dance was purified by the Selulung community (Kintamani - Bangli), and there in God Yadnya ceremony.

Baris Jojor
Baris dance which danced by a group of dancers carrying Jojor weapons (long-stemmed spear) performed in God Yadnya ceremony. Can be found in Buleleng, Bangli and Karangasem.

Baris Kuning
It is a ritual dance of the god Yadnya, danced by a group of male dancers who dressed all in yellow, and armed with kris and Tamiang (shield), located in Buleleng.

Baris Tengklong
This dance performed by a group of dancers with swords weapons, dynamic movement, powerful and close to martial art movements. Displayed in a special ceremony at Penambangan Badung temple, exactly at the Denpasar Municipality, Pamedilan village.

Baris Kelemet
This dance performed by a group of dancers who played as fishermen, with such weapons, and described the paddle boat in the sea to catch fish, this dance is in God Yadnya ceremony and is in the Badung.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Taman Ayun Temple A World Heritage Site

Taman Ayun is an enormous temple compound nestled in Mengwi sub-district, more or less 18 km from the heart of Denpasar. Taman Ayun literally translates as a beautiful garden and is regarded as one of the most attractive temples in Bali.
It was built in 1634 by the King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. The Temple is bordered by widw canals which irrigate the fields around the site. The temple is dedicated to the ancestor of Mengwi Dinasty and other important Gods. Taman Ayun Temple is regarded as the "Mother Temple" for Mengwi Kingdom. It's beauty and cultural value has made UNESCO to considr this temple to be a World Heritage Site.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Yeh Gangga Beach

Tabanan Regancy have a beautiful beach, Yeh Gangga Beach which is less explore, but there is some villa there, and you can go around riding a horse. Different with another beach in Bali is the sand are black, and "Karang Bolong", the coral stone wit a big hole. Around the beach we also can see many rice-fields. The Beach have very nice view when sunset.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Nusa Lembongan view

Nusa Lembongan is located about 11 km southeast mainland Bali, measuring only four km and ringed with mangrove swamps, palms and white sandy beaches. The island is small enough to explore on foot, offering pristine beaches and coves, majestic view of Gunung Agung, unique Balinese architecture and friendliness of a simple country folk. Nusa Lembongan is consist of two administrative villages: Jungut Batu and Lembongan village, both villages are heavily involved in the cultivation of seaweed. Jungut Batu village offers the island's best accommodations and water sport activities.

How to get there??

Took the ferry from Sanur. It was 140,000 rupiah for a round-trip ticket. The boat leaves from the beach just east of Dunkin’ Donuts and KFC. When you’re heading on the main highway going north through Sanur take the right when you see Dunkin’ Donuts. This intersection is the next intersection after McDonald’s. The beach is just 200 m down the road. You can buy your ferry tickets here. There are two ferries leaving from here; the public ferry and the tourist ferry. The public ferry is only 50,000 rupiah one-way but this boat is usually overcrowded with locals who smell bad and are throwing up nonstop because of seasickness. The tourist ferry is referred to as “Perama”. This ferry is not overcrowded, has more comfortable chairs, and has far less people throwing up over the side. There was only one lady who ended up getting sick out of 25 or so people. And on the way back nobody got sick.

It takes about one hour to get to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur. The ferry ride is not rough because the ferry has outrigger pontoons to keep the boat steady. If the weather is clear you will be able to see both volcanoes. On super clear days Lombok is visible to the east. As the ferry travels northeast along the shoreline the black sand beaches of Keremas are also visible. I guess there are a couple good surfing spots around Keremas but I have yet to check them out. One of the few waves in Bali that goes right.

Once you arrive Nusa Lembongan the ferry will have to negotiate its way through the reef and seaweed farms before dropping you off on the beach. Upon arrival there will be touts offering you accommodation and to carry your bags. I usually ignore everybody and make sure they aren’t following me while checking out the bungalows and guest houses that line the beach.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Nusa Penida : The Golden Egg of Bali

Not many people know that Bali has a part (district) at south-east side consisting three islands. The biggest one is named Nusa Penida. The smaller island is called Nusa Lembongan and the smallest one is known as Nusa Ceningan, this island is situated between Nusa penida and Nusa Lembongan. Each of them has own tourist destination and unique art. However, Nusa Penida offers awesome beaches that are still pure and conservation for birds, plants, and turtle, and a very special dance, because of that people often call it as Golden Egg but it has not hatched yet. Why?

Nusa Penida is a district belonging to Klungkung regency. In order to get to Nusa Penida you have to take a trip to Padang Bay first. Then, you have to cross Badung Strait (between Bali Island and Nusa Penida) using “Roro-Nusa Jaya Abadi” the only ferryboat that can help you cross to Nusa Penida. After spending about one hour voyage then you will reach Toya Pakeh Harbor. At there you can travel the island by “omprengan” or modified pick-up car.

Nusa Penida has many tourism destinations that can be enjoyed. Beaches are very easy to be found in this island, Puncak Temu where you can find beautiful scene, several choices of art performance can be watched.

A beach which is closest to the harbor is situated in Toya Pakeh village. In this beach, there is a floating restaurant. The most important thing is you are allowed to dive in this beach and see very beautiful reef. Indeed, in this beach, reef is an important component that is still preserved from any damage.

Besides Toya Pakeh Beach, Nusa Penida has a very cozy beach. It is around 4 km from Toya Pakeh. This beach is situated in Sakti Village at Banjar Penida. I guarantee you that this beach is different from the famous Kuta or Sanur. The beach which people call it Crystal Bay, is very quiet, far from crowd. The water is sparkling blue. The sand is black but it is covered by white sand. The beach is very clean because people at Banjar Penida keep it clean. And the beach is gated by escarpment.

Far from the beach, situated on the top of elevated ground is Puncak Temu, from this place you can get bird-eye view of beautiful scenes of Nusa Penida. There are also some white shrines can be found in this place. Around the srines, there are many trees seems keep it from outside world. Different from other places at Nusa Penida which tend to be dry and lack of water, Puncak Temu is dominated with lush green vegetables signing that water is available there.

On very south of Nusa Penida there are villages named Sekartaji and Suana. In these villages, Nusa Penida Endemic Bird: little sulfur-crested cockatoo can be found. In all regions in Nusa Penida there is only four little sulfur-crested cockatoo left. One female and others are male. You are lucky if you can take a photograph of this bird since this bird is very energetic.
Nusa Penida does not only offer the amazing tourism destination but also unique dances. Sanghyang Dewa dance is one of them. This dance must be danced by little girl who has not got menstruation yet. People of Nusa Penida categorize it into sacred dance because it is danced on special day at the temple. That little girl is unconscious while she dances it.

The explanation above is only a few from various arts and tourism destinations in Nusa Penida. However, not many tourists have information about this island and only few tourists visit this island. Nusa Penida is a potential tourist destination but it has not managed yet. No wonder this Golden Egg has not hatched yet.

Nusa Penida Island

Nusa Penida area is about 202,8 km2. From outside of the island, this island look very desolated, but when you enter this island you will see various beautiful panorama on each side of the island, on the journey to Nusa Dua inside the boat or ship, you will see many fish that jumping on sea surface, also some of birds that hunt the fish. You also able to see many reef on the sea surface shaped like a lot of small island. Near Nusa Penida you also able to see a big reef that called Batu Abah, this reef shaped like a big rock in the sea, in this area there are so many fish, so for tourist that have a fishing hobbies, this place is one of place that should be visited. In batu abah also there are so many of birds, hunt the fish in that area. You will feel like on the show of Discovery Channel if you visit this place. Other side of Nusa Penida you also able to see small island with thousand bats, not an island actually because this place onle a reef. In that island you also can see some of Eagle nest near the top of it.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Balinese Barong Dance

is a character in the mythology of Bali. He is the King of the Spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda in the mythological tradition of Bali. "Lord of the forest" and magical protector of Balinese villages, the Barong is a mythical, shaggy half-dog, half-lion creature, with a long mane, fantastic fangs, and bulging eyes. It is propelled by two men who maneuver the costume with whimsical and mischievous movements to express its fun-loving nature. The Barong's opponent is Rangda, the evil witch who rules over the spirits of Darkness. The Barong dance epitomizes the eternal struggle between good and evil. The fight of Barong and Rangda is also a topic of traditional narratives performed in temples and takes various forms.

The lion barong is one of five traditional Barong. In Bali each region of the island has its own protective spirit for its forests and lands. Each Barong for each region is modeled after a different animal. There is a boar, a tiger, a dragon (or serpent) and the traditional lion. The lion is the popular one as it comes from the Gianyar region where Ubud (the home of tourist viewed ritual) is located. Within the calonarong, the dance drama in which the Barong appears, the barong responds to Rangda's use of magic to control and kill her to restore balance.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Joged Bumbung, Very Joyful Duet Dance

Joged Bumbung is a youth duet dance for fun. The music instrument is made from Bamboo. Its similar with ronggeng or Javanese Traditional Joged. It's a flirting Balinese Dance. Some people thing this dance too much giving an erotic move. Please just open mind it's apart of Bali History of Dance.

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