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Bali Free and Easy Trip – Day 1

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Bali Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Indonesia, Bali Island is famous for its rich cultural heritage and beautiful natural scenery.  The culture is so unique to Bali and no where else to be found in the world.

The scenery view is dominated by beautiful beaches, rice field terraces, coconut trees and rain forest, as the main occupation of Balinese is farming besides tourism.

Rich Cultural Heritage – Bajra Sandhi Monument, Besakih Temple, Pura Tirta Empul and Tanah Lot Temple 

The Balinese culture and life style have a strong relation with Hinduism. The majority of Balinese is Hindu.  Every where you go, you may see many Hindu temples.

This is the reason why Bali is called the Island of God, the Island of  Thousand Temples, and the Paradise Island.

Beautiful Natural Scenery – Rice Terrace, Jimbaran Beach, Nusa Dua Beach and Tanjong Benoa Beach 

The island of Bali is blessed and surrounded with several world famous and beautiful beaches: Kuta, Sanur, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Dreamland are among some of the best known Bali beaches.

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THE OASIS, BENOA HOTEL

We arrived at the capitol of Bali, Denpasar, Ngurah Rai Airport at night time, the driver was waiting at the airport to welcome us.  After check in at The Oasis, Benoa Hotel, we walked around to explore and find places of interest within and around the hotel area.

Inside the hotel, they have live band performance at open concept lounge and restaurant and also the swimming pool. The beautiful Benoa Beach is just behind the hotel and a variety of restaurants, souvenir shops and mini market are located just opposite the hotel.

Here, unlike in most areas on the island, you won’t have a direct clear view of the beach from the main road.  To access the beach is mainly through the resorts, hotels, restaurants, and small plazas.

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This morning, our driver waited at hotel lobby to get ready for our next 4 full days itinerary.

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TANJUNG BENOA BEACH

Tanjong Benoa Beach.  Para-sailing activities.

Tanjung Benoa is located 15 km from the international airport.  Tanjung Benoa, like many other beach side destinations in Bali, used to be a fishing village and an old dock.

The development of the peninsula has been very significant catering to tourism industry, as most of the sea-side properties are now hotels, resorts and water sports venue.

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Tanjong Benoa Beach, Kite Flying

The remaining mangrove marsh still lies at the western side of the entrance and there is a ‘Pos Pecalang’ at the main road Pratama to collect a small entrance fee, beside Paul Smith shop is a large open field that accesses to the beach.

Tanjong Benoa View from Sea

Tanjung Benoa Beach is a busy area with water sport activities like: wind surfing, para-sailing, banana boat riding, jet skiing, trolling, snorkeling cruises, scuba diving and much more.

Sea Sports Activities

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TURTLE ISLAND

Mini Zoo at Turtle Island

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Many Others Species

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Turtle Island is one of the small islands located at the northern side of Tanjung Benoa which serves as a turtle breeding area, with other animals as well for tourists to visit and snap photos.  It’s an area of beautiful beaches surrounded by mangroves.

To reach the Turtle Island takes about 25 minutes using a glass bottom boat.

Class Bottom Boat. You can see the corals and marine life through the glass on the boats.

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Turtle Island- Feeding Turtles

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NUSA DUA BEACH

When entering through the Bali Tourism Development Centre Complex, there are 3 pathways to the Nusa Dua beach.  The two entrances within easy reach are through the Bali Collection’s – Gate C are the most popular and lead to the public beach between the Grand Hyatt Bali and Melia Bali Villas and Spa Resort.

Beautiful white sand at Nusa Dua Beach

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Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua Beach covered with white-golden sand and are cleaner than the beaches at Kuta or Seminyak.  There is also a jogging and bicycle path with an information map of the area.

The tides and sea currents are not dangerous here but you’ll encounter stronger currents if you swim out between the two small islands, making it a great surfing spot.

This Special “Buah” at the Beach Side

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GEGER BEACH

With calm turquoise-blue water and white-golden sand, Geger Beach has become one of Bali’s top beach destinations in recent years.

It’s very peaceful with a few seaweed farmers and no noisy vendors.  One or two kiosks rent surfboards and swimming and sun-bathing are the main activities plus there are a few small eateries that also rent sun-loungers for a relaxing time in Geger beach.

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Gegeh Beach – Sunbathing

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Gegeh Beach – Water Sports Kiosk

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Gegeh Beach

Geger Beach ends at the cliff where Pura Geger is nestled at the top, but you can get to a solitary beach behind the cliff during low ebbs.

Pura Geger – View from Gegeh Beach

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Lunch at Kampung Warung

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DENPASAR

Denpasar City is a capital of Bali Island since 1960 up to now where previously it was the capital of Badung Empire which is controlling the southern part of Bali Island from the end of 18 century until conquered by Dutch in 1906.

Welcome to Denpasar Bali

Denpasar is a place for Bali Governor’s office therewith all offices from private sector to important government and administrative office like telecommunications, post office, bank, airline and hospital are located.

Another Statue to Welcome and greet you in Danpasar.

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BAJRA SANDHI MONUMENT

Bajra Sandhi Monument is a luxury monument standing up in the middle of Denpasar town.  This monument is a symbol of Bali people struggle for independence from the Dutch Colonial.

The purpose of this monument is immortalize the soul and spirit of Balinese  struggle and also to preserves the Balinese culture and history for the future generation.

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Bajra Sandhi Monument

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Met a “Friend” John

This Monument is recognized by the name of Bajra Sandhi because it’s shape is looking like Bajra or Genta or bell used by all Hindu Priest in reading off Weda holy sentence (mantra) at religious ceremony.

Bajra Sandhi monument is built in the year 1987 and is opened by Indonesian President Megawati Sukarno-Putri on 14 June 2003.

Beautiful Bajra Sandhi Monument 

Bajra Sandhi monument is comprising of 33 diorama depicting the journey of history from a period of pre-historic (300.000 BC), until the period of independence (1950-1975) where Bali Island is developed in all areas like politics, economic, social and cultural.

This Spiral Staircase to the Top of Bajra Sandhi Monument 

This building Monument is consisted of:

–  Jar of Amertha symbol by Kumba (a kind of pot) what is seen on the top monument.

–  The Dragon Basuki tail exists near by Swamba and its head at entrance gate

–  The body of Bedawang Akupa realized at its base of monument and the head at entrance gate

–  Mount of Mandara Giri realized by the high of monument boosting

–  Pool encircle the monument is supposing as Ksirarnawa (milk ocean).

Prehistoric display and “Keris” the traditional daggers.

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Denpasar City View from the Top of Bajra Sandhi Monument 

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JIMBARAN BEACH

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Beautiful Sunset at Jimbaran Beach

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The Jimbaran is located south of the airport (10 mins drive) in the Teluk Jimbaran bay.  The village of Jimbaran is the narrow neck of the island of Bali, and thus it has two remarkably different beaches.

On the west, Jimbaran Beach faces the Jimbaran Bay, recently lined by new luxurious resorts along the five km long, white sandy beach.  On the east, the beach faces the body of water sheltered by Benoa Harbor.

There are about 28 Beach-side Restaurants at Jimbaran Beach

It’s not so much to see in the village; many come here mainly for the beautiful sunset view and the delicious seafood that can be enjoyed on one of the many local warung’s that is spread along the beach.

Follow the road along the beach till it end, there you will see a cluster of seaside restaurants that usually opens at 5 PM, in time to order dinner and enjoy the beautiful sunset view.

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Jimbaran Beach

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Jimbaran Seafood Restaurant

The tables stands on the beach, and if the rain is not pouring down this can be a dinner full of ambiance atmosphere when the sun sets on the horizon and the candle light’s are lit.

Jimbalan Beach. Tables Ready for People Watching Sunset + Seafood Dinner

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Sunset Shooting Time

Joseph, our tour agent (Website: www.jmbali.comhas arranged a Sunset Lobster set dinner for us.

Beautiful Sunset at Jimbaran Beach

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Sunset at Jimbalan Beach

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Sunset view.  “ZORRO” was here also.

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Link: Bali Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Bali Free and Easy Trip Day 3

Link: Bali Free and Easy Trip Day 4

Link: Local Guide www.jmbali.com

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  1. Anonymous
    November 7, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Your blog is so beautiful.

  2. November 26, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Beautiful! One regret I have is that when I visited Thailand I did not take the time to stop by Bali on the way back to the US…Oustanding pictures!

  3. January 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Hi, thank you very much for your post. Absolutely very nice and useful for me. Keep great posted. I’m looking forward to read more from you again. Thanks.

    Best wishes from rent-bali-villas, your Luxury Villas Bali travels.

    • February 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      Thanks for dropping by.

  4. February 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Hello Ccyee,
    Thanks for that, Bali is an Indonesian Island, located west of the Lesser Sunda Islands. The environment is comfortable calendar year-spherical generating it a appealing holiday vacation spot. Bali is known for its charming mountain and all-natural beach front locations. There is an abundance of sea lifespan, preservation of wildlife and coral reefs. The Padang-Padang shorelines at the Bukit Peninsula are amid the very best three of the favourites for surfers. Character lovers will undoubtedly really like seeing the manatees, dolphins and other marine living.
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  5. January 26, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    beautiful pics you got there. bali is always beautiful for me🙂

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