Challenge! Are you brave enough to drink coffee luwak?

If you are coffee lovers, you should try an exotic taste of Luwak Coffee. Named as the most expensive coffee in the world, Luwak coffee through a unique production process. The coffee is produced from the coffee beans that have been consumed by Luwak or chivet. The coffee beans would have to first pass through the digestive system and exits. The stomach acids and enzymatic action involved in this unique fermentation process produces the beans for the world’s rarest coffee beverage. The beans are collected, cleaned, roasted and ground just like any other coffee.

Although it through strange process, it has rich, heavy flavor with touch of caramel or chocolate. The body is full and smooth and with long, clean aftertaste. Plus, it has low acidity so it will not harm your stomach.
Now, everybody can enjoy this fine coffee. Many coffee plantations are open for tour. Savor your tasting experience with beautiful mountain view and friendly assistant who will give you broad information about luwak coffee. A cup of luwak coffee is cost IDR 50,000. Other kinds of coffees and teas are available such ginseng coffee,vanilla coffee, lemon tea, ginger tea, coconut tea, etc are served for free.
Want to bring some home? Luwak Coffee is available for sell. Buy Luwak Coffee for your loved ones or be generous host on your coffee break.

Top 5 Family Activities You Should Do in Bali

There are many to offers for your good time in Bali, that’s included, your family. Here some fun activities your family can do on your vacation.

1. In to the wild: Bali Safari and Marine Park

Bali safari marine parkSee orangutan, komodo and or Sumatran tiger family in Bali Safari and Marine Park. It is home for hundreds of animals representing 60 species in the world. Enjoy safari journey by driving in the mini bus through the forest and get introduced with exotic animals such as rhinos, hippos, tigers and many more.

Ride and elephant would definitely exiting activities for your family such as elephant ride, which is accompanied with professional assistant. You could also feed the elephant, which is safe for children. Interact with friendly orang utan or birds and make it memorable through picture.

Standard ticket includes safari journey and elephant shows at US 49 for adult and $39 for children (3-12)

2. Birds and 4D theater at Bali Bird Park

Bali adventure parkThousand birds from all over the world build their nest here. Meet renowned Bali’s bird Jalak, or Bali starling and hundreds of Indonesian native birds, such as flightless Cassowary and western crowned pidgeon , one of the most beautiful members of the pigeon family.
Don’t miss the 4D air-conditioned cinema. Watch one of the surround-sound films centered around birds on show here.
For something a little different, visit the adjacent Reptile Park with the most complete collection of reptiles in Southeast Asia.
Bali Bird Park is located in Batubulan, around 45 minutes from Kuta and 20 minutes from Ubud. The entrance fee is US 25$ for adults and 13$ for children (2-12).

3. Splashing at Waterbom

Waterboom Park Bali

It will take a full day to enjoy the water slide and rides or just enjoy relaxing swim under the sun.
Waterbom Bali comprises numerous choices of slides that will keep you and your family occupied for a whole day. These include easy-going pools with mini slides to adrenaline-pumping rides that start from significant heights.
Waterbom Bali features numerous choices of dining outlets. There’s also a swim-up bar that serves tropical drinks. Out of the pool, various canteens and open-air restaurants offer international and Indonesian snacks and cuisine.
Open daily with 1-day ticket is US33 for adult and US21 for children (2-11). Two-day ticket is US 52 for adult and US 33 for children (2-12)

4. Cycling in Bali
Bali cyclingBike to countryside for fresh air and see Balinese daily life. Escape from the hassle and its time for you to see the Balinese hospitality with bike. Cycling through the rice terrace to the northern side of Ubud. Meet and greet local farmer, enjoy fresh coconut water from the tree. Learn how the people plant their rice, how the people keep the water, ask them about irrigation system and much more.
Don’t worry, its safe for your youngest family member. The family cycling your is provided with baby seat and safety gear to ensure the children safety. The whole family member can enjoy the journey without worries.

5. Into the deep with Odyssey Submarine
Oddyssey Submarine BaliTake your family to the deep blue sea just to see underworld creatures in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. This submarine excursion is safe for all ages. It’s Battery-powered so as to pose no threat to the fragile marine environment, this undersea excursion craft can carry 36 passengers in air-conditioned comfort to depths as great as 150 feet. You will be able to look out and see the fantasy of rarely visited reefs and wide variety colored marine creatures in our famous Bali dive site.
Safety is assured in this highly sophisticated vessel, your voyage to the bottom of the sea will be smooth and effortless, as your pilot and co-pilot guide you on an adventure that will stay with you forever.
Ticket price is USD 85 for adult and US 60 for children (under 12 Years old)

Bali Shore Excursion: Ubud Shopping & Sightseeing

Arriving in Bali on a cruise ship with a limited time? No worries! We are expert on it. We have a special tour for those who are arrived in Bali through Benoa port. This trip will take about 5-8 hours and covering the interesting sites including: handicraft, rice terrace, historical temple, culture, and exclusive luwak coffee.
We will drive you to the root of Balinese culture to learn more about its genuine culture and people. Enjoy sort walks on the rice fields and interaction with the local farmers. At noon, we will taste the exclusive coffee luwak surrounded with green valley in fresh unpolluted air.
At the end of the trip, visit some handicraft shops for your memorabilia. Exclusive Balinese souvenir and art is worth to carry as souvenir or for your home décor.

Itinerary:

  • Celuk Village; exclusive handmade gold and silver jewelry
  • Mas Village ( Wood Carving )
  • Ubud village (art painting)
  • Batuan Temple
  • Ubud; Monkey Forest, Palace, and Market
  • Tegalalang;Beautiful Ricefield Terrace
  • Coffee and Spices Plantation (Exclusive Coffee Luwak)

Things included

  • Pick up and drop off at cruise ship terminal with comfortable air conditioned car
  • English speaking driver
  • Gasoline
  • Parking fees
  • Mineral water
  • Driver’s food

Price:
USD 50/car (maximum 5 person in a car)

Why Choose Us?

  • Direct communication with us. See our photos, read our bios and communicate with us prior to your reservation. You also are welcome to add us on on Facebook or any other social media sites.
  • The most affordable price. Our pricing is per-tour not per-person. It is much more affordable than your travel agent price.
  • It is private. Your guide will spend time only with you or your group
  • Flexibility. See and stop as much as you can. With us your trip and your day is flexible.
  • Local guide knowledge. Friendly and adventurous with wide vision to road access which rarely seen on a regular tour by your travel agent
  • Customized tour. See the things only you like, eat only the food suits your taste. Its your call.

The Magical Trunyan

Hidden in the valley of Batur Caldera, Kintamani-Bali, Trunyan is a small village from the early centuries. Famous as the “Bali Aga” village, a native Balinese people. The village exists long before the Majapahit invasion to Bali, more than 1000 years ago.

What makes Trunyan so special? The corpse! Trunyan people retain an ancient magical funeral method. They are protective to their tradition, and it stays unchanged since centuries ago, when their ancestor decided not to bury their dead. Not like other villages in Bali, when somebody passed away will be buried in the cemetery or if the “good day” permits, they will perform a cremation ritual. The people of Trunyan lay down the corpse on the ground, and only covered by a woven bamboo. As a result, you can see the corpse decomposed by the nature. Magically, the stink is absorbed by the giant tree called “taru menyan” and none of you can smell it.

The people of Trunyan retain the graveyards to maximum ten. When the new corpse arrived, the oldest graveyard will be destroyed and new corpse will change its position. The skull of previous dead then moved and arranged in steps next to the graveyards. During the funeral, the corpse is equipped with daily needs, such us toothbrush, lotion, money, clothes and many more. Some corpses even equipped with radio or TV.

Trunyan is an archeological asset of Bali, the people of Trunyan is very proud of their social culture. The Indonesian well-known archaeologist, James Danandjaja has written the magic of Trunyan into a book, “Kebudayaan Petani Desa Trunyan”.

Trunyan is easily reached by small boat ride from Kedisan village for 40 minutes. For IDR 400,000/boat (accommodate up to 8 people) you can experience the magic of Trunyan and its cemetery.

Bali Tour: Rice Terrace Trip

For those, who like the sightseeing tour, rice terrace trip in Bali is kind of a must do trip. Though, some nice terraces in Southern Bali has changed into villas or commercial area. Don’t worry! If you keen to drive one or two hours up to the north, you will see some real stunning rice terraces.

Why, the rice terrace in Bali become so special? It’s because of its subak. Subak is the name of water management (irrigation) system for rice fields on Bali which was developed more than 1,000 years ago. For Balinese, irrigation is not simply providing water for the plant’s roots, but water is used to construct a complex, pulsed artificial ecosystem.

Subak is a system without any written law (long time ago, some subaks has their written law now), but the member of the subak following the rule without any complain or violation. Balinese people believe, water is a blessing from the God (Dewi Sri, the god of fertility) and shall be divided equally.

The best moment when you’re walking along the dike is take a great shot with the farmer. To see how the farmer keep the rice field just like to taking care of his baby. If you are lucky, you might be have a chance to see and greet some cows in the middle of the field.

 

The Bene Hotel Kuta

Top 5 Fantastic Hotel in Kuta Bellow 100$

Travelling to Bali for the first time can be overwhelming; there are so many things to do and to see, so many places to eat, so many hotels to choose. It is frustrating, when you open your favorite travel agent websites; you see over 3000 hotels in Bali to select for your stay. From a small guesthouse cost USD$ 5 to super expensive private villa cost USD$ 14,000 per night. Another headache is when you’re going to decide in which area you should stay.

I have visited most of the hotels in Bali. From my personal of view with more than 7 years of experiences as a local guide, Kuta is the most favorite place to stay. Not a surprise, since Kuta is the magnet of the island for its beach, sun, surfing and shopping area. Night clubs along Legian Street is another attraction at night for party enthusiast.

I have compiled The Top 5 Four Star Hotel in Kuta under $100/night for double occupancy. The compilation is based on Agoda.com, the biggest online hotel reservation in Asia combined with some information taken from Tripadvisor.com. I hope this compilation helps. Check this out!

The Bene Hotel Kuta
Jalan Benesari Kuta, Bali 80361 | Website: www.thebenehotel.com | Price start from: USD 49
Newest four stars hotel in Kuta. Has strategic location, only 5 minutes walking to the beach, 5 minutes to the Legian Street, and 5 minutes to the biggest and newest shopping center in Bali, Beachwalk, and only 15 minutes driving from the airport. The Bene holds a “Fantastic” predicate and scores 8.3 as voted by the guest who stayed here previously. The hotel has modern and minimalist design with an extensive swimming pool in the center and a fancy restaurant next to it.
Pros: secluded and quiet place, big swimming pool, strategic location. Cons: no access for bus

Sun Island Hotel Kuta
Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta 80361 |Website: www.sunislandkuta.com/ Price start from: USD 73
Another hotel with strategic location, only 10 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes to the second Bali’s biggest mall, Discovery Kartika Plaza aka Centro Mall. Hold a “Fantastic” predicate with 8.3 score from the traveler. Sun Island opened a year ago, with 128 rooms and 4 suites.
Pro: strategic location, big road access. Cons: far from Legian

The Vira Bali Hotel
Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta 80361 | Website: www.thevirabali.com | Price start from: USD 74
The Vira is not far from Sun Island Kuta and it is its main competitor (price competition). The Vira is about 10 years in operation. Compared to above hotel, The Bene and Sun Island, I would say, this hotel is old. The Vira holds Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor on 2013. With only 56 rooms available, the hotel will have a problem to accommodate a group more than 100 people. It predicates as “Fantastic” with 8.2 score.
Pros: strategic location Cons: old hotel, limited rooms for group

Kuta Seaview Boutique Resorts & Spa
Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta 80361 | Website: www.kutaseaviewhotel.com | Price start from: USD 71
Beach lover, this is your hotel, exactly located in front of the famous Kuta Beach. Only need to cross the busy Kuta Street to reach the beach. During the peak season, this area is extremely busy. If you prefer a quiet and relax hotel, this is not a right choice. Kuta Seaview scored 8.0 with “Very Good” predicate.
Pro: close to the beach. Cons: busy street in front of the hotel.

Ramayana Resort and Spa
Jalan Bakung Sari Kuta | Website: www.ramayanahotel.com | Price start from: USD 86
Ramayana located just right in the corner of Kuta Square, the famous and the first shopping mall in Kuta. This hotel is not far from Waterboom and Discovery Kartika Plaza Mall. The main problem at Ramayana is parking lot. If you are traveling with your own car, make sure they provide you enough space for your car. The Ramayana scored 8.0 with “Very Good” predicate.
Pro: strategic location Cons: limited parking space

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Bali Visa on Arrival

Bali Visa On Arrival – Steps to Get Your Visa in Bali

Do I need visa to visit Bali/Indonesia? Maybe yes, maybe no. If your country on this bellow list, you are not require visa to enter Bali or other parts of Indonesia.

  1. Brunei Darussalam
  2. Chile
  3. Hongkong Special Administrative Region
  4. Macao Special Administrative Region,
  5. Malaysia
  6. Morocco
  7. Peru
  8. Philippines
  9. Singapore
  10. Thailand
  11. Vietnam

And these countries bellow are eligible for Visa on Arrival to visit Indonesia especially Bali

  1. Algeria
  2. Argentina
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Bahrain
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Cambodia
  10. Canada
  11. Cyprus
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Denmark
  14. Egypt
  15. Estonia
  16. Fiji
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Hungary
  22. Iceland
  23. India
  24. Iran
  25. Ireland
  26. Italy
  27. Japan
  28. Kuwait
  29. Laos
  30. Latvia
  31. Libya
  32. Liechensteia
  33. Lithuania
  34. Luxembourg
  35. Maldives
  36. Malta
  37. Mexico
  38. Monaco
  39. New Zealand
  40. Norway
  41. Oman
  42. Panama
  43. People’s Republic of China
  44. Poland
  45. Portugal
  46. Qatar
  47. Romania
  48. Russia
  49. Saudi Arabia
  50. Slovakia
  51. Slovenia
  52. South Africa
  53. South Korea
  54. Spain
  55. Suriname
  56. Switzerland
  57. Sweden
  58. Taiwan
  59. The Netherlands
  60. Tunisia
  61. United Arab Emirates
  62. United Kingdom
  63. United States of America

Effective from 28th May 2007, the government through Ministerial Decree by the Minister of Law and Human Rights, extended Visa on Arrival (VoA) facilities to another 11 countries, bringing to a total of 63 countries, whose nationals may enter Indonesia by taking Visa on Arrival, reports Bisnis Indonesia. The additional 11 countries are : (1) Algeria, (2) Czechoslovakia, (3) Fiji, (4) Latvia, (5) Libya,(6) Lithuania, (7) Panama. (8) Romania, (9) Slovakia, (10) Slovenia, and (11) Tunisia.

How do I get my visa in Bali? You can get 3 different visas to visit Indonesia:

  • 30-Day Visa On Arrival (VOA). Pay on arrival, get a visa in your passport, get it stamped. Most visitors fall in this category. See the detailed instructions below. This visa cost USD $25, and valid for 30 days.
  • 60-Day Tourist Visa. Available at Indonesian embassies and consulates outside Indonesia. See this link for more information
  • Visa waiver. Show your passport, get stamped, that’s it. Applies only to a few select, mostly ASEAN countries.

How do I get my Visa on Arrival?

  1. Before you land you’ll be given an Arrivals card. Complete this on the airplane.
  2. When you land at the Bali/Denpasar Airport, you will be directed first to buy a Visa on Arrival ticket in the Immigration Hall.
  3. The ticket is sold from booths that have a “Visa on Arrival” sign above them.
  4. You will need to pay for this using either $25 US dollars, or 250,000 Indonesian rupiahs. The exchange rate is poor so its best to pay in dollars. Exact change is preferred as they will give you change in rupiah otherwise, again at a poor exchange rate. Be sure to have money as there are no ATM’s in the customs hall. If you don’t have money, you may be escorted to an ATM, however you may need to wait until the area isn’t busy.
  5. You take the ticket with you to an Immigration official. They will take your Arrivals card, your VOA ticket, and stamp your passport. They will return part of the Arrivals card, it will be stamped with your arrival date, and be marked for a 30-day stay. Do not lose this piece of paper, you need it when you depart

How long does it takes to get my visa on arrival? Can be 30 minutes to 2 hours, depend on the number of the visitors at the time. Average, you have to wait 60 minutes to get your visa on arrival.

visa-on-arrival

Don’t want to wait like this?

Can I make it faster? I don’t want to wait for one hour just to get my VOA.
Exactly, yes. There are some companies offering visa on arrival assistance to help you to get your visa faster. Please visit www.balivipvoa.com for more information on how to get your visa without queuing.

Bali at A Glance – Infographic About Bali

Bali is like no other destination in the world. Its rich culture plays out at all levels of life, from the exquisite flower-petal offerings placed everywhere to the processions of joyfully garbed locals, shutting down major roads as they march to one of the myriad temple ceremonies, to the other-worldly traditional music and dance performed island-wide.

Bali at a glance

Kintamani & Mt. Batur Gallery

Kintamani presents a majestic sweeping view of Mount Batur and its clear blue lake. Here, visitors are encouraged to sail across the lake to reach to the ancient Balinese village of Truyan. The local inhabitants of this village have a unique habit, that is, they lay down their deceased under a sacred tree in order to get rid of the bad odors.

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