Holiday of a lifetime Bali
Our recent 26 guests from Poland Aquadivers were a mixed group, some divers, some snorkelers, some children and some that just wanted to be pampered and chill. Luckily for us, Bali has it all, something for everyone! So we endeavored to make it a holiday of a lifetime for everyone.
Kecak Dance at Uluwatu temple
After the morning resting after the long flight we gave them the first introduction to the beauty and culture of Bali with our Uluwatu tour, taking in some breathtaking beaches and one of the most important temples in Bali, Uluwatu. In tradition with visiting Balinese Temples the group had to don the traditional sarong and sash before entering.
As the sun began to set over the dramatic cliff face and the sea of Uluwatu, the mesmerizing Kecak dance began. The Kecak dance is also known as the ‘monkey trance dance’ and is performed in the middle of a circle of bare chested men that chant acapella style. The actors perform the story of Prince Rama and end the performance with a fire trance dance! A great introduction to Balinese culture.
Scuba diving with Manta Rays
The lead up to the new year was spent diving and snorkeling the most popular sites in Bali: the Blue Lagoon at Padang Bai, the world famous USAT Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben and swimming with the majestic manta rays at Nusa Penida island, the first time seeing manta rays for many of the group.
New Year eve itself was celebrated at a beach-side restaurant called Oomba in Sanur, with yummy food and drinks it’s situated on the boardwalk between two 5* hotels which seem to try and outdo each other with their firework display each year. So at midnight the sky was an explosion of colour and light every direction you looked and very very noisy!
A new year’s chill out, massages, shopping and intro diving in the Sanur Guesthouse swimming pool for the non-divers that wanted to give scuba a try including the kids.
Then we were off for some activity with cycling through the beautiful Balinese countryside, followed by rafting down some white water rapids.
Time for some fun in the sun after the exertions the day before. Relaxing with a beach day on the beautiful Balangan beach on the Uluwatu peninsula.
More Bali culture as we took them on our Kintamani tour where they said hello to the naughty monkeys at the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud.
Time to drink in the stunning views over the rice terraces at Tegallalang then taste the most expensive coffee in the world, Luwak Coffee.
One of the highlights of this tour is lunch overlooking the crater rim of Mt Batur Volcano coupled with a boat trip on the lake to visit the ancient burial ground of the Aga community at Truyan.
On the way home they had a chance to bathe in the holy springs at Tirta Empul Temple and visit the royal tombs at Pura Gunung Kawi.
The end of the holiday of a lifetime
As the holiday of a lifetime was coming to an end, thoughts went to loved ones at home and the souvenirs they would like to buy for them. So it’s a great day for shopping at the traditional markets in Ubud combined with a visit to the Bali Bird Park. Finishing the day with delicious home cooked Balinese food at our family home.
Looking for a holiday of a lifetime? Then contact us at Diving Indo and tell us what you like and let us do the rest.
Photos thank to Milosz of Aquadivers.pl