Tuesday, May 02, 2017
This article aims to provide enthusiastic travelers all they need to know about Nusa Penida day tour and snorkeling tour at Nusa Penida island, along with informations on how to get there, and recommendations on how to get around, what to do, and where to stay.
Have you ever wondered what Bali would have been like when it were strapped off with tourists? Have you ever wondered what the island was like at the time where it had not yet been put on the tourist map? Bali then may be extremely different to what it is these days, a beautiful yet incredibly congested island. This, as we know it, is largely due to the increasing number of tourists visiting the island. It’s, perhaps, difficult for us to imagine as the image of tourists flocking all over Bali has been successfully planted in our minds. The best way to imagine the island then is by looking at Nusa Penida.
More about Nusa Penida
Stretched over 200 square kilometers with population of about 60,000 people, Nusa Penida is the largest out of three neighbouring islands situated in the far off Bali Islands’ southeastern coast. Despite of the fact that it is the largest island in the complex, Nusa Penida is actually not as popular as Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan – due to this fact, it can be said that Nusa Penida still has limited infrastructures and resorts unlike its neigboring islands. Majority of travelers opt to go straight to Nusa Lembongan and then followed with Nusa Ceningan, but only a small number of them would go over to Penida. Is the limited infrastructures and touristy things-to-do the culprit of this issues? Or is it our own limited knowledge on the matter which causes us to pass up the opportunities to witness a real Balinese beauty?
Three of Nusa Penida’s main tourist attractions
Whichever your answer to the question is, it’s important for us to get to know this untrampled beauty. The following is a list of a few main attractions in Nusa Penida to help you get started on getting familiar with the island.
• Pasih Uug (also widely known as Broken Beach)
Located in the Bunga Mekar Village, the Broken Beach is highly regarded as the most unique destination in the Island. Often likened to Bali’s own Uluwatu, Pasih Uug offers incredible beauty with its calm currents and stunning scenery. The sunset view in this beach is also one of the best sunsets you will ever witness in your life. With a gigantic natural springs (formed by broken clifts, hence the name) nearby, this tourist destination is hard to pass by.
• Crystal Bay
All diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will rejoice when they find out that this tourist attraction is to-die-for, and it’s not an exaggeration! Crystal Bay is highly regarded as the best site to snorkel and dive in Nusa Penida. Not only that, this tourist destination is also known to be the world’s leading and only place to observe the massive Mola-Mola. This pelagic fish’s measurement is hovering above 3-meters and is truly a sight to behold. Snorkeling at Nusa Penida island and wishing to observe this majestic creature? Visit Nusa Penida and try its turquoise waters from June to October. More interested in diving the paradise? There is an incredible sandy slope which leads us to a 10-meter deep coral plateau which is then followed with a 50-meter deep plateau. Or are you more interested in relaxing and enjoying the view? There is a tiny island in the middle of the aforementioned sandy slop, and atop of it there lies the magnificent sacred temple. Simply breathtaking.
• Angel of Nusa Penida (also known as Angel’s Billabong)
Not too far from Pasih Uug, there lies a slice of beautiful gem that is only visible off a cliff. Its estuarine water has a green tint to it and it’s something you must see for yourself to understand its exceptional beauty. Would like to visit but unsure as to how to get there and arrange the fun activities? Don’t worry, these days you can easily sign up for Nusa Penida day tour and get going!
How to get to Nusa Penida and best tour recommendation
The best way to get to Nusa Penida is, without a doubt, by fast boat. Those who opt for Nusa Penida day tour may not need to know any informations related to how to get there as everything is typically taken care of by the travel agent. But just in case you are coming for a visit after a few days of exploring Nusa Lembongan, you may simply take Maruti Express, a fast boat which departs at 9 AM, 10 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM on a daily basis. Departing from Bali? Scoot over to Sanur and take the fast boat! Eager to see what the itineraries for a typical one-day tour in there? Check out the following!
• Nice Tour’s Bali to Nusa Penida Island tour
Your day will start at around 6.30 in the morning as that is typically the pick-up time, an hour later you will be in your fast boat departing for Nusa Penida. This boat trip generally takes less than an hour. You will arrive in Nusa Penida’s sampalan Harbour at approximately 8.30 - 09:00 AM.
• 9.00 AM: arrive at sampalan harbour and depart to Kelingking points
• 10.00 AM: arrive and spend roughly 15 minutes at kelinking points and take a good shoot at Love tree overlooking the sea
• 11.30 AM: arrive and spend roughly an hour and a half in Pasih Uug and Angel Billabong nearby.
• 12.30 PM: transported to Crystal Bay for snorkeling at Nusa Penida island and lunch here
• 02.30 PM: depart to Nusa Penida’s sampalan Harbour to return to Bali
note : program might changed due to travelling time, form a point to the other point
The Nusa Penida day tour may seem brief as it is over at 02.30 PM and you will be back in Sanur by 4 PM, however, it nicely covers all of its main tourist destinations in the island – so what are you waiting for?
Friday, April 14, 2017
Besides packing the things, you need during Bali vacation there is a very important thing to consider while you are on your vacation where it is about Bali etiquettes. It's easy as a traveler to unknowingly come across as being rude or impolite, so we've put together an insider's guide to respecting the local culture.
The Balinese are a very correct people. The relaxed way they go about things belies a rigid code of conduct and morals. While they would never comment on the seemingly rude behavior of a visitor, they are quick to judge any diversion from their norm. The best advice that can be given to a visitor to Bali regarding "demeanor" us to tred lightly, don't carry a big stick, and when dealing with officialdom treat them with the utmost respect. Be generous, you will be rewarded.
On clothing, it is generally better to dress more formally than less for more occasions. The Balinese treat visitors as their guests, and they expect visitors to comply with that status. Wear a shirt when not on the beach. Don't walk around town in swimming customs. What may seem like a quaint beachside alley may be the courtyard of a holy temple or a house. Shoes and a collared shirt are essential when visiting government offices. When entering a private house, it is usual to leave one shoes on the steps. It would be impossible to learn all of the strange and wonderful Balinese customs and traditions, but two in particular are helpful, and not only in this part of the world. Try to remember to give and receive with the right hand. It is also strictly "taboo" to pat someone on the head. Armed with that advice you are ready for the "Bali experience".
In Temples and Holy Places
It is compulsory to wear a waist sash when visiting temples. By ancient law, women during menstruation are asked not to enter the temple. This is based on a general sanction against blood on holy soil and not on sexist principles! Use your camera with discretion; don't climb onto temple buildings or walls. If people are praying move to one side and on no account, get between them and the direction to which they are praying. The small contribution made at the gate to most major temple does little to offset the cost of maintenance incurred since the start of "tours". It is a good idea to always carry a temple sash when setting out for a day’s touring.
Shopping and Bargaining
Bargaining is normal. Goods and services are not the same price everywhere. The price is always made in consideration of the persons need on that day, his assessment of potential buyer and the spirit of the bargaining. There is a negligible "newcomer's tax" on most local services; don’t feel "ripped-off". Treat bargaining as an enjoyable means of communication.
The Role of the Tourist
Tourism is a relatively new phenomenon for Bali. Don't be surprised if you attract quite an amount of attention when you are visiting out of the way places. The Balinese have no real concept of privacy. Try to remain courteous and well-mannered despite the attentions of people trying to sell you things practice their English or those that merely stare. If you wish to take photographs of people, it is good manners to ask permission first. Begging is traditionally looked down upon by Balinese and it is better not to encourage this habit. To a rice farmer who has perhaps never ever been to the city it is not surprising that he regards the tourist in return as a sight worth looking at. As well it is not surprising that the Balinese regard all tourists as wealthy how else could they afford to travel so far away from their home.
Tipping in Bali
When traveling abroad, it can sometimes be a little confusing when it comes to tipping for services. This is especially true if you are not used to tipping and simply don't have a clue what an appropriate amount would be. In Bali, it is not expected to leave a tip. It's obviously greatly appreciated if you do, however it won't be considered as rude if you don't. Actually, there is no any particular amount of tip that you can give from services you get. Whether it is 50 K, 100 K or even more or less, it depends on point of view of you. In summary, we can say that giving or not a tip it is up to the travelers.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Galungan and Kuningan Day will be celebrated in Bali this year on 5 April 2017 and 15 April 2017. This celebration is held roughly twice a year, every 210 days, when it is believed that the spirits of the ancestors visit the earth. In this day, Hindus people also believe that this is a day where Hindus people celebrating the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (evil). It is the best time for you too to come to Bali where you can see the streets are lined with decorative bamboo "penjor" or bamboo pole and see women bring their offerings made from fruits, cake, and flower. Sometime, not only women are holding the offerings but also men. So, it is really interesting to see!
Preparation before Galungan and Kuningan Ceremonies:
- Two or three days before Galungan Day, Balinese people are almost busy with their activities in preparing the holiest day starting from men finding young coconut leaves, bamboo, and other materials to make penjor while for women make traditional cakes for offering, and preparing various kinds of fruits.
- A day before Galungan Day refers to "Penampahan Galungan", where all of preparations should be ready before Galungan Day. In this day, Balinese people start cooking their "phenomenal Bali's dishes" such as satay, "lawar" or mixed vegetable with young coconut and herb, Balinese soup, and other dishes that are made from chicken, pork, and vegetables. When all of the Balinese dishes are ready, Balinese men starts decorating penjor at the entrance of family house gate. Penjor is decorated by using young coconut leaves and various other natural items i.e. tubers or roots (cassava), rice or corn, fruit, traditional Balinese cakes. At the end of each penjor decorated with sampian made from coconut leaves and flowers. The curved part of penjor symbolizes Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali that is considered as the home of gods. While for women look busy preparing beautiful 'banten' or offering.
- By the date on 5 April 2017 (Galungan Day) all of Balinese family members praying in their family temples and other village temples. This can be considered as special day for Balinese where they can gather with their family even if their family members working in the other part of Bali, they will try to return to their own home and celebrate Galungan Day together. If you are in Bali in this day, ceremonies are found everywhere from morning till night so don't forget to capture great photos to remind you how unique Bali it is. There is also unique performance that you can see in this day, it is called "Ngelawang Ceremony" that is usually done by youth and then they travel around village in the costume of "Barong Rangda" and "Barong Kedengkling" to restore the balance of good and evil.
- The day after Galungan Day called “Manis Galungan” where normally Balinese people visit their friend’s house, hanging out with family or friends and so on.
Ten days later, Kuningan Day marks the end of Galungan Day and Balinese people believe in this day all of the gods and ancestors return to their own realm. A unique thing in this day, normally Balinese people make the offering with yellow rice to thank for what have been given.
**During Galungan and Kuningan Day, usually there are no any roads blocked and the activities are done as usual but might be a little bit crowded in the morning and it is a great chance for you to observed the fascinating Bali's culture that shouldn't be missed.