Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bali Weather, Bali Map, and Other Geographical Information

In the previous post about Bali, I told you about the best things to do in bali. But, if you aim to go to bali for a vacation, that information is not enough. You must think about Bali weather, map and other geographical information because Bali have different geographic with your hometown.

So, in this post i will give you some information about geographical conditions of Bali.

Bali Weather and Climate

Due to its location near the equator, Bali experiences tropical weather conditions throughout the year. Climate of Bali can broadly be categorized into two seasons - the dry season between May to September, and wet season from October to April.

However one can visit Bali throughout the year, but it is advisable to visit this beautiful island in June to September. During this season weather remains quite pleasant all through the day. The climate conditions in Bali are ideal for various beach activities during this time of the year. The average temperature in Bali remains around 31° C all throughout the year. Humidity is very high during the wet season in Bali.

The wet season starting from December to March produces heavy rains throughout the day, therefore it is not recommended to travel Bali during the wet season. Dry season is the best time to visit Bali in Indonesia. The weather remains pleasant during these months and cool breeze prevails throughout the day. Find more information and weather forecast of Bali, Indonesia below:

Bali Weather Forecast

Month Min °C Max °C Average
Season Best Time
January 26 32 300mm 85% wet Wet Season
February 26 32 280mm 75% wet Wet Season
March 25 32 215mm 70% wet Wet Season
April 25 33 100mm 65% dry
May 25 32 85mm 60% dry
June 23 31 75mm 60% dry Best Season
July 23 31 55mm 60% dry Best Season
August 23 31 40mm 60% dry Best Season
September 24 32 90mm 65% dry Best Season
October 25 33 100mm 75% wet
November 26 32 150mm 80% wet
December 26 32 295mm 85% wet Wet Season

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Lombok, The Amazing Tourist Destination in Indonesia

Indonesia is a country located in southeast asia that have some amazing tourist destination place. Bali is the most popular, but there is another place that as cool as bali. This is Lombok.

Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Barat or NTB) province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. It is roughly circular, with a "tail" (Sekotong Peninsula) to the southwest, about 70 km across and a total area of about 4,514 km² (1,825 sq mi).

pura in lombok

The climate is perfect with annual temperatures ranging between 21° C - 33° C. it has only two seasons dry and Wet, Dry season from May to October and Wet From November to April.
Lombok lies 8 degrees south of the equator and stretches some 80km east to west and about the same distance north to south. It is dominated by the second highest mountain in Indonesia, GUNUNG RINJANI, which soars to 3726m. It has a large caldera with a Crater Lake, Segara Anak, 600m below the rim, and a new volcanic cone which has formed in the center. Rinjani last erupted in 1994, and evidence of this can be seen in the fresh lava and yellow sulfur around the inner cone. Central Lombok, to the south of Rinjani, is similar to Bali with rich alluvial plains and fields irrigated by water flowing from the mountains. In the far south and east it is drier, with scrubby, barren hills. This area gets little rain and often has droughts which can last for months. In recent years, several dams have been built, so the abundant rain-fall of the wet season can be retained for irrigation throughout the year.

Lombok (population 2,950,105 in 2005) is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It is part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. It is roughly circular, with a "tail" to the southwest, about 70 km across and a total area of about 4,725 km² (1,825 sq mi). The administrative capital and largest city on the island is Mataram.

To know lombok more, you can see a 3+ minute video below. It is summarized from some nicest places in lombok.

Some popular place to visit in lombok is Pantai Senggigi, Cakranegara, Gili Air, Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan, Gunung Rinjani, Pantai Kuta, Lombok Tetebatu, Otak Kokoq, Benang Stokel, Sendang Gile.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

12 Best Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia

When the holidays, one of the best places to visit is Bali, Indonesia. A little about Bali, Bali is an island and also a province located in middle Indonesia. Bali has been known as one of the world tourist destination because of its cultural uniqueness.

If you are interested to visit bali, you have to know what the best thing to do there to get unforgettable experience. So, here i share you the best thing to do in Bali.

1. Take in a Gorgeous Sunset

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Bali is famous for its spectacular sunsets, so make sure to catch at least one while you’re there. Our favorite evening lookout spots are cliff-side temple Uluwatu (don't miss an evening kecak dance there), Tanah Lot, Rock Bar, and El Kabron. To make the most of your time, hire one of our knowledgeable guides and customize a day trip to see Bali’s highlights beforehand.

2. Explore local villages and admire Bali famous rice paddies

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Whether you're on a bike, in a land rover, riding a rickshaw or on horseback, Bali's rice paddies and quaint villages are a must-visit. We highly recommend a stroll through the picturesque rice terraces at Jatiluwih and a day trip to fascinating Tenganan for a peek at how the locals really live. Also, if you run into a local temple ceremony, definitely stop to watch the procession!

3. Join a festival like Bali Arts Festival 

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The Balinese knows their arts well and they celebrate in style. Bali Arts Festival is an annual event, normally held from June to July. This is a well known event throughout the world where travelers from all over the world travel to Bali to catch this festival of a full month of daily cultural performances, handicraft exhibitions and many more arts related activities.

4. Learn to surf on Kuta Beach

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If there is one place on earth you want to learn to surf, Bali may be one of the good choice. Kuta beach have the waves breaking over sand rather than corals, making it a haven for beginner surfers. There are many good surf schools here so you are not short of choice, with famous ones like Odyssey or Rip Curl Schoo of Surf, else you can always hire a local guide for a cheaper alternative. After the surf, relax and unwind with drinks and sunset at Ku De Ta.

5. Climb Mount Batur at Kintamani

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If the surfs have not break your bones yet, you may want to try yet another adventure in Bali. Climb the famous Mount Batur, a volcanic mountain that rise over a lake which beautifully mirrors it. It is best to be conquered in the morning, where there are hikers starting their ascent as early at 4am to reach in time to catch the sunrise at 6am. It may be cold so remember to bring a jacket and always remember to be careful as it is a an active volcano and there are accidents that happened in this mountain before. This is not a physically demanding hike, unlike its cousin Mount Rinjani on nearby Lombok Island which takes several days, Mount Batur which stands at 1,700m can be done in just a morning.

6. Watch Kecak Dance in Puri Dalem Tama Kaja

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Kecak dance is one of the traditional dance and musical drama in Bali that is enchanting and favourite among travelers. Kecak dance have 150 performers wearing check cloth around their waist chant the word “cak” while throwing up their arms in depiction of the battle of Ramayana, with roots of the dance dating back to sanghyang, a trance-like exorcism dance of the old. The best place to watch it is in the temple grounds of Puri Dalem Taman Kaja, where you will find authentic atmosphere and setting.

7. Eat Seafood and Dinner in Simbaran Bay

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At Jimbaran Bay, you may walk down along the beach and find it dotted with warungs and candle-lit tables like mushrooms after rain. Here you can dine on prawns, squids and fishes fresh of the sea onto your table, almost literally. Couple it by feasting over a sun setting over the horizon make this authentic setting much more atmospheric.

8. Go on Outdor Adventure

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If you find yourself restless after a few days at the hotel pool, get your adrenaline pumping with some outdoor adventure sports! White water rafting, elephant trekking and ATV beach rides are popular options, but our absolute favourite is canyoning, where you get to rappel down waterfalls and jump into natural rock pools. Our hosts will record you on their GoPro camera, so you get to show off to your friends afterwards.

9. Pick up a local Craft

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The Balinese are known worldwide for their exquisite craftsmanship, so make sure you pay a visit to Bali’s cultural hub - Ubud - and set aside a few hours to try making your own silver jewelry, wooden mask, fruit carving, stone carving, or even batik.

10. Dive the Liberty wreck in Tulamben

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Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced Divemaster, make it a point to dive the iconic USAT Liberty wreck - an underwater maze of hidden rooms housing a mind-boggling array of fish and corals. If you're feeling extra-adventurous, hold your breath and learn freediving on this 3-day course.

11. Catch some waves along Bali's best beaches

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There's something for every skill level in this surfer's paradise, so enroll for a 1-day surf trip with local experts to visit stunning beaches like Dreamland beach and Padang Padang and you'll be riding those waves in no time. While you’re at it, don’t miss having a go at other exciting watersports like parasailing, flying fish, underwater scooters and more.

12. Experience authentic Bali

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Get off the beaten track and hang out with seaweed farmers, build a kite like a local, or stay overnight with a family at a local village. Our most recommended must-do? A visit to these mind-blowing bamboo mansions near Ubud. Finding them is an adventure in itself, but you can thank us later!

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