Best Place To Get Botox in Bali

Botox in Bali

Botox can be expensive in western countries like Australia. This leads to many people getting their Botox treatments done while they’re on holiday in places like Bali, often at a fraction of the cost they would pay in their home country. Imagine being able to fly to Bali, stay for a few days in one of a number of great Bali villas, get your Botox done, and fly home again without spending any more than the Botox alone would cost you in your home country – if I wanted to get Botox then this would definitely appeal to me!

What Should I Be Mindful Of When Getting Botox In Bali?

If you’re thinking about getting your Botox treatments in a country like Bali, you need to be aware of a few things. First, you need to make sure that you choose a reputable clinic with proven safety and hygiene standards. You don’t want to put yourself at risk of an infection or future health problems by using a poor quality Botox doctor. Secondly, you need to compare prices, treatment options, and experience. Try and choose an affordable treatment option, by don’t compromise on quality or experience – if you do, you will almost certainly run into problems in the future.

What Are Some Of The Best Botox Clinics In Bali?

To help you make your decisions, we’ve done some research and chosen a few of the most reputable Botox clinics in Bali. They include:

BIMC Hospital

Offering a wide range of treatment options and affordable prices, all Botox treatments at BIMC Hospital are administered by trained physicians. The hospital setting reduces the risk of infection or post-treatment complications, while their great reputation should help you rest comfortable in the knowledge that your treatments are in good hands.

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Bali Becoming Sex Tourist Travel Hotspot

Sex Tourist Travel

Southeast Asia is an extremely popular travel destination for Western tourists from throughout the world. Bali is one of the most popular party and nightlife destinations in all of Asia. Some people are travelling on a budget, and use things like backpackers hostel, while others choose to stay in fancier Bali villas. However, there is one common theme among a surprisingly large percentage of visitors – they are visiting Bali to make use of the blossoming sex industry.

Although you may not have realised it, prostitution is becoming a big business in Bali. Almost every part of the island has its ‘dark areas’, where you can find almost anything that you want. Although you should stay away from anything that is strictly illegal – like illicit drugs or underage women – prostitution is generally accepted.

Note That Prostitution Is Generally Illegal

Although the authorities generally turn a blind eye to tourists paying for sex, prostitution is technically illegal throughout Indonesia. However, this doesn’t stop many people, including locals, paying for sex regularly.

Be Aware Of What’s Happening

Although some people go to Bali looking for a fun, sexy time, a lot more get drawn in without meaning to. This can lead to problems if you’re not careful. Make sure that you’re always aware of what’s happening around you, and what you’re getting yourself into.

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Drugs In Bali – Why You Should Stay Clean On Your Holiday

Drugs In Bali

Bali is one of the party hot spots of southeast Asia. Over the past couple of decades it has grown in popularity, especially among Australian and European visitors who are looking for a simple, comfortable place to holiday with a group of friends. A lot of visitors choose to stay in Bali villas or resorts, where they can be targeted by drug dealers looking to make some quick money out of them.

Unfortunately, a lot of people fall into the Bali drug trap, despite the inherent dangers of drug taking anywhere – but especially overseas – and the strict Indonesian laws surrounding illegal drug possession and use.

If you’re thinking about taking illegal drugs while you’re on a holiday in Bali, then think again. A few of the reasons why you should stay away from everything except for alcohol include:

Indonesia Has Extremely Strict Drug Penalties

To put it simply, you don’t want to be caught in possession of or under the influence of illegal drugs when you’re on holidays in Bali. Although they are relatively popular among many tourists, the potential penalties mean that it simply isn’t worth taking the risk.

Most traditional party drugs – including things like marijuana, MDMA, and cocaine – are classed as Group 1 drugs under Indonesian law. Possession of even a small amount of these could result in up to 12 years in prison and fines of over a million dollars. If you are thought to be trafficking the drugs, then you may find yourself facing the death penalty.

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Best Place To Get A Tattoo in Bali

Tattoo in Bali

Bali is an extremely popular tourist destination, especially for Australian and Asian travellers. Boasting an impressive selection of Bali villas, resorts, and budget accommodation options, the island really has something for everyone.

A lot of people visit places like Bali for things like dental work, botox or to get tattoos. In fact, getting a tattoo in Bali costs a fraction of the price of getting one in a country like Australia. Although there have been concerns about hygiene and quality in the past, the Bali tattoo industry is actually very well run, especially if you visit a reputable establishment. Here are some of the best places to get a tattoo in Bali:

Two Guns Tattoo

Owned by Australians, recognised by the Professional Tattoo Association of Australia, and using all of the latest industry best practices, Two Guns Tattoos is one of the best places to get inked in Bali. The team of experienced artists all use imported inks and other equipment, which means that you can rest easy with the knowledge that you’re getting a high quality tattoo that will last.

Although Two Guns Tattoo isn’t the cheapest in Bali – with a minimum price of around $90 USD (depending on the exchange rate at the time), they are certainly up there with the best. In the end, you should always go for quality over price when it comes to tattoos.

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Buying Balinese Furniture the Easy Way

Balinese Furniture

When you go to Bali for a holiday you will see many lovely things to buy for gifts or for yourself. However, there is a limit to what you can carry home in a suitcase, so you may be disappointed that something like some lovely wicker furniture had to be left behind. Of course, you can arrange to have it freighted, but there will be an additional cost and the time spent in getting it through customs may be longer than you want.

After all, you’ve gone there for a holiday, not to waste a whole day getting something shipped to your home. Bali has some beautiful boat wood furniture that will look lovely in your garden, but you can avoid all the hassles of arranging for freighting – and picking it up off the dock at home – by simply buying your goods from a furniture store that imports Bali or Indonesian furniture.

Being disappointed because you can’t take home something you really want unless you waste a lot of your precious holiday time, can easily be avoided in this way. It’s good to take a photo of it so you don’t forget what it looks like when you get back home. Then it is more likely that you’ll find the same or something very similar at the furniture store when you go shopping.

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Are all Bali DJs Created Equal?

Bali DJ

You may think that one DJ is just as good as any other when it comes to hiring your wedding DJ, but this is not so. A DJ who plays at weddings must have different skills from one that simply spins decks at the local pub on Saturday night for fun. Not all DJs are really good at putting people at their ease and helping them to have a good time.

The Saturday evening DJ does not need those kinds of skills because people are there to drink as much as dance and that in itself tends to relax them. They know what to expect as far as closing time, so the DJ doesn’t have to remind them of that. And the pub crowd are nearly always within a certain age group who know how to have fun, while a wedding guest list can comprise people from all age groups and many different walks of life.

This means the DJ who plays for weddings needs to be able to relate to people of all ages, not just the younger age group.  They should be able to relate to the older generation which is often invited to a wedding, but rarely go out to the pub and club scene. These people have different expectations of what happens at a wedding reception and they may be staid and old fashioned.

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What You Need for Drug Rehab

Many people think that drug and alcohol rehabilitation is something that is rather horrible, but in fact it is a way for the user to get their life back. While some parts of it may be unpleasant, the whole drug rehabilitation thing is not that difficult to go through, especially when you have people to provide the right kind of support all the time.

If you are sick and tired of drugs controlling your life, it is time to get help. Here are some pointers to getting the right kind of treatment for your drug addiction.

  • Affordability – most addicts have spent all their money on drugs, so can’t afford costly treatment. Overseas clinics offer the most affordable treatment for drugs, with Bali being by far the easiest to get to.
  • Professional – Professional and experienced carers are essential to getting any addiction under control. Bali treatment centres have fully trained health care providers from medical doctors to psychologists and more. This will ensure your treatment is fully rounded to include many aspects from finding out and treating the root causes of taking the drugs in the first place, to dealing with any associated problems such as depression.
  • Lack of judgement – let’s face it; you are feeling bad enough without having to face harsh judgement. Carers who treat addictions in Bali are kind, compassionate and non-judgemental. Being amongst people who only want to see you well again and who care for you as a person is imperative to getting control over any addiction.

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Pros and Cons of Starting a Business in Bali

Just like any other country there are pros and cons to starting a business in Bali. Sometimes Australians get carried away by a dream that is likely not quite as marvelous as they first thought. Starting a business in any country is a challenge. If you decide to go ahead, make sure you consult a professional digital agency to get advice on web design and professional SEO so your website designer can set up the right kind of website for you.

Most of the pros and cons of setting up a business in Bali relate to the different laws and the different lifestyle, both of which most Australians don’t understand completely unless they have lived in Bali for several years and gone out of their way to understand the culture. If you’ve only gone there on holiday a few times, you won’t necessarily understand what it’s all about and how different it can be from back home.

Pros

  • Costs of setting up a business can be cheaper
  • Setting up a business has now been made easier and the process takes less time than it used to.
  • Wages are cheaper so running costs will not be as expensive as in Australia
  • The people are friendly and welcoming
  • The lifestyle is less stressful
  • It’s not too far from Australia for visits home
  • For a business that is tourist orientated, there are plenty of tourists

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What to Expect at a Bali Holiday Retreat

bali retreat

If you are feeling tired and frazzled it might be time to go on a Bali holiday retreat. Retreats are not like your normal holiday, where you try to cram as much sightseeing and fun into the time you have as possible. The result is that you often get home more tired than when you went and feel the need of another holiday to recover.

When you book into a holiday retreat, you don’t go sightseeing or have extreme – and dangerous – fun. Although you can if you want to.  But you don’t spend most of the nights partying on the beach or at a nightclub. And you don’t walk your feet off trying to see as much as possible.  Retreats are meant to be a time of rest and relaxation, although they are not all the same, and some may offer different forms of relaxation or even entertainment.

A retreat is more like a day spa, only you can book it for longer than a day – times vary. Some offer different packages of a certain lengths of time. You can also book different things to do while you are there, such as having a massage or lots of beauty treatments.  The whole idea is for you to leave feeling relaxed and refreshed, ready to take on the battles of life once again.

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How to Have Peace of Mind with Your Botox Injections

Botox-Injections

Many people use botox/wrinkle treatment to give their face a makeover and get rid of wrinkles that make them look old before their time.  It is an important first step to do your research carefully so you know the cosmetic surgeon chosen has the best qualifications and many testimonials from happy patients.  If you choose an overseas clinic for your treatment you can’t be sure of getting a highly trained and experienced doctor.

Choosing an Australian trained cosmetic surgeon for your Botox injections will give you peace of mind you are getting top quality treatment.  Some people who have gone overseas for treatment to places such as Bali or Thailand find their treatment has either made no difference or has left a result they are not pleased with. They then have to have more treatment when they come home. This is not cost effective, nor is it something you want to go through.

Besides this, a holiday is something you want to enjoy, not spoil by having some kind of medical procedure. Both Bali and Thailand offer fantastic opportunities for a fun holiday, helped along by people who are so friendly and willing to help in any way possible. There are many wonderful opportunities to see things that you would never find in Australia, as wonderful as our lovely country is. You risk missing out on seeing these things if you have to spend time getting cosmetic surgery treatment in a clinic.

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Brazilian MMA Fighter Dies in Bali

MMA Fighter

A Brazilian MMA fighter and instructor has died in Bali following a late night motorbike accident.

The incident happened on Pantai Berawa in the greater Canggu area on Bali’s West Coast on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Silvio Romero da Silva was the owner of a martial arts studio in Bali where he was an instructor.

He was riding a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet when he ran into the back of a truck in the early hours of the morning. Police have indicated that da Silva may have been drunk at the time of the accident. Da Silva died at the scene.

Have Fun in Nusa Lembongan

Fun in Nusa Lembongan

Want to see some spectacular views from the water? After you’ve found your Bali Villas accommodation and unpacked, going on a cruise will be the ideal activity to introduce you to the wonderful world of Bali, especially if you have never been before. When working out where to go and what to see before you even leave Australia, consider booking a cruise or two in between more vigorous activity. This gives you time to rest up without wasting a single minute of your holiday. Here are just two of the cruises available in Bali – there are many more.

Lembongan Beach Club Day Cruise

A family ticket includes 2 adults and up to 3 children, but they must be between the ages of 4-14. A luxury catamaran will take you to Nusa Lembongan where you will transfer to Mushroom Bay and the peaceful tropical island where the private Beach Club is. You can relax on hammocks in the gardens, or if that sounds a bit boring, why not go snorkelling, kayaking, parasailing or scuba diving to mention just a few of the activities available. A fully supervised kids club will allow parents to rest, or enjoy themselves while knowing that their children are in good hands and having lots of fun.

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Deus 9ft & Single 2016

deus 9ft single 2016

Harrison Roach won the Deus 9ft and Single 2016 event with a spectacular longboarding display on perfect Canggu right handers – with a cleared lineup.

The Deus 9ft & Single event gathers longboarders from everywhere joined together by local Bali surfers and Deus disciples. Men, women, shapers, hipsters and outsiders – are all there to have fun.

The Board criteria for the event is a ‘Log’ ie: traditional style – no performance boards and minimum length is nine-foot with a minimum weight of 5.5 kg. Single fins only. No side fins (in or out). No leashes.

The event is all about the celebration of traditional logging, interpreted by the contestants on hand. It’s about Style, Power, Grace and Footwork. It’s also about creativity, inspiration and enthusiasm.

Judges were looking for the ultimate logging formula and the final had Harrison Roach, Josh Constable, Jye Byrnes, and Jared Mell. Harrison Roach delivered fin-first takeoffs, beautiful nose riding, grab-rail carves, critical wave positioning, stylish cross stepping, and some nice clean barrels.

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Kiane Sabet – Amokrane Dead

Kiane 'Amokrane ' Sabet

Canggu Bali resident and French national Kiane Sabet aka ‘Amokrane’ was shot by police after attacking and fatally stabbing one of the police officers from the North Kuta Police force, identified as Anak Agung Putu Sudi.

On Facebook a post from someone who says ‘I lived in the same region as this guy – Canggu Bali for a couple of years. Complete nut case. Many people I know had scary confrontations with him in the last couple of years. Banned from most of the gyms in Bali”.

Kiane Sabet Amokrane - BaliHe also went on to say, “I read a book by Kate Kray (ex-wife of prolific London gangster Ronnie Kray) a couple of years ago called “Ultimate Hard Bastards – The truth about the toughest men in the World” that he was featured in under his real name Kiane Sabet – along with the likes of ex-IRA soldier Johnny Adair, Britain’s most notorious high security prisoner Charles Bronson, Albert Reading and one of the UK’s most violent members of the underworld, Roy ‘Pretty Boy’ Shaw.”

“In the book he comes off as being a pretty normal type of guy – not crazy – but every time I ran into him in the last few years he was yelling absolutely crazy shit and kept repeating that he was Jesus Christ” – then commented “not sure what happened in between – but I also read that the police in London had petitioned to have him banned from all licensed premises due to the violence at several venues where he was in charge of security. I have read lots of posts on FB in Bali community groups today & yesterday where bleeding hearts are saying he was harmless. Pig’s ass he was. Any sympathy should be kept for the poor copper & his family”.

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The Spa Haven of Bali

This article expresses some of the most pleasantly and even heavenly Spas of the Island of Bali in Indonesia:

  • The Karma Spa, Karma Kandara: is renowned for its scenic beauty close to the Indian Ocean. This spa consists of luxe huts that are sublime and rustic and a seductively laid infrared detox sauna. This spa is lifted to an even more higher vibration with its therapeutic massages, celebrity oxygen facials and healing reiki included into their GMO Free Treatments- dedicatedly provided by their anatomy trained Body Workers.
  • The Spa at Sentosa is set in one of the best boutique hotels of Seminyak. The Treatments Menu comprises of holistic, beauty, juice cleaners, wellness, a fitness centre, and a medical spa. This is one of the few spas of Bali devoted to healing all areas of wellness.
  • Healing Village Spa at 4 Seasons, Jimbaran Bay is a beachside garden spa located at one of Bali’s established resorts. This spa is noteworthy of its night fire yoga, cleansing ceremonies & kundalini crystal healing. This spa has also integrated the ‘Pure TDA Facial’, the machine based facial which provides lasting results with supercharged bio- active ingredients.
  • The Spa Alila, Alila Soori: It is an attractive spa made up of a modernist sanctuary made of local charcoal volcanic stone. The facilities comprise of heated terrazzo beds, rain showers and sunken baths. There are distinctive Asian therapies performed at dim lit sultry rooms and also produces a set of spa products to take away home.

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Rob Machado surfing the Bukit Peninsula

Rob Machado

“I spent a little over a week out on the Bukit Peninsula shooting with my good friend Ivan Tanjung. It’s a collection of waves from three different sessions.”

The Best Places to Visit in Nusa Lembongan

This Balinese island is no longer just a place you mark on your agenda for a day trip. It has become increasingly popular as a vacation destination and rightfully so! Just 20 kilometres off the southwest Bali coast, you’ll discover the island paradise of Nusa Lembongan. Excellent snorkelling, fantastic diving, uncrowded white sandy beaches, and world class surf make this the perfect destination. Here you can have the Bali experience without the hustle and bustle of the other tourists.

Don’t let the slow pace here fool you. There’s tons of things to see and do, depending on your interests. Relax on the beach from your Bali villas, go diving for manta rays, take a cliff top walk, explore the mangrove forests, visit the Hindu temples, or check out the seaweed farms. Be sure to enjoy the stunning sunsets that are ready to astound you.

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Clay Marzo Surfing

Not even shot in Bali, but it’s worth publishing anywhere!
Song Credit- Metallica, Fade to Black, Edited By Kieran Clark, Filmed By John Barton

Bali 9ft & Single Surf Comp 2014

From Deus ex Machina

The Deus ex Machina 9ft and Single event for 2014 was held at the Canggu / Pererenan river mouth right hand break featuring some World class longboarders and a bunch of local ex-pats.

The competitors all rode 60’s inspired single fins and showed how much style they all had with beautiful take-off’s, tubes, long arching bottom turns and styling cut-backs.

This year Devon Howard took the winner’s trophy and won for himself a custom Thomas X Deus 9’6 board.

3 Best Beach Clubs in Bali

Just like there are endless experiences to be had in Bali, there are also endless beach clubs to choose from. We have made the job easier for you by showcasing our top three.

Karma Beach Bali

If you are seeking an exclusive beach, hidden from the hustle and bustle of Bali then Karma Beach Club with its ‘secret’ location is a must on your destination list. Karma Beach is nestled at the foot of a cliff with great accommodation options available from www.luxury-villas-bali.net and surrounded by pristine white sand and a sparkling blue lagoon. Getting to the beach club is half the fun, you can either jump aboard the memorable funicular ride which gravitates down 85 metres of sheer cliff face or there is a set of beach stairs for those wanting to experience the local flora and fauna. The well-stocked oyster bar of this Aegean Sea inspired club serves us gourmet pizza, tapas along with a fine selection of quality liquors, champagne and beer. The white stretch of beach with calm waters make it great for kids, for mum and dad can lounge in one of the plush armchairs while keeping an eye on the kids as they play.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 01:00

Location: Karma Kandara Resort, Jalan Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan

Paon Beachclub

Pack the kids, the frisbee and your sense of play and head for Paon Beach Club. The core of this club revolves around beach activities and was designed with families in mind. The long pool and lush beachside lawn is ideal for fun family activities where kids can run, play and swim till their hearts content. Translating to ‘Kitchen’ in Balinese, Paon offers a fabulous selection of international cuisine and authentic Indonesian dishes which cater for all tastes and ages.

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4 Best Surfing Spots in Bali for Experts

Here are 4 of our all-time favourite surfing spots in Bali.

Impossibles (Intermediate – Advanced)

Easy Villas provides this surf report for Impossibles. Overlooked by cliff-top hotels and Bali villas, this place is known for its speed, Impossibles gets its name because it is almost impossible to get around the sections during smaller swells. The beauty about Impossibles is that it is such a huge stretch of reef that there are a few different launching spots, meaning that it virtually never gets crowded. On a good day this wave is known to be long and fast, reaching heights of 5ft and over. If it’s peace, solitude and a long ride that you seek then the Impossibles should be on your hit list.

Keramas Beach (Intermediate-Expert)

Located passed Sanur in the direction of Gianyar this once secret surf haven is now one of the most popular surfing hubs in Bali. Renowned for its big swell and epic reef break, Keramas promises world-class waves to those who hit the water early, as after 7am the onshore winds can possibly affect the barrel. Sections of the reef break are shallow and Keramas is reserved for only those who can ride confidently.

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4 Best Seminyak Restaurants

Here are our top 4 favourite restaurants in Seminyak at this time. If you have chosen to stay in a luxury villa in Seminyak, then these are a few of you go-to restaurants to check out.

Sarong

This Asian influenced  dining establishment has become one of the most sought out restaurants in Seminyak.The combined restaurant and cocktail lounge takes traditional Asian street food to a new level, inviting guests on  a journey of taste sensations across Asia, Indonesia, China, Japan, and Korea all with a hint of  Balinese flair. The food is consistently great, and Sarong prides themselves in serving up only quality food that is authentic, fresh and locally sourced.

Location:19x Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Bali

Motel Mexicola

With a vibe that is both  relaxed and friendly,  this colourful Mexican restaurant creates home-style  meals that are made for sharing with friends and family over a few laughs and jugs of margaritas. The décor is vibrant with a dash of colourful Mexican kitsch, it’s a home away from home where tacos, empanadas, quesadillas ,tequila and margaritas are abundantly and cheerfully dished out.

Location: Jalan Kayujati 9x Petitenget

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Rob Machado Uluwatu Bali

Rob Machado rips in the epic waves of Uluwatu, on Bali’s South Western coast.

2014 Bali Masters AFL Championship

The swanky Canggu Club in on the west coast of Bali has just played host to the 2014 Bali Masters Australian Rules Championships.

Twenty three teams from across Asia and Australia lined up against each other on the specially modified grounds of the pristine Canggu Club in Bali.

Running from early Friday 7th until Saturday night of the 6th June, and with a minimum age of 35 years, the emphasis is on fun and friendship rather than hardcore footy. All the teams however, still competed with as much spirit as their old bodies could muster resulting in the need for as many ice packs as ice cold bintangs.

Standout teams this year were the Jakarta Bintangs, Dubai Dingoes, Darwin Waratahs and Audo United.

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Drifter Surf – Coolest Surf Shop in Bali?

drifter surf

The Drifter Surf Shop is one of my favourite shops in Bali. Whether you are looking for a Dick Van Stralen quad or a Channel Islands board, maybe an ultra-cool Patagonia backpack, Speargun or GoPro, Drifter has a wide and interesting array of surf and water related products set in an ultra cool, retro space in the heart of Seminyak.

Surrounded by hotels , restaurants and uber-cool Bali villas it features eclectic fashion brands that you won’t find at most surf stores in Bali, shelves of hand-selected books and collected memorabilia including a large selection of artwork, photography and memorabilia all available for purchase.

Address: Jl Kayu Aya no 50, Oberoi, Seminyak
Phone: 62 361 733274
Website: www.driftersurf.com

Bali Attractions Include Recreational Drugs

recreational drugs bali

When it comes to visiting Bali we hear a lot about the sun and surf, but there are other less conventional attractions that bring people to Bali and they include recreational drugs such as ‘magic mushrooms,’ cocaine and marijuana.

Early on the local authorities were either not aware of the drug tourist market or they chose to ignore it. Today, the government ranks among the toughest around for illegal drugs. It doesn’t even have to be “hard drugs”. All illegal drugs seemed to be viewed with the same contempt.

A British woman is facing the death penalty in Bali relating to a drug charge where she is being accused of possessing cocaine for trafficking. Mrs. Sanford denies the charges, but  if she is found guilty, she may get the death penalty or at least 20 years in the primitive Kerobokan jail (which could be classed as the equivalent of 40 years in many normal Western located jail.

So if a vacation to Bali is appealing to you because you want to party and there is an availability of recreational drugs, you may just want to keep the penalties in mind before par-taking. Recreational drugs are illegal and the penalties can be fatal!

If street-sellers’ offer you drugs, they could very likely be police informants and sometimes the drugs aren’t the slightest bit pure and can be mixed with cheap and dangerous substitutes. If you are arrested for drug use and drug possession, you will be detained by police for an undetermined period.

That doesn’t seem to be enough of a warning for some people who are looking for a fun-filled getaway in Bali. If you are thinking about doing some ecstasy or smoking some pot on your next Bali holiday, it’s a good idea to think again. It might be that you are seeking ‘an escape’, but you really are asking for trouble.

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Do You Want to Get Your Vagina Smoked? Then Come to Bali

vagina smoking

How would you like to have your vagina smoked like a high class Javanese woman? If you do not know what we are talking about, it is time you did! Indonesia has an entire beauty industry that has grown around intimate care.

Javanese women of the upper class participate in pre-wedding event that takes 6 days and it involves Asmaragama or love massage, Kendedes or vagina smoking or fogging. Vagina spas also called VG spas and V spas boomed throughout Indonesia and can be found in some of the upscale spas in Bali.

This industry flourished thanks to a mix of folk tales, seduction hygiene, intrigue and smart business savviness. In addition, Asian women believe if you want to have great sex and keep your husband you need to have a tight vagina, accomplished with a special blend of herbs called ‘jamu.’ This Javanese tradition has been turned into an expensive ritual that now extends into a market that’s far reaching beyond Javanese women.

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Schapelle Corby Released

shapelle corby

Shapelle Corby has been released from Kerobokan jail in Bali today. She has spent more than nine years in Hotel K on drug charges. She departed the jail in a van with a massive media contingent and chaotic scenes.

Indonesia’s justice minister, Amir Syamsuddin approved Corby’s parole application late last week, and she is expected to be freed this afternoon after a lengthy meeting at Bali prosecutor’s office discussing her parole conditions.

Earlier today hundreds of police arrived at the jail to line the roads around the prison. As people would know that know this area in Kerobokan, the traffic is usually in grid-lock anyway, so good luck getting around that part of Bali today. And good luck Shapelle.

And lastly the question remains; should we be celebrating these types of people?

Japanese Woman Spend Big on Bali Gigolos

bali gigolo

You might be surprised to discover that Japanese magazine is reporting that Japanese women are heading to Bali because they like what they see – Gigolos – yes that’s right. Bali beach boys are serving Japanese women and making a very comfortable living making love to them.

For one-time encounter, Japanese women are spending 584k Rupiah or about 5.000 Yen. It does go as cheap as 233k Rupiah or 2.000 yen and as high as 1.1 million Rupiah or 10.000 yen for a full day, which is one of the most popular services offered.

As a tourist destination, Bali has become a very popular getaway. For years, this little gem was a well kept secret, but not anymore. It’s not only become a popular getaway for couples, it’s becoming increasingly popular as a getaway for sexy encounters and the massage industry is the gateway into finding the adventure you want.

It’s quite common for the Japanese woman to ask the beach boy to do a very exotic massage from top to bottom. Then at some point during that massage, the woman asks how much it’s going to cost to for the ‘full’ service.

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The Best Places to Visit in Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is no longer just a day trip attraction. Just 20 kilometers off Bali’s southwest coast it has become a popular destination, and rightfully so! Currently this location remains a well kept secret, which means things aren’t as crowded here like some other areas of Bali.

You can enjoy the white sandy beaches without having to fight for space. It is easy to go diving and/or snorkelling among the world-class surf breaks without the hassle of some of the busier travel destinations. Of cause, it will not stay like this forever, as more and more tourists discover this little gem.  All of this makes Nusa Lembongan the perfect destination for sports enthusiasts, families, friends, and business travellers, because here you can enjoy your island experience and there’s no need to tolerate the hustle and bustle of busier neighbouring Bali communities.

The pace of life in Nusa Lembongan is slower, more relaxed more laid back – don’t let that fool you, because there are tons of things to do here. So if you aren’t diving for mola mola or manta rays or you aren’t relaxing on the white sandy beach, then why not check out some of the other great things. How about a cliff top walk, a visit to the mangrove forest, and a visit to the seaweed farms. Why not spend some time exploring and enjoying the magnificent views. Do not forget to take in some of the stunning sunsets. They are some of the best you will ever see.

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Community Based Tourism is Growing in Uma Abian Bali

Community Based Tourism is Growing in Uma Abian Bali

Bali is home to the delightful small hamlet of Uma Abian (in the Belayu Village) Tabanan. While this may not be an area of Bali you are familiar with, if you are planning a trip to Bali it is most definitely an area you should explore.

Uma Abian has been spending a great deal of time developing the area for community based tourism and the results are definitely impressive. Agung Prana, who has worked a great deal within Bali’s tourist industry was quick to give this little community some assistance.

The locals have taken the time to develop Uma Abian area and what you now have is an interesting tourist destination. Other Bali villages might use this model on their villages to enjoy the same type of economic growth that has been seen here.

Currently there are a handful of local households who are participating and there have been around 32 rooms made available. Of course, that number can change at any time. Right now, you can expect to pay Rp 800,000 per night.

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Bali Mandara Toll Road is Now Open to the Public

The opening of the Mandara Toll road to the public was met with great excitement. This toll road is going to make a difference of about 20 minutes from the Ngurah Rai airport to Benoa turning a 30-minute ride into a 10-minute drive. That’s exciting. The Bali Mandara toll road connect Nusa Dua with Ngurah Rai Benoa, Bali

It seems with the opening came some glitches and travellers were quickly reporting that there were significant traffic jams after the exit gates. These glitches are sure to be worked out over time as the excitement of the new route returns to normal and traffic patterns stabilize. Once the toll charges begin it’s likely locals will opt for the old way of commuting and that will take a great deal of pressure off the new Mandara toll road.

If you have not seen pictures of this toll, you should take the time to have a look. It is really quite an amazing achievement and visitors are not only going to save time, they are going to get a spectacular view as they travel this highway.

According to a recent news report, local officials are excited because their goal was to have the toll road open for the APEC Summit, which happens in October, and they did indeed meet their goal. According to government officials this toll road was built to help reduce traffic jams, support tourism infrastructure and to help make it easier to transport goods.

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Gay Massages in Bali for Same Sex Couples

Gay marriage is now legal in many countries around the world and Bali is quick to recognize the importance of being a gay friendly country. Even though the traditional family is very important in Bali, they are very relaxed when it comes to homosexual relationships. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Bail spas offering massages for same sex couples.

There is nothing to stop you from walking into any one of the massage parlours and ask for a massage for two with your partner, but it would be a lot more comfortable if you knew that the spa or massage parlour you are visiting actually did massages for gay couples. Umalas has one very friendly spa that openly invites gay couples for massages catering to a male clientele. There are actually some amazing spas throughout Bali that cater to gay couples and their needs.

Some of the spas are a great place for a couples massage and then enjoy some pampering like a pedicure or a little aromatherapy treatment after. Some of these spas or massage parlours openly advertise that they welcome gay couples while others are a little more discreet about promoting what they do.

What’s nice about Bali is it goes further. Sure, having a gay couples massage is ‘hot,’ but let’s face it you are going to be doing a lot more while visiting Bali. What’s great is you are going to be welcomed with open arms, whether it’s a local nightclub or walking down the street. Whether you are exploring Sanur Beach on the sleepy southeast side or exploring the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, everyone is welcome here and you won’t feel out of place or different.

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Bali Government Wants to Preserve Traditional Bali Games

When Balinese children attend school they learn the Balinese language, but they also learn traditional Balinese games such as Gala Gala, Tajog, and Bakiak/Terompah. However, the concern is that these traditional games are going by the wayside and thus an important part of Balinese culture could be lost. It seems these days Playstation and other video games are becoming more popular than traditional games. In fact, in some schools the children are no longer taught these traditional games.

These games are not just played by children, adults participate as well. After all, they are a real part of Balinese culture. But the concern is that these games are dying a slow death. Just recently, the Denpasar Culture Agency has asked for an inventory of the different traditional games that exist in the area. So concerned are they about the loss of these traditional games from their society, they have made this a priority.

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Marketing Bali: Image Ideas

When you’re building a website about Bali vacations aimed at the tourist industry, what kind of image should you use to represent Bali? We’re talking about the overview here – designing your website, logo, banner, or business card.

The good news is that Bali is such a rich landscape of culture and natural wonder that you have a wide choice of iconic representations to choose from. What we mean by “iconic representations” is, for example, think of the Disney theme parks. The first image that came to mind was probably a set of mouse ears. Or think of the tourism industry for France – notice how the image of the Eiffel Tower immediately flashed through your mind? Things like that are iconic – they represent their place using a picture.

Here’s some possible inspirations for your Bali-travel business:

* Temples: You can’t throw a rock in Bali without hitting a temple. Half the tours in Bali have temple stops. Also, they have that distinct pagoda-style layered peaked roof shape, perfect for a logo.

* Watersport: Surfboards, snorkel gear, jetskis, and yachts are just perfect for a Bali tourism campaign that focuses on beach-side villa rentals. If you just represented a seaside attraction with sea shells and starfish, any old country with a coastline can boast those. But quality ocean-going leisure can only be had in places like Bali.

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Kuta Bali Equals Babes and Booze

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Kuta in Bali is well known for its backpacking centre for those who are on a pleasure seeking mission, its cheap lays and its cheap beer. If your Bali vacation goal is to take your abroad fun to a whole new level, then your trip to Bali needs to include Kuta. Let’s have a closer look at Kuta’s babes and booze.

Surfing, babes, partying and fun sum up most Bali vacations in Kuta. It’s an amazing place to have amazing experiences and there’s no judgement about what you are up to. You control how crazy your experience is. It can range from the downright interesting to the whacky and weird – it’s really in your hand.

Bali is an amazing place to be even without babes and booze. But those on vacation tend to like to party hard and that’s how you meet a wide range of people each with their own story to tell. One thing is for certain; sexy fun is plentiful in Bali whether it’s the beach, the cafes, the nightclubs like ‘Sky Garden’ or ‘The Bounty’ – or one of the many happy ending massage places such as ‘Kuta Bugar’. It’s everywhere! This is especially true in Kuta because it is the main party district. Getting laid in Bali is not a problem.

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Snowing in Bali Drug Trafficking In Bali

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It’s snowing in Bali. What? Snowing? Never! Actually, when we are taking about snowing in Bali this is the code that is used by drug dealers when a very large cocaine shipment has landed in Bali. For the men who are in charge of Bali’s drug empires, it means it’s time for them to get rich.

This practice dates back to the 1980s, when smuggling cocaine to Bali entailed the use of South American surfers. This was certainly big business! The drug trafficker’s methods were alternated depending on what was being scrutinized by the authorities. A surfboard shaper would be paid $5,000 to embed the cocaine into the surfboard and then the surfer would travel to Bali with his/her board.

This method remained popular until the mid 1990’s when Frank de Castro Diaz, a South American surfer was arrested at Denpasar Airport in Bali with 4.3 kilos of cocaine hidden in his surfboards. The publicity around the case lead to a temporary halt in moving drugs this way.

However, that was short lived and before long, the cocaine was once again moving from South America to Asia using sports equipment, windsurfing equipment, surfboard bags and a blend of tourists. There’s no shortage of surfers that were willing to be a runner. That’s because it’s a lucrative business. The cost of the cocaine goes up with every border that it crosses.

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Pura Tirta Empul Sacred Bali Destination

Balinese worshipers have been coming to Pura Tirta Empul for thousands of years. It is said that Indra created this sacred spring along with its curative properties. The tradition carries on today. The only exception is that today tourists and locals alike visit Pura Tirta Empul.

On the temple you will find the inscription date of 926 AD as the founding date. Since then the Balinese people have come here to bathe in these sacred water and to enjoy the spiritual and healing benefits. While on vacation you should make sure that you come experience Pura Tirta Empul for yourself.

The Tirta Empul Temple has the traditional Balinese split gate as well as shrines to Braham, Indra, Mt. Batur, and Vishnu. The large open pavilion is found in the main courtyard and is a great place to relax in the shade.

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Bali Hosts Talks to Outlaw People Smuggling

Bali recently hosted an international forum on illegal trafficking of humans. Foreign Minister Bob Carr says that there are 37 countries that have jumped on board and agreed to outlaw people smuggling and these countries will be cracking down on illegal trafficking.

The conference got started with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Marty Natelegawa, asking for early detection and higher prevention of human trafficking and more effort in stopping people smuggling.

Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor and Senator Carr attended the forum, in a closed session that involved 37 countries, all of who attended and agreed to engage law enforcement and their expertise along with training organizations to coordinate any crackdowns on human smuggling.

The meeting has resulted in the formation of a partnership with the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation. The focus is to increase the police and border security ability to respond to people smuggling. Senator Carr said other countries would need to assist the local law enforcement because the issue was far too big for one country to address on its own.

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Bali Highway Benoa-Nusa Dua Nearing Completion

According to The Ministry of Public Works the highway construction above sea level that will connect Benoa, Denpasar and Nusa Dua has reached 83% and for Bali that’s very exciting.

“Now the construction is on schedule and will finish on time,” said the Head of Highway Management Agency Ministry of Public Work Ahmad Ghani Gazaly in the middle of regional consultation meeting in Denpasar.

According to the Minister, a special consultant has tested the quality of the 11 kilometres of road construction, and it passes with flying colours. Thus far, the weather has not been a factor in the completion of the road construction, which has made the Minister very happy.

The Minister of Public Works Djoko Kirmanto had a similar opinion and was also extremely optimistic that the Denpasar-Nusa Dua highway would be completed by May of 2013.

“We believe that the target will be achieve since there is no serious obstacle,” said Kirmanto.

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Four Pillars to Stabilize Tourism in 2013

Bali has been enjoying significant growth in tourism but Bali’s provincial administration recognizes the need to address concerns and challenges if they expect to continue to enjoy this lucrative industry. In fact, provincial administration is working on the development of a new master plan that will address the complaints and challenges that they currently face in tourism development.

The master plan will focus on developing a blueprint of what is referred to as the four key pillars – the goal is to create tourism development programs for the short, medium, and long term, that adhere to the all bylaws and government decrees.

What will the four pillars cover? Destination development, human resource development, promotion, and the tourism industry. The focus will be to ensure tourists see Bali as a quality destination.

Bali province tourism office head Ida Bagus Kade Subhiksu said, “The bottom line is to create Bali as a quality tourist destination – inside and outside.”

The Bali government has not ignored the complaints that they have received from tourists and a number of international tourism organizations. These include security issues, connectivity issues, lack of infrastructure, and poor management.

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Bali Has a Nightlife Worth Talking About

If you are planning a vacation to Bali and you are excited to experience the nightlife you have heard so much about, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Don’t let the size of the nightlife fool you – most of the nightlife is located around the harbor area and includes waterfront entertainment that is lively.

Bali attracts visitors of all ages and its tourism industry is very well developed. Not only can you enjoy an outstanding nightlife you can enjoy a stay at a private Bali villa that’s also outstanding and you can do this on a budget.

Seminyak and Kuta Kuta area is really the centre of the nightlife in Bali. There isn’t usually an entrance fee to the bars, and many of the clubs offer a Happy Hour to promote tourism. Seminyak has the chic bars and clubs and offers the most sophisticated nightlife. Ubud The nightlife in Ubud is more traditional. It is gentle and quieter but don’t confuse this with boring because it most certainly isn’t. Enjoy traditional Balinese dancing while you hang out here. Sanur Sanur is home to tons of restaurants that offer traditional Balinese dancing throughout the night. There are some excellent hangouts here that stay open until the guests are ready to head out.

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Cheap Bali Holidays a Reality

Most of us have seen some of the amazing pictures of Bali and until now have only been able to dream about a vacation to this exotic destination. Well, there is some great news because now cheap Bali holidays are actually a reality. This means that anyone can afford to getaway and enjoy everything that the magical island of Bali has to offer, including staying in your own private Bali villa.

Palm trees blowing in the breeze, beaches abound, open seas that seem to never end, warm sandy beaches, warm clear water – what could be more relaxing than this idyllic setting that involves a Bali vacation. The ocean is perfect for snorkelling or swimming. Surfers swarm to Kuta Beach from around the world, and it is also, where you will find the liveliest nightclubs. Oh, did we mention Kuta Beach is also the perfect place for watching romantic sunsets.

Perhaps you would like to explore the interior part of Bali Island – why not go for a nature walk, go for a horse ride, or do something really different and take a Jeep safari far into the forest.

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Private Jet Charter Services in Bali Grow

As tourism grows in Bali and more and more business venues appear the demand for private jet charter services grows, and Bali companies have stepped up to that demand. In recent years there has been significant expansion in these services.

Embraer Legacy 600

This new business jet is able to accommodate up to 13 passengers, and it can fly 3,250 miles on a 7-hour non-stop flight. This jet has the latest avionics and it also has an excellent entertainment system to make each flight more enjoyable. The Embraer Legacy 600 is excellent for busy executives and vacationers.

Air Bali Charter

This 4 passenger Piper Cheyenne 400LS is now available in Bali and offers exciting air trips to Bali points of interest. This fixed wing twin-turboprop aircraft is excellent for Bali vacationers that want to enjoy a bird’s eye view of paradise. This is the fastest turbo prop in its class and it has a cruising speed of 330 knots at 35,000 ft altitude. It can take off and land from 850m airstrips and has a 2,500 km range. This plane is also offered up as an air ambulance and for private charters.

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Bali Predicts Foreign Tourists to Reach More Than 3 Million in 2013

The Jakarta Post report that predictions are for Bali to see more than 3 million foreign tourists in 2013, thanks to improvements to the islands infrastructure, which has lead to increased interest in travelling to Bali.

A toll road is being constructed that connects Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua. A traffic underpass is being constructed at Simpang Siur, and the Bali airport is getting an extensive renovation.

The Bali Chief of Provincial Tourism, Ida Bagus Subhisku, projects there will be a 10% increase in foreign arrivals in 2013. During 2012, there were 2.8 million foreign tourists that arrived in Bali. The 2013 foreign tourist arrivals are going to also be strengthened because of several important meetings that scheduled to be held in Bali during 2013. This includes the APEC Summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.

The growing conference and exhibition sector (MICE) and meetings is important, but Bali is also focused on developing agriculture, water, retirement, and spiritual tourism. These are exciting growth sectors for Bali.

Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, the Indonesia Tourism Association (GIPI) chairman, does not believe tourism growth will be in excess of 10% in 2013.

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Tirtha Bridal Unveils Innovative Water Wedding

Tirtha Bridal is excited to unveil its most creative wedding yet. The new water wedding is innovative and incredible. What an experience for the bride, groom, and guests. This is the ultimate in perfect fantasy weddings. Couples will exchange vows on a the natural green stone altar that has been built specifically for weddings, which has then been set on an infinity pool, that is perched atop a Bali cliff.

The alter floats perfectly in line with the horizon so your backdrop is the spectacular Indian Ocean merging with the brilliant skies. This water wedding truly does offer the most surreal wedding experience ever. There are certainly a number of ways to tie the knot in Bali but this tops most.

For more information about the Water Wedding Tirtha Bridal is offering you can contact them at Jalan Uluwatu, Br. Dinas Karang Boma, Pecatu, reach them by phone at (0361) 847-1151, or visit their website.

To add the finishing touches to your wedding consider a Bali villa – not only as the perfect place for your honeymoon, it’s the perfect place to have your wedding reception. There are numerous choices in Bali villas to meet your needs and your pocket book.

If a water wedding isn’t your idea of the perfect wedding, not to worry, because Bali is well known for the variety of memorable wedding settings and themes it offers – there is certainly one that is just what you envisioned. You might even decide to have your service right at your Bali villa – that’s a popular choice for many, after all everything you want is right there – beautiful gardens, ocean views, private swimming pools, personal chefs and staff, and so much more.

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Bali Promotes Water Sports for Tourists

Bali has plenty to see and do – so much that in just one visit you are not likely to be able to enjoy all of it. But one of the things Bali has been promoting is the water sports it has to offer tourists, and they are numerous. Let’s look at some of the recommendations.

Fishing
Fishing activity is huge on the island of Bali. There are numerous charters such as Xplore Charters Sportfishing Adventures, and Yos Marine Adventures. Your charter may fish for Wahoo, Spanish mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and tuna.

River Kayaking
Bali Adventure Tours offers river kayaking. Challenge yourself, experience a solo kayak on the Ayung River in a two person inflatable kayak – experience the thrill.

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Jakarta’s Life Music Scene Evolving

Jakarta’s live music scene is constantly evolving but recently there has been a new wave of venues opening and that is exciting for vacationers and locals alike.

Black Cat Jazz & Blues Club
Jakarta has few places that are truly a jazz and blues club, but the Black Cat certainly is. You will find the Black Cat at the Plaza Senayan Arcadia building and every day there is life performances to entertain their guests. The sultry music wafts through the air and you’ll find yourself drawn towards the Black Cat.

Marley Bar
Don’t be fooled by the name Marley Bar is not a reggae bar. It is a hip place for young musicians aspiring to grow their careers combined with young adults who love live music. Marley is located in the Energy building. It’s a dimly lit bar with a relaxed atmosphere so it is perfect for getting together with friends for late drinks. There is live music every night, and on special nights, there is a tribute to 90s bands such as Coldplay, Blur, and Foo Fighters. On Wednesdays, customers can get on stage to sing with a full band.

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Bali Promotes Itself as a Green Destination

Bali is a popular destination for vacationers from around the world, but they are also promoting themselves in a new light – as a “green destination.” There’s a lot of environmentally friendly opportunities in Bali.

Marine tourism has certainly taken advantage of this new way of promoting Bali. There are tons of dive operators in the area and marine tourism is running in harmony with coral reef conservation.

In the southeast part of Bali, there are some of the most amazing landscapes and some fabulous headlands that overlook the bays where you can see fishing boats dotting the waters. In Amed there are around 20 dive operators taking tourists out snorkeling and diving. Of course there are many others in other areas of Bali.

Kuta offers some amazing landscaped both on land and on water, as well as underwater. Sea lovers love vacationing in this area. Whether you want to snorkel, dive, or just go out for a sail there’s tons of opportunity.

There are all the wonderful Bali beaches to enjoy too. Walk along the white sandy beaches, soak up some rays from the shore, take in a magnificent sunset, or enjoy the sound of the lapping waves onshore.

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Bali Hotel Market Will Evolve Dramatically in Next Few Years

Luxury Villas in Bali

Now that tourists know that Bali has been one of the best-kept vacation secrets, they are flocking to Bali at record numbers. That has put a great deal of pressure on Bali infrastructure, and Bali has responded with improvements to the airport and roadways.

Horwath HTL and Phuket-based C9 Hotelworks stated in a report that Bali, like other Asian resort destinations is facing similar dilemmas where public sector infrastructure is having a hard time keeping up with private sector investment.

“Like it or not, Bali’s evolving hotel market is set to evolve dramatically as we head toward the landmark AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) free-trade initiative in 2016,” said managing director of C9 Hotelworks, as quoted by Phuket Wan Tourism News.

This October, the attention of the world will be on Bali, as it prepares to host the APEC Summit. There has a been a $200 million US upgrade to the airport that handles 25 million passengers a year, along with a new toll road, key underpass, and other infrastructure upgrades.

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Bali is one of the World’s top Islands

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The world’s best resorts are located in Bali. Additionally, it is also one of the best islands, which families, newlyweds and even groups love to visit. The island is quite magical in captivating first time tourists. If you have never been to Bali, the first time you visit will probably not be your last; you will most certainly feel the urge to make return visits. It is such a captivating place to visit throughout the year considering the all season friendly tropical climate, and especially during holidays.

Tourist attractions

Bali has several historical sites that you can visit with your family and learn more about its origins and early days. The island plays host to several religious and sacred sites that an entire family can comfortably visit. Its beaches are among its biggest attractions and they pull in millions of tourists every year, numbering more than 2.5 million each year, with prospects of increasing numbers in the future. It is home to several excellent entertainment centres, and shopping arcades thus making it a modern yet traditional island.

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Balinese Sanctuary for Women Travelling Alone Opens

If you combine women who are looking for a vacation where they can heal their mind, body, and soul with women who are looking for a safe vacation destination, you would come up with the brainchild of entrepreneur Zoe Watson, who opened Bliss Sanctuary for Women in 2010 in Bali.

Watson, who was scared to fly, left the corporate office for Bali in order to let her body recover after a bad car accident. In a world, including Bali, that offers all kinds of retreat vacations for women. According to Watson, what most don’t focus on is the actual travel experience. And this is something Watson knows personally.

“At the time, I said to my boss, ‘I need a month off or you need to get someone to help me’. He said, ‘You can’t do either or those; you can take next week’,” Watson recalls. She took what she could get and travelled to Bali – an option she thought wasn’t ideal at the time, but relatively simple, inexpensive and appeared to offer the safe, solo-travelling experience she was after.

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Bali Tourism Leads to Increase in Real Estate Sales

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The rapid growth in tourism in Bali has also lead to a much higher demand in the real estate sector. Wealthy individuals along with a number of Indonesian firms are creating a buying frenzy in the real estate market, especially when it comes to buying land in the southern island.

According to a report done by property management company, C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL, in addition to the very active tourism market, Bali has also seen recent improvements in highways, the underpass construction, and the airport, all of which support the growth of the real estate market.

There has also been a spike in the number of hotels, condo hotels, and Bali villas that are becoming available. Villas in Bali are incredibly popular because they offer something that even the most up-scale hotels cannot offer – seclusion and privacy, along with spacious, luxurious villas, private swimming pools, lush gardens, and their own staff including cooks/chefs.

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Bali Thriving Thanks to Tourism Growth

Bali continues to thrive as its tourism industry continues to grow and prosper. According to Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks, market wide occupancy is almost at 70%. In 2012, the average room rate was $137 US per night.

Australia, China, and Japan are all key to driving the demand, and Malaysia is thought to soon surpass Japan in the number of citizens heading to Bali for their vacation. US vacationers also heads to Bali regularly. It seems the secret is out – Bali is a great place to vacation.

Initially Bali governments may have found themselves struggling to keep up with their new found popularity, especially when it comes to infrastructure. But that is certainly not the case any longer, as they continue to undertake massive infrastructure upgrades to accommodate both tourism and the overall growth in Bali.

Bali locals are benefiting as well from their new found popularity as more employment opportunities arise, better business opportunities, and a real estate market that’s booming. Land is at a prime in Bali and as hotels scramble to find prime land to build, what they may not be realizing is a number of tourists are looking for a different kind of experience.

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Aussies Love Vacationing in Bali

Aussies love to vacation and Bali has become one of their favourite destinations in the world – in fact; it’s 9th on their list according to travel reporter Angela Saurine. It seems the only places that are rating higher than a trip to Bali is a trip somewhere in their own country. They love Bali beaches, and they head to Bali in record numbers every year. Those numbers are continuing to grow and Bali tourist operators are spending more time focusing on this market. They love having the Aussies vacationing in their country and the Aussies love being there – it’s a win-win all the way around.

Childless Australians love Bali beaches, and they are very fond of Seminyak villas. Many of these people travel as couples or as a group of friends and a Bali villa offers the perfect in accommodations. Luxurious, spacious accommodations, with lush gardens, and private swimming pools, as well as on site staff such as cooks, beautiful ocean views, and so much more. It’s no surprise that this type of accommodation is becoming far more popular that hotel stays, because even in the most luxurious hotel there are still other guests to share the common spaces with.

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Tanah Lot Temple Sees Record Number of Visitors in 2012

The iconic Tanah Lot Temple is a must see for anyone spending their vacation in Bali, and according to the tourist stats for 2012 more and more people are discovering this. A whopping 2.5 million people made it to the Tanah Lot Temple last year.

Tanah Lot Temple can be found on the coast of Beraban in the Kediri sub-district. It is 30 km west side of Denpasar town and about 11 km in south side Tabanan town. The temple is built on a three-acre rock and can be reached by walking for just a few minutes. Enjoy the strategically placed Balinese shops along the walk to the temple.

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Bali Establishes Five Tourism Projects

With the growth of tourism comes the growth of Bali, and that includes the announcement of five new tourism projects with a value of Rp 21.5 trillion, which translates to around $2.2 billion US dollars. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, four of these tourism projects are set to be constructed in Bali, while one is set to be constructed in West Nusa Tengara.

The four Bali projects will be well received by tourists. They include the construction of a golf course in the Buleleng district along with a resort and accommodations, and the construction of a marina and yacht facilities in the Badung district.

In 2012, during the first eight months, 5.21 million foreign tourists arrived in Bali and those numbers will continue to grow. It’s clear – the secret is out that Bali is one of the best vacation destinations on the planet.

While these five tourism projects will be well received by tourists, one should recognize that Bali already has plenty to offer. White sandy beaches are one of Bali’s top tourist attractions. You can walk for miles in the warm sand, go surfing, enjoy numerous marine activities, or just relax on the beach soaking up some rays. There are a number of beaches you can choose from – some are quieter than others, so you can choose what’s right for you.

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Golfers Create List of Favorite Bali Golf Courses

Golfers lover to explore golf course and that applies to those who are in vacation in Bali. Those same golfers decided to share what golf courses were their favorites. Let’s have a look:

#1 Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club – 18 holes
Golfers like the challenge of this course and there is no difference in rates for members and non-members making it a popular choice for many vacationing golfers.

#2 Balibeach Golf Course – 18 holes
Not only will you love the golf course, you will love the clubhouse here. Located on the grounds of the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, which is a popular resort with tourists.

#3 Balibeach Golf Course – 9 holes
This 9 hole course is very popular with tourists offering a course that few have any complaints about. The Balibeach Golf Course Clubhouse is on the grounds of the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, another popular tourist resort.

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Bali Wine Auction Returns January 20, 2013

In November 2011, the Bali Wine Auction enjoyed a successful first event. So much, that they’ve decided to host the Bali Wine Auction once again on January 20, 2013, at the Astor Ballroom of the St. Regis Bali Resort, located in Nusa Dua. If you happen to be vacationing in Bali at this time, this is an excellent event to attend.

This is the brainchild of Henny Santoso and Bill Busch of Lotus Food distribution, and colleagues in the Bali wine distribution sector were very quick to support the event.

The event begins on Sunday, January 20th at 3:00 pm with a one-hour ‘brown-bag’ blind wine tasting of six wines, which is followed by the auction from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm that includes 25 lots of wine and wine merchandise. The event is limited to 150 tickets so if this is something you would like to participate in while you are on vacation in Bali, be sure to get your tickets early. This is going to be one of those events you are glad you didn’t miss.

Luxury Villas are available throughout Bali, that are a great start to any vacation, and a wonderful place to return at the end of a busy day. Or spend your days relaxing by your private pool or enjoying personal spa treatments in the comfort of your villa. Bali is a wonderful place to vacation with so much to offer – enjoy the culture and local people, participate in the very active nightlife, go surfing or enjoy other marine activities, watch the breathtaking sunsets, go for a walk on the beach, visit the many temples, or explore the interesting and unique shops.

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Bali Selected for APEC Summit 2013

Bali has been selected as the venue for the 2013 APEC Summit. This should come as no surprise since Bali has successfully hosted numerous international events. The APEC Summit will focus on promoting investment in infrastructure, and providing the appropriate tools to small and medium business for economic development.

The Bali government did a great deal of preparation to ensure that the 2013 APEC Summit would be held in Bali October 5-7. Bali will construct an overpass and underpass to handle the congestion so that things move along smoothly for the Summit. Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali will be completed in June of 2013 so it will also be ready for the APEC Summit.

Bali has a seen a great deal of growth in its tourism industry in the past decade and it is anticipated that growth will continue into the future. In fact, tourism has become the main economic income for Bali. These improvements to the roads and airways are going to benefit tourists in general. More flights in and traffic moving smoother on the ground.

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Enjoy a Happy Ending Bali Massage

Happy Ending Massage in Bali

Full service massages aren’t new – their history in Asia dates way back. At one time, they were used on both sexes by psychiatrists and physicians as a type of treatment. For males, it was used to release tension and for females, it was used to induce labour and more. In fact, it was the full service massage that led to the creation of the vibrator.

Western culture might see the full service massage as unsavory, but not Asian society where it is understood to have societal and health benefits. It can be debated as to whether this is a sexual encounter or a relaxation technique. You could try it and decide for yourself!

Finding a Happy Ending Massage in Bali
If you want to find a happy ending massage in Bali, the best areas to look are Sanur, Kuta, Renon and Denpasar in the city. There are also well known places in Legain and Seminyak that will be happy to accommodate

The taxi drivers in Legian and in Kuta know where all the happy ending massages are to be found. One way is to pay them a little extra and they’ll even wait for you to have your massage, although the more savvy will get the taxi driver to drop them away from the premises as quite often the taxi driver will ‘claim’ a commission from the massage establishment, which is then added to your bill.

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Kuta Beach Offers Excellent Value for Vacation Getaway

Kuta Beach is one of Bali’s best surfing places. This white sandy beach stretches for three kilometers from Seminyak beach to the tuban area. Restaurants and bars are scattered along the way offering you plenty of places to stop to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cocktail while having some fun in the sun. In the area, you’ll find great value in hotels and villas, with the latter offering you a luxurious and spacious accommodation option.

The big and powerful waves on Kuta beach are quite something to watch. If you are new to surfing not to worry there are plenty of surfing instructors that you can find right along the beach shore. If you are an avid surfer the waves waiting for you – come ride the big ones. There’s an opportunity awaiting you here regardless of your skill level. Or perhaps you just want to sit on the sidelines and watch the surfers – that can definitely be an experience in itself! However, you choose to enjoy the ocean waves and white sandy beaches, we know that you are going to have a great time.

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The Batur Volcano

The Gunung Batur is the active volcano which is located in the north-west of Gunung Agung area. This volcano is consisted of two craters. The first one is up to 10 km long and 13,5 km wide. In this crater the lake Danau Batur can be found. When it comes to the second crater its dimensions are 6,4 km by 9,4 km. It is estimated that this volcano is over 25,000 years old. The highest point of this volcano is approximately at 2,200 meters.

According to some of the researchers this volcano has been much higher. However, as a consequence of one explosion the current height had been reached. A small lake is created by the rain in the crater. It is worth mentioning that this volcano is still active. The lake with its dimensions 3 km by 9 km according to some beliefs is treated as the holly lake. In addition, it honors the goddess of the lakes Ida Batara Ulun Dewi Danu. This lake is definitely one of the most photographed places on the volcano.

It is interesting to mention that up to 20,000 people live in the villages next to the craters including Kedisan, Toya Bungkah and Kintamani. On the shores of this like the tourists can witness some of the oldest traditions and ceremonies on Bali. The top of the volcano can be reached from the western side of the lake. Here the village of Toya Bungkah is located. It serves as the starting point for the tourists who want to visit the top of the volcano. It takes approximately three hours to reach to the top of the volcano for the tourists who walk to it. It is recommended to start with the journey as early in the morning as possible. The reason for this advice is actually very simple. In order to enjoy the sunset on the top of the volcano you have to arrive before the sun shines this area. One more thing is to be taken into serious consideration by the tourists who come here in search for the genuine adventure. A local guide is more than an appropriate choice for climbing in the dark to the volcano top. In addition, the climbers have to dress properly, because of the significant temperature oscillations in this area. It is worth mentioning that the natural sources of water are very rare on the way to the volcano top.

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Padang Padang Bali

Local rippers at Padang Padang, Bali in October 2011. A truly epic swell. Filmed by Oq Abrar. Produced by Mick Curley.

Kuta Cowboys a Hit With Female Sex Tourists in Bali

It’s a well-known fact that Bali is a popular vacation destination, but what many don’t know is that it is one of the most desired vacation destinations for female sex tourists, thanks to the Kuta cowboys. Each year thousands of women make their way to Bali looking for paradise. And what many find are the open arms of the Kuta cowboys. In fact, these muscular, bronzed beach bodies have made Bali the world’s leading vacation destination for female sex tourists.

According to “Cowboys in Paradise” Bali is the hottest destination for those women looking for a little holiday romance. Now you might think that these guys are just your typical gigolos, but they claim to be much more than this. How one would find out the difference will have to be left to the imaginations of the female sex tourists, who may not even care.

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Bali Popular Destination for Students on Break

Bali has become a popular destination for students on break looking to get away and party. In fact, during these breaks, Bali has never had so much testosterone floating around the beaches, which are filled with men in their twenties on the hunt for girls.

In the past few years, Bali as a party destination for school breaks has grown immensely. During the last couple weeks of November and the early part of December more than 6000 students visit Bali, bringing youthful energy and spirits to Bali clubs.

One popular drink is called the “Illusions” – it is served in tall plastic cups and costs a fraction of what a similar drink would cost in Australia or the US. Groups of young men and women hip, hop, and shake to the beat of the music all night long especially in areas like Seminyak or Kuta’s nightclub strip – this goes on every night of the week.

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Retiree Tourists are Welcomed to Bali Villages

Bali has become the home away from home for many over the age of 65. Some of this retirement crowd has been coming for years and have just continued to do so after they retired, while others are just discovering the beauty and culture that Bali has to offer. One thing is for certain – Bali is welcoming this retiree tourist with open arms.

One of the largest demographics to take visit Bali is the elderly Japanese who come to Bali for their annual vacation. In fact, more than 2000 Japanese senior tourists come and stay for extended periods of time during the year. Of the 3 million tourists that arrived in Bali in 2012 a larger percentage were retirees from Japan, Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and Australia.

Because of the retiree, tourists that are heading to Bali a number of retirement villages have been built in the Bangli region, and villas around the island cater to the retirement population. Luxurious and spacious Bali villas are available for rent by couples, or groups traveling together. They offer an affordable alternative to hotels.

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The Waterfalls of Bali

Bali is very often called the island of the thousand waterfalls. They are one of the most popular tourist attractions. Here are some of the most well-known waterfalls in Bali.

Git-Git Waterfall is definitely the most popular and beautiful waterfall on Bali. It is situated in the southern part only a few miles away from the city of Singraj. For the tourists this temple looks like it has been trapped in the middle of the great rainforest wall. With its remarkable height of over 40 meters it produces the sound which can be best described as the fascinating thunder. At the bottom of this waterfall one small lake is created. According to the popular belief among locals all the couples who swim in this water bring love and happiness to their relationship.

Yeh Mempeh Waterfall is situated on the north-east part of the island between the cities of Singraj and Tulamben. This waterfall is very popular among tourists who come here with children. Next to the waterfall one the most intriguing restaurants in the island can be found. One obvious fact illustrates the quality of the water produced by this waterfall. From this waterfall the local village gets the drinking water.

Blahmantung Waterfall is one of the waterfalls in Bali with the most remarkable height of over 100 meters. It is located near the Pupuan village and it can be reached by following the direction of the road which leads to Mayonga. The power of falling water is so strong that the sound like thunder can be heard miles away. This waterfall creates the small lake which is the popular destination for the tourists who enjoy swimming in the cold and refreshing water.

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Bali Museum Preserves Bali History

Bali Museum located in Denpasar Bali, on Major Wisnu Street, which is located in the heart of town. Bali Museum has done a great job of preserving Bali history and sharing that history with those that decide to visit the museum. It’s certainly a visit that every tourist should make, as it will add additional value and appreciation to your stay in Bali.

The Balinese culture is interesting and colorful. With the growth in tourism and the continued development of Bali, there is some worry that culture erosion is occurring and that the cultural heritage of Bali could disappear. This is all the more reason why the Bali Museum is so important.

The objects at the Bali Museum include items dating back to prehistoric times. Objects like the Grave Petrify or sarkopag can be seen here. That’s just a simple example of what you might see at the Bali Museum, where exhibits are constantly changing.

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5 Bali Temples Selected As Top Temples to Visit

“The island of a thousand temples” – that’s what Bali is known as. So where do you start and which temples should you make sure you visit when you are in Bali? Recently, the following were released as the top 5 Bali Temples, so these would be a great place to start your exploring, and of course if you have more time, keep exploring.

#1 Tanah Lot Temple
This is the most famous Bali temple. It means “Land in the Middle of the Sea,” and is the work of the15th century priest Nirartha Tanah. Lot sits on a rock just off the coast. It’s spectacular. Come near sunset and get some magnificent photos. There are villa accommodations nearby should you wish to stay in this area and explore.

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