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The ever popular island of Bali nestles between Java and Lombok in the Indonesian archipelago. With the perfect blend of stunning backdrops, warm locals and exquisite beaches, it’s a true paradise on earth.
However, Bali offers much more than great surfing and luxury resorts. At any moment, you’re likely to spot stunning sculptures of Hindu deities or a wonderful courtyard.
The small religious offerings known as ‘canang sari’ are sure to catch your eye as well. These leaf trays are made daily and are found on every doorstep. They’re usually full of colourful flowers and aromatic incense, which add to the tranquil atmosphere that makes Bali so appealing.
Whilst Kuta on the south coast is a tourist haven, with its western-orientated bars, the foothill town of Ubud to the north is the cultural hub. The awe-inspiring rice fields, sacred forests and historic monuments give you a true sense of Balinese life.
One of Ubud’s most popular attractions is the sacred monkey forest. Inside are over six hundred mischievous Macaques, who won’t hesitate to climb on your arm in search of bananas. Also, hidden amongst the trees are three magnificent temples, dating back to the 14th Century.
There are over 20,000 temples, known as ‘pura’, in Bali, with certain laws requiring every town to build at least three.
Pura Taman Saraswati, just north of Ubud, is one of the most beautiful. It is surrounded by gorgeous water features and displays intricate carvings of Dewi Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of the arts.
Pura Luhur Ulu Watu on the south coast is also worth seeing. It offers sublime coastal views and often hosts performances of the spectacular ‘Kecak’ dance, which involves up to 250 dancers chanting in concentric circles.
There are a number of ferry routes to Bali, all of which dock in Padang Bai on the south-east coast and Serangang on the south-central coast, near Kuta.
There are departure points in Teluk Kode on Lombok’s west coast, Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. These journeys are operated by Bluewater Express, who provides high-speed services every day.
After hearing alot of bad reviews about ferries to and from the GIli Island we were very worried. However we were pleasently suprised. Everyone got a seat of the ferry and the boarding was very quick where staff take your bags and store them on the boat. They do chuck them around a fair bit so dont keep too many breakables in there. The ride over was very bumpy towards the end but the first hour and a half were really good with no rough current or waves.Read More Read Less
"Parfait, très bonne prise en charge"
Très bien organisé, on reçoit un mail de confirmation pour qu'ils viennent nous chercher à notre hôtel, puis transport des bagages, bonne aide à l'embarcadère. Pour le trajet, nous avons eu une bonne mer. Bateau propre et avec 6 moteurs ! Arrivé à Nusa Lembogan, prise en charge pour vous emmener jusqu'à notre maison d'hôtes. Donc parfaitRead More Read Less
We took the Patagonia express to Lombok and returned 1 week later. The ferry was very punctual and there were comfy seats and good films on board. The crossing was very smooth on the way over but rather choppy on the way back. Overall, would recommend this company.Read More Read Less
"Great and easy way to travel around the islands!"
Gili getaways service is 5*. The pick up service, even if not in the free pick up zone is worth it, very organised, on time and very comfy cars! Made our travels so easy. Nice touches with the water and cold towels on board. Couldn't recommend more!Read More Read Less
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