Trip to Git Git Waterfall
Bali is blessed by its nature and the authenticity of its landscapes. That is why million of tourists are coming in Indonesia to admire the beauty of this country and discover the richness of the Indonesian culture and the biodiversity around. Among all its islands, Indonesia has some breathtaking spots which motivate the tourists to put Bali in their list for vacations.
Between all the rice fields and the mountains with wonderful sunshine and the beaches with white sandy like the best romantic movies, you can find other places looking like heaven. You can try to put a picture on it: culminating at a height of roughly 35 meters, surrounded by tropical trees and the roar of the waterfall, that is basically how does the Git Git Waterfall look like. Actually, it is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the North of Bali. You will loose your sense by looking at the waterfall. But the waterfall is not the only thing who will take your breath away, but also the stunning surroundings and the beauty of the local environment around will bring you literally to another world and make this journey unforgettable.
In the rain forest is a protected area but this is also where you will often see the wild monkeys on their way to the waterfall. It is impressive to see them swinging from a tree to an other one. Be sure to incorporate it with some of your other activities in the area. Bali has some of the most stunning natural scenes. The authenticity of this local environment makes this place very unique. Sometimes we find ourselves so busy with all the different activities that Bali has to offer such as the temples, outdoor activities or even shopping, that we completely miss to stop and enjoy what the nature has to offer to us.
Git Git Waterfall is located in the countryside of Gitgit, in the Sukasda sub district, and is located in about 10 km from Singaraja Town. At 300 meters above the level of sea, you will see the spectacular Git Git Waterfall which is rushing down. You can take some rest and you enjoy the panoramic views, and there is a well marked path and can be reached by foot that tourists can follow to the spot point.
Bali has plenty things to offer for its visitors to do and to see, but one of the most spectacular places is definitely the Git Git Waterfall. Don’t miss this beauty during your trip on Bali, and do make sure that you bring along your camera so that you can immortalize this moment, and also show your friends and family at home, just what it is you got to see.
You will leave Git Git Waterfall feeling invigorated and brand new. The smell of the lush rain forest and the roar of the water rumbling down will make you speechless. Bali is such an amazing place, so make sure that you take in as much as you can.
Surfing in Bali
Surfing is not the first thing we imagine to do when you talk about Bali. But there are some very good spots for surfing, and became very popular among the surfers from all around the world! We will see the reasons of this trend and some more tips to surf in Bali.
Why is Bali a great surf destination?
Bali is a good place for surfing for some reasons. The location of Bali is one of the reasons explaining this. The warm water in Bali makes the location relatively pleasant to surf. Besides, the waves of Bali are relatively uncrowded, when compared to the one you can find in California and Australia. Bali gets some sort of surf most of the year, there are beach breaks and Kutaand Dreamland and also reef breaks on the rest of the Bukit, including the famous Uluwatu. The unique geography of Bali means that you can get a selection of left hand breaks on one side of the Bukit, 20 minutes away by car and get another whole selection of right hand breaks. In Lombok, for instance, you’d have to ride for 4 hours or more, to get from one side of the island to the other.
The trade winds favor surfing the western side of the coast during the dry season (between April and October), including the breaks on the western Bukit, including Uluwatu and Bingin. During the wet season (between November and March) the tides and winds favor the eastern coast including the eastern Bukit breaks such as Nusa Dua and Sri Lanka.
Surfing regions in Bali
There are some basic surfing regions in Bali, West Bali (Medewi, Balian), East Bali (Ketewel, Keramas), South Bali (Canggu, Gado Gado, Padma), the Bukit (Bingin, Balangan), Nusa Lembongan (Playgrounds, Shipwrecks, Lacerations).
The best waves in Bali
Kuta Beach is the ultimate waves for the beginners. It is a complete beach with long sandy beach, plenty of people on hand as well as a surf rescue tower and jet-ski. Competition isn’t too hard, so it makes this beach a good place to learn for all of them.
Padma is a kilometer North of Kuta Beach and has some nice little waves during high tide.
The most famous wave in Bali is Uluwatu on the tip of the western Bukit. This is actually 5 breaks that combine to draw the top surfers coming from all around the world.
Padang Padang on the western Bukit is famous for being one of the best performance waves in Bali.
Balangan is a reef break, but this place is the most suitable for the beginners during high tide. There is a great sand beach for a long fun ride.
The best surfing breaks in Bali as far as performance are Uluwatu which sees good size surf and had 5 breaks. Bingin (which has a short fast barrel), Padang Padang (which has a fast barrel and dangerous reef), and Nusa Dua.
If you want to go to Green Ball, you can head up to the hill onto the Bukit, from Bypass Ngurah Rai (heading to Nusa Dua), then at the four way intersection (Nusa Dua, Uluwatu, Balangan), turn left towards Nusa Dua. You will be able to see a sign for the Bali Cliff Resort, and the surf beach at Green Ball.
For the beginners and the non initiated surfers, Green Ball is a cool beach to chill out and take some rest. Above the trees, the cliffs provide some shades. The sea is quite clean as well, and you will even be able to see a large cave with bats!
Renting a surfboard in Bali
You should not rent surfboards from the guys on the beach. All those boards are snapped, and will snap again in the same place. When that happens, the owner will demand $300. Australian Palu from Byron Bay, has 3 shops in the Kuta area selling boards, as well as a surf school. He also has a selection of used boards for rent of sales. Palu provides a wide range of boards, focusing on the learner end of the market. The prices for the brand new rental for a week was 600,000rp. The price to buy its was 2.5m Indonesian Rupiah. For short term rental, you will find prices around 20,000rp per hour, 150,000rp, 600,000rp. You will need a deposit or show your passport as well. You can also book a surf tour in Bali that includes lunch for $100 total.
Buying a surfboard in Bali
You will have plenty choices when it comes to get your own surfboard in Bali. At the Kuta area, you will find have to choose among several kind of surfboard, according to your level and wishes. You better make the right choice as your buying it for a long time!
10 Romantic things to do in Bali
With its astonishing scene out in the Asian Pacific with some idyllic landscapes and wonderful islands, Bali is the perfect destination for a romantic gateway!
You would find plenty things to do in such a beautiful place in couple, but here are things you can do to share an unforgettable moment with your beloved one!
A romantic dinner
For a couple, one of the most mainstream ways to show your affection is to have a romantic dinner. Bali is blessed with breathtaking views and landscapes that would make you feel in a dream, with a wide variety of places to eat for each taste and for all special events: whether it is for an anniversary, a honeymoon or just a simple romantic holiday.
Dinner in Canggu
You can have a picnic dinner in bed with the waterfront and the sunset as an outstanding view. Taking place at the upper-class Hotel Tugu Bali, you would be surrounded by candles all around you on the beach, and serve each other dessert blindfolded to give a special taste to this picnic. It may be a cliché but it is so romantic in such a beautiful scene.
Dinner in Uluwatu
Uluwatu is the trendy spot of Bali, comparable of places like Seminyak and Kuta. We can find one of the nicest views of the islands and infinite number of hotels and unbelievable pools.
Among all those hotels, you would be able to choose to dinner at the oceanfront, surrounded by the bunch of flowers petal, with a table which offers you an astonishing view of the Indian Ocean. You would also have the choice between 3 different menus to impress your beloved one, and make this night unforgettable! It is also time to try Indonesian specialities that are can be sweet, sour or spicy but always delicious.
You could also opt for something more luxurious with the spa in the 5-star hotel at Uluwatu, and take advantage of the sunset and relax in the meantime!
By far the most luxurious possibility, you can dinner in an oceanfront hotel in a bucolic scene. A view overlooking the Indian Ocean and give you’re a breathtaking panorama! Having dinner at this hotel would bring you into a romantic universe, worth of the greatest sentimental movies!
A Cruise day in Catamaran
You didn’t travel through Bali if you haven’t spent the whole day exploring the astonishing sea and islands in Bali. Among the different islands you can find, from the Nusa Penida to the Nusa Lembongan or even the Nusa Ceningan, the landscape would bring you unforgettable souvenirs. Among all these islands and choices you have, you can pick the catamaran with a luxurious cruise for Nusa Lembongan!
If you come to Bali between the 1st of April and the 31st of October, you would be abe to see the shipwrecked at Nusa Penida, and lead you to the sea of Crystal Bay with a spectacular white sands beach.
Hiking at the Mount Batur
If you want to stay away from the crowd and stay with your sweetheart, why don’t you go for a trek and cross the magnificent landscape of the Mount Batur?
The Balineans are used to say you haven’t really visited Bali if you haven’t been on the top of the Mount Batur and seen the active volcano, with its peak lost in the clouds.
You would start your trip from 3:00 in the morning where we will bring you to the hiking road, which will lead you to the clouds! The ultimate reward at the end of your trek will be a terrific sunrise, which will immortalise this moment with you two.
Relax in a spa
After all this time spent in hiking the Mount Batur, you can take a rest with a massage! This would help you to stay sharp after this long effort, and give you a chance to relax. You can choose among several spas like Amala Spa, which is a reference in Seminyak!
You would also be able to have a massage In couple, and appreciate heaven with your sweetheart! You will find some more options for a massage right here
A ride in helicopter
You have to pay close attention if you would like to visit popular sites like Tanah Lot and Uluwatu. The traffic is always awful, and can ruin your honeymoon! Why don’t you book a ride for the two of you in the helicopter? You will have a splendid view on the Kuta coast, the Ubud gorges, or even the volcano crater on the Mount Batur, all of these sites comfortably in your seat!
Create your own local jewellery
Do you like the local handicrafts from Bali? You would be inspired to create your own jewellery to immortalise your trip! From a simple bracelet to pendants, it will be a good souvenir of your trip.
Get some adrenaline!
Some couples just prefer to relax, but sometimes, nothing is better than having some adrenaline and have the heart beating wildly! You could do plenty activities in couple, like rafting or even canoe, and there is nothing better to get closer to your beloved one. You would also be able to profit from the beautiful landscape around!
Attend a class lesson
If you are not afraid to get dirty together, you can book a private cooking lesson. This would bring you the opportunity to explore the subtleties of the Balinean food with your sweetheart. A preference for outside course, where you would appreciate the view of rice fields with your own eyes!
Make a tour at Ubud
If you want to do some exercise, book a bike tour through Bali. The visits are in slope and provide a totally different experience of Bali. You would have different landscapes to watch as well.
Among the breathtaking view overlooking the rice fields, to the mountains around, you may have a chance to visit a local temple or even a cacao plantation!
So Book your honeymoon
If you are on a honeymoon or making a trip in couple, Bali is like heaven with its uncountable hotels and villas, famous for the romantic scenes they offer. Several packages have been created to the destination for Bali, to adapt to the couple’s needs, who want to spend a memorable time there.
Indonesia: the new Eldorado for perfect holidays
Indonesia has already attracted lots of tourists
Indonesia is seeing increasing growth in the number of foreign tourists, with arrivals growing by 7.19% last year to 9.44 million.
Between January and April of this year, foreign tourists have made 3.05 million visits to Indonesia. But we have not spent the peak period yet so an increase can still be expected in later quarters.
These tourists represent a great target and bring money to the country helping it to develop its GDP. Each foreign tourist spent an average of $1,200 per visit.
When people usually travel?
The peak travel period is usually during the dry season between June and October because the weather is perfect, it does not rain a lot, and the sun is always present. However, lots of people escape the cold winter in their country to enjoy the cool weather of Indonesia in December.
Where do the go?
The most popular destination in Indonesia is Bali. It is renowned especially for its surfing area in Uluwatu, in the south of the island but not only. In Bali we can admire some rice paddies near Ubud, chill out on white sands beaches or even dive in the north. Everything is pleasant, and the landscapes are diverse from lush vegetation to typical temples or paradisiac beaches.
How long are they staying?
A tourist stays in Indonesia about 7,6 days. It is average as tourists from Europe spend up to 12 days to make profitable the time spent on the plane and the high price while Asian visitors spend around five days.
The industry is expected to grow again
The Ministry of Tourism aims to increase tourism’s contribution to the country’s GDP from 9% in 2014 to 15% by 2019. For that, it has a budget of 1.3 trillion rupiahs this year equivalent to $98.4 million. It has more than quadrupled the budget from 2014, which stood at 300 billion rupiah. Then, the ministry wants to increase the average time of staying up to 10 days this year. It is a big challenge, but it is possible as the country is attracting more and more travellers.
To do so, it’s launching a promotion of several new locations and attractions beyond the popular resort island of Bali. It is also hoping to draw more locals to domestic travel.
Chinese tourists represent a large target
There is a particular emphasis on Chinese tourists because they represent a colossal target with 1.3 billion potential visitors.
How to communicate?
The ministry launched some ads on China Central Television (CCTV) to focus on Chinese travellers. After it decided to promote Indonesia through international media, including prominent travel and natural science magazines as well as television advertisements overseas.
Which places to emphasise?
The ministry is promoting cities such as Yogyakarta in Central Java, Medan in North Sumatra and Makassar in South Sulawesi. These cities display a combination of culture and nature that the ministry believes will appeal to travellers.
The goal is to motivate people to go to other destinations than Bali because obviously, Bali is nice but Indonesia is huge, has many islands and offer a vast range of landscapes and attractions.
Implement a better transportation
However, to increase the travels to others islands, the country has to improve its transportation infrastructures. Nowadays, there are some trains or buses connecting the main islands but it takes some time and can be complicated to organise before arriving.
Direct flights will begin later this year to Komodo Island helping ease access for visitors who currently spend half a day in transit to reach the destination. Thus, travellers will be able to see the emblematic dragons quickly.
Appeal more domestic travellers
There are now 251 million trips made by domestic travellers. They move in their country to travel mainly but some go for a business purpose.
The minister also wants to develop the domestic trips because there is a significant potential.
More domestic travellers stay within Indonesia rather than travel overseas due to the weakening of the rupiah, which makes foreign travel more expensive.
Must out of ordinary things to do in Bali
Yoga in Ubud
Ubud is known as the spiritual city of the island, away from the touristic area, the crowded Kuta and the wild beaches. It is located in the centre of the island and so is the best place to practice yoga. Yoga is a physical and mental discipline which originated in ancient India. It is part of the Hinduism and Buddhism religions so you should try it in Indonesia if you want to live a typical experience.
Indulge in healthy food in Ubud
Still in Ubud, you can find healthy food restaurants such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, raw, organic, microbiotic and so on. It is trendy nowadays and is good to savour under the hot weather of the island as it is fresh and easy to digest.
We can advise you to go to Seeds of Life if you are looking for raw food, Warung 9 for a super cheap vegetarian buffet. Or you can try AA Juicery & Cafe offering yummy breakfast bowls with a beautiful view on rice paddies, Dayu’s Warung, a gluten-free concept, Kafe Ubud proposing great burgers with vegan options, and Clear Cafe for microbiotic and raw choices. If you just want to drink something or need wake up after a hard party night, you can go to Seniman for the best coffee in Bali.
Get close to the monkeys
Don’t miss out on an encounter with these cute animals and visit the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud. You can also see plenty of monkeys around the Uluwatu Temple, in the south of Bali.
But be careful because these furry creatures can get very mean. They grab everything they can and stole your stuff without any fear. It could be your food but also your new Ipad with which you are taking pictures. So keep a safe distance to them!
Assist to a traditional Balinese dance show
The Balinese people love to dance, and it is part of their culture. If you are lucky, you will be able to see a ritual show with dancers in spectacular costumes. One of the most popular performances is the Kecak Dance Show in Uluwatu where you could admire scenic views of the ocean at the same time. The performance is happening every night at 6 PM.
What does it like? The male dancers are seated in a circle and do sounds just with their mouths, while the female dancers do incredible movements, using all parts of their bodies even their eyes.
Escape to nearby islands
If you’re dreaming of picture perfect white sandy beaches and azure waters, you’d better leave the main island of Bali and hop on a boat to nearby islands. Favourite getaways are Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida, just to the east of Bali, where you can find paradisiac beaches perfect to chill, tan and enjoy the sun without the discomfort of the crowded south of Bali. You can also go to the Gili Islands, you can reach them quickly and easily by speedboat within two hours. There you can relax or dive but also partying especially in Gili Trawangan.