December 25, 2011

Tanah Lot

Besides beaches, Hindu temples come to mind when talking about Bali. There are many temples in Bali since by customary law, a village must have at least 3 temples (temple in Indonesian = Pura).

One of the more popular temples is Pura Tanah Lot. This temple is perched on a rock. When high tide, the temple looks as if it is "floating" in the middle of the sea.

When I came here, it was still low tide, thus we could walk until the bottom of the rock. Before reaching the rock though, there's a cave where you can see a snake which is believed to be holy. Once reaching the bottom of the rock, there is another cave with streaming water also said to be holy. You can receive blessings here for a small donation.

Besides its unique location, this temple is also flocked by tourists because it offers a stunning view during sunset.

During High tide (Pic source:

During Low tide

Tanjung Benoa

When I was still living abroad because of my father's assignment in various countries, Bali was more famous than Indonesia. And I think this is still the case. Most people have heard of Bali as a beautiful holiday destination. While Indonesia is known as the chaotic country ;)

Anywayss....In my opinion, Bali is a perfect holiday destination. You have beaches and mountains, creative cultural art and city party scenes...anyone can find something to
his/her liking. Whether you are young, old, traveling alone, with family... Bali has something to offer you :)

Although it is a small island, there are many points of interest. On my last trip, I went to one of the newer tourist places: Tanjung Benoa.

Tanjung Benoa lies near to Nusa Dua (a famous beach & resort area). The main reason people go to Tanjung Benoa is for the various water sport activities that they can do. The more popular ones are: jet skiing, banana boat rides, parasailing and snorkeling. There are a few operators to choose from, so it would be best to look around and choose the one you are comfortable with.

For those who are not keen on getting wet, usually the operators offer you the chance to go on a boat trip to a nearby area called "Turtle Island", which is named because there is a Turtle farm there. Since I wanted to avoid the hassle of having to change clothes, when I went to Tanjung Benoa, I only went on the boat trip to Turtle Island. Here, not only do you see turtles of all sizes, you can also take a picture with it, as well as other creatures such as an iguana and a snake.

However, there is one activity that I'm quite curious about but didn't have the chance to do: Seawalker. Here you are geared up so that you walk on the bottom of the sea! Well..maybe next time..

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