Nusa Penida, an incredible island off the coast of Bali

This island located in the south-east of Bali is accessible in 40-45 minutes by boat and is particularly famous for its seabed and especially the famous Manta point where you can admire the sumptuous Manta rays, but not only! Indeed, this island abounds in many other treasures which requires 3 days on the spot to discover them all. Among them, there are the must-see attractions such as Kelingking Beach, the island's most popular cliff where you can admire the turquoise-blue waters along the island from the top, all surrounded by lush vegetation. It is even possible to go down to...

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Ocean resolutions for 2020!

Let’s work together and let’s try to keep the ocean as clean as possible in 2020! With a few small adjustments to your daily life, you can already help the ocean to stay clean and the fish healthy! Reef friendly sunscreen We all know that it’s important to wear sunscreen, we want to protect our skin and use sunscreen on a daily basis. One important thing that not a lot people know, is that using sunscreen does a lot of damage to the world around us. A recent study showed that about 14,000 tons of sunscreen ends up in reefs worldwide. This can lead to bleaching, damage...

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Beach and ocean clean up in Sanur

When we think of Bali, we imagine wonderful white sand beaches and crystal clear water. What we expect is not always the reality : sometimes beach are covered by rubbish littering. This will be even more true after New Year's Eve. Indeed, the end-of-year celebrations attract many tourists and locals to the beaches, who do not necessarily respect the environment. In addition, the rainy season will start and will bring a lot of trash into the oceans. We nickname it "trash season": litters are carried away by currents and winds, covering beaches of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak … ...

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New Year's Eve in Bali!

The festive season is coming soon and you are already starting to wonder how you are going to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Indonesia has 4 different calendars for different cultures: the Gregorian calendar with international standards, the Chinese calendar, the Islamic calendar and the Balinese calendar. Each new year has its own festivals, rites and customs. Nevertheless, both tourists and locals celebrate the transition to the new year of the Gregorian calendar.Whether you want to celebrate it peacefully with a good meal, or party all night, here are the different ways to welcome 2020 ...

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NYE in Bali!

NYE in Bali! 2020 is around the corner and that means that is time to plan your New Year’s Eve event. The island of Gods, Bali, is a great place to celebrate NYE because during this time there are tons of different parties and places you can go. Why Bali for NYE? Bali is an island full of options; you can choose to go the one of the biggest NYE party’s in a fancy beach club in Canggu, or you can just go for some fireworks and casual drinks on the beach of Kuta. Bali has a lot of free options to spend the last night of 2019, so you don’t have to spend a lot of m...

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Bali, the island of flowers and birds

Bali is an island full of flowers. You will meet many Balines with a flower behind the ear or in the hair. Indeed in Hindu culture flowers are used for offerings. Each flower variety has a different meaning and corresponds to a God. The most representative flower of the island of the Gods is the frangipani flower, called "Jepun". This flower with a nice smell represents the goddess Shiva, goddess of the earth. As a sign of fidelity, brides put frangipani flowers in their hair. Fragrances and oils are created from this delicate smell. Do not hesitate to get some in memory of yo...

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The beauty of Tulamben, beyond diving

In the North-east coast of Bali, you can find the small fisherman’s villageTulamben.The name Tulamben is derived from the wordbatu lambih,witch roughly means “many stones”. This is reference to the destructive eruptions by Mount Agung, that have affected this part of Bali back in 1963 and before. Tulamben is one of the most well-known dive locations in Bali, because you can find the USAT liberty Shipwreck here and many other underwater creatures (see our blog ‘USAT liberty Shipwreck for more information). Tulamben is also a great place to visit when you want to explo...

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Bungkus: The take away culture

A big part of the Balinese culture is about food. Everywhere you lookyou find little street food stands. If you don’t see them, just followyour nose! If you don’t feel like eating your meal at the local market, but rather be in the comfort of your accommodation? Ask for‘Bungkus’! When you ask for Bungkus, you get your food wrapped in duanpisang (banana leaves) and a paper with a thin layer of plastic.Because of the banana leaf the flavors of the food stays the same, or even get better! And it’s eco-friendly! With Nasi Bungkus you get white rice (some place...

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October 14th: Nyepi Laut – Quiet Seas

Bali is an island with a beautiful culture and that includes tons of traditions. NyepiLaut is one of these traditions, where the inhabitants of the islands Nusa Penida,Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan pay their respect to Dewa Baruna, the ruler ofthe seas. Every year on the fourth full moon of the Balinese calendar, all marine activitiesaround these islands cease. No one will fish, swim, snorkel or dive. No boats willcome or to any of the islands and no boats will leave. This ritual has been performedin this region since 1600.Even though the sea is quiet on Nyepi Laut, there are still many ...

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Balinese people get more and more involved in the environmental protection

In 2018, 66 million tons of waste were produced in Indonesia. In some beaches, it’s sad to see that we have to look for clean patches of sand free of plastic bottles, straws, or any other trash… But some measures are starting to change this situation. In Bali, single-used plastic is banned since July and more and more local people are getting involved in beach clean up. Their habits are slowly evolving: Balinese answer to the trash problematic by volunteering during beach cleaning session, organized by associations such as Bye bye Plastic bags or Trash Hero. Educating children ...

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