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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Code of Conduct for MolaMola interaction

Before diving with Mola Mola (Sunfish) around you, Make sure you know the “code of conduct” These guidelines are designed to provide you a satisfying and safe diving experience while ensuring the lowest sustainable impact on the sunfish population of Bali. Always approach the sunfish very slowly within its field of view Stay close to the reef and do not surround the sunfish If the fish are just entering the cleaning station, do not approach the animal until the cleaning has begun and the fish have been stationary for at least 1 minute Maintain a mi...

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Galungan: A famous Balinese celebration

“Celebrate the victory of good against evil” Galungan is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It celebrates the victory of good against evil. It marks the time when ancestral spirits of deceased persons visit the Earth. The spirits come back to visit their ancient homes and Balinese people have the responsibility to be welcoming and generous to their ancestors through prayers and offerings in their home. The bigger sign of the celebration is the penjor – this is a bamboo pole with offerings suspended at the end which line the roads. The Pen...

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Bali, an excellent destination for an unforgettable diving holiday

Bali is a province of Indonesia that continues to attract more travelers every year. There are lots of incredible landscapes and attractive activities. Nowadays, the island is very famous especially for its incredible underwater world. You will find many exceptional spots that fits to each level of diving. Explore Bali's best diving spots During your holidays in Bali, you will find many diving spots as fascinating as each other. Tulamben is one of the most famous spots on the island. It is well-known as there is one of the best shipwrecks in the world: The USS Liberty. The wreck ha...

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How is our waste decomposed in nature?

Lots of waste and especially plastic waste are not biodegradable. However, lots of waste are thrown into the wild. Even if it seems logical not to throw away its detritus, for lots of people the message is still far from being acquired. Trash that ends up in the sea is often eaten by animals that live there, which can harm or even kill them. It is also a problem for us, humans. We are at the top of the food chain, which means we end up eating OUR trash ! It also ruins the beauty of the sea, prevents tourists from coming back to these natural wonders, damages boats, and carries diseases. ...

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