You'll probably see at least one ceremony during your holiday in Bali. You will also see Balinese people doing their rituals every day and if you're lucky, you'll be invited to a real Balinese household to experience the ceremony yourself.
There are 6 official religions in Indonesia (Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism). Even though most of population (might be around 87%) is Islamic, there are islands, where you can find majority of inhabitants with different beliefs. For example, in West Papua, Papua and North Sulawesi we have Protestants, in East Nusa Tenggara (where the island of Flores is) and West Timor you can find Catholics and Bali Island, with its Hindu beliefs. Thanks to Bali religion, rich Balinese culture and traditions has this island became a favorite tourist destination.
Over 5 million travelers visit Bali every year. When you first arrive, the airport vibe brings holiday mood instantly, makes you feel super excited to see more of the island. Beaches, green rice fields, amazing waterfalls, peaceful temples... In one word – paradise. But then you smell the burning plastic while enjoying stunning sceneries, or as you drive past the mountains of trash that have been carelessly dumped in rice fields. And you start to think, ‘This wasn’t in the brochure.’
I have never been a big fan of massages, wellness or spa treatments. On the other hand, my mom is a different story. She loves massages as much as I love food. I have always tried to be a good daughter. So for a Christmas gift I booked a treatment for her in one of the most recommended Thai massage centers in Bratislava a few years ago. Unfortunately, she got sick and it wasn’t possible to change the date of the appointment. Instead of losing the money for the expensive prepaid treatment, I forced myself to have a spa day. My experience was not the worst I’d had, but it didn’t cause me to fall in love with massages either.
5 good reasons to visit The Colonial restaurant in Padangbai
People who know me well (but also those who don’t know me so well) know that my ,,relationship” with food is really special. In my case it’s just 100% true, that the way to my heart is through my stomach. I feel instant happiness when eating food. Or, to be exact, when eating GOOD food. My obsession with food is well known. A rather interesting story has begun to spread that if someone wants to get me on a date, they simply need to invite me for a good meal, because that is the one thing I can’t resist. Well, I don’t know who came up with this theory, but let me tell you, they are right.
Diving is becoming an increasingly popular activity for water enthusiasts and travelers, and Bali is considered to be one of the best diving locations due to its clear waters and diverse sea life. With diving now an important part of the tourist industry, marketing strategies are being developed to encourage more sport enthusiasts to try diving.
Unwritten Rules of Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is undoubtedly exciting and for recreational divers it should be a fun activity in the first place. But it is also complex and involves a lot of self-awareness and respect. Respect for your instructor or dive masters, for the boat crew, the other divers in your group, and last but not least you should definitely respect the natural environment in which you dive. Scuba diving etiquette is a real thing.
Dance with mantas and an odd fin
Manta point, Nusa Penida. During the 3 months that have passed since my arrival in Bali, I have heard from our diving guests at least a million of absolutely amazing experiences from this dive site. To be honest, sometimes it was pretty hard for me to listen to their stories (you see, it’s not always easy to smile at guests when you envy them so much and would immediately swap sweating on a chair in a dive center for a nice trip to Nusa Penida and, as a bonus, enjoy a dive with giant manta rays).