Bali Journals

Paradise on Earth

An August 2004 trip to Bali by Wander Girl

Volcano Trekking Photo, Bali, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: Everyone of us has our own idea of what paradise is. For me, paradise will be a place like Bali. The beauty of Bali extends beyond its never-ending stretches of white sandy beach, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, and green terraced hill slopes to the smiles of its gracious people.
Best Things Nearby:Liberty Wreck and other fantastic dive sites; Black pebble beach.Best Things About the Resort:Clean and cozy... feels just like home.Resort Experience:The resort is a small boutique accommodation with just seven rooms. It is run by an affable Australian, Tony, and you can see the personal touches put in everywhere around you. There is an adjoining dive shop fronting the resort, and the dive plus accommodation package is very reasonable. What I love most about this place: jumping straight into the blue water of the swimming pool, right from diving in the sea across the road. The view of Gunung Agung (Bali's tallest mountain) f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2004

Tulamben Wreck Divers Resort
Tulamben - Kubu - Karangasem
Bali, Indonesia
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Volcano Trekking

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Volcano Trekking Photo, Bali, Indonesia
Gunung Batur (1,717m), which lends its name to the largest lake in Bali, is revered as the second holiest mountain in Bali. The volcano is still active and smoke can be seen seeping from its main crater. It is possible to climb the mountain on your own, as the trail is straightforward and easy to climb, save for the last stretch of volcanic sand to the summit (it felt like I was sliding back two steps with every step I took). However, it is recommended to hire a guide from the trekking association at least for the first time. I started my climb at 4 am in order to catch the sunrise at 6am and I really appreciated that I didn’t have to grope my way around in the dark. There are accommodations in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2004

Volcano Trekking
Gunung Batur
Bali, Indonesia

Ubud; Be inspired.


Paddy field in Ubud town centre Photo, Bali, Indonesia
Ubud is the cradle of Balinese art and culture. The town is surrounded by scenic paddy fields and boasts of the quintessential Balinese garden. The beauty of the place cannot be described by mere words; it can only be experienced. It is therefore not surprising that this is where German painter Walter Spies and Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet chose to establish their artist society in the 1930s. This period spawned the famous I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, who created the detailed style of painting that Bali is renown for today. His original works can be seen in the Puri Lukisan. There are various dance performances in town every night, such as the Legong, Barong and Kecak. Be sure to catch the Kec...Read More