By Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Adam Skolnick
”The mere point out of ‘Bali’ inspires options of paradise. It’s greater than a spot it’s a temper, an aspiration, a tropical country of mind.”—Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Lonely Planet author writer
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Click here ) Tirta Gangga Rice terraces, gorgeous views and temples. ( Click here ) Bali offers so much more than a beach holiday with an overlay of amazing culture – it is an incredible place to get outside and play. Sure, you may have to get up off your beach towel, but the rewards are many. In waters around the island you’ll find world-class diving that ranges from reefs to shipwrecks to huge, rare sea life. When that water hits shore, it creates some of the world’s best surfing. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find legendary surf spots.
A complex new intersection of the Jl Ngurah Rai Bypass and Sunset Rd east of Kuta is one scheme meant to fix this. ( Click here ) LOMBOK INTERNATIONAL 8 The long-completed, rather gleaming new Lombok International Airport near Praya is finally open for business, with more international and domestic flights. ( Click here ) DIVE SCHOOLS GALORE 9 Several new dive schools have sprouted on the Gilis. Hence, formation of the Gili Island Diving Association in 2012, an effort by the best of the bunch to safeguard local reefs and their guests.
It takes place at Pura Lingsar just outside Mataram and involves a costumed parade, and Hindus and Wektu Telu pelting balls of ketupat (sticky rice) at each other. Usually November but also December. December Visitors rain down on Bali and the Gilis ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Hotels and restaurants are booked out and everybody is busy. PERESEAN Martial arts, Lombok-style. Competitors, stripped to the waist, spar with sticks and cowhide shields. The winner is the first to draw blood.
Bali & Lombok by Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Adam Skolnick