Bali is a tropical island in the Indonesian archipelago. The climate is hot, with temperatures averaging around 86 degrees F all year. The best time to visit the island is between May and August, when it is slightly cooler and mainly dry. The island has several tumultuous rivers that are ideal for whitewater rafting, and trips are available throughout the year.
All of Bali's rafting companies provide free hotel transfers in air-conditioned vehicles. A welcome drink also is included, and morning tours finish with a hot buffet meal. Waterproof bags are supplied for keeping your valuables safe, and shower facilities are provided at the end of the trip. Some companies also offer a souvenir video or photographs of your tour for an additional fee.
Bali's rafting companies have an excellent safety record. Most use Avon rafts with safety hand ropes and toe-cups, as approved by the World White Water Rafting Association. Helmets and life jackets, which meet international standards, are provided, and an instructional briefing is given before the trip. Reputable rafting companies use only professional, experienced guides, many of whom are trained in emergency first aid. Children under 6 are not permitted to ride.
Rafters should wear lightweight shorts or bathing clothes with a T-shirt in case they fall into the river, and should bring along a complete change of clothing and a towel. Rubber-soled sports shoes that can be securely fastened are the most suitable footwear. Although a helmet is used while rafting, it is still a good idea to wear a sunhat, and sunscreen is vital. Bring along a camera to take shots of the beautiful Balinese scenery, but ensure that it is secured in a waterproof bag during the trip.
The Ayung River is Bali's longest waterway and a number of rafting companies operate from here. The start of the course is approximately one hour's drive from the resorts of Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua. The 7-mile run has a class II to III rating, which means that it is suitable for beginners. The course includes 27 sets of rapids and several short drops. The route winds through steep-sided gorges with cascading waterfalls and tropical rain forest. The trip lasts around 90 minutes.
This river is more challenging than the Ayung and suitable only for people who are physically fit. The rafting course, which begins at the foot of Mount Agung, an active volcano, is a continuous 7.5-mile stretch of whitewater and hairpin bends. Riders are sure to get soaked as they paddle though waterfalls, and the trip ends with a hair-raising 13-foot drop at Bajing Dam. Transfer time from Denpasar is around 90 minutes, and the rafting trip lasts for approximately two hours.
The starting point is about 45-minute journey from Denpasar, and the course runs through a rain forest canyon, with steep cliff sides and numerous waterfalls. This is a challenging run, with sharp bends to negotiate, more than 30 rapids and drops of between 3 and 13 feet. The river is classed as a II to III, but can increase to level IV during the rainy season of October to March. It is suitable for rafters of intermediate skill.
Amongst the thousands of islands that are beautifully arranged from west to east in Indonesia, Bali is peacefully seated in the eastern part of the tropical country. Occupying an area of 5.632 kilometer, Balis beauty sparks out as a dramatic view but overshadowed with the arrogance of the active volcanoes. The Balis mountainous area divides the island into northern and southern parts.
Its exoticism lies on the beautiful silhouette of its white-sand beaches. Outside the main island, Bali promotes some of tiny islands on, they are Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan & Menjangan Island that are undeniably paradises for divers and surfers.
Balinese puts high respect for the natural elements, including mountains, sea, springs, like lakes, rivers and other elements. They get acquainted with their physical existence while upholding a philosophy of being the sources for life. Hence, the nature and all the important elements have special space in the hearts of Balinese. The Balinese include them as important constituents in its spiritual and religious activities, exceptionally for Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali (3,141 meter) and Besakih Temple (the mother temple) of Balinese Hindus on its feet.
Bali is densely populate & with over 3.5 million people, almost all of the Balinese Hindu Religion. The Hindu people retain the basic values that teach them of balance and harmony of all aspects in life, which is Tri Hita Karana.
Tri Hita Karana is a guidance on how to have a harmonious relationship with surrounding nature (Pawongan), others people (Pelemahan) and with Ida Hyang Widhi Wasa/God The Almighty (Parahyangan). The commitment to maintain and manifest the fundamental values into daily living is the thing that keeps Bali unique in life dynamic.
Balinese Hindus celebrates Galungan day and Kuningan day once in every six month and celebrate the New Year with special rituals called NYEPI. The Nyepi celebration is started with the conduct of catur Brata Penyepian (four forbidden things to do during the change of Saka Year) which includes amati geni (no light), amati lelunggaan (no trip), amati lelangguan (no entertainment) and amati karya (no activity). During Nyepi, all places in Bali for 24 hours will be left in silent and free from activities, including those in airport, harbours, terminals, and roads.
Bali gives high values to nature, culture and spiritual life, which are all in synergy to create harmony and peace in the island.
Balis charm is not only anchored in the beautifully crafted paddy terrace which is watered by Subak system (a system that has been implemented for many years). The island captures the heart of tourists through a selection of dance and cultural ritual festivities also in spiritual awareness that make strong foundation to live their life. Besides, the honesty of the Balinese attains great respect from the other people.
Bali is gifted with rich nature. Not mention the fertile soil, abundant water resources, or friendly but cool weather, Balis land lets grow any plants. From rice produced at stunning paddy terrace to any plants and range of colourful flowers made for rituals, such as banyan tree, coconut, plumeria, lotus, hibiscus, cempaka and other plants, its own characteristics Bali defines.
For Balinese, nature and plants are highly respected elements. In fact, they have special event to give deep salute to the plants, which is Tumpek Uduh. So many rituals you will meet in Bali are mostly to bring harmony into life, either on the sea or springs, forests, and other places.
A bounce of cultural attractions and creations from Bali have been put on stage everywhere in the world. People admire every move on Balinese dances, spirit behind the gamelan, the story of the puppet show, beautiful crafts, brilliant paintings, clothes, and other art and cultural designs.
Beyond the creativity, the deep understanding to the tradition and decency to present a masterpiece of art to the Great Creator, Ida Hyang Widhi Waca, also plays important role in cultural creations and attractions.
Spiritual activities in Bali are most dominated by Hindu rituals. Everyday in life in the island of thousands of temples, a spiritual activity takes place, especially on sacred days for Hindu people.
A spiritual event also takes place to mark each phase of life from the day of the birth, into childhood, adulthood, wedding ceremony until they are departed. One ritual process for the departed, called Ngaben, is in fact famous amongst the international community.
Attractions – The Colour of Celebration
Do not worry that you will miss interesting things in Bali. There are more to see than its amazing nature and culture, such as how Balinese live their daily life. There is always a spiritual presentation in efforts to keep the nature and the Gods creatures all in balance. Balinese celebrates life with full of joy reflecting the purity and gratitude to the life creator, Ida Hyang Widhi Wasa (God the Almighty).
To bring harmony into life, a Balinese has conducted some stages of spiritual procession since they were still in womb. They ride through the birth, maturity and mortality period with gratefulness and ceremonial procession. What an interesting event to follow through.
Bali, mostly Hindu/followers, lists a number of spiritual events, including a ritual event once on full moon or sleeping moon (tilem), great day of Galungan and Kuningan, and other sacred days. Through this event, they express gratefulness to Gods blessings on life.
Balinese celebrates the change of year (year of caka) in unique way, the one and only in the world. The change of year in Bali is celebrated as Nyepi. The Nyepi procession is began with some ceremonials aimed at self-resurrection and natural rejuvenation to welcome the new days. They wash the ceremonial equipment on the sea or springs to bring back the purity. Then during Nyepi, Balinese remains dormant by conducting catur brata penyepian (four challenges on Nyepi day) that consist of: Amati Geni (no fire including furious feeling inside), Amati Lelanguan (no entertainment), Amati Lelungaan (no trip) and Amati Karya (no activity). On Nyepi, there appear no activity at the airport, harbours, and all roads in Bali.
Bali is kept in silent, dark around, and goes meditative.
Nyepi puts somebody and the entire nature off. What a unique ceremony!
Seawalker – Sanur continuously introduce all Bali’s visitor with a little way of saving the universe ecosystem. Conservations are always added to the programs including this TURTLE RELEASE program. The program was introduced in a purpose of saving one of the old species which still exist now days.
Scientists data describe that these reptiles area already exist during YURA period which is about 145-208 years ago, the same period as the DINOSAURS predicted exist.
Turtle itself has a couple of strong front leg which enable this reptile migrate miles away. They can swim to a distance of 3.000 kilometer within 58 days only, however they needs to raise up above the sea water, once upon a time to breathe.
Based on the scientists record that there are 7 species of turtle inhabit the ocean around the world and 6 of them exist in Indonesian’s ocean. Those 6 species inhabit the Indonesia ocean are : Penyu hijau/Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas), Penyu sisik/ hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Penyu lekang/olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Penyu belimbing/leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Penyu pipih/plat turtle (Natator depressus) and Penyu tempayan/loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
The turtle age could be between 120 years to 200 year with length to maximum 2.75 meters and weight between 50 kilograms to maximum 900 kilograms.
The biggest turtle species which can grow up to 2.75 meters with weight between 600-900 kilograms is penyu belimbing/leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), meanwhile the smallest species amongst others is Penyu lekang/olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) with weight of maximum 50 kilograms.
Majority of turtle species which exist in Bali is Penyu lekang/olive ridley turtle where its egg laying period is from April to June each year. Meanwhile the other species which inhabit Bali ocean at smaller population is Penyu Hijau/green turtle, their egg laying period is in September each year. Normally the egg hatch period is 2 months or about 62 days after egg laying date.
Each mother turtle can produce between 80 to 120 eggs at a time.
It is our aim to contribute world saving progress because the Indonesian governments is also give a serious attention to these reptiles as well as other wildlife existence by issuing Government Regulations No 7, year 1999 and Government Constitution No 5, year 1990 regarding Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems.
Our record shown that since this program is introduced to the public in the year of 2012, we released approx 1000 turtles each year, where the highest released number of turtle is recorded in the year of 2014 which reach up to 1207 turtles.
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