Indonesia’s 5 New Bali, Indonesia to Explore after Pandemic

Indonesia’s 5 New Bali, Indonesia to Explore after Pandemic

A couple days ago, we heard the most amazing thing in 2020 from the mouth of our beloved president, Joko Widodo: that every person of Indonesian nationality will be given a FREE Covid-19 Vaccination when the vaccines are finally ready in 2021. Knowing the pessimistic nature of his countrymen, the President announced that he would be the first to get vaccinated; hence putting all doubts and fear away. Well, hurrah for that, Mr. President! We really can’t wait for this pandemic to be over with, and to live freely like we used to be.

We know what this means, don’t we? Passports will be stamped, planes will be packed, tourist destinations will be full of people, and entertainment are no longer limited. Oh, yes. So ready for 2021! Now, though, when we finally can travel like we used to, where will you go first? Home to your country? Continue country-hopping as you go? If you don’t feel like it’s a good idea to go that far, why don’t you just go within Indonesia?

You read that right. In its newest Tourism Promotion, Indonesia announced some new tourism destinations dubbed “The New Balis,” after the tropical holiday Mecca located just to the left of Java main island. If you want to know more about these new holiday spots, keep on reading. Who knows, you might find something interesting. Here are Indonesia’s New Balis and just a bit of tips on what you definitely should do over there.

  1. Danau Toba

Lake Toba (Indonesian: Danau Toba) is a large natural lake in North Sumatra, Indonesia, occupying the caldera of a supervolcano. It is the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. Lake Toba is the site of a supervolcanic eruption estimated at VEI 8 that occurred 69,000 to 77,000 years ago, representing a climate-changing event. Recent advances in dating methods suggest a more accurate identification of 74,000 years ago as the date.

It is the largest-known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years. It has been accepted that the eruption of Toba led to a volcanic winter with a worldwide decrease in temperature between 3 to 5 °C (5.4 to 9.0 °F), and up to 15 °C (27 °F) in higher latitudes. Additional studies in Lake Malawi in East Africa show significant amounts of ash being deposited from the Toba eruptions, even at that great distance, but little indication of a significant climatic effect in East Africa.

  1. Bromo

Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 meters (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the best known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

On the fourteenth day of the Hindu festival of Yadnya Kasada, the Tenggerese people of Probolinggo, East Java, travel up the mountain in order to make offerings of fruit, rice, vegetables, flowers and sacrifices of livestock to the mountain gods by throwing them into the caldera of the volcano. The origin of the ritual lies in the 15th century legend. On the sand plain, locally called Segara Wedi (lit. sand ocean), sits a Hindu temple called Pura Luhur Poten. The temple holds a significant importance to the Tenggerese scattered across the mountain villages, such as Ngadisari, Wonokitri, Ngadas, Argosari, Ranu Prani, Ledok Ombo and Wonokerso. The temple organises the annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony which lasts for about one month.

  1. Wakatobi

Wakatobi Regency is a group of ca. 150 islands forming an administrative regency located in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. The capital of the regency is located on Wangi-wangi Island, has an area of 473.62 square kilometers and had a population of 92,922 at the 2010 Census.

Wakatobi is also the name of a national park established in 1996, with a total area of 1.39 million hectares that consists of marine biodiversity hotspot known as Wallacea and coral reefs, which condition and scale occupy one of the highest priorities of marine conservation in Indonesia. Wakatobi islands is a part of the Coral Triangle, which contains one of the richest marine biodiversity on earth.

Wakatobi Biosphere Reserve. Wakatobi has been designated in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 11 July 2012. The world’s major ecosystem types and landscapes represented in this Network are devoted to conserving biological diversity, promoting research and monitoring, as well as seeking to provide models of sustainable development in the service of humankind.

  1. Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is a fishing town located at the western end of the large island of Flores in the Nusa Tenggara region of east Indonesia. It is the capital of the West Manggarai Regency (Kabupaten Manggarai Barat), one of the eight regencies which are the major administrative divisions of Flores.

Once a small fishing village, Labuan Bajo (also spelled Labuhanbajo and Labuanbajo) is now a tourist center as well as a centre of government for the surrounding region. Facilities to support tourist activities are expanding quickly although the rapid rise in the numbers of visitors is imposing some strains on the local environment.

Labuan Bajo is the gateway for trips across the nearby Komodo National Park to Komodo Island and Rinca Island, both home to the famous Komodo dragons.

There are numerous snorkling points in the islands close to Labuan Bajo. Kanawa and Seraya Islands, for example, offer good diving and snorkeling sites. Currents can be strong at some sites however so care is needed. Labuan Bajo is the gateway for trips across the nearby Komodo National Park to Komodo Island and Rinca Island, both home to the famous Komodo dragons.

There are numerous snorkling points in the islands close to Labuan Bajo. Kanawa and Seraya Islands, for example, offer good diving and snorkeling sites. Currents can be strong at some sites however so care is needed.

  1. Raja Ampat

Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau.

The Raja Ampat archipelago straddles the Equator and forms part of Coral Triangle which contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth. Raja Ampat is considered the global center of tropical marine bio-diversity and is referred to as The Crown Jewel of the Bird’s Head Seascape, which also includes Cenderawasih Bay and Triton Bay. The region contains more than 600 species of hard corals, equaling about 75 percent of known species globally, and more than 1,700 species of reef fish – including on both shallow and mesophotic reefs.

Compared to similar-sized ecosystems elsewhere in the world, this makes Raja Ampat’s biodiversity the richest in the world. Endangered and rare marine mammals such as Dugongs, whales (such as blue or/and pygmy blue, bryde’s, less known omura’s, sperm), dolphins, and orcas occur here. In northeast region of Waigeo island, local villagers have been involved in turtle conservation initiatives by protecting nests or relocating eggs of leatherback, olive ridley and hawksbill turtles. Their works are supported by local government, and NGOs.

There you are, the 5 new Balis you can explore when the travel ban is lifted next year. Will we see you there? Hopefully. Until then, take care and stay safe!

Best Tegenungan Coffee in Bali

It seems like most of the habitant of the world is separated into two big groups: one who drinks tea, and one who drinks coffee. With coffee shops filling every nooks and crannies these days, it sure is not a problem for you coffee lovers to have a cup of those dark and bitter liquid you love so much. There you go, now you got a hint of what group we belong to.

Personal preferences aside, we do understand why some people love coffee so much. The aroma you get when boiling water touches the grinded beans are, admittedly, heavenly. The taste itself, though, may not suit everybody; not without a hint of sugar, or some milk. Don’t get us start on the history. Great coffee always come with a story; that, we know. While you stay on this island, what kind of local coffee have you tried?

If you did not know, Indonesia is geographically and climatologically well-suited for coffee plantations, near the equator and with numerous interior mountainous regions on its main islands, creating well-suited microclimates for the growth and production of coffee. As one of the lands with the best soil in Indonesia, Bali produces some great coffee that we all know and love so much.

The highland region of Kintamani, between the volcanoes of Batukaru and Agung, is the main coffee-growing area on Bali. Many coffee farmers on Bali are members of a traditional farming system called Subak Abian, which is based on the Hindu philosophy of “Tri Hita Karana”. According to this philosophy, the three causes of happiness are good relations with God, other people and the environment.

This philosophy, specifically ‘happiness with the environment’ favors the production of organic coffee, or at least the use of organic fertilizers and the lack of use of agrochemicals. The Subak Abian system is ideally suited to the production of fair trade coffee production because the Subak organizes smallholders, which is often a requirement of fair trade certification.

From Kintamani we have the Kintamani Arabica and of course the most familiar one, Robusta. Generally, Balinese coffee is processed using the wet method. This results in a sweet, soft coffee with good consistency. Typical flavors include lemon and other citrus notes. If you have not tried them before, you definitely should. Better yet, try them while you sit in a cozy place surrounded (from afar) with great people and great food. Try them after you walk down and up that patch of natural Tegenungan Waterfall and feel the rich warmth of the drink wash down your tiredness. Have the ultimate Tegenungan Coffee experience.

Now, let’s get to know the place first. Tegenungan Waterfall locally known as Air Terjun Tegenungan is one the most popular and visited waterfall in Bali. It is located within a tropical jungle in the village of Kemenuh, Sukawati sub-distric, Gianyar regency, Bali, Indonesia. Tegenungan Waterfall offers a picturesque view in a hidden space of Bali. The blooming trees in the surroundings have successfully completed the beauty of this waterfall.

Especialy in the morning, the beauty of the verdant jungle will be at best as the sunlight shines peeping above. A great discharge of water falls down along a cliff full of damp plants. The nature water shower with the wide pond in the bottom. With the sunlight and good wheater the day before. The base of the pond can be seen clearly. Swimming or just dipping the feet are just some of the things to do.

As the waterfall hid in a paradisiacal jungle, the sound of nature will set visceral effect. In conjunction with the calming water sound, the sounds of birds chirp complete the solemn atmosphere. The fresh air also enhances the calmness of the place. Those two seem to get the visitors closer to nature as a place where human belongs to.

Tegenungan Waterfall Addreess: Jalan Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 8058. Is roughly a 30 minute drive from Ubud and around an hour drive from Seminyak or Canggu. In addition, it is 36 km from Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport, and 39 km from Nusa Dua.

After the trip, hop in the car and drive on for a few kilos to find Warong Legong. You will thank us for this, we promise you. With a 5 stars rating from TripAdvisor, this restaurant is highly recommended from local and international travellers alike; each of them praising the quality of the food. We’re not here for the food, though, are we? No, we’re here for the coffee.

Have a cup of Balinese coffee to drink with the assorted Balinese desserts to clean your palette after a satisfying meal, that would be our official recommendation. It will be just the perfect way to end such a perfect day. Leave us some comments if you decided to give them a try and tell us what you think. Until then, have a great day to all of us. Stay safe, stay healthy.

Nusa Penida and Labuan Bajo Tourist Attraction to Look Up To

Find the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions in Indonesia. In this article we would like to give you a sight about the top 2 visited place that Indonesia have which are Nusa penida (which located in Bali) and Labuan Bajo. Without giving any further delay, shall we start?

Let’s start with the Island of God, Nusa Penida Bali. Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands just off from mainland Bali. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan make up the trio of islands, each with uniquely breath-taking landscapes. There are so many awesome things to do on Nusa Penida Island but let’s get started with the logistics. The ferry leaves multiple times per day from Sanur (east Bali) If you book it in advance often you can have your pick-up from the hotel included. To book it online in advance for the guaranteed lowest price you can click the link below to reserve your ticket.

There are several places that you can visit during your trip in Nusa Penida, Bali. The first one is Pura Gua Giri Putri Cave. Our first stop was unbelievable! The Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave is perched midway up the mountain, accessible by a steep winding staircase. Before being allowed up the staircase we had to rent a sarong for 50 cents. We dodged a few rogue monkeys before arriving into the middle of prayer.

With no idea what he had walked in on we were blessed with some water to the forehead before crawling through a tiny crack in the ground. Over 100 other people joined us down, crawling through the crack. Next, if you want to experience beach vibe you can visit Atuh beach. After the interesting cave experience, we headed to the coast. We drove through a collection of villages waving to the kids as we dodged chickens, dogs, and potholes on the road.

The poor road soon turned to a dirt hill so we abandoned the bikes and crossed our fingers we were in the right spot when all of a sudden we spotted an amazing view through the branches. Atuh Beach is a stunning white sand beach surrounded by the huge cliffs and remarkable rock formations. An arch sit directly out from the shore while several islets string off in the distance.

If you feel a little bit bored about the beach, calm down, Nusa Penida ready to amaze you with it waterfall called Peguyangan Waterfall. Peguyangan Waterfall is one of my favorite spots on Nusa Penida because it has a mix of everything. Up and down those steep blue stairs is a workout. Then you add in the spectacular coastal cliff views that are the trademark of the island. Finally mix that in with the tradition and culture of the sacred temple and the waterfall, which is a pilgrimage site and you have this awesome blend in one spot! The hike down takes about 20 minutes, leading you down to the pilgrimage site. The sacred temple is based on the water blessing. I spoke to one of the locals who was going through his ritual.

There are three spouts. In order, they must shower underneath each and then use the fourth main spout to finish. This is how they cleanse themselves and receive blessings. I didn’t go under the three smaller spouts but the local guys who were dressed in just a sarong or underwear for the boy invited me to shower under the main spout. Shrines and trinkets are spread throughout the sacred site, which eventually leads you down to cascading pools. These pools have the purest of water, it looks like bottled water it’s so clear! The rock pools are tiered down until they eventually flow out into the ocean. It’s a really beautiful area and has so many different things going on. As we left there was a ceremony taking place with 20 locals sat on the ground being led through a prayer.

You are reaching for the famous spot for your Instagram feed? Nusa Penida ready to offer you the most Instagram able location called Kelingking T-Rex. The Instagram famous coastal cliffscape, which truly does look like a T-rex didn’t disappoint. I still remember the moment I laid eyes on the beach below. It felt like I was a human drone. I watched the crystal clear water slowly form into a wave before crashing below us, in what seemed like slow motion.

We took a short trek down the spine of the T-Rex and took in the epic drop-offs down each side. This is definitely my favorite thing to do on Nusa Penida and is just one of those landscapes that make you feel small. It makes you feel lucky to be in its company, to be able to witness earth’s creation.

Nusa Penida has so many amazing views making it hard to pick a favorite. But when the cliffs form in the shape of a Tyrannosaurus Rex at Kelingking Secret Point Beach it is bound to be a crowd favorite. Kelingking actually translates into English meaning Pinkie a term referencing the smallest finger on the hand. Just like a pinkie promise, the land does also appear to take the form of a Kelingking or pinkie finger. However, it is the comparison to the T-Rex that has caused this location to become so popular.

You already explore Nusa Penida but still looking for another journey in Indonesia? Now we will provide you another great island that near to Nusa Penida, Bali which called Labuan Bajo. Labuan Bajo, Flores, is located in a half moon bay surrounded by hills that rise steeply from the shore. The setting is picturesque with breathtaking views at sunset. You won’t be surprised when I tell you that Labuan Bajo is one of my favourite towns in Indonesia. It’s why we started offering tours here (I’m secretly looking for an excuse to move here part of the year). We’ll start the list with the essential guide of things to do in the city, before sharing other ideas for things to do around the town with you.

Most tourists looking for things to do in Flores come to visit the island of Komodo, home to the famous Komodo dragons. To see the Komodo dragons you will have to join a Komodo Island tour with one of the rangers. There are a number of set hikes to choose from ranging from the short hikes, which take 20-30 minutes, to overnight hikes where you get to camp on the island. The best time to visit the island of Komodo is in the early afternoon when the big Komodo dragons are sitting lazily in the shade and the baby dragons are wandering through the wilderness. After seeing the most iconic animal Indonesia, you can go to Padar Island.

The island is famous for the viewpoint from where you can see the three beaches of Padar Island (one is white, one is pink and the other is a black sand beach). The best time to do the climb is in the early morning for sunrise. Be warned there are Komodo dragons on the island and they hang around in the shade of the rocks (which is where you will want to be).

After taking a lot of selfies in Padar Island, it is time to go swimming with Manta at Manta Island. Manta Point is one of the most famous sites for diving near Labuan Bajo. This is the place where I met turtles talking to manta rays… But more seriously it is one of the best Komodo Island diving sites. The reason Manta Point is so popular is the strong nutrient rich current that flows through the strait that attracts large schools of Manta Rays. Manta Point is recommended for divers who have experience with drift dives. When you are going to Labuan Bajo and thinking of getting the best picture for your social media feeds, you cannot have missed the famous pink beach in Labuan Bajo.

After seeing the Komodo dragons the next activity on most Komodo Island tours is a visit to the Pink Beach. The beach gets its name from the red grains of sand, which is created from the grains brightly coloured coral, that give the Pink Beach its distinctive colour. Alongside taking photos of the beach you can also go snorkelling through the coral reefs that are located just offshore. It’s a beautiful place to swim through and explore, but watch out for the strong offshore currents.

Those are the things that you can do in Both Island while you visiting them. Remember to enjoy every sunset that both of island have during your stay. Always to stay safe during your trip, take your usual medication with you and follow the local rules so you can travel comfortably. Enjoy your holiday, and don’t forget to snap a lot of pics!

Bali as Number One Coral Reef Destination in The World

Famous for its beautiful surf beaches, the coast of Bali has much more to offer, especially to a snorkeling enthusiast and in this read you will find the best beach for snorkeling in Bali.

Doesn’t matter if you are a new bee testing the waters or you are a seasoned snorkeler comfortable beneath the sheet of the sea level, Bali offers something for all. The best part is the diversity, you cannot possibly imagine what you could find under the sea level, it’s a whole world out there a hidden civilization.

It’s a magnificent diving destination but for the ones not that keen on carrying a tank on their back and getting deep into Scuba, Bali’s underwater will not disappoint. For the ones not much into the technicalities of the sports of snorkeling, Bali is the go to place.

Bali is considered to be in the ‘Coral Triangle’ by the scientists and that means Bali has the most amazing splendor of marine biodiversity in the whole of the world. But it’s not all turquoise blue, the waters in Bali can turn rough and you need to know your way around before you head straight. If you know exactly where to look for under the skin of the water you will find an enormous bio-diversity, the absolutely breathtaking coral reefs, crystal clear waters, baby sharks, WWII shipwreck and giant mantas and above all, the largest man-made coral reef in the world! Feeling excited already? But we think it is not completed yet if in this article we wouldn’t give you the list of place to see the coral reef. Here below, we listed not just five but ten gorgeous spot to go snorkeling and see the coral reef in Bali. Let’s get started.

  1. Wreck of The USAT Liberty, Tulamben

While you dive in, watch out for the vibrant coral reef and marine life at the Wreck of the USAT Liberty in Tulamben. It is one of the most popular spots for snorkeling in Bali among divers in Bali. Here under the water you will find the wreck of American warship, the USAT Liberty. The ship was torpedoed during WWII as it was traversing the Lombok Strait. Though the ship Liberty eventually made it as far as Bali but by then it has already taken on too much water, it was then beached off Tulamben and fin.

If you are not an advance scuba diver or a freediver it is probably a bit of a stretch for you to try and get to the bottom of the wreck located 30 m deep but the top of the wreck reaches up to 5 m underwater. When the water is clearer much of the wrecks 125 m stretch can be seen from the surface. Head here for an amazing Bali snorkeling tour.

  1. The Coral Garden, Tulamben

There is more to Tulamben than the Liberty shipwreck, in fact, the highlight for snorkeler is the flamboyant Coral garden. Its a shallow reef that is almost on the surface and you can see its wonders as soon as you get into the water. Its a mixture of man-made coral reefs and organic ones. Its a 150 reef with both soft and hard corals spreading across from 3 m down till 12 m. At different hours of the day you can see different schools of butterfly fish and damsel fish, clown fish, eels, octopus, squid, barracuda and may be even trevally. Don’t forget to look for the underwater temple which is now blossoming with colorful marine vegetation. With an amazing marine life, you can experience the best snorkeling in Bali experience.

  1. Manta Point, Nusa Penida

Manta Point is just off the coast of Nusa Penida and it is the only destination in Bali where you get to see the population of huge reef manta rays. Manta rays are funny creatures; they are the gentle giants of the seas known for their friendly approach to humans and curiosity. They emerge from deep get their skin plucked of parasites by a resident army of the cleaner fishes. These cleaner fishes stay at the coral mound just a little below the surface. You can see the amazing eco-system as you see these Manta rays continuously circling the coral mound to get their skin cleaned by the cleaner fishes, and being so close to the surface this entire episode can be witnessed by the snorkelers.

  1. Mangrove Point, Nusa Lembongan

Famous for its natural nursery for the baby fishes the reefs around Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, often get hit by strong currents and this poses a challenge to the snorkelers at times making it even unsafe. But the main snorkeling sight is the Mangrove Point which is located on the north side of Nusa Lembongan and in this side the currents are gentler and perfect for snorkeling. As the name suggests, the sigh is popular for the mangrove population nearby serving as a shallow nursery for thousands of baby fishes before they venture out into strong currents. Considered as the best place for snorkeling in Bali during the month of May-June.

  1. Pos Dua, Menjangan Island

This one is considered to be one of the most pristine snorkeling destinations in Bali as you get to see and swim across an abyss with incredible visibility! The place offers a variety of under crowded coral reefs. And the absolute spectacle is Pos Dua which is especially popular for being unreal in its visibility with which you can see as deep as 40 m down or more at times.

  1. The Coral Garden, Menjangan Island

Here is yet another coral garden and this one at the north-west Coast of Menjangan Island. It is arguably the best spot for snorkeling for beginners and experienced divers alike. It is famous for being the ocean garden with the wild sea turtles. The exotic marine life will surprise you as much as the experience. You can only imagine the level of excitement the ocean creates while you spend some amazing time under the waters of Bali. Considered as one of the best spots for snorkeling in Bali that give an amazing level of adrenaline.

  1. Lipah Bay, Amed

It is a black sand bay and the waters are tranquil, located by the bay near the town of Amed. Amed snorkeling in Bali is pretty famous as this is the best place to snorkel in Bali. Here you can see wonderful reef with hard and soft corals. And, Lipah Bay also happens to be the last resting place for the wrecked WWII Japanese patrol boat. Its very easy to reach as the top of the wreck is just at 6 m down and the bottom is at 12 m. The entire wreck can be easily seen from the surface on a day with a good visibility. Its absolutely accessible to free divers.

  1. Jemeluk Bay, Amed

For easy snorkelers, snorkeling in Bali at the Jemeluk Bay, near the township of Amed is the best bet. This also happens to be one of the most picturesque beaches in Bali. The waters here are crystal clear and blue. Get to experience the gorgeous coral formations and fish of colors that signify the rainbow cycle. You also see green chromis, batfish shoals, sixbar weasse and a huge amount of marine life.

  1. Biorock Reefs, Pemuteran

Located off the coast of a small fishing village on the remote north east coast of Bali is the beautifully scenic Pemuteran Bay. The bay is famous for sheltering one of the largest Bio-rock artificial reef project in the world. A bio-rock is a kind of cement-like substance using which marine engineers can create structures that will eventually be the habitat for corals, clams, oysters, and other marine creatures. This way the coral reefs previously decimated by waves can be brought back to life. To add to the snorkeling fun one can also explore sea turtles, reef sharks and on their lucky days even the whale sharks.

  1. Shark Island, Serangan

To save the near extinction of the common reef sharks that once prowled the coral reef of Bali, the initiative of Bali Sharks offers a sanctuary for baby sharks and for snorkelers its double the fun, they get to swim with the sharks. The founders of this initiative, Bali Sharks have created an artificial shark island in Serangan. These beautiful black and white tip reef sharks are kept securely in large sea pens in the open ocean. The healthy once are eventually released back into the ocean. Once you see these incredible creatures up close you will never be scared of a shark again!

Explore the exotic wonders of the underwater by snorkeling in Bali today! Plan your trip to Bali with us to make it a vacation to remember the best times of your life. You can explore anything from underwater wreckage of war to ancient temples sunk by the test of nature.

Can you just anticipate the level of insane experience you are going to have? Well, imagine, explore all you want and don’t forget to share your experience in social media so all of your friends can see how beautiful Bali is! Enjoy.

CHSE- Implemented Halloween Party in Ubud and Uluwatu

CHSE- Implemented Halloween Party in Ubud and Uluwatu

It’s that spooky time of year again when both kids and adults love to dress up for all things Halloween!

We are rounding up where to get in on the spooky action if you are in Bali for this year’s scariest day of the year. There are many events happenings throughout the week, which will be sure to please all of your ghosts and ghouls from young to old.

Halloween parties may look different and low key this year. But you can still can plan a Halloween party and have your tricks and treats—with a twist. With everyone getting the nuances of hosting a Zoom party and following the social distancing norms right, it is time to put  to test these newly acquired skills for Halloween party and the upcoming holiday events

Everyone wants to celebrate Halloween big time. With a bit of caution, you can have a fun party at work, home or in your community. If you live in Ubud or Uluwatu (and practically any other areas in Bali,) you would know about the Halloween parties organized by many of our favorite hang-out places.

It’s only natural to want to attend a party after all this time we spend at home, but let us not forget to take safety measures so we don’t bring the virus home. Wear your mask (which you might already wear as part of your costume anyway,) when you’re surrounded by people, and do try to keep a safe distance of 6 foot or more from those around you; especially if you don’t know them.

However, if you prefer not to attend such parties and organize a safer one instead,  are some party ideas to make this upcoming Halloween that will not put you in harm’s way:

  1. Create a “haunted” egg hunt

Egg hunts are a popular way to celebrate Easter in the spring. Why not replicate the idea with a Halloween twist? Jeena Morgan, a mom of five from Pocatello, Idaho, says she’s planning to send her kids on a “haunted hunt” for candy if it isn’t safe enough to trick or treat. “It will be like an Easter egg hunt, but with scary music and spooky stuff, followed by a scary movie and popcorn afterwards,” she says.

This idea can work for single families staying home, or it can be a way to allow neighborhood trick-or-treaters to stop at your house for candy while still maintaining social distance. “Scatter the eggs on your lawn, and kids can respectfully pick up one or two,” explains Kim O’Neill, a mom of one from Enid, Oklahoma.

  1. Organize a parade of costumes

For kids, costumes are a major part of any Halloween celebration, and it’d be seriously disappointing if they didn’t get to show off their new Paw Patrol mask or fake mermaid tail. The solution? “Have a parade of costumes. Then we all buy our own candy to enjoy,” says Angela O’Brien, a mom of two from San Antonio.

The parade can be organized with kids in the same neighborhood or apartment complex, and they can stay socially distanced while they march down a safe, designated route. Parents can play music, blow bubbles and wave glow sticks. There are a million ways to customize the event for your specific area and needs.

  1. Have a neighborhood decorating contest

This may be the perfect year to go all out creating that front lawn fake graveyard or making the door of your apartment look like the entrance to a haunted mansion. Terra Lindquist, a mom of three from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, suggests communities go all out and then tour the neighborhood to check out one another’s handiwork. “It can be like looking at Christmas lights, but with Halloween decor,” she notes.

Families can check out the decorations while driving around and sipping pumpkin spice lattes or hot chocolate, or they can take a socially distanced walk to see it all. Social media tools like Facebook or NextDoor could even be used to vote on the best decorations.

  1. Do a Halloween door drop

Skip the door-to-door trick-or-treating and deliver Halloween goody baskets to your closest family or friends instead. “I’m going to put together little treat baskets with candy, a card and some cute Halloween trinkets to leave on people’s doorsteps,” says Mary Shelton, a mom of two from Dallas. “It’s something I’ve done occasionally during other years, but this year, it seems like the safest way to share treats.”

The baskets can include items like glow sticks, silly glasses, favorite candies or kid-made crafts. You could even do a themed basket with popcorn, movie theater-style boxes of candy and a spooky DVD or a gift card to purchase a movie from a streaming service. The gifts don’t have to be extravagant, and you can make a small list of people who’ll receive them. The idea is just to create a simple surprise that brightens the Halloween season for the ones you wish you could celebrate with.

  1. Host a bubble party

Hosting a bustling party may not be safe right now, but you can still party with the people in your house or with the other people in your quarantine bubble. “I’m having an immediate family-only Halloween party,” says Kirsten Garrett Hill, a mom of three from Portland, Oregon. “It will have dancing, lots of food and a costume contest. Also, I will have different candy stations around the house so the kids can still trick or treat.”

While it’s true that Halloween won’t be “normal” this year, there are so many ways to update existing traditions and experience the joy of the holiday. With a little creativity, the spookiest day of the year can still be an exciting celebration that brings families, friends and neighbors together, even while they’re standing at least six feet apart.

  1. Have a spooky movie marathon

There are so many classic Halloween movies. Why not watch those instead of trick-or-treating? “My kids and I are each going to pick a movie for the family to watch, and we’re going to spend the afternoon and evening having a movie marathon,” says Anna Lee, a mom of two from Omaha, Nebraska.

To make the night even more fun, they’re also going to dress up in costumes and make special Halloween-themed snacks, like pumpkin pie, banana ghosts with chocolate chip eyes and “mummy dogs” that are hot dogs with biscuit dough wrappings. The options are endless. You could even hold a vote on who picks the best movie or comes up with the best snack. Winner gets a king-sized candy bar?

  1. Make a DIY treat calendar

To make this, simply order a plain wooden advent-style calendar with little drawers. The best part about this idea is that it’s also an art project. Kids can help decide how to decorate it or use their favorite characters and colors to personalize it.

And while these sorts of calendars often have a small candy offered as a treat each day, you can also customize it with small toys, holiday-themed erasers, stickers and other fun, non-candy surprises.

Whatever you choose, please bear in mind that it is still best to just stay home and avoid contact with strangers; especially if you have little kids alone. Organizing your own private Halloween Party will be much safer and special since your kids get to be a part in planning it. Have a spooky Halloween!

3 hangout places to go with your family around Sanur & Ubud

3 hangout places to go with your family around Sanur & Ubud

Big Garden Corner

The rise of artificial tourism with unique and interesting photo spots has made various places start making them. No exception to Denpasar, Bali, with the Big Garden Corner. A contemporary tourist spot in the middle of the city with interesting photo spots. This tourist attraction is very suitable for visitors who like to take pictures. Because, there are lots of cool spots and interesting objects to capture. Moreover, its location is near the airport, making it easy to reach. Visiting this tourist attraction can be done from morning to night. So, visitors can determine the time and match the spot, either in the morning or at night.

Various Beautiful Stone Sculptures by Local Artists

Initially, Big Garden Corner was a sculpture gallery. But later, it was beautified and made a tourist attraction with a photography theme. Not surprisingly, here there are many stone statues of various shapes. There are statues in standing, sitting, and even sleeping poses. The Ganesha statue is one of the forms carved here. There is also a large Buddha statue in a sleeping pose and supporting his head with his hands. Most of the statues here are colorless, meaning they only rely on the natural color of the stone. However, some of the statues were painted in colorful colors. Like a statue of people lining up reading a newspaper, in pink, blue, orange, yellow and green colors.

Borobudur Temple replica

Not only unit stone statues, here is also a large replica of Borobudur Temple. The height of this replica of Borobudur Temple reaches 5 meters. There is not only one temple, but there are several temple stupas with the main one being the biggest. In addition, this replica is also equipped with temple reliefs on the walls. Similar to the reliefs in Borobudur Temple. Which is so neat and detailed.

Standing Stone like the Wiltshire Standing Stone

If usually a tourist attraction presents a replica of Stonehenge, the Big Garden Corner does not exist. Instead, here are Standing Rocks inspired by the Standing Stone in Wiltshire, England. Here there are clumps of rock that stand firmly. These stones are made as if natural formations. With a distinctive stone color with brown color. These stones are located near a small lake equipped with a fountain. While at the bottom, growing fresh green grass. The atmosphere looked similar to the Standing Stone in Wiltshire. Visitors can take pictures with poses while hiding between the rocks. While at the bottom, growing fresh green grass. The atmosphere looked similar to the Standing Stone in Wiltshire. Visitors can take pictures with poses while hiding between the rocks.

Tunnel of the Heart

From the name, this place might sound less romantic. But actually, this place is so romantic, especially as a couple photo spot. This spot is the main destination for couples visiting the Big Garden Corner. The Heart Tunnel is an artificial tunnel made of wire that forms a heart, the top of which is curved downward. The wires are decorated with flowers and leaves to make them look alive. There are flowers in blue, red, purple, pink, and yellow.

Color Umbrella Photo Spot – Colorful

Another spot that is no less exciting is the colorful umbrella spot. These umbrellas are arranged in such a way in the air. The bottom part is a path made of stone. Plus, around the area overgrown with various ornamental plants and quite lush coconut trees. It looks beautiful and is a combination of these colorful umbrellas and the surrounding plants.

Relax by Sitting on a Bean Bag

For visitors who want to relax, bean bags are provided to sit on. Complete with a small table and traditional colorful umbrellas for shade.

Big Garden Corner Facility

Here there are public facilities in the form of toilets. There is also a canteen which is so comfortable. As well as a large vehicle parking area.

Bali Zoo

The main attraction of the Zoo Park Zoo lies in the layout and design of the park with organized and directed visitor trails. With a very well arranged visitor path, making it the first-time visitor to the Bali Zoo Park Singapadu, will not be confused. Gianyar Zoo Park is very observant about this, so the zoo facilities are also equipped with water rides, which all children will love. A combination of a zoo and water rides, one of the main attractions for a vacation to the Bali Zoo Gianyar with your family.

Animal Feeding / Petting Zoo

Many Indonesian tourists have a vacation to the zoo, because most of them have seen a zoo before. If you vacation with children, in this zoo park, your child will get a unique experience.Because Bali Zoo Gianyar allows children to feed the animals. Such as feeding deer, feeding elephants, playing with rabbits and watching bird shows.

Petting Zoo opening hours, 10:00 – 17:00.

There is no fee for Petting Zoo activities, because it is included in the entrance fee for Zoo Park Bali.

               Photo with Orangutans

If you and your children want to be able to take pictures with orangutans, Bali Zoo Park Singapadu also provides. Photo locations with orangutans take place in the village of Sumatra from 14:30 – 15:30. Apart from orangutans, the Bali zoo is also home to several protected rare animals. Like the Sumatran tiger and the Bawean deer. Apart from rare animals, Zoo Park Gianyar Bali also has a collection of other animals such as white tigers, African lions and various types of birds and reptiles.

               Pony Riding Activity

Riding a pony horse game for children in Bali. Apart from playing in the Jungle Splash Waterplay, the Bali Zoo Gianyar also provides pony rides, especially for children with a maximum weight of 30 kilograms.

Opening hours for pony riding activities, 10:00 – 16:00.

To be able to enjoy pony riding activities, you will be charged IDR 35,000 / 1 child

Titi Batu

Titi Batu is the first Family, Sports and Wellness Community in Ubud, Bali. It is blessed to share a sacred holy land with a historical Balinese Stone Bridge. Titi Batu (stone bridge in English), was discovered over 200 years ago by two brothers who began using the natural structure as a means to connect their two villages. These villages are known as Mas and Lodtunduh. The mission of Titi Batu Ubud Club is to connect people from all corners of the world through shared values such as Community, Family, and Sports.

The facilities include:

– Stunning STUDIOS offering a large variety of classes for both adults and children and designed to enjoy gentle breezes and stunning rice paddy views during the workout.
– PREMIER UBUD GYM, with all of the equipment made in Italy by Panatta Sport (the world leader in fitness equipment and gym accessories) and certified personal training available upon request.
– Air-conditioned SQUASH COURT offering an environment designed specifically to increase your skills and a community welcoming both beginners and professionals for weekly squash social nights.
– PING PONG area of the squash court, with high-quality tables and equipment.
– MULTI SPORTS COURT, with outdoor Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Pickle Ball, and various other activities.
– STEAM, SAUNA & COLD BATH to relax or soothe the muscles, provide detox and relaxation and offer the rare option of dry heat when desired.
– SKATE PARK designed and constructed by Motion Skatepark Co. It’s the greenest skate park in Bali. Skateboards, In-Line Skates, and Scooters are all welcome and top instructors and equipment available for hourly hire.
– 25 METER LAP POOL open for Adults only (16yrs and up), designed for lap swimmers as well as a casual dip to cool off.
FAMILY POOL open to all ages, and catering to children and adults alike. The jumping bridge offers a thrill and a great photo opportunity.
– JACUZZI POOL for up to 13 people, designed to enjoy the stunning landscape while immersing your weary muscles.
– PLAYGROUND catering to children between 4 and 10 years old, with a two-level tree house, swings, white sand area, climbing ropes and many more.
– KIDS ROOM – an enclosed, air-conditioned safe zone for children to enjoy creative play and artwork. Toys, books, and art supplies are available as well as childcare, while parents enjoy a child-free swim, class or workout.
– SPA offering a wide range of treatments.
– INDIGO COFFEE SHOP featuring an all-day breakfast menu and palatial seating area overlooking the club.
– RESTAURANTS featuring an international menu with a large variety of mouth-watering options from all around the world, striving to prepare healthy, local, sustainable food options for both adults and children.
– GIFT SHOP aiming to carry carefully sourced products from small businesses that support their local communities. It also offers a large range of items for your daily needs.​