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Know What All Bali Has to Offer

Bali is a great place to visit during the holidays. Bali is popular for snorkeling and scuba diving sites that are considered to be the best diving sites on earth. Some of the famous destinations worth visiting in Bali include the Menjangan Island that is located off North-West coast. The amazing reefs and sights off the Nusa Penida are other attractions to be enjoyed in Bali. A large number of visitors find that they have fallen for diving and so they often choose to know the SSI or PADI diving qualifications while being in Bali.

Like various south East Asian places, even Bali is a home to various scintillating waterfalls that serve as the chief attractions of this island. You might find yourself lost while on a trekking expedition through the thick canopied forests. Various resorts in Bali are always happy to help the travelers for arranging treks through jungles.

In fact, there is no point going to Bali and not using the emerald waters that surround this island. The seas that surround Bali flaunt some spectacular coral reefs. Also, the fact that there are a plethora of luxurious cruises in Bali, you don’t have to worry about spending great time with your family and friends. On these cruises, you can easily visit the amazing Lembongan Island.

Bali is even world known for the Hindu temples it has. The island is featured with a law that demands every village to serve as a home to at least three temples and so there are a variety of temples to see in Bali. In fact, there is something mystical and exclusive about this island and so a visit to the temples is a great experience for all the visitors. However it is imperative to keep in mind that there is a special dress code when you enter these temples and you need to be respectful while being at these places of worship.

If you really wish to visit paradise during your vacations, Bali is the best place. The unspoiled and young nature of the beaches in Bali is one of the biggest attractions of this island. The palm fringed sands are actually relaxing and inspiring for all the visitors. A large number of travelers wish to enjoy a luxury hotel with beach holidaying and so they take special packages that include water activities and Bali trips. The Nusa Penida and Menjangan Island are really famous for water sports they offer along with scuba diving and other activities.

In short, visiting Bali is just incomplete without enjoying the rice paddies of this land. The fields are scattered over miles and miles and make terraced rows that are just perfect to see. Even the stretch between Amplapura and Candidasa is the most popular region to see rice paddies and thus various tourists wish to take this route through a bicycle- getting fresh air while enjoying the countryside.

So wait no more and pack your bags to indulge in pure nature and take pleasure in exceptional Bali attractions.

Uluwatu Villas – The Real Balinese Experience

Bali is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. Located in the archipelago of Indonesia, it has plenty of gorgeous white sand beaches and a strong Hindu culture. The Balinese people are probably the most spiritual people on Earth. It is no wonder that for Indonesians, Bali is known as the Island of the Gods.

The moment you arrive in Bali, you will feel the balance between pleasure and leisure of this paradise island. Bali has many places to visit and plenty of activities to do. You can see traditional dances, witness cultural events or traditional ceremonies, do all sorts of water sports or enjoy the nightlife scene. At the same time, Bali also offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere that you can’t get anywhere else in the world.

If you are looking for a more quite getaway, you should stay away from the more touristy places such as Kuta. The best way to enjoy Bali is to go to the more secluded areas like Uluwatu. Uluwatu is located in the southern tip of Bali. It is famous for its Pura Luhur Uluwatu, a Hindu temple that is located on top of a steep rocky cliff overlooking the ocean. It is probably the most stunning temple on the paradise island. Uluwatu is also famous for its traditional dance, the Kecak. And if you happen to love water sports, Uluwatu also has the most perfect beach for you.

If you choose to stay in Uluwatu, it is best if you rent your own private villa. Not for the faint hearted, most of the villas in Uluwatu are located on top of a cliff, overlooking the sea. There you can enjoy the cool sea breeze and the relaxing sound of sea waves all throughout the day. These private villas do not only provide you with beautiful scenery, but they also provide you with the comfort and luxury of a five star hotel. You can get a private driver, cook as well as butler.

Imagine staying in a luxury villa surrounded by a gorgeous garden of frangipani and palm trees. Picture yourself watching the sunset from the terrace, enjoying a romantic evening with your loved one. Staying in a villa will definitely provide you with a quiet and relaxing getaway, where you can be far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, and be entertained by the beauty of the nature that is around you. There is really no better way of spending your holiday in Bali other than this.

How to Extend a Visa on Arrival (VOA) In Indonesia

I have recently extended my Indonesian visa on arrival (VOA) in Bali. It took about a week, three visits to the immigration office, and Rp251,600, but it was a lot easier than leaving the country to get a new one.

Luckily for me, I live near an immigration office (in Singaraja), so the whole process only took about an hour in total, including journey time. If your nearest office is further away, then you’ll need to decide whether it’s easier to make the 3 trips or just one trip abroad instead.

In my case I needed a sponsor, but I’ve heard of other people not needing one. When you do this for the first time, I suggest you take a suitable local person with you just in case. They can always help with translation and filling in the visa application forms.

Also, I didn’t need a photo, but I’ve heard of other people beings asked to provide one, so it’s probably best to bring one just in case. It’s always a good idea to carry a few passport photos when you visit an immigration office as you never know when they might ask for one. These should be with a red background.

Since I used my wife as a sponsor for my visa, I had to provide a copy of our wedding certificate. Presumably, if you use someone else, this won’t be necessary.

I had to fill in 3 forms. One of these is a sponsor’s letter, which my wife completed. The others I completed myself (with some help from my wife as one is entirely in Indonesian). One of the forms needs a “materai” (stamp) which costs Rp6,000. You stick in on the indicated square at the bottom of the form and both you and your sponsor sign so that your signatures overlap it.

The second time I did this, they asked me to bring in my return ticket, presumably to prove that I was going to leave the country.

One small but important detail: make sure you complete the forms in black ink and in capital letters, otherwise they could be rejected. Really! Oh, and it’s a good idea to dress reasonably well when you go into the immigration office, so vests, shorts and flip-flops are out, as are mini-skirts and skimpy tops. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but at least long trousers/skirt (jeans are fine) and shirt or t-shirt.

You also need to provide photocopies of your passport (showing your identity details and current visa), your sponsor’s identity card (KTP), and your marriage certificate (if your spouse is sponsoring you).

5 days after dropping the forms off, I returned to the immigration office and paid Rp250,000 (equivalent to 25 US dollars).

3 days after that, I returned to pick up my visa. Oh, and I had to pay Rp1,000 for them to photocopy my passport with the new visa stamp in it.

I was initially concerned that, since the whole process was going to take a week, I would end up overstaying on my original visa (which ran out 2 days into the process), but this wasn’t a problem as I dropped off the forms before my visa expired. Ideally, you should go in one week before your visa expires but, even though I didn’t do that, they back-dated the new visa to start from the day my original one ran out. Nice!

Apart from the reduced hassle of doing this (compared to leaving the country on a visa run), there’s another advantage: the visa stamp they use only takes up half a page in your passport compared to a full page for the standard VOA stamp.

I hope this helps clarify the process for you.

One final tip: don’t listen to anything they tell you in Denpasar airport about this as they have been giving out inaccurate information there. For example, they may tell you there’s an immigration office in the airport, which isn’t true. There is one nearby, but not in the airport itself. They’ve also been known to tell people they can get their VOA extended while they wait, which is simply not true. I suggest you save your energy and avoid asking about this in the airport.

Good luck and happy travelling!