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Tourism on the Rise in North Bali

A place of jaw dropping beauty that offers a whole host of exhilarating activities, Bali is the most well known island in the Indonesian archipelago and one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Bali offers tourists a heady mix of authentic traditional culture, breathtaking landscapes and pristine beaches with amazing sunsets. The people of Bali are very friendly and welcoming of the many visitors to their island every year.

Government figures show that tourist numbers in Bali have been steadily increasing every year since 2005 and are projected to grow in 2010 and beyond. While most of the tourist arrivals congregate in places like Kuta, Nusa Dua, Ubud or Denpasar in South Bali, many are looking to escape to other less congested parts of the island. A popular destination for anyone looking for a more serene and natural location in Bali is Lovina Beach in north Bali. A tiny resort town nestled on the coast, Lovina is home to many excellent hotels and tourist attractions like dolphin tours, diving spots, temples, waterfalls, hot springs and spas.

More tourists in Bali seek quiet and secluded spots like Lovina Beach with its laid-back atmosphere, unspoiled stretches of black sand beach and low priced guest accommodation. The government in Bali and Indonesia have taken note of the growing international interest in North Bali and Lovina Beach in particular, and have announced the construction of the island’s second international airport located in Kubu Tambahan, some 23 kilometres east of Lovina.

Unlike the highly commercialised south, Lovina in North Bali remains an oasis of calm and class in a cacophonous maelstrom of excess. The popularity of Lovina Beach as a place to get away from it all has lead to the creation of Lovina Beach Resort, the north’s only world class five-star beachfront luxury resort. Lovina Beach Resort offers visitors to Bali in love with the peace and quiet an excellent lifestyle investment opportunity at much lower prices than comparable properties in Bali’s overdeveloped south. Lovina Beach Resort allows anybody to own their very own slice of tropical paradise at affordable prices.

Bali: A Nature’s Temple

Bali is full of natural wonders which have been converted to tourist spots so that you can enjoy the beauty of the Island. One of the most sought after hot spots is the Gitgit village which is located on a mountainous landscape. This is where you will find the beautiful Gitgit Waterfall which can be viewed from the parking space allocated at the bottom of the area. The specialty of this Gitgit waterfall is that it is surrounded by rich green vegetation. You will find concrete footpaths which leads you towards the waterfall. The Gitgit waterfall is surrounded by clove tress and coffee trees to give a very pleasing atmosphere.

Gitgit waterfall is good place to take a stroll especially if you are a nature lover as you will find different species of birds. The air around the area is much cooler and can even get colder as you approach the waterfall. You will also find yourself taking a chill shower as the spray of water will cool your body. Occasionally, the area gets misty and it’s a sight that will just take your breath away. Gitgit waterfall is bombarded with people during weekends and you will find a mixture between locals and foreigners who come to visit this magnificent waterfall. Some have a shower by going to the waterfall, whilst others just enjoy this scenic beauty and get swept away by the moments.

If you looking for a real Balinese natural wonder experience, then the sacred hot springs known as ”Air Panas” of Banjar is the place to be visited. The sacred hot springs can be found in a tropical garden in the midst of a jungle. This is closely situated to the Lovina Beach and comprises of three public pools and one private pool. The specialty of these spring pools is that they contain sulfuric water which is originated from the volcano and has a temperature of 37 degrees. It’s known for its healing powers and people suffering from rheumatic diseases are said to be cured if they bathe in the spring pool.

The spring pools consists of eight stone ‘Nagas’ which are mythical dragon type creatures, through which water gushes to the pool shaped structure. The upper pool then has five Nagas which takes the water to the three of the largest pools which is situated at the lower level.

The Batur Lake in Bali is definitely a place to be visited. Batur Lake is situated in the South central of Batur Village in the Kintamani District. The Batur Lake proves to be an interesting sight and offers a scenic beauty to those visiting it. Batur Lake is about 1500 meters from sea level where the temperature varies around the year. The air around this area is cool and unpolluted hence thousands of tourists as well as locals flock to this area. You can also see the natural beauty of the lava from Mount Batur. The Lake Batur itself is crystal clear and looks magnificent from the hilltop. To get a clearer picture, its best if you climb to the hilltop as you will find the true beauty of Bali.

Bali is never scarce of beautiful places and it’s indeed a true tropical island filled with the most beautiful things in it. It’s definitely a place to be visited especially if you are badly in need of a much wanted vacation.

Travel Advice – How to Travel ‘Green’ In Bali

Bali is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and as visitors we should do everything in our power to reduce our impact on the environment. Like many other tourist destinations, being such a popular place to visit has its disadvantages and a great deal of pressure is placed on the islands limited environmental resources. Local authorities are placed under immense pressure to manage the impact that increasing tourist numbers has on the island.

If you’re planning on travelling to Bali any time in the future I hope you will take a few minutes to read these helpful hints and assist with the preservation of the local environment. We can all play our part to keep Bali beautiful.

Avoid Littering

A fairly obvious starting point but you would be surprised how many people still deposit their rubbish at their feet rather than in a rubbish bin. If by chance there are no bins nearby, keep your litter in a bag or your pocket until you come across one.

Pick Up Any Rubbish You Pass

Exercise a little common sense and good behaviour by stopping to pick up any litter dropped by less careful people and dispose of it correctly. This is the smallest of gestures with fabulous positive effects on others and the environment.

Re-use Your Plastic Bags

Most shops will want to put your purchased goods in plastic bags. Try to avoid accepting them if you can and re-use the bags you have already collected.

Get Around On Foot

There are so many positives to gain from walking. You get some exercise, you help to keep the air clean and you will see so much more than you would in the back of a taxi. Your chances of stumbling across one of Bali’s many hidden gems are also greatly increased.

Take An Eco-Tour

What better way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bali than to partake in an Eco-tourism tour. Many companies provide excursions into the untouched wilderness of Bali or the unspoiled coral reefs.

Turn Your Power Off

Leaving your lights and air-conditioning on is a huge waste of valuable electrical energy. It’s always best practice to turn off any power prior to leaving your accommodation.

Eat Out

It can be extremely tempting to relax and unwind with a take-away meal in your hotel room or villa, but the empty food wrappers and containers add up to mountains of trash that end up in the islands landfill or worse, it’s drains, creeks and waterways.

Support Local Industry

The transportation of imported goods consumes much of the world’s fossil fuel resources compared to using products already locally available. By supporting local industries we can also improve the economy of the Balinese community.

Save Water

The availability of clean water is gradually diminishing in Bali due to massive overuse. As visitors we can all do our small part to help by taking shorter showers and using bottled water when brushing our teeth. Refilling your water bottles helps to reduce the waste management problems the island is struggling to cope with.

Any small part we can play to reduce our impact on the environment is a step in the right direction. Bali’s water resources and waste management infrastructure are of great concern to local authorities. If the island is to remain the paradise it is today for generations to come, we will all need to be more considerate of our impact on the environment.