Where in the world: 6-n Beautiful and Cheap Bali Adventure
Book by: September 12 or Until Sold Out
Departure Dates: Year-round departures
Why I Like It: So much is included in this bargain price. International roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco is included (other departure cities are available with an upcharge), as well as all transfers, taxes, 6n hotel, breakfast daily, and some sightseeing tours. The four-star hotel has a pool, gym, restaurant, bar, and free area shuttle. Sightseeing includes Alas Kedaton ( a small forest featuring monkeys and more), Tanah Lot Tour, Uluwatu Temple visit, Kecak Dance show, and a BBQ seafood dinner on the beach featuring prawns, grilled fish, clams, and kangkung. Optional activities include a Balinese cooking class, classic Bali massage, and there are beautiful beaches nearby, as well as shopping: silver shops, boutiques, arts & crafts stalls, Bali Trick Art Gallery, and more within walking distance of the hotel. You can also explore the nearby Pura Petitenget Temple, which is situated on a 230-foot cliff. A passport and entry visa are needed (visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport). Tour code is PK-GC4P-BEU-DPS.
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Bali, dubbed the “Island of the Gods”, has long claimed to be paradise on earth. Its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides provide a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique culture. With world-class surfing and diving, many cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations and cuisine, this is one of the world’s most popular island destinations for young back-packers to the super-rich.
Bali still is rich of wildlife with the existence of various species of monkeys, civets, barking deer and mouse deer. There are 300 species of birds occupy the island including wild fowl, dollar birds, blue kingfishers, sea eagles, sandpipers, white herons and egrets, cuckoos, wood swallows, sparrows, and the endangered Bali starlings. The underwater world or marine life of Bali has been noted as one of the best in the world with various species such as dolphin, shark and sun fish, and some smaller inhabitants like colorful coral fish, small reef fish, and moray eels, as well as crustaceans and sponges.
Huge banyan trees are everywhere in the villages by the Bale banjar or pavilion, or around temples. Tamarind is also a typical Balinese tree mostly found in the north coast, as well as clove at the highlands. Meanwhile acacia, flame tree and mangrove can be found along the south coastlines. Craft and house use basketries, a dozen species of coconut palms and varieties of bamboos are also everywhere across the island. Flowers families are just as surprisingly as the variety of big plants. The most common are hibiscus, bougainvillea, jasmine, and water lilies. Magnolia, frangipani, and a variety of orchids are found in many front yards and gardens, along roads, and in temple grounds. In the day to day life flowers are routinely used as decorations in temples, on statues, as offerings for the gods, and during prayers. Dancers wear blossoms in their crowns, and flowers are worn behind the ear during ceremony sessions. The eceng gondok (Eichornia crassipess) is a typical flower of the tropics where it grows in profusion in warm ponds and lakes. Usually discovered in large clusters, it can also be seen blossoming alone adding its accent to the clear brilliance of the surrounding water. The serene lotus plant exhibits a delicate sheen at the outer edges of its leaves. No wonder this plant has so often been regarded as a symbol of eternal peace.