Bali

Season: April - Novemeber

Bali is known as the island of the gods and the jewel of the Indonesian crown. A melting pot of diverse cultures amongst local cuisine and the influence of international expats from every corner of the world. Cruising the waters of Bali will have guests spoilt for choice at the variety of pursuits which Bali boasts. Spectacular anchorages provide a base to experience all that the island has to offer, where island hopping has never been so effortless. World class hotels, luxury villas, spas and retreats scatter the island where every inch of its vast landscapes feature an eclectic array of natural habitats, cultural pastimes and adventure activities. World class bars, restaurants and trendy fashion stores in Seminyak, surf perfect waves on the southern beaches, trek amongst the rice paddies or take an early morning hike up one of the rocky volcanoes in search of a breathtaking sunrise. Merging traditional living with modern day luxuries Bali is a caldron of experiences to satisfy all.

Bali offers a perfect downtime staging post for yachts. Facilities are good for long term stay and all the luxuries of home can be found here. International hospitals, luxury shopping with a range of boutique jewellery to contemporary designer furniture and provisioning. Amongst first-class gastronomic experiences, opulent spas, world-renowned golf courses sitting on the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean or Tanah Lot Temple. Take to the skies by helicopter and enjoy the panoramic vistas from a different angle. From high above the lush tropical island you’ll see all that put Bali on the map from the gentle giants of Mount Agung and Mount Batur to the highland region of Kintamani.

Although the marine activities are better known in other parts, the diving and snorkelling opportunities of Bali are still at the centre point. World-class surfing locations even drawing international competitors to its shores for famous surf contests. One of the best places to learn to scuba dive in Indonesia. Its calm and crystal waters are some of the most beautiful macro dive spots in the world and where the more experienced divers can enjoy deep water dives, reef snorkels and shipwrecks such as the USS Liberty to discover the unique marine life of microspecies including pygmy seahorses, small fish and nudibranchs.

Located off the southernmost shore of Nusa Penida is Manta Point where sightings of graceful rays, spotted stingrays and nurse sharks is almost guaranteed on every dive. Dramatic limestone cliffs descend into the ocean and the marine life is vast with sea turtles, reef sharks and the oceanic sunfish. Large pelagics are also found in the area including nurse sharks, big tuna, tiger mackerel, lionfish, octopus, cuttlefish, clown triggerfish, pufferfish amongst many others. From the hustle and bustle of Kuta and Seminyak, Manta point is only a short 40 minutes ride across the water from the islands main port.

A visit to Bali promises to overload the senses and bring out an adventurous side to all those who step on its shores. Beyond the dramatic volcanoes, mountains and hillside temples with daily offerings and frequent ceremonies centred around music and dance. Almost everything has a spiritual meaning and that which is shared amongst locals and international visitors who come here some who will fall into Bali’s tropical state of mind and won’t leave. Surfing, snorkelling, diving, trekking and contrasting white and black sand beaches are naturally a draw card to visit Bali but the true essence of the island is the people, their culture and their religious customs which make it so magical and can be experienced amongst the many temples and sacred sites which allow visitors to be a part of and one of the many reasons famous healing retreats and traditional yoga training are held here.

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