Trip to Bali – Part 2
… continued from Part 1.
Although we stayed in our resort hotel for most of the time, we did manage to do a little bit of sightseeing during our visit to Bali.
We hired a driver from the hotel (costing about US$13/hour) to take us to a few places near Nusa Dua. There were lots of motorcycles on the road as you can see from the video below (Did you see the family of 3 riding a motorcycle at 00:17?)
Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK for short) is a private cultural park devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who is his companion.
According to Wikipedia, the statue of Vishnu is 23 m high, “although the original plan was for a 146 meter gold plated Vishnu riding Garuda on top of an 11 storey entertainment complex.” Apparently, the developers ran out of money to finish building this complex.
Uluwatu Temple (Pura Uluwatu) is one of Bali’s six directional temples, perched on a steep cliff 70 meters above the roaring ocean waves.
There are more steep headlands on either side, and sunsets over Uluwatu are a sight to behold, one of the most popular and photographed Bali tourist attractions (you don’t believe me, just do a Flickr search).
Kecak Ramayana and Fire dance (aka "monkey dance") performances are held at the temple daily between 6-7 pm. It is a combination of ancient ritual, dance and drama, held at sunset. Entrance fee is an additional Rp 50,000 (about US$5).
Tanah Lot is one of the most famous temples in Bali and is very popular with tourists especially at the sunset. The temple (currently closed for renovations) sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot means "Land in the middle of the sea" in Balinese.
Jimbaran is a fishing village and tourist resort in Bali, widely known for the fresh seafood restaurants that are scattered along the beach. It was also the site of the 2005 Bali bombings, where a bomb exploded in one of the restaurants killing a number of tourists.