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 Exploring Bali

Bali has been a storied destination for western travellers for decades.   Mountains, volcanoes, rolling hills, bountiful rice terraces, a rugged and rocky coastline and sandy beaches endow Bali’s natural landscape with an arresting quality unique in the world.

But Bali has even more to recommend it beyond its spectacular beauty (as if that wasn`t enough):  an open and welcoming populace with a unique culture and deeply spiritual nature; the surrounding reefs and nearby islands with their diverse flora and fauna; world class scuba diving; and, perhaps the major draw, stunning sand beaches that vary from the soothing and serene to a surfer’s paradise with breaking waves that provide some of the best surf conditions in the Pacific.

Bali is located about 3 km off the Island of Java in Indonesia, one of 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and designated as one of 34 provinces in the country.  The climate is surprisingly temperate for a tropical destination, with temperatures varying from 20 to 30 degrees Centigrade.   Monsoons bring heavy rains and humidity from December through March with the dry season being from June until September.

Varied accommodations and amenities that appeal to a wide range of visitors, from sandal-clad bohemians to well-heeled sophisticates, have made Bali one of the most popular island destinations in the world.  July and August are the busiest months.

Five star resorts, with all the comforts, facilities and services you would expect of a luxury destination, can be found most notably in the South part of the island (Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak) and central region (near Ubud — the art and culture capital of Bali).  Fine dining opportunities tend to be clustered around these high-end resorts and lean towards French cuisine with mainland Chinese influences and, of course, Indonesian staples.

Bali is renowned as an exceptional scuba diving and surfing destination.   There are dozens of accredited dive centres in the coastal towns and most will offer rentals, sales and guided tours to dive sites around and off the island.   Indonesian waters have one of the richest marine environments in the world and dive sites offer a variety of reefs, marine life and underwater landscapes.

Bali has been a legendary surfing destination since the 1970`s when North American surfers discovered it and spread the word.  Surfing is year round on the island driven by ocean swells that are unbroken by any land mass and originate in the South Pacific.

Three stellar golf courses are among the best in Asia:   New Kuta Golf Club south on the island at Dreamland Beach, Bali Golf & Country Club, near Nusa Dua and Nirwana Bali Golf Course at Tanah Lot.

It`s thought that Hindus arrived on Bali in 100 B.C. and the island has a plethora of fascinating religious shrines and monuments.  Thousand year old Pura Besakih on the slopes of Mt. Agung is the holiest of the Balinese temples.  Tanah Lot is built on a huge rock surrounded by the sea… spectacular.

LaCure Villas offers retreats in some of the most spectacular locations on Bali. Near Seminyak, on the Buhket peninsula and at Nusa Dua villas offer spectacular riverfront or cliff side locations with stunning views combined with unparalleled luxury.

Bali is called the Island of the Gods.  It`s no wonder. Experiencing the beaches, the water, the warmth of the people, the landscape, the food and the culture offers a glimpse of paradise.

 Tips For Visiting
  • Varied terrain from mountains to beaches to volcanic hillsides to rocky coastlines and a spectacular blue ocean offer visitors a stunning natural backdrop on Bali in Indonesia
  • The reefs, rich with a diversity of marine life, and a varied underwater landscape make Bali a premier scuba destination
  • Bali is a surfer`s dream with waves that are among the best in the world.
  • Bali`s lavish accommodation and first-class resorts offer abundant luxury.
  • Virtually unlimited activities and areas of interest including exploring archeological sites and ancient temples, shopping for Indonesian art work, sampling world-class dining, enjoying water sports of all kinds, participating in cultural festivals or simply relaxing under a palm tree