The Ayung river is the longest and largest river in Bali, and along this river, white water rafting was first introduced in Bali.  To experience rafting on the river Ayung's west side is amazing, for besides the enjoyment of challenging rapids, the panorama of this beautiful, intact nature area is highlighted by the appearance of  wild animals along the rafting route such as big bats, black monkeys, magpies and more.

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Sangeh is the village whose northern part covers about 14 hectares of a holy homogen forest of "Pala" trees with hundred of monkey inhabitants. The trees cannot be found on any other part of Bali and their existence in this village remains a mystery.  Look for a lovely mossy temple, which is hidden amongst the tall and gracious Pala trees.

sangeh monkey forest baliThe Sangeh Monkey Forest is located about 30 minutes car drive above Denpasar and just to the east of Ubud. Monkeys have always had a sacred place in the Hindu religion, which is one of the reasons for the number of monkey forests on the island of Bali. Although they make great tourist attractions a monkeys are without doubt some of the most fascinating, incredible and most enjoyable animals to watch.

Sangeh Monkey Forest as with all monkey forests are always located in a holy area where here are many surrounding temples and shrines. Not only this is a cheap and fun day out for all of the family or any groups of travelers but your small admission fee contributes to the running and upkeep of the conservational areas where baby monkeys are bred and protected in their wild habitat with a generous spacing.

The temple of was built in the middle of the 17th century by local priests and it was not long before the rest followed. There are many statutes of figures including demons and spirits around the temple and the forest area to ward evil spirits away from the Sangeh Monkey Forest and the temple is large with excellent use of the Hindu colors orange, red and yellow in cloths and fabrics. The temple is usually closed off to the public but you can see its grandeur from the gates.

monkey forest sangehWhen walking around the monkey park it is possible to walk down to the streamside and where there are rapids and mini water flows and in this area where the ancient trees still tower above your heads with huge thick trunks and entangled in vines and other life. This mix of real rain forest, the monkeys presence and the Balinese cultural importance and presence of the temples and shines make the Sangeh Monkey Forest an unforgettable and totally Balinese experience.

The monkeys of the forest are believed to be sacred and indeed will approach anyone paying respects at the temple. But visitors should be aware that these monkeys are attracted to shiny objects, so cameras and jeweler should be left behind or kept well hidden under clothes or in a bag when exploring the forest. Don't forget to hold your bags tightly to avoid a monkey from stealing it! Also (as you may expect) any food or drinks are likely to be subject to possible theft from a monkey. Incidents are very rare and the monkeys will not attack, except (maybe) if you brought some bananas.

There are trained first aid personnel onsite and monkey experts for consultation on behaviors exhibited and further informational on the area. There are also many great places to eat close by to the forest including western and Indonesian food. There are also a number of places to stay of varying budgets from top end to budget.

These beautiful beach are several kilometers north of Kuta. Like its neighboring  beaches, these area offers a  refuge for surfers.  There are also many facilities for tourist as the result of the Kuta north expansion.

Seminyak is a mixed tourist / residential area on the west coast of Bali just north of Kuta and Legian. Originally a separate township, this is now just another suburb of Kuta. This area is very popular with resident expatriates and land and accommodation prices are amongst the highest in Bali. Plenty of luxury spas and hotels abound. Owing to its high density of high end shopping, combined with the clustering of many fine eating establishments, it has rapidly become one of the most well known tourist areas on the island.

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Other well known areas popular with tourists include Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran and the Bukit Peninsula.

In addition to a few commercial strips with popular and lively restaurants, bars, and good crafts/furniture shops, there are a few notable establishments: Ku Dé Ta, which is a bar/restaurant with a cult following based on its beach side/semi-resort atmosphere that has earned it the title of number one party spot in various magazines, and Oberoi, which is an expensive hotel with a worldwide reputation. La Lucciola is a restaurant located in the north of Seminyak on the beach and has been in existence for over a decade.

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Jalan Raya Seminyak (more often referred to as Jalan Legian), runs parallel with the beach, bisecting the district and acts as its main road artery.

Located north of Nusa Dua, this is a beautiful white sand beach area where visitors can enjoy many types of water recreation and sports such as snorkeling, parasailing, diving. Boating, sailing, glass bottom boat and more.  This area is an extension of Nusa Dua Resort, with easy access to its luxurious hotels and other tourism facilities.

Benoa is a major seaport, and the starting point for many cruises around Bali and to the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is also becoming a centre for leisure and sporting activities, catering for tourists who wish to try parasailing and windsurfing.

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Just outside the Nusa Dua complex, a turning north takes one into the narrow peninsula of land, which terminates in a small village of Benoa. From the concrete pierced you can see ever the Serangan Island, lying lee on the water. The patch of sea enclosed by this narrow stretch of land and the long break water of the island, it is from this fishing village, people can depart daily by Cruise, Mabua Express trip to Lombok, Sojurn, and Wakaloka Cruise trip to Lembongan and other Cruise. Out in the bay is an anchorage for ocean-going yachts and the Bali International Yachts Club has base here.

At this harbor is frequently held The International Yacht Festival which involves the participants in the world where the started from Benoa harbor and finish at Tanjung Perak Harbor in Jakarta.
The Benoa harbor has distance more less 6 km from Denpasar City, has been arranging as well as facilities and infrastructure. So that it possibility for international yacht or local yacht to hang down as well as to ascend and to descend the passengers that is why Benoa harbor to be the international tourism harbor besides. Padang Bay Harbor at Karangasem Regency.

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