Bali Ocean Swim Result 2018

Once again Bali Garden Beach Resort is proud to sponsor and provide the venue for the 9th Bali Ocean Swim (BOS) event at Kuta Beach, which was held on Sunday, July 1st, 2018.
The Bali Ocean Swim is a premier fund-raising event for the Bali Sports Foundation (BSF).  The event raises money for BSF to fund their swimming programs for people with disabilities.

This year’s swimmer participants are from Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Italy, USA, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong who competed in excellent conditions under a clear blue sky.  Overall there are 93 swimmers registered for 1.2K, 5K and the premier event 10K distance.  The 1.2K had 4 categories – Junior (12 – 17 y.o) Adult (18 – 35 y.o) Master (36-55 y.o) and Veterans (over 55 y.o), the 5K swim had 3 categories (Junior, Adult and Master) and the 10K event was an open for everyone.  Continue reading

BABY SEA TURTLE RELEASE KUTA

The Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Program is a nonprofit and non-government program that aims to protect sea turtles and their habitat, to raise public awareness regarding on sea turtle protection of natural habitats.

The endangered species of sea turtles nesting on Kuta Beach are Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys Olivacea). They relocate sea turtle eggs laid on Kuta and the surrounding beaches to a central hatchery. Continue reading

HOLIDAY VAGANZA

Hip-Hip Holiday!
Celebrate school holidays with your loved ones #OnlyAtDiscoveryShoppingMall!

Come along for some fun activities for all to enjoy. Hop on the amusing playgrounds and explore the most wanted Indonesian cuisine. So why not bring the family down and celebrate with us, #OnlyAtDiscoveryShoppingMall! Continue reading

Kids Zone in Bali

Bali is an extremely welcoming place for kids of all ages, and the Indonesians themselves particularly patient, tolerant and gifted in keeping kids happy. Wherever you go on Bali (with the exception of a few resorts which keep an adult
only policy), your children will be welcomed and most certainly fussed over, picked up and even walked around by staff. There is so much to do on this island paradise, mainly outdoor activities, so remember to keep the liquids and sun-cream topped up and away you all go! Continue reading

GALUNGAN & KUNINGAN

The Balinese celebrate the day of Galungan, which commemorates the triumph of Dharma over Adharma, or good against evil, this May 29 to 31. Second in significance after the Nyepi or Saka New Year, this observance comes twice a Gregorian year, as the Balinese use a 210-day calendar system known as the Pawukon that is the basis for their daily rituals, temple anniversaries and holidays. Galungan is celebrated again December 25-27.

This year the Galungan festivity starts on a Tuesday on May 29 and December 25, when bamboo poles decorated with young coconut leaf decorations line the streets all over Bali. This is a unique welcome to Bali if you happen to be on the island around this time, and usually lasts until Kuningan, another associated observance that comes 10 days after on June 9. Traditionally, Galungan day sees the slaughtering of pigs for communal feasts, as well as baking traditional rice cakes and erecting iconic ‘penjor’ bamboo poles. Continue reading

DIRECT FLIGHT FROM MELBOURNE TO BALI

Qantas will begin flying between Melbourne and Denpasar (Bali) from June 23, 2018
The daily Qantas flights will run alongside those of low-cost sibling Jetstar, which will also step up to a twice-daily service on the route .
Qantas offers a full service with business class options and benefits available for Qantas frequent flyer members.
Qantas already flies between Sydney and Bali.
“In the last five years, we have seen the number of Australians traveling to Bali more than double, with Qantas and Jetstar carrying one point six million customers between them in the last year,” remarked Qantas International CEO Alison Webster.

WEATHER ON BALI IN APRIL

In April we usually expect only a third of the rainfall of March. So…yes…the sunny days have arrived. While March was still in-between rainy season and dry season, in April things change on Bali. Clean beaches, not too windy at the coast, sunny weather and the hotels filling up slowly. Still, it can rain from time to time. Anyhow, it can rain any day in the tropics, so dry does not mean no rain at all. Easter time is high season and things can get crowded in certain areas, accommodation becomes more expensive.

BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL 2018

11th annual running Bali Spirit Festival 2018 will held on April 2-8, once again gathering like-minded yoga instructors and practitioners of all different levels from Bali and around the world. The festival is also a celebration of east and west through world arts, dance and music through colourful concerts and performances. A packed agenda features numerous health and wellbeing workshops held in various yoga centres in Ubud and around Bali. As in its preceding years, Bali Spirit Festival 2018 anticipates over 6,000 festival-goers from various countries, who’ll descend upon the festival’s outdoor festival grounds. The festival’s concept is rooted in ‘Tri Hita Karana’, a Balinese philosophical axiom that translates to a harmonious relationship spiritually, within society and the natural environment. In all, the festival sets out to foster positive change and spread messages of love and peace toward a global impact. Continue reading

KUTA THEATER BALI – MAGIC AND CULTURAL SHOW

Kuta Theater is where you can witness a cultural show with a unique twist in Bali. The theatre features nightly stage performances, with most of its cast in dazzling Balinese dance costumes, but all of which only serve as cool diversions to the variety of modern illusions and tricks that unfold throughout the act. The theatre is a great alternative to the beach, as well as the bars and nightlife offerings in Kuta or Legian, and is simply a great place to drop by before dinner. The theatre is on the eastern side of Kuta’s Jalan Kartika Plaza, just across from the Bali Garden Beach Resort and upstairs in the second building at the Kuta Centre. The start of the show has the stage curtains opening to a simplified rendition of the Legong Dance. Then the magicians and their supporting actors and actresses take over the scene, performing sets of illusions with a touch of theatrical drama and mystery. Continue reading

Celebrating Nyepi Day in Bali 2018

Nyepi Day in Bali is a New Year celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Bali celebrates the Saka New Year as the Bali Day of Silence. It’s ultimately the quietest day of the year, when all of the island’s inhabitants abide by a set of local rules. These bring all routine activities to a complete halt. Roads all over Bali are void of any traffic and nobody steps outside of their home premises. Continue reading