Mount Agung, the Mythical Mountain of Bali

mount-agung-baliWhen participating in tourism in Bali, you’ll be sure not to miss Mount Agung, which is the highest point in Bali and thus should be visible from anywhere around the local area.

It actually qualifies as a stratovolcano, similar to Mount Fuji in Japan. Like Mount Fugi, Mount Agung has its own mythology. Balinese believe it to be “Mount Meru”, an important location in Hindu legend, the center of the Universe and home to Lord Brahma. In Bali, Mount Agung is also the location of Pura Besakih, the most important Hindu temple in Bali.

Mount Agung is so massive that it actually affects the weather. West of the mountain is lush and green, while the east side is more arid. This is because the mountain intercepts the rain clouds. This Bali blog tells you more. Oh, by the way, don’t worry if the volcano should become active again; as you can see from the photos, the Balinese have the sense to build to a respectful distance.

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Batik – A Staple of Balinese Fashion

batikAnybody who’s ever stayed at a luxury Balinese resort will have encountered this exotic, beautiful fabric in the many kinds of clothing, drapes, and textiles sold in Bali boutiques. It rivals the finest woven textures of the world for artistic technique, with its own unique texture thanks to their culturally-prized dying technique. In fact, Bali has done as much to introduce the world to the Indonesian sarong garment as anybody else.

Not only is batik an ideal way to make clothing designs, as well as fabrics for tablecloths, curtains, and many other household accessories, but artists even use the same technique for making batik tapestries. You’ll usually find a few these colorful and unique wall hangings in the home of anyone who has taken a vacation in Bali because you just can’t resist taking one home with you.

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Black Sand, Dolphins, and Coral Reefs – Life in Lovina

black-sandLovina, located on the northern coast of Bali, is yet another different experience when vacationing in Bali.

As the travel resort sites like this one give you an idea, Lovina is a little less about noisy dance festivals and exotic, sacred monkey jungles and more about the ultimate beach-goer’s tropical paradise. It’s also a little more urban than other parts of Bali.

The beaches are famous for the black sand, which is a frequent result of nearby volcanic activity over geologic time. All water sports are popular here, including snorkeling, diving, swimming, and sailing. The main attraction here are the dolphin sighting tours, where hundreds of the friendly and playful sea-going mammals naturally congregate and frolic among the boats which set out at dawn to greet them.

Reports are that July and August are the busiest months, so going in the off-season could be both a money-saver and a way to enjoy more of the local’s attention to yourself. Regardless of when you go, Lovina is a relaxed, slow-paced beach-side resort town that will provide an unforgettable vacation experience.

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