BALI Travel tips
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Visa                       : visa on arrival is issued at airports for citizens of 76 countries ( all Europe, USA/Canada, South American countries. ) 30 days visa costs 35USD.


Currency             : Indonesian Rupiah. Actual rate of exchange check on        http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1&From=USD&To=IDR


Weather             : Bali enjoys light tropical climate round the year with average day temperatures +30-32’C during the day and about +24’C during night time in coastal areas and respectively about +24-26’C/18-20’C in inner or higher elevated areas as Ubud, Kintamani or Bratan. Tourism is practiced round the year


Flights to Bali                       Those are perfect connections now between Europe and Americas and South East Asia to Bali:

SINGAPORE AIRLINES     : flies four times daily via Singapore to Bali.

QATAR AIRWAYS                : flies twice daily via Doha to Bali

KLM                                      : flies daily from Amsterdam to Bali.

EMIRATES                           : flies three times daily via Dubai to Jakarta. From 3rd JUNE 2015  Emirates will fly directly to Bali 

KOREAN AIR                      : flies daily via Seoul to Bali

SOUTH AFRICAN               : flies daily to Singapore with connection to Bali by few airlines

CATHAY PACIFIC               : flies few times daily via Hong Kong to Bali

THAI AIRWAYS                   : flies daily via Bangkok to Bali

 

There are many other possibilities by Garuda, China Air, AirAsia, Tiger Air, JetStar Asia, Malaysia Airlines.

 

Health                                 : Bali is absolutely safe. No vaccinations is required

More information : Bali Travel Tips 

Hotels on Bali
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At the moment those are 3000 hotels on Bali. Most famous resorts are : Nusa Dua, Sanur, Kuta, Jimbaran, Seminyak, Ubud, Candidasa, Lovina. 
Polow Tours & Travel as specialized DMC for the sake of high quality services had selected best hotels in all resorts. 
Our hotel’s tariffs please download: 


Short list of POLOW recommended hotels is as below :

 

  1. For those who are looking for really luxury, quiet, beach holidays:
  • Nusa Dua Beach hotel 5*
  • Westin 5*
  • Lagoona Resort 5* lux
  • Melia Bali 5*
  • Mulia 5* lux
  • St Regis 5*lux
  • Belmond Jimbaran 5* ( villas )
  • Amantera 5* ( villas )
  • Ayodya Resort 5*
  • Samabe Bali 5*lux

 

  1. For lower budget but comfort beach holidays
  • Novotel Benoa 4*
  • Kind Villa Bintang 4*
  • Grand Aston 5*
  • Bali Tropic 4*
  • Grand Mirage 5*
  • Prama Sanur 5*
  • Puri Santrian Sanur 4*

 

  1. For those who are looking for nice, reasonable priced  clean hotel not necessary luxury one.
  • The Jayakarta Bali 4*
  • Rama Beach 4*
  • Mercure Sanur 4*
  • Ari Putri Sanur 3*

 

  1. For those who wants to be close to shops, bars, discos, night life
  • Bali Mandira 4+*
  • Discovery kartika 5*
  • Alam Kul Kul 4*
  • Legian Beach 4*
  • Mulia 5*lux  ( this is biggest hotel on island, real “hotel city” with own discos, night clubs, sky bars etc )

 

  1. For those who wants be far from civilization noise
  • All hotels in Ubud, Candidasa.

 


 


Optional Leisure Tours on Bali
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BALI SIGHTSEEING PRIVATE TOURS


Bali is a beautiful island known for having a unique colourful spiritual culture. There are its many rituals and practices which originated thousands years ago, and till today they have survived. Even though it is relatively small, approximately 5,000 km2 in all, Bali boasts a whole range of different environments. This compact landscape centres on a line of active volcanoes with alluvial slopes with spill down to coastal plains. Tropical rainforest fringe the mountains, eventually giving way to carefully cultivated rice fields and crop growth. Further down on the plains, water logged mangrove swamps lead to ocean, a number of different rivers and streams, in turn, wind their way through a cross section of these environments and down to coast, carving deep chasms as they go.

 

FULL DAY KINTAMANI TOUR

Price: USD 50.00 per person ( meals included: buffet lunch with soft drink, tea & coffee )

Highlights: You will visit a place renowned for its woodcarvings. Carving was a traditional art of the Brahmana caste, and the skills are said to have been a gifts of the gods. Traditionally, carving was limited to temple decorations, dance masks and musical instruments, but on the 1930s carvers began to produce intricate woodcarvings and masks for commercial use. Next you will stop at Gunung Kawi, the ancient monument consisting of temple-like structures, standing in two rows of niches, excavated directly from the rock face. Each shrine is believed to be a memorial to a member of the Balinese royal family. Winding roads further up mountainous region will lead you to Kintamani, spectacular area of Batur. Volcanic area around Mount Batur, because of its geological heritage of international significance, became a member of the Global Geopark Network. Mount Batur itself is a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of huge crater. Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Lake Batur, all surrounded by high walls of the crater rim. Before returning to your hotel you will visit Pura Tirta Empul. This one of Bali’s most significant temples is the site of holy springs that are believed to have magical powers and the Balinese coming here to bathe for healing and spiritual purpose. On the way you will stop also at Tegallalang village to view rice terraces.

 

FULL DAY BEDUGUL AND NORTH OF BALI TOUR

Price: USD 58.00 per person ( meals included: lunch / no drinks )

Highlights: You will drive to Bedugul, a cool mountain resort. Here lies Lake Bratan, a lake filling the long-extinct Gunung Catur crater. The lake is vital water source for surrounding farmlands, and local people honour Dewi Danu, the lake goddess, at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. This temple, located on the shore of the lake, is one of the most picturesque temples of Bali. Next you will explore Gitgit, the highest waterfall in Bali and nice surrounding area, green and lush tropical gardens. Next you will drive to the north and stop in Lovina, quiet and relaxing tourist resort. On the way back you will pass Pupuan area with spectacular rice fields views.

 

FULL DAY BESAKIH AND EAST OF BALI TOUR

Price: USD 58.00 per person ( meals included: buffet lunch / no drinks )

Highlights: You will drive to Semarapura town, once the centre of Bali’s most important kingdom and now the capital of Klungkung Regency. The remains of the old royal palace, razed by Dutch troops during an attack in 1908, are within the grounds of Taman Gili. You will see here the Kerta Gosa, the Hall of Justice, which was used as a traditional court. This open-sided pavilion is decorated with exquisite examples of Kamasan paintings and Klungkung architecture. You will see also Bale Kambang, the Floating Pavilion, surrounded by a moat, similarly decorated and was used by the royal family as place to rest and be entertained. Continue the trip to Pura Besakih, Bali’s most important temple. Bali’s Mother Temple is located on the slopes of Mount Agung, the highest Balinese volcano and most revered mountain. The Pura Besakih is extensive complex of different temples, with the largest and most important being Pura Penataran Agung. Continue your trip the east and stop at Taman Ujung, a vast complex of pools and pavilions was a resting place for the King of Karangasem, known as "The Water Palace". On the way back to your hotel you will visit Pura Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave Temple. The cave in the cliff face is filled with thousands of bats.

 

FULL DAY TANAH LOT & JATILUWIH TOUR

Price: USD 60.00 per person ( meals included: lunch / no drinks )

Highlights: You will visit Pura Luhur Tanah Lot, one of the most famous sea side temples in Bali. The picturesque temple, suspended on a little rocky islet, is one of the important and respected temples, closely related with the priest Nirartha. Continue the trip to Pura Luhur Batukaru, a remarkable complex of shrines and a pool on the slopes of Gunung Batukaru. It is set amidst lush, tropical forest and offers the serene, relaxing and quiet atmosphere. Next continue to Jatiluwih village, known for spectacular rice terraces. Rice, the water that sustains it, and subak, the cooperative social system that controls the water, have together shaped the landscape over the past thousand years. Cultural landscape of Bali province: the subak system as a manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana philosophy is a UNESCO World Heritage. On the way back to your hotel you will stop in Mengwi and visit Pura Taman Ayun Temple, notable for its majestic gateway and soaring meru towers which are dedicated to the gods who dwell on high.

 

FULL DAY UBUD TOUR

Price: USD 67.00 per person ( meals included: lunch / no drinks )

Highlights: You will visit Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal where you can observe monkeys, commonly called long-tailed macaques. The Monkey Forest represents a sacred Balinese Hindu site, it is the location of Padangtegal's Pura Dalem. Afterwards visit Puri Lukisan Museum, which exhibits paintings and woodcarvings of outstanding quality. In the centre of Ubud you will see Royal Palace. Afterwards you will have free time to try your bargain skills at local art market, enjoy the galleries or just stroll along the streets of Ubud.

 

FULL DAY ELEPHANT, BIRD & REPTILE PARKS TOUR

Price: USD 126.00 per person ( meals included: buffet lunch / no drinks )

Highlights: Elephant Safari Park in Taro is a must for visitors to Bali, and is the complete elephant experience, making it truly unique. Elephants can be seen immersing themselves in the park lake, in between riding, painting or other activities. You can hand feed them, touch them, take photos with them. Displays of elephant intelligence and their capabilities can be viewed at the Park Arena and elephants can also be seen painting at selected times daily. You may ride an elephant, sitting high atop an elephant in a teak wood chair, feeling like the king of the jungle on a unique unforgettable journey through tranquil forested area (1 x elephant ride is included). Afterwards you will drive toBali Bird Park.Bali Bird Park has the largest and finest collection of Indonesian birds in the world plus fantastic birds from Africa & South America. The park is divided into regions that recreate the natural habitats of birds, complete with indigenous plant life and traditional artefacts for authenticity. The pride of the park is a giant carnivorous lizard – Komodo dragon. In the adjacent Reptile Park you can see rarest and most extensive collections of reptiles and amphibians.

 

FULL DAY MOUNT BATUR HIKING TOUR

Price: USD 110.00 per person ( meals: lunch box, mineral water )

Highlights: Volcanic area around Mount Batur, because of its geological heritage of international significance, became a member of the Global Geopark Network. Mount Batur itself is a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of huge crater (double caldera). Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Lake Batur, all surrounded by high walls of the crater rim. The inner is a classic volcano-shaped peak that reaches 1717m. Your adventure starts at Toya Bungkah village where you will prepare for your trekking adventure (hiking should start around 03:00 – 3:30 am). On the way hiking up the mountain, you will be provided with flash light and escorted by experienced guide in the night hiking. This journey to reach top of volcano takes about 1.5 – 2 hours. If the weather is fine you can enjoy the view of the sacred Mount Agung which is 3142 meters.

 

FULL DAY MOUNT AGUNG HIKING TOUR

Price: USD 150.00 per person ( meals: lunch box, mineral water )

Highlights: Mount Agung is the highest Balinese volcano and most revered mountain. It is 3142 m high, the summit is an oval crater, with its highest point on the western edge above Besakih. You will start from Pura Pasar Agung on the southern slopes of the mountain (around 1500m, trekking should start around 2:00 am). On the way hiking up the mountain, you will be provided with flash light and escorted by experienced guide in the night hiking. From the temple you can climb to the top (2900m) in 3 to 4 hours. Climbing the mountain rewards with sweeping down views and sunrise over Lombok island. At the top you can gawk into the crater but you can’t make your way to the very highest point. NOTE: MAX 8 PAX IN GROUP ONLY

 

FULL DAY YOGYAKARTA TOUR

Price: USD 180.00 per person + flight Denpasar – Yogyakarta – Denpasar at approx. USD 250 per person ( meals included: buffet lunch / no drinks )

Exact flight prices depend on booking class and season; we will inform exact prices after flight booking

Highlights: Transfer to the airport for the early morning flight to Yogyakarta (Java island). Upon arrival at Adi Sucipto Airport, Yogyakarta, you will meet our guide, then direct tour to Borobudur. Borobudur is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, this colossal relic was built by Sailendra dynasty between 750 and 842 AD and revealed by Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles in 1814. Before coming back to Yogyakarta city you will visit Mendut and Pawon Temples. Start city tour by visiting Sultan Royal Palace, built in stages between 1756 and 1790 by Yogya’s founder, Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, which is a splendid example of traditional Javanese court architecture. Before transfer to the airport you will visit Prambanan Temple, which contain the greatest single concentration of ancient sites in Indonesia. The main site here is the so-called Loro Jonggrang complex, generally considered to be Java’s most elegant and awe-inspiring candi, noted for its 47-metre central Siva temple. If time permits you may visit centre of batik or silversmith home industry at Kota Gede. Upon arrival in Bali transfer to your hotel.

 

FULL DAY JAKARTA TOUR

Price: USD 190.00 per person + flight Denpasar – Jakarta – Denpasar at approx. USD 280 per person ( meals included: lunch / no drinks )

Exact flight prices depend on booking class and season; we will inform exact prices after flight booking

Highlights: Transfer to the airport for the early morning flight to Jakarta (Java island). Upon arrival at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Jakarta, our guide will welcome you then directly start your tour program. First you will visit Sunda Kelapa Harbour. The Dutch colonial city of Batavia grew up around this ancient spice-trading harbour. Now it is a minor port, accommodating pinisi, a traditional two-mast wooden sailing ships serving inter-island freight service in the archipelago. Afterwards you will see National Monument – 137-metre-high column towering over Merdeka Square (Freedom Square). Its construction began in 1961 under the direction of President Sukarno and the monument was opened to the public in 1975. Afterwards you will stop at Fatahillah Square, located in the historic centre of the Dutch colonial administration, which is known as the Old City of Jakarta. Next back to the airport for your flight to Bali. Upon arrival in Bali transfer to your hotel.

 

HALF DAY DENPASAR CITY TOUR

Price: USD 30.00 per person ( no meals )

Highlights: You will drive to Denpasar, the capital city of Bali province. You will visit Monument to the Struggle of the People of Bali, the unique shaped monument presents dioramas depicting the historical course of the struggle of the people of Bali. Next you will continue to the traditional Badung Market, where you can see the local society performing their activities in the market. Afterwards visit Museum of Bali, ethnography museum which exhibits unique collections, such as traditional Balinese fabric and costumes for religious purposes.

Morning or afternoon tour

 

HALF DAY ULUWATU TOUR & KECAK DANCE PERFORMANCE

Price: USD 40.00 per person ( no meals )

Highlights: You will visit Bukit Kampial, called also Bukit Doa – “Hill of Prayer”, a unique faith complexes.Side by side on the hill stand places of worship for Hindus, Protestant Christians, Buddhists, Roman Catholic Christians and Muslims. Then drive to the spectacularly located Pura Luhur Uluwatu. On the westernmost tip of the rocky Bukit Peninsula, is one of the six great sanctuaries on the island of Bali. The temple is home to a group of naughty monkeys. Then continue the tour to Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, an artistic park that is meant to be home to Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue; the full statue and its pedestal building will be standing 150 meters tall with its wings span 64 meters across. So far, you can enjoy the view of 20 meter tall copper statue of the God Wisnu, 8 meters tall statue of Garuda and the statue of Wisnu’s hands. Watching famous Kecak dance performance played on top of 110m high cliff is highlight of this tour.

Only afternoon tour

 

HALF DAY TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE TOUR

Price: USD 40 - 52.00 per person ( no meals ) ( depends of venue and show )

Highlights: Balinese traditional dance performance is one of must see attractions. There are numerous performances like Kecak, Legong, Barong, Wayang Kulit or Ramayana. Please let us know which performance you want to see and we will bring you to the best venue.

Morning or afternoon tour

 

HALF DAY TANAH LOT & TAMAN AYUN ROYAL TEMPLE

Price: USD 45.00 per person (no  meals )

Departure : only afternoon. Highlights: You will visit Pura Luhur Tanah Lot, one of the most famous sea side temples in Bali. The picturesque temple, suspended on a little rocky islet, is one of the important and respected temples, closely related with the priest Nirartha. Watching spectacular sunset is highlight of this tour. On the way to Tanah Lot stop in Mengwi and visit Pura Taman Ayun Temple, notable for its majestic gateway and soaring meru towers which are dedicated to the gods who dwell on high.

Only: afternoon tour

 

HALF DAY : SHOPPING TOUR FOLOWED BY SPA MASSAGE

Price: USD 45.00 per person (no  meals )

Highlights: We will drive through OLEH-OLEH “handicrafts supermarkets” ( huge cooperative of craft masters which has 40 big supermarkets on Bali ). You may shop there most typical Balinese handicrafts as: batik items, wood carvings, paintings, eco toiletries, stone carvings, and hundreds of arts and gift items made by local people. After shopping fatigue you will enjoy 1hr Balinese oil massage in Banjar or Hallo SPA

Morning or afternoon tour

 

 

HALF DAY : BARONG DANCE & MONKEY FOREST

Price: USD 42.00 per person ( meals included: no meals )

(Option: lunch at Marka Gallery with supplement from 20 USD per person / no drinks )

Departure from south hotels: at 08,30h (fix) time.

Highlights: You will visit a local theatre when at 09,30h Barong Dance will be performed ( 1hr ) then you will visit breathtaking Wood Carving Marka Gallery ( perhaps the most amazing wood carving gallery in the World ) where you will see unbelievable pieces of wood art. Then you will visit one of the most iconic places on Bali: Monkey Forest, which is sacred place for Balinese people and where you may see dozens on black macaques considered by Balinese as “holy animals”. Return to south hotels ab 4h PM.   

Only: morning tour

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General conditions:

 

1.     Prices include: tax, air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees, sarong rental (where required), and licensed English speaking local guide

2.     Price exclude tipping for guide and driver and other personal expenses

3.     Prices valid until 31 December 2015 and may change without prior notice

4.     Prices valid for minimum 02 persons travelling together ( up to 06 persons )

5.     Child 2 - 12 years old receives 25% discount, if accompanied by 2 full paying adults (exclude flights)

6.     Child below 2 years old is free, if accompanied by 2 full paying adults (exclude flights)

7.     Polow Indonesia reserves the right to change rates by any changes of Indonesian tax, in extreme case of currency fluctuations and extreme gasoline price increase.

8.     Polow Indonesia is not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by the tourists, including those occurring outside touring programs. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accidents, natural disasters, political actions and unrest must be borne by the tourists.

9.     We will do our best to materialize suggested program, however take into account that some museums are closed on certain days or public holidays (e.g. Geological Museum in Bandung is closed on Fridays); during certain weather conditions some tourism objects may be not accessible or not existent (e.g. waterfalls during dry season); cruise itineraries are subject to change due to the sea or weather conditions, availability of sea anchorage and other factors. If it will be not possible to visit a tourism object mentioned in the program we will try to arrange a visit in similar or other object.

 

Bookings:

Polow Indonesia office

Address: Jl. Anggrek Blok I-5 No. 9, Puri Gading, Jimbaran 80364, Bali

Phone: + 62-361-8954027

Fax: + 62-361-8954034

E-mail: reservation@polowindonesia.com

Cancellation policy:

1.     No refund for unused or cancelled services after the tour arrangements have commenced.

2.     Cancellation must be received within Polow Indonesia office working hours: Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 17:00.

3.     Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the notification is received by Polow Indonesia as a percentage of the total tour price plus any other penalties imposed by suppliers as  hotels, airlines:

a)     Less than 24 hours or no show: 100% of total package

b)    Between 48 – 24 hours: 50% of total package

c)     More than 48 hours: no cancellation fee (except airline tickets, cancellation policy according to fare conditions)

 

 

 

Optional Leisure tours to Komodo
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Komodo is one of 7 wonders of the World, chosen in global voting.

www.new7wonders.com

For many years due to very difficult accessibility very limited number of travelers could see famous Komodo dragons and wonderful archipelago of 99 homeless islands which now are Komodo National Park and one of the 7 Wonders.


Just recently new small airport was opened on Labuan Bajo ( Flores) which is gateway for Komodo. So now within 90 min flight from Bali this Wonder is available for tourist. Still availability is limited as only small aircrafts can land in Labuan Bajo which still keeps Komodo as an exceptional destination.

So far it is only one 5* hotel in Labuan Bajo, most of the hotels offers basic tourist standard accommodation as well as boats which cruise from Labuan Bajo to Rinca and Komodo are very basic standard. Don’t except such a luxury cruising like on Caribbean.


Shortest trip from Bali to Komodo is with 1 overnight although most recommended is with 2 or 3 overnights there.


SPA on Bali
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SPA is “flag national industry” on Bali along with handicrafts making. No holiday or incentive trip on Bali could be completed without spa experience.

Those are 3 different kinds of spa: in hotels and independent spa which may be divided to two kinds: popular “street spa” and “real spa”.

Almost every hotel on Bali has its own spa so you may enjoy spa treatment in your hotel.

“Street spa” which are by dozens in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Ubud offers traditional Balinese massage from 6-8 USD per hour !!! Massage usually in such a street spa is great but of course design and decoration is basic although most of them are clean.

“Real SPA” is Bali specialty. Usually beautifully designed, quiet, relaxing, flower smelling with soft bamboo music bringing total relax and revitalization to your body.

 

You may book spa packages through Polow. Most recommended SPA are :

Prana, Banjar, Hello, Spa by L’Occitane, Baliwiss, Semara Spa, Venus, Samaya Spa, Thalasso Spa, Spassion, COMO Shambhala Estate SPA

Diving on Bali & Indonesia
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Bali and Indonesia are among best diving sites in the World.

Best diving spots on Bali are quite far away from south hotel’s area in East coast of Bali (apx 3hours drive from Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua area) and around islands Penida and Lembongan ( 1 -2 hours cruise from Bali)  so if you are staying in most popular resorts on south of island  best diving you may have always as a full day tour.

Those are no good & classy diving spots nearby south hotel’s area – don’t waste your money for cheap offers.

Few days diving trips can be arranged to : Gili islands, Komodo and Bunaken Marine National Park on Sulawesi.

Gastro Tours on Bali
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For those who love to discover oriental food secrets, who love to  savors theunknown flavors Polow had prepared special offer.

During day trips we will drive you to morning fish market, to wet traditional market, through modern supermarkets where you can see exotic unknown in Europe/Americas spices and products. Then we will bring you to selected local restaurants when you may enjoy not only lunch and dinner but where “food testing panels” will be presented and you can see kitchens and can have meeting with cooks and chefs.

Full and most sophisticated few day program include also: cooking classes and visiting traditional Balinese’s farmers compound where you will be able also to plow rice terraces by yourselves ( real unique experience !!! ) and you will visit cocoa, vanilla, coffee, tea, pineapple plantation (seasonal!)

Full tour includes also BBQ Seafood dinner on the beach.

 

Adventure Tours
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For more adventure travel options in  Indonesia go to www.indonesiaadventure.com

 

We recommend tours to : Raja Ampat, Bromo National Park, Rinjani volcano on Lombok, Tana Toraja on Sulawesi and to famous Komodo National Park.