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Bali as the Blueprint for Future Tourism in Indonesia

The government of Indonesia has a strategic plan to increase the number of tourists visiting its territory to 20 million by 2020. Building on the success of Bali, this ambitious goal will inject investment across ten designated undeveloped natural hotspots, putting the infrastructure needed in place to support the next phase of development. The ‘10 […] The post Bali as the Blueprint for Future Tourism in Indonesia appeared first on YoExplore...

The government of Indonesia has a strategic plan to increase the number of tourists visiting its territory to 20 million by 2020. Building on the success of Bali, this ambitious goal will inject investment across ten designated undeveloped natural hotspots, putting the infrastructure needed in place to support the next phase of development.

The ‘10 New Bali’s’ will showcase some of Indonesia’s most beautiful areas – each targeted for their potential and scope – to become outstanding tourism attractions.

With the right type of development and infrastructure to facilitate this development, more locations will be put on the map and made accessible to tourists as the next new ‘places to be’ in Indonesia.

Investment on such scale from government gives confidence and assurance to individual investors whom we work on behalf making Indonesia an opportune place for investment.

 

10 New Bali

Tourism figures for 2018 stood at 15.8 million, a 13 percent increase on the previous year. With an investment plan now in place, the government looks set to reach or even exceed its target market.

The knock-on effect of continued growth, will, in turn, create thousands of new jobs across industries, increasing the national GDP and raising the standards of living and opportunities to its local population.

The stunning archipelago that is might have once been known for exporting exotic spices, as well as natural resources such as oil and gas, copper, tin, precious metals such as gold; and plywood, rubber, and textiles. But one of its main assets by far is its characteristic unspoiled physical geography.

It is been a long time coming that this land peppered by its unique mix of signature volcanos, fertile forests, mountain ranges, unique flora and fauna and a rich cultural diversity shown in its plethora of indigenous architectural styles seen across the territory, gets the recognition it deserves in terms of quality development, tourism.

 

Something for Everyone

Heard in the utterance of different languages of its citizens, Indonesia lives up to its motto, which is “Unity in Diversity.” A large part of its potential and success is the way in which the government actively promotes a sense of binding inter-cultural cooperation between its citizens and permits religious freedom. By officially recognizing six religions—Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism—people peacefully coexist, weaving their unique elements into the rich fabric of everyday life.

It is land of stories that have traversed the test of time—from ancient kingdoms and dynasties—to its more recent history of modern European colonial traders such as the Portuguese, the Spanish and the Dutch.  Yet, the most important story is the next one to be written.

With assets best outlined in its places and people, it is a no-brainer as to whether the tourism model of Bali can be replicated elsewhere in the territory.

In fact, while Bali sets the bar high as a tourism model to work toward, it also serves as a blueprint from which the government and private investors can derive lessons from on what works and what issues may arrive when developing and opening areas for tourism development.

With this road-map available, the next wave of tourism in Indonesia’s looks set to be one that is sustainable for many years to come.

The 10 New Tourism Hubs

The hotspots listed below are destinations designated as the”10 New Bali’s” for their potential and scope to become outstanding tourism attractions. Each place selected has distinct special features that with the right type of development, have the potential to be the next “places to be” in Indonesia. Targeted investment by the government, provides a bridge of opportunity for individual investors whom we work on behalf of.

 

1. Lombok Mandalika

A specially designed tourism economic zone, stretching from the south coast of Lombok along the coastline towards popular surf spot “Grupuk Village,” part of the Central Lombok Recency [administrative centers] of West Nusa Tenggara province.  With good proximity to an international airport and home to a world-class Moto GP track circuit with construction close to completion on the island of Lombok.

 

2. Borobudur

Borobudur is a Buddhist temple complex of renowned importance, comparable to the world-famous temples of Bagan in Myanmar and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Housing some 2,672 painted reliefs and 504 Buddha statues, it promises to put Indonesia on the circuit of cultural world heritage tourism.

 

3. Lake Toba (North Sumatra)

The largest lake in Indonesia, known as a “caldera” (the collapsed mouth of a super-volcano) is set in an area of immense tranquility with ample opportunity for the continued expansion of its shores. Activities will include boating watersports, and it also acts as a base from which to tour surrounding attractions, such as adjacent pine forests, waterfalls and museums, where you can learn about the local ways of life.

 

4. Tanjung Lesung (Banten)

Located on the western tip of Java, just 160 KM from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, this upcoming beach destination has a host of holiday accommodation, from where you can jet-ski, surf, snorkel or travel to see the famous Krakatoa Volcano, a short boat ride away.

 

5. The Thousand Islands (Jakarta)

A stone’s throw away from Jakarta, this scattering of 110 small islands stretches out some 45 kilometers into the Java Sea. Eleven of the Islands are already developed into resorts, with others privately owned or designated as national park areas. Among the 11 populated islands, you will find a population of 20,000 and an imprint of the past, in the historic remnants left behind from Dutch colonial fortresses to a center dedicated to the study of seaweed. A perfect mix of marine activity and heritage tourism.

 

6. Tanjung Kelayang Beach (Bangka Belitung Islands)

Mesmerizing rock formations litter this unique beach location, that coupled with its crystalline waters, underdeveloped coastline and landmark white lighthouse, make it a charming location for further enterprise.

 

7. Mount Bromo (East Java)

Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire – an area covering 40,000 km of the Pacific basin where earthquakes and volcano eruptions frequently occur – Mount Bromo is a natural wonder and a wilderness perfect for adventure seekers. Already offering hiking tours, visitors can choose to scale the volcano as a group, or independently. This is a potential epicenter of exquisite once in a lifetime adventure travel.

 

8. Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara)

This fishing village is stationed on the western side of Flores Island—

Land of Flowers—with a local population eager to engage with visitors, offering boat trips, tours of the local school, as well as providing ample opportunities for visitors to experience what life is like in a small scale rural Indonesian setting.

 

9. Wakatobi (South Sulawesi)

Understated luxury is what Wakatobi, a self-styled exclusive dive site resort, is all about.

5* amenities, set in a beachy oasis of colorful coral reefs, there is ample room for executive style development in this location.

 

10. Morotai Island (North Maluku)

This northmost part of Indonesia’s archipelago, once known as the “Spice Islands”—

is popular with those interested in diving or the fishing it offers in the periphery of its marine parks. An island of panoramic views and a seemingly endless 16 km white shale beach. Morotai sits among the type of untapped raw beauty that is begging to be developed with sensitivity and creative thought.

Reference:

 https://invest-islands.com/ten-new-bali-project/

 

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Family Educational Trips in Indonesia: Learning Batik and Weaving Clothes

We are very proud that Indonesia gained trust from the UN members as the Leader of the UN Security Council from the representative state of Asia Pacific Region. For the fourth time, Indonesia has been elected as a member of the Council for the Period 2018 – 2019. And, for the first time, on 7 […] The post Family Educational Trips in Indonesia: Learning Batik and Weaving Clothes appeared first on YoExplore...

We are very proud that Indonesia gained trust from the UN members as the Leader of the UN Security Council from the representative state of Asia Pacific Region. For the fourth time, Indonesia has been elected as a member of the Council for the Period 2018 – 2019. And, for the first time, on 7 May 2019, Indonesia acted as the Leader for the UN Security Council.

Historically, Indonesia has been chosen as one of the non-permanent UN members for the first time in 1973.  Secondly, Indonesia was chosen again for the Period of 1995/1996, and thirdly for the Period of 2007/2008.

 

Family Educational Trips in Indonesia

International Diplomacy of Batik during the UN Security Council Meeting, on 7th May 2019 (Courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affair of RI, https://news.detik.com/foto-news/d-4540627/unik-potret-peserta-sidang-dewan-keamanan-pbb-kompak-berbatik)

International Diplomacy of Batik

Apart from the complicated agenda of the UN members that discussing the world peace issue, there is something very interesting that we could see, which is half of the participants wore batik and weaving clothes from Indonesia. We could see various motifs and colors of batik from the photographs shared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in social media and media.  So, the choice of batik and weaving clothes as the dress code on 7th May reflects how batik has been successfully won the heart of the world through its international soft diplomacy. Moreover, batik is already famous over the world, and UNESCO has bestowed it as one of the world’s cultural heritage.

Family Educational Trips in Indonesia

So, travelers who would like to have Family Educational Trips in Indonesia, you could choose the theme of batik and weaving clothes. Through this article, we would like to discuss some regions that you could choose for your Family Educational Trips in Indonesia. Check more below:

In Indonesia, batik is the choice of all people, whether from ordinary people to nobles as well as statesmen. Moreover, batik is the best option when you are confused about what to wear for an event. And, you could wear batik for a wedding party, office event, school celebration, and many others. In addition, it is available in some types of fabrics with a price range from cheap one up to the luxury one. You could find it in traditional markets, malls, boutiques, and galleries. Furthermore, it is rich in motifs and colors with pictures of animals plantations, or even abstracts.

History of Batik

According to historical records, batik was found for the first time during the Era of Majapahit Kingdom. Then, it continued to the Mataram Kingdom, especially at Pekalongan or Mojokerto Districts. However, batik developed rapidly during the Eighth and Ninth Century to the west part of Java Island, among others Cirebon, Kebumen, Tegal, and others. While, in the east part of Java Island, batik is very famous during the Era of Surakarta Kingdom (Solo) and the Yogyakarta Kingdom.

Initially, it was produced as written batik using natural colors. However, during its development, the printing batik began into production since 1920-s with the entry of chemicals from China. Furthermore, the motif and color of batik are also influenced by Peranakan Ethnic (Chinese Ethnic). In addition, batik not only can be found in Java Island, but it is also available in Sumatra Island, Bali Island, Kalimantan Island, or Papua Island with their own charming characteristics.

Family Educational Trips in Indonesia: Visit Pekalongan and Yogyakarta

So, for travelers who would like to have Family Educational Trips in Indonesia, you could choose to visit Pekalongan and Yogyakarta and some other destinations to learn about batik and weaving clothes.

Family Educational Trips in Indonesia

            International Batik Center, Pekalongan

Edu-tourism: Batik Pekalongan

Pekalongan is one of batik city that you could visit. Firstly, we could visit the Batik Museum which was established on 12 July 2006. Occupied an old building with Old Dutch architecture, it has around hundreds collection of batik, from very old one up to the modern design. In addition, you could see also the collection of tools and machines for batik and weaving. Moreover, the Museum facilitates visitors for batik workshop as well as research.

Secondly, we could go to the International Batik Center (IBC) and Setono Batik Wholesale Center. At IBC, you could hunt batik clothes at an affordable price. While at Setono you could purchase various stuff with batik motifs, such as table runner or batik curtains. Thirdly, there are Batik Village Kauman and Wiradesa. You could join the batik class and learn from the locals.  Lastly, don’t miss to visit Oey Soe Tjoen Batik, the legend of Batik Pekalongan. What very unique is a picture of the batik could be different in colors in the morning and afternoon. And, to produce such batik, they need years. No wonder, the price is expensive. However, it is a favorite of many collectors from over the world.

In addition to Family Educational Trips in Indonesia, you could continue your trip to Malang or Banyuwangi. Therefore, you could combine your holiday with Bromo Sunrise Tour or Ijen Blue Fire.

Tour of Batik Yogyakarta

Unlike Pekalongan or other regions, Yogyakarta also has its own characteristics of batik. For our Family Educational Trips in Indonesia to learn batik in Yogyakarta, we could firstly visit the Batik Museum. So, Yogyakarta also has its own Batik Museum which facilitates batik class for its visitors. Secondly, you could join the batik workshop at Batik Village Giriloyo Imogiri. This village is very famous among travelers, especially for learning batik. Thirdly, Yogyakarta has Sanggar Berani Usaha at Sleman District. This spot is very suitable for entrepreneurs who want to start a batik business. Therefore, the locals at Sanggar Berani Usaha create batik class from the basic level up to advance level. Fourthly, we learn how to paint batik from local painters at Batik Seno Gallery, the biggest one in Yogyakarta.

After having Family Educational Trips in Indonesia with batik class, you could explore Yogyakarta more. Among others by joining Andong Tour at Borobudur Temple or watching Ramayana Ballet in the evening at Prambanan Temple. And, YoExplore has designed a unique outbound trip for family and company by combining rafting adventure and batik workshop.

Read Also: 5 Adventures Trip in Yogyakarta

Jakarta: Textil Museum

For you who have not had time to visit any regions outside Jakarta, so you could still have Family Educational Trips in Indonesia at Textile Museum Jakarta. The Textile Museum Jakarta is a cultural-reserved site which has been established since 1975. It has thousands of batik collection. One which is very unique is hand-written batik with Arab Caligraphy. Moreover, you could learn batik as well as natural coloring class at Pewarna Alam Park. The park located in the backyard of the Museum.

In addition, for hunting batik for your collection or souvenirs, you could visit Alun-Alun Indonesia, Thamrin City, or Sarinah.

 

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Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package | Bali

Lembongan, yoexplore.co.id — Located around 11 kms off the Southesast of Bali Island, the small yet beautiful Lembongan Island has become one of favorite destinations for holiday gateway, especially for underwater adventures diving, snorkeling and other water sport activities. Therefore, Travelers like to book Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package, one of most favorite activities in Lembongan for […] The post Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package | Bali appeared first on YoExplore...

Lembongan, yoexplore.co.id — Located around 11 kms off the Southesast of Bali Island, the small yet beautiful Lembongan Island has become one of favorite destinations for holiday gateway, especially for underwater adventures diving, snorkeling and other water sport activities. Therefore, Travelers like to book Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package, one of most favorite activities in Lembongan for family trip or even honeymoon. You shall gain the unforgettable underwater adventure with beautiful natural panorama, coral reefs, colorful fishes, beautiful coral reefs, and amazing manta rays.

Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

Lembongan Island, taken by hagemannandrea/flickr

Lembongan Island: A Small Paradise at East Bali

Lembongan is only 8 km square in size, but surrounded with beautiful beaches. Along with Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, those three islands are registered into Klungkung District, East Bali. Those three small islands are separated by Badung Strait. The development of Nusa Penida and Lembongan has started since Year 2000. However, this island cluster become so popular within the last 5 years. Moreover, in 2017, the Government has successfully completed the development of a 140 mter-bridge. Famous as Yellow Bridge or Love Bridge, it connects Lembongan to Nusa Penida and Ceningan.

If you are interested to have experience of Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package, you do not need to worry of how to reach the Island. The trip from Bali to Nusa Penida is only about 30-45 minutes by speed boat. And there are many fast speed boat operated everyday from Bali Island to Nusa Penida. You could choose to depart from Sanur Beach Harbour or Pemelisan Port at Denpasar. In addition, we suggest you to choose one of the best speed boats, called Sunfish Boat. The boats have capacity of 60 up to 115 passengers and fully equipped with safety equipment. Moreover, the jetty in the port shall save you to avoid being wet when reaching the boat.

Best Spots of Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

For one day Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package, we choose three of the best spots. They are Manta Bay, Crystal Bay, and Mangrove Bay. Enjoy the adventure to three diving spots in a one day tour.

 

Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

   Manta Ray at Lembongan Island, by Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten/Flickr

MANTA BAY | Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

Manta Bay is the first spot you should visit during Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package. Manta Bay at Lembongan Island is a shallow bay around 10-meter depths which is surrounded with limestone cliffs. What unique is you could meet and swim with manta rays.  Moreover, the ocean water is so clear, so that you could see the manta from the water surface. You shall not only swim with one manta ray, but there are several even dozens of them could accompany you.

Once you jump, you shall meet face to face with a manta ray. With a-giant body appearance, manta rays is not dangerous that like to play with snorkelers. Even though their body size is scary, manta rays are gentle species.

CRYSTAL BAY | Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

Another beautiful spot of Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package is Crystal Bay where you could see beautiful and colorful corals and fishes. Along the way to Crystal Bay, you could enjoy the panorama of palm trees. In addition, Crystal Bay is one of favorite spot with sparkling water as clear as crystal and white-grey sand as well as it has calm water and weave conditions. Besides snorkeling, you could spend time for relaxation and sun-bathing activities during the visit to Crystal Bay.

What unique in Crystal Bay snorkeling is you will be lucky to meet up with the giant-oceanic sunfish or mola-mola, particularly in between July and September. Sunfish or mola-mola has a giant size of more than 4 meters in length and reach 2000 kg in weight. Besides mola-mola, you could meet other marine species such as eagle rays, white sharks, leopard sharks, scorpion fishes, and octopus.

MANGROVE BAY – Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

Mangrove Forest and Mangrove Point are also perfect and spectacular. Mangrove Forest located at Jungut Village, and Mangrove Point at the northern part of the Village. Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package shall make you amaze with the experience snorkeling like in a giant aquarium. Moreover, many colorful fishes shall accompany you. There are also hundred types of beautiful corals inside the ocean. Besides snorkeling at Mangrove Point, you could also take a tour to the Mangrove Forest by using a traditional wood boat or kayaking. You shall learn about the importance role of the mangrove forest especially in relation to preserve coral reefs and some marine species.

Would like to explore other snorkeling spots in Bali? Check our article here.

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Bali Snorkeling Spots : Best Places to Admire Underwater Life in Bali

 YOEXPLORE- Family trips, When talking about Bali, what word pop up in your mind? You might think about beautiful nature, friendly people, or unique culture? Have you ever think about the underwater life to be explored in Bali coast? Bali has so many beautiful beaches and there is underwater life that also beautiful waiting to […] The post Bali Snorkeling Spots : Best Places to Admire Underwater Life in Bali appeared first on YoExplore...

 YOEXPLORE- Family trips, When talking about Bali, what word pop up in your mind? You might think about beautiful nature, friendly people, or unique culture? Have you ever think about the underwater life to be explored in Bali coast? Bali has so many beautiful beaches and there is underwater life that also beautiful waiting to be explored.

There is some information about Bali’s snorkeling spot for you to explore: from the south sea to beautiful Menjangan Island in North West Bali and Blue Lagoon in the east, each of them has their unique feature waiting for you to explore them.

Nusa Dua : Bali Snorkeling Spots

Nusa Dua is well known because of the complex of luxurious hotels and resorts. This place also has some of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. Besides many hotels complex, there are also many water sports operators in the area that offer you a wide range of activities that you can try your hand at. From those activities, snorkeling is one of the activities that attract many people to come and enjoy the activities. You can also enjoy the underwater life in Pantai Geger, in the south of the famous St. Regist Hotel and the Mulia resort.

Menjangan Island

One of the best Bali snorkeling spots is Menjangan Island. Located in the northwest of Bali, this snorkeling spots is near the uninhabited island, where the locals see the Javanese deers or known as Menjangan in the local language. Thus this place gets the name as Menjangan Island. The reefs of Menjangan island surround this small island, so you can see the underwater life from all directions of the island. There are many beautiful creatures that you will see such as batfish, cardinalfish, yellowtail, angelfish, scorpionfish, and many more.

The most famous spot is Pos 2. It is famous because of its diversity of corals and fish. You might also see the dolphin in this area, where the dolphin might follow your boat and creating squeaking sound around your boat.

Read also: Meru Betiri National Park, Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

Padang Bai

Bali snorkeling spots

Fishes in Padang Bai Blue Lagoon

In the east, you will find some Bali snorkeling spots located in  Padang Bai. Padang Bai is famous because of the harbor that connects Bali and Lombok. Besides of the harbor, there are also two spots for snorkeling, Tanjung Jepun, and Blue Lagoon. The two places are not far away from the harbor. Tanjung Jepun and Blue lagoon have clear water and very strong current. Because of the calm water, this place is suitable for the family trip as it is quite safe for children and beginner snorkeler.

The underwater life is also quite varied. Many fishes such as clown fish, moray ells, cowfishes, and many more. To get the experience in this place, you can see the package in Yoexplore.co.id.

Tulamben

Tulamben is a very famous snorkeling site in Bali, thanks to the US Liberty shipwreck. The military cargo ship was torpedoed by Japan submarine during WW II and beached on the coast of Tulamben. During the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963, the shipwreck slipped to the sea and become a place of the corals and become a habitat for many fishes and other sea creatures. Although the shipwreck slipped into 30 meters below the sea level, some of its high points are reaching up to 7 meters below the sea surface. Thanks to the clear water, those high points become a very beautiful place to see during snorkeling and become one of the best Bali snorkeling spots.

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is one of the three small islands located in southeast Bali. From this small island, you will be able to see the majestic Mount Agung in the mainland of Bali, beautiful beaches, cliff viewpoints,  and stunning sunset.  The clean and calm water of Lembongan is also a perfect place to play watersports. Lembongan also has a good deal of underwater life that will leave you stunning. There are many sea creatures that you can observe while snorkeling in Lembongan snorkeling spots.

Mangrove spot is a very nice place to snorkel in Lembongan. You will be really surprised by the creatures you meet in this place. According to the survey conducted by marine biologists, there are up to 250 species of sea creatures inhibit this snorkeling spot! No wonder that this place becomes one of the best Bali snorkeling spots because of its rich biodiversity.

So have you visited those places yet?  Please share your experience in the comment section below. If not, you can start to plan your snorkeling holiday from now to visit those places. Happy snorkeling!

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Indonesia Honeymoon Beach Destinations: Bali, Lombok, and Belitung Islands

For the newlyweds, honeymoon is the second important and special event after the wedding party. However, the second honeymoon for marriage couple is also important moment. Spend quality time to reflect and revitalize marriage relationship through every year honeymoon. And for a romantic moment, we want to visit a romantic place. And Indonesia could be […] The post Indonesia Honeymoon Beach Destinations: Bali, Lombok, and Belitung Islands appeared first on YoExplore...

For the newlyweds, honeymoon is the second important and special event after the wedding party. However, the second honeymoon for marriage couple is also important moment. Spend quality time to reflect and revitalize marriage relationship through every year honeymoon. And for a romantic moment, we want to visit a romantic place. And Indonesia could be one of the best honeymoon destinations that you could put into your list. Why Indonesia? Because Indonesia Honeymoon Destinations offer various honeymoon experiences, ranging from adventure honeymoon, beach honeymoon, luxury honeymoon or many others.

For your best romantic honeymoon in the tropical paradise Indonesia, YoExplore reviews the top three of Indonesia Beach Honeymoon Destinations as follow:

  1. Bali Island| Indonesia Honeymoon

Bali Island could be on the first rank and most favorite Indonesia honeymoon destination. The Gods Island has complete ingredients for the newlyweds and marriage couples to have an unforgettable romantic honeymoon.

Beach Honeymoon

Bali is surrounded with shimmering beaches with pristine water and white sands. It has an integrated tourist area at the southern of Bali, Nusa Dua. Nusa Dua is a world-class beach resort with clean and white-sand beaches. Mengiat Beach could be the cleanest beach with white powder sand. Near to Mengiat Beach, you could visit Water Blow Nusa Dua. There is also Tanjung Benoa Beach which is the best place for enjoying water sports. Then, spend your day to visit Dreamland Beach or Pandawa Beach which have wonderful hills panorama.

                                 Dreamland Beach, Nusa Dua, Bali

Jimbaran area also offers wonderful panorama of Kuta Beach and Jimbaran Bay. Kuta Beach is considered as the most famous beach destination which located near to Ngurah Rai Airport. Kuta Beach could attract thousand visitors every year especially during holiday season. Moreover, you could visit Jimbaran Bay to enjoy sunset moment and have romantic dinner. Fresh seafood menu is the best choice for your romantic dinner at Jimbaran Bay.

While at the north part of Bali, you could visit Lovina Beach where you could get opportunity to swim with dolphins. Furthermore, for less crowd beaches, you could visit Padang Bai or scuba diving at Gili Islands. And Nus Lembongan and Nusa Penida also offer the romantic moments with its crystal clear water and you could meet and swim with manta rays.

Richness of Culture and Traditions

Secondly, you could enjoy romantic honeymoon by visiting traditional villages. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of village nature, fresh air and green paddy fields that soothe our eyes. Tenganan and Panglipuran Villages are villages where you could meet the Ancient Balinese. They still preserve the original cultures and traditions. Moreover, those villages have unique architectural design of their traditional houses. Moreover, you could spend honeymoon at Ubud. Ubud is very popular as the Heart of Bali. Enjoy the beauty of Tegalalang Rice Terrace at Ubud. And, spend couple hours to visit Blanco Renaissance Museum. Alternatively, you could enjoy villages by joining mountain bike tour.

 

  1. Lombok Island | Indonesia Honeymoon

Bali could be not your favorite honeymoon destination if you do not feel comfortable with its crazy crowds. Since its million of attractiveness, not surprising that Bali is very crowd with visitors. So, in case you would like to visit fewer crowds Island but as beautiful as Bali, you could choose its sister island, Lombok Island for your Indonesia Honeymoon Destination. Located in the east coast of Bali, Lombok is only 188 kms from Bali Island. We could reach Lombok Island whether by flight or speed boat from Bali. It takes around 3 hours from Bali to Lombok by using speed boat.

Beach Honeymoon

During your honeymoon trip, private snorkeling and diving at 3 Gili (Island) is one of the best journeys that you should miss. The three group of Gili includes Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. Compared to Gili Meno and Gili Air, Gili Trawangan is well-developed with facilities of hotels, resorts, restaurants and many others. Moreover, Gili Trawangan has a perfect night life where many bars or restaurants hold party with live music dan dance floors. Moreover, Lombok also has another paradise called Gilli Nanggu. You could reach Gilli Nanggu for one hour by vehicle from Mataram City. The Island offers a private romantic nuance with beautiful beach panorama.

Lombok also has Kuta Beach, located around 18 km from the Praya International Airport. Kuta Beach in Lombok is very unique because it is flanked by some beautiful beaches. There are Selong Belanak, Tanjug Aan, Batu Payung, Mawun and Mawi which surrounding Kuta Beach. Alternatively, you could spend a day at Senggigi Beach. Senggigi Beach is also a favorite spot for surfing. On the other hand, it is also rich with colorful coral reefs and marine habitat which make it perfect for snorkeling.

Traditional Villages

Lombok and its ocean is one the best producer of pearl in the world. You could purchase many variety of colors and sizes of Lombok pearls. And during your honeymoon trip in Lombok, you could visit pearl cultivation villages in Sekotong, Sekarbile or Gili. In addition, you could visit Tetebatu Village where you could meet and greet with the Lombok Indigenous People, Sasak Community.  And Lombok is also well known with its woven cloth (tenun songket). You could visit Sukarare Village, the center for woven clothes. You could observe and learn the process to produce the woven clothes and purchase some as great souvenirs with negotiable price.

 

  1. Belitung Island | Indonesia Honeymoon

Another beach paradise in Indonesia Honeymoon Destination is Belitung Island. Currently, Belitung is developed to become one of the UNESCO world’s best Geo-Park. Belitung located on the east coast of Sumatra; some people call it as the Maldives of Indonesia. You could reach this small island easily through one hour direct flight from Jakarta or Singapore and two hours direct flight from Malaysia. Belitung is the perfect destination for romantic couple to enjoy pristine beaches, blue crystal water and natural granite rocks. And Island Hopping is the best activities to explore Belitung.

Lengkuas Island

Lengkuas Island is the most popular destination among travelers.  You could find a lighthouse, a 50-meter tall tower built by the Dutch in 1882 which is still being used for guiding boats around the island. You could climb into the top of the tower to enjoy the 360 Degree breathtaking panorama of the island. Moreover, Lengkuas Island is the best destination in Belitung for snorkeling. You could also overnight in a tent around the lighthouse tower, enjoy the sky full with thousand stars (if not raining). Sound so romantic!

 

 Batu Berlayar with Natural Granite Rocks

Batu Berlayar

Besides Lengkuas Island, you could escape to Batu Berlayar Island. As indicated in its name, the Island surrounding with many giant rocks which look likes a sailing rock ship.  Float on the crystal sea water for sea vitamin to your body, salty hair and body, sunbathing and relaxation is a romantic moment which you could enjoy with your spouse.

Tanjung Kelayang Beach

Kelayang Island is an eco-tourism destination where you could participate in coral and turtle conservation activities. It is also the best destination for swimming or diving. Like Batu Berlayang Beach, Tanjung Kelayang also characterize with giant granite rocks. Enjoy the romantic sunset moment at Tanjung Kelayang.

Read Also: Adventures Honeymoon in Yogyakarta.

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Common Health Problems You Might Encounter When Traveling To Bali With Children

Yoexplore– Family Vacation, Traveling to Bali with children is a very fascinating thing to do. You can take your child to see the beauty of the other part of the world and let them learn from the new culture they meet. However, traveling to Bali with children has its own challenges such as how will […] The post Common Health Problems You Might Encounter When Traveling To Bali With Children appeared first on YoExplore...

Yoexplore– Family Vacation, Traveling to Bali with children is a very fascinating thing to do. You can take your child to see the beauty of the other part of the world and let them learn from the new culture they meet. However, traveling to Bali with children has its own challenges such as how will they adjust to the climate in Bali and how will you be able to make your child enjoy the experiences. You can overcome the problem by knowing what to expect and what to pack.

We all expect that we would have perfect vacations, however, there is also a chance that you might encounter the health problem in during your vacations. I would like to inform you about the common health problems that might occur when you are traveling to Bali with children and how to prevent or overcome them.

Traveler’s Diarrhea

Traveler’s Diarrhea is a very common disease encountered by travelers. It can be caused by the stress of traveling, diet change, or infection. Traveler’s diarrhea usually very unpleasant, but it is not really serious unless you get a high fever, persistent vomiting, bloody feces, decreased urine volume (decreased amount of wet diapers in toddlers). You should also be alerted if you find dehydration symptom when you get the traveler’s diarrhea.

When you are traveling to Bali with children, your chance to get this disease are lower if you stay in the south area. If you stay in the north or East Bali, this chance can be bigger due to the hotter climate. This diseases usually will disappear without any medical treatment.

Pay attention if your children get this disease because children tend to get dehydration faster. Call the doctor immediately if your children get diarrhea with constant vomiting. The doctor will give the medical treatment and refer to the medical facility if necessary. Something you can do to overcome this problem is to consult your doctor before going to Bali. Your doctor will give you the instruction or medicine to overcome the symptom in an early stage if necessary.

Cerumen Blockage- Traveling to Bali with children

What can be more interesting for young children than playing with water? Their love to play with water sometimes get them to a problem: cerumen blockage. This is also a very common disease for the traveler of any age. This health problem is very annoying because it caused severe pain in the ear and head. Cerumen or earwax is a natural secretion made by your ear. One of the function is to protect your ear canal by catching dirt and slowing the bacteria growth. Naturally, this wax will be washed away. In some people, the wax is become hard and cannot we washed away naturally.

When the water enters the ear canal, the accumulated wax then absorb the water and expanded. It will fill the ear canal and create unpleasant symptoms. The symptoms such as earache, fullness feeling in the affected ears, decreased hearing ability, and dizziness. When traveling to Bali with children, you will need to visit an ENT specialist to help you with this problem.

To prevent this problem ruin your traveling to Bali with children, I would advise you to visit your family doctor before going to Bali to check the ear canal condition. Your doctor will take any required treatment to clean the earwax, so it will not fill the ear canal when it contacting water.

Food Allergy

If you have food allergies, I recommend you to be very careful in choosing your meal. If you are not sure about the ingredients, your waiter will be happy to help you to explain. However, the chance to get the food allergy symptoms is still high if you try the local food of those ingredients do not exist in your home country.

Go to the doctor immediately if you get worsening symptoms such as difficulties to breath, rapid pulse, shock, and severe dizziness. Something that you can do prior to going to Bali is getting to know whether you and your family have any kind of allergy (food and medicine). Please share the information with your travel companion, so that they will be able to inform the doctor who treats you if you lost your consciousness due to the allergy.

Food Poisoning

This health problem is prone to young children as their immune system is not fully developed. However, adults are also exposed to the risk of food poisoning. The symptoms of this health problem include vomiting, diarrhea, cramp, and fever. You should visit a doctor if the symptoms become more severe.

As this problem caused by eating contaminated food, you should try your best to eat cooked meals and wash your hands often.

Dengue Fever

Traveling To Bali With Children

Got sick during holiday might ruin your vacation
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This animal-borne diseases can ruin your holiday when traveling to Bali with children. You can avoid this disease by having your mosquito repellent handy and use it as often as necessary. Avoid going to the bushy area without protection. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants if applicable will help you to avoid the mosquito bites.

See the doctor immediately if you get fever accompanied by muscle, bone and joint pain, and pain behind your eyes. This fever can be fatal if you don’t treat it well. Dengue fever in children usually do not show any simptoms, but you should keep an eye to them once they complained about the symptoms.  Generally,  people will take about seven days to recover, but it might take longer. I advise you to consult your physician in your home country to consider Dengue vaccination before traveling to Bali with children.

Dehydration

when you loose more fluid than your intake, you will get dehydration. This condition is very dangerous for young children and older adults. This condition can occurs if you do not drink enough water during hot weather and doing a vigorous activity.

The symptoms of dehidrations in young childres as follows: dry mouth, no tears when crying, no urinating for three hours, sunken cheeks, sunken soft spot on the top of the skull, and irritability. In adult, the color of the urine can be used to determinate whether you got dehydration or not.  However, you should aware that some food and vitamins can affect your urine color.

To prevent this condition, you should eat enough water an eat foods that contain much water such as fruits. Please go to the doctor if you feel the symptoms worsening, even after you try to get more fluid intake. The IV treatment might be needed to treat the dehydration.

Yup, that is some health problems that you might encounter while traveling in Bali with children. The medical cost in Bali is not cheap, especially for foreigners. For some case it might cost you an arm and a leg! So I think it would be wise for you to keep healthy and do any prevention steps required. I recommed you to have travel insurance before you go vacationing. You can go with calm heart and not worry about the medical bills if needed.

I wish you are healthy during your holiday in Bali and happy traveling!

 

 

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