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What You Should Know More About Denpasar

  • Travel Advice

    • Be extremely careful of the drug touts in Denpasar. It is going to be really foolish to stop and communicate with a drug dealer as you’ll immediately be under police surveillance. Kuta area here is majorly prone to such incidents. The common trend here is that the buyers get busted and the dealers get away so be very careful.

    • Be wary of the mosquitoes, flies and insects and carry with you a strong mosquito repellant. Bugs and mosquitoes are the most irritating part of a visit to Indonesia.

    • Never underestimate the sun here. It can get really hot here so ensure that you keep yourself hydrated.

    • Carry with you sunscreen and sunglasses.

    • Make sure you have sufficient travel insurance.

    • Always carry your bag around the neck and make sure you have a proper grip on it.

    • Motorbike snatchers are very common here so be alert and aware during the travel.

    • Don’t carry too much cash in the crowded areas.

    • Never flash your valuables in the public places.

    • Never put all your money in one place.

    • Don’t get overfriendly with any stranger here.

    • Be wary of the touts here.

    • Always carry with you a copy of your passport and license.

    • Gather sufficient information before going to any new place.

  • Drinking Laws

    The legal age for drinking in Denpasar is 16 years.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Shark Island
    Shark Island is basically a huge pontoon and an important sightseeing destination of Denpasar. To reach here, you have to travel several minutes east from the shores of the Serangan Island where you can actually swim with the sharks. The island is also popular by the name of Serangan Shark Island Project. It is a private endeavor that was undertaken by Paul Friese who took a decision to launch a mission to save white tip and black tip reef sharks. He wanted to embark a one of a kind tour in Denpasar.   
    Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC)
    Located south of Denpasar is the Serangan Island. It is connected to the mainland via a small road. It is a breeding ground for the sea turtles that used to be a traditional commodity amongst the Bali locals in the past. At present, this place has become an education and a conservation centre that is set out to breed and protect the species housed here. It is open for public and happens to be a great place to see in Denpasar for kids and adults alike. The team here offers necessary information to keep the guests engaged. A lot of stalls selling refreshments and snacks can be found here. You can also do some shopping here and purchase turtle inspired merchandise and shirts. 
    Sakenan Temple
    Locally known as ‘Pura Sakenan’, Sakenan Temple is indeed one of the most prominent temples of South Bali. It gets its name from Serangan Island where it is located. This temple comprises of two main temple complexes and each of them features old coral stones that were used in the ancient times in the place of bricks. 
    Bali Provincial Public Museum
    Locally known as the ‘Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali’, the Bali Provincial Public Museum is located right next to office of mayor and the Puputan Badung civic square. This is the oldest museum and houses more than 10,000 exhibits. Key structure of this museum showcases fine use of the Balinese architecture. The museum houses several ancient inscriptions, ethnography, porcelain statues, ceramics, agricultural tools, household items, wayang kulit, weapons, paintings and ritual tools. 
    Bajra Sandhi Monument
    Bajra Sandhi Monument lies in the heart of the vast civic square that is popular as the Lapangan Niti Mandala Renon. Situated right in front of the governor’s office, the 2nd floor of the museum houses a diorama gallery which gives you a glimpse into the history of Bali dating back to 3000 BC. There are several arts and artefacts here that showcase the Indonesia’s struggle against Dutch for independence. Exteriors of the monument give fine examples of the Balinese architecture. Visiting the museum is an important thing to do when in Denpasar. 
    Jagatnatha Temple
    It is locally referred as the Denpasar Puputan Square and adjoins the City Square and the Bali Provincial Museum. This historical site underwent a series of renovations over time and now has a towering central Padmasana shrine hued in bright white.  
    Denpasar Arts Centre
    Taman Werdhi Budaya or the Denpasar Arts Centre is a quintessential site for the annual Bali Arts Festival. This is an important festival that is conducted between the months of July and August. It features live performances of art and week long exhibits along with several outdoor and indoor amphitheaters and auditoriums. A number of concerts and events are organized here on regular basis.    
    Fingerprint Painting Museum
    Locally known as the ‘Museum Lukisan Sidik Jari’, this art gallery stocks a private collection of I Gusti Ngurah Gede Pemecutan who was a noted Indonesian artist particularly famous for his unique techniques in painting that had an interesting application of fingerprints. Located on the Jalan Hayam Wuruk, this painting has works that predate 1967.

  • What will you like there?

    Ubud
    Ubud is a dynamic cultural hub of Bali. It is packed with several festivals, temples, traditional ceremonies and more that unites to create a visual treat. Emerald green terraces found just outside the town are a must visit here as is the Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Regardless of the itinerary, you’ll appreciate the traditional dance performances here. 
    Sunny round the year
    Denpasar experiences ample daylight and nice tropical climate all round the year. Located eight degrees south to the Equator, it is indeed the most preferred option for the beach lovers. You can enjoy a variety of water sports here. Swim, Surf and sand, to make the most of your holiday.
    Beaches 
    Denpasar has a number of gorgeous beaches that are simply breath taking. Each of them comes with its own appeal and characteristics. Bask in the glory of sun and make the most of this tourist place. Get a resort or a holiday stay facing the beach can be a preferable choice. 
    Mystical Temples
    In Denpasar, you can find an umpteen number of temple complexes that are spread across the island right from the low lying seashores to the highland cliffs. These temples are not just architectural marvels but also showcase the intriguing past of the place. 
    Hospitality
    Destinations like Singapore, take immense pride in its high tech things and modernity however they are usually missing out on the human touch. Denpasar and Bali take immense pride in its hospitality that is vastly displayed by the locals who celebrate every aspect of life with its festivity and rituals.  
    Cheap Prices
    No matter whether you are from India, Nepal or US, you’ll be able to afford just about everything in Denpasar given the cheap prices here.  Rupiah here has seen a major inflation where 1 dollar today equals to 12,000 IDR. Price tags overall are very affordable in Bali. 
    Surfing
    Bali and Denpasar are like haven for surfing. You can go surfing around the limestone fringed beaches here. 
    Rooms are always available
    Denpasar has an oversupply of rooms. Right from cheap stays to luxury resorts, you can find rooms easily in Bali. What’s best is that there are rooms available to cater to every need and budget. 
    Food 
    Some of best restaurant of the world and even the Indonesia’s best restaurants can be easily found here. Do try out the local cuisines and the traditional authentic dishes to savor on the interesting blend of flavors and spices of Bali.  

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

Traveller Tales from Denpasar

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Saumil Vithalani

10 March 2017

We did rafting on this river a few days back and it was wonderful. Its a must do activity when you are in Bali!

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Devi Marar

22 September 2016

Being a history student what can be more than useful than visiting the famous country Bali. When my parents had arranged for a Bali three day tour, I was more than happy. Bali is a lovely place with beautiful villages, temples, plantation groves, money forest, lakes and more. It is in fact a cluster of many things under one roof. A perfect family holiday destination spot! This is one of the most exciting expeditions that I have ever been before in my life. Our tour started on September 5th (first day) we were dropped in the hotels and we immediately were asked to meet within few hours to head to the Batubulan village, here we enjoyed the Balinese in their best dance form – Barong dance, visited the famous art villages nearby and we halted at the monkey village (great wildlife) this region gave us scope to know about the wildlife and nature of the place. Once we were done with Kintamani region, we went to the Tirta Empul (lovely place); from here we were dropped to our hotels. The second day was a visit to the famous Ayun temple, Ulndanu temple and Bratan lake view. Then we were shown the important plantations and rice terraced fields and again dropped at hotels. The third last day was super fun with visit to Beach and water gaming activity. Though my parents were not able to enjoy much of water sporting games; I and my brother enjoyed to the core. The water games offered here are surely unparalleled to any other water sports in any part of the place. The day ended in a beautiful way with a visit to the Jimbaran bay (don’t miss out the seafood being served here). Only regret is that we were not able to take up the Pandawa beach in this tour.

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Udai Varrier

22 September 2016

I was always interested in knowing about the village lifestyle of various countries, and so I would say that my three day sightseeing tour to Bali was not only an entertaining one but also an informative one. Village life is more than great over here at Bali. There are many small villages over here at Bali like the Batuan village, Celuk village and many more. Each of the villages over here has many hidden secrets that speak of the local villagers’ life, their artistic handworks, and skillful handicrafts and so on. Not to mention the Balinese are good farmers too, we can see that for real in the coffee plantations, vanilla plantations, clove farms and other rice fields. The Balinese give so much of importance to vegetation and agriculture and this is the reason there are such rich agricultural fields over here. Then speaking about the heritage of the place- the temples depict the architectural skill of the Balinese. I even explored some of the best tourist attraction spots on the second day of the trip, got to know more about the art form through the dance form Barong which the dancers performed for us. To end it was an exciting informative trip!

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