Amazing Cultural Spectical to behold !

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~ WAR DANCE / MEKARE-KAREAN~ . The Pandanus war is a tradition in the village of Tenganan just over an hour from Kuta. Pandanus war is conducted in honor of Lord Indra who is known by the Tenganan community as the protector of their village. Lord Indra is the God of war in the Balinese belief system. The name Pandanus War is taken from the war ornaments that were used, in this case a thorny pandanus branch. Each participant battles each other until a winner is decided. People who engage in this tradition wear traditional clothes and are often shirtless. In addition to using a pandanus, participants also use a shield as a means of protection. The tradition of Pandanus war was first used in the surrounding villages for protection against Gods

This traditional War dance happens in July 4th, 2015 if you are keen to witness this authentic Balinese experience for only 400 000 rupiah per person, please book soon via Rio Bali Tours
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Uforia Chocolate ~ Jasri, East Coast Bali

If you LOVE chocolate and are on the east coast of Bali then way out east, past Candi Dasa ( about 10km) ( about 5 km past the Bali Chocolate Factory where the swings are) is where they create this delicious, high quality locally grown chocolate. With sensational flavours ours being the Vanilla, Espresso and Cashew blends, once you have tried it you really will never want other brands again. Lucky for us you can find Uforia Chocolate around the island  ( see the photo in the album of where you can buy it. ) only been operating for 18 months, the smell in this teeny tiny little chocolate factory is just dreamy. You can purchase blocks from 35 000 Rupiah from here also. YEHAAAAAAA ! its not really geared towards tourists however we were totally welcomed and enjoyed seeing what happens to create this divine food for the soul ! For more details and to make contact head over to their website


Bali Chocolate Factory ~ Jasri, East Coast Bali.

This place is pretty dreamy, with giant “swings of enlightment’ and chocolate, who could really go wrong ! ( apart from a terrifying goose that i suspect may bite ) . The Bali Chocolate factory is great place for a day trip, possibly around 2.5 hours from Kuta. About 10 kms past Candi Dasa. Make a day of it and stop in at Virgin Beach, see the lotus pond in Candi Dasa and head on out past the beautiful ( yet winding so don’t be hung over ) road to Jasri. You will see a tiny sign as shown in the album to turn off to your right, and past the coconut grove. You will arrive. Taste the peanut crunch and a couple of other chocolaty options, then climb the ladder and launch yourself off on the huge swing. It is amazing the sensation of dropping down and swinging through the coconut trees with the view of the stunning east coast beach scape. I gave a huge ‘ eeeeeeeeep ‘ much to the locals delight as I let go and enjoyed. This place can get busy on Sundays and on Indonesian Public holidays so perhaps head out mid week. Just personally I think the chocolate is much better at Uforia which is just 5km up the road and a teeny place not quite set up for tourists but pop in and grab a few blocks while your out this way.  


The Palms ~Nusa Ceningan 

Whilst your enjoying the sights of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan perhaps pop on around to The Palms Ceningan. Up the hill, around past the large temples, beyond the markets, over the bridge, past Le Pirates, past the cliff jump, follow the signs and you will end up here. A wide selection on the menu, yummy juices, cold drinks and good nasi goreng. The pool is clear and the view amazing. There is a surf break at the beach below however the waves kind of fat and slow the day we went, alhtough there was a crowd of surfers trying to catch some waves. A beautiful place to spend the afternoon, remember your suncream, hat, towel and thongs as it gets HOT HOT HOT on the deck in full sun ! ENJOY . xxxx


Warung Bu Edy

If you are on a budget or just LOVE great local cuisine, when on Nusa Lembongan, you have to pop in to Warung Bu Edy. For 20 000 rup, you can get delicious spicy, coconut chicken, veggies, corn fritter, rice peanut sauce and sambal to take away or dine in. Go early as she sells out ! Located on the main road Jl Jungut Batu on your left as you are heading away from where the boats drop you off !