Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Is Bali Safe for Tourists? Hear What the Governor Has To Say

Bali, the Island of the Gods, depends on tourism as one of its main sources of revenue.  Understandably, with recent volcanic activity, the question on many people's mind is Is Bali Safe For Tourists.  Here the Governor, IG Semaranata invites you to consider visiting our beautiful Island in safety.

I am a local Balinese, English Speaking guide and driver, and I would like to answer all your questions about safe travel in Bali.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Day Trips to Bali, Island of the Gods with English Speaking Driver and Guide


My name is Tuday, I'm a local, English speaking driver and guide and I'd love to help you plan a day trip or longer trip on our Island.

Bali is known as the Island of the Gods, and everywhere you go on our island, you can see how important our relationship is to our faith. Hindus, who make up the largest religious group in Bali, keep a close relationship to the Gods by having a family temple in every house.  Family temples are used to honor God, and our ancestors.

There is a lot to notice and see in Bali and without the skilled guidance of a local, you could miss a lot.  My rates are great, and I love what I do. 

Contact me and let me help you enjoy the Island of the Gods.


A family temple decorated in preparation for receiving offerings

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waterfalls in Bali, 30 minutes from Ubud

Just a short 30 minute drive from the busy and popular village of Ubud is a beautiful waterfall.  It is the second highest in Bali and fun to visit.  A bit of a walk, but worth it for the beauty and refereshing water.

The waterfall is located in Gianyar Regency which is near tegenungan village.

I'd be happy to be your English speaking, local Balinese guide and driver and help you find and explore our natural island beauty.

The waterfall is 35 meters high and not many people visit it, making it a great way to have some time out from the busier tourist areas.

After a refreshing dip in the water, there are many other activities nearby and sites to see.  Ask me about it, I'd be glad to help you explore Bali.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Greetings In Bali

The formal way Balinese greet each other is to say "Om Swastyastu," which means "May God always protect us."  The proper response is to repeat the phrase back to the one who greeted you, "Om Swastyastu," which then means, "We are always safe."

This symbol is called the Ongkare, and is the symbol of the universe and everything in it.  It is the Balinese Om sign and you'll see it all over the Island, made into jewelry, and painted on fabric to adorn the entrance to homes and buildings.

When Balinese view the Ongkare, they think of the three aspects of God (known as Trimurti,) the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Dissolver.  There is a saying in Balinese, Telu Teluning Anunggal, which means  that the three functions of God are linked together.  It's not enough if we only create without preserving or sustaining, and it's not enough if we don't allow things to dissolve so that they may transform into something beneficial.

The sound AUM (or OM) begins all Balinese prayers, and our greeting, and is symbol of the Trinity.  In that way, OM itself means god.

I'm a local Balinese guide and private driver and I'd love to show you around our island.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bali, a Small Island with a Large Heart and Rich Heritage

Bali is a small island, but it has a lot to offer. According to the most recent population census, Bali is home to some four million people.

It's difficult to imagine so many people on such a tiny island.  And, among those four million people, 90% are Hindu, 5% Muslim, and the remaining 5% a mixture of other faiths.

Even though Bali is tiny, it is still one of the best known islands in the world, for its beauty, artistry, spirituality, and focus on the presence of God.

I'm a local Balinese guide and private driver.  I'd love to show you around my tiny island with a big heart.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Balinese Penjor. Local Balinese English Speaking Driver and Guide

The Balinese Penjor is a tall, arch of bamboo and hanging palm leaves.  It holds decorations, cake, and fruit because it is an offering and is a symbol of fertility and prosperity.  Besides that, it is also a sign of gratitude and represents the mountains, a river, and a dragon - all of which are strong symbols of strength. 

When are you most likely to see a Penjor in Bali? 

Contact me and let's plan your visit to Bali together.  I'm a local Balinese, English speaking driver and guide.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Galungan in Bali, a Time of Ancestral Cerlebration

Galungan is a Balinese celebration marking a time when ancestral spirits visit.  The last day of the holiday is known as Kuningan.

Calculating the date of the holiday is not easy because of the 210 day Balinese calendar.  This means that there are frequently two observations of Galungan and Kuningan in one solar year, for example, in 2017 it will take place on April 5 and November 11.

Galungan marks the start of the celebration with relatives preparing to be hospitable to their visiting ancestors with prayers and offerings.

 If you are fortunate to visit Bali during Galu8ngan and Kuningan, you will notice the decorative bamboo poles holding offerings, lining the streets of Bali.

My name is Tuday.  I am an English speaking, local Balinese driver and guide.  I'd love to help you have an incredible experience in Bali.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bali's Spectacular Mount Batur, A Must See for Visitors

Mount Batur is the second highest volcano in Bali.  It erupted in 1971 and caused the soil in the surrounding area to become very rich and fertile.  Lakes around the volcano are used to farm fish, and early morning hikers get to enjoy spectacular sunrises.

It's takes less than 2 hours to get to the top and I would love to be your guide. 

My name is Tuday, I am a local Balinese, English speaking guide and I can help you have an excellent adventure on Mount Batur.

You may also enjoy reading about Bali's famous Bat Cave Temple

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Goa Lawah - The Famous Bat Cave Temple of Bali

The famous Bat Cave Temple of Bali is located on the coast near Kusamba village, east of Klungkung, west of Candidasa.

I would love to assist you in getting to it to experience its majestic structures and magical feeling.
I'm a local, English speaking guide and driver and have taken hundreds of people literally to see Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave Temple which was built by Dang Hyang Niratha in the 16th century.

The cave is named for the hundreds of bats who live in it.  These fruit-eating bats are considered to be holy, and a shrine marks the entrance to their home.   Entering the cave (for priests only) is challenging because of the low roof completely covered with bats and a thick coating of guano on the floor.  It is, however, easy to see and photograph the bats from outside the cave.

Legend has it that the cave extends all the way to Besakih temple, possibly continuing to an underground river.  Goa Lawah is also associated with the mythological snake, Naga Basuki.

Across the road from the temple on the black and beach, you can observe locals making salt in the tradition way.  Also, you can see Nusa Penida Island from the beach across the Indian Ocean.

Let me help make your visit to Bali spectacular.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pura Luhur Uluwatu - One of the Cardinal Temples. English Speaking Guide Services

Bali has six cardinal temples which are pillars of the Balinese culture and faith. Puru luhur uluwatu is one of them, renowned for its magnificent cliff top location, some 70 meters above sea level.

The temple location produces the most amazing sunset scenes, similar to those seen at Tanah lot.

This temple is where visitors can experience the fascinating and exciting Kecak and Fire dances which are sacred to the Balinese. The dances incorporate elements of trance dancing, fire walking, and devotion.

I would love to show you around the Island of the Gods, and help you have a memorable experience of your trip to Bali.

I'm a local, English speaking driver and guide.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Balinese Prayers and Blessings - English Speaking Guide Services

The daily offering made by Balinese Hindus is known as Canang sari (pronounced Chanang sari).  It is a ritual of praise and thanksgiving to the supreme God.  Canangs can be seen on temples, shrines, outside of homes and businesses, and anywhere that it is deemed appropriate to give thanks.

Canangs can contain a variety of offerings, from a few grains of rice to flowers, candy, and incense.  They are modest, simple, and beautiful.

Making and offering Canangs is a symbol of selfless service, meditation, and giving.  They are heart of the heart of what it means to be Balinese.

Are you planning to visit Bali?  I'm ready when you are.  I am an English speaking, local Balinese guide who can show you around our island and tell you all about the Balinese prayer and blessings practices of my faith.   Or, if adventure is what you are looking for, I can show you our animal parks, white water rafting, and other adventures now popular in Bali.

Contact me through this Blog and let me show you Bali.

My name is Tuday, and I'd like to be your guide and driver.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tanah Lot Temple with English Speaking Balinese Guide and Driver

Surrounded by the Sea

Tanah Lot Temple looks like it is floating on water.  That is because when the tide is high, it is completely surrounded by sea water.  Located on the coast, near Beraban Village in Tabanan Regency, Tanah Lot is a magnificent place to visit.

Visitors can walk out to the base of the temple, but only worshippers may have access to the sanctuary.   It is a beautiful site to experience when the sun is setting.

Holy Guardian Snakes

Be sure to walk down to the caves on the beach to see the black and white sea snakes, which, legend has it, are the guardians of this 16th-century temple dedicated to Shiva by Dang Hyang Nirartha (Pedanda Wawu Rawuh,) the last Hindu priest to come to Bali from Jawa. 

This public temple is visited by many people from all over Bali who come to worship.  The anniversary of the temple is called Odalan and comes every 210 days.

English Speaking Guide and Driver Services

Whether you would like to visit the temple in the morning when it is quiet, or in the evening when the sunset is spectacular, I can help you have an enjoyable experience.

Contact me for more information about English speaking guide and driver services that I provide.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Balinese Temple Blessings - English Speaking Driver and Guide

Temple prayer and blessings are a way of life in Bali.  From an early age Balinese children are integrated into the spiritual life on the island.  Visitors are welcome to participate as long as proper dress is worn and the visitors show respect for the spiritual tradition in the temple.  I can help you know what to do, what to wear, and what to pay attention to in our temples.

Contact me, Tuday, so that I can be your English speaking, local Balinese guide to the spiritual culture of our beautiful island.

You may also be interested in reading about group travel in Bali.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Group Travel, Individual Travel - Balinese Guide and Driver Services

Whether you have a large group, or there are just two of you, I can help you have an extraordinary experience of Bali.  Whether you want adventure, spirituality, or relaxation, I can help you.

Contact me and let me take care of your group travel in Bali or let me help you make your solo adventure something to remember.

Rice Paddies of Bali - Balinese Tour Guide and Driver

Everyone wants to see the rice paddies of Bali. For good reasons.  They are beautiful, and they are one of the worlds most sophisticated systems of water irrigation.

But where are they?  Which are the best ones to view?  How do you get there?

I can help guide you and drive you to the best views of Bali's rice terraces.

Contact me, I'd love to guide you through our Island of the Gods

Om Swastyastu - Saraswati - Balinese Driver and Guide Services

Bali celebrates the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, Saraswati.  The celebration is known as Sanghyang Aji Saraswati Day. 

Dewi Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge.  She holds in her four hands a musical instrument, a book, a prayer mala, and a blue waterlily.  Balinese use this day to give thanks for knowledge, music, and culture.   Her holiday comes every 210 days on our Balinese calendar with 6 equal months of 35 days each.

I'd love to show you where the best statues of Saraswait are.  Contact me and let me show you around Bali.