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    BALI HIDDEN PARADISE SERIES ( A Special place in East Bali)

    Many visitors know of Kuta, with its stylish shops and cafés, and Ubud, Bali’s cultural heartland. But not much is known of the less touristy east Bali,East Bali has plenty of unspoiled natural beauty – thick forests, misty mountains and tiny villages give way to blue seas and emerald rice fields. Classical Balinese architecture of old palaces and archaeological remains further add to the attractions.
    East Bali lies in the shadow of the island’s “Mother Mountain”, the cloud-shrouded Mt Agung. The towering volcano last erupted in 1963. Today, it draws a steady trail of trekkers attempting the four-hour midnight climb to see the sun rising from thick clouds. Across the Lombok Straits, the glorious Mt Rinjani can be seen.

    Bali has some hidden places that are special and here is some Hidden Paradise in Eastern Bali:
    Seraya , a small village out in East Bali, on the coast close to Ujung Water Palace. For me Seraya is one of the best ways to capture a feeling of being in Bali. The swaying palms, crashing surf and very relaxed atmosphere make me want to recommend this place to everyone. Traditional Bali is right here without the commercial trappings of Kuta. In Seraya now provides a comfortable place to stay to enjoy this part of Bali. For those wanting to take a day or afternoon trip from Seraya Shores there are several options. The drive around the coast to Amed offers views of sweeping bays and traditional fishing villages. The life out here is very simple and local people will often stop and greet you as you drive past. A circuit round the coast should also include a stop at the water palace at Tirtaganga. Scuba diving can be a great experience and there is the famous wreck of USS Liberty just up the coast in Tulamben.

    Five kilometres north east of Candidasa on the east coast of Bali is Pasir Putih, an isolated, beautiful, white sand beach fringed with coconut palms. Pasir Putih is a five hundred metre long, crescent shaped beach, separated from the rest of the world by green headlands at each end and a steep cliff behind. On the beach are just half a dozen warungs put together from bamboo and palm fronds, serving cold drinks and food, and offering cushioned lounges under umbrellas for hire. At the far end of the beach is a group of traditional, red, blue, green and yellow striped, outrigger fishing boats.On arrival at the beach, visitors can select a warung and negotiate a menu and time for lunch with the owners. Rather than selecting from the blackboard menu, ask the owners what they have available, as this is more likely to be fresh and in season.Then it’s into the cool, crystal clear water for a swim. Sections of the bay near the headlands also offer great snorkelling. After enjoying the ocean, have a soft drink or bintang, the local Bali beer, and watch freshly caught seafood, chicken or traditional Indonesian dishes prepared before you on a makeshift barbecue. Lunch will be served with rice and fresh salads on a white table cloth in the shade of your warung. In the early afternoon watch as previously unseen local fishermen mysteriously materialise, launch their crafts into the water, unfurl colourful, triangular, curved sails and skim across the ocean, heading out to sea for the day’s catch.

    Amed is the most recent tourist development area in Bali. It was only in 2000 that tarmac was laid on the roads, telephone lines were installed in 2003, and it took until 2007 for a bridge to be built over a section of the road that regularly washed away during the rainy season. To this day, phone lines are so limited in the area that most hotels only have one landline each. It is wise to bring a mobile phone when visiting, if you need to stay in touch with the outside world. Local Indonesian SIM cards can be purchased in thousands of places around Bali. There is also a public telephone office in the centre of Amed and a couple of internet cafes. However, one should note that the connection speed is very slow. For entertainment, a local band performs live at once a week and there are sometimes free Balinese dance performances in some of the restaurants. Most people come to Amed as a getaway, including expats from other parts of the island. It’s a favourite honeymoon destination for tourists and is also popular with divers and snorkelers. Sailing trips in small Balinese sail boats can be arranged, and day trips to local places of interest such as the Water Gardens of Tirta Gangga and Bali’s most sacred temple, Besakih, high on the slopes of Mount Agung. Activity can enjoy in Amed are: Snorkeling — Amed has some fine snorkeling within meters of the coast. A reef follows the majority of the coastline. Due to the limited number of visitors to the area, the sea life is healthy and abundant. Condor Sailing, Enjoy nature and go with the wind on a traditional sailing boat for sailing, diving, fishing, exploration, dolphin watching, snorkeling,Scuba diving- or just swimming and relaxing. AND NEW ACTIVITY: powered and operated by adimelali buddy
    ( Komang bajing & Ketut Surya W) EAST BALI BIKE TOURS.

    One of the greatest place in Bali that has strong spiritual aura is Sidemen Valley that located at Karangasem East Bali regency. Many temples of Hindu Bali, the majority religion of Balinese people, located in this village. This village located at the valley, surround of many hill and most of the area is a paddy fields that irrigate by Subak, the Balinese traditional water system for rice field. The housing area separated with the field area, the housing area located at the right side from the road, and the field area located at the left side, that make this village very unique. The area is famous for stunning scenery, and a simple, traditional way of life. Sidemen village has produced masters of Balinese literature and Hindu theology, as well as generations of skillful weavers. For decades, or perhaps millennium, Sidemen has also served as a secluded heaven for the world-weary. It just severall homestay and hotel in this village, but you will not find difficulties for get accomodation for travel around this beautifull village. Many tourist, painter, and student from around the world has come to this village every year. In Sidemen you will find your place, get the absolute tranquility here.Sidemen village located at the Karangasem Regency, east part of Bali , in the Sidemen valley is an idyllic place poised 1,400 feet up, on the slopes of Mount Agung , the highest mountain in Bali . Sidemen village is home to about more than 7,000 people, most of them supported by farming. The whole Sidemen village is spread out over three separate river valleys which encompass a population of about 27,000. All castes of traditional Balinese Hindu society are represented here : Brahmana live in Geria, Ksatria in Palace, Waisya in jero, and Sudra in their own house, and there is also a small Muslim population that the descent of former the soldier of Karangasem palace from Lombok Island when the Karangasem Palace subjugate it, which has long coexisted harmoniously with their Hindu neighbors.
    Sidemen is one of the most important place in Bali history. Former, Sidemen is one of the small pallace above Klungkung Pallace. The Sidemen Royal Family have strong relationship with Klungkung Pallac e because the ancestor of both place is a brother. Sidemen also have many unique place with great view. Every part of Sidemen is wonderfull. There is not many accommodations in this place. But the hotel is most wanted by travelers and students from all over the world. If you want to life like in Bali some decades before but still comfortable with good facilities you must visit this village. You can also feel the fresh air because the situated far away from hustle and bustle within the cool atmosphere, Sidemen is around 1 hours 30 minutes drive from the Ngurah Rai international airport. Sixty years ago, the renowned painter Walter Spies moved from Ubud to the Sidemen area to seek peace and inspiration. He felt that Ubud had already become too crowded. In Sidemen he found his place. There is nothing ready-made; it is an internal experience The appearance in Sidemen of several centers devoted to meditation and retreat seems to underline this particular quality of the area. The location is very strategic indeed. If you feel reckless, while staying here you can dive at a prime site one day and then climb Gunung Agung the day after. All are set up to be friendly with the environment. For those who dream of clean. Sidemen is first and foremost a place for peace and introspection. However, should he choose to take his rest in this magic valley, the sophisticated traveler will find that it is in fact an ideal location for enjoying some of the best that Bali has to offer, not all of it entirely restful. There is accommodation available in various local inns and retreat centers, from which one can venture forth in all directions.Travel tips To EAST:

    – KARANGGASEM is one of Bali’s nine districts covering some 83,954 sq km. A new highway has reduced the previously three hour-long journey from Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai Airport to east Bali to just 1½ hours. It is recommended that you stay at least two or three days in a local resort to explore the area, although the sights can be seen in a day-long east Bali tour.

    – The easiest way into Amed is by hiring your own transport and driver. Beware that Amed is stretched out over ten kilometers so make sure that transport to your hotel is included in the price. Or for details please visit our web at: http://www/.adimelali.com/

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