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40 Years in Bali (Part 1) : First Contact

Explore Bali | Mar 11, 2019

Ten Years of NOW! Bali but Forty Years of Memories Part I (this is extracted from the speech given by NOW! Bali Founder, Alistair Speirs to the assembled tourism industry at the NOW! Tenth Anniversary Dinner on 13th February 2019 at The Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa) NOW! Bali has survived and thrived for […]

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Mother Huckers : A Hucking Good Time

Explore Bali | Mar 08, 2019

Not exclusive to lumberjacks, axe throwing is a Canadian pastime that casually takes place in one’s backyard which has found a home in the heart of Bali. The sport may seem daunting but is an all-round fun activity to break a sweat and have a laugh with friends and family. Date nights, birthdays, or work […]

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Jatiluwih : The Brilliant Greens of Tabanan

Explore Bali | Feb 27, 2019

The enchanting natural beauty that awaits you at Jatiluwih certainly justifies the long drive. The area is still relatively quiet, and to avoid getting lost, bring a map and familiarise yourself ahead of time with two or three of the towns you will encounter along the route.  Rice fields such as those in Tabanan regency […]

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Freedom in Bali: Too Much Can Be a Bad Idea

Explore Bali | Feb 08, 2019

Scottish Philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873) first proposed the idea of “personal space” in his treatise “On Liberty”. His idea was at the time very far ahead of current thinking whereby he said that everyone has the freedom to do whatever they wish as long as it doesn’t interfere or disturb anyone else, […]

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Ideas, Innovation & Inspiration: Indigenous Cuisine

Explore Bali | Feb 06, 2019

Once every two months at the exquisite and atmospheric Som Chai Will Meyrick and David Metcalf will curate unique immersive culinary experiences, enhanced by visual media in the form of photography and film footage with the aim to bring all involved closer to the essence of what it means to be indigenous. Welcome to the […]

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5 Couple’s Bonding Experiences To Try in Bali

Explore Bali | Jan 31, 2019

We invite you and your significant other to reignite the love between you and challenge your relationship in these unique, couple’s bonding experiences available on this island not only of the gods, but also of romance. A night at the movies, a fancy dinner, perhaps coupled with gifts and flowers; these are certainly romantic gestures […]

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Klenteng : Bali’s Chinese Temples Paint the Island Red

Explore Bali | Jan 31, 2019

Apart from being a time to feast and reunite with family, Chinese New Year is a festivity accompanied by a large array of customs and rituals. This significant holiday is also the time when the Chinese temples, or Klenteng, across Bali celebrate by painting the island red. Among the highlights during Chinese New Year festivities to […]

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Safari in Sri Lanka

Explore Bali | Jan 27, 2019

Since the ceasefire and end of the Civil War, ‘Safari Holidays’ have made up a big part of Sri Lanka’s travel industry. I had been to Yala some six years previously and had an amazing experience there so I decided to try another park, this time in the north, Wilpattu. Wilpattu is the biggest National […]

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Bali, 40 Years Ago

Explore Bali | Jan 17, 2019

We have had ten years of NOW! Bali, but I have had 40 years of visiting this magical island. My first steps on Bali were taken in January 1979, exactly forty years ago and it was a very different place. There was no development, no modern hotels, not many restaurants, no bars to speak of, […]

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Bali’s Power Pedanda : The Rise of Bali’s High Priests

Explore Bali | Jan 15, 2019

Bali’s high priests have stepped it up a few notches of late — in jewelry, showmanship, and stamina. As more and more Balinese opt for the higher utama form of ceremony, which require high priests, pedanda are these days busier criss-crossing the island at all hours. Fourteen of them went off to East Java last […]

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