Bali is surrounded by many kind of fine beaches from the white sandy Nusa Dua beach in the crowded most southern part of Bali to the beaches in the much less crowded Northwest part of the island such as the black rocky Medewi beach. Villa Ayo is located at walking distance to the black sandy Kedungu beach. There are also numerous attractions and activities to visit around when you are staying in Villa Ayo.
Activities around the Villa
- Kedungu Beach
Our villas are located in Kedungu Village, 900 meters from Kedungu Beach. The beach is featured by black sand stretch 300 yards and the peaceful atmosphere. The peaceful atmosphere and blessed by the breath-taking view of sunset at late afternoon it is always good to have beach day without hustle from the beach sellers and massage offers.
However, Kedungu Beach is suitable for relaxation and surfing but not recommended for swim due to the sea water has quite strong current.
- Surfing Spots
Kedungu beach is for sure the nice one for beginner and intermediate surfer. Another surfing spots in the area of the villa is Tanah lot beach, Nyanyi / Muara beach, Front Hotel beach and Yeh Gangga. Our villa manager: Cetig was a surfer and he will be happy to find the surf boards if you wish to do the surfing
- Tanah Lot Temple Walk
As our villas are located pretty close to the holy temple we have created a Tanah Lot Temple Walk activity. The Tanah Lot Temple Walk is one of our guests’ favourite for the last 5 years. Cetig will accompany you for a short trip to the world famous Tanah lot temple through the beauty of paddy field. On the way to the temple, you will find some of tropical trees or herbal plants. Cetig will be happy to guide you and tell you the story of Tanah Lot Temple and its holy snake story.
Every night around 6.00pm they have Kecak Dance Performance – a Balinese fire dance about an excerpt of Rama and Shinta from Mahabarata story.
You can have a beautiful sunset on the cliff to end the journey. There are a few cliff restaurants and cafes as well if you want to have sunset drinks or dinners.
- Attending Balinese Hindu Ceremony
You can easily find Balinese wearing traditional clothes everywhere in Bali. Yes, they are about doing the ceremony. Ceremony is a part of their life (baby ceremonies, puberty rites, weddings, cremations, temple festivals, full moon, Silent day, etc).
If you are lucky, you can attend the ceremony during your stay in the villa. Balinese are always welcome to other people they do not know, they would be happy to see you on their ceremony. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff, they will provide you the Balinese clothes. It would be a memorable holiday you can tell your family and friends when you get back to your country.
- Nirwana Golf Club
The golf club is located about 2 kms from the villa, you will find an 18-hole golf course at Nirwana Bali Golf Club. Three holes running along the cliffs of the Indian ocean and terrace rice paddies providing unique hazards, the course will test the accuracy and consistency of a PGA Professional and still be enjoyable for the average golfer.
- Jogging / Cycling through Exotic Balinese Village
Jogging around the village to the beach in the early morning is one of our favourite things to do. Cycling to Tanah lot or to Alila Soori is a must if you love to ride the bicycle, it would be a memorable memory about your Bali holiday. You will pass the local houses and the scenic paddy field with mountain background.
- Board Games
We provide games such as cards, chess, monopoly and some other family games. Please ask our staff and please bring it back to the staff house anytime you have finished it.
Activity Out of Kedungu Village
- Museum Subak
The Subak Museum, or Museum Subak, is only 10 kms away from the villa. It is repository that showcases the centuries-old Balinese agrarian way of life - the management of rice fields and its irrigation systems collectively known as 'subak'. The museum is divided into a few sections including a miniaturised version of Subak.
- Alas Kedaton
Alas Kedaton Temple is located in Kukuh countryside in Tabanan Regency. On the way go to Alas Kedaton Temple, we will see the beautiful nature view where in front of us will meet the carpet of rice field and irrigation voice at the side of road to bear the impression/peaceful atmosphere. Alas Kedaton Temple have three yard that are external yard, middle and centre yard.
- Bali Butterfly Park
Bali Butterfly Park (or Taman Kupu-Kupu in Balinese) is one of the more magical places to visit during your time in Indonesia. The grounds span a huge 3000sqm and houses hundreds of different types of butterflies and other insects. Located in the Tabanan regency, this park is said the be the largest of its kind in all of Asia.
- Horse Riding
Bali Equestrian Centre has quickly become world renowned and respected within the equestrian industry, with a 5-Star international rating, certified international instructors and over 40 school horses including both internationally and locally imported, BEC is a world-class destination for both avid riders and tourists.
- Canggu Club
The Canggu Club is Bali’s premier entertainment and sporting venue 13 kms away from the villas.
- Splash Water Park
- Bounce Trampoline
- Strike Bowling
- Cubby House
Golf in Bali
In Bali there are a number of golf courses, the finest of these are within walking distance of villa Ayo. The Nirwana Bali Golf Course was designed by world renowned golfer Greg Norman and has 5 holes directly on the ocean. This beautiful golf course takes you along the ocean and cliffs overlooking the temple of Tanah Lot, there are also a number of holes amidst rice fields, so the entire track is a beautiful Balinese experience.
Nature in Bali
The nature in Bali is famous with its beauty, it is very exciting to be explored and can some times be challenging.
There are many types of the beach: white clear crystal sandy beach, beige sandy beach, pebble beach up to the black lava sandy beach. Most of the beaches in Bali are wide and long, therefore it is very nice for walking or jogging.
There are several valleys and mountains, waterfalls, jungles and lakes as well.
The amazing, beautiful breath taking paddy field Jatiluwih have been named a UNESCO cultural landscape. The green rice paddies are stepped along and entire mountain, from its peak to where its foot meets the sea. The fields have adopted the traditional Subak irrigation system – a method that has been preserved for centurues and passed down from generation to generation.
There are some food streets in the area and also all over Bali, they are considerably very cheap and delicious but for those who has weak stomach we do not advise to buy it. Local restaurants are also in the area and considering to the hygiene, they are a lot better than the food streets. Our staff will be happy to take you to the local restaurants like Tanah lot cliff, located on a beautiful place for sunset dinner on the cliff. The closest international restaurant in the area is located at the pan pacific resort. They have also live music start from around 19.00.
Temples in Bali
More temples than houses on Bali
There are thousands of temples (Pura) to be found on Bali, they say there are even more temples than houses. These are not all accessible to tourists. In total there are 9 major temples on the island, including the mother temple of Besakih. These are “key directional” temples (or ‘Sad Kahyangan’); all of which are on strategic locations to protect the island from harm. The temples consist of several parts, the core is usually not open to visitors.
The temples are a meeting point between the gods and the people. Every year there are many festivals during which the inhabitants of the island bring sacrifices at the temples. Often you have to pay a small amount upon arrival (usually between Rp. 5,000 and Rp. 20,000) as an entrance fee. At the entrance of the temple, you can often borrow or rent a free sarong, this is compulsory during every temple visit. Sometimes you can buy a sarong in the parking lot (at the stores); they may say it is the only possibility, however, this is not the case. Still, it is convenient to buy a sarong at the beginning of the holiday and to take with you to each temple visit.
At the entrance of the temple there mostly are guides who can tell you everything about the temple.
The must-see temples in Bali are in our opinion: Ulun, Danu Bratan, Tanah Lot, Tirta Empul, Uluwatu and Gunung Kawi
Dive & Snorkle
Around Bali there are several wonderful spots for snorkeling. In the south there are many places around the smaller islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. In the North West is one of the most famous places in the world: Menjangan Island, where you can spend whole days in the water. In the East there is Amed and Tulamben, so there really is always a place nearby where you can watch the underwater world.
Bali, “The Island of the Gods”, is a wonderful place to go or to learn diving. Diving in Bali is absolutely fantastic thanks to the wealth of marine life that can be seen on almost every dive. One day you can enjoy the amazing John Dory (Mola Mola) and Manta Rays at one of the many dive sites Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan has to offer. The other day you can go search for Seahorses or the bizarre Mimic Octopus in North Bali. The diversity of soft and hard corals in Bali and Indonesia is to be called impressive and can not be compared to any other place in the world.
Immaculate reefs cover the slopes of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida while you can experience spectacular wall dives on the other site in Menjangan Island. “Muck” diving or mud diving offers you the chance to discover critters in various places around Bali eg. Puri Jati (PJ), Secret Bay and Seraya Secrets. The famous “USS Liberty” wreck in Tulamben is one of the most popular dive sites in Bali and it’s easy to understand why.
Culture in Bali
Dance and music are very important in everyday life, but also in the spiritual life of the Balinese. Balinese dances are accompanied by gamelan music. In addition, all festivities in the temple are accompanied by gamelan music. There is also plenty of paintings, textiles and carvings that underline and highlight the artistry and creativity of the Balinese. Apart from the previously mentioned artworks there is also a lot of jewelry made of gold and silver.
In Bali, you will find a numerous same names, sounds anytime you meet Balinese then they are either Wayan, Made, Nyoman, Ketut, Putu, Komang or Kadek. All those names can be for man and woman, confusing but in the same time is amazing how they can named their children.
The first born child can be named Putu which traditionally reserved only for upper caste families or Wayan, the second child could be named Kadek or Made, the third one could be Komang or Nyoman. The 4th child is destined to be Ketut and only Ketut.
A first born boy could alternately be named Gede and a first born girl could be Iluh.
However, many of Balineses have nick name. When they introduce their name, you can ask immediately their nick name to avoid confusion when you call him or her.
Ceremonies and offerings are a part of Balinese’s life. You will find Balinese in traditional clothes with offering on their hands or on their head on the street. They have many ceremonies for each purpose. One of the most famous in the world is the Silent day, the purification of the Island where one day before the Silent day, there is a big party held. On the Silent day, the island is switched off for 24 hours: no sound is allowed, no light, no people on the street except Pecalang (local security to make sure everybody follows the rules). Eventhough the international airport of Ngurah Rai – Denpasar is closed for 24 hours.