Top 5 things to do in Ubud

In the heartland of Bali, Ubud is a sanctuary of calm, a haven for artists, yogis, dancers and musicians. Ubud is also the traditional medicine centre of Bali, and many of the traditional healers around Bali hail from Ubud. Made famous by Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling book and consequent movie, “Eat, Pray, Love” Ubud continues…

Diving Tulamben

I’m overheating already, in my 2mm short wetsuit, standing in the full sun on the pebbled beach. Amin, my divemaster from Crystal Divers, obligingly hoists up my tank and BCD and I strap myself into it. The glittering, calm water beckons. It’s an easy entry at Tulamben’s dive sites – I pick up my mask…

Monkey Business: Top 5 Monkey Safety Tips in Ubud

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Ubud is one of the town’s top attractions. Hidden within the verdant sanctuary is the main temple of Pura Dalem, but most tourists come not just for that, but also for the primates scampering within the sanctuary. The long-trailed macaques that make the site their home number in the…

Ubud, Bali’s Cultural Capital

We rumbled into Ubud in the dead of night, passing by little islands of light illuminating homely scenes – a mother and child watching television, an elderly man sitting on this front porch, waving away mosquitoes – interspersed with the gleam of moonlight on serene paddy fields. The entrance to our guesthouse is marked only…

Bali: Island of a Thousand Temples

Although Bali is a perennial favourite with most Australians, I’ll admit I never really saw the point. Asia exoticism? Meh. Stuff I grew up with. Hot weather? Sydney summers are as warm, minus the humidity. Win. Beaches? Live near one. Yawn, yawn and more yawn. That is, until I went there. There’s a warmth and…