Monday, February 09, 2015

3 Days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia

Bali Temples hopping and White-water river rafting and tubing adventure
August 02-05, 2014

"Think Indonesia and tourism, and the first thing that comes to mind is probably Bali. Think golf holiday, and most people would dream of Scotland or Ireland. But Indonesia harbors one of the best-kept secrets in the world of travel: it is a golfer's paradise." - Raymond Bonner

My 39th country to visit, 35th solo backpacking trip, 8th country to visit in Southeast Asia and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

With 18,110 islands, 6,000 of them inhabited, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. About 240 million people live in this fourth most populous country in the world — after China, India and the USA — and by far the largest country in Southeast Asia. Indonesia also has the largest Muslim population in the world. Indonesia's population is on course to overtake the US and become the third largest before 2044. Indonesia markets itself as Wonderful Indonesia, and the slogan is quite true, although not necessarily always in good ways. Indonesia's tropical forests are the second-largest in the world after Brazil.

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (Telaga Waja Rafting)

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (visa on arrival stamps)

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (200,000 IDR airport terminal fee)

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (walking to/from Bali airport)

This another race against time, very short backpacking researched in somehow detailed manner has a compressed itinerary designed as follows: 

August 02 Saturday: Bali Arrival and Day-1 (Uluwatu, Taman Ayun, Tanah Lot)
August 03 Sunday: Bali Day-2 (Telaga Waja River Rafting, Kota beach)
August 04 Monday: Bali Day-3 (Ayung River Rafting, Pakerisan River tubing)
August 05 Tuesday: Bali early morning departure

TOTAL BUDGET : USD557.70 = PHP24,538.70 (44.1% went to plane ticket)

Basic Words to Remember;
hello - halo;   thank you - terima kasih;   I love you - aku mencintaimu;   goodbye - selamat tinggal!
yes/no - ya / tidak;   sorry - maaf;   please - silahkan;   excuse me - permisi!
toilet - toilet;   train station - stasiun kereta api;   airport - Bandara

timezone - +0800H UTC;   capital - Jakarta;   language - Indonesian
currency - Rupiah 11,600 IDR = 43.5 PHP = 1 USD
visa - Filipinos are visa on arrival in the Republic of Indonesia
requirements: none (very relax immigration)

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (swimming pool inside Warung Coco)

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (lunch in Ayung River Rafting)

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (lunch in Pakerisan Rafting)

Interesting Facts about Indonesia: 
1. Indonesia is the largest Archipelago in the world. There are 17,000 islands, out of which 6000 are inhabited by people. With a population of almost 250 million, Java is the most populous Island in the world.
2. Evidences have revealed that around 45,000 years ago Indonesia was inhabited by Homo sapiens. The Java Island in Indonesia is one of the first places in the world where ape-man lived.
3.  About half the population of Indonesia lives on less than US$2 per day and the unemployment rate here is almost 10%.
4. Despite family planning programs, the population of Indonesia is increasing at faster pace and it is expected to rise to 315 million by 2035.
5. Indonesia is the Muslim majority country with 87% of people following Islam while 9% follow Christianity.
6. Out of the ten largest islands in the world, three are located in Indonesia. In terms of population, Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world.
7. ‘Unity in Diversity’ is the national motto of Indonesia.
8. Indonesia is home to some of the rarest creatures in the world that include small deer, fish that climbs trees to catch insects and spiders that built giant webs to catch small birds as preys. Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, is an endemic species of Indonesia; the creature is also the national animal of the country.
9. The Indonesian archipelago is spread over the ‘Ring of Fire’ that is situated in the Western Pacific. The country has over 400 active volcanoes and records at least 3 earthquakes per day.

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (Kuta Beach)

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (Kuta Beach)

3-days White-Water River Solo Trip in Bali, Indonesia (Tanah Lot)

Arrival from Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport;
Filipinos have free pre-arranged visa requirements in Indonesia regardless if transit or tour for how many times as long as the 30 days maximum limit per entry as mandated by local immigration is not exceeded. As for me, when I encountered the Immigration Officer in Bali, I have my Indonesia arrival visa stamp in less than a minute with no single question at all. This process was one of the easiest airport entry process I ever experience. From the airport, I just walked outside going to Kuta where I booked my 3 nights stay which was around 5km distance.

Anyways, I divided this wonderful journey into different set of posts to be more specific on its content;


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