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Bali wins best island in Asia

Once again the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine voted the paradise island of Bali in Indonesia as Best Island in Asia and second Best in the World in the magazine’s Annual World’s Best Awards 2011 Readers Survey, as announced on July 7.  Bali is consistently on the top of these polls for its sweeping beauty, incomparable culture, incredible shopping, delicious food and its kind hearted people.

The Best Islands were rated according to natural attractions, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people, and value.  All of which Bali excels in along with the strong spiritual elements, some of the world's best surfing, and much much more.

 The beautiful island of Bali beat out The Great Barrier Reef Islands in Australia, Cape Breton Island, Boracay, Philippines, , Sicily in Italy, and even the Big Island in Hawaii. After years of topping this survey and many others, Bali placed 4th in 2010's favorite island in the world but is now back on top.

A monkey ponders the huge moon over the great surf break and temple of Uluwatu

Bali boasts almost all of our world-class hotels and resorts are among global traveler’s favorites and overall, Asia has, again, proven itself to be the world’s favorite place to stay.

Balifornian Tours is the best way to see the most of the lushious island, avoid the crowds, get the best deals and have the vacation YOU want!  Contact us now for more!


Balifornian Tours Photo of the Day 12/20/2010

Here is our Bali tour bus- enjoy!  Just kidding!  We have all deluxe new very comfortable busses and vans.


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Copyright © 2010 Mikaku ~ Michael Doliveck


One of Bali's Best Kept Secrets (Hint- Balifornian can get you there)

Bali’s Best Kept Secret

ed- The following article discusses a spot on most of Balifonian Tour's itenerary.  In fact Balifornian will take you to th real Bali, not the tourist Bali so you will discover idealic places like this everyday!

Many say Bali has everything a tourist could ever want — beautiful scenery, exotic culture and plenty of sunshine — but those coming to Indonesia’s most famous island for a peaceful getaway may find themselves disappointed. Finding a quiet place on the Island of the Gods is not an easy task. Due to rapid development, hotels and resorts have already infiltrated many of Bali’s best and most remote locations.

Last month, I visited the island for the fourth time this year. Having already been to all the popular locations such as Kuta and Ubud, this time I just wanted to chill out on a white sandy beach and read a good book without being disturbed. Lucky for me, I had a tour guide on my last trip — my friend Bowo Hartanto, who lives in Bali but proudly calls himself a backpacker —who was able to help me find just what I needed.

Bowo’s love of traveling has already taken him to remote places in Sumatra, Java, Western and Nusa Tenggara, Borneo and Papua. “I want to go to the most beautiful beach in Bali, a place that most tourists still don’t know about,” I told him when he asked where I wanted to spend my holiday. “Then we must go to Menjangan Island,” he said, with a smile.

Located about 10 kilometers north of Gilimanuk Harbor in northwestern Bali, Menjangan is a 175-hectare island, which is part of the West Bali National Park. The journey from Denpasar to Labuhan Lalang, a small traditional port that connects tourists to Menjangan Island, takes around four to five hours.
We arrived at the port around 4:30 p.m. and although we felt exhausted after hours of driving, we decided to get on the boat immediately so as not to miss the sunset. It cost us around Rp 300,000 ($33) to go to the island on a traditional boat. The boat, which can fit up to 10 people, can wait around three to five hours while you and your friends explore the island. Bowo’s promise of undiscovered beauty proved true. When we finally arrived on the island 30 minutes later, there was only one boat tied to a small dock and several foreign tourists hanging out on the beach.

Besides its natural beauty, the island is also home to a unique species of deer, called Menjangan, for which the island was named. Those wanting to soak up a bit of culture as well as sun can visit some of the Hindu temples on the island, including Kelenting Sari and Segara Giri. There is also a large statue of Ganesha, the Hindu god with a human body and an elephant head, which was recently erected on the island. Bowo and I decided to spend an extra Rp 150,000 on two snorkeling masks and two pairs of fins. Bowo assured me that going to Menjangan Island wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the beauty of its coral reefs and fish. Accompanied by our guide, Bowo and I were in the water within minutes. You don’t have to dive very deep to be immersed in Menjangan’s marine beauty. As I was floating in the water, I could clearly see the coral reef and a plethora of colorful fish.

Not wanting to let me miss anything, Bowo eagerly pointed out each interesting thing he saw. At one point, he showed me a group of small yellow fish with black and blue stripes. The best moment came after our swim, when we decided to simply lay on the pure white sand, look straight at the sun and do nothing. Bowo assured me that it was the best way to enjoy the sunset. Half asleep and completely relaxed, I tried to focus on the sunset and forget all the stress I had brought with me from Jakarta. As if he knew exactly what I was thinking, Bowo said, “Don’t go back to Jakarta. You should live here.”

‘I want to go to the most beautiful beach in Bali, a place that most tourists still don’t know about.’


See it all with Balifornian Tours.  Balifornian Tours offers the best custom holiday experience on Bali and all of Indonesia.  Balifornian Travel Blog is your source for news and fun information on travel, vacationing, upcoming events and much more.  We are a hospitality tour company and when you travel with us, you are our family.  Because Maryam is from the royal family, we have access to parts of the island that other tour operators simply can not visit.  Dont be a tourist, be a Balifornian!


Bali Wins Again!!– Spa Capital of Asia

Bali – Spa Capital of Asia
Bali and its Spa Operations Dominate Honors at Asia Spa Awards in Hong Kong.


 Asia Spa Magazine held its annual awards ceremony in Hong Kong on Thursday, November 11, 2010, honoring the Asian Spa Industry's top spa personalities, destinations and products. Themed "Emerald Green," more than 400 of the spa industry's top professionals attended the gala award ceremony held in Hong Kong.

Balifornian Tours - Bali – Spa Capital of Asia

Susan Stein - Asia Spa Personality of the Year

Bali garnered the largest block of awards, with each of the following bringing back to the island a coveted award trophy custom designed by Baccarat Jewellery.

• Eco-Spa of the Year: Spa Alila, Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

• Asian Spa Capital of the Year: Bali, Indonesia

• Spa Personality of the Year: Susan Stein, Jari Menari, Bali Indonesia

• Spa Design of the Year: Oazia Spa, Oazia Spa Villas, Bali, Indonesia

• Spa's Therapist Team of the Year: Jari Menari, Bali, Indonesia

• Most Innovative Spa of the Year: The Spa at The edge, Bali, Indonesia

Susan Stein – Jari Menari Spa

The star of this year's Asia Spa Magazine Awards was Jari Menari and its founder-technical advisor Susan Stein – won secured accolades at the event that also saw Bali named the Best Spa Capital in Asia.

With some shock and disbelief, Stein told "I am, of course, flattered at the recognition from the International Spa Community. Competition included big time spa players like spa directors for Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Shangri-la Hotels, Four Seasons, Mandara Spas, ESPA and more . . . and me - I won!

Stein, justifiably proud the team who operate the two busy Jari Menari branches in Seminyak and Tanjung Benoa, gave full marks to General Manager, I Gde Nyoman Indra Prabawa, whose teams pamper guests each day of the year.


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