Silver Jewelry Making Classes

Studio Perak is a socially-responsible Ubud business where Bapak Ketut plies his trade of making beautiful, organically inspired jewelry with silver and semi-precious stones.

His one of a kind creations are sold from his two store locations in central Ubud.  Ketut’s designs are inspired by nature and simplicity, and the natural shape and properties of semi-precious stones. Traditional techniques of Balinese silver smiting are incorporated into fresh, contemporary designs.

In the 3 hour course you will be able to complete a ring or pendant of your own design, or borrow the base of one of their designs to make your piece. Studio Perak offers classes from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12noon and / or 2pm to 5pm  The price of  Rp 35o,000 includes 5 grams of silver.  If you would like to use more silver or use stones, these can purchased at an extra cost.

Call 62 361 974244 or e-mail: info@studioperak.co

 

Mask Making

Even today masks are still worn during temple dances in which the Balinese teach each other epic stories of their Hindu religion, and celebrate various stages of life, the rice planting and harvesting season and the victory of good over evil. A mask carver is called the ‘undagitapel’ and those who make the mask for temples have to be a member of the Brahman caste since he knows the required rituals involved with making a sacred mask.  The Balinese believe that everything has a soul: the rain, the winds, a rock and even a mask.

The village of Mas just south of Ubud is most famous for its amazing masks and woodcarvings. When you walk around Mas you’ll observe many craftsmen working on a mask or a wooden statue where they use over 30 different tools to carve out the wood. There are four types of Bali masks found in most of these shops – human, animal, gods and demons

Tilem Gallery, Tantra Gallery, Ida Bagus Anom (for masks), and Ida Bagus Sutarja (for masks) are some of the most renowned places where masterworks are still sold amid decorative pieces which are produced in quantity for the travel memento and mass export market.

The Houses of Masks and Puppets (Rumah Topeng and Wayang) displays various kinds of masks and puppets from different regions in Indonesia and around the world that have been collected, stored, and displayed for the public since 2006.The collection includes more than 1,200 masks and 4,700 puppets. Located just a few miles from the heart of Ubud, the House of Masks and Puppets covers more than 1 hectare of land surrounded by traditional Balinese village and rice fields. The land provides a wide range of facilities, including a tropical garden, exhibition rooms, performance buildings, and a Balinese house.

Scuba DIving and Snorkeling

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Bali’s seas are surprisingly unheralded given its incredibly rich and varied dive and snorkeling sites. Deep drop-offs and steep banks, coral ridges and colorful fishes, volcanic outcrops and sea grass beds are all part of the underwater tapestry. With its diverse marine life and one of the world’s most famous wrecks, there’s enough here to keep you coming back for more. The best and most popular dive and snorkeling sites on Bali are Tulamben, Amed, Candidasa, Menjangan Island, Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. There are many Dive organisations that offer 3 day courses to obtain an international dive certificate or you can opt for an introduction dive.

Bali Safari and Marine Park

Bali Safari and Marine Park

This Park is home to hundreds of amazing animals representing more than 60 species, including some rare and endangered species. Combining Balinese cultural ambiance with African Savannah, the Bali Safari and Marine Park features Sumatran elephants Sumatran tigers, white tigers, leopards, Komodo dragons and orangutans amongst many fascinating creatures. Part of its educational initiatives are many animal shows which delightfully inform. Set on 40 hectares of land with breathtaking natural surroundings at the cultural center of Bali, Gianyar, the Bali Safari and Marine Park is extremely active in assisting with the protection and conservation of endangered species that are constantly losing their habitat to natural and man-made encroachments and problems.

 

For more information: http://www.balisafarimarinepark.com

Bali Bird Park

Bali Bird Park

Witness the largest and finest collection of Indonesian birds in the world plus fantastic birds from Africa & South America. Encompassing two hectares of botanical landscape, the park provides sanctuary to almost 1,000 birds of 250 different species.The park accommodates an amazing display of flora with more than 2,000 tropical plants including 50 varieties of palms alone and attracting numerous butterflies.

Prices inclusive tax:
Adult – Rp 243 000
Child – Rp 122 000

For more information: http://www.bali-bird-park.com/

Elephant Safari Park

Elephant Safari Park

Meeting international standards for animal care, this fabulous park is set in more than 2 hectares of exotic, eco-tourism landscaped botanical gardens surrounded by national forest. Acclaimed as the World’s Best Elephant Park, facilities include a full Reception area and Information Centre, comprehensive Museum with a large collection of elephant memorabilia, and the only Mammoth Skeleton in South East Asia. 

Get up close and personal with these incredible animals. Watch them immersing themselves in the park’s lake in-between elephant rides, shows and other pleasurable pursuits.  Hand feed them, touch them, take photos with them, and learn more about their ancestry and diversity at the Park’s historical and graphic displays.

Rafting

Sobek’s well trained guides and welcoming operational staff, make your trip the most memorable and enjoyable trip possible.  Sobek is world renowned for its brand new industry leading, safety approved equipment.

Sobek Ayng River Rafting

As you carve through some of Bali’s most appealing landscape, the Ayung River provides a thrill that begins the moment you push of from the riverbanks. As you switch between Class I and II rapids, you will wind through deep valleys with cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs of prehistoric significance.

On the more leisurely stretches through tropical forests you will see Hindu shrines that are brightly decorated on ceremonial days of prayer. Just as you think it is all coming to an end, the unpredictable Ayung River propels your raft into yet another rapid.

Sobek’s two hour, visually spectacular rafting trip down the Ayung River is made even more enjoyable and comfortable by the brand new industry leading, safety approved equipment.

Sobek Telaga Waya River Experience

The thrilling Telaga Waja adventure begins in the foothills of the sacred Mount Agung, after an in-depth safety and equipment briefing by Sobek’s experienced guides. From the time you drop into the first set of rapids, your heart will be racing and your adrenalin pumping.

In a continual spray of white clear water, you will rush past steep banks and ancient hanging trees, whilst rafting straight through cascading waterfalls of cold natural spring water. The Sobek guides will give you instruction and work with you to safely navigate the raft through torrents, twists, tight turns and inclined rapids.

Over head obstacles, narrow gorges and breathtaking views of terraced rice plains all along the way will give you an appetite for your final challenge! The Water Dam! Hold on, Take a deep breath, and down you go!

Evening Performances

Balinese Spices

The Art of Offerings

The Art of Offerings

One of the most striking things about Bali is the daily profusion of offerings. They are vitally important as they give pleasure to Bali’s Hindu gods and demons and provide positive karma to those involved in their preparation.  They accompany all ceremonies and prayers. Some Balinese, mostly women, even spend all their lives making these unique gifts to the gods.  They vary considerable in complexity. Some are very simple and tiny while others can be several meters high. One thing that they have in common is that they are made from natural things.

Nearly every village has its own unique forms of offerings as they are considered a means of giving something back. Of course, gifts obligate the recipient and so the system creates mutual obligations and favors, even between humans and spirits. With offerings to the demons, however, the person presenting the offer does not expect a gift in return, just the favor that the demons will go away.

To learn first – hand  how to make a Balinese offering, schedule a class at Pondok Pekak located on the east side of the Ubud Football Field.  The price is Rp 100,000 for 1.5 hours.  Pondok Pekak is a non-profit community organization which holds a library for adults and children, as well as hosts a wide range of traditional Balinese music and dance groups.

Email:Pondok@indo.net.id or npoindo@yahoo.com

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