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Bali’s 2019 calendar of events is marked by quite a number of artistic festivals that allow you to indulge in unique celebrations. From arts and culture to music and sports as well as literary celebrations, we have rounded up Bali’s major events for you to take part in this year.

Don’t forget to visit our Events Calendar for other happenings on the island.

JANUARY 2019

05 | Mekotek
On this day, the villagers of Munggu in Mengwi hold the Mekotek ritual. Known as ‘spear fight’, the ritual started in 1934 in the village of Munggu and real spears were used at the time unlike the blunt ended wooden sticks that are used at present. The Mekotek sees two groups of male villagers as opponents attempting to force down the opposition cone of sticks which usually results in people being crushed below the collapsed cone of sticks.

FEBRUARY 2019

27 | Anniversary of Denpasar
Denpasar will burst with colour as the island’s capital celebrates its 231st anniversary this year on 27 February. Merriment will take place around Puputan Square, and a number of competitions as well as cultural performances and parades will also be held on the day.

MARCH 2019

08 | Omed-omedan
Known as the kissing ritual, Omed-omedan is celebrated on the day after Nyepi (the silent day) to welcome the Çaka new year. The single Sesetan boys are probably the happiest on this day, for they get to kiss the single ladies of their village without any consequences. During OmedOmedan bachelors and bachelorettes aged 17-30 of Sesetan gather on the area’s main street. Divided into two groups (men and women), they will take position and face each other; at a given signal, both sides will approach to the centre of the street, and male participants will pull and kiss (sometimes forcefully) the female participants while the rest of the villagers in the audience pour buckets of water over them.

24-31 | Bali Spirit Festival
The week-long festival takes many forms, from yoga, meditation, dance, martial arts and healing workshops and seminars; to full-day fairs and markets selling handicrafts, vegan foods, clothing and gifts. A huge line up of world and spiritual music will hit both daytime and night concerts. Find their schedules, line-ups, special events and more information on their website.

Bali Spirit Festival

APRIL 2019

10-19 | Gianyar Art & Cultural Festival
Held in downtown Gianyar, the Gianyar Art & Cultural Festival aims to promote the regency as a must-visit destination in Bali. The festival will showcase the traditional art, music, costume, food, and even literature unique to the area.

21 | Easter in Bali
Easter is a time for family and where better than Bali to enjoy an Easter Holiday ! On top of a getaway to the island of the gods, on Easter Sunday many restaurants have prepared amazing Easter Sunday Brunch all around the island – whether you’re visiting or a resident, this is a day of indulgence you shouldn’t miss.

26-28 | Ubud Food Festival
Indonesia’s most outstanding chefs, producers, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, food photographers, storytellers, scientists and activists will converge in Bali for the Ubud Food Festival Presented by ABC (UFF). In its fifth year, the country’s leading culinary event will celebrate the nation’s diverse cuisines and exciting gastronomic scene with food lovers from near and far through the theme ‘Spice Up the World’.

Ubud Food Festival

MAY 2019

05-29 | Festival Bahari
Festival Bahari, or the “ocean festival”, is held by the government of Badung to promote the regency, which is home to a number of the island’s most popular areas such as Kuta and Seminyak, as the leading destination in Bali. Place to be confirmed.

17-21 | Buleleng Art Festival
This festival aims at promoting and conserving the traditional art and culture of North Bali.

JUNE 2019

09-16 | Bali Art Festival
Held annually, Bali Art Festival was first held in 1979 by the late Professor Ida Bagus Mantra. The main purpose of this festival is to preserve Balinese art, music, and literature, gaining a strong base for national identity. Now, combining emerging international arts with local culture, Bali Art Festival has become the creative event of the year with its parade, exhibition, and workshop.

24-25 | TengananPengringsingan Festival
Among the festivities is the famous PerangPandan, or locally known as mekare-kare. This annual, age-old tradition is a colossal coming-of-age ritual, dedicated to God Indra, the Hindu god of war and the sky. The ritual sees friendly duels between all male villagers, who bout each other armed with a small rattan shield in one hand and a tied packet of thorny ‘pandan’ leaves in the other.

JULY 2019

03-06 | Twin Lake Festival
Located in front of the Ulun Danu Buyan Temple at Pancasari Village, Sukasada and Ulun Danu Tamblingan at Munduk Village, Banjar, Twin Lake Festival is aimed to introduce original Buleleng agricultural products – the name “Twin Lake” refers to the Buyan Lake and Tamblingan Lake. The festival creates opportunities for visitors to try the seafood selection and locally grown exotic fruits. With its Bull Races Parade, traditional game Gangsing Competition, Fruit Arrangement Competition, and Handy Craft Exhibition, the festival offers entertaining ways to spend your time in Bali. The people of Buleleng perform traditional, unique sports at one of the events.

14 | Makepung Race, Governor Cup
Makepung is one of the unique traditions stemming from the agrarian livelihood of the island, and is a widely enjoyed event in the regency of Jembrana, West Bali. The widely known race of water buffalo is a colourful spectacle and the racing course is about 2 kilometres. Here, the farmers and their buffalo come to race for honour, pride and the trophy, rather than for money.

Makepung Race, Governor Cup

27-29 | Tulamben Festival
This East Bali event will highlight a variety of competitions, exhibitions, and an art and culture parade. Traditional Jukung wooden boat races, wind-powered, will also be held to showcase the skills of the local fishermen.

AUGUST 2019

15-19 | Kuta SeaSandLand
Kuta Seasandland is a five-day Beach Festival that takes place on the popular Kuta Beach, filled with various events such as parade by the communities of Kuta, culinary festival, cultural and art attractions, international competitions, and international-level musical entertainment.

16-17 | Ubud Village Jazz Festival
After 6 successful years, the Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF) returns again this year carrying the theme “Freedom of Expression”, welcoming many legendary figures from the Indonesian archipelago and abroad, who will come to perform and share their most recent arrangements with the public at Arma Museum Garden.

18-20 | Tanah Lot Festival
An exceptional event taking place in one of Bali’s most popular attractions, Tanah Lot Festival will be packed with art performances, highlighting different types of Balinese dance among others.

21-25 | Sanur Village Festival
The 14th annual Sanur Village Festival (SVF 2019) aims to facilitate and develop Sanur community’s creativity and achieve synergy between this creativity and the tourism industry.

24-26 | Tirta Gangga Festival
Held in the island’s celebrated Tirta Gangga Water Palace, Tirta Gangga Festival’s theme is always related to water and life. During the festival, a stage is built around the water garden, where amazing talents from the local villagers perform poetry, dances, and play music. The three-day festival is a mix of installation art, landscape painting, and theatre including creative competitions to encourage young people’s passion and talents. As part of Bali’s main attractions, Tirta Gangga Water Palace has a large square pool decorated with Buddhist gods and goddesses and an elegant, tiered Nawa Sanga fountain. The one-hectare property located on the outskirt of Amlapura in its well-known current state, was built in 1948 by the last king of Karangasem.

29 | Bali Kite Festiva
Always anticipated by both residents and visitors to Bali, Bali Kite Festival is a series of kiting events that starts during the windy season. The festival is a delight for all ages, providing creative competitions such as ‘3D New Kite Creation’ and performing melodious Gamelan orchestra to the guests.

Bali Kite Festival

SEPTEMBER 2019

07 | TEDxUbud
TEDxUbud returns to Bali this year on 7 September. Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organisations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

TEDxUbud

14-16 | Petitenget Arts & Spirit Festival
The festival, taking place on the popular area of Petitenget, will showcase music performances, traditional human puppets, yoga sessions, and traditional dance performances.

15-17 | Ujung Water Palace Festival
This three-day festival features a cultural parade by the local youth community, art installations around the square Dirah pool, and a Mebat competition. Visitors can experience the spacious park at the water palace and the festivity, relaxing on the grass while enjoying the many performances.

24-30 | Balinale
Don’t miss the 12th edition of the Bali International Film Festival or Balinale this year with another outstanding lineup of intriguing documentaries, shorts and fiction features representing tens of different countries.

25-28 | Lovina Festival
Held in Kalibukbuk and Kaliasem villages, Lovina Festival reflects the beauty of Lovina Beach with its sparkling black sand and breathtaking sunset. During the festival you can enjoy collaborative music performances, Bungbung traditional dance, puppet shows, cultural parade around the villages in Lovina, and even party at Kaliasem Beach. The festival highlights are the fireworks show and the cultural parade, where the local communities take part. It overall blends the beauty of nature and culture.

OCTOBER 2019

03-05 | Festival Nusa Penida
With themes surrounding the Blue Paradise, the nickname of Nusa Penida Island, Nusa Penida Festival highlights the importance of the coral reef as a part of the Global Coral Triangle, the main focus of the festival is to celebrate nature and engage with it. The festival aims to be an eye-opening event for visitors to experience water sports and activities such as sailing and snorkelling. With a series of events including a photography competition, camping, and musical performances.

14 | Ketipat War
A unique festivity, Ketipat War is an annual event that was first held in 1337 by the villagers of Kapal village in Mengwi. Ketipat is a typical Indonesian rice cake wrapped in coconut leaves, and during this event the villagers throw the Ketipat at each other.

23-27 | Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
From humble beginnings in 2004, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has evolved into one of the world’s most celebrated literary and artistic events – an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation. Bringing together some of the world’s most powerful voices in a melting pot of artists, authors, thinkers and performers, the festival is a platform for meaningful exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. A place where artists and audiences alike can discuss shared inspirations, ideas and concerns, UWRF transcends cultural and geographical borders to create a truly global community.

Across five days, UWRF delivers an eclectic program of events – from fiery conversations to intimate literary lunches, gripping live performances to hands-on workshops. This year, the festival celebrates its 16th year as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

25-27 | Nusa Dua Fiesta
Taking place in the peninsula of Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua Fiesta showcases traditional handicraft exhibition, art and musical performances from across the Indonesian archipelago, and culinary stalls. Other activities include beach clean up, along with competitions such as kids drawing and even selfie contest.

OCTOBER 2019

14 | Ketipat War
A unique festivity, Ketipat War is an annual event that was first held in 1337 by the villagers of Kapal village in Mengwi. Ketipat is a typical Indonesian rice cake wrapped in coconut leaves, and during this event the villagers throw the Ketipat at each other.

23-27 | Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
From humble beginnings in 2004, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has evolved into one of the world’s most celebrated literary and artistic events – an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation. Bringing together some of the world’s most powerful voices in a melting pot of artists, authors, thinkers and performers, the festival is a platform for meaningful exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. A place where artists and audiences alike can discuss shared inspirations, ideas and concerns, UWRF transcends cultural and geographical borders to create a truly global community.

25-27 | Nusa Dua Fiesta
Taking place in the peninsula of Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua Fiesta showcases traditional handicraft exhibition, art and musical performances from across the Indonesian archipelago, and culinary stalls. Other activities include beach clean up, along with competitions such as kids drawing and even selfie contest.

NOVEMBER 2019

08-12 | Legian Beach Festival
More than just sand and sun, Legian sits perfectly amid Kuta and Seminyak and offers an irreplaceable taste of paradise. From inspiring arts and crafts, dining experiences, to catching the waves, Legian is acknowledged to be one of Bali’s liveliest and most vibrant areas. As the name ‘Legian’ means ‘sweet’ in Balinese, Legian Beach Festival promises a lasting sweet memory for its visitors. It’s an outdoor day and night mega festival, set along 700 meters of Legian beachfront. As Legian’s most anticipated festival, the event will bring you to a whole new experience with fun activities and competitions along with beachfront bazaar and food stalls.

17 | Makepung Lampit Race
Different from the regular Makepung Race, MakepungLampit is held in wetlands, where a pair of buffalo pull the Lampit, or the wooden board, on muddy terrain. Inspired by the Balinese agrarian traditions, MakepungLampit signifies the gotong royong culture, where everyone joins to help each other. In the villages, everyone is helping on the land-levelling process to prepare for the harvesting season. This traditions initiates MakepungLampit.

DECEMBER 2019

28-31 | Denpasar Festival
Denpasar Festival focuses on happiness and sustainability. It realizes Bali’s full potential and the important existence of its creative industry. Held at the end of the year and originally named Gajah Mada Festival, Denpasar Festival commemorates the year with a silver lining. The celebration has a different theme every year, and holds resourceful exhibitions and ethnic musical performances by Balinese artists. The end of the festival is celebrated with a dance parade and the end-of-the-year DadongRerod opera.

Kalender Event Wisata Indonesia Tahun 2019

Pemerintahan sangat serius dalam mengembangkan pariwisata Indonesia. Diantaranya adalah dengan menyaring event-event daerah yang berkualitas yang akan dipertunjukkan pada tahun ini.

Ratusan event dari 34 provinsi telah terpilih melalui kurasi yang ketat berdasarkan kriteria yang ditetapkan. Event-event ini harus mempunyai Creative Value, Commercial Value, Communication Value, serta CEO Commitment.

Daftar Event Wisata Indonesia 2019

5-19 Februari – Cap Go Meh, Kalimantan Barat.
14-18 Februari – Festival Pulau Penyengat, Kepulauan Riau(14 – 18)
20 Februari – Pesona Bau Nyale, Nusa Tenggara Barat
1 – 3 Maret – Java Jazz, DKI Jakarta
3 – 5 Maret – Festival Teluk Jailolo, Maluku Utara
7 Maret – Horas Samosir Fiesta, Sumatera Utara
24 – 31 Maret – Bali Spirit Festival, Bali
24 – 31 Maret – Exciting Banten on Seba Baduy, Banten
24 – 5 April- Bangka Culture Wave, Kepulauan Bangka Belitung
29 – 31 Maret – Tour de Bintan, Kepulauan Riau
1 – 10 April – Festival Teluk Tomini, Sulawesi Tengah
11- 14 April – Majapahit Travel Fair, Jawa Timur
15 – 20 April – Krui World Surfing League, Lampung
20 – 21 April – Gebyar Pesona Budaya Garut, Jawa Barat
7 – 9 Mei – Bintan Triathlon, Kepulauan Riau
10 – 28 Mei – Pesona Khazanah Ramadhan, Nusa Tenggara Barat
18 – 24 Mei – Festival Budaya Isen Mulang, Kalimantan Tengah
19 Mei – Asia Afrika Festival, Jawa Barat
20 – 5 Juni – Festival Parade Pesona Kebangsaan, Nusa Tenggara Timur
15 – 13 Juli- Pesta Kesenian Bali, Bali
16Juni – Jakarnaval, DKI Jakarta
16 – 23 Juni – Festival Sriwijaya XXVIII 2019, Sumatera Selatan
17 – 19 Juni – Yadnya Kasada Bromo, Jawa Timur
28 -30 Juni – Festival Bakar Tongkang, Riau
1 – 6 Juli – Festival Biak Munara Wampasi, Papua
5 – 8 Juli – Toraja International Festival, Sulawesi Selatan
5 -13 Juli – Festival Parade 1001 Kuda Sandelwood dan Tenun Ikat, Nusa Tenggara Timur
17 Juli – Ziarah Kubro, Sumatera Selatan

  • 17 Juli – Festival Babukung, Kalimantan Tengah
  • 18 – 22 Juli – Festival Bumi Rafflesia, Bengkulu
  • 20 Juli – Mizan Al Sufi, Jawa Barat
  • 20 Juli – Tanah Lot Arts Festival, Bali
  • 25 – 28 Juli – Toboali City on Fire Sesi 4, Kepulauan Bangka Belitung
  • 25 – 25 Agustus- ARTJOG, D.I Yogyakarta
  • 26 – 28 Juli – Solo Batik Carnival, Jawa Tengah
  • 26 – 29 Juli – Festival Pesona Bunaken, Sulawesi Utara
  • 27 – 3 Agustus- Festival Cisadane, Banten
  • 28 Juli – Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival, Jawa Timur
  • 30 – 3 Agustus -Jember Fashion Carnaval (JFC), Jawa Timur
  • 1 – 6 Agustus – Polewali Mandar International Folk & Art Festival, Sulawesi Barat
  • 2 – 4 Agustus – Dieng Culture Festival, Jawa Tengah
  • 2 – 6 Agustus – Buleleng Festival, Bali
  • 3 – 4 Agustus – Festival Cheng Ho, Jawa Tengah
  • 4 – 5 Agustus – Festival Morotai, Maluku Utara
  • 4 – 6 Agustus – Aceh Culinary Festival, Aceh
  • 7 – 10 Agustus – Festival Budaya Lembah Baliem, Papua
  • 7 – 12 Agustus – Tomohon International Flower Festival, Sulawesi Utara
  • 8 – 8 September – Jakarta Food & Fashion Festival, DKI Jakarta
  • 9 – 11 Agustus – Pasa Harau Art & Culture Festival 2019, Sumatera Barat
  • 11 – 17 Agustus – Festival Sandeq Race 2019, Sulawesi Barat
  • 18 Agustus – Saman Gayo Alas Festival, Aceh
  • 18 Agustus – Karnaval Kemerdekaan/Grand Karnaval Indonesia, DKI Jakarta
  • 18 – 20 Agustus – Festival Teluk Ambon, Maluku
  • 21 – 25 Agustus – Lampung Krakatau Festival, Lampung
  • 21 – 25 Agustus – Sanur Village Festival, Bali
  • 23 – 25 Agustus – Festival Budaya Wisata Pasar Terapung, Kalimantan Selatan
  • 1 – 10 September – Festival Tabut, Bengkulu
  • 4 – 8 September – F8 Makassar 2019, Sulawesi Selatan
  • 5 – 7 September – Solo International Performing Art, Jawa Tengah
  • 5 – 10 September – Festival Bahari Kepri, Kepulauan Riau
  • 6 – 8 September – Festival Wisata Loksado, Kalimantan Selatan
  • 9 – 16 September – Festival Payung Indonesia, Jawa Tengah
  • 9 – 16 September – Festival Moyo, Nusa Tenggara Barat
  • 12 – 15 September – Festival Pinisi, Sulawesi Selatan
  • 13 – 15 September – Tour de Linggar Jati, Jawa Barat
  • 15 September – Malang Flower Carnival, Jawa Timur
  • 15 September – Ciletuh Geopark Festival, Jawa Barat
  • 17 – 21 September – Tour de Siak, Riau
  • 21 – 22 September – Jogja International Street Performance, D.I. Yogyakarta
  • 21 – 25 September – Festival Pesona Danau Limboto, Gorontalo
  • 21 – 29 September – Erau Adat Kutai & 7th International Folk Art Festival, Kalimantan Timur
  • 22 – 25 September – Festival Batanghari, Jambi
  • 23 – 26 September – Tour de Ijen, Jawa Timur
  • 27 – 29 September – Festival Tanjung Lesung, Banten
  • 27 – 27 Oktober – Wonderful Indonesia Culinary and Shopping Festival, DKI Jakarta
  • 28 – 29 September – Musik Alam 2019, Kalimantan Utara
  • 1 – 6 Oktober – Festival Likurai Timor, Nusa Tenggara Timur
  • 6 Oktober – Festival Karnaval Karawo, Gorontalo
  • 6 – 7 Oktober – Aceh International Diving Festival, Aceh
  • 6 – 10 Oktober – Festival Pesona Selat Lembeh, Sulawesi Utara
  • 7 – 11 Oktober – Festival Seni Budaya Papua Barat, Papua Barat
  • 12 – 17 Oktober – Festival Keraton Kesultanan Buton, Sulawesi Tenggara
  • 15 – 19 Oktober – Festival Danau Poso, Sulawesi Tengah
  • 18 – 21 Oktober – Festival Pesona Bahari Raja Ampat, Papua
  • 19 – 21 Oktober – IronMan 70.3 Bintan , Kepulauan Riau
  • 19 – 25 Oktober – Jakarta Fashion Week, DKI Jakarta
  • 20 Oktober – Gandrung Sewu, Jawa Timur
  • 23 – 25 Oktober – Festival Danau Sentarum, Kalimantan Barat
  • 23 – 27 Oktober – Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali
  • 23 – 28 Oktober – Festival Takabonerate, Sulawesi Selatan
  • 25 – 27 Oktober – Pesona Nusa Dua Fiesta 2019, Bali
  • 27 Oktober – Jakarta Marathon, DKI Jakarta
  • 27 – 29 Oktober – Festival Pulo Dua, Sulawesi Tengah
  • 1 – 3 November – Festival Mahakam, Kalimantan Timur
  • 2 – 10 November – Tour de Singkarak, Sumatera Barat
  • 3 – 7 November – Festival Kerinci 2019, Jambi
  • 10 – 15 November – Festival Bekudo Bono, Riau
  • 11 – 13 November – Wakatobi Wave 2019, Sulawesi Tenggara
  • 11 – 14 November – Pesta Rakyat Banda, Maluku
  • 15 – 19 November – Festival Tanjung Kelayang, Kepulauan Bangka Belitung
  • 16 – 17 November – Jogja International Heritage Walk, D.I. Yogyakarta
  • 16 – 20 November – Festival Ya’ahowu, Sumatera Utara
  • 17 November – Borobudur Marathon, Jawa Tengah
  • 1 – 31 Desember – Iraw Tengkayu, Kalimantan Utara
  • 4 – 7 Desember – Festival Pesona Budaya Minangkabau, Sumatera Barat
  • 7 – 8 Desember – Batam International Culture Carnival, Kepulauan Riau
  • 9 – 12 Desember – Festival Danau Toba, Sumatera Utara
  • 13 – 16 Desember – Pemuteran Bay Festival, Bali
  • 28 Desember – Festival Budaya Cirebon, Jawa Barat

17 Extra Ordinary Things To Do In Bali

7 EXTRA ORDINARY THINGS TO DO IN BALI THAT YOUR TOUR GUIDE MIGHT NOT EVEN HAVE HEARD OF – PLACES TO VISIT, EAT AND EVERYTHING


Do you have a bucket list?

Watch the sunset on the Eiffel Tower – checked. Paraglide over the hills in Nepal – checked. What else do you want to fulfill?

Though every country has its own specialties you must definitely try before you hit the bucket, did you know that you can actually find dozens of unique attractions just in Bali alone?

Yes, and this hinges on Bali’s fascinating culture, and a penchant for harbouring some of the strangest things in the world.

From testing your courage across deep ravines, a visit to the island of the dead or simply enjoying a day or two in some of the strangest villas ever built – it’s time to get all geared up and explore our 32 exciting suggestions!

Glide through paradise in Bali’s best infinity pools


Looking to swim or laze around in a pool that goes on for as long as you hope to stay in Bali?

Check out these stunning infinity pools that will take your ‘Bali day’ from ordinary to extraordinary.

1. Live life on the edge at One Eighty’s cliffside infinity pool

What’s bringing clifftop infinity pools to a different level?

A crystal blue glass-bottomed infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, that stretches all the way out from the cliff 500 feet high, creating a gravity-defying concrete-encased lagoon with a million-dollar view – the highlight of One Eighty, a new sophisticated bar and restaurant that’s a recent addition to The Edge Villas at Uluwatu.

Before you know it, you’ll be floating in mid-air with the sweeping waves crashing beneath you.

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These dramatic 180-degree ocean views extend all the way to your rooms. Isn’t it simply therapeutic to sip a cocktail while gazing out at the endless deep blue vistas ahead?

Your villa comes with a private plunge pool and personalised butler service, so you will be pampered from head to toe!

2. Swim in the sky at Munduk Moding Plantation

Have you always dreamed of reaching out to touch the sky?

It’s no longer impossible.

At the edge of the 18-metre-long infinity pool at the Munduk Moding Plantation, you can almost feel heaven at your fingertips.

Spread out in front of you is a sea of cloud, that partially shields the surrounding coffee plantation from your sight.

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This magic extends beyond its signature view.

Designed by an award-winning Bali architect Popo Danes, the traditional Balinese interior has been dabbed with a blend of modernism in this secluded resort that only has nine villas and three suites.

From your room, you can open the glass panel doors to take in the breathtaking view of the coffee plantation nestled in the lush foliage of the jungle.

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What better place to spend some quiet and romantic moments with your loved one?

3. Dive into dramatic views of volcanoes at Villa Sidemen

Bali is not only home to pristine beaches, but also to dramatic volcanoes – both active and extinct.

And how indulging would it be to wake up to a climatic view of the volcano?

You can do just that at Villa Sidemen, where guests are not only treated to the majestic view of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung, but also to a peaceful scene of its fertile foothills and rice paddies.

With the large windows, you can be sure to be able to enjoy the view from the living room, or even while you’re still snuggling in bed!

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The majestic view of Bali’s tallest volcano, Mount Agung, and peaceful scenes of its fertile foothills and rice paddies awaits.

Non-mainstream places with dreamy scenic beauty


Considering the incredible natural beauty of Bali, it seems that most scenic spaces have gone mainstream. This might have happened to you before – you arrive at a panoramic destination, only to find that it’s overrun with tourists.

Tired of having to jostle with the crowd for your selfie moments and don’t want to visit another location where everyone else is there and chattering on? Shhhh.. Here’s three scenic places that most tourists don’t know about!

4. Swing above the lake at Puncak Danau Buyan Wanagiri

If the huge scenic swing at Zen Hideaway is not thrilling enough for you, you can challenge yourself at this huge one that brings you right over the treetops and Lake Buyan, one of the twin lakes in Bedugul.

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This whimsical swing hangs from a huge, sturdy tree, but swing out at your own risk! If you are light enough, two of you can go on it!

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In case you are wondering how on earth to get up the swing, there’s actually a ledge where you can climb onto.

If you are feeling less adventurous, simply chill and Instagram at this bamboo lookout spot right beside it!

If you drive on for around five minutes, you’ll come by this giant Instagrammable bird’s nest!

Now you know how it feels to be on the top of the world!

5. Daydream in a whimsical treehouse, Batu Molenteng

Located right smack on Nusa Penida and looking out at Atuh Beach – this beautiful treehouse is the latest unique addition to the island, providing stunning sights of the dramatic Balinese landscape.

Once you’re up in the treehouse and looking out, you’ll be able to see glorious, glorious sights. From the pretty Atuh Beach and small surrounding islands like Raja Ampat in Papua, to the many cliffs, ravines and hills that paint Bali’s landscape – it’s a sight not to miss!

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Thankfully, the treehouse was built with a ladder, so you don’t have to literally climb the tree just to get to the treehouse! Just bring a picnic along and make it a stunning memory atop a tree, complete with crazy views and delicious food!

How’s this for an Instagrammable moment?

6. Marigold fields forever at Desa Temukus

Desa Temukus (also known as ’Temukus Village’) is not green but orange. The place blossoms with pretty yellowish-orange flowers!

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If you’ve ever wondered, there’s one particular flower used in religious rituals in Bali – the marigold flower, or locally known as ‘Gemitir’. It’s easy to imagine how wonderful it could be to be in the middle of flower fields full of marigold!

Desa Temukus is a quiet village in East Bali, close to the holiest (but sadly most commercial) temple in Bali. Many of its inhabitants grow flowers, so you can find many flower fields here. But don’t forget to ask for permission from the locals before entering their fields!

Another good news for travellers – the area also has a flower field of Kasna. And one crucial tip: it’s better to visit the place before the harvesting season, so you can see the lushest flower fields ever (usually before a major religious day, so do check with your local Balinese friends about the dates, as Bali uses a lunar calendar so the dates change every year).

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Stay in a creatively unique accommodation!


In Bali, you can say goodbye to cookie cutter hotels.

Creative juices abound and you can make these unique stays your special holiday nest! How about a luxurious overlarge glamorous camping tent? Or a villa completely surrounded by water?

7. Wake up to the zebras at Mara Safari Lodge

Ever wanted to dine with the rhinos?

Now you don’t have to fly halfway across the world to have an African safari adventure – you can get it at the Mara River Safari Lodge.

Located in the heart of the Bali Safari and Marine Park, this resort will definitely make your stay a memorable and unforgettable one, with its quirks and unique activities.

Not only will you get to feed carrots to zebras, rhinos and elephants right from the comfort of your own balcony…

You’ll even get to watch the rhinos and zebras graze together while you are dipping yourself in the pool.

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You can dine with lions at the in-house Tsavo Lion Restaurant too!

From honeymoon to family-friendly getaways, this resort is suitable for all. Couples will enjoy the romantic atmosphere at the restaurant in the evenings, while thrill-seekers can quench their thirst for adventure at the night safari, where you can come into close contact with predatory animals.

On a similar vein, young children will love the petting zoo, informational performances and the vibrant Disney-esque Bali Agung show, which also features props that are completely handmade by the staff!

We’d love to say more, but you’ll have to make a personal trip there to experience the wonders of this place. This we’ll say – you won’t regret it.

8. Camping is now glamorous and luxurious at Sandat Glamping Tents

The term Glamorous Camping perfectly defines the experience you will get when staying in one of these charming tents in Sandat.

Connect with nature without giving up the comfort and luxury of sophisticated furnishings – and of course, wifi.

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Hardcore campers might frown at the concept, but hey, that’s how you ‘camp’ in style, isn’t it?

9. Swim into bed at Villa Laksmana II

Do you love water? Is soaking in cool calm water your favourite pastime, and you wish you were born a mermaid?

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If so, you’ll love this exotic water villa, one of the rare villas you’ll find in Bali that’s completely surrounded by water.

In fact, the first thing that greets you upon entering the villa is the pool!

You also get two huge comfy beanbags for nights when you just want to soak your feet in the water and admire the starry night sky.

Latest shopping trends


Weekend markets, boutique shops and more!

Who says Bali is only about gorgeous scenery and food?

You’re missing out on the island’s hipster trends if you haven’t been to these photogenic weekend markets and boutique shops that sell everything from unique souvenirs to homeware to textiles!

10. Find whimsicality and romance at Love Anchor

Canggu is hipster enough and you know it.

If you walk along Jalan Batu Balong after the sun sets, you can’t miss this exciting Instagrammable market made up of a complex of restaurants, bars and shops, decorated with dreamy fairy lights and illuminated with a cheery vibe as the crowd pours in for their after-dinner drinks.

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And on Sundays, the area is transformed into the most happening bazaar with pop-up stalls.

Here, you can find trendy and whimsical island fashion, accessories, homeware, dreamcatchers, trinkets and even old school artwork. And if you keep an eye out enough, you can even discover some hidden gems for your kids.

Or if you are here for a drink, don’t miss the daily Happy Hour!

One tip from us – although this is one of Canggu’s most photogenic markets, the shopping here may be a little overpriced, but it’s worth a look (and many snaps!) if you haven’t been to Bali’s weekend bazaars before!

11. Sailor Sundays: Sea Vu Play

Looking for something fun during the weekend? How about a vibrant Sunday market full of beach vibes and buzzing crowds?  There’s music, fun activities, and yummy food to gorge on at Sea Vu Play’s Sunday Markets, organised by the restaurant.

And did we say the magic word – shopping!

Just check Sea Vu Play’s website to find out which Sundays the market is scheduled to be held (usually it is held on every other Sunday), and you’re all set with a happy weekend plan! The nautical vibes are strong and the mood is chilled out. Doors open from 2pm – 8pm, but 3pm’s the perfect time to hit the market when the DJ starts playing and the crowd starts pouring in!

Sip on a margarita and browse through the numerous stalls selling swimwear, beachwear, jewellery and men’s and women’s fashion. You have endless choices, from international to local brands. It’s the perfect place to pick up some fresh beach-ready dresses!

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You can even get tattoos or have your fortunes read. Come your friends, or bring the family along – there’s plenty of activities for the kids too!

P.S. Your little girls will love the mermaid tails they can purchase from one of the stalls!

12. Find quirky-cool homeware at Rose Avenue Bali

You don’t have to like floral prints and roses to want to visit Rose Avenue. Known for its rose-laden facade (and we’re talking about a wall full of red and pink roses), Rose Avenue offers beautiful homeware items from a pineapple shaped bottle opener to rattan swings.

So if you’re new in Bali and are shopping for home items, drop by this store and simply be stunned by everything.

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Want to take a sweet Instagram selfie with a bed of roses as your backdrop? You’ll be able to do that if you visit Rose Avenue.

Another thing to note? Their paper bags have “Stop and smell the roses” written all over them. And why wouldn’t you? If you aren’t drawn by this unique facade, we don’t know what else will. Shopping will literally be a walk in the park.

If you think that pastel is the only color palette Rose Avenue has. You’re wrong. They have neon colors, as seen in their flamingo coat/towel hook – and in the apples, pineapples, and other tropical fruits that can be used as decorations or paper holders.

You can even get design inspiration through their dining table set-up, or pick through the different types of dinnerware, placemats, table cloths, and anything you fancy.

Even if you’re just looking for one eccentric piece, such as a rattan swing, or a bright pink chair that opens up like a flower – you’ll definitely be in the right place.

13. Find authentic art at Sukawati Art Market

When we were here, we were blown away by the sheer size of Sukawati Art Market.
Walking around Sukawati Art Market can be a little tricky in the sense that it may feel like a maze. But if you’re out to discover really unique things in the hidden shops off the alleys, then you’re in for a ride.

Here, you will find an extensive range of items. Handmade bags, wooden ethnic bowls, crockery, those popular comfortable batik pants, dresses, and insanely gorgeous shell items. (2-3 times cheaper than Ubud central)

Of course, if you’re on the hunt for some art to bring home, there are many shops with paintings available, and wooden sculptures too!

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Be warned though, you will find plenty of similar paintings of the mass produced variety. However, if you do spend a little more time (and dedication) going through the shops and their paintings, you are bound to find something unique that will sit pretty in your home.

Tip: If you intend to explore the market fully, make sure to set at least half a day aside for this!

Restaurants with gorgeous views!


If you’re looking to spoil yourself silly, breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a view is a must.

From cliffside restaurants with dramatic crashing waves to exotic cave dining, you can find extraordinary restaurants with unforgettable views on the island. Let yourself be awestruck!

14. Order wood-fired pizza in paddy fields at Gong Jatiluwih Restaurant and Lounge

Dining should be a relaxing affair, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Gong Jatiluwih Restaurant and Lounge. Overlooking lush, sweeping rice terraces, this laidback lunchtime reprieve is full of delicious options.

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Stop by for a delicious customer favourite – wood-fired pizza! Thin, crispy, and oh-so-satisfying, this menu option is a popular choice among both foreign and domestic visitors, with international tourists coming back for more!

If pizza doesn’t tickle your fancy (or your tastebuds!), you still have multiple options if you choose the Balinese lunch buffet, which costs only Rp. 100,000 per person and is full of traditional Balinese favourites and regional dishes.

You can enjoy both Western and Balinese cuisine here, which makes it a great stopover for both adults and kids!

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Swept Away comes alive in the evening with the 100-candle dinner service. The river transforms as 100 gently flickering candles are lit and create a truly special ambiance.

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Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the decking and the comfortable lounge furniture. Swept Away serves a varied, ambitious and totally eclectic menu suitable for all tastes.
Sit back, unwind and let your worries get Swept Away.

16. Romancing in the caves at Samabe Bali Suites & Villas

Have you ever thought of dining in a cave at a secluded private beach?

You can do so at Samabe.

Hide from the world together with your loved one, and watch the sun set over the ocean from your secret cave hideaway – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Dedicated chefs and waiting staff will serve a stunning five-course set menu while you relax to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore.

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Dinner includes specially created dishes such as a ‘Sweet Love Symphony’ – a combination of two secret recipes.

Perfect for two lovers sharing this special evening.

If we really can’t convince you on cave dining, the Samabe Bali Suites & Villas still boasts two fantastic restaurants.

Try the Crystal Blue Ocean Grill for a relaxed al fresco setting.

If pure luxury fine dining is what you want, Rempah Main Dining Room is perfect for you.

Do afternoon tea like the queen (or king)!


Take your pick between an afternoon of classy contemporary tea, or crazy-cool Mad Hatter tea. Either way you will be poolside and smitten with sweet treats!

17. Spot Stonehenge over tea at Standing Stones Restaurant (The Royal Purnama)

The Royal Purnama’s Standing Stones Restaurant stands out amongst many other dining establishments in Bali, for one simple reason.

Look at those magnificent stones standing against the perfect backdrop of black sand and deep blue waters.

Now take away the sand and waters, and there you have it – you’re at Stonehenge in England! Uh, not really, but since you’re at (what really looks like) the Brits’ homebase, how could you not indulge in some classic British teatime action?

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Sit back on the grassy plains and sip at your tea in the sunshine, or dine inside the comfort of the restaurant – it’s your pick. But wherever you choose to go, the views won’t disappoint.

Neither will your tea party friends, namely the selection of eight Femmes Dammann French loose leaf teas, including Standing Stone’s signature Earl Grey Blend.

Freshly made pastries, cakes and biscuits are all presented on a classy tiered tray to top off your authentic high tea experience!

And if you’d like to work off those calories after consuming a mountain of cakes, simply pay an additional fee of IDR 350,000 (USD $26.50) to lounge on the gazebo or swim in the pool right beside the restaurant.

You know what, this might even be better than really going to Stonehenge.

 

 

 

Written by Elsa Marie . Co-written by Jiayi Ng . Edited by Candice Neo

 

 

Jalan ke Objek Wisata Negeri di Atas Awan Lolai Sudah Dibuka

AdminKareba . 9 Desember 2017

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Ini kabar gembira bagi warga atau wisatawan yang hendak berkunjung ke objek wisata Negeri di Atas Awan Lolai, Toraja Utara. Terhitung sejak Sabtu, 9 Desember 2017, akses jalan utama menuju ke objek wisata itu, yang sebelumnya ditutup karena ada pengerjaan, sudah dibuka kembali untuk umum.

“Sesuai pengumuman kami di awal proyek, bahwa penutupan jalan poros Alang-alang – Lolai berlaku hingga tanggal 8 Desember 2017. Jadi, mulai besok, Sabtu, 9 Desember 2017, jalan poros Alang-alang – Lolai, sudah dibuka kembali,” ungkap Juliadi, perwakilan Pelaksana Proyek Pelebaran dan Peningkatan Jalan Objek Wisata Negeri di Atas Awan Lolai, PT Sabar Jaya Pratama, kepada karebatoraja.com, Jumat malam, 8 Desember 2017.

Juliadi mengatakan, proyek Pelebaran dan Peningkatan Jalan Objek Wisata Negeri di Atas Awan Lolai, yang dilaksanakan oleh PT Sabar Jaya Pratama, sudah selesai dengan baik. Hal itu berkat dukungan dan kerjasama dari masyarakat, yang mematuhi larangan untuk melalui jalan tersebut saat proyek sedang dikerjakan.

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“Terima kasih atas dukungan masyarakat, wisatawan, maupun pemerintah, yang telah membantu kami sehingga proyek tersebut bisa selesai tepat waktu,” ujar Juliadi. (Arthur)

Objek Wisata Negeri di Atas Awan Tongkonan Lempe Lolai Tutup Sementara

By InfoToraja . March 31st, 2017

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Pengelola objek wisata Tongkonan Lempe Lolai, Toraja Utara memutuskan menutup sementara objek wisata yang sangat dikenal dengan sebutan “Negeri di Atas Awan”itu. Objek wisata ini ditutup sementara waktu untuk umum karena pihak pengelola sedang melakukan pembenahan pembangunan fasilitas tempat rekreasi dan penginapan di lokasi tersebut.

“Iya sekarang tutup karena mau konsen ke pembangunan dua hingga tiga bulan kedepan”, jelas Abun Pasanggang, salah satu pengelola saat kami konfirmasi melalui pesan whatsapp.
Objek wisata negeri di atas awan tongkonan Lempe Lolai mulai tutup sejak pertengahan tahun ini. Diperkirakan objek wisata ini kembali dibuka pada pertengahan Juni 2017. Oleh karena itu diharapkan bagi wisatawan yang sudah berencana mengunjungi Tongkonan Lempe Lolai dalam waktu dekat untuk mengatur ulang jadwalnya.

Beberapa fasilitas yang dimaksud akan dibangun, diantaranya resort, resto, waterboom, sarana outbond dan tribun di depan untuk melihat pemandangan awan di pagi hari.

Seperti yang kita ketahui, negeri di atas awan tongkonan Lempe Lolai menjadi salah satu primadona baru wisata Toraja. Beberapa pejabat pemerintahan sangat mengagumi keindahan yang ditawarkan Lolai, bahkan wakil presiden Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla sangat terkesima dengan pengalaman yang dirasakan saat berkunjung ke Lolai beberapa waktu lalu.

 

 

Jalan ke “Negeri di Atas Awan” Lolai untuk Sementara Dialihkan

By ADMINKAREBA . JANUARY 13, 2017

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RANTEPAO — Rute jalan menuju ke objek wisata “Negeri di Atas Awan” Lolai untuk sementara dialihkan melalui Sereale, kecamatan Tikala. Sebelumnya, para pengunjung dan wisatawan melalui rute jalan Rantepao – Alang-alang – Lolai.

Pengalihan sementara rute jalan ini disebabkan karena jalan poros Alang-alang – Lolai sedang ada pekerjaan pelebaran dan peningkatan kualitas jalan yang dilakukan oleh pemerintah kabupaten Toraja Utara.

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Beberapa pekerja sedang melakukan pengecoran jalan poros Alang-alang – Lolai.

“Karena adanya pengerjaan jalan ini sehingga jalur jalan untuk sementara dialihkan melalui Sereale, sehingga jalur menjadi Rantepao – Sereale, Lolai,” terang Abun Pasanggang, salah satu pengelola Objek Wisata “Negeri di Atas Awan” Lolai, kepada karebatoraja.com, Jumat siang, 13 Januari 2017.

Abun menyebut pengalihan arus lalulintas tersebut akan berlangsung hingga proyek pelebaran dan pengecoran jalan poros Lolai di Lembang Benteng Mamulu, selesai.

“Mungkin agak lama, sampai pengecoran jalan selesai dan pemeliharaan lagi sekitar satu bulan lebih,” katanya.

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Dia menyebut, pengalihan jalur lalulintas ini memang akan sedikit mengganggu pengunjung, terutama yang berasal dari luar Toraja. Namun, pihak pengelola Tongkonan Lempe, Lolai sudah mengantisipasinya dengan memasang sejumlah spanduk pemberitahuan di persimpangan-persimpangan jalan utama di kota Rantepao.

Abun menyatakan, berterima kasih kepada pemerintah kabupaten Toraja Utara, yang sudah peduli dan memperbaiki jalan poros Lolai. Hal ini akan memperlancar arus kunjungan wisatawan ke objek wisata fenomenal tersebut. Selain itu, juga akan meningkatkan jumlah kunjungan wisatawan ke Toraja Utara.

Dikonfirmasi terpisah, pengurus Yayasan Sinar Lempe Lolai, Frederik Medea, menyambut baik upaya pemerintah kabupaten Toraja Utara memperbaiki jalan poros Alang-alang – Lolai. Hal itu, kata dia, akan meningkatkan dan  membuat para wisata dan pengunjung akan lebih menikmati perjalanan yang lebih nyaman dibanding sebelumnya.

“Sangat bagus, kami dukung. Sementara lalulintas memang dialihkan ke Sereale. Kita terima kasih kepada pemerintah yang sudah membangun jalan ini,” ujar Medea. (Jufri Tonapa)

Negeri di Atas Awan Lolai Toraja Utara Makin Dikenal Dunia

By TribuToraja . Selasa, 26 Juli 2016 . Ina Maharani Sri I dan Yultin Rante

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Lolai, kampung yang disebut Negeri di Atas Awan, di Kecamatan Kapalapitu, Kabupaten Toraja Utara, Sulawesi Selatan, terekam drone tim Celebes Explore Tribun Timur, Selasa (31/5/2016) pagi.

TRIBUN-TIMUR.COM – Saat kita bisa melihat awan berarak dengan cantik di depan kita dengan mata telanjang, di situlah kita berada di negeri di atas awan.

Gugusan awan putih yang dihiasi pancaran sinar matahari pagi dari balik awan, yang terlihat lebih rendah dari posisi kita berdiri di puncak.

Demikian pemandangan cantik yang bisa didapati di Puncak Lolai, yang berlokasi di Lembang Benteng Mamullu, Kecamatan Kapalapitu, Kabupaten Toraja Utara, Sulawesi Selatan.

Hebatnya lagi, pemandangan indah ini bisa dicapai tanpa perlu mendaki gunung. Lokasi ini bisa dicapai dengan kendaraan roda dua maupun roda empat.

Ditambah dengan jajaran tongkonan di puncak Lolai, yang menambah unsur tradisionalnya.

Puncak Lolai ini berada 20 kilometer arah utara Rantepao, ibukota Toraja Utara. Di daerah ini memang terdapat gugusan pegunungan yang beberapa puncaknya bisa dijangkau.

Akhir Mei 2016, tim Tribun Timur Celebes Explore 2016 bersama dengan pemerintah kabuten Toraja Utara meng-eksplore objek wisata alam yang kini dikenal dengan nama Negeri di Atas Awan ini

Ya, Lolai sebelumnya belum memasyarakat, dan hanya diketahui oleh sejumlah orang dan hanya ramai jika sedang ada acara saja. Belum juga dikelola oleh pemerintah.

Internet Kuat

Tim Celebes Eksplore yang antara lain terdiri dari wartawan Yultin Rante dan fotografer Sanovra JR khusus datang untuk mengeksplore keindahan wisata alam Lolai, yang belum banyak diketahui, agar lebih bisa dinikmati oleh warga masyarakat Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia, bahkan dunia.

Tidak hanya datang meliput, tim membekali diri dengan prasarana canggih dan tentunya jaringan koneksi internet yang cepat dan lancar, untuk mendukung proses eksplorasi, agar bisa menyajikan gambar dan berita dengan cepat dan kualitas baik kepada dunia, melalui koran Tribun Timur, website http://www.tribun-timur.com, akun sosial media Tribun Timur.

Wartawan Tribun Timur Yultin Rante mengandalkan jaringan internet broadband Telkomsel dalam pengiriman berita-berita Lolai, melalui smatphone miliknya. Tak hanya berita, ia juga bisa mengirimkan foto-foto kondisi Lolai dengan lancar dan cepat.

Jaringan Telkomsel di puncak Lolai ini sangat lancar. “Kalau menelepon tidak putus-putus, Mengirim berita juga sangat lancar. Bahkan saat mengirim foto, file besar juga cepat,” cerita Yultin.

Tak hanya berita foto saja, jaringan broadband internet Telkomseldi Lolai juga sangat lancar saat digunakan untuk mengupload video ke You Tube.

“Video Lolai saya upload di YouTube, untuk kemudian diterbitkan di http://www.tribun-timur.com.T idak hanya YouTube. Saya juga pernah live streaming melaporkan bagaimana indahnya Lolai itu melalui Facebook Fanpage Tribun Timur. Lancar tidak putus-putus,” lanjutnya.

Tim Tribun Timur Celebes Explore juga dilengkapi dengan drone, untuk mendapatkan gambar negeri di atas awan dengan sempurna, yang dioperasikan oleh fotografer Sanovra.

Dipaparkan Sanovra, dalam menjalankan tugas peliputan sekaligus memperkenalkan Lolai ini, ia membekali dengan jaringan broadband internet dari Telkomsel.

Sesuai harapan, sinyal internet di puncak Lolai, tempat tim berkemah, sangat lancar. Tak ada halangan dalam proses pengiriman foto. “File foto yang dikirimkan lumayan besar. Tapi tak ada halangan. Tetap lancar. Jaringan Telkomsel 3G selama di sana,” papar Sanovra.

Dalam mengambir gambar Lolai yang indah, Sanovra tidak hanya menggunakan kamera, melainkan juga drone canggih DJI Phantom 3 Professional. “Saat membutuhkan sinyal GPS, juga lancar. Langsung dapat posisinya,” tambah Sanovra.

Demikian pula saat mengupload video yang dihasilkan dari drone tersebut ke YouTube, tidak pernah gagal. “Kualitas jaringan internet sangat penting untuk bisa menyebar luaskan tentang Lolai. Sayang sekali wisata seindah itu tidak terekspos,” ujar Sanovra.

Banjir Pengunjung

Imbas dari peliputan tim Celebes Explore Tribun Timur yang didukung oleh kuatnya sinyal broadband Telkomsel di Lolai Toraja Utara ini cukup besar.

Diakui oleh Ketua Perhimpunan Hotel dan Restoran Indobesia (PHRI) Toraja, Yohan Tangkesalu, beberapa waktu lalu, peran Tribun Timur dan tribun-timur.com sangat besar dalam perubahan pengunjung Lolai ini.

Belakangan ini, berdasarkan pantauan tribun-timur.com, Lolai kebanjiran pengunjung. Setiap hari, pasti ada pengunjung yang naik ke puncaknya, baik keluarga maupun rombongan.

Bahkan, di hari ketiga pasca Idul Fitri 1437 Hijriyah, berdasarkan data pos pemungutan retribusi pintu masuk Tongkonan pengunjung diprediksi mencapai 6.781 orang.

Hal ini juga menghidupkan perekonomian warga sekitar. Dulu tidak ada plat penunjuk ke lokasi, sekarang ada.

Sebelumnya juga tidak ada penjual. Sekarang ramai, termasuk penjual pulsa. Bahkan, tongkonan dan lumbung yang sebelumnya tidak disewakan, kini banyak disewa oleh pengunjung. Tongkonan seharga Rp 1 juta semalam, dan lumbung Rp 150 ribu semalam.

Gubernur Sulawesi Selatan Syahrul Yasin Limpo juga datang khusus menikmati eksotisme Kampung Lolai Kecamatan Kapala Pitu Kabupaten Toraja Utara, Sabtu (23/7/2016).

“Lolai adalah destinasi baru Toraja yang harus segera dibenahi untuk memberi kenyamanan kepada para pengunjung terutama akses jalannya yang harus segera diperlebar dan dipermulus,” kata Syahrul kepada tribun-timur.com.

Turis Mancanegara

Tidak hanya turis domestik, seiring dengan berita puncak Lolai yang mulai mendunia, keindahan alami puncak Lolai juga mulai dilirik oleh turis mancanegara.

Bersamaan dengan kunjungan Wali Kota Makassar Danny Pomanto ke Puncak Lolai, Senin (25/7/2016) pagi belasan turis mancanegara tampak turut menikmati.

Menurut Yohan Tangkesalu, pihak PHRI dan penyelenggara pariwisata Toraja Utara lainnya sudah mulai menjual paket wisata negeri di atas awan Lolai, ke mancanegara.

“Paket wisata ke Lolai sudah mulai dijual dan ditawarkan ke manca negara. Saat ini sudah ada beberapa yang datang, namun peningkatan turis mancanegara biasanya baru dirasakan setahun ke depan,” paparnya.

Lolai dijual sebagai wisata seperti bromo, di mana wisatawan bisa menikmati matahari terbit yang indah dengan awan-awan. Tapikami juga ingin menambah fasilitas lainnya dulu. Misalnya perbaikan jalan, ataupun misalnya di lokasi juga sudah ada yang jual kopi Toraja. JAdi tidak hanya melihat matahari,” ujar Yohan.

5.000 BTS

Kuatnya jaringan internet broadband Telkomsel di sejumlah daerah terpencil di Sulawesi Selatan, termasuk di Puncak Lolai Toraja Utara, ini tentunya tak lepas dari posisi Telkomsel sebagai selular terbesar di Indonesia dengan jumlah pelanggan mencapai lebih dari 156 juta.

Untuk melayani pelanggannya yang tersebar di seluruh Indonesia, termasuk juga di daerah terpencil dan pulau terluar serta daerah perbatasan negara, Telkomsel menggelar lebih dari 116.000 BTS. Telkomsel secara konsisten mengimplementasikan roadmap teknologi 3G, HSDPA, HSPA+, serta menjadi yang pertama meluncurkan secara komersial layanan mobile 4G LTE di Indonesia.

Khusus di Sulawesi, seperti dipaparkan Vice President ICT Area Pamasuka, Ali Imran, beberapa waktu lalu, Telkomsel telah memiliki lebih dari 13.950 BTS yang terdiri dari 6440 BTS 2G, 7.089 BTS 3G, dan 431 4G untuk melayani lebih dari 15 juta pelanggan.

Sementara diSulawesi Selatan, Telkomsel sudah memiliki 5.000 buah BTS yang tersebar di kota besar maupun wilayah terpencil.

Sepanjang 2016 ini PT Telkomsel Wilayah Sulawesi akan membangun 600 BTS baru. Sebanyak 50 persen di antaranya BTS 3G, 30 persen BTS 4G, sisanya 2G.

Menuju Lolai

Kampung Lolai berada di ketinggian 1300 meter dari permukaan laut. Untuk berkunjung ke Kampung Lolai yang berjarak sekitar 20 kilometer dari Rantepao, ibu kota Toraja Utara, pengunjung maupun wisatawan bisa mengaksesnya menggunakan kendaraan umum seperti pete-pete alias angkot maupun ojek.

Tarif angkot dari Rantepao ke Kampung Lolai sekitar Rp 20 ribu sekali antar sehingga kalau PP (pergi-pulang) sekitar Rp 40 ribu.

Sementara jika menggunakan jasa ojek, sekali antar sekitar Rp 30-40 ribu. Bisa pula menyewa mobil rental tapi tarifnya lebih mahal yaitu Rp 350 per hari.(ina maharani/yultin rante)

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Lolai, kampung yang disebut Negeri di Atas Awan, di Kecamatan Kapalapitu, Kabupaten Toraja Utara, Sulawesi Selatan, terekam drone tim Celebes Explore Tribun Timur, Selasa (31/5/2016) pagi.

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Puncak Lolai disesaki manusia yang haus akan keindahan alam yang ada di Tongkonan Lempe, Lolai, pasca pemberitaan oleh Tribun timur, Minggu (12/6/2016)

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Parkiran kendaraan di Puncak Lolai, Lembang Benteng Mamullu, Kecamatan Kapalapitu, Kabupaten Toraja Utara,Sulawesi Selatan, minggu (26/6/2016) siang.

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Lolai, kampung yang disebut Negeri di Atas Awan, di Kecamatan Kapalapitu, Kabupaten Toraja Utara, Sulawesi Selatan, terekam drone tim Celebes Explore Tribun Timur, Selasa (31/5/2016) pagi.

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Gubernur Sulsel Syahrul Yasin Limpo di Puncak Lolai Kecamatan Kapala Pitu Kabupaten Toraja Utara, Sabtu (23/7/2016) pagi.

Inilah Negeri di Atas Awan Sulawesi

By Wayan Pai . detikTravel Community . Rabu, 14 Jun 2017

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Sunrise negeri di atas awan, Lolai

detikTravel Community – Puncak Kampung Lolai di Toraja Utara, Sulawesi Selatan bagaikan negeri di atas awan. Sunrise serta pemandangan lautan awan putih begitu memanjakan mata.

Tana Toraja memang masih menjadi salah satu tempat yang wajib didatangi oleh turis dari dalam dan luar negeri jika berkunjung ke Sulawesi Selatan. Bagi wisatawan yang ingin  berlibur di ketinggian dan menikmati sunrise dipenuhi hamparan awan luas, maka Lolai adalah tempat yang pas untuk dikunjungi.

Kampung Lolai dikenal secara tidak sengaja. Tepatnya ketika pemugaran rumah tongkonan yakni rumah khas toraja yang bentuknya unik seperti kapal tradisional. Saat itu, banyak fotografer yang datang dan mereka mengunggah foto-foto keindahan alam di sana. Mulailah kampung ini dikenal banyak orang.

Untuk sampai ke Kampung Lolai, wisatawan bisa mengaksesnya menggunakan kendaraan umum seperti pete-pete alias angkot maupun ojek. Posisi Lolai berada 20 kilometer dari Rantepo, ibu kota Toraja Utara di Kecamatan Kapalapitu. Tarif menggunakan jasa ojek, sekali antar sekitar Rp 30 ribu-40 ribu. Bisa pula menyewa mobil rental tarifnya Rp 350 ribu per hari.

Gugusan awan putih yang dihiasi pancaran sinar matahari di balik awan menimbulkan lanskap alam yang sangat indah di mata terasa eksotis manakala matahari pagi mulai menampakkan diri. Langit berubah warna oranye, merah, kuning dan gumpalan awan putih berkumpul. Sunrise di Lolai adalah sunrise terbaik yang pernah saya nikmati.

Berhubung waktu untuk menikmati keindahan negeri di atas awan ini cukup lama, maka kami  berpindah duduk ke warung dekat situ. Menikmati secangkir kopi khas Toraja ditemani pisang goreng hangat nan legit.

Meski berada di pelosok, fasilitas listrik sudah masuk di Kampung Lolai sehingga pengunjung yang membawa gadget maupun perangkat elektronik lainnya bisa memanfaatkannya untuk kebutuhan pengisian daya baterai.

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Negeri atas awan, Lolai

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Suasana pagi hari di sekitar Kampung Lolai yang tidak kalah cantiknya

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Suguhan pas pagi hari kopi Toraja

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Nampak bersahaja guru dan murid-murid Paud menuju sekolah

Pesona Negeri di Atas Awan, di Kampung Lolai Toraja Utara

By tribunnews . Kamis, 2 Juni 2016

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Puncak Kampung Lolai yang indah dengan lanskap gumpalan awan yang disebut-sebut sebagai Negeri di Atas Awan yang berada di Kecamatan Kapalapitu, Kabupaten Toraja Utara, Sulawesi Selatan, saat diabadikan melalui kamera tim Celebes Explore Tribun Timur, Selasa (31/5/2016).

RANTEPAO, TRIBUN – Mau liburan di sebuah tempat yang rasanya berada di “negeri lain” di atas awan? Cobalah ke Kabupaten Toraja Utara, Sulsel, tepatnya di Kampung Lolai, Kecamatan Kapalapitu.

Kampung ini memiliki gugusan pegunungan yang beberapa puncaknya bisa dijangkau dan saat berada di lokasi tersebut tersaji hamparan awan di sekeliling puncak pegunungan di Kampung Lolaitersebut.

Berada di puncak Lolai dengan hamparan awan yang terlihat lebih rendah dari puncak seolah kita berada negeri di atas awan. Gugusan awan putih yang dihiasi pancaran sinar matahari di balik awan menimbulkaan lanskap alam yang sangat indah di mata.

Beberapa rumah Tongkonan, rumah khas warga setempat juga berada di sekitar puncak Lolai. Deretan rumah Tongkonan di kampung ini dinamai Tongkonan Lempe.
Teras Tongkonan bisa ditempati pengunjung bersantai sambil memuaskan diri menikmati hamparan awan putih bersama segelas kopi Toraja yang disajikan warga penghuni rumah Tongkonan tersebut.

Rumah Tongkonan milik warga kampung itu juga bisa disewa sebagai homestay wisatawan. Belum ada tarif khusus yang diatur karena Kampung Lolai “di atas awan” ini belum dikelola langsung pemerintah setempat.

Sewa rumah untuk menginap di kampung tersebut berdasarkan nego dan kesepakatan saja antar pengunjung dengan pemilik rumah. Biaya parkir dan jasa lainnya pun belum diberlakukan di kampung yang sejuk dan asri ini.

Namun, pengunjung juga bisa mendirikan tenda di puncak Lolai dan bermalam di tempat jika tak ingin melewatkan suasana siang dan malam di “negeri di atas awan” yang berada di ketinggian 1300 meter dari permukaan laut (mdpl).

Meski berada di pelosok, fasilitas listrik sudah masuk di Kampung Lolai sehingga pengunjung yang membawa gadget maupun perangkat elektronik bisa memanfaatkannya untuk kebutuhan pengisian beterai (charge) maupun lainnya.

Ojek Rp 30 Ribu, Angkot Rp 20 Ribu

UNTUK berkunjung ke Kampung Lolai yang berjarak sekitar 20 kilometer dari Rantepao, ibu kota Toraja Utara, pengunjung maupun wisatawan bisa mengaksesnya menggunakan kendaraan umum seperti pete-pete alias angkot maupun ojek.

Tarif angkot dari Rantepao ke Kampung Lolai sekitar Rp 20 ribu sekali antar sehingga kalau PP (pergi-pulang) sekitar Rp 40 ribu.
Sementara jika menggunakan jasa ojek, sekali antar sekitar Rp 30-40 ribu. Bisa pula menyewa mobil rental tapi tarifnya lebih mahal yaitu Rp 350 per hari.(*)

Lolai, Kampung di Atas Awan

  • 20 kilometer dari Rantepao, Toraja Utara
  • Tarif ojek Rp 30-Rp 40 ribu
  • Tarif angkot Rp 20 ribu
  • Rental mobil Rp 350 ribu per hari
  • Fasilitas: rumah tongkonan milik warga yang bisa disewa untuk menginap
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Penulis: Yultin Rante | Editor: Ridwan Putra | Sumber: Tribun Timur

Lolai Tana Toraja : Menyaksikan Keindahan Kampung Negeri di Atas Awan

Source: PedomanWisata

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Tana Toraja menawarkan lebih banyak keindahan alam daripada sekedar hal menyeramkan. Misalnya, ada Kampung Lolai di Tana Toraja Utara. Kampung Lolai dikenal sebagai Negeri Di Atas Awan di antara para wisatawan. Mengapa demikian? Berkat lokasinya. Desa ini terletak di dataran tinggi, sehingga Anda bisa menyaksikan pemandangan yang indah dari sini. Bahkan, Anda bisa melihat awan yang menakjubkan dari sini. Lolai masuk dalam bagian Kecamatan Kapala  pitu. Sebuah formasi gunung juga menjadi ciri khas di lokasi ini. Selain memikat pemandangan, Anda juga bisa menikmati budaya lokal yang tidak kalah menariknya.

Nuansa Alam

Setiap desa di Tana Toraja memiliki karakteristik yang sama. Misalnya, Anda bisa melihat Tongkonan. Ini adalah kompleks rumah tradisional Tana Toraja. Karena bentuknya yang unik, Tongkonan menjadi sangat menarik bagi para pengunjung. Ciri berikutnya dari desa adalah pepohonan. Pepohonan mengelilingi rumah dengan baik dan teratur. Selanjutnya adalah perwujudan awan. Dari puncak Kampung Lolai, Anda bisa menyaksikan awan putih yang indah dan menikmati angin sepoi-sepoi. Desa ini menjadi lokasi yang tepat untuk bersantai dan juga menjadi lokasi romantis bagi pasangan Anda.

Aktivitas

Kampung Lolai yang terletak di dataran tinggi. Tak heran, fitur pemandangannya menakjubkan. Rasanya seperti Anda menghabiskan waktu di pemukiman langit. Banyak objek indah terlihat jelas dari sana. Ini termasuk awan, sinar matahari, pohon, Tongkonan, dll. Semuanya menciptakan nuansa yang nyaman, terutama bagi wisatawan. Di Lolai, penduduk setempat menyebut rumah adat mereka Tongkonan Lempe. Di terasnya, Anda bisa duduk dan rileks sambil menikmati pemandangan yang indah. Selain itu, Anda bisa berbicara dengan pemilik layaknya seorang teman atau keluarga.

Banyak turis terus datang ke Kampung Lolai. Karena alasan ini, penduduk setempat telah memutuskan untuk memberikan akomodasi kepada pengunjung. Mereka membuat rumah mereka sebagai homestay. Biaya sewa akomodasi tersebut juga bisa dinegosiasikan. Dengan demikian, Anda harus bisa berbicara dengan sempurna kepada pemiliknya. Itu berarti kemampuan komunikasi yang baik akan membantu Anda mendapatkan harga yang lebih baik. Juga, Anda harus memilih Tongkonan terbaik.

Sebagai alternatif, Anda bisa membangun tenda di dekatnya. Pengunjung diperbolehkan berkemah di lokasi ini. Masalahnya adalah suhu yang cukup dingin di malam hari. Bisakah Anda bertahan? Lolai memang desa tradisional. Namun,Desa inisudah memiliki fasilitas listrik. Karena alasan ini, wisatawan dapat mengisi ulang gadget mereka dengan mudah. Aktivitas lain yang harus dilakukan di Desa Lolai adalah menikmati pemandangan matahari terbit atau terbenam. Keduanya memang menakjubkan.

Untuk mendukung pengembangan pariwisata di daerah ini, Di Kampung Lolai sudah dibangun VIP room dan outbond sehingga rombongan wisatawan yang datang ke sini tidak hanya bisa menikmati sunrise tapi juga suasana lokal.

Menuju Lokasi

Tujuan utama Anda adalah Provinsi Sulawesi Selatan. Perjalanan lebih baik naik pesawat terbang. Dalam hal ini, Anda perlu mencapai Bandara Sultan Hasanuddin terlebih dahulu di Kota Makassar dan dilanjutkan naik pesawat dengan maskapai Trans Nusa ke Bandara Potingku di Kabupaten Tana Toraja. Dari Bandara Potingku dilanjutkan naik taksi atau sewa mobil menuju Lolai dengan waktu tempuh selama 1 jam 20 menit.

Apabila menggunakan transportasi darat dari Makassar, Perjalanan menuju Lolai di Tana Toraja akan memakan waktu  sekitar 9 jam. Meski perjalanan melelahkan,tapi ini adalah pengalaman yang layak.

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