Arts, Crafts & Volcano day tour

 

 

 

American Diving

We are a world-renowned scuba diving center born from that high-adventure spirit which leads you from the office door to the hot sandy beaches of the Mexican border.

Texas Clipper

The Texas Clipper is a multilevel dive, meaning experienced, open-water certified divers can explore the A deck and the Promenade at 62 to 80 feet.

Training

We train divers in all levels including: SCUBA Diver, Nitrox Diver, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster, Instructor Level Training and Technical Diver training – Intro to Tech through Closed Circuit Rebreathers including Technical Wreck Penetration.

American Diving

In 1985, American Diving moved from the commercial diving industry to the sport diving community. Since that time we have been introducing divers of all levels to the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico right off the shore of South Padre Island.

The Original Dolphin Watch

One of the most unique activities on South Padre Island is the dolphin watching tour. South Texas is a year-round home to several large pods of dolphin and The Original Dolphin Watch is your ticket to viewing them in all their natural splendor.

Technical Diving is a discipline that utilizes special techniques, equipment, training and skills to improve underwater performance and safety.

Come join us for the 10th annual SPI Dive week!!! September 8th through the 17th at the Sea Ranch Marina on South Padre Island. All proceeds benefit the combat amputee's. There will be an equipment raffle, and of course lots and lots of great Diving. During Dive Week trips to the Clipper are only $165 for a two-tank trip. Each trip will be followed up with free burgers and beer at the docks.

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Arts, Crafts & Volcano day tour

This tour starts from your hotel at 8:30 AM, first visiting the village of Kesiman to see the famous Balinese “Barong Dance”. The Barong is a mythical, shaggy half-dog, half-lion creature with a long mane, fantastic fangs, and bulging eyes. He is the “Lord of the forest” and magical protector of Balinese villages. The Barong costume is propelled by two men who maneuver it with whimsical and mischievous movements to express its fun- loving nature. The Barong’s opponent is Rangda, the evil witch who rules over the spirits of Darkness. The Barong Dance epitomizes the eternal struggle between good and evil.

Barong Dance

After enjoying the Barong dance, you will visit the center of Balinese Batik handicraft, and see the numerous stone carver ateliers in the village of Batubulan. Following will be a visit to the neighbouring village of Mas, famous for its wood carvings.

Afterwards, the tour continues to the mysterious Goa Gajah, or Elephant
Cave. This temple was built in the 11th century. The area around the cave is considered to be the oldest Buddhist site in Bali. Excavations in 1954 unearthed bathing places in front of the cave with six female figures, representing nymphs or goddesses holding water spouts.

Goa Gajah Elephant Cave

From the Elephant Cave, you continue to one of Indonesia’s 130+ active volcanos – Mt. Batur. You will drive along the cool mountain ridge with breath-taking views of the Batur Volcano with and its caldera lake. This active volcano is 1717 meters high and is covered with solid black lava rocks which are reminders of the most recent eruption in 1994.

Batur Volcano

Lunch with a stunning view on the crater is served in a restaurant on the mountain ridge.

After enjoying a delicious lunch, you will drive down through the country side, visiting the village of Sebatu. Here is one of Bali’s prettiest temples called the “Pura Gunung Kawi”. This temple was built in homage to “Wisnu”, the God of life, who rules over water. At this temple you will find a number of natural springs and waterspouts. The Balinese believe that water is one of the forces of life.

Pura Gunung Kawi

Next, continue your journey driving through the village of Tegalalang, with its beautiful rice terrace views. The day will end with a stop in the village of Celuk, which is the home of Bali’s silversmiths.

Tegalalang

Note:
USD 175 per couple – includes all entrance fees, a selection of cold beverages and cool face towels (Additional guest at USD 35 per person / children below twelve at 50% / children below three free of charge) Suggested pick-up time at 8:30 AM; return to your hotel around 5 PM
Spacious car with experienced driver and licensed multilingual guide
Balinese Buffet lunch or similar included
Wi-Fi internet connection in the car

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