The Hidden Life of East Bali

 

 

 

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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The Hidden Life of East Bali

Explore the East of Bali which is rich in the historical and cultural legacy of the three kingdoms of Klunkung, Bangli and Karangasem

Kertha Gosa (Hall of Justice)

Kertha Gosa

Kertha Gosa is located in the heart of Klungkung, the smallest of Bali’s nine regencies. Kertha Gosa means – “the place where the king meets with his ministries to discuss questions of justice.”

The Kertha Gosa Pavilion was built in the early 18th century with its first function being the court of law. Besides the beautiful architecture of the building, the uniqueness of Kertha Gosa lies in the ceilings of the pavilion which are covered with traditional paintings in Kamasan style. Each part of the ceiling tells a different story; there is one part that tells the story of karma and reincarnation and another part illustrates each phase of human life from birth until death.

Bukit Jambul

Bukit Jambul

This hill is on the way from Kertha Kosa to The Tirta Gangga Water Palace. It is part of Karangasem Regency and shows a harmonious combination of lush green hills, rice terraces, valleys, and a beautiful ocean panorama.

Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Tirta Gangga literally means water from the Ganges and it is a site of reverence for the Hindu Balinese. Tirta Gangga water palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one hectare complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangsem but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963. It has been lovingly re-built and restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence.

Tengenan Village

Tengenan Village

Life has stood still in Tengenan Village which is home to the “Bali Aga” people. These are the indigenous Balinese who were in Bali long before the Majapahit Era when the East Javanese Empire ruled over much of Indonesia, including Bali, in the 14th and 15th Century.

Tengenan is well known for their Lontar books which are created from the palm leaf on which intricate drawings have been etched, usually depicting scenes from the Hindu epics. In Tengenan you can also see the process of weaving the “Kamben Gringsing” which is a double woven cloth using a difficult traditional technique where both the warp and weft threads are dyed before the fabric is woven.

Tengenan Village Kamben Gringsing Tengenan Village Lontar

If time allows, add a visit to see;
The traditional salt farmers on the black sand beaches of Kusambe village
The Goa Lawah or Bat Cave Temple which is a Hindu temple with a cave dwelt by thousand of bats Taman Ujung which was the water palace complex of the last king of the Karangasem kingdom

Taman Ujung Kusambe village Salt Farmer Bat Cave Temple

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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