Wonders of Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali.
Before you enjoy our liveaboard luxury sailing ship on the Adelaar, we recommend to relax and unwind for a couple of days and visit the “Island of the Gods”, as Bali is often called. Some things of interest might start with Ubud…
Bali, Ubud and surrounding area
- A visit to the Bali Bird Park, a meticulously kept botanical garden filled with exotic birds.
- A trip to the village of Mas to visit one of the islands finest mask sculptors, who will demonstrate the ancient art of mask making.
- A visit to the heron/egret sanctuary in the village of Petulu. You can see thousands of herons returning for the night to roust in the trees lining the streets of the village.
- A visit to the picturesque Elephant Safari Park. You have an opportunity to ride the elephants, together with their personal trainer, along a scenic and shady trail through the forest.
- An evening watching one of the many traditional dance performances presented in Ubud.
Bali Bird Park
Bali Bird Park, is a real tourist attraction in Bali. It is located in the Gianyar Regency and has an area of approximately 20,000 square metres. The Bird Park houses more than 1000 birds, representing more than 250 species in an enclosed aviary. Enter this fascinating world of exotic sights and sounds and enjoy hundreds of the world’s rarest and most beautiful birds. Stroll through the tropical gardens of the Park and the variety and radiance of parrots will captivate you. Rare Cassowaries, Hornbills and Black Palm Cockatoos will fascinate you. Wander through the walk-in aviary, which hundreds of free flying birds made their home. Bali Bird Park is an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.
The Balinese dancers express the story of dance-drama through whole bodily gestures, from fingers, to hands and body gestures, to head and eyes movements. There is a great variety of traditional Balinese dances, going back to Hindu believes and culture. The Kecak Dance for example, shown here above in the first two photographs above, was originally a trance ritual accompanied by monotone male chorus. Kecak is a form of Balinese music drama. It originated in the 1930’s and is performed primarily by men. In the Barong Dance, a magical protector of Balinese villages is the “lord of the forest”. He appears with a fantastic fanged mask and long mane. As the opponent of Rangda the witch, who rules over the spirits of darkness, Barong enters the never ending fight between good and evil.