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Flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali
Which laws apply for flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali? We love flying our drone all over the world, and here we will let you know what to pay attention to before being airborne. Indonesia has a few major rules you need to know. The fines and punishment for flying a drone illegal are massive – up to 3 years incarceration and RP 1 billion fines. Therefore – it is quite important to know the law about flying.
Where not to operate a drone in Indonesia and Bali
The zones and airspace where drones cannot be operated are:
- Prohibited areas over land and waters with permanent restrictions which comprehensive apply to all aircraft.
- Restricted areas over land and waters with nonpermanent restrictions which can only be used for state aviation and civil aviation.
- Airport flight operations safety zones, land and waters and the airspace around airports which are used for aircraft operations to ensure aviation safety.
- Controlled airspace given to aviation traffic service in the form of air traffic control services, flight information services, and alerting services.
Flying camera drones in Indonesia and Bali
If your drone has a camera (which most have) the following apply:
- Drones with cameras are prohibit from operating within 500 m from the outer boundary of a prohibited or restricted area.
- If a drone is used for the purpose of photography, filming or making, the operator should have with them a license from the authorized institution and the local government (governor, regent, mayor or local officials)
- Every person is prohibited from making commercial use of, duplication, publishing, distributing and communication a photograph of a person done for the purpose of commercial advertising or billboards without the written consent of the individual in the picture or his/hers heirs.
- Commercial use, duplication, publication, distribution, and communication of a photograph which contains the images of 2 or more persons must have the consent of the individuals in the photo or their heirs.
Summary of Flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali
To sum it all up, you can be flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali under these circumstances:
The first part of our flight was on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner
For Ekaterinas birthday, Qatar Airways Business Class is like checking into a moving 5-star hotel. From the moment we entered the airplane, the service was superior. The first stint was onboard a Boeing Dreamliner, where the seat layout is 1 – 2 – 1 on business. You are sitting in luxury cocoons, which gives you a good chance to relax and enjoy your privacy during the flight. The seats have great leg room and can be laid full down as a bed, during night flights.
The last part of our flight was on a Boeing 330
Again with breakfast served from the menu and spotless service all the way.
Transfer in Doha
Angsana Velavaru is located 40 minutes from Male by seaplane, in a picturesque lagoon. Clear blue waters, colorful corals and sand as white as sugar. Every shade of blue and green you can imagine. Angsana Velavaru has two different areas, the main island, and the In Ocean Villas. A detached jetty, with the most charming villas. The main island is the natural beauty of Maldives, lush green vegetation, and soft white sand.
The villas are situated elegantly over the property. Some closer to the beachfront than other. We will recommend you to ask for the sunset side of the island, towards the In Ocean Villas. Here is the water more turquoise and beautiful due to the lagoon.
The south tip of the island is a big sand bank, with water sports and relaxation on the beach. At the In Ocean Villa jetty, the Azzuro Restaurant welcomes the guests to have their breakfast, lunch or dinner. A Dhoni operates between the main island and In Ocean Villa jetty. The Dhoni starts early morning and stops in the late evening. Very easy to move around the resort.
The Main Land is all beach villas in different categories. The primary features are similar; the main room with a king size bed and big bathroom. Some villas have private swimming pools in the backyard and even jet pools. The design is gorgeous, bright and white, with orange and yellow contrasts here and there. An excellent choice for a convenient villa accommodation in a Maldivian paradise.
In Ocean Villas is in our opinion the ultimate villa at Angsana Velavaru. This separated jetty contains a group of magnificent and elegant villas, vast and luxurious in shape and size. The entire facade towards the ocean water is windows, with a view of either sunset or sunrise. Each villa has a big private pool and some even a private sala in front. Of course, you can swim directly into the sea and snorkel on the reef, right from the villas. The In Ocean Villas have a rooftop terrasse, where the resort can arrange a private bbq dinner for you. Design wise In Ocean Villas is another league, very modern and fashionable. Elegant details with colorful lamps and pillows. All in all the villas is very well taken care of and looks good.
Restaurants and Bars
The main Island has Kaani and Funa restaurants along with the bar Kuredhi.
Kaani is the all day dining, where dinner mainly is served as buffets. Funa is fine dining, serving lobster dinners, situated over the water.
Azzurro is the all-day dining option located at the In Ocean jetty, and here you at are in for a treat. At the breakfast, a small buffet, along with a card of ala carte choices. Excellent, light and well prepared. You can sit in front of the restaurant on the veranda and enjoy the sound of the sea, while dining. Azzurro also has a small bar, for pre- or post-dinner cocktails.
Pool and Activities
Angsana has no public pool, as most villas have private pools. You have the best natural pool in the world, right at the beach, so who would even considering a public pool instead of a swim in the ocean?
There are many activities at Angsana. Snorkeling and diving are of course some of them, along with water sports like stand up paddling, kayaking, kite surfing and much more. Each day several tours sail off to dive or snorkeling spots in the local area. Remember to visit the parrots on the island. They are very cute.
In 2013 Angsana Spa was awarded as the best Luxury Spa in Maldives, and the heritage from Banyan Tree shows. Angsana Spa is located in the middle of the island, and with all the treatment rooms being open air, the experience is perfect in our opinion. Why should you hide away in a cooled villa, if you can enjoy the breeze and sounds of Maldivian nature?
The In Ocean Villas should be on your list, and if you prefer to stay both on the island and in In Ocean Villas, the resort can arrange this for you.
Treat yourself to a delicious dinner in Azzurro – the food quality and service here is amazing. Fresh seafood right out of the ocean.
Summary of Angsana Velavaru
Angsana is for the adventurous, who would like to stay on an island, which has plenty of activities. The In Ocean Villas are something never seen before, and a great experience to be living in the ocean – literally.
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Restaurants and Bars
Dinner at sunset jetty
Private dining in the villa
Pool and Activities
Summary of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
What you need to know before going to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Ulun Danu Bratan, also known at The Temple in the lake, is located a little north of the middle of Bali 56 km from Denpasar on the main road towards Singaraja. The common way to go here, it to rent a private driver in a minivan, which most resorts and hotels can help you book. Expect a price between Rp 500.000 and 600.000 if you are traveling from one of the southern tourist districts like Nusa Dua or Seminyak.
If you are staying in the closer areas of Bratan, a motorbike is properly your easiest way of transportation.
There is plenty to see near the lake; Bali Botanical Gardens, Munduk and Sekumpul Waterfalls and trekking in the beautiful mountains is just some of the things you should do, combined with a Ulun Danu Bratan Temple.
See more here: Top 10 Waterfalls in Bali
The temple is open every day from 7 AM to 5 PM. There is plenty of parking spaces and the entry fee IDR 30.000 per foreigner. Tell your driver to wait in the car park. Parking is IDR 5.000 for a car and 2.000 for a motorbike.
If you would like to go fishing, there are several spots along the lakeside, close to the temple, where you can rent fishing gear and bait. You can also get a ride on the lake in one of all the local jukung outriggers.
The compound is quite small, and you will not spend the entire day here. For most tourists 2 hours will be enough for a visit to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. Maybe even less.
The temple dates back to around 500 BC, as some of the artifacts, a stone sarcophagus, and stone boards, comes from the megalithic period. The temple layout present time is from the 17th century.
If you are arriving when the water in the lake is low, it can be a bit hard to recognize the floating images you might have seen online. But as the water level rises during the seasons, the significant illusion reveals of a Temple in the lake.
Ulun Danu Bratan is worth a visit on a day trip to the northern areas of Bali. But you need to make other stops on you way, as you are not going to spend the entire day up here. The temple is gorgeous. Have a look at their website www.ulundanuberatanbali.com to see which events you might want to join.
See more here: Tagalalang Rice Terraces – Ubud, Bali
Located five minutes from the coastline of Phuket, The Naka Island is an absolute heaven of its own. From the airport, it is just 20 minutes to the pier. Originally build as a Six Senses resort, the heritage is evident. The Naka Island is lovely designed, very spacious with an impressive spa.
All Naka Island Villas come with a private pool or plunge pool. No need to rush to the main pool when you can relax in the privacy of your villa.
Restaurants And Bars
What more do you need to start the day with a smile on your lips? Ask for the staff recommendations, and try something out of your comfort zone.
Pool And Activities
The resort has one of the best pool & sun-bed arrangement we have ever seen. You don’t even have to step out of the pool to lie on one of the sub-beds. Great view from the pool (beach + ocean).
Summary of The Naka Island
The Philippines has a vast variety of thing to see, and in the area of Coron, some of the best attractions are hidden. Palawan has an imposing and mysterious scenery, which is worthy of a movie. Barracuda and Kayangan Lake Coron Philippines is both embedded between limestone cliffs and on a trip with 8 Days Palawan Experience, we visited these spectacular sites. The Lakes are located close to each other.
Both lakes are fascinating for scuba divers, with layers of fresh and salt water. The waters are crystal clear. The water is from some angles blurry, due to the layers. To access Kayangan lake, it is a short 10 to 15 minutes hike, 25 meters up. Wear some good sandals, and it is very easy. Remember to take a stop at the viewpoint on the top, before descending to Kayangan Lake. To Barracuda Lake, it is just a 10-meter hike.
There is a wooden deck at both lakes where you enter the water. At Kayangan, the deck is far bigger that at Barracuda Lake. The first thing you notice is due to the visibility. You can see every detail. Rock formations, marine life, etc.
When swimming in the lakes, be aware that the buoyancy is low due to the fresh water. The decks can be quite crowded, so if you are comfortable, swim further out into the more open spaces. Enjoy the tranquility of floating in the waters, the limestone cliffs, the blue sky, and the clear water. Barracuda and Kayangan Lake is some of the main attractions in Coron Philippines.
Wonder how Barracuda Lake got its name?
A big skeleton of a Barracuda was found on the bottom, and these fantastic creatures still occupy the lake. They are not harmful, so don’t worry before jumping in.
Kayangan Lake is dubbed as the cleanest lake in Asia.
The lakes is a must see on a one-day tour around Palawan. Make sure to go here as early as possible. Many tourists go to Barracuda and Kayangan lake every day, which could affect your experience.
Your Trip Checklist to Barracuda and Kayangan Lake
Bring snorkeling gear and fins, so you can see the marine life and swim comfortably in the lake
Comfortable Swimwear and sunblock is a must
Use a life vest in case you are not an experienced swimmer
Cash for the entry fee
Keep the area clean, the lake is a beautiful place and let us all keep it that way.
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The ultimate wedding and honeymoon resort
Remote, exclusive and extraordinary – Alila Villas Uluwatu the ultimate destination for a wedding or honeymoon resort in Bali, with outstanding services and dining.
The Alila Villas Uluwatu property is one of the most astonishing resorts in the world. The integration with nature and how the architects have optimized the views from every angle, making sure that the guests get the best out of the landscape. For the keen luxury hedonist, Alila Villas Uluwatu is the perfect destination as there have been extreme attention to every detail. Just think of the infinity pool – on the cliff – overlooking the ocean. See anything like that before?
The strict lines and materials make a resort out of the extraordinary. Sit down, relax and enjoy the sunset – and you will know what we mean.
The area near Uluwatu is not that rich in beaches, but quite close to Alila you can find some decent beaches, an example is Green Bowl Beach. But if you are looking to spend you holiday lounging in the sand and sleep the day away – you should look elsewhere on Bali.
When you are booking, aim to get as high a level as possible. 4th level is top level for one bedroom villas. Of course, this is a little further away from the main areas, but it is worth the walk, as you get a marvelous view from up here.
The layout of the villas, is open floor planning, with a big private pool and a gorgeous cabana, from where you can overlook the sea. Double showers, double vanity and for the gadget nerds, a tablet to take full control of your room. No matter what you have in mind, you can book or order it directly on the tablet. Within 60 seconds, you will have a reply. During the stay, it seemed like nothing was impossible, and the staff just enjoyed to be challenged.
The bathroom is a chapter of its own, and properly one of the best we have ever seen. Spacious, luxurious and a place of complete tranquility. Alila Villas Uluwatu provides each amenity you could think off, and the quality is marvelous. The shower is fabulous and with the massage outlets, you can get a standing jacuzzi experience in the privacy of your villa.
Beware that the monkeys are very offensive, and they try to grab every piece of bread or any of your personal belongings.
Cire and Warung serve Indonesian and Asian fusion food, which is very simple but delicious. Great taste and flawless service. Food is quite expensive, but quality has a price. Breakfast is served in Cire and seamlessly follows the high standard of other Alila Dining.
Summary-Alila Villas Uluwatu –
Alila is an architectural icon for luxury resorts in Asia. The cabanas, the stunning main pool and fantastic villas. Alila is properly one of the best luxury resorts in Bali where you can relax and recharge. The location is excellent, even though it is a bit remote. Therefore, yoga sessions, transfers to beaches, e.g., is an important feature. The service was spotless and atmosphere friendly.
In a single sentence:
The ultimate wedding and honeymoon resort.
Stunning and friendly
65 perfectly designed villas
One bedroom villa
Perfect shape and condition
Restaurants, spa, gym, concierge, chauffeur service, 24-hour clinic and much more.
South Bali 30 km from the international airport.
We would recommend this to:
If you are looking for the perfect wedding venue – this would be our choice.
Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak,
Desa Pecatu 80364 Bali, Indonesia
P : +62 361 848 2166
Tanah Lot Temple Bali is a fascinating rock formation a lot the coastline about 20 km from Kuta and Denpasar. It is a lovely attraction that you should see if you are in the area. The sunset at the temple are stunning, and we visited twice during our time in Bali, to see it both in daylight and evening. Tanah Lot is very popular for photography, and there is a dance show at sunset, so come early to get a good spot to what the last light of the day.
Legend of Tanah Lot Temple Bali
Kandaya is properly one of the Best Resorts in Cebu. Arriving at Mactan-Cebu International Airport, there is approximately 3 hours transfer to the resort. Kandaya located up north on the island. But as this drive is in a comfortable luxury van with refreshments, you are relaxed and ready to enjoy Kandaya at arrival. As a part of the welcome ceremony you get the a wet towel and drink, before the key for your paradise villa is handed over.
The first thing you notice is the perfectly accessorised villas. All amenities are present, and you even got a Nespresso machine, with a selection capsules and a daily delivery of fresh baked cookies – just like home. Comfortable bed, sleek furniture and the gadgets you need. As one of the Best Resorts on Cebu, Kandaya also has a huge bathroom with beautiful design and decors. We stayed in a Beach Pool Villa, stunning location and fantastic views.
Kandaya is all about diversity, and here you have got anything from martial arts instructions to the most beautiful Arabian horse, that you can ride on the beach. The first time we ever been in a resort, with their horses. As other activities karaoke, kayaking and SUP are some of the other things you can spend the time on.
The property is all new, so all facilities are in fantastic working shape. Even when running full capacity, Kandaya never feels crowded, and the spacious layout pampers the guest with privacy.
The private island Malapascua is one of the details making Kandaya very exclusive. Take the resort’s traditional outrigger boat. On the short trip, you get to see how clear and blue the Philippino ocean is. Fantastic beyond imagination. On Malapascua, you can enjoy lunch, and this is an experience we will never forget. Nature, the food and the atmosphere.
Kusina is the main restaurant on Kandaya, and also a reason that this is one of the Best Resorts on Cebu. All the food served is well prepared, and the menu ranges from Asian to Western food, fresh juices, and tasty breakfast.The kitchen grows some of the ingredients in the resort gardens. Having something special in mind? Then just ask the chefs, and they will try to meet your demands.
When it is time to be romantic, the usual beach dining experience is of course also possible here, here with the Kandaya touch of sheer perfection.
Summary Kandaya – one of the Best Resorts in Cebu
Kandaya might not be right on the doorstep of the airport, but it is worth the drive. This resort is one of the best and most harmonic places we have met in the Philippines. World class luxury in the northern Cebu. You have got the facilities you need in a 5-star resort, with spa, gym, yoga and much more. The massage was mindblowing.
Remember to charge your camera each day; Kandaya is a stunning resort, and you will be shooting pictures from every angle.
In a single sentence:
Luxury resort in luxury surroundings
All the staff was smiling, positive and welcoming.
40 rooms and villas
Beach Pool Villa
Brand new and beautiful
Restaurant, spa, gym, private island, ocean pool, etc.
120 km from Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
We would recommend this to:
The young couple who wants to try one of the Best Resorts on Cebu.
Agujo, Daanbantayan, Cebu, Philippines
Contact No.: +63 32 260 6006
Which are the Best beaches in Boracay
As the biggest and one of the best beaches in Boracay, White Beach is properly the one you have heard off first. 4 km long and divided into three stations. Depending on you preferences each station has different things to offer. Along White Beach, you find resorts, restaurants, nightlife, activities – everything available right on the beachside. But the success comes with a price – White Beach can be overcrowded, and it might not be the best place to relax.
The perfect sunset beach on Boracay is Diniwid Beach. You can walk here from White Beach Station 1 area, and the beach is quite small. Honestly, the beach is not particular better that nearby White Beach, but Spider House, a restaurant with a bar is the perfect setting for sunsets. Hang out it the lounge and enjoy a few sundowners. In the water is a floating deck, where you can hang out for tanning or relax.
Lapuz Lapuz Beach
Surfs up! Bulabog is where you want to go during the windy season if you are a kite or windsurfer. If you want to learn one of these cool sports, the beach has lots of schools. They can make any beginner a cool surfer. Or you can just go here if you like to watch the surfers racing across the water and making fearless jumps.
Punta Bunga Beach
Puka Shell Beach (Yapak Beach)
The smaller sibling, Puka Beach is almost a famous as White Beach. Grab a bike and find Puka 20 minutes from Boracay center. Of course, it is beautiful, and more down to earth. Un a lucky morning, you can even get the beach all on you own. Truly an experience. You can hang out in the huts on the cliff. After sunset, all the bats comes out, and you can see them take off for hunting over the cliffs top.
Summary of Best beaches in Boracay
When you plan a trip to the Best Beaches in Boracay, it is properly White Beach and Puka Beach you are thinking of visiting. But as you can see, there is so much more to visit, depending on your preferences. Surfing, adventure, snorkeling or just kicking back with a cocktail while the sun sinks into the ocean – Boracay has it all.
Coron and all the small islands around have many stunning places to go sightseeing and the Twin Lagoon in Palawan Philippines is for sure one of the things you need to go and see. Imagine clear emerald waters, coral reefs, tropical fish and lime rock formations like you have never seen before. Twin Lagoon is the truly magical work of nature, and left us with a feeling of all the best from Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines was combined in one single place.
In a single sentence:
Six Senses is a place of tranquility!
Fantastic – anything imaginable is possible
Ocean Pool villa
Perfect – everything is in the best working order.
4 Restaurants, pool, spa, gym, yoga, transfer, movies on the beach and much more.
Offshore Phuket – 30 minutes by speed boat
We would recommend this to:
Six Senses is Phuket from the very best side, and what every hedonist should try.
A good tip is to go for the Ocean View Villas – it is worth the expense.
Six Senses Yoa No
56 Moo 5 Tambol Koh Yao Noi
Amphur Koh Yao
Phang Nga 82160
T +66 7641 8500
Palawan is a rather untouched place, which combines the beauty and nature of some of our favorite places like Maldives, Thailand, Bali, Malaysia. Stunning limestone rock formations, crystal clear water, vibrant coral reefs and beautiful islands. Everything you need for a dream destination and TravellersPlanet went here for 8 Days Palawan Experience.
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The above is the basic of the 8 Days Palawan Experience, but it can be customized in any way you would prefer. If there is anything you would like to do, 8 Days Palawan will customize you itinerary to you wishes.
3 nights – island beachfront, authentic local style villa
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1 or 2 nights – island luxury water villa (7 or 8 days travel design)
All private vehicle transfers (from your arrival to your departure)
All boat transfers (going around the islands using local style boats)
Breakfast, lunch, dinner for all days of your stay including non-alcoholic drinks
1 – 2 specialty massage per person
Rock climbing | Stand Up Paddling | Archery | Island hopping | Island Adventure | Local Boat (with guide, chef and crew) | Camping Gear (for island camping) tent, mattress, sheets | Snorkeling Gear, mask, snorkel, fins | All Local Fees and tips | A local sim card for your phone, so you easily can contact anyone you would need | Welcome package
Ultimate Privacy $45
2 nights stay in Manila – Belmond Hotel $135
Local Commercial Plane Roundtrip Manila to Palawan $335
Private Seaplane roundtrip Manila to Palawan $585
Private SUV Transfers in Manila $85
Price is per person basis
International flights to Manila is not included
Minimum 2 persons
Travel period is October to May only, due to weather conditions
Prices may change depending on the season and foreign exchange rates.
The Philippino-Chinese travel enthusiast Derrick Chan is the brain behind 8 Days Palawan Experience, a small and personal travel company, where he puts his heart a mix between adventure, expedition, and luxury. His efforts showed during the last weeks of February 2016, where TravellersPlanet joined 8 Day Palawan for a trip to the Philippines.
The idea is to take the clients to unseen parts of the northern Palawan, which is not as developed and crowded as the southern area. Basically to give you an experience of remote and local living, while seeing the best attractions in the Busuanga region, and mixing it all up with a touch of luxury.
TravellersPlanet was invited to the 8 Days Palawan Experience, and this article is our honest opinion about what we encountered during the trip.