Rabu, 23 Juli 2008

Bali Sky Tours - Air Bali

Welcome to Bali, a truly beautiful, unique and remarkable island, also known as "the island of the gods" . The Balinese, with their inimitable approach to their culture, religion and traditions, have ensured that this island still radiants it's charm like a thousand years ago.

To experience this amazing island and it's diversity, AIR BALI have designed various aerial tours that shows the best of Bali. Take in a bird's eye view of smoking volcanoes, highland lakes, stepped rice fields, remote beaches, towering cliffs, famous surf breaks and thousand- year-old temples.


As the only western managed helicopter and light aircraft company in the region, AIR BALI continue to set the standards in executive aircraft charter needs. Our dedication to safety and professionalism goes far beyond the norm, and with clientele that rank under the who's who of the corporate, sport and entertainment world, we sure know how to treat our clients like royalty.

Our Executive Lounge at the domestic departure terminal provides a comfortable waiting area where clients can check-in with ease. From here our friendly staff will escort you to the exit gates and waiting aircraft.

Whether it's majestic volcano's, scenic beaches, private picnics, helicopter weddings, hotel transfers, getting to the golf course in time, or being flown on a life saving medical air ambulance flight, AIR BALI is your answer.

We take you to great heights in the world's most beautiful archipelago.

B1. Beach Flight
Fly along the famous Kuta and Legian beach just above the surf. Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride while you wave at the surfers below!

S1. Uluwatu Temple Coastline Flight
Uluwatu means "the head of stone", and is one of the most spectacular Hindu temples along the Bali coastline. Built by a high Hindu priest from East Java named Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 11th century, this beautiful temple is located atop a limestone cliff towering 90 meters above the Indian Ocean. Flying south past Jimbaran Bay and Dreamland surfing beach, we view this ancient temple and then continue over deserted beaches, seaweed farms and limestone cliffs. Before turning north towards the airport we briefly fly over the Bukit and the famous Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue.

S2. Flight of the Temples Coastline Flight
This is a panoramic flight of the west and south coasts of Bali that highlights the beaches of Kuta and Legian, the mysterious Tanah Lot temple, and remarkable rice terraces. Tanah Lot temple was founded in 1481 AD by a famous Hindu priest Dang Hyang Nirartha. It is situated in the ocean, and can only be reached during low tide. The temple has a reputation for being dangerous, partly due to the many poisonous snakes that live in the surrounding caves. It is believed by the locals that these snakes are protectors of the temple, guarding it from intruders. We proceed towards the southern Bukit peninsula, past Jimbaran Bay and Dreamland surf beach. Then we fly onwards to the ancient Uluwatu temple, where the coastline of limestone cliffs, remote beaches and seaweed farms are truly spectacular. This trip is sensational at sunset.

S3. Nusa Penida Island Coastal Flight
Following airport take off we fly direct east over the Straits of Badung and towards Nusa Penida. After 15 minutes of over-water flight time we reach the island of Nusa Penida. Turning south we fly low past this islands' beautiful limestone cliffs and follow the contours of the coastline until we reach Nusa Ceningan. After flying between these two islands we then head back to Bali.

S4. Kintamani Volcano Flight
From the airport we fly to the breathtaking volcanic crater of Mt. Batur. This crater is the remains of a huge volcano that exploded thousands of years ago. Lake Batur, Bali's largest lake, is situated within this crater and is next to a younger active volcano. This small volcano is constantly recreating itself in periodic eruptions of ash and rock. We explore this sometimes-smoking volcano by circling the crater and make a quick turn over Lake Batur before heading south over river gorges and beautiful rice fields.

S5. Deluxe Kintamani- and Agung Volcano and Besakih Temple Flight
Fly to the breathtaking volcanic crater of Mt. Batur via Tanah Lot temple on the west coast. We reach Mt. Batur volcano after 10 minutes of flight time over diverse landscape. This crater is the remains of a huge explosion that occurred thousands of years ago. Lake Batur, Bali's largest lake, is situated within this crater, next to a younger active volcano. The small volcano is constantly recreating itself in periodic eruptions of ash and rock. We explore this sometimes-smoking volcano by circling the crater. Proceeding east we then fly over Lake Batur and past Mt. Abang, reaching Besakih temple, Bali's biggest temple complex. The aircraft now starts to climb to an astonishing 11,000 ft, to reach the crater of Mt. Agung. In 1963, this massive volcano erupted, causing the death of 1,148 people. Pyroclastic flow, ejected glowing rock fragments and volcanic ashfalls killed proved deadly for the victims. Thousands of hectares of agriculture land and forest were also destroyed. Upon reaching the top, we circle the crater and then start to descend towards Besakih Temple at the foot of the mountain. In the distance Mt. Rinjani on the neighboring island of Lombok is visible. On the return journey to the airport, we pass numerous rivers, valleys, hotels and villas and of course, beautiful rice fields. Prior to landing, the route takes us via the eastern coastline to see the beaches of Sanur and Benoa harbor.

S6. The Best of Bali
Our condensed "Best of Bali" tour gives the opportunity to view all of Bali's sites in one tour as we take you along Kuta beach to Tanah Lot temple, Bedugul highlands, Mt. Batur volcano and lake, the majestic Mt. Agung, the holy Besakih Temple, enchanting Candi Dasa, the eastern coastline, famous Sanur beaches, Benoa Harbour, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu Temple. The traditional splendour of Bali is truly magnificent from the air.


V2. Mt. Tambora Volcano Tour and Sumbawa (include Mt.Rinjani Volcano Tour)
Visit the volcano that experienced the biggest eruption in recorded history! When Mt. Tambora erupted in 1815, it caused a cataclysmic disaster and the deaths of 90,000 people. This event significantly altered the global climate for years afterwards. Universal crop failure occurred, temperatures dropped dramatically all over the world, and living creatures died off in large numbers. After being dormant for 5000 years, Mt. Tambora woke up and over a ten-day period and numerous explosions, unleashed its anger in an eruption that generated a volcanic column 40km high. This blast was heard over 1000 kilometers away.

The long-term effects of Mt. Tambour's eruption were felt across the globe. In addition to the large quantities of ash, rocks and dust ejected by the volcano, over 200 million tons of sulphur dioxide gas was propelled into the stratosphere. This had the effect of limiting the amount of sunlight that reached the ground, so that temperatures, particularly across the Northern Hemisphere, began to fall dramatically. India's monsoon season was interrupted, possibly leading to a deadly outbreak of cholera that insinuated its way across the globe. Europe experienced widespread crop failures just as it was recovering from the effects of the Napoleonic Wars. Ireland had its first great famine. Devastating floods hit China. In North America, 1816 is remembered as "the year without a summer", when snow fell during June and frost was still widespread during the month of July.

V3. Mt. Bromo Volcano Flight
Mt. Bromo, on the island of Java is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes. It is part of the Tengger massif, and even at 2392m it is not the highest peak of the massif, but it happens to be the most renowned one. Mount Bromo rises 133 meters above the caldera and is 700 meters wide. It has erupted more than 60 times since 1767. The Indonesian archipelago, straddling the seismically active "Ring of Fire," has the world's highest density of volcanoes. Of its 500 volcanoes, 128 are active and 65 are listed as dangerous. According to a local folk tale, at the end of the 15th century princess Roro Anteng from the Majapahit Empire started a separate principality together with her husband Joko Seger. They named it Tengger by the last syllables of their names. The principality did prosper, but the ruling couple failed to have children. In their despair they climbed Mount Bromo to pray to the gods, who granted them help, but requested that the last child be sacrificed to the gods. They had 24 children, and when the 25th and last child Kesuma was born, Roro Anteng refused to perform the promised sacrificial act. The gods then threatened with fire and brimstone, until the sacrifice was finally carried out. After the child was thrown into the crater, a voice is said to have ordered the local people to perform an annual ceremony at the volcano, which is still held today.


P1. Beach Picnic Flight (Helicopter only)

Take your loved one on a romantic beach picnic by helicopter. We take off from the airport, fly along Jimbaran Bay to Uluwatu temple, past this famous religious icon, and land at a secluded beach on the southern part of Bali, where we shut down for an hour. Here you can enjoy a swim and a delicious sandwiches and cheese platter served with chilled champagne. On our return journey to the airport we fly past the beautiful limestone cliffs of the Bukit and Jimbaran Bay.

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