Pandawa Beach Bali

Pandawa Beach: Secluded Hideaway in South Bali

Pandawa Beach

Overview

With a mesmerizing natural landscape, ancient religious structures and multiple cultural activities, the list of things to do and places to go on the world-famous island of Bali is almost endless.

Most of us know of the usual places beaches like Dreamland or Kuta Beach, but another more beautiful yet less heard of beach exists, by the name of Pandawa. Often referred to as the Secret Beach, Pandawa is located in the village of Kutuh in Southern Bali. Concealed behind high cliffs and overgrown shrubbery, Pandawa beach had long remained secluded from the crowds of tourists, due to the less-than-easy path that had to be taken to access it.

Over the last few years, seeing the potential held in the beach’s majestic and pristine beauty, the Badung Regency Administration opened about 1.5 kilometers of access roads. This beautiful road to a hidden paradise is indeed one of a kind, cut between rugged limestone cliffs that rise on either side.

As you near Pandawa, you will be greeted by five statues carved into the cliffs beside you: Yudhistira, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sadewa. These are the Panca Pandawa, five brothers who are characters in the shadow puppet theater, from which the beach takes its name.

With towering cliffs on either side of the drive, not much else can be seen along the coastal road, until it finally opens out to the beach itself. And when it does, its spellbinding beauty is unquestionable. Seemingly endless stretches of pure white sand span from one end to another. The clear blue water heaves with the swell of the ocean in hypnotic rolling waves, until the sea meets the sky. The magnificent cliffs that once served as the walls that hid the secret beach now stand guard, keeping watch over all who enter.

Get There

Pandawa Beach is about 1 hour from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. If you are starting from Kuta area, head towards the Garuda Kencana Wisnu Cultural Park, then take a left turn towards Nusa Dua or Bali Cliff. Keep an eye out for the sign reaching “Pandawa Beach.” When you reach a crossroad, take a left turn which will lead you along the coastal cliff road to Pandawa.
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To Do

As with any other beach, prepare to get wet. Take a swim and enjoy the other available water sports such as canoeing and paragliding. Don’t feel like going in the water? Simply sit on the beach beneath the trees or at one of the beach stalls and enjoy a fresh coconut with a snack of roasted corn.

Parts of Pandawa Beach are also used as farming ground for seaweed cultivation. Take a stroll and observe the various seaweed farms which have been part of the Pandawa community since the 1980s. The farming on this beach collaborates with countries such as Denmark and the United States.

Aside from the usual beach activities, Pandawa Beach is also the site for the Hindu “Melasti” ceremony practiced by the Balinese community. Melasti is held each year around March, in conjunction with Nyepi, the Hindu Balinese New year. The ceremony takes place three days before Nyepi and represents the cleansing and purification of mind and soul. This is a rather spectacular parade and worthy experience, should you be visiting Bali at the right time of year.

To Stay

Currently, there are no available hotels or accommodations around Pandawa Beach. The link below shows a few hotels located in Nusa Dua, about 3 kilometers from Pandawa.

Tips

There are no coast guards on duty in this area, so be careful when swimming or canoeing as the condition of the sea can be unpredictable.

Marriage in Bali for Australians

Marriage in Bali for Australians ( include Nusa Tenggara Barat )

Background

This information sheet sets out procedures for getting married in Bali and Nusa Tenggara Barat.

In January 1995 the Australian Attorney General revoked all appointments of marriage officers at Australian overseas missions. Therefore consular officers can no longer marry Australians.

Australians may now marry overseas according to the laws of the country in which the marriage takes place.
Under Indonesian law, this means marriage by a minister of religion and a civil registrar.

You will need to bring to the Australian Consulate in Bali:

  • Passports
  • Copy of Decree Absolute if divorced
  • Copy of Death Certificate of former spouse if applicable
  • Copy of Documentary evidence of any change of name (eg, former marriage certificate/deed poll)
  • Birth certificates are normally required by the Indonesian authorities and it is recommended that you bring these with you
  • Fee: A$110 (payable in Rupiah only)

Getting married under Indonesian law

Generally, persons of any nationality may marry in Indonesia providing they hold one of the five religions recognised by Indonesia (Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, and Protestantism). Marriages under Indonesian law are performed by religious ministers and the Catatan Sipil (civil registrar); or by the Kantor Urusan Agama (Directorate of Islamic Religion Affairs) in the case of Islamic marriages.

A broad outline of the Australian legal position on the recognition of foreign marriages is attached. If more detailed information is required, members of the public should consult a private solicitor or legal aid body.

In order for an Australian citizen (or a permanent resident who is domiciled in Australia) to marry in Bali or NTB, it is necessary to make an application at the Consulate for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage. Persons who wish to marry in other provinces of Indonesia are advised to contact the Australian Embassy, Jakarta. Nationals of other countries should check the requirements for their nationality with their nearest Embassy or Consulate.

Australian citizens (and permanent residents who are domiciled in Australia) should apply to the Consulate in person during public office hours. In most cases the certificate can be processed on the same day. The Australian applicant is required to sign a declaration in front of a Consular Official and produce their original passport as proof of identity, along with original proof of dissolution of marriage if applicable (ie, a decree absolute if divorced, or death certificate if widowed).

The fee, payable in Indonesian Rupiah, is based on the exchange rate at the time the Application for a Certificate of No Impediment is lodged. The fee for the Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage consists of witnessing the application, preparing the certificate and translating the certificate.

The parties to the marriage, or their agent, will need to make arrangements with the religious minister and the civil registrar. They should seek confirmation of the exact requirements in their particular circumstances. In addition, partners would be well-advised to discuss with their lawyers in Australia and/or Indonesia, any other steps which need to be taken, especially but not only, if they intend to reside outside Australia, or if they wish to hold property separately.

Wedding Agents

It can be difficult for people without Indonesian language skills to liaise with local civil registrars and religious celebrants. The Consulate does not have the resources to make fax and telephone calls on a client’s behalf to enquire about arrangements or requirements for local marriages.

Many people wishing to marry in Indonesia therefore find it easier to engage an agent to act on their behalf. Agents may provide the information needed in particular cases, make arrangements with the religious minister and civil registrar, organise flowers, photographers, and lodge papers and fees on the client’s behalf. The Consulate only processes applications for the “Certificate of No Impediment” and its translation. It does not advise on other arrangements.

Recognition of Foreign Marriages

The following information on the Australian legal position on the recognition of foreign marriages was compiled by the Attorney General’s Department in November 1992:

On 7 April 1986, new rules came into force in Australia for the legal recognition of marriages, which have taken place overseas. In addition, the rules about marriage in Australia of people whose legal home (domicile) is overseas has also been changed. The purpose of this document is to explain the general principles behind the new rules, for the benefit of those who may want to find out the usual rules applying to their situation, or who may want to advise others.

It should be noted, however, that this document only gives a broad outline of the relevant law. In particular, as mentioned below, a marriage not recognised under the new rule may be regarded as valid under the rules of common law. For detailed advice on these matters, members of the public should consult a private solicitor or legal aid body.

The basis for the new rules

The rules governing whether or not a marriage is valid under Australian law are to be found in the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961 (‘the Act’). Until recently, the rules governing recognition of overseas marriages were primarily to be found in the ‘common law’ – that body of legal rules developed by judges over the years and inherited by Australia from the United Kingdom.

In 1976, a group of nations met and drew up a new international regime for the recognition in one country of marriages solemnised elsewhere. This was embodied in the Hague Convention on the Celebration and Recognition of Marriages. On 7 April 1986, the Commonwealth Parliament enacted the Marriage Amendment Act 1985 in order to implement the rules contained in the Hague Convention. They apply, however, to all marriages solemnised outside Australia, even if they took place before that date.

Marriages outside Australia under foreign law

Part VA of the Act contains the rules for recognition of marriages entered into outside Australia under foreign laws. The basic rule adopted is that, if the marriage was recognised as valid under the law of the country in which it was entered into, at the time when it was entered into, the marriage will be recognised in Australia as a valid marriage, unless one of the exceptions mentioned below is applicable.

Exceptions to recognition of foreign marriages

While designed to remove all technical barriers to recognition of marriages celebrated elsewhere, the Hague Convention acknowledges the strong interest many countries have in refusing to recognise certain marriages. Australia, in adopting the convention rules, has also set out certain exceptions to recognition based on its policy. The following marriages will not be recognised under the new rules: where one of the parties was already married to someone else; where one of the parties was under marriageable age; where the parties are too closely related under Australian law – that is either as ancestor, descendant, brother or sister, including half-brother and half-sister, and whether the relationship is natural or by adoption; where the consent of one of the parties was not a real consent due to duress or fraud, mistake, or mental incapacity.

Marriageable age

In the case of a marriage solemnised on or after 1 August 1991, where one or both of the parties was, at the time of marriage, domiciled in Australia, the marriage will not be recognised in Australia if either of the parties was not at least 18 years old at the time of the marriage. The law also provides that a valid marriage can take place where one of the parties to the proposed marriage is under the age of 18 but over 16 and has the consent of the guardian(s) of that child and also an authorisation of a judge or magistrate from an Australian state or territory. Where neither of the parties was domiciled in Australia at the time of the marriage, the marriage will not be recognised as valid at any time while either party is under the age of 16 years.

Despite the above exceptions, a marriage that falls into one of those categories may nevertheless be recognised as valid in Australia. This is because the rules of common law may still operate where they would lead to recognition of a marriage as valid. It is recommended that anyone whose marriage falls into the above exceptions should seek detailed legal advice on the operation of the common law.

Source: Australian Consulate-General Bali, Indonesia

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For those of you who are familiar with WordPress would have been familiar with the term plugin. Moreover, you have a wordpress based website hosting itself.

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Suppose you have a wordpress-based website with hosting their own (self-hosted). You have selected the theme  that you think fit the look (layout) that you want. You also have wrote some good quality contents posted in your website. Is your website are able to answer the following questions:

  • Does anyone visit your website? If there are, how many visitors per day?. Where the visitors come to your website? Are visitors came directly by typing the name of the website, or via referrer (you advertise), through social media (eg facebook, twitter, etc.) or through the search engines (eg Google, Yahoo, etc)?
  • If you frequently make changes to one of your content, then the history of any changes will be stored in the database. Eventually the database will swell and become inefficient. Obviously a large database will have an impact on the speed of your site. Is your site is equipped with the ability to dump this unnecessary?
  • How quickly a page on your website appears on the user screen? Users would have to move to another site if to display a page on your website takes too long.

Great site and healthy is not just concerned with display only. Though your website appearance very interesting (with a flashy graphic design) while almost no visitors?

The point having a website is to have visitors.

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Plugins  above is mandatory for the health of your site. You can add a few more as a complement to suit your site. Some of them are:

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Buddhist wedding ceremony in Bali

Buddhist wedding ceremony in Bali

Buddhist wedding ceremony in Bali. For expat/foreign who want to get married in Bali.

Buddhist Wedding is the wedding ceremony which is conducted by Buddhist Celebrant called MONK and the ceremony is only can be performed at the Buddhist temple called Vihara, the Monk will not allowed to come to the hotel/villas or venue to conduct and blessing your wedding as it has been one of the rule and regulation from Buddhist Society called WALUBI even tough Bali Indo Wedding will able to assist you to hold the wedding in this way and we will take you to the closest Vihara in Bali

Services provided by Wedding organizer

Sample of services (fees applied) provided by wedding organizer for Buddhist wedding ceremony in Bali:

  1. Buddhist priest
  2. Certificate of marriage from Buddhist priest
  3. Gebogan or offering for ceremony
  4. Document processing
  5. Local Professional Photographer service by digital camera 50 shoots including 36 printed in 4R, standard album and CD Rom.
  6. Pre-wedding meeting service with wedding coordinator
  7. 2 Flower girls in Balinese costume with petal shower
  8. Balinese ring stand and welcome board with fresh flower decoration
  9. Souvenir/ Gift
  10. Meals
  11. Accommodation
  12. Set up decoration
  13. Transportation

The above ceremony could be followed by civil register from Indonesian Government if you wish to legally marry here and the Civil Minister will come to Vihara. There will be required the extra fee for civil ceremony.

Christian wedding ceremony in Bali

Christian wedding ceremony in Bali

Christian wedding ceremony in Bali. For expat/foreign who want to get married in Bali.

Christian(Protestant) wedding / Church of England is religious wedding lead by the Protestant Celebrant called “PASTOR”. The easiest wedding ceremony and requirements is Protestant ceremony, it doesn’t require much paperwork. The couple will received certificate of Marriage from the Protestant Church in Bali and the couple can continued to have the Civil Ceremony to legalize the wedding at the same time and the same venue then you will get one more certificate of marriage from Civil Minister both in English and Indonesia and these certificates are will be legal in your country too. Extra fee for Civil Ceremony at USD 100/net

Document required:

  1. Copy of passport (both partners)
  2. Copy of birth certificate (both partners)
  3. Copy of decree absolute if divorce.
  4. Widower must present a copy of death certificate of the former spouse.
  5. Copy of passport of the two witnesses
  6. 4 Pieces of photograph size 4 x 6 together, the groom in the right side

Services provided by Wedding organizer

Samples of services (fees applied) provided by wedding organizer:

  1. English speaking Protestant MinisterReligious certificate of marriage from Protestant Church in BaliDocument processingPre-wedding meeting service
  2. 2 (two) Flower girl in Balinese custom with petal flower shower
  3. Local Professional Photographer service by digital camera 50 shoots including 36 printed in 4R, standard album and CD Rom.
  4. Welcome Board to greet guest if anyBalinese ring stand
  5. Souvenir/Gift
  6. Meals
  7. Accommodationand
  8. Set up decoration
  9. Transportation

Catholic wedding ceremony in Bali

Catholic wedding ceremony in Bali

Catholic wedding ceremony in Bali. For expat/foreign who want to get married in Bali .

Catholic wedding is religious wedding lead by Catholic Priest called “ROMO” wedding by way Catholic way will be required much paper works and both partner must be single status, Catholic Church will not allowed for divorce person to marriage again except if the former spouse is not Catholic. The Priest will come to the hotel/ villa where you perform the ceremony.

This ceremony will be legal by the religion only. The couple can have the civil ceremony to legalize the wedding by Civil Minister from our Government in same day and same time after the religious ceremony with extra fee at USD 100/net and you will get 2 (two) certificates of Marriage after the ceremony.

Documents required

  1. Copy of passport (both partners)
  2. Copy of birth certificate (both partners)
  3. Baptism certificates both partnersLibert status from parish contacts the Priest in your country (both of you)
  4. Delegation letters from Parish contact the Priest in your country (both of you)Canon investigation from contact Parish Priest in your country (both of you)
  5. Copy of passport two witnesses4 (Four) pieces of photograph size 4 x 6Catholic

Services provided by Wedding organizer

Samples of services (fees applies) provided by wedding organizer :

  1. English speaking Catholic Priest
  2. Religious Certificate of Marriage from Priest
  3. Document processingPre-wedding meeting
  4. 2 (two) Flower girl in Balinese custom with petal flower shower
  5. Welcome Board to greet guest if anyBalinese ring stand
  6. Local Professional Photographer service by digital camera 50 shoots including 36 printed in 4R, standard album and CD Rom.
  7. Souvenir/ Gift
  8. Meals
  9. Accommodation
  10. Set up decoration
  11. Transportation

Balinese blessing ceremony in Bali

Balinese blessing ceremony

Why Balinese Blessing?

Many couple who are already legally married or some reason don’t want to be legally married in Bali, but still wish to have experience how marriage by Balinese tradition, they’re tried Balinese Blessing Ceremony.

It’s important to know that this is not legal wedding ceremony and no certification will be presented at the end of it. It is ceremony where the celebrant should pray for good things such as: safety, health, bright future and happiness for the couple. It takes approximately 20minutes in total, performed by a Balinese Celebrant and an assistant who guide the couple through the ceremony. It’s preferred that couples are dressed in Balinese costumes.

Wedding organizer services for Balinese blessing

Below are samples of services (fees applied) provided by wedding organizer

  1. Pemangku (symbolic Hindu’s priest)
  2. Symbolic Balinese wedding procession
  3. All the offering for ceremonyMemorable certificate from the Wedding organizer
  4. Balinese wedding dress for Bride and Groom (rent) including hair and make up
  5. Yellow rice cake for ceremonial
  6. 2 Flower girls in Balinese costume with petal flower shower
  7. Welcome Board to greet guest if anyLive traditional rindik music during the ceremonyAssistance during the ceremony
  8. Local Professional Photographer service by digital camera 50 shoots including 36 printed in 4R, standard album and CD Rom.
  9. Souvenir/ Gift Away
  10. Meals
  11. Accommodation
  12. Set up decoration

There is no document required for Balinese blessing.

Moslem wedding ceremony in Bali

Moslem wedding ceremony

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Moslem wedding ceremony in Bali

All foreign marriage applicants are required to present a “Certificate of No Impediment” or similar document declaring ‘Freedom to Marry’ issued by their Consulate or Embassy representative within Indonesia.

Consulate

Every nationality has different requirements and it is important that you advise us quickly if the above are not applicable.

It is also important for you to know that in Indonesia a legal Moslem marriage will be officiated only by the ‘KUA’ (Department of Religion) and does not involve the Civil Registry office.  The couple will therefore receive a Muslim Marriage Book (2 originals in fact) after their wedding ceremony but will not receive a Civil Certificate of Marriage or have the marriage registered in the Civil Registry Office.

Wedding organizer will provide services to assist if you require it however, to obtain a ‘statement’ issued by the Civil Registry office that your marriage has taken place under Indonesian Moslem Law and is considered to be a legal marriage.  There is a small fee for this service and we’ll give more information about that if you find it to be a requirement.

Better  you check with the various authorities in your home country whether the Marriage Book will be sufficient or whether you require the Civil Office letter as well to be considered legally married under local law.

In the case of Moslem couples it is necessary to visit the’KUA’ (Office of Religion) in Kuta one week prior to your wedding date. Here you will meet with the head of the Office of Religion who will sight all original documentation and discuss your forth coming marriage with you in advance of the ceremony. Should one of you not be of the Moslem faith, conversion of religion is a requirement and will be carried out here.

On the day of your wedding the head of the Office of Religion or one of his selected representatives will come to the site selected for your ceremony and officiate your legal Moslem marriage.

The Moslem marriage formalities generally take about 45 minutes.

Payment

Important Note About Bank Transfers

All bank fees for sending and receiving of payments due to Wedding organizer  are the responsibility of the clients.  It is strongly recommend that if paying by Telegraphic Transfer you ask your bank if they send the payment directly to our bank in Bali or use a clearing bank in Jakarta or elsewhere along the way.  Such clearing banks usually take additional fees (approx. US$35.00) per payment before sending the fee on to our account in Bali.  Any and all such fees deducted from our payment are to be reimbursed after your arrival in Bali.

Payments may also be made by Visa or MasterCard using a ‘Credit Card Mail Order Form’ if preferred however, an administration surcharge of 4% will be added to such payments.  We will send a Mail Order Form for completion.

Important Note about Cash in Bali

American Dollar banknotes issued on or before 1996 or those which are torn, stained, faded or damaged in any way will be rejected by all businesses in Bali. Banks and Money Changers are also unwilling to accept such notes and for this reason you are advised to bring only currency, which is in good condition and has been issued from 1997 onwards if you intend to settle any payments with American currency in Bali or consider traveling with Travelers’ Cheques to avoid any possibility of having your currency rejected in Bali.

Services provide by wedding organizer

Wedding organize will provides the following services ( fees applied):

  1. Give full details of requirements & procedures for both bride & groom nationalities.
  2. Accept your documentation, photographs etc. and check them to ensure they are as required and accurate.
  3. Complete & submit the application forms to the appropriate Authorities.
  4. Book & confirm your wedding ceremony on the date & at the time you have requested or as close as possible.
  5. Advise the KUA Officiant of any special requirements you may have such as special words you may wish to say to each other etc.
  6. Reconfirm all arrangements with both the authorities close to the date of the ceremony.
  7. Provide a ‘welcome letter’ explaining the procedures of your wedding day, ceremony etc. after you have arrived in Bali. We request you provide us with your arrival details and where you will be staying, so we may forward this information and have it waiting for you upon arrival.
  8. Provide a personal pre-wedding meeting   to discuss all aspects of your ceremony and celebrations. This meeting may take place any Monday to Friday between 9am – 12noon without prior appointment.  Other times however will require an appointment to ensure your consultant is available to meet with you when you visit.
  9. Attend your ceremony to ensure its smooth procedure and to act as coordinator between yourselves and the Officiant, Photographer and any other persons involved.
  10. Act as or arrange witnesses if you have no friends traveling with you. (Immediate family may not act as witnesses to your wedding).
  11. In order that you are aware from the outset of the requirements for proceeding with booking a legal Moslem Wedding Ceremony we now advise that we would need the following:
  12. Documentation required for application to the KUA Authorities :
    1. i.      Completed booking application forms
    2. ii.      Recommendation letter from KUA at place of residence.
    3. iii.      Completed form of Agreement by Bride & Groom for the marriage
    4. iv.      Completed form of Consent from Father, Grandfather, Uncle or Brother for the marriage to be performed by the KUA in Indonesia.
    5. v.      Photocopy of details page of passports
    6. vi.      Photocopy of birth certificates
    7. vii.      Photocopy of Divorce or Death certificate if either party previously married
    8. viii.      6 X photographs approx. passport sized (4x6cm) but taken horizontally of bride & groom together, head & shoulders only and looking straight ahead. The groom is required to wear a collar & sleeves and the bride may not have her shoulders exposed for these photographs. (Make these photographs as good as possible because they will be attached to your wedding certificates.)
    9. ix.      Additional required Photographs:<BR>4 prints – 3x 4 cm plus 2 prints – 2×3 cm THESE PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD BE BLACK AND WHITE ( the 6 above may be in color ).
    10. x.      Photocopy of details page of passports of your two witnesses
    11. xi.      Important Note about Witnesses: Both witnesses to a Moslem wedding must be of the Moslem faith.  We can provide Moslem witnesses if you do not have any (who are not immediately family) traveling with you.

There are also a number of questions relating to bride, groom, parents of bride & groom and witnesses, which need to be answered.  These questions are detailed on our booking application forms which should be submitted once you have decided on the preferred date and place for your wedding.

All originals document must be brought to Bali

Wedding organizer will take care of every aspect of your wedding ceremony and can also provide a large range of other options, which you may or may not choose to utilize.  For these wedding organizer will advise the appropriate cost of any item selected (e.g.: catering, many types of music, various forms of entertainment etc) .

 

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