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My Tarot Card Reading in Ubud, Bali

My Tarot Card Reading in Ubud, Bali

20 April 2015
By Paula McInerney, Contented Traveller.

I had not seen Eat. Pray. Love. when I had this interesting experience, though I did know the basic premise of the story. It was when we decided to stay at Murni’s, an institution in Ubud, that I was asked whether I wanted a number of things; one of these being a tarot card reading. I guess with all of the hype of the book and the movie and the fact that many people in Ubud seem to be into this spiritual stuff, so tarot cards are trendy.

I had to think about it because I have never actually done anything like this before. I agreed because I thought it would make a good story, to be honest, and also because the lady is a published author, and that is always interesting. Her name is Novi.

I was a little nervous about such an experience but being a born skeptic thought that I might just be able to have some fun and meet an interesting lady. I brought Gordon with me to sit quietly and take a picture or 2 with Novi’s permission. I have no secrets from him. He had decided not to have a tarot card reading.

She asked me my full name and then thought about it. She then asked me my date of birth. She then appeared to go into a trance and I was freaked. Then she said she would shuffle the cards, and then I would shuffle them and give them back to her, which I did. Remember I would not know what one tarot card looked like from another anyhow…and besides, I had heard enough. She then spread them over the table and asked me to select 10.

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She then turned 3 over to start with … and then it started. She had me nailed totally. She knew me so well, and it would have been impossible for her to know the things that she did. She then started turning the rest of the cards over, and her knowledge of me was unbelievable. She asked if I had any questions, but I didn’t know of any to ask. I think I was in a state of shock. She had come so highly recommended and I can see why.

Gordon was also in a state of shock having nearly nodded his head off the whole way through, agreeing with her. He then had his tarot cards read by Novi, and again pinpoint accuracy right down to a specific event at a specific time in his life. OMG.

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Novi was originally from Java but now lives in Ubud, Bali.

So what was the analysis of me? I am not telling all – but, in a nutshell, I am a very hard worker, (control freak) with the kindest heart ever. Works for me.

Thanks to Flipkey for sponsoring us at Murni’s, otherwise we would not have had this confronting experience – and I am saying that in a good way.

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Helicopter Sky Tours

Helicopter Sky Tours

 

Helicopter Sky Tours

 

Murni’s Houses guests can now enjoy an incredible helicopter experience flying over Bali with Helicopter Sky Tours. Perfect for an unforgettable wedding proposal! The Kintamani Volcano and Bedugul Lakes Sky Tours are stunning and a ‘must do’ while in Bali.

Prices are per flight (not per person).

It will just be for your group.

From 1 to 5 adult passengers. A child can be an extra 6th passenger. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Let us know the time you would like within the Flight Time Availability. It will be subject to flying conditions.

Minimum of 1 day’s notice.

7 HELICOPTER SKY TOURS OPTIONS

KINTAMANI VOLCANO SKY TOUR – ST1

(no landing – round trip)

From the air is the only way to see the spectacular Kintamani Volcano and Caldera lake, renowned as Bali’s most famous landmark.

Flight Time Availability:            7am to midday

Approximate Flight Time:         About 25 minutes

ULUWATU TEMPLE & COASTAL SKY TOUR – ST2

(no landing – round trip)

Flying low over Bali’s beautiful southern coastline, highlighting Dreamland beach and Uluwatu’s spectacular temple perched high on its towering white limestone cliff.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 60 minutes

BEDUGUL LAKES SKY TOUR – ST3

(no landing – round trip)

Bedugul is famous for its three crater lakes, water temple and nearby botanical gardens.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 35 minutes

KUTA BEACH SKY TOUR – ST4

(no landing – round trip)

Fly over the long white sandy beach of Kuta, an iconic world surfing landmark.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 40 minutes

TANAH LOT TEMPLE – ST5

(no landing – round trip)

Flying South to the Hindu Temple of Tanah Lot, Bali’s most popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 35 minutes

NUSA LEMBONGAN & NUSA PENIDA COASTAL SKY TOUR – ST6

(no landing – round trip)

These islands feature stunning white cliffs and deserted white beaches. Crystal bay, famous for its shimmering swathes of sand and aquamarine waters.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 60 minutes

GILI ISLANDS SKY TOUR – ST7

(no landing – round trip).

The Gili Islands are perfect for a tropical island experience with their clear white coral beaches and turquoise waters offering some of the best dive sites in Asia.

Flight Time Availability:            9am to 6 pm

Approximate Flight Time:         About 86 minutes

Optional landing plus 2 hours waiting time: Rp.8,000,000  (price includes landing fee and waiting time only).

Book as much in advance as possible – we’ll call the company and arrange for you to be picked up at Murni’s Houses and dropped back.

Email: murni (at) murnis.com or tell Reception.

We need the tour, the time you would like to fly and for all passengers:

  • full name
  • weight, and
  • passport number.

You pay them direct.

Pick up is usually about an hour before the flight. Pay them direct on the day before the flight. They accept rupiahs and credit cards.

Check the current rates at time of booking.

Pick up times are subject to traffic conditions.

If the payload of passengers and luggage exceeds the payload limitation or exceeds the maximum number of passengers per flight (maximum 6 pax/flight and not more than a payload
 allocation of 550 kgs), the flight will not operate.

The company reserves the right to refuse any passenger whose condition presents an actual or potential safety hazard or risk (including impairment and intoxication from alcohol and drugs) to passengers, crew, staff or property.

You can inspect the company’s flight liability passenger insurance, which is provided in accordance with standard aviation regulations.

No smoking or consumption of alcohol is allowed on board the helicopter.

Damage done to property by a passenger will be charged to the passenger.

Helicopter Sky Tours

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Half Day and Full Day Photography Tours

Half Day and Full Day Photography Tours with two of Bali’s best photographers

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Join David and/or Nyoman (and Jonathan if he’s around) and explore the best photographic areas of Ubud and the surrounding mountains away from the tourist trail. You will be shooting in stunning locations and guided with practical photographic tips to enhance your photography skills.

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Hands-on photo tips whilst photographing including use of filters, shooting on manual, landscape photography, capturing light, understanding depth of field, aperture, composition, the use of light meters and engaging with your subject.

 

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Join David and/or Nyoman and explore the best photographic areas of Ubud and the surrounding volcanoes away from the tourist trail. Sunrise over Mount Agung and the rice fields.

Visit ancient temples, traditional markets, dramatic landscapes and photograph rural Balinese life. Including traditional ceremonies (subject to temple schedules).

They cater for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Tour Options

Half-day or full-day – to attend a ceremony would be full day.

What you get

Hands-on professional guidance whilst photographing.

Tour includes a free 20 x 26cm print in David’s gallery.

David is very passionate about photography and leads tours throughout Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and the USA. He is a skilled and patient teacher.

Nyoman is a local Balinese photographer born and raised in Ubud. Nyoman’s special connection with the local villages means you will be exploring places and witnessing ceremonies that very few tourists get to.

Half-Day & Full-Day Tour Prices

Half-day Tour:                   US$120 per person

Non-Photographer:       US$60

Full-day tour:                     USD$200 per person

Non-Photographer:      US$120

Minimum 2 people

US$50 surcharge for single person (but check as they may already have others)

What to bring?

Any type of camera from point and shoot to DSLR. i-Phone and i-Pad is fine.

Half Day and Full Day Photography Tours

5:30 am – Pick up at Murni’s Houses. Comfortable air-conditioned van.

10:30 am – Half-day tour finishes – drop back to Murni’s Houses

2.00 pm –   Full-day tour finishes – includes a very good home-cooked Balinese lunch and drop back to Murni’s Houses

You will take home spectacular images of Bali and have a unique experience shared with the local Balinese people and go deeper into the culture.

You will gain a deeper understanding of your camera and how to maximize it for the best results. They will teach you to experiment with new and different settings.

David is a professional photographer with an in depth knowledge of Nikon equipment. Nyoman has extensive knowledge of Canon functionality.

David’s photography is widely published in airline magazines, newspapers and several leading lifestyle magazines.

Bring your tripod and lenses if you have them. Nikon and Canon lenses and some filters are available for use.

Book as much in advance as possible – they get booked up

Email: murni (at) murnis.com or tell Reception.

We will call them for you, check availability and reserve the places.

You pay them direct. Note that prices can change.

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Cruises, snorkeling or scuba diving or a boat trip to a deserted island

Cruises, snorkeling or scuba diving or a boat trip to a deserted island are all on offer.

Lembongan Island Reef Cruise
Pick up time: 7.15 am – 7.30 am.
9.15 am – 4.15 pm.
Morning/afternoon tea, coffee and snacks
International Buffet Lunch, Guided Village Tour, Unlimited Banana Boat Rides, Snorkelling Equipment and Instruction, Semi-Submersible Coral Viewer
Optional: Parasailing Introductory Scuba Diving  Certified Scuba Diving , Aquanauts, Massage
Lembongan Island Beach Club Cruise
Pick up time: 7.15 am – 7.30 am.
9.15 am – 4.15 pm.
Morning/afternoon tea, coffee and snacks
Tropical BBQ Lunch Beach Club Facilities, Guided Village Tour, Unlimited Banana Boat Rides, Snorkelling Equipment and Instruction, Semi-Submersible Coral Viewer
Optional: Parasailing, Introductory Scuba Diving, Certified Scuba Diving,, Aquanauts, Massage
Aristocrat, Luxury Sailing Catamaran (Nusa Lembongan)
Pick up time: 7.15 am – 7.30 am.
9.00 am. – 6.00 pm.
Morning/afternoon tea, coffee and snacks
Tropical BBQ Lunch, Fishing, Beach Club Facilities, Guided Village Tour, Unlimited Banana Boat Rides, Snorkelling Equipment and Instruction, Semi-Submersible Coral Viewer
Optional: Parasailing,Introductory Scuba Diving, Certified Scuba Diving, Aquanauts, Massage
Castaway Cruise (Nusa Penida)
Pick up time: 7.15 am – 7.30 am.
9.00 am. – 6.00 pm.
Morning/afternoon tea, coffee and snacks
Tropical BBQ Lunch, Fishing, Guided Village Tour, Snorkelling Equipment and Instruction
Optional: Introductory Scuba Diving  (min 2 people), Certified Scuba Diving (min 2 people), MassageApril-October (inclusive), Tues, Thurs and Sun.
3 Island Day Cruise
Pick up time: 9 am – 9.15 am.
10.30 am. – 5.30 pm.
Pristine bays and snorkel, deserted beaches
Picnic Lunch, Seaweed Farming Village, Marine Park, Beach Club on Lembongan
Optional: Parasailing, MassageOcean Rafting is not suitable for children under 10, pregnant women or people with back or heart problems.
Dolphin Cruise
Pick up time: 6 am – 6.15 am.
7.30 am. – 9.30 am.
Morning/afternoon tea, coffee and pastries, Dolphin Spotting off the South Bali coast

Ocean Rafting is not suitable for children under 10, pregnant women or people with back or heart problems.

90% success rate to see dolphins. If you don’t see dolphins, they will provide a return dolphin cruise free (subject to availability).

Aristocrat Evening Cruise

Pick up time: 5.15 pm – 5.30 pm.

7 pm – 9.30pm.
5 course Dinner,  Luxury Sailing Catamaran, Live music
Not for children under 8 years.

 

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Pick up time: 4 pm – 4.15 pm.

5.45 pm – 8.45pm.
International Buffet Dinner, Cruise around Benoa Harbour, Live music and cabaret
Hai Tide Huts
Breakfast included.

ACTIVITIES

The following lists some of the activities available at the Hai Tide Huts.

  • Reef Pontoon Facilities
  • Resort Swimming Pool
  • Bicycles
  • Ocean Kayaks
  • Volley Ball (beach & pool)
  • Banana Boat Rides
  • Snorkelling Equipment and Instruction
  • Free Surfing Transfers
  • Kids Play Area
  • Free WiFi

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Parasailing, Fishing, Junking Sailing, Scuba Diving, Aquanauts*, Massage, Manicure, Pedicure

*AQUANAUTS

Aquanauts is a new marine adventure. A unique underwater experience which allows you to breathe underwater while walking amongst Indonesia’s vibrant tropical reefs and diverse marine life. Not for suitable children under 9 years.

For Cruises, snorkeling or scuba diving or a boat trip to a deserted island:

Email us for the prices. Note that prices can change.

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Village Ricefield Trekking

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Village Ricefield Trekking ventures into essential Balinese culture – go on a nature walk to the verdant rice paddies and enjoy the beauty of spectacular landscapes accompanied by the sound of the flowing river, meet the locals and see Balinese daily life and customs.

This is a very pleasant walk through the green hills of Ubud, enjoy the magnificent panoramas of the Tjampuhan river valley, the guide will safely lead you to unforgettable moments, passing through lush rice paddies while enjoying beautiful, cool, fresh breezes of fresh air, see the farmers working at the paddy fields as they look after their ducks, hear the birds sing, walk through the eternal peaceful villages, see Balinese women present their offerings to the gods, as well as meet cheerful Balinese children playing around. Discover historical sites, visit ancient temples and enjoy the natural beauty of Ubud.

Tour includes:

  • Pick up by air conditioned transport and return after lunch
  • Balinese fruits and cakes
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Friendly, knowledgeable English-speaking guide
  • Indonesian Lunch in a delightful local restaurant
  • Stunning scenery
  • Photo opportunities

Village Ricefield Trekking. Book as much in advance as possible. We will call the company.

Pick Up times:

Ubud                          8:30 am – 9:00 am
Nusa Dua                7:15 am – 7:45 am
Sanur                         7:45 am – 8:15 am
Kuta                           7:30 am – 8:00 am

Minimum number 2 (but they may already have another booking, so always check).

We have a special Tamarind Spa Package:

THE TAMARIND SPA RICE PADDY TREK AND SPA PACKAGE

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Bali Herbal Walks

herbal walksBali Herbal Walks take you on a walk amid the rice paddies of Ubud.

Bali Herbal Walks starts at 8.30 am and takes about 3 – 4 hours, with time out to stop at an organic restaurant.

You will discover herbs that grow along the edges of the rice paddies.

You will see turmeric and coconut palms, taro plants and banana trees, lemon grass and citronella, soursop, jackfruit, pineapple and breadfruit growing side by side.

We will pull, pick and crush roots and leaves and smell the strong fragrances. We will stop to taste edible leaves, suck the nectar out of the red flowers of the closed hibiscus tree, and drink fresh, young coconut juice.

Bali Herbal Walks provide:

  • herbal tea
  • herbal drinks
  • Balinese cake
  • tropical fruit

Bring comfortable foot wear with non-slip soles, as the walk can be wet and muddy, as well as a hat and sun block and a camera. Book as much in advance as possible.

We will call them for you, check availability and reserve the places.

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Bali Bird Walks

birdBali Bird Walks will take you on a variety of trails around the countryside of Ubud.

Following a brief introductory talk, we set off on our walk, for about 3 1/2 hours, 5 or 6 kilometres, and returning for lunch about 12.30 pm.

Over 100 species of birds are found around Ubud, of which you are bound to see 30 or so, including Indonesian endemics such as Java Kingfisher, Bar-winged Prinia, Black-winged Starling, Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker, Java Sparrow, and many brilliant birds.

You may also see Birdwing and Swallowtail butterflies, different types of rice cultivation, rustic temples and monuments, magnificent trees, stunning scenery, and wildflowers.

Bali Bird Walks provide:

  • lunch
  • cool Aqua on the trails
  • coffee and tea, and
  • a limited number of binoculars

Bring comfortable foot wear with non-slip soles, as the walk can be wet and muddy, as well as a hat and sun block and a camera.

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Bicycle Drive through the Villages

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Bicycle Drive through the Villages explores Bali by cycling downhill  – you see genuine Balinese traditional life and the unique culture of Bali while taking in the beauty of its exotic panoramas.

We begin our tour by taking you to the spectacular beauty of Kintamani and on the way there, we are going to have a short stop at a coffee plantation to taste various kinds of herbal coffees including the well-known Luwak coffee.

Afterwards we head to the serenity of Kintamani, nestled high on a volcanic crater rim, where you will enjoy your morning tea or coffee with a light breakfast overlooking to the stunning view of Mount Batur and its splendid crater lake.

After having breakfast we are off on our mountain bikes, on our bicycle drive through the villages, enjoying 4 hours downhill cycling throughout the wonderful and tranquil back roads of rural Bali passing through native villages, seeing classic Balinese daily life and enjoying various spectacular landscapes, all the way down through verdant forested areas, tropical fruit plantations and ancient Balinese temples. If we chance upon a ceremony you will able to witness it directly.

We also have several stopping areas, as well as visiting a Balinese house where you can meet and chat with local families and their adorable children. Our friendly guide will be very happy to explain each part of the traditional house inside.

We will have a stop at a traditional warung, see wood carvers and Balinese painters at work, then rest under a peaceful banyan tree, recharging your energy for a while with mineral water and fresh tropical fruit.

After resting we continue on biking through dazzling, lush rice paddies and have the chance to see farmers working at their rice fields, enjoying the Balinese countryside and knowing more about its cultural customs.

At the end of the trip, we will serve you an appetizing lunch in our delightful local restaurant.

The tour includes:

  • Air conditioned hotel transfer
  • Morning tea or coffee and light meal
  • Fully serviced mountain bikes and safety helmets
  • Mineral water and fresh tropical fruit en route
  • Rain coats (in case it rains)
  • Guide
  • Indonesian lunch

What to bring:

  • We recommend sports clothes and walking shoes.
  • Sunblock, sunglasses and hat
  • Small backpack for your camera and video cam.

Rp. 450.000 per adult

Rp. 300.000 for children under 12 years.

Rp. 150.000 for infant up to 5 years

Minimum number 2 (but they may already have another booking, so always check).

Age limit: 1-64 years.

PICK UP TIMES

Ubud Area:  8.30 am – 8.45 am

Kuta Area:   7.30 am – 7.45 am

Sanur Area: 7.45 am – 8.00 am

Nusa Dua:   7.15 am – 7.30 am

Book Bicycle Drive through the Villages as much in advance as possible.

We will call for you and reserve the places. You pay them direct. Note that prices can change.

Email: murni (at)murnis.com or tell Reception.

We have a special Tamarind Spa Package:

THE TAMARIND SPA FULL DAY CYCLING AND SPA PACKAGE

Cycle down the back roads of Bali and then refresh those muscles and pamper yourself with our New Full Day Cycling and Spa Package!

 

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Elephant Safari Park Rafting Trekking and Cycling

Elephant Safari Park Rafting Trekking and Cycling can be booked in any combination.

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Enjoy an incredible experience riding and even bathing with the elephants as they take their morning bath, and that includes the babies. It’s also possible to combine this with other activities, such as cycling and/or white water rafting.

Bathe and Breakfast with the Elephants Tour
Pick up time*: 6.30 – 7.00 am
Continental or American Breakfast, Bathing the Elephants, Elephant Show, Safari Ride
Bathe and Breakfast with the Elephants and White Water Rafting Tour
Pick up time*: 6.30 – 7.00 am
Continental or American Breakfast, Bathing the Elephants, Elephant Show, Safari Ride, White Water Rafting, Buffet Lunch
Elephant Safari Park Ride Tour
Pick up time*: 8.00 – 8.30 am or 1.30 – 2.00 pm
Gourmet Buffet lunch, Elephant Show, Safari Ride
Elephant Safari Park Tour

Pick up time*: 8.00 – 8.30 am or 1.30 – 2.00 pm

Gourmet Buffet lunch and Elephant Show

Elephant Safari under the Stars
Pick up time*: 4.30 – 5.00 pm
Night Safari, Show and Dinner
Afternoon Rafting, Elephant Night Safari, Show and Dinner
Pick up time*: 12.30 – 1.00 pm
Rafting, Elephant Safari Night Ride, Show, Dinner
Afternoon Cycling, Night Safari, Show and Dinner
Pick up time*: 1.30 – 2.00 pm
Cycling, Elephant Safari Night Ride, Show, Dinner, insurance included
Trekking and Safari Ride
Pick up time*: 9.00 – 9.30 am
Gourmet Buffet lunch, Elephant Ride, insurance included

 

Rafting & Elephant Safari Ride
Pick up time*: 8.15 – 8.45am.
Gourmet Buffet lunch, Elephant Show, Safari Ride
Rafting & Elephant Park Visit
Pick up time*: 8.15 – 8.45am.
Rafting, Gourmet Buffet Lunch, Elephant Safari Park Entrance, (Safari Ride not included)
Cycling & Elephant Safari Ride
Pick up time*: 8.30 – 9.00am.
Mountain Cycling, Gourmet Buffet lunch, Elephant Show, Safari Ride

Cycling, Rafting & Elephant Safari Ride
Pick up time*: 8.30 – 9.00am.
Mountain Cycling, Rafting, Gourmet Buffet lunch, Safari Ride

* pick up times are approximate.

We will send prices to guests staying at Murni’s Houses.

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White Water Rafting

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White Water Rafting is an exhilarating rafting adventure on the beautiful Ayung River.

The river stretch is 8 km through 27 class II and III rapids in a wild unspoiled rainforest, towering gorges and magnificent rice paddy terraces.

Professionally trained and experienced guides pilot safety-equipped Avon rafts through the best river runs, dramatic drops and spectacular waterfalls to make your Bali rafting ride a fun and awesome experience.

It takes about 1 1/2 hours. There are hot showers, clean towels and changing rooms.

Morning

Pick up time*: 9.00 – 9.00am
Gourmet Buffet Lunch, hot showers, changing rooms

Afternoon

Pick up time*: 1.00 – 2.00pm.
Gourmet Buffet Lunch, hot showers, changing rooms

We will send prices of White Water Rafting to guests staying at Murni’s Houses.

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