Jan 28 2011

Stuck in Bali? Here are some options

Published by at 12:32 pm under Sights & activities

Dawn at Jasi Beach, a world away from delayed flights and Kuta madness

Dawn at Jasi Beach, a world away from delayed flights and Kuta madness

Sometimes there is nothing worse than getting stranded on a tropical island — the boss is never going to believe your concoction about some volcano on Java blowing its top … he knows what really happened.

Anyway, if you’ve found your Jetstar flight from Bali to Australia to be cancelled or delayed, here are a few suggestions on how to kill some time while they get everything sorted out.

Half day
Waterbom in Kuta Pretend you’re plummeting onto Jetstar’s customer service desk rather than into the water. Ideal for kids.

Padang Padang Beach This great little beach is about a 30 minute drive from Kuta, is less crowded, prettier and has calmer waters than the strip of sand you’re stranded at.

Turtle Conservation & Education Centre. Another great option for strandees with young kids. 30 minutes from Kuta.

Full day
If the airline fesses up and say you’re not leaving till tomorrow night, then politely refuse the cheap Kuta hotel and get outa town. Ubud is an obvious first stop, you’ve probably already been there, but even if you have, did you try Ubud Lestari?

Ubud doesn’t appeal? There’s always Candi Dasa. Sure it’s a couple of hours from Kuta, but it’s also a world away. Do swing by White Sand Beach while you’re there.

Keep informed
Whatever you end up doing, keep informed. Make sure Jetstar has your number and if you don’t hear from them, you can start haranguing them on the Jetstar Twitter account. You can also keep up to date on the Jetstar flight status page here.

PS if your flight is back on time, just file away the tips above for next time!

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