Archive for the 'Bali' Category

Jul 14 2014

Birthdays in Bali

Published by under Bali

Into the abyss.

Here at Casa Travelfish, July is a busy month on the birthday count with the birthdays of Chief Researcher-in-training William (born 2008) and Chief Researcher-soon-retiring Stuart (born well, a long time before William) just two days apart. So if you’re looking for birthday activities for the young and old in Bali, what are some good … read the full post

Jul 08 2014

Bali is not an over-touristed hellhole.

Published by under Bali

It annoys me when I read a diatribe writing off Bali as an over-touristed hellhole when it transpires that the author was too lazy to go exploring the greater island. So before you let your rant-stained fingers anywhere near a keyboard and whinge about the island, try some of the following. Balangan Beach This is … read the full post

Jun 15 2014

Staying safe in Bali

Published by under Health & safety

Mushrooms can make your eyes go a bit funny.

Unfortunately Bali is in the news for all the wrong reasons more and more often of late. There’s the more typical issues that come with concreting over paradise — over-development, pollution and trash disposal and, of course, the traffic — but there are also more troubling issues such as a rise in petty crime, theft, … read the full post

Apr 30 2014

Bali airport taxis: A new screw up

Published by under Transport

My 100,000 rupiah saviour approached. Note the tourists walking back into the terminal behind him.

Late last night I arrived in Bali’s new airport, cleared immigration and customs and headed out to get a taxi home from the official taxi kiosk. I’ve written about Bali’s airport taxis on a number of occasions, primarily advising of the set fares and updating it when the fares went up after the rise in … read the full post

Dec 28 2013

Wet season in Bali

Published by under Practicalities

Nusa Cenningan: Margarita scenes.

Travelling during the monsoon in Bali has its challenges but also advantages. While it may occasionally rain for days on end, other days will be clear and sunny with a welcome downpour during the late afternoon cooling down temperatures and washing the air of dust, creating stunning sunsets and sunrises. Water holds a special place … read the full post

Dec 17 2013

Great Bali family getaways

Published by under Accommodation

A room with a view in Ubud.

While five-star hotels offer easy buffets and kids’ clubs, Bali offers great getaways that may take a bit more effort to arrange but perhaps make a more memorable stay. And with a family in tow, it’s all about making memories, right? Bali’s east offers gorgeous scenery and is easily reached now a major coastal road … read the full post

Aug 30 2013

Cheap eats in Indonesia: Ikan bakar

Published by under Food

Ikan grilling party, Sulawesi somewhere.

Ikan bakar, or grilled fish, is an extremely popular and delicious dish in Indonesia (and Malaysia), served streetside, beachside and in restaurants. Ikan bakar is one of the very simplest dishes you’ll find both streetside and in fancier restaurants in Indonesia. When you’re not sure what to order from a menu, it’s a pretty safe … read the full post

Aug 24 2013

Review: Alila Soori, Bali

Published by under Accommodation

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While the Alila Soori isn’t going to be on any Bali budget place to stay shortlist, it certainly makes our Bali fantasy wishlist. Nestled into Bali’s southwest coast, well away from the hectic tourist bustle of the south, its minimalist style and beachside locale make it a great retreat for those looking for barefoot luxury. … read the full post

Jun 19 2013

24 hours in Seminyak, Bali

Published by under Seminyak

Sun sinking on Seminyak.

Seminyak. As much as many a traveller may sneer at it for being the tourist enclave it is, many a weary tourist ends up here for a night or two at the start or end of a Bali trip; some may even spend their whole time here, exploring the beach, cafes, bars and nightlife. But … read the full post

May 23 2013

Review: Kali Manik, Bali

Published by under Accommodation

Bananas?

Kali Manik is a lovely three-bungalow eco-resort set on the black sands of Bali’s northern coast, about seven kilometres west of Seririt. If you’re looking for a relaxing midrange retreat where you can swing in a hammock, listen to birdsong and not do too much else, you’ve found it. But you could also base yourself … read the full post

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