Feb 06 2012

Gunung Bromo

Published by under Java

We’ve recently been writing about travelling in Java, the island immediately to the west of the tourist mecca of Bali. One of the great things to do in Java is to climb volcanoes and there are many as you traverse the island, such as Kawah Ijen, that are very accessible. Without exception, the most popular … read the full post

Feb 03 2012

Bali’s bamboo chocolate factory

Published by under Sights & activities

UPDATE: We’ve just revisited the factory and they now run daily tours at 14:00, 35,000 rupiah if you call in advance, (50,000 rupiah if you just drop in, 100,000 rupiah for a tour outside regular hours). The cafe is yet to open but should be ready in July. The chocolate is still delicious, and a … read the full post

Feb 01 2012

A side trip to Sidemen

Published by under Sidemen

I accept that I won’t win any headline writing awards for the title of this piece, but really, for all those who want to complain about how busy Bali is these days, how bad the traffic is, how you can’t swing a cat without hitting a drunk Australian in Kuta, how Ubud is under attack … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

Photo: Galungan penjor

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The Balinese are busy preparing for Galungan, the most important holiday on the island, which begins on Wednesday and lasts for 10 days. Part of the preparations involve erecting magnificent penjors, which are great, tapering arcs of bamboo decorated with coconut leaves, outside the family home. Here’s ours in Sanur:  

Jan 30 2012

How to get to Java’s Pangandaran

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We previously wrote about Java’s answer to Kuta beach, the wonderful Pangandaran located on the south coast of West Java. It’s a fairly remote outpost off the main highway, disconnected from the rail network and seemingly a hassle to get to. But it’s really not as difficult as it first seems and here we explain … read the full post

Jan 23 2012

Train travel in Java

Published by under Java

Indonesia is a massive archipelago spanning over 5,000 kilometres from its western tip in Aceh to the eastern border in Papua, and travelling across this huge country requires the use of a wide variety of transport (including boats, which we cover here). On the densely populated island of Java, which is the home to more … read the full post

Jan 12 2012

Surabaya’s sights in a day

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Many travellers we here at Travelfish.org speak with during their trans-Java journeys like to take in the main Java attractions of Borobudur, Gunung Bromo and Kawah Ijen before making a beeline to Bali. Fewer stop to take in cities such as Bandung, Malang and the capital of East Java, Surabaya. Surabaya is Indonesia’s second largest … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Waka Shorea

When we pulled into the main road entrance to the Waka Shorea in north Bali, we thought we’d pulled into the wrong driveway. But we pushed on. And still, we weren’t quite sure if we were supposed to be here. A staff member however did emerge, directed us to park our car in an overgrown … read the full post

Jan 04 2012

Java’s answer to Kuta: Pangandaran

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It’s no secret that we here at Travelfish.org are big fans of Bali and in particular the fabulous beaches around the Bukit area. With such stunners as Padang Padang, Bingin and Balangan, you really are spoilt for choice. And then there is Kuta. Once a deserted strip of pristine sand fringed by swaying palm trees … read the full post

Jan 03 2012

Photo: Sand at Medewi Beach, Bali

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Best known to surfers, Medewi is an enchanting spot in West Bali that catches some especially great waves but also has a laidback, rural vibe. There aren’t many places to stay, and most of the best ones are very low-key homestay spots that double as surf schools. As there are both good beginner and advanced … read the full post

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