Jan 12 2012

Surabaya’s sights in a day

Published by under Java

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

Published by under Photos

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

Jan 02 2012

Seminyak breakfasts

Published by under Food,Seminyak

Whether you’re roughing it at a Bali guesthouse and you want to treat yourself or you’re splurging in a villa but you want to hit the pavement, brunch in Seminyak is a good idea. Breakfasts run the full gamut here, from cheap and cheerful through to sophisticated and pricey. Here are a few of our … read the full post

Dec 26 2011

Kawah Ijen: An Indonesian highlight

Published by under Java

Climbing volcanoes. It’s an activity that repeats itself regularly on a journey through the Indonesian¬†archipelago. There’s something majestic about those towering masses of rock and ash that calls us to conquer them as if to show them who’s boss. And usually we return with stories of magnificent views and how it felt like being on … read the full post

Dec 19 2011

Bali to Java by bus

Published by under Java,Transport

Bali is the jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism, attracting more and more visitors every year; for some, the number of fellow tourists is just too high and there is a strong desire to high-tail it right out of there. That’s where Bali’s western neighbour comes into the picture: Java, a long slender island … read the full post

Dec 12 2011

Ice cream in Sanur

Published by under Food,Sanur

Technically, even though it’s always pretty hot in Bali, it’s summer time now — so you have an even better excuse to indulge in a scoop of ice cream or three while you’re here. Yes it’s not hardy travel, this eating ice cream business, I’ll grant you that. Still, ice cream. Ice. Cream. Sanur now … read the full post

Dec 07 2011

Photo: John Hardy jewellery showroom

Published by under Photos

This beautiful bamboo building, a showroom for John Hardy jewellery, is open for visits by appointment only — you’re supposed to go to see the jewellery, but the building is so impressive, architecture buffs should come for a peek at the structure alone. Bali and bamboo has been in the news lately, with AP doing … read the full post

Dec 05 2011

Amid the paddy: Ubud’s Sari Organic

Published by under Food,Ubud

This is the tale of a little walk, up a hill off Ubud’s main street, and through relatively flat, slightly terraced rice paddy, now dotted with ever-more concrete villas and bungalows. It’s a 15-minute walk, or about 800 metres, a sign at the turn off along Subak Sok Wayah tells visitors, to get to a … read the full post

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