Dec 26 2010

White Sand Beach: 7 days 7 beaches

Published by under Candi Dasa

Pantai Putih (White sand beach) is set about a 20-minute drive north of Candi Dasa on Bali’s eastern coast. It’s one of those hidden away beaches that gets a mention in most guidebooks but few people ever actually bother getting to because it involves a bit of travelling to reach. That’s good news for you, … read the full post

Dec 23 2010

Balian Beach: 7 days 7 beaches

Published by under West Bali

Balian Beach was the place we first really fell in love with Bali. The black sand beach is set at the mouth of the same-named river. It’s a big river and the combination of large surf, strong currents and the volume of water pouring out of the river — especially in wet season — doesn’t … read the full post

Dec 19 2010

Bali bars: Pantai Indah Seafood

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Bali is famous for its glitzy bars with menus awash in martinis and umbrella-festooned drinks, but one of our favourite local spots is Pantai Indah Seafood (we just call it “the shack”). It’s little more than a few planks of wood and long roughly-hewn tables right on the sands of Sanur Beach. The menu is … read the full post

Dec 18 2010

Is rabies a problem on Bali?

Published by under Health & safety

The simple answer is yes. Bali’s rabies outbreak began in 2008 and by the end of 2010 more than 100 Indonesians had died of the disease. Many of those who died were bitten by dogs but had not sought treatment and once physical symptoms appear the disease is 100% fatal. Attempts to get the outbreak … read the full post

Dec 17 2010

The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

Published by under Serangan Island

Turtles in Bali are a sensitive issue. Traditionally some Balinese like to eat them and turtle meat has often been used in religious ceremonies. Unfortunately, turtle numbers have plummeted around Bali, in part due to hunting but also because their hatcheries are disappearing due to over-development, as  Bali continues to cram more and more (willing) … read the full post

Dec 15 2010

Ubud: A tale of two markets

Published by under Ubud

You’ve seen Eat Pray Love right? No? Lucky you. In the middle of the Bali portion of the film, Julia Roberts takes a stroll through the central market in Ubud and careful watchers will notice that the market doesn’t appear to be “traditional” (muddy and full of flopping fish, shivering ducks and long dead cows) … read the full post

Dec 13 2010

Bali drinks: Ku De Ta

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Ever-popular Ku De Ta is probably one of the most recommended places on the island — “Dahhhhling, you must go for sunset cocktails!” — and it’s true, you probably should at least once. It’s a stunningly situated restaurant and bar overlooking a decidedly enticing stretch of beach and at sunset, in the right light, it’s … read the full post

Dec 09 2010

Kids in Kuta: Waterbom

Published by under Kids

It’s a bit tedious, the kicking off portion of organising yourself at Waterbom Park: the lining up, the entrance fee payment (phone lines were down for Amex when we were there), the paying for the splash tag (a barcode-marked bracelet that lets you pay for stuff without your wallet), the getting changed, the hiring a … read the full post

Dec 08 2010

Kids in Bali: Fun World

Published by under Kids

Fun World is a massive indoor (and un-air-conditioned) playground in Sukawati. It’s a bit out of the way for the average tourist, but if you’re staying in Ubud or Sanur you might want to consider it if you’ve had enough of trawling the sites with your kids and kind of just want a day off … read the full post

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