Jul 08 2013

Liukang Loe Island, Sulawesi

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If you’re looking to slip the weekend crowds of Sulawesi’s┬áBira, Liukang Loe Island beckons just offshore, a 15-40 minute boat ride away (depending on weather). With two homestays, no traffic, two mosques and a lovely long beach with sand perfect for castle-making, it’s a great little spot to just chill. There’s a homestay at either … read the full post

Jun 30 2013

Bira, Sulawesi: First impressions

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Bira is a holiday resort village at the tip of Sulawesi’s southwestern tentacle, boasting several squeaky white-sand beaches, beachside boatbuilding and offshore diving and snorkelling. While Westerners have been coming in dribs and drabs for years, it’s more recently become a very popular spot for weekend visitors from the surrounds and as far afield as … read the full post

Jun 19 2013

24 hours in Seminyak, Bali

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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

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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

May 21 2013

Review: The Menjangan, Bali

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Located smack-bang in West Bali National Park, The Menjangan is spread across 382 hectares — yes, it’s massive — though the actual development covers a very modest area. If you’re looking for somewhere secluded and plush beachside in Bali that’s a bit different, you enjoy nature-based activities and your budget stretches to luxe, it may … read the full post

May 20 2013

How to prepare for climbing Gunung Agung

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A prayer for the mountain.

Climbing Bali’s Gunung Agung is easily the most physically taxing activity I have ever done. And while this was my second attempt (the first was unsuccessful as someone in our group couldn’t go on), I still wasn’t as prepared as I could have been. Other climbers I saw on the day were not prepared at … read the full post

May 19 2013

Photos from the summit of Gunung Agung on Bali

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An offering from one of the guides.

Gunung Agung is the tallest and most revered peak on the Indonesian island of Bali. On a clear day (billboards not withstanding) it can be seen from just about anywhere on the island. Last year as a part of the World Nomads travel writer scholarship programme, I made an attempt on the peak but we … read the full post

May 10 2013

Review: Komune Resort and Beach Club, Bali

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We love Bali’s wild and beautiful east coast, and we’re glad to see more places opening in out-of-the-way places to make the most of its stunning views and surf. Komune Resort and Beach Club opened just last year and offers a great, relaxed midrange choice, particularly for surfers and their partners in this neck of … read the full post

May 07 2013

Eating at Kali Manik, north Bali

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Crispy fried sardines served with garlic butter, pommes au beurre and tomato salad with balsamic vinaigrette. 68,000 rupiah.

Kali Manik is a garden-set, beachside eco-resort in the true sense of the word, on the black sands of Bali’s northern reaches, about an hour’s drive east of Pemuteran and six kilometres west of Seririt. While we love the three rooms here, what really stands out is the food — if you’re anywhere in the … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Review: United Colors of Bali

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Colours around, and in, the pool.

If location close to the beach isn’t important to you during your trip to Bali, and you’d like a house but your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a villa, the relatively new United Colors of Bali in Canggu makes for a top value choice of place to stay, offering cute two-bedroom houses surrounding a pool … read the full post

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