I'm planning to spend 10 days in Bali end of February- beginning of March 2012 and I'm having a hard time trying to figure out where to base myself. I thought Sanur, since there's the beach, and then hire a scooter to go around the island. I'm not into the party scene at all... Would that be a good idea? Any suggestions? Maybe there's a more laid back, nice beach town that I don't know of? Or may be it would be better to spend a couple of days in Sanur, then some time in Amed, some time in Ubud, etc? I'd like some swimming in the beach and some of the rest of Bali as well, of course... Also, any recommendations for accommodation (30/40usd) will be appreciated. Thanks!
#1 arenal has been a member since 2/2/2008. Posts: 12
Although Bali is relatively small, the traffic and roads are bad enough to make just one spot as a base for scooter daytrips not practical.
I like your idea of a few days in Sanur , then a few days in other locations. Amed is good for the north east. Padangbai good for central east (Candidasa also, but it is getting a bit close to Amed - actually you could stay in Candi and do Amed and Padangbai plus surrounding rice terrace areas) and of course Ubud .
Some other areas I like are Sideman in the rice fields between Padangbai and Ubud and Lovina on the north coast. The offshore (from Sanur best bet) island of Nusa Lembongan is a good location too.
I wrote this a few months back after my latest Kuta Trip. The new airport was just about to open:
Sorry a bit late in on this
I'm a big fan of riding around the island -- there's a few pieces on the Bali Blog detailed here (I've only blogged as far as Pemuteran though!) Agree with Tezza re Sideman Candi Dasa and Nusa Lembongan - all good spots.
As for specific accommodation listings, there's lots on Travelfish & I've seen them all, so if you want a double check on any of the reviews, let me know.
Kuta,Lombok in Feb will see some rain. I was last there in Jan 2011 and we saw a lot of rain. Each time we've been to Lombok has been via the Padang Bai to Lembar slow ferry (because we take the car with us) -- it is the cheapest way across, but the taxi mafia (as Tezza says) are a nightmare -- sort out a transfer with your accommodation.
CHeers & drop us a line when in Sanur
Thanks so much Tezza and Somtam 2000 for the info and taking the time to write it down. This is really helpful.
Somtam, your pieces about riding in Bali are great. Following on that, I guess that from Amed I can go down down to Ubud, stay there a few days, and then back to Sanur... Please, let me know if you have any advice on that. And doing all this on a scooter will be OK? I never rode a bigger bike...
#7 arenal has been a member since 2/2/2008. Posts: 12
Yes all my riding is just on a step through scooter.
For Amed to Ubud if you want you can go roughly Amed - Amplapura - Sideman - Klungkung - Ubud rather than the slightly more direct Amed - Amlapura - Bangli - Ubud route. That way you can take an overnighter at Sideman, which I'd certainly recommend if time allows. Very very scenic part of Bali & not toooo much traffic.
Thanks so much again. You make it much much easier to plan my trip.
#9 arenal has been a member since 2/2/2008. Posts: 12
Even though it has a bad reputation because of pushy touts, the Kintamani area and Batur caldera are incredible. If you're on a bike, check it out. Well-worth swinging by.
Also agree with the others that one of the best ways to see Bali is to hit the road and visit a few different places. Really allows you to see the side of Bali 95% of visitors miss.
Thanks a lot Mooball, I'll try to get to the places you suggest.
#11 arenal has been a member since 2/2/2008. Posts: 12