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Temples and Ceremony’s

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 Darcy & Molly

Every one wants to see a Temple and Ceremony; the women are all dressed in gorgeous sarongs and lace blouses and balance large offerings of stacked fruit and food on their heads. You really don’t have to try and see a ceremony as they happen around you. A  Full Moon ceremony happens once a month. However do be aware of the daily offerings that adorn the streets it is polite not to stand on them or accidentally kick them. Bali also has a remarkably memorable aroma that can stay in your memory for years. I so love the incenses. (Parrot being my favourite)

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Self Drive

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Firstly it is best to get your International Licence before you leave from the NRMA or your country equivalent. Once you leave Kuta / Legian/ Seminyak the roads are very good and the scenery will blow you away. It’s often hard to decide which side to look; you travel often with the coast on one side and rice paddy fields and villages on the other. Let me tell you about our adventure. Or Hire a Driver (eg: Wayan Tattoo  $60 a day plus his accommodation)

Day 1

Car Hire is so cheap we hired a 8 seater “Kia” look a like van with CD Player for $20 per day.  It cost us about $30 in fuel to travel approximately 350 Kl ms around the Island. Leave early, YES this is a must to avoid the traffic and hustle and bustle of getting out of the Kuta / Legian. Our first stop was Keramas to check out the surf. With very little swell we then travelled onto  Seminyak, Candidasa and stopped here for breakfast at the Temple Cafe and Seaside Cottages. The best banana pancakes I have ever had. From here we had a stop at Jesri Beach. There is a lovely home stay here right on the beach called Irene’s Home Stay.

I expected the roads to be pot holed and in need of some real repair. This is NOT so. They are very well maintained and put some of our country roads to shame. We arrived in Amed at around lunch time and found this wonderful Cafe/ Snorkelling Warung, called Dive Cafe. This was a safe spot for the kids to explore and we ate some fantastic Indonesian food. It was great to refresh in the Cafes pool before we headed through Singaraja. It sounds like that we have done a lot of klm’s today but by the time we got to Lovina it was only 204 kl from Legian.

Lovina is to me a very run down tourist town in need of some tourists. It feels even a little haunted. The beach is very polluted. Touts drive the streets looking for tourists to deliver them to hotels. We some how followed a tout to a hotel and thought what the heck we’ll enquire here. It turned into what was more like an accommodation auction. I quite enjoyed the experience. Another tout had pulled a English couple of the road, I was shown the family bungalow, the price started at 1.5 mil rup, I was prepared to pay 700,000 rup. (Includes 4 x American Breakfasts) So we all sat down in the foyer whilst the bidding took place. I did not budge on my price and won the bid. I later spoke to the tout as I presumed he would get a kick back. His job is to go to all the hotels in the morning, see what rooms are available and bring guests to them. The only payment he receives and his aim is to get you to book on a dolphin or snorkeling cruise. This we did not do. He was not deterred and shook my hand and waddled off to the next tourist. We enjoyed our stay at Bali Taman Resort and Spa.

Day 2

Next Stop Medewi pronounced Mer – Day –wee is a long left point break, rolling gently over river stones. Watch out for sea urchins. Medewi is now being built out….get there now before all the concrete buildings are complete.

Balian one of our favourite spots in Bali. Balian means Magic Healer. Situated on a wonderful peaceful river mouth. The views of the rolling surf are breath taking and you can get accommodation that is less than ten steps to the sand. What to do in Balian? Watch the surf, read, yoga, walk & rest.

This beach has captivated me and we spend a few nights here every trip. Check out my Accommodation Page at Gubug & Pondok Pitaya.

Sunset in Bali

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A daily ritual in Bali is to enjoy a Bintang or three and watch the sunset. The beach along north to Jayakarta and South to Legian Beach Hotel is very crowded, if you want some peace head to out the front of the Monzarella Restaurant on the beach or Puri Raja Hotel where you will find Mon, Mumma Wayan , Poppa Ketut Anna Queen of Pain.  Speak to Mon and ask her for no hassle, tell her you read about her on the Bali Buddy. Beach Sellers are beautiful people with beautiful personalities just trying to make a living like all of us. Take the picture out of your head of rude, pushy, and hard sell and you will form some incredible friendships and learn a lot about the way of life in Indonesia. These people have a wealth of knowledge and have the time to spend with you. You will offend them by calling them Beach Hawkers; this is their full time jobs. The beach workers have there own section of the beach. There are 650 workers from Tuban to Seminyak, they have their own allocated area from the council (usually 3 resorts long). They pay a fee of 3000 rup per day to be on the beach and unlike us have to pay 500 rup to go to the Public Toilets. So be kind and have a heart and buy something or a lot from these beautiful people.

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Tours (Flores, Ubud, Nusa Lembogan, Cangu, Lombok, Gili Trawagan, Sumbawa, Nusa Dua, Balangan, Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Dreamland, Jimbaran, Sanur, Tanalot, Bali Bird Park, White Water Rafting, Trekking Mt Batur, Quad Bikes, Swim with the dolphins and many more beautiful places in Bali.

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My best mate Wayan

Safari Marine Park You will feel as if you have stepped into Jurassic Park and I definitely feel like I have been to Africa.  Tip:   Purchase a locker on your way in saves carry everything all day. You will be able to pet and take pictures of Lions, Tigers and Orang-utans. You will see animals from all over the world on the guided bus tour. Make sure you have lunch in the Parks main restaurant as Lions and Tigers will join you at the window. The Elephant feeding is a real giggle and make sure you put your hand up high and shout out loud so you can be picked as a guest in the elephant show. Tip: Go mid week it’s not as busy as the weekends. Safari Park is an amazing place the staff are very talented often speaking 3 languages during tours and shows. The park also has a water slide/ ride section. You can also stay overnight at Safari Park in there amazing bungalows and be transported by elephant to dinner and pet lions and tigers whilst eating your meal. If you miss Bali Safari Park you will have missed a very special experience in Bali. Speak to Wayan Tattoo re discounts in Bali Safari Park  – Packages vary in cost from $55, $105 & $145

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Elephant Safari Tour Elephant Safari Park in Taro Bali is a great day out for the elephant lovers……Usually $82US per person. Book through Bali Buddy & pay only $75US per person. This includes Hotel transfer, 21% tax, 35 minute elephant drive & elephant show & Elephant feeding & lunch

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Bali Zoo: recently I did a fundraiser and took 55 children from Sudi Astu Orphanage to Bali Zoo.  It was amazing and  so so clean and the animals were really well cared and looked after.  There is no hustle and bustle and it is very very relaxing.  The grounds are lovely it’s well worth a visit. See Wayan Tattoo for discounted prices & transport to the Bali Zoo.

Breakfast with Orangutans at the Bali Zoo: Start the most important meal of the day with our adorable Orangutan at their playground. Breakfast in the zoo might be a common thing, but breakfast with Orangutan? That would be one kind of an experience!. The first in Indonesia, Bali Zoo launched a unique Breakfast with Orangutan experience. Now, guests are not only able to enjoy breakfast like a king, but also with kings of the jungle: Orangutans.. Head over to Gayo Restaurant at Kampung Sumatra, see the playful orangutans play in the playground. Other fauna’s will also be joining the hearty breakfast. A scrumptious breakfast is served during Breakfast with Orangutan. Start with assorted tropical fruits or fruit juice, followed by freshly baked bread, and optional choices of main course that ranged from Fried Rice, Buttermilk pancake, Classic Cereals and more. Complete your morning with a cup of Balinese coffee or warm English breakfast tea to compote a perfect ending to your breakfast quest.

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Bali Fun Ship: The company collects you from your Hotel.. You board the Fun ship(Cruise) which is moored at Nusa Lombongan on an activities pontoon…  The boat is very nicely decorated with lovely lounges, tables, small food & drinks bar and great out door areas and so much to offer.  The tour included morning tea and lunch + free water.  You get to snorkel, the ship has a water slide into the ocean as well as a spa on the cruise, also  kayaking and banana boat rides are available from the pontoon. Afterwards they take you  to explore the beautiful Island of Nusa Lembongan, where you can relax in the resort by the pool over looking the ocean and get a short guided tour of Nusa Lombogan capturing a glimpse of their way of life.   Like always our great mate Wayan Tatto gets discounted fares. $100 Contact Wayan

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Uluwatu / Uluwatu Temple & Monkey Forest/ Padang Padang / Dreamland Even if you are not a surfer to experience Uluwatu one of the world’s most famous surf breaks is a must see. Sit in one of the many Warungs and enjoy a traditional banana pancake or omelet.  We love Surya Cafe as they are very kind and look after your belongings and the food is fantastic. Surfers have to access the break by a cave. The current is always fast so they often end up on the beach or down at Padang Padang. It will be likely you will see a few surfboards snapped. Expect a lot of steep steps and carry tissues for the toilets, or better still don’t go to the toilet, unless you buy a drink at the Warung at the top of the cliff, then use there toilet.

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Uluwatu – Kacak & Fire Dancers This dance is truly unique in the sense that the dancers move via all male tribes. To understand the performance you can get a copy of the story of the dance which is based on mythology. It is always packed with tourist…..Get there early…at least 45 minutes before the show. Expect to be squashed as you are packed into the theatre. The show starts at 6pm (Bali Time) for transport contact Wayan Tattoo…Bali Buddy Driver   Blues Point   Oh I love Blues Point this is really special as a Girlie Day.  Right at the top of Uluwatu is Blues Point.  I hope one day my Molly will get married here… The chapel is beautiful and the view spectacular.  For $35 you can spend the day here.  This gives you a sun lounge, towel, meal (very yummy) and a drink.  The infinity pool is fantastic.  You can spend hours here watching the surfers and enjoy some very nice cocktails.  In school holidays you must book as they limit the numbers.  www.bluespoint.com

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Cocktail Time in Lombok   Ulawatu Monkey Forest If you have the choice visit Ubud Monkey Forest. Monkeys are tame. Major Tip at The Monkey Forest: GET A GUIDE. You will be swabbed in Sarongs and will have to pay an entry fee of 20,000 rup each. Your guide will cost 30,000 rup for the group. Do not wear your sunnies, jewellery, hats, facial piercings etc. Even your thongs could go for a walk.  Buy some banana’s for 5000 rup .  Take some betadine with you just in case and don’t’ allow the guide to take your photo on the cliff edge. One monkey swoop and you’ll be off that cliff… Balangan Just below Ulawatu Balagan is a magical surf break with beautiful white sands and crystal clear blue water.  The beach is scattered with warungs.  You pay 20,000 $2 for a chair, you can easily spend a full day at Balangan.  When you get to the top of the Jimbaran Hills turn right at the Narmala Swim Pool and supermarket.  Once you reach the beach head to Froggy Cafe, Froggy is a lovely man, he serves a great  breakfast, lunch and dinner, 081 338220946. Padang Padang Padang Padang is a quaint white sand beach nestled between Ulu’s and Dream land. It’s a steep Hike by steps down to the beach but well worth the adventure. Barter and sit under a umbrella,  if you sit next to the Rock face you are likely to have your belongings stolen by monkeys, and it really smells like monkey urine. Enjoy a pineapple or Mango on the beach and the crystal blue ocean. Dreamland I find Dreamland over commercialised and over rated I wont be going back. The surf is mostly dumpy and has very dangerous shore breaks. The beach is packed with neck to neck umbrella’s and beach lounges. The food however is good and the resort has a roof top pool. Blue’s Point is much better value. Jimbaran Bay I recently with the help of Wayan discovered this amazing Cafe at Jimbaran called Sunset Cafe. The food the atmosphere the view the entertainment every thing was fantstic.. For around $65 per double you get a ocean front table, chicken and corn soup, prawns, calamari, snapper, lobster, mussels, rice, vegetables, dessert and a bintang each.. You are welcome to BYO wine & spirits. You will love the Balinese Dancers, Live Music & the magical sunsets. I would recommned you contact Wayan Tatto under best driver in Bali and book this amazing experience.  I wont miss it every trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanalot Temple & Canggu Tanalot is a very special place. Loads of markets stalls here selling some unusual goods not seen in Legian or Kuta. At low tide you can walk right up to the temple and be blessed with the Holy Water (for a small donation). Have your photo taken with a 5 metre python snake with the temple in the back ground. Special memories. Try the Balinese delicacy (Kumula) it looks and has the texture of a small Lychee, and is coated in coconut and served in a banana leaf. The taste is sensational. Imagine a burst of pure caramel.  Dont be had by the Holy Snake.  Try and visit Tanalot at Low Tide. Canggu Pronounced Chahng– goo. Canggu is one of my all time Favourite places for sunset. A lot of Expats live here and like all of Bali it will soon be a very busy Mecca. I recommend Dian Cafe (Next to the large Echo Beach Café) sit right next to the temple and enjoy the sunset. The Indo food is scrumptious and on Wednesday and Saturday nights live bands play. You will also find some classic jewellery here so take the time to sift through it. Water Bom Park The Kids Love it. Again try and go mid week to eliminate the weekend crowds. My tips are to get there early; gates open at 10am try and get yourself a Cabana for the day. When you purchase your ticket keep it in a safe place, this is your ticket to buy your second day pass. You must purchase a wrist band as Water Bom is a cashless community, you pay e.g.: 200,000 rup for the band and this will allow you to purchase your food and drinks for the day. Money left over will be refunded to you on departure. You cannot take any food or drinks into the park. Tip: If travelling back to Legian or Seminyak from Water Bom leave early afternoon as traffic will get manic by 4ish. It can sometimes take you up to an hour to drive back where it may take you less than 30 minutes to walk the beach. And of course the beach scenery is great.

Horse Riding

Price. 2 hour rice field  beach ride $78 1.5 hours  rice field and beach $65 1 hour rice field and beach $53 1/2 hour beach ride $32   Kids under 10 1 hour beach ride $26

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Bike Biak Tour

Off The Beaten Track Down Hill Bali Countryside Cycling Tours. Enjoy the quiet countryside of Bali’s back roads and witness first-hand the daily life of rural rice farmers and craftsmen. Price usually $70 US but book through the Bali Buddy only $50 AUD Email: nikibalibuddy@gmail.com to make a booking & receive this discount Includes

  • Morning pick up by our guide wearing “YELLOW T-SHIRT” from Bali Bike Biak Tour at your hotel and A/C ride up country based on sharing.
  • Breakfast at traditional Balinese compound overlooking the beautiful garden and nice looking water pond at our home.
  • A Walk into the rice paddies to learn how rice is grown and cultivated.
  • A look at Balinese coffee plantations and some of the more unusual plants of Bali, as well as a visit to a village temple with an introductions to Balinese spiritual beliefs.
  • A magnificent luncheon in the family compound of tour guide Wayan ‘Bike – Biak’. This personal welcome into his traditional family life has proved to be one of the most popular component of the tour. Wayan’s genuine warmth and enthusiasm for sharing his culture will guide you through everything from the how’s and why’s of daily offerings, to the amazing relationship between Balinese architecture and it’s spiritual practices.
  • Pick up and return to your hotel by A/C van
  • Mountain bike and safety helmet use
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Mineral water on tour
  • Entrance fees
  • In depth explanations of the culture
  • Personal insurance covered US$35,000.00 (from the age of 1 to 65 years old)

This tour is a full day tour start from 8 am – 4:00 pm

Nusa Dua Full of 5 star hotels and very wealthy people ( a great place to pretend).  Water Sport Capital.  Speak to Wayan  Tattoo as he can get  good discounts for a day of  Water Sports. Head to Geger Beach, hire a paddle boat  and enjoy the best Chicken Burger and Chips in Bali. Sadly a very very large International Hotel has been built right on Geger beach so get there quick. Need a driver whilst in Nusa Dua contact Wayan Suwela 08123771756. For a fabulous day after your visit to Nusa Dua…….then pop into Pirates Bay at Nusa Dua. For more info & transport contact Wayan Tatto for transport & bookings on +628 123 960 4162 of FB or SMS

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Nusa Dua Surf and Turf Beach Club  In Nusa Dua  Fabulous Day out for the kids and the kids at Heart .. right on the beach at Nusa Dua…Call Wayan tattoo for transport or FB 0812 396 04162

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Ubud It’s all about culture. It’s also swimming in some of Bali’s best restaurants and has some fantastic shopping, especially if you are after Art or Jewellery. The weather can be cooler in the mountains so take a light cardie. I love Ubud markets and love being there early morning as it does get extremely hot.  A few of my  favourite restaurants in Ubud.  (see under food ) also look under accommodation for places to stay.  I also love watching the kids play soccer every afternoon on the main soccer field on Monkey Forest Rd.  Im a early riser and love to run the streets of Ubud before the real hustle and bustle starts, its a great way to see life in Ubud.   Yoga is the scene in Ubud.  I cant sit still long enough so Im afraid I haven’t experienced this side of Ubud but all you have to do is google Yoga.

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Your experience in Ubud wouldn’t be complete unless you visited the Rice Terrace Cafe.  Nestled at the top of the hills about a 20 minute drive from Ubud on your way to Kintamani, you will be awe struck by the beauty of the rice terraces.  Enjoy a meal here (very reasonable) Ubud Monkey Forest is just  so so beautiful.  The monkeys are well fed and  looked after, therefore tame and no threat to any one.  If you feel a little unsure ask for a guide, they are free but its good to slip them a little something as their knowledge and history of the Forest is amazing.

Ubud Markets: What can I say about all the markets, stalls, food, shops, alleys, gangs. Ubud is a totally sensory experience, women working smells, food, vegies, a mad chaotic warren of Bali wonder, it will be with me for ever, even the dogs.   Ubud has the best silver shops in the area Ubud Balinese Cooking Classes We will pick you up at your hotel in a/c van. Our first stop will be the Ubud Traditional market to see the spices and ingredients that we will use for the delicious dishes that you will be preparing. From the market, a short 5 minute drive to our comfortable Balinese home for your cooking class. There with assistance of our staff, you will learn how to prepare a nine course Balinese feast. Our delicious menu consisting of smoked duck, smoked chicken, chicken sate, tempe and tofu, fried noodle, been sprout, gado – gado (mixed vegetable),peanut sauce and hot spicy sambal. We will finish cooking at around 12.30 in the afternoon and then you can relax and enjoy your Balinese feast overlooking the beautiful gardens and nice looking water pool at our home. after lunch we will return to your hotel Pick Up Time: Ubud area at 8.00 am and Kuta area at 7.00 am Usually $7o US but for Bali Buddy readers who book through Bali Buddy only $50 AUD Please email niki.balibuddy@gmail.com to make your booking & receive this discount.   Celuk:  A small village on your way to Ubud that’s specializes and sells silver, there are lots and lots of shops selling silver this is my favourite. Wayan knows the best silver shops in the area.

Nusa Lembongan

We love Nusa Lembongan and highly recommend a few days here if you have the time. Travel on the Sanur Express  (25 min)  from Sanur.  Approx $45 per person if you book with Wayan Tattoo (look under best driver in Bali). Snorkelling is a must on Nusa Lembongan, we snorkelled in an amazing bay called Gannamat. The colours of the fish and coral were spectacular. Approximately 300,000 $30 per boat for 5 people. Do lunch at Mushroom Beach , banana boat rides are only $3 each, Jet Ski Hire $10 for 15min.  You will spend a lot of time lazing and reading books in the sun. On high tide the water in the bay is deep and good for swimming, as the tide goes out you can usually find a spot to get wet. The islander’s main produce is seaweed. On low tide they all come out with their big baskets on rubber rings and start farming the seaweed. If you hire Motorbikes, you can ride right around the island.  I have seen some wonderful blue oceans in my time but Blue Bay took my breath away. It is seriously the bluest water I have ever seen.   Kids love it. Tip: If travelling with children take snack food, books, cards, portable DVD player. Lots of places in Nusa Lembongan to eat.  But remember this is a island and not the main land so they do run out of things and  sometimes it can be quiet a wait for food. 

Gilli Trawagan

You can book your fast boat through Wayan Tattoo which includes your Bali Hotel transfer & costs 650,000rup & takes about 1.5hrs.  When visiting the Gili’T I would advise you to pre book your accommodation.   There is no transport on Gili T. The only transport on the island is the Horse and Cart (clip clop), bike or by foot. It will take you about 2 hours to stroll the island, 1 hour to travel around by clip clop or bike. It’s a magic experience and the scenery is spectacular. Don’t be fooled you can get more that 3 people in a clip clop. A round trip by clip clop is approx. 100,000 rup. Gili T is renowned for its night life and party atmosphere. So don’t be surprised if you get offered Magic Mushies or some dope or drug of some kind. “ Come on Mamma Magic Mushie Mamma come on.  Food on the Island is a little more expensive than the main lands of Bali and Lombok. Sea food is a speciality but be aware that the cost is priced in rup per kilo. Look at the Warungs and their menu’s if there’s no one eating.. . Little supermarkets sell Bintang, Coke, and nibbles. Like Nusa Lembongan (being an Island ) some things will not be available to you. The Gili’s rely on daily supplies from Lombok, so go with the flow and don’t be disappointed if they run out of vanilla ice-cream, there will be more tomorrow.  Gilli T is now swimming with ATM machines so no need to carry all your cash with you. Shopping is limited on Gili T . Enjoy the peace and tranquillity for a couple of days. Don’t miss the night markets in Gili T the seafood is amazing…This is a must for all travellers to Gili T. Check out the turtle catchment on the way. Gili T is becoming a very popular tourist destination for travellers from all over the world. Buildings, new resorts, and complexes are popping up everywhere. My advice visit the Gili’s sooner than later. To get a great discount on fast boats to Gilli T (sometimes up to 70 % talk to Wayan Tattoo – see under best driver in Bali). When visiting Gili T we always use Lombok Express.. Bookings can be  made at $65 per person return including Hotel transfers thru Wayan Tattoo .. Yes you may get cheaper elsewhere but we like the safety aspect of Lombok Express…  Things to do :  Hire a bike and ride around Gili T. $5  Visit the night markets best food  snorkelling – your hotel can arrange this being 3 spots to snorkel for $10 per person  Padi Dive Course – $395 US per person .. All dive centres charge the same ..  Hop on the three island Tour taking you to Gili Air and Gili Meno $10  Enjoy a fabulous Sunset at Sunset Point  Paddle Board in the crystal blue waters  Do a Yoga  class or just relax and read a book ………..

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Gili Air   If your visiting Gili T don’t miss a day trip or better still a few nights on Gili Air.. It’s only a short $3.00 boat ride to this magic Island .. Relax chill and enjoy … 

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If your visiting Gili T don’t miss a day trip or a few nights on Gili Meno ( my fav out of the three islands ) only a short $3 boat ride from Gili T and a must see. Snorkelling and the best of sunsets ..

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Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary 

If your visiting Gili T take a day trip or spend a few nights on magical Gili Meno .. Visit this amazing Turtle Sanctuary .. A lovely local man is trying to save  the turtles .. It sometimes costs him up to $10 a day to feed them .. So a donation would be fabulous .. He keeps the turtles till they are 8 months old giving them a better chance of survival in the open ocean.

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Sumbawa

We have all fallen in love with Sumbowa (Lakey Peak) it has the feeeling of the  Bali of Old and took me back to my first trip to Bali in 1984. We fly from Denpasar with Melpati airlines to Bema Sumbowa. The cost being $210 per person return, but like all airlines if we had of booked the flights earlier it could have dropped the fare to around $150. You can only take 3 boards each into Sumbowa, be careful with the size of your Board bags as they have a limit of how many they will take due to weight.   We paid 250,000 for 5 boards each way. Then you have to pay 30,000 per person tax each way and the return transfer to Aman Gati is $100 per car. My suggestion is to get to the airport not 1 but 2 hours prior to departure to ensure your boards go with you.  You dont want to have booked a 5 day stay and your boards turn up on day 3.  It didnt happen to us but did to other Aussie’ travellers.  We stayed at Aman Gati Hotel, right on the beach at Lakey.  If travelling with the family or teens this is the best spot to stay.  Rooms start at $40 includes breakfast and are basic but clean, or the Blue house which is my pick for next trip right on thebeach  and is self contained..  There is  a variety of accommodation levels.  Aman Gati has a pool but be prepared to sometimes share it with the locals as they pay sercurity 5000 , 50 c to use it, mainly on a Sunday.  The rest of the accommodation at Lakey is basic.  Aman Gati is the only hotel with a pool that works. The village of Lakey is basically the beach front, warungs are scattered along the beach and offer some of the best food I have ever eaten.  My fav being Lakey Beach Inn, owned by a french man the staff are wonderful and the mexican food was just the best.  It’s happy hour here most nights at 6.30pm.  At 7am every morning the Lakey staff film the surfers at whatever break is the fav of the day, at 7pm that night it is screened  so you can see yourself surfing, the kids just loved it.  Fatimas was great and has a pool table. Purma was quaint for a quick bite to eat and Bulumba was also a fav lunch spot and had a small supermarket. The food at Aman Gati was also very very good and we enjoyed many pool side lunches here. Alot of people book the 5 day package to Aman Gati.  I have been asked more than once since our return was there eneough for me to do whilst the family was surfing.  The answer is Yes.  I took this opportunity to really relax, I did my morning excercises in the pool then basically read a book.   As we only stayed for 5 days this trip but plan the next to stay longer I look forward to doing the Don Poo Markets, Japanese Caves, Hot Springs and a Boat trip. Surfing with 10 breaks to choose from.  It cost 50,000 $5 to get a moto ride out to these breaks or negotiate a price for 5 days Yes you can hire bikes but it is common knowledge in Lakey that one scratch and you will be paying the bike off.  The locals who drive you to the breaks also look after your gear.  Don’t take any valuables with you, if you do take a camera get them to take some photos.   Breaks include – Cobblestones (left and right), Lakey Pike, Lakey Peak, Numgas, Perascopes Left, Perascopes Right, Nunga Doros. We cant wait to get  to Sumbowa.   Quad Bikes Bali Buy Quad. Contact Wayan Tattoo for discounted price Normal $88 –

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Once again if you book through Wayan Tattoo (see best driver in Bali) the cost will be close to half.. being around $75.  Which includes your pick up and return to your Hotel, snacks , lunch and a great experience. Quad Bike Riding through Rice Paddies (approx 80 min) . Swimming with the Dolphins

Molly  & I with a dolphin. This truly is one of the best experiences of my life.  If you can afford it do it.. $100.. No discounts on this tour.

Based at Serangan (near Sanur) Yes you really do swim and interact with the dolphins, you cuddle them , kiss them , pat them ,play ball with them , talk to them and learn how to train them.. Magical… What I loved most about this tour is that they are really loved and cared for … they are so well treated and looked after… There are only 8 dolphins and each dolphin is only allowed to work with 10 people a day ( 80 min) they also get Sundays off, Xmas day and their birthdays…  They are let out of their pens every Sunday into the ocean.  They always come back, they have only ever lost one dolphin since the company started in 2007.  If they are sick, tired or cranky they are released for as long as they feel like.  (The Cost includes Transfers from your Hotel, swim with the dolphins, tea coffee drinks and snacks, towels &  life jackets.)

Its really fantastic I would suggest booking prior to your departure as it is that popular. Contact Wayan Tattoo

Bali Bird Park Let Your Imagination Fly…. What a great day out for the Bird and Reptile Lover.  This park totally amazed me.  It is so lush and beautifully presented.  There is so much to see from Jungle Birds of Bali to Birds from Borneo, a huge collection of exotic Papuan Birds, A Javan Hawk Eagle and listen to the sweet sounds of the Java Song Birds.  You can visit the deep jungle of Sumatra and the tropical continents of South America viewing the Scarlet Macaw and Toucan.  You will see Congo Grey Parrots and other birds of the African Savannah.  The Park provides sanctuary to almost 1000 birds of 250 different species with two hectares of botanical gardens.   You only need a half day here for just less than $40 per person…  A great day out.

Bali bird park

Trekking Mt Batur

Firstly this is not for the faint hearted or the un fit. It is alot harder than you expect or the brochure tells you..  I am quiet fit I go to the gym daily and run, bike, row for at least an hour a day…  I found the trek physically demanding… But loved it once it was over.. LOL….

Batur Volcano

2am.  You are collected at your Hotel and transported to Batur Volcano, by 4 am and by torch light you are trekking (I called it rock scrambling) up the volcano.. This is not like a OZ  national park track…  You will need a jumper with you as it gets very very cold up the top.  I often felt dizzy as the torch light and your head is constantly looking at the un even ground and its dark.  The track is not compacted down so the rock often moves under your feet.  By 6am you have reached the top…  It is cold , your guide will make you a banana sandwich and a boiled egg.. (hadn’t had one of these since i was a kid and truely loved it)  You can purchase tea coffee and hot chocolate.  You now watch the sunrise… On our particular day it was cloudy.. But I must say the view was breathtaking..  A memory forever… The trek down is also very tough and you will be surprised and shocked with what you scrambled over as it is now day light.  It took us 1.5 hours to descend, but many people take longer…   This truly was  a experience in a life time.

Molly and Pheobe at the top of Batur Volcano

Bookings: Ketut Yudiana. on F.B. or 08123683295

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Kintamani Hot Springs

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Water Sports

You name it Para sailing, Hotdogs, Flying Fish, Scuba Diving, Glass bottom Boats, snorkelling and much more at Nusa Dua. If you want a good deal (and believe me prices can vary) contact Wayan Tattoo under Best Driver in Bali and he will get you the best deal.

Tirta Empul Temple. What a amazing experience to be cleansed , protected and blessed at Tirta Empul Temple at Tenglaulake Village.. A once in a life time experience and a must do in Bali .. Best to get a guide……… A guide is a must as they will explain everything to you and the cleansing process for your past and your future.. To travel to Tirta Temple contact Wayan Tattoo thru Best driver in Bali … Approx cost.. 500.000 rup $50 transport seats 6 people 15.000 rup $1.50 entry 50.000 $5 donation to the temple Your guides cost ..  A fabulous tour … Enjoy a lunch stop after Tirta Empul Temple at Malen Resturant .. Look under food .. It’s fabulous

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Turtle Releasing Tour – Kuta

April till September from 4.30 pm daily if turtles have hatched – Kuta Beach

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The Palms – Nusa Lembongan

Ceningan Beach Club Just purchase food & drink

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Nusa Lembongan

Ceningan Cliffs Don’t miss Ceningan Cliffs Rest Area & Restaurant

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The Deck Café & Bar

The deck 1  The deck 2  The deck 3  The Deck 4  The deck map  The deck

 Nusa Peninda

The locals call Nusa Peninda the “Golden Egg Of Bali” only a short Fast Boat (40 minutes) from Sanur or shorter still (10 minutes) from Nusa Lembongan. Visiting Peninda is like a step back in time. Quaint farming villages, seaside fishing communities & endangered species of turtles & birds. This is native tourism at it’s best. Its the Bali of old, rustic, quiet & peaceful. Its not easy to get around at first. Motorbike is your best option, but I would highly recommend you hire a guide. Without a guide you will miss the best places. Must visit

Crystal Bay Mundi Temple
Billabong Beach Tree House
Manta Point Snorkelling Broken Beach
Gamat Bay
Giri Putri/Temple Cave

You would need at least 3-4 full days to see the whole island. There are many hotels (mostly set up for the Japanese/Chinese Day visitor). Don’t pick these. Mae Mac House is on the beach. Agus has some fabulous new rooms for only $40 double includes breakfast. (see accommodation for Mae Mac). Agus can also organise your fast boat & your tour guide. Restaurants There are not many in Peninda, I loved the night markets and if you stay at Mae Mac, Agus will take you nightly in his car…….Fabulous food. Mola Mola Restaurant has recently opened on the cliffs over looking the amazing seaweed farms. Must do for sunset….magical views. Be prepared to do lots of hiking/walking in Peninda…wear comfy shoes & carry water with you everywhere. Peninda is an island for the adventuresses. Lots to see, great snorkelling, great trekking….amazing memories…Enjoy Peninda.

Candi Dasa

Visit Bali’s only Traditional Village In Candi Dasa contact Wayan Tatto for transport, you can add the Bat Cave and Virgin Beach to make a day of it Happy Travels.

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Bali Bat Cave just near Candi Dasa worth a visit so magical contact Wayan Tatto for transport.

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Water Palace just outside Candi Dasa the grounds are amazing just so beautiful and so peaceful contact Wayan Tatto for transport.

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Flores …. I have been wanting  to explore this Island for some time now and was lucky enough to visit in April 2016 …

We flew from Bali on Lion Air (approx 1.5 hours ) and $170 return per person .. We arrived in Labuan Bajo  Day 1 – We stayed at Sylvia Hotel right on the beach with crystal blue seas and it’s sandy beach front .. We requested the beach front rooms at $90 per double which included a very yummy buffet Breakfast.  Free Canoes .. The pool was warm but most pools in Labuan Bajo  are …  Day 2 – We hired a private boat for just the six of us .. You can do this….cheaper if you wish to share with other fellow travellers … My suggestion is your own private boat it was so much fun …  But if your a solo traveller I can direct you in the right direction to join a gr We were collected at 7.30 am to board our boat exploring the Komodo islands for 3 days …  All food and bedding is supplied but you must take your beer, wine and spirits, soft drink and snacks on board … Your transport will stop at a supermarket for all of this …  The company supplies Ice … But it’s best to ask for extra as it has to Last for 3 days .. This ice is not drinkable .. And Aqua Ice is not available unless you are in reputable hotels and restaurants …. Take Music with you .. Most boats have generators so you can charge your devices but the captains will only put these on at night …. The boats are rustic to say the least but I felt very safe and secure on board .. The rooms are double bunks in cabins .. Very small .. We all opted to leave our gear in the cabins and sleep on deck … We left our large suitcase at the hotel and took a small back pack each … You only need swim wear, sarong, shorts, shirt, shoes and socks, towels etc  for trekking … Very little ….   Each boat has a crew .. We had a relatively big boat so there were 6 of us and 5 crew  .. The food is basic .. But good .. I expected to eat rice and fish for 3 days but breakfast lunch and dinner were supplied…….Very basic shower / toilet …   Basic Days Menu   Breakfast – Banana Pancakes, tea and coffee, Lunch – Nasi Gorang, vegetables, tofu, chicken & fruit & Dinner Nasi Gorang, fish, Vegetables & fruit. Today we visited Rica island .. (This is the best Island for trekking to see the Komodo Dragons ) .. You will have a guide with you and it was fabulous to see these amazing creatures and learn about there habitat and the conservation of the islands ..    The trek was relatively easy but shoes and hats are a must with water ….. We anchored down in Kolong  Bay for the night Day 2 – We lifted anchor early about 5.30 am and sailed for 2 hours to Padar Island … Wow Wow Wow … This is not a easy trek  but you can stop in places and just head back down to the beach…  If you are lucky enough to to get to the top .. Wow it certainly is the best view of the Komodo Islands on this trip and one of my all time highlights … Check out the pics ..  Next stop Manta Point … Snorkelling at its best .. Yes you snorkel with the Mantarays .. Wow wow wow ….  We nestled down this night in Kanawa Island .. This Island is very expensive so we didn’t stay on land too long but the snorkelling was amazing … The biggest star fish I have ever seen and the bluest in colour ever … $5 can of Bintang ..  Day 3- More snorkelling today at Gili Island ( no not the Gili’s just off Bali a seperate island of the Komodo)  Sebayor Island .. Then we headed back to Labuan Bajo to end this amazing 3 days …  I felt that’s this three days was a life time experience and one that I have ticked  off the bucket list ..  I would however like to return soon to do the overland adventure of Flores as  I have read and heard so many great things about this adventure …  I would urge people to do this now before tourism really takes over these beautiful Islands …   You will pinch your self with the beauty Komodo has to offer …  We paid $195 per person (6 people) for  this adventure … However cost does vary depending on the size of  the boat and the amount of crew on board .. I felt this was fabulous value for money and just loved every minute of it …  We returned to Sylvia Hotel we relaxed for the afternoon, then visited the amaxing Seafood markets .. This has to be the best seafood market I have ever eaten at .. Just  Devine … Snapper, calamari, prawns , rice and vegetables $5 each .. It was so good we retuned the next night … Day 4 – We left Sylvia Hotel for Can Con Waterfall .. This trekking is not for the bad knee or hip reconstruction .. It really is jungle trekking … It’s a good hour down and a hour back up, sometimes trekking thru waist deep water … But when you get to the waterfall it is really  magic … You have a choice of diving from a rock 10 meters , 5 meters or 3 meters .. It really is spectacular … We paid $80 for a fabulous driver called Alexi to take us here and back and return to the night markets later in the evening … Car seats 5 people ..  Another fabulous experience …  We visited Paradise Bar for sunset .. Flores would have to have some of the best sunsets I have ever seen .. Just beautiful  Day 5 – Today we snorkelled from Sylvia Hotel to the pier just to the left of the hotel .. Shhh this is a private pier but at the end the snorkelling is just beautiful … There is also about 30 Balinese statues that have been placed at the bottom of the ocean for viewing .. It really is quiet different and quaint …  Sadly we had to Farewell the beautiful islands of Flores and  made our  return journey back to beautiful Bali … Sylvia Hotel offers free airport transfers …  I can help you get in contact with the agent we used called Mira .. She is a beautiful young 22 year  old local girl who has started  her own agency promoting and selling boats tours, overland tours and day tours of Flores .. She is reliable honest and such a beautiful person..    If you want Mira’s  details please email me and I will pass all your info onto her. niki.balibuddy@gmail.com    I’d also like to thank my travel buddies, Jo, Eroll, Josh, Dawn and Nini for coming along for the ride and the lifetime adventure  … It was so much fun …..      Snorkelling with the manta rays                           Tour guide Mira & Drivers Alexi IMG_0326  IMG_0325                IMG_1565 Labuan Bajo Night Fish Markets IMG_1496  IMG_1502  IMG_1504  IMG_1505   Paradise Bar at sunset in Labuan Bajo IMG_1552  IMG_1554  IMG_1561  IMG_1555   Hiking & Swimming Canun Waterfall at Labuan Bajo IMG_1542  IMG_1538  IMG_1509  IMG_1508  IMG_1525 IMG_1520  IMG_1510