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Taman Anyar Village

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Taman Anyar Village 

Taman Anyar Balinese Village is new to The Bali Buddy 

Learn all about the Traditional Bali Life and Farming  

Contact Wayan Tattoo for discounted prices and transportation.  Minimum 2 person

 A fabulous Day of Village Activities … 

 * Visit elementary school and interaction with the kids

 * Welcome by a traditional barong dance and receive a flower offering

 * Visit our family temple and get  a holy bracelet

 * Trekking in the rice field

 * Look and try Balinese activity like making satay, Balinese dessert, canang  sari, cock fighting, making coconut oil, and Balinese Coffee 

 * Traditional farming with cow planting the rice paddies 

 * Lunch with live Balinese dance and music

 * Balinese painting with organic colour

And Much, Much, More .. 













Chef To Your Villa

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Triboga Private Chef Service

We are doing Private Service for a Set Menu in Villas

Lunch, Dinner, Weddings, Birthdays, Take Away Foods, Buffet, Events, Canapés, etc

Address: JI By Pass / Gustin Ngurah Rai: No: 29 Tuban, Badung, Bali

Contact Person Chef: +628 129 414 2243 to order or for more Menus.






Posted in The Bali Buddy on August 15th, 2018 by admin – Comments Off on Waterbom


Waterbom Discounted Tickets ..

From Made Money … Fabulous Discount for Bali Buddy customers ..

Pop into Bali Fun Money Changer in Garlic Lane Legian – just up past Suriwathi Hotel and opposite Gang 9  – easy to find ..

Child – 325.000 rup approx $32 Aud

Adult – 450.000 rup approx $45 Aud

Family – 1350.0000 rup approx $135 Aud

Includes  ticket delivery to your hotel …

Happy Waterbom  …



Terrace Pool & Swing

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Terrace Pool Swing  and Coffee Plantation on the Outskirts of Ubud

A fabulous experience – free entry and free coffee tasting – Swings and Zip Line priced from as little as $15 – contact I Wayan Sutamia  (Tattoo) for bookings and transport – Enjoy



Warangirri Hidden

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Warangirri Hidden in the beautiful Bedugul area of Bali

About a 2 hour drive from  Legian – best to leave early – $10 per person plus your transport. Well worth the trip – contact I Wayan Sutamia for transport and more info – Happy Days




Passport Expiry

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Bali Buddy Charity

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The Bali Buddy Charity 

Every 6 months the Bali Buddy Team have a charity day where we go out to under developed villages to give, support, clothing food and love .. If you have any clothing you wish to bring to Bali please contact Wayan Tattoo who will arrange pick up from your hotel , Villa or resort.. Thanks for your continued support Niki , Wayan and the Bali Buddy Team.






A huge shout out to these amazing companies that always support our Charity Days … on the 15th July we visited two men,  who were sadly in need of food, drinking water, clothing and a bed . 

The first village we met Wayan; a young 40 year old man who had had a injury 15 years ago at Tanalot Temple – he was given a tetanus needle and the needle gave him a stroke and he has been paralysed for 15 years .. his family were so appreciative of the bed, clothing, food, water and cash that we supplied .. My heart broke for Wayan .. Sadly he passed away the next day …  so sad … tears were flowing …& still are.

The second village we visited a elderly man who lives alone with no running  water, no toilet and no kitchen … we supplied him with much needed food, water, clothing, cash and The Bali Buddy banner to give him some protection from the elements …  always wishing to do more … 

Thanks to the amazing Bali Buddy Team .. you make me so proud xx you are so caring,  kind and loving to those in need xxx.  Your association with the Charity foundation to research where help is needed is brilliant. 

To the Bali Buddy Partners – this would not be possible without you.. A million Thank-you’s xxxx  Words can’t express my thanks .. 

Thanks – Bali Happy Fast Boat for the Mini Buses and Car .xxx 

Surya ATV, Dewayung Rafting, Bali Sunset Adventure , Gana Restaurant , Terrace River Pool Swing. Martha Haizum Coffee, Dodo’s Artika Silver, Bali Bird Park, Kalpika Spa, Tirtha Harum Watersport, Bejana Restaurant , Aero Park Restaurant, Made FuckerInk, Bali Safari Park, Abian  Subuk Coffee, Warung Greek, Bali Dolphin Watersport. 

If your visiting Bali and  you  would like to donate clothing or supplies for future charity runs  please  contact Wayan Tattoo direct …. 

Team Bali Buddy ..  Love you all xxx 

Much Love Niki xxxxx 




Mini Golf

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Mini Golf and Coffee Plantation In Tabanan  – Contact Wayan Tattoo for more details and transport … 




Shopping For Home-wares

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Shopping For Home-wares

Whether your shopping for yourself or for your own shop or market ..

Here is a list of high end and cheap Home-wares ..  from Legian to Seminyak to Ubud …

Enjoy your shopping experience ..

Bali Zen

Set aside some decent time to explore the mother-load of popular Bali fabric décor, found at Bali Zen. We’re talking cushion covers by the truckload, crocheted rugs and kids toys, aprons, bed linen and bags of bags. Teamed with wooden words, wall art, table ware and other delectable goodies, you’ll be sure to find the perfect addition to your home, or the perfect gift for someone special. And, because they only sell fair trade décor and gifts, you have a legitimate reason to buy that one extra piece.

Bali Zen, Jalan Seminyak, No.40, Seminyak, p. +62 361 738 815.  They also have locations in Nusa Dua, Ubud and Kuta.


Colour, art and style equals hip home-wares plus. Bomba brings a range of funky, edgy fashion & home-wares to Canggu, with on-trend designs that incorporate vintage prints and retro screens inspired by art, movies, music, and life styles of the fun. Bomba is already a favoured brand around Bali [Biku, Drifter and The Offering to name a few stock them in store] so their stand-alone store now showcases their cool range of gear across guys, boys, fashion, home-wares and jewellery. And, if you need any more incentive to get happy, their next-door gelato is a genius touch, too.
Bomba,  33 Jalan Batu Mejan, Canggu.

Bungalow Living 

Living the resort life – Bungalow Living (home-ware, bedding, accessories)

For the fans of resort-styled homes, or even those who follow Instagram accounts like villa styling, this shop is where you need to go. Bungalow Living is exactly as its name suggests – they provide all sorts of  resort/villa/bungalow style home-ware and furnishings here.



Surrounded by upmarket resorts and amazing restaurants, Carga on the swanky Jalan Petitenget strip offers a lovely range of small furniture, cushions, clutches, storage jars, platters, essential oils, cards, and gorgeous rattan chairs and basket ware. I defy you to walk away empty handed.  This one’s a Honeycombers Bali favourite, too.

Carga, Jalan Petitenget, No. 886, Petitenget, p. +62 361 847 8180.

D2 Detail Deco

D2 specialises in beachy style home-wares, birdcages, small teak furniture, bowls, and wooden signs. A myriad of colour and a feast for the eyes, this store is packed to the brim, and very hard to miss on the “must do” jailhouse road of Mertanadi in Kerobokan. You’re sure to find something to love here.

D2 Detail Deco, Jalan Mertanadi 33X, Kerobokan, p. +62 812 3991 1157.

Gaya Ceramic and Design 

Has so many home made and travel-friendly pieces that are super-easy to pack into the suitcase with a little care!

Gaya Ceramic & Design

It’s hard not to be drawn to Gaya Ceramic & Design’s divine collection of handmade, artisanal home-ware collections. From gorgeous bowls, plates, jugs and kettles for a table setting like no other, to stunning lamp and wall fixtures that look more like modern art, installations, Gaya Ceramic & Design is sure to set your hobby for home-wares on fire. And with totally unique pieces that can be custom designed, these treasured creations are sure to get your friends talking at your next dinner party. Don’t leave without nabbing one of vases or fruit bowls, which can be carefully wrapped and packed in your suitcase, too!

Gaya Ceramic & Design, Jl Raya Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 361 8989515.

Geneva Handicrafts

Geneva is a three-level warehouse of handicrafts that stocks virtually everything Bali-inspired – at great prices, too. Cushions covers? Yep. Baskets? Yep. Trays, candles, paper lanterns? Yep, yep, yep. A true, one-stop-shop for all of your Bali souvenirs. Take a BIG bag.  And maybe even a car.  A Honeycombers Bali favourite.

Geneva, Jalan Raya Kerobokan No. 100, Seminyak, p. +62 361 733 542.

Home-wares  – Mayang Bali Art Market – Kuta

50 metres from the Memorial on your left from Legian end …

Jero Shop – Home-wares

Opposite Switch Sandwiches Legian. Just past Hotel Kumula Pantai Legian.

Kampung Nusantara

 An outlet simular to Geneva but a little more up market,  on the bypass

Kevala Ceramics 

With handmade, artisanal creations, Kevala Ceramics is a favourite in Bali.

Remember that beautiful restaurant that you went to, the one with the gorgeous handmade plates and bowls. Remember how they made you feel. Well it was most probably a Kevala creation, and it’s time to take that feeling home. Kevala means perfect, whole, and complete, and this is the design philosophy behind all the ceramics that they make. Each piece is handmade and decorated by local artisans in Bali, and is a perfect example of colour and texture realised through the heart and hands of the finest skilled craftsmen in the world. This is feel-good tableware at its best.

Kevala Ceramics, Jalan Batu Belig, Petitinget, +62 361 720 718.

Kim Soo

With shell chandeliers, gorgeous woven home accessories, textiles, cushions and a big range of everything else fabulous to brighten your day, Kim Soo is a name you need to know. This home-wares trailblazer is a gorgeous knick-knack Mecca, design store, and more recently, a showroom-style destination called “The Space”. It’s little bit bohemian, a little bit ethnic, a little bit contemporary, a little bit vintage and a whole lot of loveliness. They source products from across the Indonesian Archipelago, manufacture and design their own unique pieces and feature wood, metal, textiles, stone, grasses and paper to produce a diverse range of interesting and unique products. Cushions, rugs, chopping boards, wall hangings, ceramics, marble kitchenware, straw hats, beaded baskets, shell chandeliers – you name it. The lovely long list of fabulous choices goes on, and [trust us] so will your purchases.

Kim Soo, Two stores on Jl Kayu Aya No.21 & Jl Sunset Road, e.


Mercredi has some of the most beautiful textiles and products in Bali that we simply LOVE!

This little gem, on the corner of Jalan Seminyak and Jalan Kayu Aya, has recently expanded to include even more home-wares goodness. You’ll find plenty of choice if you’re looking for cushions, floor rugs, vases, wall art, sarongs or table wear, as well of one of the best ranges of blankets and throws we’ve found in Bali. Can’t find it? Look for the gorgeous rattan chairs in the window.

Mercredi, Jalan Basangkasa (corner Jl Kayu Aya), Seminyak, p+62 (0)361 735 516.

My Island Home

Remember papas an chairs? Those gorgeous, all enveloping cushioned havens, begging for you to climb in and snooze? Well, they’re back. And they’re available at My Island Home, along with other examples of rattan furniture and coastal type knick knacks and baskets. To find the store along the Seminyak shopping strip, look for the chairs out the front [with or without us napping in them…].

My Island Home, Jalan Seminyak, Seminyak

Qubu Mirrors

Everyone loves a venetian mirror, right? Qubu Mirror has a great selection of divine pieces, you’ll want to take them all home. Big, small, ornate or plain, you’ll find the perfect piece here. And if you’re travelling, ask for your purchases to be packed in bubble wrap, ready to transport home as (fragile) checked in luggage.

Qubu Mirrors, Jalan Drupadi No 3, Seminyak, p. +62 813 381 21346.

Rainbow Bali Iron Work

No longer just for bed heads and gates, wrought iron is virtually indestructible, and actually easy to transport [trust is, we’re home-wares mules). And it now comes in so many groovy and colourful designs. Rainbow Bali features chandeliers in multiple sizes, peacock chairs [love!], pineapple candle holders [double love!], candelabras, garment racks, home-wares and so much more.

Rainbow Bali, Jalan Drupadi No 2, Seminyak, p. +62 361

Samantha Robinson Ceramics

Catering to the higher end of the ceramics market, Samantha Robinson offers beautiful handcrafted bowls, vases, vessels, platters and the most gorgeous jugs. Bring your credit card, because you’re sure to lose your heart here.

Samantha Robinson, Jalan Kayu Jati 2a, Seminyak, p. +62 (0) 361 737 295.


Meaning one name, Satunama is a creative concept store, bringing together all things fabulous. The store features beautiful bamboo bowls and utensils in the brightest of colours, gorgeous cushions, glass pineapples [we’ll take two please], the most amazing collection of candles with the funkiest lids ever, and much, much more. Drop in to meet Muhsin, the man behind the name, and get a load of Satunama’s fresh take on home-wares awaken the savvy shopper in you.

Satunama, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, p. +62 (0) 361 737 799.


An island favourite for its sophisticated selection of brands and products not found anywhere else in Bali, SOUQ offers a step up in the home-ware stakes and it’s worth the investment. Timeless, classic yet modern pieces will tempt the most discerning of collectors, and a must-visit when wanting to take something home that you can still be proud of in years to come.

SOUQ, Jalan Basangkasa #10, Seminyak (at the end of Jl Seminyak, near the corner of Jl Mertanadi. Entry on two sides including directly from Jl Sunset).

Summa Summa Shop

Home -wares Padma Ultara (opposite the Y Bar)

Please mention Bali Buddy – Widia is a beautiful lady with fixed priced home-wares at reasonable prices. If you’re looking for something show her a photo & she will try her best to find it for you.

The White Peacock 

 Address: Jl Kayu Jati no 1X, Bali Seminyak

Toko Emporium

Who doesn’t love more than a splash of neon, style and personality at home? Look here for gorgeous vintage photos, basket ware, clutches, hats, bags, carved buffalo heads and many, many more unique treasures. Just around the bend from the Corner House, it’s a stone’s throw from the main shopping drag and offers you so much variety of beautiful pieces to own, you’ll be adding rooms to your house just to entertain all the new decor styles you’ve picked up.

Toko Emporium, Jalan Oberio No 1, Seminyak, p. +62 821 4745 9485.


Very similar to Geneva but a little more up market, all drivers and taxis know how to get there.  Jalan Teuku Umar Barat no 286 Denpasar Ph : 623617899221

Vinotti Living Bali

Located in Seminyak Square, Vinotti Living prides itself on upmarket, individual pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. With furniture ranging from benches to beds, clocks, cushions, photo frames, lamps, vases and artwork, this is a ‘grown ups’ home-wares haven. Check out their great range of high end sectional sofas, and their very beautiful one-off mirrors.

Vinotti Living Bali, Seminyak Square, Seminyak, +62 361 752 720.

Bali On A Budget

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Bali on a Budget 

I have been asked many times by Readers how to do Bali on a budget … My family and I love to eat local food at local Warungs and often arrange for local food to be delivered.

So for those Bali Buddy followers who have requested this post………. here it is …

Remembering everything I write on the Bali Buddy is our advise and opinions – we only recommend and promote where we have played, stayed, eaten and experienced.

Please note a lot of hotels and restaurants now charge 21% Tax on top of your food bill .. listed here will say + tax if the Restaurant adds tax .. if it’s not listed they do not charge tax just the food bill .. 

Be careful Tax can often blow out your bill and your budget … 


If you’re a large family or travelling in  a large group.. I would suggest a Villa for your stay in Bali. – $120 – $200 per night .. see our listings under Accommodation or Sinar Bali Hotel starting from $55 per double per night includes Breakfast or The New Garden View Resort in Legian at $37 per double includes breakfast.

Staying in a Villa allows you to prepare some of your own food or order takeaway.

Visit the Carrefour (supermarket) on Day one and stock up on all your supply’s. You can get everything here and by buying snacks and drinks you will save yourself a small fortune.

If you love Muesli and or Cereals I would suggest bringing them from home along with vegemite, jams, peanut butter and honeys .These are all imported and expensive.

The French bakery at the Carrefour is just so, so yummy .. so yummy .. Try a Quiche Lorraine, Cheese and Bacon Loafs, Pies, Pizza and so much more for so little .. A Single Quiche is $2.

You can also get on the spot ready-made meals -eg – Chicken Snitzel and Veg, Baked Dinners, Curry’s, for $2.80 each .. So yummy

Pizzas, Chicken, Fried Rice, Pasta, the list is endless and so cheap.

Cheap Eats 


Alley Way Shack – Breakfast & Lunch

Cheap, Cheap, Cheap,  Coffee opposite Puri Raja Hotel in small Gang only 200 metres walk, great Breakfast Menu and even Smashed Avocado for $4.00, Brekkie Bowls, Bacon and Egg Rolls, Juices, Milkshakes and more

From $3.00 a meal


Bagus Warung – Lunch / Dinner

Padma Utara – just down from the Y Bar next to Legian Snacks

A oldie but a goodie ….. well priced food both Indonesian and European.

Meals start at $4.50

Bamboo Warung – Lunch and Dinner

Rum Jungle Rd (Wiekudeirra) about 200 metres on the right hand side if you’re walking down from Legian Rd ..

Great Spring Rolls, Deep Fried Cauliflower , Calamari, Mie, Nasi and so much more ..huge range of Indonesian and European Foods.

From $2.50 a meal

Bali Beach Shack – Dinner

Legian Rd – Fabulous BBQ nights with great entertainment from the BBS Drag Queens…. make sure you get in early or book prior to get a good seat. Fabulous Cocktails, Try their Mega Snitzel Deal for $30 for 4 people.

Beach Warung – Lunch

Gede is the best cook

Right on Padma Beach out  the front of the Mandira Hotel. Don’t miss Nasi, Mei, Garlic Chicken, Kecap Chicken, and Burgers and Fries for the kids.

From $2.50 a meal


Galleria Shopping Mall, Discovery Shopping Mall

All things cakes, bread, tarts, cheap, cheap, cheap

You can feed the family lunch for $10

9am  till late

Kartini Warung  – Lunch and Dinner

Chicken And Cashew Nut, Nasi Special, Garlic Prawn , Snapper, Steak , Spring Rolls, Satay Chicken, the menu is endless – I still haven’t tried everything.

From $3.50 per meal

Easy to Find – Nestled right behind All Season Hotel and right next door to the Three Brothers Hotel reception Car Park.

Legian Snacks – Lunch / Dinner

Padma Utara – just down from the Y Bar

One of the oldest Warungs in Legian – well priced food both Indonesian and European.

Meals start at $4.50

Papaya Supermarket 

Jalan Merta Nandi Kuta

Sushi, French Bakery, Sandwiches, Cheap Coffee, Juices , Breads and Pastry’s.

9am till late

Sushi starts at $2.80

Sammy’s – Breakfast, Lunch  & Dinner

Padma Utara

Opposite Total Cushion and next to Mira Leather. Best Snitzels, Cap Cay (local veg stir fry Dish), Mie, Nasi, and loads of European  Choices and fabulous Cocktails and well priced Wines.

Meals start at $8.00

Sinar Bali Hotel – Lunch & Dinner

Padma Utara Legian – nestled behind Swiss Bell Hotel in the Gang opposite The Corner Bar.

Food is Fabulous .. Cookie the Head chef worked for years on the QE 2, best club sandwich in Bali, Nasi Goreng, Tuna Steak, Chicken Satay and so much more, the menu is endless.

Meals start at $8.00 plus tax


Swiss Bell – All You Can Eat Breakfast

Padma Utara opposite The Corner Bar inside Swiss Bell Hotel.

Fabulous Buffet – all you can eat Buffet Breakfast

$6.50 per person

Tommy’s – Breakfast & Lunch – closed Sundays

Rum Jungle Rd  (Wiekudeirra) about 200 metres up on the right hand side if you’re walking towards Legian Rd.

Everything Aussie – Silverside, Steak Sandwiches, Cheese Platters, Iced Coffee, Vegemite Toast, Chip  Butties and the best Caramel Slice (sorry Mum).

From $5.00 a meal

Warung Bule – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Opposite Puri Raja Hotel on Padma Utara  down a small Gang, well  sign posted and just a short walk.

Chicken Gordon Blue, Bruschetta, Steaks, American and Aussie Breakfast, Ribs, and so much more……..

From $6.00 a meal


Yogya  Warung – Lunch & Dinner

Padma Utara , next to the famous Y Bar and diagonally opposite Bella Vista Bakery. My favourite is Curry Chicken, The Mie is huge, Nasi, Fried Tempe just to name a few.

From $2.00 a meal


Cafe Tree House – Breakfast, Lunch  & Dinner

Indonesian and European Foods

Poppies Lane 1

Meals Start at $4.00


Karma Warung – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Opposite Jaime Oliver’s Restaurant and Hard Rock.

Great Cocktails – extensive Indonesian and European Menu.

Meals Start at $4.00


Kuta Night Markets – Dinner

Jalan Blambangan

Meals Start at $1.50


Warung 96 

JL Benasari 2

Specialty is Pizza

Meals Start at $5




Sanur Night Markets – Dinner Only

One of the best Night Markets ever……

Meals Start at $1.50


Tootsies – Breakfast, Lunch  & Dinner

Out the Front of Tootsies Shop on the Beach – Jalan Seguta Ayu Sanur.

Extensive list of Indonesian and European Menu, Great Milkshakes, Banana Splits and so much more.

Meals Start at $4.00



Please go to our Shopping Post for fixed price cheap shops


 For Fixed price Tours and discounted Activities go to our site and look at Best Driver in Bali and Tours .. Wayan will truly look after you …

Day Spas 

Please go to our post Day Spas and see our  listings

Food Delivered To You

 Download the Go Jek App and follow the prompts – loads of cheap eats to choose from and fast delivery .

I hope you have enjoyed reading Bali on a Budget.  Please mention Bali Buddy

Happy Holidays and enjoy the Island of the Gods.

Happy Exploring

Bali Wake Park

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Bali Wake Park features state-of-the-art full size cable systems built around a 5 hectare lake and is the first and only cable  wake park in Bali. New for 2018, Bali Wake Park is now home to Asia’s largest AQUA PARK – a new addition that equipped with all kinds of water attractions and has many facilities to make your holiday  exciting until the last moment.


NIGHT OPERATION from 1st of July 6pm – 10pm


Binti Nanny Service

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Binti Nanny Service

Contact Bindi today and mention Bali Buddy to receive  these fabulous prices … 

Face  Book  is Binti Sikana, my contact “+6281916494331”

WhatsApp”081916494331″ thnks

Need a Baby Sitter \ Nanny in Bali – Contact Binti .. The children and yourselves will all fall in love with Binti .

Binti Holds a First Aid Certificate and will also swim with the children .. Binti has a beautiful caring personality and absolutely loves the children and will keep you informed via SMS on how they are going ..

1 child – 60,000/hour – approx $6 pending Rup rate at time of booking

2 children –  75,000 /hours

3 children   85,000/hours

4 children 100,000/hours

More than 4 children – 2 Nannies will be provided – this will be POA

Minimum booking is 5 hours ..

Canggu, Sanur & Ubud areas – there is an extra charge for the transport  (100,000)

Binti provides sunscreen and hand gel.




Premier Lounge – Bali

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Premier Lounge – Bali

International Terminal (inside security) – Open NOW

Book online under loungebuddy $33 for 3 hours (Food, Beer, Wine & WiFi)

Well worth it.

Escape the noise & chaos of the terminal & enjoy the ultimate getaway before your departure. Delight in a host of luxurious amenities at the Premier Lounge, including a premium buffet, complimentary Wi-Fi & refreshing shower facilities.

Children under 2 are admitted free with an adult. Internal telephone calls & reflexology therapy are available at an additional cost. This lounge is only accessible for passengers departing on international flights.




Bali Buddy Nusa Lembongan Surf Guide

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Bali Buddy Nusa Lembongan Surf Guide 

For all your Surf Lessons, Surf Guiding , Fishing, Snorkelling and Island Tours pop in and see Thabu right next door to Puri Nusa Beach Hotel on the famous Break of Ship Wrecks in Nusa Lembongan – Mention Niki and Bali Buddy 

Thabu will truly look after you … 

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Nusa Peninda Day Tour

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Nusa Peninda Day Tour

If your visiting Nusa Lembogan don’t miss a day trip with Putu to beautiful  Nusa Peninda … it is a magical Island and very large – much bigger than Nusa Lembogan so you will see more with Putu as your guide .. Not easy to get around and find things in Nusa Peninda .. so contact Putu and book your tour today … 

Mention Bali Buddy and Niki for discounted prices .. 

Happy Travels 

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Breakfast With The Orang-utans

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Breakfast with the Orang-utans … 

This is a fabulous experience at Bali Zoo – Breakfast with the Orang-utans … Enjoy a fabulous all  you can eat Buffet while watching the Orang-utans at Play .. Take your own pictures with the Orang-utans , Elephants and Birds … 

Your Ticket also includes your entry into Bali Zoo -and this is a fabulous time to see the animals as they are all waking for the day and the Zoo is peaceful and quiet .. 

Adults $52 approx 520.000 rup 

Child $42 approx 420.000 rup 

Contact Wayan for these discounted prices .. if you book on line you will pay $60 .. 

Transport return is $40 per car with AC seating 6 people .. 

Enjoy and have a great day 

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Villa Kitty – Help The Cats Of Bali

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This is the latest plea from villa kitty . They are currently full and can’t take anymore. They need help with adoptions so they have more room for more. It is run by Elizabeth an Australian lady and an amazing team. They are desperate for help.

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Esky Hire – Delivered To Your Hotel

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Esky Hire

Esky Hire contact Hendra Dwipayana on +62 82 144 803 588


Delivered to your hotel, villa or resort .. $50 with ice and 24 Bintangs … If you want more just call again……..

Mention Bali Buddy to get this deal.

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Wikeys Surf Guide & Lessons

Posted in The Bali Buddy on August 29th, 2016 by admin – Comments Off on Wikeys Surf Guide & Lessons


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Wikey’s surf guide and lessons .. Wikey will turns 23 this December and has been working as a team leader for 5 years with a prominent world renown surf camp in Seminyak. Wikey is now employed by The Bali Buddy as a Surf Guide & Driver

Wikey knows the surf, the tides, the winds  and the best breaks to travel to and of course speaks perfect English and has a infectious personality.

Wikey’s Services 

– Airport pick up and settle into your hotel 200.000 rup – $20  AUD per car seats 6 people with cold esky full of Ice and Bintang on request. 25.000 per bottle $2.50 AUD 

 – Surf Guiding to the best of Bali’s Surf Breaks  6000.000 rup per day $60 AUD 

– Surf Lessons, beginners intermediate to advanced .. 450.000 $45 AUD for 2 hours per person includes hotel transfers and Appropriate level surf board .

– Surf Straps. In car Wifi,  First Aid Kit, Esky and Ice 

Book Wikey for your next Bali Surf adventure .. 


Via Face Book 

Instagram – wikeydawg_

Email – 

SMS in Bali – 0819 9947 5676

From Australia – 0011 628 199 947 5676

Happy Surfing 





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Contact Made – Poppies Lane 2 – Kuta

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Rice Paddy Walk

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 Baik Baik Paddy Walk Tour

A fabulous day walking the rice paddies of Ubud……You will be collected from your hotel at 7.15am…You will arrive at Baik Baik  Compound where you will enjoy breakfast…

Your guide will take you through the rice fields giving you a lot of information about Bali, the culture, religion & the Balinese way of life….

The walk is relatively easy ….My 75 year old mum has done both the Baik Tour & Paddie Walk tours

Only $55 AUD per person if booking through Bali Buddy normally $60 US….For bookings & enquiries please send me an email or inbox me on the Bali Buddy Face book page.

A fabulous tour for all ages……….

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The Bali Buddy Shopping Tour

Posted in The Bali Buddy on October 29th, 2015 by admin – Comments Off on The Bali Buddy Shopping Tour

Bali Buddy Shopping Tours – Cost $45 per car

A great way to get to know the rup and what to pay for purchases whilst in a Bali .. Best idea to do this tour on day one or two of your trip so you can familiarise yourself with costs and products ..

All you have to do is book a BB shopping tour

SMS or phone +62 0812 396 04162 or Wayan Sutamia on FB

Phone as above or email

Cost is $45 for the day up to 8 hours for up to 6 people in AC car with a BB driver .. Lunch at your own cost ..

Sorry we can’t add people to another tour …

You will be collected  at your hotel lobby at 9am ..

Get ready to Shop till you drop .. An idea of places you will visit

Miss Ketuts

Miss Debbie’s

Melati Art Market

Poppies 2

Benasai Lane

Leather Shops

DVD Shop



Sports Warehouse

OSO surf Outlet

Just to name a few .. We can tailor  your tour to suits your needs .. If you don’t want to purchase Leather but you wish to purchase material this is not a problem …

Take a Look at our shopping list under Shopping for some ideas  so we can tailor your tour ..

Have a Fabulous time shopping in Bali ….

If you wish to book please provide Wayan with

Your Hotel Name Address and Phone Number

Room number if possible

Date of tour

Number of people ages and sex

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You Suck – Make your luggage smaller

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Need to lessen the packing load .. Give “We Suck” a call, mention Bali Buddy for a 10% discount .. 

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Wina Optical

Posted in The Bali Buddy on September 14th, 2015 by admin – Comments Off on Wina Optical

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On Jalanraya Kuta – very easy to find with a taxi. Henry from Wina keeps his prices down & has many return Aussies customers. You don’t need a script. Henry will do the eye test for you. Please mention Niki & The Bali Buddy.


Posted in The Bali Buddy on September 14th, 2015 by admin – Comments Off on Dentist

Rejuvie Dentist

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Rejuvie Dental Clinic offers a full range of different dental treatments and procedures. Our committed staff will be ready to give you the best and most honest advise into what dental procedure you will need. Teeth cleaning, teeth whitening & dental veneers.

We are a team of dedicated and clinically trained professionals. Our goal is to create affordable and exceptional dental care providing our clients with complete oral solutions in less than a week. While in the most beautiful part of the world, rest, relax, and have yourself a “Toothcation”.

Please contact us today to make a booking with our dentists.



Bike Biak Tour

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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. You will really see the real Bali on this tour.

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Price usually $70 US but book through the Bali Buddy only $55 AUD.

Payment on the day of the tour in RUP being 550,000 rup.

Email: to make a booking & receive this discount


  • 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 – 2-3pm

Pick up time

  • Nusa Dua area : 06.30 am
  • Kuta area : 07.15 am
  • Sanur area : 07.30 am
  • Ubud area : 08.15 am

What to bring

  • Running shoes or flip flop
  • Sunblock
  • Camera
  • Hat

Why us

  • Local Balinese Owner
  • Local Balinese Guide
  • Local Balinese Economy
  • Most of Our Business Comes From Word of Mouth
  • Highly Recommended by : The Rough Guide Book, Lonely Planet, Escape Sunday Herald Sun (Australia), Petit Fute, The Natural France Guide Book (France), Trip Adviser, Bali Travel Forum and Tourist Who Have Been on This Tour

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Bali Biak Cooking Classes

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Biak Biak Cooking School

Balinese Cooking Classes – Ubud


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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 you to your hotel


Pick Up Time: Ubud area at 8.00 am and Kuta area at 7.00 am

Cost: $55 (AUD)

Please email to make your booking & receive this discount.


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Pool Fence Hire

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Pool Fence Hire

Contact: Megan:

If you’re looking for a Temporary Pool Fence for your villa you need look no further than “Bali Villa Pool Fence”

We hire out temporary pool fencing all over the island. No job to big or to small.

It is law in Australia and other countries around the world that all swimming pools must be fenced off.

So why should it be any different when you are in Bali?

Protect your children & don’t risk it. Keep your family safe, enjoy the safety and security of an attractive temporary pool fence.

Setting up a safety Pool Fence around your villa’s swimming pool with high quality temporary fencing is essential. Our temporary pool fencing will keep your children safe as it is specifically designed to prevent children from accessing a spa or pool. Our temporary pool fencing meets the Australian safety regulations and is complete with a top of the range imported Magna Latch magnetic self closing gate.

Our fencing panels are 1.5 meters wide by 1.2 meters high and are constructed of quality stainless steel. What this means is that not only do our pool fences look good but they are light enough to move and strong enough to provide a strong barrier.

Bali Villa Pool Fence is a legal and registered company. We also comply with Australian standards AS 1926. 1-2007 Swimming Pool Safety. Part 1: Safety barriers for swimming pools.

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Postage back to Australia

Posted in The Bali Buddy on April 30th, 2014 by admin – Comments Off on Postage back to Australia

If you have over shopped and are over your weight flight limit……..we have the solution

“POST BACK TO Sydney, Melbourne or the Gold Coast”



Padma Street – “DHL Jalan Legian” in between Jalan Melasti & Jalan Padma

Approx Cost = 25 kilo DHL = $256 US approx.

1. You can box up to 30 kilo

2. You must keep the value of the goods under $1000 otherwise you pay duty & GST

3. You will need a detailed invoice from the shops you purchased the goods from to meet the Australian Customs requirements

4. You can track the airline on line or DHL site

This is all approximate costs, your package may vary in size and as I always say “Things change daily in Bali”


How Much Should You Pay?

Posted in The Bali Buddy on April 2nd, 2014 by admin – Comments Off on How Much Should You Pay?

I am always asked how much should I pay for shopping items in Bali?

I love to barter and love a good bargain.

“If you are happy with what you’ve paid that’s all you have to worry about”

This list is only an example give or take a few Rup. 

Good luck & enjoy shopping, barter & buying great bargains in Bali.

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Wine – Aga


2 litres



Bintang Singlet


Board shorts


Cotton girl pom pom shorts


Baby clothing








Jewellery Silver on the beach

(not real silver)


Denim men’s shorts


Denim women’s shorts


Water 1.5litre




Surfboard covers


Batik beach towels


Chair on the beach


Corn on the beach


Fairy floss on the beach


Ladies cotton 3/4pants




Ladies dresses short




Larger sizes


Ladies jumpsuits short




Crochet tops


Crochet dresses


Crochet swimmers

60,000 plus

Dress thongs


Leather dress thongs


Leather bags




Leather wallets




Watches (copy)

40,000 plus

Hats (copy)

30,000 plus

Friendship Bands


Surfboards new

5 mil plus

Surfboards pre loved

2.5mil plus

Surfboard Hire

50,000 plus

Depending on time
Motorbike Hire


A day – Must have an Australian Motorbike licence & International Licence& nil excess Insurance Cover
Car Hire  – Drive your self to  200,000 per day PLUS?
Drivers in Bali Look under best Driver in Bali – Wayan Tattoo For full price list & contact information

Remember this is a guide only. Things change daily in Bali.


Lombok KutaLombok

Posted in The Bali Buddy on November 11th, 2013 by admin – Comments Off on Lombok KutaLombok

The new Airport is only 20 minutes drive from Kuta Lombok.  Sure makes a huge difference.

There are two ways you can get to Lombok.

Fast Boat – Can take up to  6 hours Cost = 800,000 rup includes your transfer from your hotel.  Approx $80.  However lands in Singigi which is about a 1.5 hour drive from Kuta Lombok.

Air – 17 minutes $120 per person return.  Best to fly with Garuda. Book via Skyscanner.

We choose to fly because of limited time and the talk is that often the boats break down and can take a very long time to get there, and people are often extremely sea sick.

We have been to Lombok 8 times and so love it.  It truly is the Bali of old……When you arrive at the airport it is best to have your transport prebooked to save the continued harassments of tour scouts. Cost = around $20.   Our guides are great friends.  We are very close to their family and share many meals with them.  The girls love to feed us up.

Rian: 08 190 724 8494 – Aryan Lombok (Aryan)

David: 08 786 456 0785 David Transport Lombok (Suaminya Ana)

Kuta Lombok  is a surfers haven, for families I suggest a 3 – 4 night stay at the Novatel or for alot less money Puri Rinjani Hotel.  It’s best to book  The Hotel before you arrive on  It is right in the centre of Kuta  Lombok, has  a pool and is very popular.

Rian our driver and best friend in Lombok with John

For Surfers there are many breaks up and down the coast. John’s favourite being the reef break Gerapuk.

For the non Surfers relax on the beautiful white sand and enjoy a wonder of activities.

Food is reasonable in Kuta  Lombok  but do remember most resorts have a service tax of 21%.


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For transport from the airport in Kuta Lombok get in contact by text to

Rian 08 190 724 8494 email: or

David 087864560785 email:

Rian will organise all your transport needs whilst you are in Kuta Lombok.  He has a smile a mile wide and is a beautiful man.

Restaurants in Kuta Lombok

Our favourite being Sonya’s, read below her wonderful story….(the sassak chicken is my all time fav) very much like a Thai Chicken Curry.. Yummy…. The Secret Garden, Everyone must take a trip up the hill.

Sonya’s Story Her food is fantastic and reasonably priced.  Sassak is the style of food in Lombok.  Here is Sonyas Story.Born and Raised in  Kuta Lombokit is not uncommon that her family could not afford to send her to school.  At the age of 8 years old she sold pineapples on the beach with her two brothers.  At the age of 15 she was selling sarongs and did so for the next 12 years.  In 2010 Sonya befriended Jessica a 20 year old English girl.  Jess was so  inspired by Sonyas kindness and hospitality  that she helped Sonya to build her Warung.  Sonya has repaid Jess her loan but will always feel indepted to Jess for giving her this opportunity.  She has now teamed up with the community of  Kuta  Lombok  to help create Solah, a sister bar and warung which sits further along the road.  We eat many meals at Sonyas, she is such a vibrant kind caring lovable person.

Sue’s Restaurant on the top of the hill has great views, great food & fabulous Wines, Cocktails and Cold Beers.

Soccer and Stick Fighting

Like every where you will always be able to see a game of soccer.  Each July sees the whole of Lombok compete in Stick Fighting.  Yes thats basically what it is…. you fight with a stick.  I found it very cruesome and just wanted to Betadene the boys injuries, but this is their custom and they can win good price money.  $10 a a fight.  I enjoyed the tribal dance more so at the end of each match.  A great custom to see.




Beach Clubs

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Blues Point

Uluwatu – Enjoy the day $35 per person incudes a chair, towel, meal & a drink. $45 for Wayan Tattoo Transport. (AC car seats 7) best to book on line as the pod chairs fill fast.

Sandy Bay Beach Club

Nusa Lembogan – FREE entry just buy food & drink….Wayan can organise the fast boat to NL for you at  (450,000 rup) per person return includes  Hotel transfers.

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The Palms Restaurant & Pool Bar

Nusa Lembogan – FREE entry just buy food & drink. Wayan can organise the fast boat to NL for you at (450,000 rup) per person return includes Hotel transfers.

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Finns Beach Club – Canggu

Now at Canggu – Google Entry FEE – it has increased in price.

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Karma Beach

$35 per person (350,000 rup) & gives you lift access to the beach, sunbeds & (150,000 rup) $15 to be used on food & drinks. Great music & amazing food.

The Rock Bar

Wayan will transport you to the Rock Bar. Best to make sure you get there not later than 4pm to make sure you get a god seat for the sunset. Not cheap but a fabulous one off experience with a DJ on the cliff tops playing fabulous sounds.

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Jungle Fish – Ubud

Welcome to the Ubud’s no beach… beach club !

Jungle Fish is a “must do” in Ubud, where you can experience swimming amidst the lush jungle, in the beautiful landscape of the Ubud area. Open-air split-level restaurant and pool bar perched on the side of a ridge overlooking the Osh River Valley, Jungle Fish is located just 10 minutes’ drive north of Ubud. It is part of the Chapung Se Bali Resort & Spa*****, a luxury Resort well known for its airy, designer, private pool Villas.

In the Resort, you can experience :

  • our “no beach… beach club” where you can chill out with your kids, friends or your beloved; enjoy snacks and cocktails throughout the day.
  • our Chapung Spa, located next to the pool, where you can indulge in a complete therapy with Balinese massage, facial treatments, pedicures and much more…
  • our Jungle Fish restaurant where you can have breakfast and lunch with a stunning view over the pool and the green valley.
  • our fine-dining restaurant Di Abing, where you can taste a unique fusion cuisine of Asian and Mediterranean flavours.

From breakfast to snacks and late lunch, our Jungle Fish restaurant offers you a wide choice of dishes and drinks that will satisfy every palate !

$20 entry includes a towel – then enjoy food and fabulous cocktails and drinks of your choice …





Virgin Beach

Virgin Beach will be the cheapest Beach Club in Bali’s magic blue blue waters, great food, great cold Bintang and white sand.

Leave early around 7am to beat the traffic. Contact Wayan for transport 600.000 for the day.

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Artotel Beach Club – Sanur

Next to the Guzebo Hotel and a 5 minute walk to the Sindhu Markets. Just purchase food & drink.




Party Shop

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Having a party;  For all your party Needs visit the Party Store (opposite Bali Bakery) 0361762928

Professional Photography by Kadek

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Wow this is the best deal.. This wonderful young man is one talented Photographer… Kadek will do Sunset Beach Shots for your family and or friends from:

Package one 35US Duration 15 minutes no edited includes  DVD file

Package two 70US Duration one  hour all files edited includes DVD files

Package three 230US Duration  three hours all files edited includes DVD files…

 You won’t get better value..

Organising a Wedding or special Birthday Party.. 4pm – 11pm $450US includes DVD File.  Kadek also has loads of extras such as:

Requested Slide Show = $50US

Wedding Books start at $90US (10 pages)

Photo Books start at $75US (10 pages)

Canvas start at 2 cents per cm…..

Contact Kadek and tell him you read about him on The Bali Buddy:

Ph.+62817552841  +6281239230679


Photo of Kadek and his work


Glan & Sarah

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Bali Baby Hire

Posted in The Bali Buddy on September 24th, 2012 by admin – Comments Off on Bali Baby Hire

Bali’s Number 1 baby Equipment Rental Company.  Bali Baby Hire Provides a wide range of baby equipment and services to assist with all your needs for travelling to Bali with babies and young children.

Bali Baby Hire is run by an Australian lady Megan and her Balinese husband Made.  They have two young children so know exactly what it is like in Bali with little ones.  Her youngest one was 4 months old when they moved back to Bali so she has all the local knowledge you need.

There are so many restrictions on excess luggage these days, why have the added stress and the possibility of damage to your equipment.   Bali Baby Hire will have everything you need waiting for you on arrival at your hotel or villa.  More room in the suitcase for all that shopping…

They stock only high quality brand named products that are clean, safe and comfortable.  Their range of baby equipment will make life easy for you on your holiday in Bali just as it would be in your home.  They have items such as portacots, car seats, strollers, prams, high chairs, bath tubs, safety bed rails, safety gates, baby monitors, fun toys and much more are all available to you.  They even have baby sitting service too……………..

One of the things that I love about Bali Baby Hire is that they donate 5% of all proceeds to an Orphanage every month so booking with them you are helping the less fortunate kids of Bali.  I so so love that…

Let Megan and the team at Bali Baby Hire make your family holiday memorable and enjoyable where you can bask in the experience and relax in the beauty of the Island of the Gods. Mention Bali Buddy

Email Megan :  08980706460  081999488656  Facebook: Bali Baby Hire

TOYS Dunk 'N Cheer Basket BallPRAM Phil and Teds ExplorerPORTACOT Nuna Sena

CARSEAT Safe and SoundACTIVITY CENTER Baby Einstein Neptune

Peritonitis in Paradise

Posted in Peritinitious in Paradise, The Bali Buddy on May 14th, 2012 by admin – Comments Off on Peritonitis in Paradise

It’s our families tradition and we feel blessed to travel to beautiful Bali and its surrounding Islands for a month every year in July.. Last July I felt a era and a much loved tradition in my families life  had ended as we wouldn’t return  in July 2012 for our months pilgrimage  due to Molly’s year 12 study commitments.  As the plane left the tarmac  of Denpasar many tears trickle down my face as a month in Bali every year bonds our family together, not only whilst in Bali but through out  the year with constant chatter  and laughter about our up and coming trips…   2012 would see myself do my numerous buying trips , Molly and I to have a mother and daughter adventure and the boys would plan a 3 week surfing holiday to Legian, Lombok and Sumbawa… This is there story….  21st April – 11th May 2012  John – 49   Darcy – 15

Day One :  Legian…. Up early try to hire a bike or car from Ketut, no luck so hire a bike from Sinar Bali  Resort.   Head to Kuta  Reef 3 – 4 foot good fun.  Spend the afternoon getting money changed, surf board covers and supplies.  Dinner at our Fav Wally Warungs.

Day Two:  Up earlier so we head to Kuta Reef but flat, so we get the hire car and head to Ulu’s.  3- 5 feet great fun.  Head back to Legian and head to the beach to see all our Bali family and hand out the 2000 Easter eggs Niki has packaged up for all the Bali Family… I think they weighed 12 kilo…  Dinner at Bamboo Warung.  We ring Niki she is so excited we are here eating in her fav Warung and Darcy is eating Satay chicken…

Day Three:  Up before light we drive to Ulu’s a bit smaller 3 – 4 foot, take photos and buy photos. Darcy 2 surfs , me the old bull 1.  Head back through Legian to pick up washing. Decide to go to Caangu for a late surf.  Traffic is a nightmare.  We get stuck behind a ceremony parade at Canngu that goes for miles and miles.  Good fun surf 3 – 5 foot.  I ding my board.  Dinner at Sinar and pack our gear ready for our flight to Lombok tomorrow.

Day Four:   Up @ 5.30 am to go to the airport.  Check in all good .. It rained all night last night gotta go flight boards in 20 mins.  Arrive @ new airport in Lombok and of course  greeted by Rian and David. 25 mins to Kuta Lombok.  We quickly check in and head to Grupuk.  Surf Outsides 3 -4 foot come back and have lunch at Surfers Inn.  At 3 pm we head back to Grupuk its a bit windy but still fun.  Dinner tonight at Sonya’s.  We up grade our room to a family suite (why not) .. Darcy and I say the ode and a have  a minutes silence for Anzac Day… Lest we Forget ….

Day Five: Leave Surfers Inn at 6.30am and head to Eka’s, its a good road now and only a 40 min trip.  Take boat across the bay to insides Eka’s  Darcy goes out but too fickle.  We are starving so we head back to Kuta and Darcy shouts us all lunch (Rian, David , Mansaur and Myself) Yeh ..  Head back to Grupuk wind offshore 3 – 5 foot barrelling great surf.  Dinner at Rian and Aniks compound, once again beautiful food and Anik spoils Darcy with fried Tofu.  Very early night Darcy and I  watch a DVD..

Day Six:  Up early sitting here with Darcy waiting for Brekky to open then we are off to Grupuk.  Darcy straight into the  surf.  I go trawling with Captain and Rian we get 1 nice fish and spectacular scenery.  Surf 4 – 5 feet barrelling so good.  Back again at 2.30 at Grupuk 4 – 5 feet and barrelling again. Take Lombok family out to Solah Cafe and Darcy and I  have Mahi Mahi  (chontik..)  Early night watching DVD Great way to finish our stay in Lombok was well worth coming.

Day Seven: It’s Saturday I have to write it down as I am already forgetting what day it is.  Which of course is s good thing.  Head to the airport with Rian say good – bye.  Good flight to Bima.  Straight thru the airport, no hassles and on our way to Lakey Peak (some 3 hours away) .  Arrive 12.30 and have a quick lunch and head to Periscopes 4 – 6 foot glass and stand up barrels for Darcy and I.  Darcy thinks it’s probably the best surf he has ever had.  I get a good hold down and swallow water so head in to the beach for a spew and a rest.  20 minutes later I m back out there as it is so good.  In the end we have to come in because we are so so tired.  Dinner at Aman Gati best Nasi Goreng of my life.  In bed asleep by 8.30am What a day … Yeh Hah….

Day Eight: Up at 6am today Darcy straight out to  Peak 4 – 6 foot and perfect.  I paddle out for 40 min session , too crowded so head in for brekkie and   back out by 9.30am.  Darcy still out there. I have 1.5 hour surf very good and then meet Darcy back at Resort with our mate Finda.  It’s now 2 pm and Darcy just came in for lunch.  We are both heading back at 3pm to periscopes and hopefully another good session.  Not to windy so hope it stays like that .  Dinner at Lakey Beach Inn.

Day Nine:  Out at Lakey Peak at 6.30am great waves for Darcy.  I go to periscopes and score a great 45 min session till the tide gets to low. Brekkie together then head back out to Peak.  I surf on Molly’s board and loved it.  Lunch together had  a rest. Just checking out cobblestones and periscopes to see what there like as has been windy for last 3 hours but calming now.  4.30pm we head to Periscopes , bit fast but get some good waves.  Darcy reckons no good but I just think he is too buggered.  Lakey Peak Inn for Dinner … Terrible Nasi Goreng.

Day Ten : Head out to Nunga Dores. Darcy goes out and I video him.  Not very good so we head back.  Darcy and I just chilling now wind is up, we will probably have a late one.  I have very bad stomach cramps but she’ll be right.  Looking at going to Magic Point tomorrow with 3 others , 800,000 RP.   I don’t surf today as stomach cramps severe Darcy has a late one at Lakey Pipe.  Early night Dinner at Aman Gati in room as I can’t go any where.

Day Eleven: It’s Wednesday Darcy is going to Magic Point.  I feel a lot better but will take it easy as surf has dropped off.  Think I”ll head down for a swim.  Darcy back from Magic Point @ 9.30am surf no good so boat drops them off at Lakey Peak.  He has a fun 2 hour surf 3-4 feet.  Lunch at Aman Gati (schnitzel burger) so yummy.  We borrow a dry bag from Cody a young surfer girl from Australia., so I can walk out to the towers with good camera to take video of Darcy at Lakey Peak.  Come in and chill out 4.30pm…. NIGHTMARE BEGINS…..

At 4.30 pm I walk out the front of Aman Gati to check surf and contemplate a bintang.  I am sitting on a plastic chair when a wave of pain runs thru my stomach ( not good) I quickly walk back to the room and ask Darcy to open the door. I lay down on the bed when the most severe of severe cramps hit my stomach, lasting for about 10 minutes then they backed off.  Darcy could see the pain I was in.  I felt better for about 20 minutes then the next cramp came but this time of the scale if you ask 1 being nothing to 10 this was a 15…. I knew something was really bad.  I called reception to ask for a doctor and they rang a Paramedic..(hahaha)  from Hu’u village.  In the meantime I advised Darcy to pack up all the gear,    fins out of the boards etc etc  and to pack all our important documents into our back packs.  You know when you ask most little boys who their hero’s are , and they will usually say there Dad’s.  Well today my little man, my Darcy was my Hero .  What a  saviour he was, he showed maturity way beyond his years and took over and took control.   Thanks little man.

In the mean time Billy a young Aussie lifeguard we had befriended found a young American women staying at the hotel who was a doctor.  She arrived about the same time as the so called Paramedic.  She assessed me the best she could and suspected either appendix or Gall bladder.  Little did I know  she was spot on.  Billy advised Darcy to go with me in the Ambulance (a truck) and  I use that word very lightly to Dompu Hospital about 1.5 hours away from Aman Gati.  Billy and Aman Gati staff looked after our gear for us and off we went. 

The ambulance consisted of a  stretcher bed, 1 seat in the back.  The paramedic rode in the seat next to me while her husband drove and Darcy nursed there baby girl on his lap. About 20 minutes down the road we stopped to pick up some random bloke.  Then we were off again, at this stage the Paramedic decided it was time to put a drip in my arm… yes along this very bumpy dirt road / track. After a few failed attempts Darcy DEMANDED THEY STOP  .. That’s my boy, 10 minutes later we  hit the hell part of the road.  I was in agony , and we could only travel at about 10 – 15 klms. 

Darcy and random old mate were by this time in the back trying to hold me on the bed the best way they could.  Darcy holding my hand and rubbing my forehead the whole way.  At one stage I said to Darcy ” Could you punch me in the face so I could forget about the pain”  The trip felt like it went for about 5 hours. 

We arrive at Dompu Hospital and they take me straight into a room with curtains and two make shift hospital beds, they were built I’d say in world war 2.  No sheets , a very basic local hospital full to the brim with  local patients and there families.  It seems (and later I find out it is true that in Indo if your family is sick you all go to the hospital to look after your loved one because there isn’t enough or any staff for that matter to care for you)  At one stage we had about 10 people in our room and no English being spoken whats so ever…  They put me on a saline drip and I pleaded for pain killers.  They asked for 600,000 rup$60 to buy morphine so Darcy took care of that.  Relief from pain at last.  The morphine knocked me out for about 2 hours while Darcy struggled to get comfortable on the concrete floor whilst always cradling our bags with all our valuables.

At some stage through out the night the doctor bought in a policeman who could speak a little English, but he was useless as he didn’t know what the word pain was…

Day Twelve:  Shit Wednesday was a long day.. I forgot to mention that we had run out of credit on our phones with all the calls we had made to Niki in Coffs Harbour on business and busily planning a way to get Darcy and I help and out of Sumbawa.  Niki got onto our best mate and brother in Bali Wayan, who so kindly and promptly text credit to both Darcy and I’s phones.  Molly was also busy in our home in Forster contacting consulates in Bali , insurance companies, googling flights for Niki and packing Niki’s  bags ready for her departure from Oz.  Niki was trying to get us on a Medivac service back to Bali but there wasn’t one out of Sumbawa.  We said good night to Niki at 3am promising to ring as soon as day broke. (forgetting to document that Niki had left her mobile ph charger in a hotel in South  West Rocks ands spent the night on the Coffs Highway in her pink Pj’s in her car whilst the phone charged) Nightmare in two Countries….  From about 4am   I kept dozing and talking.  Darcy was adamant we had to get back to Bali, ASAP… But the logistics seemed hopeless.  Here we were stuck in Dompu Hospital, it felt like we couldn’t escape.  At about 6am the pain came on again and Darcy started trying to find doctors.  They were all asleep on the floor.  He had to wake them to get more morphine.  At this stage I was worried this might knock me out again and delay our exit to Bali, but I needed it real bad.  Out of the blue a young local boy named Yani about 20 years old came into my room.  He explained he often helps out at the hospital with situations like ours… GOD BLESS YANI xxxxx Yani arranged to get some painkillers to get me thru the flight back to Bali.  At this stage I think my appendix had burst, I can’t say for sure when they did but the pain was only tolerable with the drugs.  Yani arranged a ambulance to get us to Bima Airport a further 2 hours North.  We arrived at the airport at about 8.30 and there was a 10am flight but as our luck was going the flight was cancelled so we had to wait for the 3pm flight.  Once again Darcy took control buying the tickets and everything else.  We were lucky to get into a lounge area so I grabbed the lounge and stayed there till we left.  I have been remiss to mention Dan.  Dan is a young Aussie bloke from WA whos works in the mines and comes to Indo regularly.  Dan befriended Darcy and also helped get our gear form Aman Gati to the airport.  Dan suggested rather than Darcy go to Kintamani with our Darling Monica. Darcy could stay with him, which worked out great.  I wasnt really in a position to make to many decisions so   to  you Dan.. THANKYOU THANKYOU.   I was stressing about the flight to Bali and thought we were to stop at Lombok on the way but it was direct to Bali.  The flight was a breeze about 45mins and who was there but our beautiful Wayan who met me with a golf cart to transport me to his car as it is over 1 klm to the carpark due to renovations at the airport.  Wayan grabbed me straight away, Darcy gave me a kiss and off to the hospital we went with Wayan on his siren all the way.. What a classic…  About 20 mins later we were at the BIMC – Bali International Medical Centre.  They took me straight in, Wayan sat beside me my bag on his lap and interpreted with the doctor and actually said (Usus Buntu) which means Appendix, how spot on he ws.  Within 5 min I was in a wheelchair, bloodtests, ultra sounds , x rays.  Here they saw that my appedix had burst, so I ws straight up into a private room and all hooked up to monitors and preparing me for a major operation.  It was like I was at the Hilton, so clean, professional and I must have had 6 doctors and 10 nurses looking after me.

Day 13: Shit  Thursday was a long day.  At 5.30am I get preped for surgery.  I shave my face stomach and pubes.  Then I’m wheeled of to surgery.  All went well with the operation.  Niki is on a 12 midday flight, I really cant wait till she gets here, she will arrive about 4 pm.  Darcy goes to Canngu with Dan for a surf as he can’t do anything  at the hospital and he would be bored shitless.  5pm Niki arrives Than God… Cover more Insurance our insurer has paid for her to come over , also paying her accommodation , transport and meals.  I can’t extol the virtues of this company enough.  Nothing is a problem to them.  They sent a letter of guarantee to the hospital so all my expenses are covered.  I will be contacting there office when I get home and offering a testimonial.  Niki, Darc and Dan stay at the hospital till I crash, then they head back to Sinar for Dinner.  I have another night of hell as during the operation they had to flush out all the infection (puss) with over 3 litre’s of saline.  They also had to move a lot of my internal organs so that was causing all my pain.  (my organs were finding there way back to the right place) I thought I was going back under the knife or being airlifted to Darwin.  The Australian Nurse and the Surgeon assured me and Niki it was due to the operation.  I think I got about 1 hours sleep. 

Day 14:  Niki arrives early and has brekkie with me.  Best fruit platter in Bali she says…. I feel a lot better.  Darcy and Dan come over then head to Canngu for 2 surfs as Dan is heading over to G Land tomorrow.  Niki stays with me most of the day I doze on and off .  I sleep okay tonight but I am over hospitals.  I am hooked up to monitors and drips and I have to piss in a bottle and the doctor and all the nurses are waiting and hoping I fart soon.  This will be a good sign of recovery.  I do and they are all relieved as this means my bowel is good.

Day 15:  Niki again arrives for Brekkie And brings with her snack, chips, oreos, pop mei ,,, yeh.. I feel a lot better. I am trying to stand up to get my legs moving.  My feet are extremely swollen.  Darcy is going to Mon’s village today and tonight.  He will have a great time as it’s full moon ceremony.  Niki has been non stop on the phone with  the insurance  company arranging flights and everything else .  She is getting good results all round.  The drugs are still getting pumped into me. No word of a lie you could fill a bathroom cupboard with the amount of fluids and drugs along with vitamins they have pumped into me.  Darcy rings from  Kintamani he has been dressed up in traditional cloths for ceremony at Kintamani Temple.  They start at 6.30pm and it does not finish till 2 am.  7 hour ceremony, we really can’t imagine Darcy sitting this long.  Niki has a lonely night on her own back at Sinar.  I really hope I haven’t forgotten anyone or any thing so far…

Day 16:  Release Day Today … Niki arrives early and Darcy is on his way back from  Kintamani with Dany on the back of his bike.  2.5 hours on the bike.  Sore bum… Darcy plays footsal in Denpasar with Dany’s team and scores three goals, so he’s pretty buggered and bad tempered by the time he gets back to Sinar.. One tired Boy.. Wayan hugs him and says.. ” Darcy I always tell you Ceremony is F… boring”   we all laugh, which feels great….  We arrive back at Sinar around 11am.  All the staff greet me, they are so so nice… Niki sets me up with the pool lounge outside of our room.  So good to be in fresh air again.  After a short rest Darcy heads up to Canngu for a surf.  Ketut Head chef of Sinar makes me traditional Bali meal for the sick… Meal makes me want to be sick.. I am not hungry anyway so we take it back to the room and throw it so not to offend.  Early to bed, Darcy and I watch a DVD.  I don’t sleep well.

Day 17:  A wake at 6am and Niki and I go for a walk (100 metres) to get coffee.  Niki and I relax at resort the whole day which is great and Darcy has a surf at Legian, it wasn’t any good so he goes to Ulu’s with Nyomen.  He has lunch with Wayan who is also there then has a 4 hour surf and rates it 5 star .. 5 – 6 foot.  Just sitting at Sinar restaurant with Wayan and having Dinner. Wayan on his way to do a airport pick up. We have another early night.

Day 18:  Lazy day again today.  I have never sat so long around a resort. Darcy’s gone to Ulu’s with Wayan.   Niki and I just chilling out and going to get some DVD’s and my check up at the hospital with the surgeon.  The doc gives me the all clear to travel home.  Darcy gets fantastic surf at Ulu’s 6 – 7 feet, sees our mate Paul Blom.  Niki and I head to the beach with the family for the afternoon.  I feel a lot better today I eat a Sinar Club Sanga… 

Day 19:  Last full day at Sinar and in Bali.  Darcys  gone for a surf at Kuta Reef (middles) then heads to Waterbom Park.  I go and get a foot fish clean and head massage.  Niki heads to the Embassy with  Eko to sort out his Visa for Australia.  We spend the arvo again on the beach.. Very relaxing.  Darcy does last minute shopping.  We fly out at 2am tomorrow morning.. I’m in buisness class (thanks to CoverMore) and Niki and Darcy are in cattle class… Sad to leave Bali but after all the drama I am glad to be going home.  Really miss Molly…

Day 20: HOME now and just had Cornbeef , white sauce and Veg that Nan made.  Great flight we all slept and true to tradition Niki scored four seats to herself.  We all sleep on the flight but once we travelled the 4 hours home we all couldn’t wait till dark to go to bed.  6.30pm in bed…  14 hours sleep…

How lucky, I am to even be sitting here right now refelecting and writing my story.  The thoughts the concerns and the efforts of all those involved to bring me through this I will never be able to express my gratitude to you all. 

To my beautiful wife, to see you walking through those hospital doors dropped all the weight of the past few days of my shoulders.  You are my rock my soulmate, my journeyman.  Through all our travels all over the world this was our most dramatic moment and there you were like always  putting all the pieces together. 

To my beautiful little ray of sunshine Molly, thousands of Miles away and all I wanted was to cuddle you and see your face.  I missed you so much at this time and thank you for packing for Mum and meeting her on the highway and your multitude of phone calls , to not only Cover More but to the Australian Embassy, the Consulate and of course your genius idea to ring our Mate Onny in Qld , asking him to help organise our gear from Lakey to the airport.  You really achieved great things and put a lot of motions in place for all of us on Nightmare day 3rd May.  I love you to the Sky.

Thanks to Nan for being there for us and Molly, It took a huge weight of our shoulders to know you were there for us. 

And to my little mate Darcy.  You couldn’t ever imagine that our surf trip was going to turn out like this.  Thank god we got some of the best waves of our lives before the shit happened.  That saturday afternoon at Periscopes rates as one of your and I’s best surfs in our lives.  Stand up Barrels ARE AS GOOD AS THEY LOOK ARN’T THEY .. In my eyes Darcy  Boy you stoood up and made a man of  yourself.  Your maturity and Travel know how got us thru this nightmare.  Your surfing has improved out of sight this trip, I reckon you’ll give them what for @ boardriders.  I can’t wait for our next trip to the Metawais next year and many more in the future.

I LVOE YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart.  I was  the sickest  and most frightened I’ve ever been in my life but with your love and support and that of all concerned I look forward now to the next chapter in my life …

Johnny xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Note from Niki :  I am blessed to have my family altogether again.  John has had the all clear from  our Doctor here in Oz and is now back at work.  I like John find it hard to thank everyone for all that you did for us during what I’ve now called Mad May…   You all know who you are… To all my FB friends, thanks for your love FB kept me going whilst in the hospital and it was so nice for John to read all your messages once he returned to Sinar.  To BIMC no words can express your professionalism, your love and your care, The 20 pkt of  Tim Tams will never be enough to say thank you so so much for saving Johns life.  You are incredible people.  To our brother and Uncle Wayan.. what would we have done with out you.. You are a legend and a incredable kind caring person who we love so very much.  To Mon, Made, Eko and Dany, thanks for your love and concern and for taking care of Darcy in Kintamani and showing him the most amazing time and sharing your home and village with him.  To all the staff at Sinar for your help, with faxes, emails, ph calls and your care and concern for John.. To all our Bali family for the beautiful flower arrangements and fruit platters you  all really spoilt us…   To our friends who we call (family) we love you .. without you all we wouldnt have got through this night mare…    To my three muskateers , John, Molly and Darcy… thanks  for being who you are , keeping your  cool and doing what we had to do when we had to do it.. We worked as a team and got through it as a team  … Love you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Since this story was written in 2012 we have lived in Bali for 17 months and during this time used BIMC hospital many times .. We can’t praise them enough.. Enjoy this story and please tick Nil excess on your travel insurance … 



BIMC ( Bali International Medical Centre)

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BIMC (Bali International Medical Centre)        BIMC    JI By Pass Ngurah Rai 100x Kuta 80361  Bali    761263

I don’t know how to begin this segment of the Bali Buddy other than to say BIMC  were and are amazing.. I have just returned from Bali (11 /5/ 12) .  My husband John  and son Darcy were in Sumbawa on a boys surfing holiday when extremely bad pain took over Johns body.    It turned out to be  peritonitis.. (appendix) or in Balinese  (Usus Buntu)  Read more about Johns struggle to get out of Sumbawa under  Peritonitis in Paradise .

After numerous days John was flown to Bali and admitted into  BIMC.  I flew from Australia.  By the time I’d landed Johns appendix had been removed and I cannot tell you how wonderful the staff are &  how professional and caring they are and the 1000% service we received at BIMC.  John was in hospital for 5 days, had his own private room and bathroom.  He was inundated daily with nurses and doctors.  The service was well and beyond words.  I can’t thank every one enough at  BIMC for your consistent help service concern and kind caring words.  If your in Bali and need medical help.  Go straight to BIMC  you won’t  look back.  They are amazing..




Posted in The Bali Buddy on December 13th, 2011 by admin – Comments Off on Weddings

Weddings are so beautiful in Bali and so so much cheaper than in Australia.  Organising a Wedding by Internet can be very very trying and can often lead to one  disaster after the next.


Marry Me in Bali

Contact Clara Kartika Operations Manager +623619100118   Clara will truly look after you.

Good Luck with your Wedding and Congratulations. Mention Bali Buddy.


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Bali Street Kids

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In Bali you meet these sad children begging on intersections or working the street in tourist areas.  These children are from the poorest areas of Bali, they are sent to the city by their family to beg for money to make their parents more income.  These kids have no proper shelter, food, education or attention.  They are often traumatized victims of abuse.  Without help they will eventually learn to survive as a “boss” of younger children or turn to the tourist sex industry.  They are among the most disadvantaged in Indonesia.

What Bali Street Kids Do? 

Shelter and Home they provide a shelter and home where sick, tired, and traumatized kids can visit and live free of abuse, where they come  to trust adults caring for them.  They have clean clothing, good hygiene and meals.

Education Most of these children have had no schooling, so they are provided classes and tutoring.

Caring  Health, Dental, food and water.

Beach Class On the beach and sometimes secretly BSK teach reading, maths and fun to children who’s ‘boss’ or parents refuses to let them go to school.

This is only a small piece of information about what BSK do. If you would like to know more, visit or help out with donations etc email Putu Etiatini (founder)  +6281337411112.

Tips for You

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Apotik = Is the  Chemist

1) Buy some plastic throw away cups from the reject shop to take with you to brush your teeth and use for your spirit drinks.

2) Take a torch with you especially if travelling to Lombok,  Sumbawa (black outs are regular), Flores, Nusa Lembogan & The Gili

3) If travelling with small children take museli bars and snack food with you.  You can buy everything in the Carrafour but if its something they must have take it.

4) The Circle K sells bags of Ice for $1.20 if you need ice for your spirits.

5) If travelling with children from Australia it can be a very long day at the airport.  Buy a Coles $2 esky bag and pack up rolls, snacks drinks etc. saves a lot of money that can be well spent  in Bali.

6) When packing for your return home pack all your heavy gear in your hand luggage… DVD’s weigh heaps so does leather bags, jackets, shoes.  If you have wet swim wear carry this on with you too.  The airlines have been very strict charging up to $25 per extra kilo.  However you can purchase extra kilos if travelling with Jetstar.  Buy a travel set of scales.

7) Before you leave take two copies of your passport your tickets and your travel insurance.  Leave one with a family member, leave one safely in your luggage and of course on arrival in Bali make sure your passport is in a safety deposit box.

8)  Google and Register  that you are travelling overseas with Australian Smart Traveller.

9)  If you are taking cash with you its a good idea to place your cash in numbered envelopes.  Ie:  Travelling for 14 days.. 14 envelopes with $100 in each envelope?  Helps you budget and keep track of your money.

10) Staying Longer than 30 days?  You must purchase a Visa on arrival at Denpasar Airport, then go to an agent to extend….google Easy Solutions in Legian, they are fantastic.

11) Keep all your plastic shopping bags and give to the Laundry Ladies or the girls on the beach they do have to buy them and this saves money and the environment. Take your own environmental shopping bags.

12) Travelling with Kids and worried about them using the taps to brush there teeth.. Wrap plastic bags around the taps to save them using them….

13) If Travelling – 30 Kilos Each Bag or more….. each bag Must Not Weigh More Than 20 Kilos.

Example – 2 Bags       20 Kilos / 10 Kilo

– 2 Bags        15 kilo / 15 kilo  -all Have To Do Wth Bag Handles

Visa on arrival is now FREE & no more departure tax.

Balinese Names

Balinese like to name their children by the birth order, forget real names ( it’s a little like the American Jnr) in our culture but a little more complex.  They go through fourth born and then just start again at first.  So everyone shares names.  So don’t shout out Wayan in the street, every one will come running…..

Doesn’t matter whether your born boy or girl  first Born Wayan, second born Made, third born Nyoman, and the Baby Ketut.

Dogs & Cats In Bali

Don’t touch them.  BAWA ( Bali Animal Welfare Association)  BAWA love dogs so they want there to be less of them in Bali.  Because less is more. More Food. More Care. BAWA mobile clinic conducts up to 40 free sterilizations a day.  The Ubud Vet Clinic also perform sterilizations and arrangements can be made for Indonesians who  cannot afford to pay.  BAWA rescues puppies and kittens from the streets and cares for them until they are old enough to be re-homed. On average they have up to 50 animals at their clinic waiting to be re-homed.

Because BAWA’s policy is to leave mature street dogs where they are found, they have a program providing medical care and feeding. BAWA staff and volunteers prepare over 100 meals a day and deliver them to areas where underfed dogs are known to live.  For BAWA to continue their programs donations are urgently needed.   You can help… Every cent helps contact call 0361981490 or visit BAWA at their care centre.

Gold Coins

The Balinese love Gold Coins as they use them to melt down for their own wedding jewellery. Take some with you for the end of your trip. If you see the kids on the streets asking to change there gold coins.. Its up to you but basically they are only after 10,000 rup if they have a $1 coin or 20,000 rup if they have a $2 coin.

Henna Tattoo

Henna: Personally Don’t. Just tell the sellers you are allergic and they will leave you alone, however if you really have to have one, do it once and don’t allow them to top it up before the end of your trip. This is where infection sets in. If infection does set in use Betadine and rub the area with lime or orange juice. If itchy use an antihistamine.


The Balinese wash in Hot water so if you do not wish to have most things shrink, ask for your washing to be done in cold water. It works sometimes. However they do magic with your whites. I like the Laundry in Legian just down the lane before Kevins shop on Padma Ultara called Anna’s . Very very reasonable and a one day service.   If using laundries that weigh your clothing be careful and don’t put wet gear in to be washed.. Wet weighs more…  Take your left over plastic bags to the Laundry so they can be re-used and more plastic bags dont have to be bought.

The Memorial

A  questioned often  asked. Do the Balinese speak of the Bombings?. The answer is YES. This is mostly in a political sense, as the Balinese need to and  want to  reassure us that it wasn’t them. The Memorial is a place where of course I feel sad and always walk away crying and have the feeling of how lucky we all are to now be here in paradise sharing special moments with the ones we love. Visit the memorial, take some flowers and of course think of those that we have lost.

Time Share

Be aware don’t be gullible and taken in by time share. You will be offered a winning ticket on the street. The Balinese know who is new to Bali or just arrived by the colour of our skin. Tidak Terimakasi Bunya (No thank you).

Toilets In Bali

Not many people are aware until you experience it yourself but the plumbing system does block up at times in Bali.  So to save the plumbing system in Bali,  Ladies please when you do a number 1 put your toilet paper in the bin next to the toilet.  Number 2 of course flush it.  Like in Oz any other items are wrapped up and put in the bin.  Believe me this will save your loo from over flowing…

Silver Jewellery

Posted in Shopping, The Bali Buddy on May 12th, 2011 by admin – Comments Off on Silver Jewellery

Celuk near Ubud

The village of  Celuk is famous for it’s Silver, but if you haven’t ventured that far you will pick up some great pieces in Legian. Try  Jimmy out the front of the Jayakarta at Legian or Billie out the front of the Palangie Hotel in Seminyak. I have bought several pieces and all are of good quality.  Get Gorgeous in Garlic Lane have some funky new pieces.

If you are on the beach in Legian ask for Casper he has some quality pieces and his spot is out the front of  The Jayakarta Hotel Legian he has real silver at great prices (not copy silver)  087 865 158 001



IMG-2927  IMG-2928  IMG-2929  IMG-2930  IMG-2931  IMG-2933 At Artika you can make your own jewellery. Contact Wayan Tattoo for prices & transport costs.