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Bali: Even Better the Second Time Around

An August 2005 trip to Bali by auskiwi

Puri Raja Photo, Bali, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: My first trip to Bali was great, but this trip was fantastic--white sandy beaches; waves for surfers; quiet bays for snorkellers; leisurely days by the pool; high mountain peaks and rainforest; touring the streets for that bargain; temples and monkey forests--and that's all just a taste.

Bali: Even Better the Second Time Around

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Overview

Kuta Sunset Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Where do I start? 1. Dinner at Jimberan Bay, sitting on the beach, devouring the most delicious seafood meal, and watching the sun go down over the ocean. 2. Delightful evenings dining at the Rumours, Mykonos, The Corner Bar, and other restaurants. 3. A visit to Lembogen Island, where we snorkelled over the reefs, visited Coconuts Beach Resort for a swim in their pool, hired a scooter and toured the island, and had a great boat ride back. 4. A visit to take in the scenery and the culture at Uluwatu and Tanoh Lot Temples. 5. Visiting two monkey forests, one at Ubud and the other near Tanoh Lot Temple, and feeding the monkeys and the visiting the temples on their grou...Read More

Puri Raja

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Hotel

Puri Raja Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Looking for somewhere quiet, relaxing, and friendly? You've found it. Located across from Legian Beach, the Puri Raja is the place for you. The staff always has a ready smile and greeting for you. The Puri Raja is great for all--from the singles and couples to the families with young or older children. The rooms are relatively basic, clean, and tidy, with a bed (two for twin rooms), bar fridge, TV, balcony, and bathroom. The restaurant provides an assortment of food--from Indonesian to Western--with continental and American breakfasts, fruit platters, steaks, etc. Something for everyone. On Wednesday nights, the hotel holds a BBQ for their quests, priced at 59,000 r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2005

Puri Raja
Jalan Padma Utara
Bali, Indonesia
62 361 755902

Breadtalk

Restaurant

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Into bread, pastries, cheesecakes and/or cakes and want something really tasty to eat you can’t go past –"Breadtalk"Yep the place is still there and still going strong...Located at the front of the Discovery Shopping Mall you’ll smell the bakery/shop before you see it. Upon reaching the shop you’ll be greeted by shelves of delicious looking pastries, cakes, cheesecakes, pizza breads and bread rolls of all types and flavours from Chocolate Gateau’s to baked cheesecakes, cheese topped bread sticks to fruit and custard tarts etc. Yum, Yummm.Everything you buy is all nicely packaged for easy carrying – there is no seating in the shop but plenty of steps and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Breadtalk
Discovery Shopping Mall, JI. Kartika Plaza
Bali, Indonesia
(0361) 769796

Rumours

Restaurant

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Located in busy, bustling, well lit, JI. Laksmana, in Seminyak the Rumours Restaurant is well worth the visit for all the people who love a good night out with friends/companions and superb food to go with it. To reach the restaurant, if you’re outside Seminyak, just get into the first blue taxi that happens along and ask to be delivered to the Rumours Restaurant, Seminyak. Don’t forget to tell the driver to put the meter on. The trip should cost approximately 90,000 Rapah (A$10) from Legian – with four in a taxi, it’s not bad. Some of the taxi drivers are really entertaining - on this night ours played loud reggae music while we sang along - he was laughing his head off. The dr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Rumours
JI. Laksmana
Bali, Indonesia

Sea Side

Restaurant

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This restaurant was great 5 years ago and it hasn't lost any of it's flavour.The SEA SIDE located on the water front on JI. Pantai Arjuna 14, Double Six, at Legian is a beautiful setting to sit down and enjoy a very nice meal. It’s also a nice location to hold a small wedding reception, as our friends’ did.They have a decent sized, raised, lounge area where you can sit and sip a few well earned cocktails while you wait to be seated at you table.The dress code is tidy casual and the atmosphere is pleasant and subdued, great for the romantics amongst us.The meals are of a regular size--nothing too large, except if you ask for extra, like a 500g tenderloin ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Sea Side
JI. Pantai Arjuna 14
Bali, Indonesia

Mykonos

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Restaurant

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Located in busy, bustling, well-lit Jalan Laksmana in Seminyak, the Mykonos restaurant is the only place to go for the people who love dine out and savour the taste of the best in Greek food. To reach the restaurant, if you’re outside Seminyak, just get into the first blue taxi that happens along and ask to be delivered to the Mykonos restaurant, Seminyak. It’s just down the road from the Rumours restaurant. Don’t forget to tell the driver to put the meter on. Trip should cost approximately 90,000 Rapah (A$10) from Legian – with four in a taxi, it’s not bad. The dress code is tidy casual and the atmosphere is very vibrant, young, and with it. The meals are of a decent regular...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Mykonos
Jalan Laksmana
Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran Bay

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Restaurant

Jimbaran Bay Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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To come here for a meal was a pleasurable experience the first time around, but the second time, wow. With the delicious seafood, the spectacle of the sun setting on the horizon, and being serenaded by a band of local musicians, what’s not to enjoy. Jimbaran Bay has several restaurants. The best way to find the ideal one to dine at is to stroll along the front of the restaurants at a time just before sunset and see which restaurant has the most people occupying it. This is a good indication that the food here is good, although those more cautious will select a restaurant not so populated. If you are recommended a place to dine at, contact the restaurant the day before and see if they h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran Bay
Bali, Indonesia

Warung Made Bambu Corner

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Restaurant

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Located just of the street JI. Padma Utara 4, Legian Kaja, Kuta, this small corner bar/restaurant was a great find for a casual, walk-in, cheap, non-expensive lunchtime treat. The place is obviously popular with a number of tourists, judging from the number of photos adorning the building’s bamboo structure. There is no full-height walls, just low ones with large openings to allow you to people-watch and amuse yourself. The dress code is casual and the atmosphere is very laid-back and casual – walk in off the street and pull up a seat. You may even get hassled by sellers of CDs and the likes, all adding to the experience. The meals are of a regular size and taste great. Mix that...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Warung Made Bambu Corner
JI. Padma Utara No. 4
Bali, Indonesia
+62 (0361) 752196

Corner Bar

Restaurant | "The Corner Bar"

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Yeah this place is still good. Cheap, yummy food, drinks to wash it down and friendly staff - who could ask for more.Located just of the street JI. Padma Utara, Legian Kaja, Kuta, this small corner bar/restaurant was yet another great find for a cheap, non-expensive treat, and hey, it was within walking/stumbling distance from the Puri Raja, where we were staying.The place is very popular with a large number of tourists, and you do have to be there early for a seat, as seating is very limited. The restaurant has no external walls just a roof, a low bar, and the kitchen tucked away out the back through a door, so there is ample opportunity to people-watch and amuse yourself....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Corner Bar
JI. Padma Utara
Bali, Indonesia

Sacred Monkey Forest

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Attraction | "Kedaton Monkey Forest"

Sacred Monkey Forest Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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Burhan, our Bemo driver, picked us up from our hotel at 9.00am for our ½ day trip to Tanah Lot Temple with a stop off at Canggu on the way back. After negotiating the traffic for approximately ¼ hour we came to the outskirts of the Kuta and started heading towards Tanah Lot. A small distance out from Kuta Burhan asked if we had visited Kedaton Monkey Forest. After seeing us shake our heads he asked if we would like to go. Kedaton Monkey Forest, here we come. Before arriving our driver informed us that we would have to pay an entrance fee (3,300 Rupah), and a guide would meet us to show us around the forest, introduce us to the monkeys and show us the large bats (flying foxes). He added...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2005

Sacred Monkey Forest
Village Of Padangtegal
Ubud, Bali
+62 361 973 285

Tanah Lot

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Attraction | "Tanah Lot Temple"

Tanah Lot Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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In order to reach Tanah Lot, Burhan, our driver, continued driving towards the coast for approximately a half-hour from Kedaton Monkey Forest through small villages and a rural countryside full of rice paddies, water buffalo, and Balinese farmers. Tanah Lot during the day is nowhere as hectic as it is at dusk, as Tanah Lot is one of the best places in Bali from which to view the sunset at its best; with the temple in the foreground, it makes for great photos. Hence, after paying the entrance fee to enter the area and see the temple (3,000 Rupah per person), finding a car park was easy. Burhan then directed us through the markets to the site of the Tanah Lot Temple. The old temple is be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2005

Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot, Kediri
Bali, Indonesia
+62 361 811 602

Lembongan Island (Nusa Lembongan)

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Attraction | "Day Trip to Lembongen Island"

Lembongan Island (Nusa Lembongan) Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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We visited a tour kiosk, any kiosk will do, and negotiated a cruise on the Island Explorer Cruises boats – which included the slow boat trip to the island, all water activities, a delicious lunch, a visit to Coconuts Beach Resort to swim in the pool and a trip on the fast jet boat back jumping the swells. All for the sum of 650,000 Rupah (A$90) each for the day. On the Island Explorer Cruises you have the option of three boats and the choice is yours which boat you want to go over to the Island on and then back to Bali on – depending on available seating - the choice is: The slow boat – can take a large number of passengers and, because of it’s slow pace, allows the boat crew to troll ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2005

Lembongan Island (Nusa Lembongan)
Day Trip
Bali, Indonesia

Turtle Island

Attraction

Turtle Island Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Nusa Dua, on the eastern side of the southern peninsular, is the place where you can:  - hire jet skis and glass bottom boats - enjoy a banana float and other inflatable water rides - parasailing - swim and relax on the beach - fly a kite - participate in many other activities We decided to hire a glass-bottomed boat for a trip to Turtle Island for 110,000 (A$15) The boat transported us from Nusa Dua beach, around the Benoa headland, and to Turtle Island, which is situated in Benoa Harbour.  Located on Turtle Island are two small animal petting zoos where you can get to see and touch some of the native and not-so-native animals.  The zoo w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Turtle Island

Bali, Indonesia

Uluwatu

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Attraction | "Uluwatu and Sait Bay"

Uluwatu Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Uluwatu Temple, on the western side of the southern peninsular, is well worth the trip for the scenery alone.<P>  After paying an entry fee of 3,500 each (A$0.50), you can enter the temple and stroll around the complexes vast stretch of walls, situated high on a cliff top, watching the ocean waves roll in on the beach below and/or browse around, taking your time and viewing the stone statues of the Hindu Gods, the shrines adorned with offerings and the structures that the temple complex houses.<p>  A lot of the temple areas are not accessible unless, of course, you are Hindu.<p>  Another enjoyable part of visiting the temple is getting up clo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Uluwatu
Uluwatu
Bali, Indonesia 80364
+62 361 756 175

Mas

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Attraction | "Mas and Bali Rice Terraces"

Mas Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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On the way to Ubud and Mount Batur, Central Bali, we passed the village of Mas, where a large Hindu funeral ceremony was taking place – several families had loved ones they wished to send off in the traditional manner. Usually, what happens when a family member dies is the body is buried in a grave temporarily until the family has saved up enough money to provide a suitable traditional burial for them. The bodies are then removed from the temporary grave and taken to the cremation site, where they are placed on tall, traditional, ornately decorated structures and then cremated. It could be one cremation or several. The people and family who attended the ceremony were all beautifully attired in thei...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 31, 2005

Mas
Just past big baby statue in Sakah on
Bali, Indonesia 80571
+62 361 973 285

Kintamani

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Attraction | "Kintamani and Mount Butar"

Kintamani Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Winding our way through the lush green countryside of Central Bali, Butar/Kintamani is approximately 1&frac14; hours' drive north of Ubud (2 hours from Denpasar) and sometimes a slower drive if you get stuck behind an old truck. The roads leading to Kintamani are dotted with a multitude of fresh produce stalls, near Pujung and Peludu, offering an assortment of locally grown produce. From bananas and oranges to tomatoes. The produce on all the stalls was beautifully arranged in buckets so that they resemble a patchwork of vibrant colour. We stopped the bemo and bartered for some of the delicious morsels. There also are many small villages near Tegallalang, just outside Ubud, along the len...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2005

Kintamani
Kintamani
Bali, Indonesia 80652
+62 361 755 424 (Tou

Sacred Monkey Forest

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Attraction | "Ubud and the Monkey Forest"

Sacred Monkey Forest Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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By the time we made it back to Ubud from Kintamani, it was possible to gain entry to the centre of the village and to the monkey forest. First stop was an art market located in Ubud, which had a large shed that provided a fabric workshop where Balinese people worked dyeing cloth and making batik fabrics. You could stop and watch the people work and admire/purchase the final product. You could also browse around other sheds that housed the following items: - Original paintings – we bought a small, 5x8, traditional-style watercolour for 100,000 Rupah (A$13). - Handmade wood carvings of people, animals, etc., done in the traditional Balinese style. - Stone carvings depict...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2005

Sacred Monkey Forest
Village Of Padangtegal
Ubud, Bali
+62 361 973 285

Waterbom Park & Spa

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Attraction | "Waterbom Park"

Waterbom Park & Spa Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Waterbom Park is an entertainment park full with water slides, water rides, swimming areas, cabanas, bars, cafes, and shopping kiosks. Something for everyone. You pay one price (95,000 Rupah each for us, because we had discounts through our travel agency), and you can spend the entire day there going on as many rides/slides as you like. There is a new thing now - you are given a electronic wristband when you get there and you can have a certain amount of money placed on the wristband for payment of any food, towel hire and locker hire - obviously there have been a few problems with thefts.If you wish to hire a shaded cabana for the day, it will cost you extra; there are a numbe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2005

Waterbom Park & Spa
Jalan Kartika Plaza
Bali, Indonesia 80361
+62 361 755 676

Tanah Lot By Bemo 2 Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Here are the contact details of a Bemo van and driver we highly recommend: Name - Burhan Stand By - Bemo Corner, JL.Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Bali. Mobile - 081 3387 26891. Burhan and his Bemo are very reasonably priced, he speaks very good English, is friendly, has a great sense of humour, chats openly and knows all the best spots and locations. My partner Dale travelled in the front passenger seat next to Burhan most of the time and got on famously with him, playing jokes on him, videoing him and having a great time. He is not like other drivers, who have certain places/shops where they get commission, and alter your days plans in order to ensure they get t...Read More
Leather Jacket Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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If you're looking for a good leather product makers and tailor, I would recommend the following: Shop Name - Puma Exclusive Leather and Tailor Assistant's Name - Jacky Address - JI. Kuta Theater No.11, Kuta, Bali Phone - (0361) 766990, 728216 Mobile - 081 747 27583 Email - jackyleather@yahoo.com I had a leather jacket made for me while I was there - 940,000 Rapah (A$120) - not bad for the detail that was in it. I took an old vinyl jacket that I had with me so they could use it as a pattern. It is helpful if you can do this. They do not cut it up so you can have it back after they finish. They usually as for a small deposit once you ha...Read More
Gold Pendant Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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If you are interested in acquiring a nice item of jewellery or finding out how the Balinese manufacture their jewellery, or if you just like to admire some amazing items of artwork, then this is one of the places to go: Semadi Art GalleryCeluk - Sukawati - Gianyar - BaliP.O. Box 3328 DenpasarPhone - 62 (0361) 298140 This shop sells top quality silver and gold items not the 60% silver and gold or the silver and gold coated items that you can buy from most street shops in Kuta and Legian. When you get to the shop you will notice two men sitting outside concentrating on work. Upon closer inspection you find that they are there to demonstrate how the Balinese go ab...Read More
Bali Wedding Day 1 Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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The reason why we ventured to Bali for this holiday is because two of our friends, Sharon and Ian, were tying the knot on September 1, 2005. The wedding was held at 3pm at the Puri Raja Hotel, where we were all staying. The couple had organised the whole event with the hotel management and an Australian representive on the days leading up to the 1st - the bouquets, the wedding party attire, and all the associated necessary requirments that go with a wedding ceremony. The bride arranged for herself and the girls from the wedding party to have a beauty morning at a beauty spa located in Kuta - just up the road from the Bounty Hotel - sorry, can't remember the name. For 200,000 Rupah (A$...Read More
Kedaton Monkey Forest 5 Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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We saw so many wonderful things while we were in Bali. Needless to say, we took a huge number of photos.

Here are just a few more of the many shots we took that I thought you might like to see.

Traditional Painting Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Surf and Beach Wear For affordable but good-quality (material and workmanship) surf and beach wear, try the following shop: Off Shore Surf Shop Jl.Pura Bagus Taruna Legian Kaja, Bali We bought a number of men's singlets and T-shirts from this joint--2 singlets and 1 T-shirt for 245,000 Rapah ($35 AUD). There is also ladies' and childrens' clothing available. There is always a bargain bin located at the front of the shop, near the door, which is always worth checking out. CDs and DVDs For cheap CDs and DVDs of all the latest music and movies, try the following shop: - Sakura DVD Jl Diponegoro Komp...Read More