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Bali - here we go again

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An August 2010 trip to Bali by auskiwi

Goa Lawah - hand woven mask Photo, Bali, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: In August Dale and I joined our friends in Bali for almost 3 weeks of sun, massages, finger nail and toe nail painting, day trips and shopping.

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

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

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

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

Cave - Nusa Lembongen Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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We spent 4 great nights on the quiet, tranquil island of Nusa Lembongen – well with the exception of the dogs barking, the geckos grunting and the cocks crowing at different times during the night – during which time we did the following: -We went for a stroll along the path that links the beaches together – the path follows the shoreline and runs all the way from Mushroom Bay through Song Lambung Beach – where we were staying - and Coconuts Beach to the main beach at Jungutbatu. In one of the resorts at Song Lambung Beach we discovered a spiral staircase that took us down to a cave in the rocks – the resort was closed and the bar in the cave hadn’t had any activity for some time....Read More

Jimbaran Bay

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Attraction | "Jimbaran Bay Fish Markets"

Jimbaran Bay Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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One day Dale, Greg and I got up early and visited the Jimbaran Bay fish and food markets. We went out to the street and hailed a taxi – since there was only 3 of us we could – we climbed in and told the driver where we wanted to go.A note about the Bali taxis – make sure you ask the taxi driver to put the meter on – if you don’t you could be charged more than what the trip is worth as they will just make up their own price. The taxi ride to the Jimbaran bay fish markets was about 75,000Rph so the driver made us a deal that he would turn the meter of and wait for us and take us back for 150,000Rph which we agreed with – we had to get home somehow.It ended up the taxi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2010

Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran Bay
Bali, Indonesia

Dreamlands Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Then it was on a day trip to Nusa Dua, Ulluwatu Temple and Dreamlands.Burhan was supposed to pick us up at our Hotel at 9.00am but because something come up over night he sent another vehicle instead – that was good of him – he could have just phoned up and cancelled the whole day. The new driver wasn’t as good at understanding or speaking English as Burhan but we managed OK and everything went ahead as planned – in fact we made sure we spoke to him a lot so maybe he could improve.First stop was Nusa Dua so the other people with us, the Wall’s, could have a look and see what was in the area as they had never been to Bali before. Nusa Dua is popular for water sports – anything f...Read More
Visit to a traditional Balinese home Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Then there was the day we ventured to the top of Mount Ayung Kintamani to ride down again on mountain bikes – what a great day for everyone of all ages – except the couple of hills they neglected to warn us about, but hey we all survived.The day started at 7.30am when we were picked up at the Jayakarta Hotel by a representive Bali Bike Baik Tours and whisked away to the Balinese countryside. Before proceeding up Mount Ayung we stopped at a small plantation that had been planted out with all the native food bearing plants from the region. It was here that we were provided with samples of different coffee and cocoa blends that are made on the site – Dale even tried Mongoose Poo coffee – they...Read More

Bali Safari & Marine Park

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Attraction | "Bali Safari and Marine Park + Ubud Monkey Forest"

Bali Safari & Marine Park Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Burhan our driver was at the Jayakarta to pick us up at 8.30am, as arranged by phone the previous day, we were all going to the Bali Safari and Marine Park and beyond. First stop of the day was at a silver shop – a different one from the day we went to Klungkung – different driver, different shop – Dale and I bought a ornate silver fish in a frame to hang on the wall – it looks great. Someone else got an anklet.Then it was the bumpy ride to the Bali Safari and Marine Park. Everyone was busting to get here, we’d heard good things about the joint and wanted to see for ourselves. We paid the entry price of 320,000Rph for two adults – Burhan got us a better price than t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2010

Bali Safari & Marine Park
Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8
Bali, Indonesia 80551
+628176596566

Legian to Seminyak - by foot

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Legian Temple decoration Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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On another day Dale and I went for a walk along the streets of Legian to Seminyak – via Jalan Raya Seminyak and Jalan Kayu Aya - on the map it didn’t look that far but when you’re walking it’s a different story - it’s not a bad walk actually but I do advise you to take water and to wear good walking shoes and one’s you won’t get blisters in. On the way we stopped to look at some of the multitude of shops that line the road – the prices in the shops and restaurants in this area is a bit dearer than Legian and Kuta as a lot of Europeans stay here and things are priced to suit.It’s amazing how the Balinese will use every spare block of land – in the middle of a suburban street you...Read More
Goa Lawah - hand woven mask Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Next day trip Dale and I decided we would like to venture somewhere different. We hadn’t been out to East Bali so we chose to go to to Klungkung to visit the Water Palace and Goa Lawah to visit a temple by the sea and bat cave. The Jayakarta hotel has transport vehicles at the main gates and we negotiated with one of the drivers take us on our adventure – 400,000Rph ($50AU for the whole day) not bad.And so we were off – the driver suggested we stop of at a silver shop first as we were passing through Celuk where all the silver shops are. We didn’t have a definite schedule in mind so we said ‘yes’. Dale managed to find a bracelet he liked and I found some lovely earrings. Then it was back i...Read More

Surfshops and so much more

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The Bali Terrorist Bombing Memorial - Kuta Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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First trip was a short mini tour of the surfwear shops and discount places. We walked outside the gates of the Jayakarta Bali Hotel and we found a bemo (people mover, mini-van, whatever you want to call them) that was willing to squeeze 10 of us into his vehicle. We negotiated, with the driver, a price for a trip out to a couple of the surfwear shops with a drop-off at the Dynasty Plaza at the end. We all crammed into the vehicle and we were off. The first couple of stops were at Surf Shops – not quite the bargains we were looking for but we all got out and had a look anyway, then it was back in the transport and off to the next shop – it was a little surf shop somewhere in Denpasar – this...Read More

Club Bali Suites at Jayakarta Bali Hotel

Hotel | "We enjoyed staying at the Hotel Jayakarta"

Club Bali Suites at Jayakarta Bali Hotel Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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The Jatakarta Hotel is located on the beach front in Legian and is a pretty large hotel compared to what we have stayed in previously. They have a variety of rooms – we stayed in a deluxe double - $85US per night for 2, one lot of friends with kids stayed in 2 adjoining deluxe rooms - $170 per night for 5 – these rooms were in a separate building wing that was closer to the beach and by one of the pools - whilst the other family stayed in a 2 room apartment - $95US per night for 4 – the apartments are located closer to the road.The deluxe rooms have ensuites, a bar fridge, TV – complete with some English channels and the HBO movie channel and the usual bed, etc. The apartments also have a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2010

Club Bali Suites at Jayakarta Bali Hotel
Legian Beach
Bali, Indonesia

Villa Rumah Kami

Hotel | "Villa Rumah Kami - thanks so much guys"

Villa Rumah Kami Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Villa Ramuh Kami at Selagimpak/Song Lambung Beach on Nusa Lembongen was the best place to stay. We actually booked out the entire villa which came complete with its own staff – to great Balinese guys (Komang and Gede) who were very helpful – if we wanted anything organized, like multiple scooters for a tour around the island or massages by the pool, they would organize it for us - and even better cooks – that traditional Balinese birthday feast that they cooked for us was fantastic. The guys organize breakfast every day – at no extra cost. Any extras – like a special dinner, alcohol, drinks, massages, scooter usage is extra and all prepared in a bill and paid for at the end of your stay - ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2010

Villa Rumah Kami
Nusa Lembongan Island In the Badung Strait
Bali, Indonesia
(0) 36 172 5864