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The real Bali

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The real Bali

Hello,

My boyfriend and I are travelling to Bali for three weeks in May/June and would like some suggestions of things and places that we shouldn't miss. We'd like to spend some time near a beach (as he likes surfing) and the rest of the time experiencing the culture of Bali. We're looking for hotels and hostels at the moment, so if anyone can recommend any quirky balinese places to stay, or any right on the beach we'd be very greatful!

We are thinking about including the east coast on our trip, does anyone know where we should stay or what we should see?

We have also been recommended to visit the Gilli islands...how easy/cheap is it to get there?

Thank you,

Clare

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1. Re: The real Bali

Hi Clare,

Each place in Bali has it's own charm & can be quite different. Maybe research some here on the forum until you find what suits you.

Tuban/Kuta/Legian/Seminyak are one long beach & are good for surfing. Tuban is nearest to the airport then Kuta, then Legian, then Seminyak. Kuta is very busy & commercialised. Legian is not quite as busy & Seminyak is less so & more upmarket.

Nusa Dua in the south has lovely beaches but has been developed for tourism so a good place to relax but doesn't have the balinese atmosphere of other places.

Sanur, south east coast is smaller than the above places & has more of a village feel to it. There is a pedestrianised walkway along the beach, a main road with shops & restaurants, many beachside hotels.

Ubud is in the centre of the island & the artisitic & cultural hub of the island. Shops, restaurants & lots of accomodation in the centre or the outskirts. Each village around Ubud tends to have a different artistic focus such as gold & silversmiths, masks, stonemasons, kites, puppets, painting etc. dance shows are performed daily at several venues.

Quieter & on the east coast are Amed, Candidasa & Padangbai. Amed is very good for snorkelling & diving.It is uncommercialised, the locals are very friendly & it is a great place to chill out & relax. Yoiu'll see local life going on around you. Very few shops & no ATM's here.

In the North are Lovina & Pemuteran, again much quieter & uncommercialised.

So if you give us an idea of which places you might like to stay & you're budget per night we can recommend some accomodation for you.

On the right of the forum homepage under Top Questions about Bali there's a link to Things to do in Bali which will give you an idea of activities on offer. There's also a link to Longer Trips Family which gives info about attractions in & around Ubud, Bedugul & Lovina.

If you decide to spend some time on the east coast you can travel to Gili Islands from Padangbai or Amed. Fast boat takes approx 1 1/2hrs & costs approx 600,000IDR per person one way. There's also a slow boat from Padangbai to Lombok which is much cheaper but obviously takes longer.

If you want any more info about Amed re:accommodation, places to snorkle, activities in the area etc PM me with your email & I'll send you some info I've typed up

Ursie

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2. Re: The real Bali

You have said it all Ursie - a great reply.

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The first time I went to Bali I travelled with my daughter who'd been before & she made all the bookings. 2nd trip I spent hours researching here on the forum & the info I gleaned was invaluable. But we're all different, I love Amed but for some it's too quiet. My daughter advised me that a couple of places I intended to visit on my 2nd trip were better missed out altogether but I enjoyed them & am glad I didn't listen to her advice. Flights are expensive from UK so it's important that people make the right choices & have a holiday to remember.

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4. Re: The real Bali

Ursie has very good info-especially on Amed which is a must visit if your after the "real" bali. I am a little bias as I was just there last week but Ursie did help me lots!

I also stayed in Canggu-just above Seminyak-which is a surf beach and quiet. We stayed in a villa right on the beach and the boys loved it being able to surf any time. There were lots of little "surf stays" and budget accommodation right in the village though for the budget your looking at and it's just a $10 aus taxi fare to the main busy parts of legian.

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5. Re: The real Bali

ursie has given you some goon information. as for the 'real bali' many people believe it is out of the big tourist areas like kuta. then you get the people that go to bali specifically to stay in kuta or similar areas where it is busy.

in regards to the gili islands, how to get there, how much is costs etc and also in regards to surfing, myself and others have posted on these two topics both recently and in the past. type gili islands and surfing in the search bar and you can gain some more information. come back and ask more specific questions on anything else when you like.

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Ursie, that was a wonderful response and should be saved for future use - if not already.

The ferry you mention costing 600,000 from Padang Bai to the Gilis, is that a public ferry? I presume not at that price - but it's not cheap is it?

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Ursie, that was a wonderful response and should be saved for future use - if not already.

The ferry you mention costing 600,000 from Padang Bai to the Gilis, is that a public ferry? I presume not at that price - but it's not cheap is it?

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8. Re: The real Bali

Ursie, that was a wonderful response and should be saved for future use - if not already.

The ferry you mention costing 600,000 from Padang Bai to the Gilis, is that a public ferry? I presume not at that price - but it's not cheap is it?

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9. Re: The real Bali

It's easyto get to the Gilis from either Benoa Harbour (more south) or Padang Bai (the closest departure point from Ubud)

Try this website:

www.gili-paradise.com/go-to-gili-island.php

Or just google gili boat to find links to each company's websites.

As Ursie said, the fast boats cost around 600.000, though you can often get cheaper fares eg on the Eka Jaya boat through Padma travel (on J. Kajeng in Ubud) or discounts at the port. The fast boats tend to go only to Gili Trewangan.. the most built up of the three islands. From there you get on an outrigger to go to Meno (very quiet) or Gili Air (to my mind, the one that is just right...) There is a little ticket office at Trewangan, about 3 mins walk to the right of where the fast boats stop. There will be lots of friendly lads to help you, but you are likely to pay them 50,000 rather than the 25,000 you will pay at the ticket office.

The local ferry from Padang Bai is way cheaper of course, but very slow (around 12 hours) and goes to Mataram in Lombok.. so you then have to travel up the coast and hop over on an outrigger. People usually only take that if they are taking a motor bike or car to also tour Lombok.

A 'medium' speed and cost is the Perama boat which leaves from Padang Bai. About 6 hours and around 300,000. It has the advantage of also stopping at to Gili Air.

Just google Perama tours to find their site.

Edited: 15 April 2010, 06:02
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10. Re: The real Bali

I was referring to the fastboat from Padangbai at 600,000. It depends on how much time you have to spare as to whether you take the faster/more expensive options or the slower/cheaper ones.

There's some info re options to Gili T from east Bali on this post

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294226-i7220-k352…

Liccylaccy I have saved the info & just copy & paste it, adding or deleting details where necessary. Suddenly realised I was typing similar info time & time again & then had a brainwave (not before time I might add) ....why don't I type it up & save it!

I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Amed Shaeleejane & appreciated it's charm. As I said before it's not everyones cup of tea as it's much quieter than Legian/Seminyak/Ubud/Sanur but it does give you a taste of the "real" Bali, has great snorkelling & ensures you get some chill out & relax time! Did you get to live music at Wawa Wewe? Usually a really good night with a mix of locals & tourists. Or were you in recovery after your scooter escapade?