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itinerary critique

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itinerary critique

We decided to spend 2 weeks (instead of one) in Bali next February. We want to surf, fish, relax, eat good food, and see the beauty and experience the culture of bali.

Nights 1-4: Sanur- RBBC Sanur vs. Puri Santrian

Nights 3-7: Ubud- Bidadari private villas

Nights 8-14- RBBC Candidasa

the only part that is set in stone is Candidasa.

What are your thoughts/suggestions on week one? I am torn between 1. using timeshare for Sanur - RBBC is apparently across a busy road from the beach, but it is paid for and 2. getting a nice but not overly expensive hotel right on the beach.

Thanks again

Jen

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What is rbbc?

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RBBC is Royal Bali Beach Club. It is a time share resort which is part of the Royal Resorts group.

They have 3 RBBC's in Bali. Jimbaren Bay, Sanur and Candi Dasa along with Gili Meno, Thailand, India, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy and now the Phillipines.

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Jen,

Take the free week at RBBC Sanur. It is a lovely resort and, yes it's not on the beach, but Candi Dasa is. Live it up at Candi Dasa, then use Sanur as a traveling base. The money saved will allow you so much. Sanur is quite small and compact, so nothing is more than a $5 cab or $2 bemo away.

Candi Dasa is a little more isolated as the resort is out at Manggis, which is about 5 miles from Candi Dasa. Candi Dasa has a number of lovely restaurants siding the access street, which are much cheaper than the resort, as per standard with resorts. They also have small supermarkets that sell ice cold beers at a third of the price. There are more restaurants in Candi Dasa town itself. Most of which collect and drop you off for free if you ring them. We also bought clothes and souvenirs in Candi Dasa much cheaper than Kuta, Sanur and Denpasar. Candi Dasa does not see the large amounts of tourists, so the people are more genuine and prices cheaper. The Dewi Spa in the main street is also awesome. One warning on Candi Dasa, and this may have changed by now, is that there are no International ATMs, only locals can access them. So pay on credit wherever possible, and get cash out at KlungKung on the way through.

In relation to the beach front at Manggis (& other parts of Bali), the reef that protects the island of Bali, has been mined for its limestone in many parts, to be used for construction. Once the reef is decimated, there is no protections from the strong currents and monsoonal storm surges. As such, the beaches are stripped clean of their sand, and only rough, sharp stone is left under foot.

Such is the beach at Manggis, and they're finally doing something about it by attempting to construct an artificial reef/sea wall to try and protect the beach.

As for Sanur beach, we've been there three times and yet to swim there. A pretty crap beach by Aussie standards, so we stick with the hotel pool for a dip, of which the RBBC has a nice one.

As DavidP has told you, if you want the tropical beach experience, visit white sandy beach near Manggis. It's the best beach around, but can get quite busy too.

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Jen,

Take the free week at RBBC Sanur. It is a lovely resort and, yes it's not on the beach, but Candi Dasa is. Live it up at Candi Dasa, then use Sanur as a traveling base. The money saved will allow you so much. Sanur is quite small and compact, so nothing is more than a $5 cab or $2 bemo away.

Candi Dasa is a little more isolated as the resort is out at Manggis, which is about 5 miles from Candi Dasa. Candi Dasa has a number of lovely restaurants siding the access street, which are much cheaper than the resort, as per standard with resorts. They also have small supermarkets that sell ice cold beers at a third of the price. There are more restaurants in Candi Dasa town itself. Most of which collect and drop you off for free if you ring them. We also bought clothes and souvenirs in Candi Dasa much cheaper than Kuta, Sanur and Denpasar. Candi Dasa does not see the large amounts of tourists, so the people are more genuine and prices cheaper. The Dewi Spa in the main street is also awesome. One warning on Candi Dasa, and this may have changed by now, is that there are no International ATMs, only locals can access them. So pay on credit wherever possible, and get cash out at KlungKung on the way through.

In relation to the beach front at Manggis (& other parts of Bali), the reef that protects the island of Bali, has been mined for its limestone in many parts, to be used for construction. Once the reef is decimated, there is no protections from the strong currents and monsoonal storm surges. As such, the beaches are stripped clean of their sand, and only rough, sharp stone is left under foot.

Such is the beach at Manggis, and they're finally doing something about it by attempting to construct an artificial reef/sea wall to try and protect the beach.

As for Sanur beach, we've been there three times and yet to swim there. A pretty crap beach by Aussie standards, so we stick with the hotel pool for a dip, of which the RBBC has a nice one.

As DavidP has told you, if you want the tropical beach experience, visit white sandy beach near Manggis. It's the best beach around, but can get quite busy too.

If you want to surf/fish, do so at Manggis. Speak to the local fishermen(hopefully they speak english) who park their boats on Manggis Beach. For surf waves, you need to go outside the reef, which is also only for competent surfers. The fishermen can take you out and wait around with you, and you can combine it or do a separate fishing trip. I'd say given the size of a surfboard, and the size of their boats, I would do separate tours.

There were some ex-pat Aussies living around the RBBC who helped us with translation problems and booking. For your sake, hopefully they are still around.

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Don't know what happened there. That's twice today it's done that. Must be something to do with iPad features.

There is an extra paragraph on my second posting.

Edited: 25 July 2012, 03:32
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