Location by location, popular tourist spots in Bali. 

Hey Bali Lovers, I get loads of private messages every day asking for advice and information about holidays tips to which I have an automated response pointing people to my app for most queries ( apologies as for years I have tried to provide personalised responses and just couldn’t keep up with the queries any longer). However a reoccurring theme regarding which area of Bali to stay in is repeated of late. So my little run down of popular locations includes: Kuta – head to Kuta if you are keen for market shopping, enjoy partying and socialising which includes loads of alcohol consumption, have your wits and common sense about you regarding personal safety and crime, enjoy shopping for all the International Brands at larger Shopping malls, love to socialise with the locals at the beach bars and are looking for larger hotels with all the mod cons or also ‘old school’ smaller Bali home stays for budget travellers. A plus side to Kuta is the close proximity to Waterbom Park and the Baby Turtle Sanctuary. 

Legian – Legian is not too far from the airport and is great again for market style shopping, some boutiques and nice casual dining options and is somewhat close to Waterbom Park. It is a softer option for the party crowd with several sports bars dotted around and is great if you enjoy casual sunset drinks on the beach. Legian is popular for budget and luxe travellers with a range of hotels to suit all travellers and sits beautifully in between Seminyak and Kuta. Families enjoy Legian due to having many popular beach side eateries great when travelling with kids. 

Seminyak- Seminyak is a definitely more upmarket and has considerably more boutiques and only small pockets of Market style shopping. The cafes, dining options and Bars are definitely more upmarket and fashionable and the style of accommodation is also more mid priced to luxury with a large blend of resorts and luxury villas available. 

Umalas/ Batu Belig / Berawa – are beautiful areas which are quickly becoming built up, yet have smaller style hotels with a blend of Villas as well. There are no market stalls or large shopping malls, however there are some excellent cafes and restaurants and some boutiques and they are much quieter than perhaps Seminyak, Legian and Kuta. These areas are great if your keen to explore both Seminyak and Canggu. 

Canggu – Canggu has become incredibly popular in recent years and attracts a lot of families and younger people. There are some great, cafes and smaller bars which have popped up and a small amount of boutiques. There aren’t any market stalls, shopping malls etc but there is awesome surf. Splash water park + Bounce and Strike Bowling Alley are big draw cards for families. 

Balian and Medewi- are fantastic little get away locations with no shopping, no sports bars, no night clubs. Casual budget accommodation and dining options are abundant and great surf and beautiful scenery is why people come here. 

Candidasa – A beautiful village vibe with small casual dining options. No shopping, nor night clubs and there are a few larger exclusive resorts but mainly smaller home stays and budget resorts. 

Sanur – still has that old school, quiet Bali vibe with budget and luxury accommodation, calmer beaches than other locations, so it’s good for those with small children. Sanur has some market shopping, yet no boutiques or large scale shopping malls and has some lovely casual eateries and is a very popular location for retirees. 

Nusa Dua- Has some of the islands most beautiful beaches and is mostly large scale upmarket resorts. There is one large shopping Centre although it has manly local crafts for sale and a food Hall type of thing. So not an area for much shopping or dining out other than what the resorts have on offer. Popular for Golf enthusiasts, families which like resorts which offer everything and those with higher budgets. 

Balangan – is a stunning beachside location and is mainly for surfers or those wanting to relax with very casual, local style eating options and boutique or very casual budget accommodation. It’s a favourite of mine as I enjoy the coastal tranquility. 

Bingin/ Padang Padang / Uluwatu – again another favourite of mine and is mainly for surfers / beach lovers and again families wanting to coastal vibes to relax. With stunning beaches (however loads of stairs need to be navigated to access them not for those who are elderly, unfit or may have special needs). There are a couple of boutiques and great coffee spots and cafes however no markets, nightclubs, large shopping malls etc. 

Ubud – remains a craft and yoga hub for those seeking beautiful scenery and a retreat perhaps. Ubud has some of the best markets on the Island for shopping and a range of boutiques and Tegallalang rice fields are a must for craft shopping and viewing. There is a huge variety of dining options as well. 

Lembongan- is incredibly laid back and mainly for surfers, divers and snorkelers with a great variety of accomodation, yet no shopping or nightlife at all. 

Gili’s – are stunning and for those who love to dive and snorkel and also those that love to party hard. 

I haven’t been to Bedugal, Lovina or Amed as I get super car sick so can’t really comment until one day when I travel around the entire island to find new discoveries and will report back. I hope that helps a little xxx

Salt Tapa’s at Sentosa Villa’s Seminyak

Salt tapas Bali s is a favourite spot for us, with or with out the kids. You can dine, drink, swim and relax in this beautiful space for a few hours. However sunday’s are family and Salt Tapa’s offers delicious, decent sized morsels to fill your belly to content. Enjoy the fresh cocktails, or frosty beers while the kids join in some activities, swim or play with the toys and get to enjoy unlimited Churros !!!! Every Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Salt Tapas Bar & Restaurant is located at Sentosa Villas in Seminyak, Jl. Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget, Bali. +62 361 737675. Like them on Facebook to keep up to date.https://www.facebook.com/salttapasbali?fref=ts See More
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Fat Chow Asian Eatery which is right next door to the shopping mecca Beachwalk Bali

If you are after a good, wholesome Asian feed for a great price in an unpretentious eatery then head into Poppies 2 ( the beach end)  to Fat Chow Bali. Perfect if you have just shopped up a storm at Beachwalk Bali. This place is serving up some really tasty treats from Japanese inspired beef rice bowls, Hainan chicken rice, to yummy pork  mini burgers. To wash it all down are some fresh, yum mocktails served up hipster jars, Fat Chow is not the place if you are after cocktails or an extensive wine list, with only house wine and Bintang on offer and WIFI is not available just yet so you may need to communicate with each other. However you can perhaps chat about interesting interior design or which ice-cream flavour you will try. You can enjoy a drink, starter 2 mains and dessert for under 300 000 Rupiah so good value for money. Perhaps just worth a journey into Kuta if you haven’t been for a while Like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fatchowbali?fref=ts   xxx
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Schoolies in Bali

Schoolies in Bali ~

So some of your kids may be heading for Bali for schoolies celebrations. You may like to consider discussing some of these tips:

  • Get them Travel Insurance and make sure they know what they will be and wont be covered for.
  • Consider a responsible adult chaperone ( or 2)
  • Buy an unlocked Mobile and put a Bali sim in it and have all the codes ready to call home.
  • Have this number on their phone, Bali International Medical Centre 361 761 263 Kuta and an Ambulance is available also.
  • Australian Consulate in Bali Call (+62 361) 241 118. For assistance with Missing Persons, Medical Evacuation, Lost passports, Legal Assistance.
  • Make sure the young people are aware of drink spiking, alcohol poisoning, methanol poisoning, prescription drug and magic mushroom overdose risks.
  • Encourage the young people to nominate 1 member of their group to remain sober each night.
  • To stay in pairs and never leave anyone out on the town on their own.
  • Condoms are essential as STD’s including HIV and Hepatitis are rife in Bali.
  • Always wear a helmet if they are going on a motorbike or scooter.
  • Tattoo’s are forever( temporary tattoos can also scar)
  • Make sure they know that drug use, possession and dealing could lead to jail or Death Penalty. ( There are undercover police everywhere and fake drugs also being sold)
  • It would be great if they knew first aid.
  • An amorous pretty girl down the lane may relieve you of your watch, wallet, phone and camera, and may actually be a boy.
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and good luck xx

H I G H F L Y E R S B A L I

Have you ever wanted to run away to the circus? 
High Flyers Bali offers a unique opportunity to experience the thrill of a flying trapeze under tropical blue skies while you are on holiday. Imagine hanging from your knees and swinging on the trapeze, then the freedom of flying through the air and being caught by one of the experienced professional staff. Challenge yourself, move out of your comfort zone and get the blood pumping (or sit back and watch the kids have fun ). Starting from 5 years old for 325 000 Rupiah for 75 minutes. High Flyers Bali is at the Bali Dynasty Resort Jl. Kartika, Tuban South Kuta. Like them on Facebook or see their website www.highflyersbali.com

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~ Warung Enak ~ yummy and cheap Nasi Campur in Kuta.

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Someone recently suggested I try Warung Enak, and lets just say I can highly recommend it to you. Excellent, fresh tasty food as the name suggests, nothing beats a bit of quality nasi campur for lunch, fish, chicken, tofu , veggies, eggs and rice and all for around 1700IR ( possibly a little more for tourist tax). It is located on Jl Sriwijaya No. 9 Kuta, and I guess you could kind of say its near the Galleria Mall.