(Closed) bali!!

posted 9 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

My friend did her honeymoon in Bali.  The first week they rented a little bungalo on the beach, and then they found a woman who wanted to do an exchange and they rented her house for the rest of the month.  They said it was amazing!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We’re going next year, but not for our honeymoon.  I can’t wait!  It looks so pretty and relaxing.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Bali… beautiful place, wonderful people… but get AWAY from the main tourist traps and all the bloody australians! (btw, im an aussie) to see the real beautiful bali, i dont think you will regret it

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Kuta is is the main drag for tourist, party & boozy…. avoid it if you can – you wont see the real bali if you stay there only.

get out of town, an hour or 2 and you will be wow’d… we’re scuba divers so we go to places where the diving is whats important and forget the tourist stuff. we stayed at Tulamben & Padang Bai in the past. 

oh and note, honeymoon in June means you should miss the aussie school holidays which should mean cheaper accomodation for you and less aussies. Late June to August is our winter so alot of us head to the tropics (hubby and i will be in East Timor next June hopefully)

oh hint hint,…. check out some dive resorts (ie, http://www.tulambenwreckdivers.com)  and ask about non diver rates, you dont have to be a diver and you might be surprised by how cheap some of these places are

and triple oh, do NOT mess with any drugs while you are there – there are at least 10 aussies on death row over there for drugs. a bag of dope got one women 20+yrs so they do not care if you are a westerner

but the people of bali are lovely – only bettered by the people of Vanuatu

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We went to Bali in April/May this year and it was a wonderful trip. Beautiful island and such lovely, peaceful people. It’s an amazing thing to observe their devout observance of Hinduism. Be prepared to step over daily offerings of flowers, fruit and incense as you’re walking down the street!

We started in Ubud, which I highly recommend. It’s considered an artists colony, but it has become much more commercial than it used to be (not in the McDonald’s sort of way, but in the lots-of-places-to-spend-your-money sort of way). You can go rafting, cycling, take Indonesian cooking classes, spoil yourself rotten with spa treatments that are dirt cheap, etc. And you can get away with an amazing meal for $2-3 if you eat at Indonesian/Balinese restaurants rather than ones that cater to Westerners (personal fave: they do amazing things with tempeh!)

In Ubud, I can highly recommend the following (in fact I did write-ups on these on Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Ubud):

Verona Spa – half day of complete and blissful pampering for around US$30 (you can book as a couple if you like). http://www.veronaspa.com/

Puri Asri Villa & Spa – very reasonably priced villas, around US$50 per night for your own villa with breakfast included. http://www.puriasrivilla.com/

If you want to go for luxury, consider the Ubud Village Resort & Spa. We stayed at their sister property on the main drag, which was still nice but nothing like the resort! Part of our package included spa treatments and a dinner at the resort’s restaurant, and I must say that the property is absolutely gorgeous with the most beautiful swimming pool you can imagine! http://www.theubudvillage.com/resort/index.php

Other tips: If you like pork, try the Babi Guling (sp?) which is a local specialty. Also, hire a personal driver if you want to get out and explore more of the island. Depending on where you go you should be able to get a full-day driver for between $25-50. We had a wonderful driver but I can’t find his business card, otherwise I’d pass his name on to you. Find someone and stick with them — they’ll give you better deals the more you use them.

We also went to Amed on the east coast. Great for diving or for chilling. There’s a lovely English/Dutch couple there who run a hostel & dive school. http://www.geriagirishanti.com/

We enjoyed Bali so much that we ended up buying uber-cheap Balinese sea salt in Amed, then we picked up various styles of wooden and coconut bowls elsewhere on the island, and that’s what we’re offering our wedding guests as favors. Smile

Sorry I’m droning on and on … last word of advice: Stay away from Kuta! It’s loud, obnoxious and a complete disappointment.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

@million… heheheh, and full of bloody aussies!

love the info Milliion and yes, find a driver and stick to them – it makes life so much easier!

 

Post # 11
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314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

One more thing! You said you want to try diving but are petrified. Me too. I started taking a class and didn’t complete it, but I promise you that Ian (the English guy who runs the diving school in Amed) was an absolute saint and very patient with me. Definitely give him a try.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

you can take a discover scuba.  you wont get your cert card but the DM will take you under water (usually about 10mtrs) to show you around and give you the basics on diving.  if you like it enough to do your open water, the DS dive will be included in your OW course but the good thing about a discover scuba is that its a trydive so you dont have to pay out for the entire course for something you wont do again….  the joys of being married to a scuba instructor

 

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Stage 6 Steiner Studios

My friend just got back from her honeymoon in Bali and loved it! She didn’t know where they were going but told her fiance it had to be a good balance of relaxing and cultural (otherwise she gets bored on the beach). They also did the beach cabana thing and it all looks so fun in pics!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

we are going to bali as well, and plan on splitting our time between ubud and a coastal place (probably jimbaran bay).  i’m thinking of starting out in a beach place just to unwind from everything (just sit by the beach, pool, have a drink, get massages, etc.) and then move on to ubud, which can serve as a home base for day trip excursions to other noteworthy places (like the tanah lot temple).

i have heard that kuta is the crazy party town, so we will probably be avoiding that.  if you want more info, feel free to pm me. so exciting!!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Kuta is kinda like spring vacation in florida, but all the time and with both a younger and older crowd.  alot of aussie football teams go there for their end of season (which is October).  its also where the 2002 bombing happened, killed 202 people (88 aussies)…. but once again i say, the people of Bali are wonderful so i dont discourage travelling there

 any scuba questions – ask away… im your gal

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