Bali For Beginners

I have been travelling to Bali at least annually for the past 20 years. During that time I have seen Bali undergo some massive changes some good and others not so good. I have witnessed the devastation that two bomb attacks left, I have also witnessed the determination of a beautiful race of people not to let such a tragedy overcome them.


I love Bali! I love the people, the climate, the beauty, the ugliness and I want to share with you what it is I love about it.


In no particular order I recommend the following activities, and eateries. (By the way as a general rule of bartering I recommend you divide the original price you are given by 4 or 5 – but at the end of the day I always say pay what you are prepared to pay



  • Snorkelling (or diving if your qualified) at Nusa Lembongan – You can either catch a public boat over (about 2 hour trip) or go over with one of the tourist boats(30 – 45 min trip). Be warned the water there can be very cold as three ocean currents converge so if you own a wetsuit I encourage you to take it…otherwise make arrangements in advance to hire one.
  • Sunset at Tanah Lot – The most famous of Bali’s seven sea temples Tanah Lot was reportedly built in the 1500’s. The sunset is amazing so best to visit in the late afternoon.
  • Git Git Falls – Located near Lake Bratan Git Git Falls are one Bali’s lesser famous gems.
  • Barong Dance – This Balinese dance is about a contest between the opposing forces of chaos and destruction (“Rangda”) and order (the “Barong”). Most hotels or restaurants perform this dance at least once a week so keep an eye out for signs.
  • Bali Zoo – The first and only zoo in Bali, the Bali Zoo is famous for getting you up close and personal with a variety of wildlife for Indonesia and it’s neighbours

Eating Out

  • Whilst it is now very commercialised and heavily over priced (by Balinese standards) I recommend everyone should have seafood at one of the many restaurants located on the sand in Jimbaran Bay. Now everybody will tell you to eat at this place or that place truth be told there isn’t a lot of difference between any of the restaurants…so I suggest taking a look at the seafood they have on offer, see if you can get and out door table and if you like it take a seat and enjoy!
  • If you want to spoil yourself you cannot go past Ku De Ta. Located next to the Oberoi Hotel in Kuta, Ke De Ta boasts tempting seafood and contemporary dishes. It also has an extensive wine list. I especially like the cigar lounge. This is one not to be missed!
  • Café Jepun – Located in Sanur this is possibly my favourite restaurant. Very reasonably priced and the portions are a good size. I highly recommend the lumpia (spring rolls) followed by the Rendang Sapi (Beef Rendang)

If you are heading to Bali for your first time I hope you enjoy yourself and love the place as much as I do.


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