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{10 Feb 2014}   ☆ Back in Bali
This post has been waiting around in my draft box for more than a year ><“

Have you ever had a post that’s been in your draft box for over a year, waiting to be publish?
I just found one (this post). hpmf…   I forgot why I haven’t published it, such a waste. But rather that I deleted it, I better just publish it. Enjoy!

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“ I feel like I haven’t visited this island for years that I decided to have a visit, just a short one
So here I am again, writing a journal of my short visit to Bali.”
  

 sunset from the stones, kuta

[ Sunset from The Stone beach club, Kuta Beach ]

After long absence, I was back in Bali for the weekend. Somehow it felt wrong for not visiting this Island of God for 8 months. You may wonder why, but I am still wondering myself why… So I went there for a short visit, as usual, because of my limited leave days from work. Plus this time, I made a plan to dive with a friend.

BRIEF JOURNAL 

It is a year late journal so I tried to make it simple and emphasize on place-to-eat/hangout/sleep.

For brief expense list, please go to the bottom of this post.

April 2012

Day 1 

– Arrived in Bali Airport around noon. Apparently the airport was under renovation that I couldn’t go directly to parking lot. Instead, I walked to International terminal, to the parking lot, then to the exit gate to take Blue Bird to Poppies Lane 2, Kuta. It was a very long walk, 500m I guess. But rather than I pay double taxi fare, I prefer walking this far.

– Check in at Bounty Hotel, Poppies Lane 2. I was asked for deposit about usd100 while I had paid the room in fuul through Agoda. I just complained ant they settled for USD50 deposit.

– Had my lunch at my fave Warung Indonesia in Gg. Ronta, Poppies lane 2.

– Met up with some coworkers late afternoon. They were in Bali to attend a workshop and I joined their afternoon party at The Stone Beachclub in Kuta beach. The sunset view from the rooftop was beautiful that afternoon.

Day 2 

– I took a day trip dive to Tulamben with my former diving school, Bali Scuba. They pick me up around 7am and brought me to their office in Sanur for settling the administration. Afterwards we were off to Tulamben, one of the best dive site in northeast part of Bali. It took about 3 hours to reach the site. I think it took longer than my previous trip there.

underwater camera at bali scuba dive shop
[ saw this cool underwater camera at bali scuba shop. i want one!! ]

– My friend joined me in Tulamben and we had 2 awesome dives. First dive was near the wreck and second one near the artificial underwater garden. Then back to Kuta which journey was about the same 3 hours ride, so loooooong.

– Had dinner with my friend at Sushi Tei in Sunset Road, about 15-20min ride by taxi.

– At nite, we spent it exploring the nitelife in Legian (bounty, paddy’s, sky garden) and Double Six (la vida loca). Shockingly my friend lost her camera in La Vida Loca. D**n!! I’ve heard those stories about pick-pocket in Bali clubs but that was the first time happened to the group I went with. Awesome nite soon became a bad one. Hm.. those cute pics or ours were gone 😦
Be careful when you partying there guys!

Day 3 

– I woke up late that I missed to taste Bounty Hotel’s breakfast. I didn’t have it the day before due to my early dive. Hm.. will I be able to go back and taste it?? I don’t think I wannna stay there again. The room rate is just too expensive for that kind of old facilities.

– At noon, I check out from Bounty Hotel and moved to Baleka Resort in Legian, the same hotel as my friend.

– I had my lunch at Mozzarella Restaurant in Jalan Padma. It’s near the hotel and one of my fave restaurant. I had a meet-up with Bali couchsurfing members there and spent the rest of the day with them, hanging out in Legian beach watching sunset, check-out La Barca beachcafe in Batubelig and ended the day enjoying clubs in Legian and Double Six. Awesome!

Day 4

– I managed to wake up early and tried Baleka Resort’s breakfast. It tasted good. They served variety of bakery. There were also Indonesian food and my fave breakfast menu, sausage + omelet. That morning was my friend last day in Bali so I said goodbye to her. Sad one. After breakfast, I continued my sleep ^^. So tired…

– I check out Cocoon Beachclub for a friend who was looking a place for her wedding reception and spent my afternoon in Legian beach till sunset time. The place is nice.

– From Legian beach, I walked to Melasti Street to buy souvenir.

– Had my dinner in my fave Warung Indonesia with a friend

– Had a massage in Angelina Spa, Legian street

– Spent the rest of the nite at Legian clubs (surfer bar, expresso bar)

Day 5

– Took the first flight back to Jakarta and straight to work. It was a long but awesome weekend ^^/

ACCOMMODATION

Bounty Hotel

It’s located in Poppies Lane 2, 5min walks from Kuta beach. This hotel is suitable for party lover. so if you are not this group, I recommend you to find other place. They have DJ in the main pool, playing club music till night. They also provide free entrance for local guess to Legian clubs (bounty, paddy’s). I booked a double room through Agoda.com and got USD60/nite include breakfast. For further story, please go to my review “My Stay at Bounty Hotel” in my other blog mystayinbudgethotel.wordpress.com.

Baleka Resort

It’s located in Werkudara street, near Double Six area, a 15min walk to Legian beach. I chose this hotel cause I was curious with their swimming pool that looked great on the web. For further story, please go to my review “My Stay at Baleka Resort”in my other blog mystayinbudgethotel.wordpress.com.

VISITED PLACES

Warung  Indonesia,located in Gang Ronta, Poppies Lane, Kuta. Cannot miss eating at this cheap local restaurant with a good taste of Indonesian food.

warung indonesia

Mozzarella Restaurant, Jl. Padma, Legian. I luv this restaurant. They serve good foods.

mozarella resto, padma

La Barca, in Batubelig. A nice bar in a boat shape. Unfortunately it has closed down now.

la barca, petitengget

The Stones beach club, Kuta beach. Fancy one, food is not really good but they offer a nice sunset view.

the stones beach club, kuta

the stones beach club, kuta

Expresso Bar, in Legian clubs strip. You can sing here if you have the talent.

expresso bar, legian

Other places:

  • Sushi Tei Restaurant, a bit fancy one, located in Sunset Road. I like the restaurant, all white. It has different decor than the one in Jakarta and bigger for sure.
  • Sky Garden Club, Legian
  • Bounty Club, Legian
  • Surfer Bar, Legian

EXPENSES
(USD 1 = Rp10k)

<this expense might be different now due to 30% increment of fuel charge last year>

  • Blue Bird Taxi
    > Denpasar Airport to Poppies Lane 2, Kuta: Rp.25,000
    > Legian street to Sunset Road (Sushi Tei): Rp.30,000
  • Kuta-Sanur-Tulamben-Sanur-Kuta : free transfer from Bali Scuba dive center
  • There supposed to be more transportation expense but my friend gave me a ride to some of the places.
  • Bounty Hotel: USD 60 through Agoda
  • Baleka Resort: USD 60 through Agoda
  • Warung Indonesia, lunch:   for
  • Mozzarella Restaurant, lunch:  for
  • Sky garden, summer berries cocktail: Rp.75k before 12pm
  • La Vida Loca, draftbeer: Rp.30,000
  • 2 dives in Tulamben with Bali Scuba dive center : USD 93.5 for local diver incl equipment
  • Angeline spa : Rp. 75,000 for 1.5hours massage

MAP

bali apr 2012

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{10 Oct 2012}   DIVING TRIPS (summary)

My trip journals which involved diving with some information on the dive sites and dive shop.

I first tried diving in 2009, then took my second try few month later and I fell in love with underwater. A year later, I got my PADI OW License. I am still new at this so I am sorry if there is any mistake on the information in my journal  🙂

Here I summarized my journals which involved diving and categorized them based on the diving sites.

click the date link below to read the full story

[ DIVE SITES & TRIP JOURNALS ]

Bali island

  • Tulamben, This site is known as the best diving site in Bali. I’ve have been to 2 dive sites in here, one is at USS Liberty wreck close to the shore. The other one is no wreck but you can see some human created corals, shape
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{1 Oct 2012}   BALI TRIPS (summary)

Reference Tool / Useful Trip Information
travel tips and blog or website I use as reference during my trip, my travel tips, hotel info, things to do etc.

  • Perama Bus (schedule & price)
    it’s medium size bus, NO air conditioner with good price if you travel alone or together. They go to most of interesting cities in many part of Bali such as Lovina, Candidasa, Ubud, Sanur etc or even Lombok. Their passengers are mostly from overseas.
  • Map of Budget Hotel in Poppies Lane 1 & Poppies Lane 2, Kuta Beach
    this map is the most complete one that I can find in website. All the hostels here are within walking distance to Kuta beach and the night life < finally i found the map >

My Trip Journals
list of relevant trip journals include travel expense report

newly posted :

  • Back in Bali [April 2012, 4days]
    > Kuta, Legian, Tulamben (diving)

under drafting :
– Lombok and Bali in a Week, via Surabaya [August 2013, 7 days], Surabaya, Senggigi, Gili T, Legian
– Hotel Hopping ?!? Only in Bali ^^ [November 2012, 4days], Kuta, Legian

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All info I share here is based on my experience. I’ve been back-and-forth to Bali since 2009, mostly for diving or playing body board or just hangout. My last trip to Bali was in November 2012 and some info are based on my last visit to these places, so some things might have been different from the present. You might also know or find other thing that is better than what’s written here. Anyway if you have the same type and purpose of traveling like mine (backpacker/flashpacker, budget concern, like beach/underwater/party), you might find this info useful for you. Unless, it’s not your reading material.

INFORMATION I SHARE IN THIS POST

  •  The area I’ve traveled in Bali
  •  Place to visit / eat / stay / snorkel / dive / hangout
  • Bali beaches

THE AREA IN BALI

< I’ve spent at least a nite here >

My fave area to stay : Legian and Padang Bai

  • KUTA – Kuta is like the center of everything. This is a very touristic area, some called it crazy, some (me) called it awesome. When hearing Kuta, people immediately think that this is not the best place to stay or it’s too crazy. For me, this area has everything. If you like quite place, no much crazy ‘new’ bikers around, you can choose the southern part of Kuta along Segara beach. If you wanna have good beach for surfing, crazy party, then northern part is your best option along Kuta beach or Bakung Sari street or Benesari street. But if you are a backpacker and ready for all the actions, Poppies lane is your place ;)My fave place in this area is Poppies Lane 2. There are many affordable guesthouses  here surrounded by a great nite life, cheap food and I can walk to my fave beach (Legian beach) .One down side is that most people here respect only foreigners.It’s about 20min drive from airport.> click here for kuta area map
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    click here for poppies lane 1 map
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    click here for poppies lane 2 map
  • LEGIAN – Thisarea is more calm than Kuta and sometimes it’s hard to differentiate which one called Legian or Kuta. Well, if you are confuse, the area where lies Padma Street, Werkudara Street and Arjuna/Double Six street is Legian. It’s kind of in the middle of Kuta and Seminyak. For me, if I have enough budget, I will stay in this area whilst in Bali. It’s quieter than Kuta, close to my fave Legian beach, many good restaurant but a bit pricy and I like the environment where the hotel/restaurant staffs respect local tourists too.It’s about 20-25min drive from airport.> click here for legian area map.


BRIEF SCHEDULE

May 2011

Day 1   arrival – legian
Day 2   sanur – tulamben
Day 3   legian
Day 4   legian – departure

ACCOMMODATION

Legian Village Hotel, Jl. Padma, Legian Ph. 0361-751182
It is located in the middle of Padma street, surrounding by cafes, restaurants, shops. There are convenience store in front and ATM. The hotel formerly named Joni and it has 2 buildings (Joni 1 and Joni 2). They have swimming pool and live band at nite.
I stayed in Joni 1 at their deluxe room. I got it through Agoda hotel for USD 38.25/nite include bfast. The room light is not bright but I enjoyed my stay there.

Please refer to my post about “Budget Hotel in Bali” for more hotel review and photo.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Denpasar Airport to Legian: Rp.35,000 include tips using Bali Taxi (Blue Bird taxi group).
  • Seminyak to Legian: Rp.15,000 include tips using Bali Taxi.
  • Legian – Sanur – Tulamben vv: free from Bali Scuba dive center

MEALS

  • Café Seminyak in front of Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak. Wanted to eat their Giant Burger again but I was full so I had Ratatouille, 2 pcs of my fave strawberry pie and hot tea for Rp.80,000. The taste is so so, their Ratatouille is not well-done, so the veggies was kinda hard to bite, but the strawberry pie is the best!!
  • Buffet lunch at Puri Madha Hotel in Tulamben with BaliScuba group. Taste of satay, veggies is spicy but not bad.
  • Mozzarella Restaurant in Jl Padma Legian. I love this resto!! I had my late lunch/early dinner there. The staffs are very friendly. The Carbonara spaghetti is so delicious. Love their Pina Colada cocktail also. They have promo buy 1 get 1 free cocktail. The place is also so nice that I really enjoyed my afternoon there sitting in the sofa and eating while listening to the jazz techno music. I spent about Rp.150,000 for this.

OTHER EXPENSES

  • Thai Massage at Mirah Spa & Salon in Jl Padma Legian, it is about Rp.120,000 for 2 hours. I  think you could get other place for better massage.
  • 2 dives with Bali Scuba for US$45, exclude equipment. It’s their promo price. On May, their price goes 50% off to celebrate their birthday. Hopefully still the same for next year ^^/
  • Internet café in Seminyak, costs about Rp.14,000/hour. It’s so damn expensive but the connection is the fastest I found in Bali so far so no complaint.
  • Small tattoo at Ibud Tattoo shop in Padma Utara street costs about Rp.500k . I heard they are one of the best in Bali and the result is .. I am very satisfied with it!!

TRIP JOURNAL

I took this trip because of the 50% dive trip price to Tulamben and it’s been 4 months since my last dive and I missed it so much. Other reason would be to getaway from hectic activity in the city  :p

DAY 1:  Legian, Seminyak

As usual, I always walk to exit gate of Denpasar airport to catch the Bali Taxi (blue bird group) cause their price is more reasonable than airport taxi. This taxi is also most trustable, especially in Jakarta. It took about 20min to reach my hotel, Legian Village Hotel. The hotel staffs greeted me and gave me a welcome drink of delicious Margarita ^^  Love it!!  A staff took me to my room. I actually requested to have a double bed room at Joni 2 which I heard newer but instead I got twin bed room in Joni 1. I was so tired so no need to argue. They were very welcome to me anyway.

After unpacking my luggage and packing my dive equipment for the next day trip, I went to Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak to buy the daily needs, snack and drinks. It took about 20min walk, quite far, but their price is much cheaper than convenience store. Anyway, I wanted to have my supper in Café Seminyak, in front of it. I wanted to eat their Giant Burger again but I was full so I had Ratatouille, 2 pcs of my fave strawberry pie and hot tea for Rp.80,000. The taste is so so, their Ratatouille is not well-done, so the veggies was kinda hard to bite, but the strawberry pie is the best!!

Then on the way back to the hotel, I found an internet café nearby and tried it. Their connection is so fast but it is expensive 😀  after an hour there, I went back to hotel, wanting to walk but unluckily it was raining. So I took a Bali Taxi, cost me only Rp.15,000 include tip.

There was a live music playing downstairs but I manage to have a good sleep, a short one.

DAY 2:  Legian, Sanur, Tulamben

I woke up at 6am to get ready before Bali Scuba came to pick me up at 7:15am. I planned to have breakfast but unfortunately they seemed not ready before 7am. So I just ate crackers. The pick up came on time, they took me to their dive center first in Sanur to settle all payments and equipment etc. Unfortunately we left Sanur far from the schedule plan and it took about 2.5 hours to reach Tulamben. I was so hungry in the car, no snack. Lucky my divemaster gave me a small cake. enough to fill in my hunger hihihi.. She is a very nice DM. First time I went diving with a lady DM which called herself a hotdiver hahaha…

We arrived in Tulamben around 11:30am, I ordered sweat tea directly to counter a bad stomachache on first dive cause of late lunch. Then we set up our gear, put suncream on hair and face (girl habit LoL). It was the first trial for my new dive gear (wetsuit, pointer, headband, mask) and happy to know that most of it worked well. My wetsuit fits me. My mask is fine, my snorkel was not used but it worked when I tried it on pool. The pointer is really useful down there to call your DM or group or when u dive into the tunnel.. One gear is not working properly though. I have long hair so I used a hair&ear cover band I bought from Nemo Wetsuit shop. But this band turned out making the water entering my mask. I wont to use it again.

Anyway, soon later the first dive started. We have our dive from Puri Madha Hotel frontbeach. There are 4 divers in my group include DM and all hot ladies ^^ . It’s my first shore entry dive after getting my OW license. The wave that time kinda made it a difficult entry for me. I still needed the help of my DM to put my fins (she called me a baby hihihi..)  My descending and buoyancy also still need more experience. I managed to get down anyway and started enjoying the beautiful Tulamben underwater. We dived near the wreck to 18m below and saw the school Jack Fish ofcourse. It’s very famous in this site. The we saw nudibranch and the coral .. sorry I cannot mention all I saw because mostly I don’t know its name LoL (newbie)!! Ow- on our safety stop, we were accompanied by an interesting group for surgeon fishes. They are very friendly to us :D.

Then we had an hour surface interval before next dive, in which this meant having Lunch!! YEAH!!! It’s buffet lunch with option of Indonesian food, mixed veggies, satay, fried tempe and tahu, fish, French fries. The veggies and fish are too spicy so I ended up eating French fries with satay and rice. Weird combination.

An hour later, the second dive started. This time I could put the fin by myself. YES!! The descending still needed more training though but my buoyancy was getting better. This second dive, my mask was filled in by water many times cause of my hair band. So my concentration is mostly on mask clearing, very annoying. Anyway, I saw nudibranch again, eel garden and fishes and corals and met that group of surgeon fish again during our safety stop. I wonder why they are always there. Well, the dive took 40min and it felt so fast.. I wish I could have more dives.

The journey back to Sanur and back to hotel seemed so long. We left Tulamben around 3:30pm and I reached my hotel around 7pm. And I still had to clean up my gear, then dress up for dinner and enjoying the Saturday nite. It was a long and fun day!

DAY 3:   Legian

I woke up at lunch time hahaha…  very late start for Sunday during holiday. After 100% woke up, I went for a massage near the hotel called Mirah Spa. I thought this was the same branch as the Mirah Spa in Denpasar, which is a good Thai Massage place. The sales guy said it was the same but I was fooled. It was far away from the massage in Mirah Spa. So stupid me!!

Mozzarella Restaurant in Legian. Love it!

Then I went to find Mozzarella Restaurant. I read good review from TripAdvisor.com about this place which is near my hotel. So I tried to have my late brunch or lets say my early dinner there and it was the highlight of the day!! The food, price, service, the place were so delicious, affordable, friendly and nice!! Highly recommended!! That kind of food might cost double in Jakarta 😀  Thanks God I read that review but unfortunately I didn’t want to miss the sunset so couldn’t enjoy the place longer.

sunset from legian beach, cloudy afternoon

On the way to the beach, I checked out the Tattoo Shop called Ibud Tattoo. It’s located next to Ramada Hotel in Jl. Padma. Apparently you need to make an appointment with them first. Lucky the guy there is so nice to arrange me the time at nite that day. So while waiting, I went to Kuta Square by walking along the Legian Beach and Kuta Beach, watching the sunset, seeing the people playing soccer or  playing in the water or surfing.. It was a lovely day.

I managed to get to Matahari Kuta Square in 30min walk then shopping around and back to the tattoo shop. I wanted to have my own design, combining from 2 pictures and they made it as requested. The result is also as expected. It was my first and my last tattoo I guess. Apparently having a tattoo is not that hurt, more like tickling. Well, I got all I want. Next I met my friends and enjoyed the rest of the nite.

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SCHEDULE

November 2010

Day 1  arrival – sanur
Day 2  Sanur (diving course, class session)
Day 3  Sanur (diving course, pool session)
Day 4  Sanur – Tulamben (diving course, ocean session 1)
Day 5  Sanur – Kuta (diving course, ocean session 2)
Day 6  Kuta
Day 7  Kuta – departure

ACCOMODATION

Little Pond Guesthouse, Jl. Danau Tamblingan no. 19, Sanur Ph. +62-361289902

Located in north of Jl Danau Tamblingan, behind Bank BNI in the street corner, 100m to Sindhu traditional market/night market), 500m to Sanur Beach. I got Rp. 100,000/night, fan, twin room, no breakfast.

I really enjoyed my stay there, cheap, the room is very clean. The pool is small and there is breakfast for additional Rp. 25,000, but you can buy Indonesian breakfast in traditional market for Rp. 10,000.

Beneyasa I Beach Inn, Gg. Benesari, Poppies Lane 2, Kuta Ph. +62-361 754180/755 469

I got Rp. 100,000/night, fan, single room, include breakfast

The light is very shady at night but the pool is clean, breakfast is nice, price is very value..

For hotel photos, please see my article about “Budget Hotel in Bali

 

TRANSPORTATION

– Kuta-Sanur by Ojek (bike taxi): Rp.40,000
– Bali Taxi (bluebird group): *Sanur-Kuta vv  = Rp.70,000  //  *Sanur-Denpasar = Rp.50,000  //  *Kuta-Airport = Rp.35,000
– Angkot (public transportation, green color): Rp.5,000 / ride

MEALS

– Special Fried Rice & Orange Juice at Benno Café, beachfront restaurant in Sanur Beach: Rp.60,000

– Martabak Telor (Indonesian snack, mix of veggies, onion, egg, flour mix) in Shindhu Traditional Market: Rp.9,000

– Banana Juice in Shindhu Traditional Market: Rp.10,000

– KFC for PaMer Package in Kuta Square: Rp.20,000

– Gyoza & Ice Green Tea in Gonta Restaurant, Jl. Danau Poso, Sanur: Rp.39,000

– Babi Guling Chandra in Denpasar: Rp. 45,000 (complete set of suckling pig meat, fat etc with juice and mineral water)

– Warung Indonesia: price starts from around Rp. 7,000 above / meal set, indonesian food

– Warung 96 at Gang Benesari, Poppies Lane 2, Kuta: Rp. 58,000 for two persons (1 special pizza, 1 ice lemon tea, 1 ice tea)

– Gelato at gelato shop in Jl. Legian: Rp. 20,000 for 1 scoop

– Beef Pie at Mini Mart : Rp. 15,000

OTHER EXPENSES

– PADI Open Water Course in Bali Scuba: Rp.3,200,000 for 4 days, usually foreigner given higher price. It is full package include certification, daily lunch and drinks, transfer from/to hotel, equipment etc.

– Bali Short: Rp. 25,000 / pc

– Bali Sarung (kain bali): Rp. 25,000 / pc at market in Jl. Melasti, Kuta

– Beach Bench rental in Legian Beach: Rp. 20,000 / no time limit

– Body Board rental in Kuta Beach: Rp. 25,000 for 3 hours

– Sky Garden & Paddy’s ticket : Rp. 50,000 (free if you are with foreigner), beer: Rp.20,000, jungle juice in paddy’s: Rp.50,000

– Bounty : Rp. 30,000 (free if you are with foreigner), cocktail: from Rp. 55,000/2 bottle on happy hours

TRIP JOURNAL

I took this journey basically to get the PADI open water diving license. I had enough fun with the party, beach, exploring the area in Bali. So I think it’s time to find something worth to do when visiting Bali next time. Something that will not make me feel boring.. so I chose diving. I enjoyed my fun dives before at Tulamben and  Menjangan (yes, you can have fun dive in Bali without license/Introductory program). But I am concern if I keep taking the introductory program, I won’t know about the ‘real’ safety technique underwater.. that’s why I took this beginner license.

I have checked with many diving operators in Bali. I got my eyes on 2 operators, Scuba Duba Doo in Kuta and Bali Scuba in Sanur. But in the end, my decision goes with the recommendation of a friend, I chose to have my course with Bali Scuba. Bali Scuba is a PADI Five Star Center, located in Jl. Danau Poso No. 40, Sanur. Thus I decided to stay in Sanur area. This is my first time to stay in this area, eventually I would move to Kuta but it’s something not to forget..

Day 1

First day in Bali, as usual, after arriving at airport, I walked to airport exit gate to look for Bali Taxi (blue bird group). On my way, an Ojek Guy (bike taxi) approached me to offer his service, I got almost half price of taxi fare to Sanur so I went to my hotel at Sanur by Ojek instead. As I mentioned before, it’s my first time in Sanur area and I had to admit that this area is very quiet, far from airport or even my fave place-Kuta. The motorbike ride from airport to Sanur took about 20min.

Then we reached my hotel which I got from internet, googling other travelers’ blog. It is very cheap (Rp.100k) with a pool. When seeing the place, I wasn’t disappointed. I thought the room I got is same as facility in budget hotel at poppies lane, kuta aka shady room, very standard bed etc. But instead, Little Pond guesthouse turned out to be a very clean place, only 18-20 rooms I guess.. the bed has a bed cover, there’s clean cupboard, the bathroom is very clean.. wow, this kind of hotel might cost double in Kuta. There is a small pool in the center (3 x 8 m), looks like a pond. Maybe that’s why they called this place Little Pond. Lucky me!!

After putting down my backpack, I went to Hardy’s, the biggets supermarket in Jl Danau Tamblingan to find some water supply and snack for breakfast. There is Angkot (local public transportation) to go there actually, Rp. 5,000/way but I wasn’t familiar with that Angkot so I took a taxi for Rp. 15,000. Then, I went back to hotel, clean up and went to check the surrounding.

My guesthouse is located very close to Pasar Shindhu (traditional market). It also takes about 10-15min walk to the beach through Jl. Pantai Sindhu or 5-10min walk through the back alley, passing Bonsai Café. Very nice location!

As for Sanur beach, it is full with cafés in front of the beach. There is like a jogging track, I tried to walk through it but it seemed never ends. I stopped by at Benno Café to have lunch-dinner of their house-special fried rice (fried rice, fried chicken, satay, crackers, sambal) and orange juice. The taste isn’t bad. I spent my afternoon there, relaxing, watching the children playing around in the sandy beach.. so comfortable.

At night, I was curious with the Night Market. So I went there and took a quick look. It is not a bad place, many foreigners had dinner there. There are many stalls: Fried Rice, Fried Noodle, Nasi Campur (mixed rice), Mie Ayam (indonesian chicken noodle) and many more.. I was worry with the cleanliness though so I didn’t have my dinner there. But I ended up buying an Indonesian snack called Martabak (mix veggies, eggs, flour fry), 2 bowls for eating cereal breakfast and a banana juice.

Day 2

This day I started my diving course. I was so excited that I couldn’t have a good sleep. Bali Scuba picked me up at early morning, 7:30.

Day one of the course is only class session. You will be asked to watch the video and answer the quiz and do the final examination. You must be able to answer at least 75% of it to pass if I am not mistaken. I answered 98% so I passed!! Hihihi,,,

This day I also met my instructor for the first time. He is nice. Ow- the good thing about taking lesson at Bali Scuba is that you get free daily drink and lunch at the café next to it. This time I ordered Nasi Campur and the taste was not recommended.

The lesson ended up at about 16:00 and they took me back to hotel. I got really bored in hotel or with the quiet surrounding and I didn’t really want to walk to the Sanur beach, so I headed to Kuta. The taxi fare is crazily high to go to kuta from sanur (Rp.70,000). I went for window shopping at Matahari Kuta square, the variety is better than Matahari store in Jakarta for its beach clothes.. then I had my meal at KFC there, finally a good taste after having not-a-good lunch. I ordered the package which consist of a rice, a chicken, a spaghetti and one soft drink for Rp.20k. From Kuta square, I walked to Poppies Lane 2 to find hotel for my stay after diving course. I like Sanur but I rather stay there with a friend instead of Solo Travelling or when I want to focus my trip only for diving ..  I checked-out some budget hotel in Poppies Lane 2. I know that the hostel there doesn’t accept advance reservation  / only for walk-in guest. I checked Tunjung Bali (Rp.150k/fan room single, bfast,pool) and Losmen Cempaka (Rp.100k/fan room single,bfast,no pool) but both cannot be reserved. I really want to try staying there but.. maybe next time. Then I tried at Beneyasa Inn and it can be reserved with deposit money. Actually I didn’t reserve through the receptionist. It is really not recommended because on my check-in day, the receptionist said he never received the money. But it’s all clear later on because the person I gave the money is the guy who have rental car, the hotel partner. Fuh.. next time, no more reservation like this.

After finishing my ‘business’ in Kuta, I went back to Sanur and tried to have a good night sleep.

Day 3

My morning started well. I talked with the friendly neighbors in Little Pond. I learned from them that it is good to greet “hello” “morning” and not to be afraid to ask anything. I just knew that there is a public kitchen there where we can cook anything we want.  my next door neighbor is an Indonesian Lady who has travel and property business in Bali. She looks very independent and teaches me many things to make me not bored with Sanur.. Too bad I have no much time to hang around with her or other guest because of my course schedule.

Later on, I started my day two course. It would be pool session. I recalled that my instructor was so kind to me on class session. But unfortunately, that is just my first impression. I got surprise with his emotion and strength lesson he gave me.. I know I did well but I felt like entering an army academy, while I was on vacation. Damn!! I saw the other students enjoying their lesson, well lucky them. I just had to suck up all I got, with certain limit ofcourse. I always think that a teacher should be patient when teaching but…

Anyway, the course went well, the lunch there was still not found anything good yet. I met other student and at night, we went to Kuta for some Saturday night entertainment. I finally tried to take Angkot from my hotel to meet them near dive center and then we went to Sky Garden, Kuta. Kuta night was kinda quiet that time. Maybe it is still too early but I dunno. I was in Bali last year, same period but I think last year was more crowded. Maybe because many flights cancelled due to volcano eruption in Central Java. The night out was fun, met some aussies.. crazy!! too bad we have to leave very early. We didn’t wanna be tired for our next day diving ..

Day 4

As usual, my morning started with friendly talk with my neighbors while waiting for my pick-up. It was Sunday and there was a Sunday Market in Sanur. Some guests were going there. Too bad I had my diving course. Today’s course is the ocean session 1. We went to Tulamben for 2 dives, 2.5 hours drive from Sanur. The road kinda made me sick a little, maybe because of the night-out last night and the mountainous road. Thanks God the nausea was gone when arriving in Tulamben.

Our stop point is at Paradise Hotel, Tulamben, put our belongings there and set up the diving equipment. After briefing, I started the first ocean dive in the USS Wreck. It is my second time in Tulamben. The underwater world there is so beautiful, love it, but I have to focus more on my instructor :9  After lunch (the lunch was good!! Thanks God!!), we had our second dives  in the different dive site. I felt a little tired after my second dives, dunno because of my instructor swam too fast or the effect of night-out.

Anyway, the course day 3 went well. It was my friends’ last day of course, so we went for a night out again. It started with dinner at Babi Guling Chandra in Denpasar. They serve Suckling Roasted Pig Meat in variety, we ordered the complete combo. Price is about Rp. 30k, cheaper than our taxi fare from Sanur to Denpasar LoL. It was 8pm and there was still plenty left to have. We thought the restaurant has closed in that hour. Babi Guling Chandra is one of the famous restaurant serving Suckling Roast Pig in Bali. The best one is actually in Ubud called Ibu Oka, I think. The taste is better in Ubud than this restaurant.

Finished with the meal, we went to Paddy’s club. Planning to go to Bounty but they wanted to charge us when it is clearly written “free entrance” .. I met another of my friend there, we danced and stayed there till midnight then went back to Sanur. But the night is not over yet for me. I got to pack-up my things cause the next day, I would move to Kuta. it’s a long day 🙂

Day 5

After friendly talk and farewell with my neighbors at Little Pond Guesthouse, I headed for Bali Scuba and then Sanur for my last day of diving course. The course that day went hm.. could be said almost nightmare..also quite challenging. Why was it a nightmare? I almost lost my patient with my instructor who pushed me so hard. Just couldn’t stand it anymore that I was finally yelled at him, stopped the course a while and had a slight thought not wanted to finish it. But when I was able to calm down, he stopped pushing me, and I continued the lesson and finished it. Sanur is a regular dive site, not much too see but can be very challenging due to its strong current. My instructor had to drag me also on our second dive when returning to the boat. It was crazily hard to swim in that kind of current. Well, the good thing is that the course was finally completed. I got my license eventually, also got new diving friends. They joined me for fun dives in Sanur, but their level is much higher than me.

Then it was time to get back to my fave place ever, Poppies lane, Bali. I miss this place, mostly when visiting Bali, maybe because it is crowded and you can easily get what you want. The other best thing with Bali Scuba is that they take you back to your hotel, even it is in Kuta, for free ^.^  I went to Beneyasa Beach Inn, check in then went for a relaxing massage at Angeline Spa. It is located in Jl. Legian, about 20min walk from Bali Bomb monument though, but I like the place. It was clean, nice service, big room and cheap 🙂  I had 90min body massage for Rp.75k., so cheap. In Jakarta, it might cost more than Rp. 350k.

At night, I had no energy for party so instead I had dinner with my friend at Warung Indonesia and then hang out at Mini Mart Kuta.

Day 6

I woke up early as usual, clean up some laundry and went for breakfast. I had banana pancake and orange juice, not bad. This is my third time staying in Beneyasa and it is my first time to be able to have their breakfast :p  what I love about this place is their clean pool. I like to relax there, so I did it after breakfast. The water was so nice in sunny day, I got some tanned to my ‘yellow skin’, it felt good.

I had lunch in Warung Indonesia with a friend and then did some shopping at Melasti Market. Shopping there is cheaper than in Poppies lane shops. I bought some Kain Bali (Bali Sarung/cloth) and short pants for Rp.25k. too expensive but I had no energy to bargain lesser than that, although I drank RedBull in the morning hehehe… from Melasti market, I walked to double six street through Jl. Padma and Jl Werkudara. I walked through these streets while checking out the hotels for my family trip next year. I found a nice hotel called Kumala Hotel (Grand Kumala not Kumala Pantai). This hotel looks nice, 5min walk to the beach, it has 2 pools. The old pool was too ‘old’ but the second one is nice. There is a nice garden in the center. Price is also not bad (Rp.275k for 2011, standard room, double with bfast, AC).

Then after got what I want, I went to Legian beach, renting the beach bench till sunset. It was so nice, so quite.. the air breeze, the sound of waves.. so relaxing.. I got sleepy so better I went back to hotel, cleaned up and dressed up. At nite, I had dinner at Warung 96 with my friend and we enjoyed Kuta till morning.

Day 7

It is my last day for this trip. I had very less sleep but once I woke up, I couldn’t sleep again. So I had my breakfast, banana waffle, not bad. Then decided to go to Kuta Beach to play body board. It is expensive to rent Body Board in Kuta beach. I got Rp.25k/3 hours while in Legian Beach, I can get Rp.20k with no time limit. I felt so fresh after playing with the wave, then later I went back to hotel and had a little relax on the pool and back to my room to start packing. Hard to believe that was my last day in Bali. My flight was at 6pm, so I still had some time to stroll down the area. Unfortunately, I had no much energy for it. So instead, I just relaxed at my room, went for lunch in Warung Indonesia, had some gelato, beef pie at mini mart  and waited till departure time. My friend took me to airport, passing Pia Legong to take our order.. hm.. its price has increased now, Rp.70k/box from Rp.50k/box ..  anyway, all the rest went well, no flight delay and I reached my home safely…

Note:

–  Everything starts from a “Hello”. You can get new friend just by greeting them “Halo” “Good Morning,” “How are you today?”. So don’t be shy to use this magic word when you meet stranger at hotel or pool or restaurant.. I know that we were taught not to talk to stranger.. but I think we are grown-up enough to know, who is bad or not..

– Somehow I feel people I met in Sanur are more friendly than people I met in Kuta.

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For hotel photos, please see my article about “Budget Hotel in Bali

For useful information when travelling to Bali >  click here
(nite life, transportation, things-to-do, place-to-go, etc)



Jakarta – Bali (kuta, candidasa, tulamben, dreamland)
November 2009

Schedule
Day 1    Jakarta-Kuta
Day 2    Kuta
Day 3    Kuta – Candidasa
Day 4    Candidasa/diving lesson
Day 5    Candidasa – Tulamben/diving – Candidasa
Day 6    Candidasa – Kuta
Day 7    Kuta – Dreamland Beach- Kuta
Day 8    Kuta – Jakarta

Trip Journal>> click here
** this is about the story of this trip

Transportation
– Air Ticket JKT-DPS-JKT by AirAsia & Mandala; Rp. 870k –
– Kuta – Candidasa – Kuta by Perama Bus: Rp. 100k/return, Rp.60k/one way   (perama bus price)
– Airport – Hotel – Airport by Blue Bird Taxi: Rp. 80k (one way @ Rp. 35-40k)
–  Kuta – Dreamland Beach – Kuta by rental Car: Rp. 350k = 6hrs incl driver & gasoline

Hotel
– Kuta Inn Hotel, Kuta:  Rp 225k/twin sharing/nite incl bfast, ac, hot shower
– Lotus Bungalows, Candidasa:  Rp. 350k/single/nite incl bfast, ac, hot shower
– Hotel Lusa, Kuta: Rp. 210k/single/nite incl bfast, ac, hot shower
** these were too expensive. I will try their fan room next time

For hotel photos, please see my article about “Budget Hotel in Bali

Meals
– Warung Indonesia: Rp. 12k / meal (indoneisan food + juice)
– Warung Nulan: Rp. 15k / meal (indonesia food + lemon water)
– Warung in front of Hotel Lusa: Rp. 20k / meal (gado-gado + 2 juice)
– Warung 96: Rp. 75k for 2 persons (pizza, salad, beer, juice)
– Burrito’s Resto: Rp. 40k / meal (burrito + special green drink)
– Warung Made: Rp. 120k (nasi campur, beer, arak bali, french fries)
– Lotus bungalows restaurant: Rp. 60k (nasi campur + juice)

Souvenir
– Pia Legong – famous balinese snack: Rp. 50k / box of 10pcs pia
– Bali Tshirt: Rp. 15k / pcs
– Bali dress: Rp. 35-40k / dress
– Sandal Bali: Rp. 10-15k / pcs
– Bali necklace: Rp. 10-20k / pcs

Others
– Bounty club, Legian: entrance fee Rp 30-50k, drinks Rp 40k above
– Iguana café, Candidasa: drinks Rp 30k above
– Klapa café, Dreamland: drinks Rp. 50k above
– Tattoo: Rp. 20-25k / pcs
– massage: Rp. 50k (full body)
– Discovery Scuba Diving with Ganga Diver Center, at Lotus Bungalows, Candidasa: Rp. 960k / 1 pool + 2 sea sessions



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