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    Waterbom Park: Cashless Payment

    by machomikemd Updated Jan 20, 2014

    Favorite thing: once you entered the Waterbom Park on your water logged swimming and slides and watersports adventure, they will give you a separate brown wrist band (aside from the blue wristband that is for the waterbom park admission) that has a waterproof rfid system that you must load with cash at the ticket counter as they have a no cash payment policy for all things bought or rented inside and besides paying for the admission ticket, you must at least load 300,000 rupiah or more as you need it to pay for locker rental, towel rental, food and drinks, riding the sling shot or having a massage and more, inside the water park. if your prepaid load is short, you can refill your wristband with cash as they have several refilling centers around the park that look like ATM machines and top up counters for refilling your load.

    if you don't spend all the preloaded money in the wrist band, have no fear as they give you the remaining balance as a refund once you exit the waterpark.

    Fondest memory: the large water park is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday and they have many packages for individuals and groups.

    Admission prices can be payed in US Dollars, Australian Dollars, Euros or Indonesian Rupiah and costs 372,000 rupiah for one single adult admission and 228,000 rupiah for children and includes entry to the park and admission to most attractions and slides (some attractions you have to pay extra like the sling shot and water cannon attractions). two day pass costs 600,000 rupiah for adults and 372,000 rupiah for children. locker rental, cabana rental, towel rental and food are not included, you have to load money to the prepaid waterproof wrist band they issue you for anything you buy inside the park.

    Address: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Ind
    Directions: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
    Phone: +62 361 755676
    Website: http://waterbom-bali.com/

    he's wearing the brown cashless payment wristband preloaded the atm like cashless balance machine top up counter for cashless load refilling you can add money for your wrist band here too
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    Waterbom Park: rentals, food, drinks, etc

    by machomikemd Written Jan 20, 2014

    Favorite thing: although the single day admission rate to waterbom park for adults at 372,000 rupiah is cheap, they don't allow combo packages here (examples like entrance and towel and locker rental combos or entrance, towel and locker rental and lunch combos) as you must really preload money at your cashless payment brown wristband as everything inside is paid via this cashless payment.

    examples are the towel rentals at 72,000 rupiah per person (10,000 for the towel and 72,000 for the deposit) locker rentals at 65,000 rupiah (35,000 for the locker and 30,000 for the deposit). different types of gazebos from 180,000 to 1 million rupiah (you can just hang around at the beach beds or tables and chairs as these are scattered around and are free) food and drinks at 100,000 rupiah and more. get the drift?

    Fondest memory: the large water park is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday and they have many packages for individuals and groups.

    Admission prices can be payed in US Dollars, Australian Dollars, Euros or Indonesian Rupiah and costs 372,000 rupiah for one single adult admission and 228,000 rupiah for children and includes entry to the park and admission to most attractions and slides (some attractions you have to pay extra like the sling shot and water cannon attractions). two day pass costs 600,000 rupiah for adults and 372,000 rupiah for children. locker rental, cabana rental, towel rental and food are not included, you have to load money to the prepaid waterproof wrist band they issue you for anything you buy inside the park.

    Address: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Ind
    Directions: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
    Phone: +62 361 755676
    Website: http://waterbom-bali.com/

    money for locker rental money for towel rental moeny fro beer free for tables and chairs money for food
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    Download Maps and use GPS

    by machomikemd Written Jan 14, 2014

    Favorite thing: in this age of the internet and Since most hotels and restaurants and bars in Bali offer free wifi service, the best thing to do is to download maps at your smartphone via google maps apps or other apps in your smartphone so that you can just punch the direction of various attractions around kuta and beyond relative to your location (example is from kuta beach to the Bali Bombing Memorial) and if you have an Iphone or Samsung Galaxy Phone, turn on the gps so that even if you are on the offline internet mode, you can still see your location relative to your destination (you can even drop a pin to your destination if using iphone) so you don;'t need to have the bulky pull up maps anymore.

    Fondest memory: getting by kuta and beyond is easy using the gps and the google maps and other map apps in your smartphone

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    Starbucks Bali Mugs

    by machomikemd Written Jan 11, 2014

    Favorite thing: although most of my collections of my travels are usually Fridge Magnets and Shot glasses of various places that i've been to, I sometimes collect Starbucks Coffee Mugs of my travels and here in Kuta, Bali, I had the urge and bought one as they have more than 5 starbucks branches around kuta and the nearest is just across the street from my hotel. Starbucks Coffee Mugs both have Bali, Kuta and Ubud as designs and they cost 105,000 Rupiah per coffee mug, whatever the design is.

    Starbucks is the most popular coffee house chain in the world and it has many branches around bali and about 5 branches spread around the kuta area, namely at JI Pantai kuta in Hard Rock Hotel, At JI Kartika Plaza, at the Ngurah Rai Airport, Along JI Raya Kuta, at the Beachwalk Mall. Do I need a thorough introduction?

    Starbucks Stores are open from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm everyday

    Address: JI Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Bali (Beside the Rock Shop of Hard Rock Hotel and across Gloria Jeans Coffee and Grand Inna Kuta Hotel)

    Directions: JI Pantai Kuta, , Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali (at the Hard Rock Arcade, beside the Rock Shop)

    Phone: +62 361-762-143

    Website: http://www.starbucks.co.id/

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    Walking In Kuta Area

    by machomikemd Updated Jan 8, 2014

    Favorite thing: Kuta is the most visited of the Towns of Bali and is the springboard of various half day, whole day and full day tours around the Island and is the main commercial and tourism area of bali. Kuta Comprises Kuta town, Legian and Seminyak in the north and walking around this area is relatively easy as the main commercial activity in this town is centered along Kuta Beach and the Roads beside and near it like JI Pantai Kuta (Beach Road), JI Legian, JI Raya Kuta, JI Kuta Square, JI Legian, JI Kartika Plaza, JI Bakung Sari, JI Tegal Wangi and alleys like the infamous Poppies Lane 1 and 2. You can just walk around this area instead of using the taxis or motorcycles if you are fit as the area is quite small, but have your eyes at the roads and alleys at all times as the cars, taxis and motorcycles here run in a haphazard manner, specially in the narrow alleyways.

    Fondest memory: better to download maps on your smart phone so you would know the directions on your destinations as the GPS on most smartphones can run even in offline mode.

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    ATM's in Kuta

    by machomikemd Written Jan 6, 2014

    Favorite thing: Being the most touristy area Bali, Kuta and Seminyak areas has a large number of Automated Teller Machines scattered along this busy and touristy area. and all accept the international ATM consortiums of the world like Cirrus, Maestro, Plus, Discover and a lot more and they are available you can find them at ther sidewalks and at the malls and at the shops and even at some hotel lobbies too. and the maximum withdrawals for a transaction is 1,200,000 Rupiah but some ATM's only have a 400,000 rupiah cap per withdrawal (this will be more expensive as you need to withdraw twice or thrice and get double or triple the withdrawal fee charge per transaction by the local Bank that owns the ATM and your local ATM, which also charges per transaction).

    Fondest memory: numerous ATM's in Bali to entice you to withdraw money.

    they charge an average of 40,000 to 50,000 rupiah per transaction of whatever amount you withdraw plus the local charge per transaction of your local ATM of which issued your ATM, so you pay double in withdrawing money in ATM's. Better to have more cash than withdrawing at ATM's.

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    Kuta Tour Agencies

    by machomikemd Written Jan 6, 2014

    Favorite thing: being a touristy area, while walking along the streets of Kuta, there are many roadside stalls and establishments that offer various tours of kuta and beyond and these travel agencies are operated by locals and the sheer variety of the tours and adventure travel offered are endless like teaching how to surf, diving, speed boats, water sports activities, half day and full day tours out of kuta to various destinations like ubud, tanah lot, kintamani, tampak siring, tanjung benoa, ubud, besakih and a lot more. if you are not on a tour package and would want to book a tour, then this is your best bet and you could compare prices of specific tours as there are numerous tour companies along the major roads of kuta offering these services.

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    Kuta Money Exchange Shops

    by machomikemd Written Jan 6, 2014

    Favorite thing: there are many money exchange shops in Kuta, particluarly along JI Pantai Kuta area fronting kuta beach, JI Legian, JI Kuta Square, JI Raya Kuta, Poppies Lane 1 and 2 and more.

    the money exhange shops exchange a wide variety of foreign currencies like the US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Euro and more into Indonesian Rupiah and since the rupiah depreciated against the US dollar, the current exchange rates of 1 US Dollar to Indosesian Rupiah is about 1: 11.950 to 12,100 rupiah as of december 2013.

    most are open from 8:00 am to about 10:00 pm everyday

    Fondest memory: many money exhange shops around the major tourists areas of bali but be careful to see if there is the sign "NO COMMISSION" in front as if there are no signs as such, you will be charge a 3 to 5% commision per transaction!

    if you see money exhange shops offering higher rates like 1 US dollar : 12,300 rupiah and up, look for the no commision sign in front and if there is no sign, then find another shop as they would charge you the 5 to 10% commision charge, hence you will get less!

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    Beaches Comparison

    by machomikemd Written Dec 24, 2013

    Favorite thing: Kuta Beach is the Main activity of Bali and the beach is good, but the sand quality and water quality of it's rivals in asia are much better sad to say and there are less riptides and currents in these other famous beaches in asia like Phuket and Krabi in Thailand, Boracay and Bohol in the Philippines and langkawi in Malaysia.

    Fondest memory: the sand here are rough and not powdery white and the sands feel hot during noon, unlike in other beaches where you can walk barefoot in the beaches even during noon as the powdery white sands are not hot.

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    Free Wifi Service at Most Establishments

    by machomikemd Written Dec 21, 2013

    Favorite thing: you don't need to use your mobile smartphone international internet roaming when in bali and particularly in the kuta area as most commercial establishments here offer free wifi service to guests (hotels, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, snack shops, lounges and even convenience stores!) and the internet speeds range from 1 to 5 mbps download speeds.

    you can even access the free public wifi of Indosat Mobile Company at selected sites (like at starbucks coffee houses, ngurah rai international airport and more) for a few hours at LTE speeds of 23 MBPS dowload and 22 MBPS upload.

    Fondest memory: no need to go on very expensive mobile internet roaming as they have many free wifi service in Kuta.

    free wifi at restaurants using free wifi at my iphone 5 using free wifi at my galaxy note 3 convenience stores even have free wifi
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    Phoning the UK from Bali

    by markythesparky1 Updated Jul 14, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Whilst in Bali I had to make several phone calls to the UK. I asked a few locals the cheapest way to do this and was told to buy a local 'simPATI' SIM card and replace the +44 UK code with 0101744 when dialing. Therefore, +441603 123456 becomes 0101744 1603 123456 The cost of the SIM was 25,000 Rupiah which is just over £1.50 and the calls were pence per minute rather than pounds!

    Hope this helps someone, Mark.

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    General Information

    by venteeocho Written Jun 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Indonesia is an archipelago of over 17,000 islands with a population of more than 200 million, scatterd over a land area of some 2.02 million square kilometers. Lying across a region of immense volcanic activity, Indonesia has some 400 volcanoes, with at least 70 still active.

    Bahasa Indonesia is the official language. English is frequently used in commerce. The people are predominantly Muslim, minority religious groups being Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.
    Communications

    Long-distance telephone calls within Indonesia are by direct dialing. International Direct Dialing (IDD) is available in all 26 provincial capitals and in more than 320 cities throughout the country. For the business travellers, facsimile, telex and email services are available in most hotels and at service outlets.

    Fondest memory: The evernings close to the beach

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    Climate & Info

    by venteeocho Updated Jun 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Although Indonesia is hot and humid throughout the year, the official wet season runs from October to August and is marked by heavy, short rainstorms after which the air is fresher. Temperatures range from 21 to 33°C in the lowlands. Higher altitudes enjoy cooler conditions.

    Airport Tax and Transport
    Passengers departing on international and domestic flights have to pay Rp. 50,000 and Rp. 11,000 airport tax respectively.

    Metered taxis are available only at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta. At other major Indonesian airports, taxis operate on a fixed rate basis.

    From Jakarta airport, all taxi fares include a surcharge of Rp. 2,300 and a highway toll of at least Rp. 4,000, depending on destination. The surcharge does not apply to trips to the airport, though the highway toll does. In both directions, airport taxis offer a 25 percent discount on the toll fee.

    Fondest memory: My mornings on Nusa Dua Beach

    Exchange facilities for the main foreign currencies are available in banks or at authorized moneychangers in major cities of Indonesia. Rupiah comes in denominations of 100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5000, 500 and 100 in bank notes, and 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 coins.

    Time
    Indonesia is divided into three time zones. Western Indonesia Time (Sumatra, Java, West and Central Kalimantan) is seven hours ahead of GMT, Central Indonesia Time (Bali, South and East Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara) is eight hours ahead, and East Indonesia Time (Maluku and Irian Jaya) is nine hours ahead.

    Electricity
    50Hz at either 110 or 220 volts.

    Office hours
    Most government offices are open from 8 am to 3 pm. On Fridays, they close at 11:30 am. On Saturdays, they are open until 2 or 3 pm.

    Business offices open from 8 am or 9 am to 4 pm or 5 pm. Some work half day on Saturdays. Banks open from 8 am to 3 pm on weekdays. Banks are closed on Saturdays. Money-changers open longer hours till the evening.

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    Tour operators - they will find you

    by myspices Written Mar 2, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Don't be surprised that while you relaxing and having a bite , someone will pull a chair and sit next to you . He will be very friendly and start asking questions like - "where are you from", "how long you have been in Bali", "how many days you will be staying"...... Sooner than you know, he will be promoting his tour packages which sounded very attractive. Don't buy the deal outright from him. You should just get his contact and say that you will get in touch with him if you are interested.

    Fondest memory: Kuta - you need not worry about how to travel around Bali. Tour operators are everywhere.

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    Small alleys with lots of shops

    by myspices Written Mar 2, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Every alley you enter, you are bound to find interesting shops selling various stuffs. Some have services for tatoos, massages, beauty treatments, saloons.......Vendors will bid you to come see their shops. You can politely nod your head and say thank you and continue to walk along or just ignore their biddings.

    Fondest memory: You will not be bored walking in and out of the alleys in Kuta.

    Hmm. ... shall I go for a tatoo?
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