there are many boat from serangan like a: blue water express boat, mahi-mahi marine boat,narooma boat,scoot fast cruise boat, for another boat depart from padang bay, and normally rate is IDR.600K - IDR.690K / one way, but you can got more cheaper price from the local travel agency.
Gili trawangan is a good place for your vacation to rilex and pumper your self, because there is no polution at this island, you can do many things there like walks along white sandy beaches, swimming in crystal clear waters, seaside BBQs, poolside cocktails, dancing by moonlight at crazy beach parties…:)
DIVING,SNORKELING,BOAT TRIPS,HORSE RIDING,KAYAKING,SURFING,SPA /MASSAGE or cyling around the island...
the best menu at gili trawangan is "the island will send you to the heaven...and back again,,,no need transport...hahahaha :)
Bali is a great place for couples who love the beach. For affordable tours (starting from USD40), you can explore and see different facets of this island. Take a glass bottom boat ride to Turtle island where you can see different animals, not just turtles, after snorkeling. Visit the Uluwatu temple and catch the sunset there. Better yet, catch the sunset at Jimbaran beach while waiting for your seafood dinner to be served. Romantic.
Fondest memory: I touched an iguana, a giant turtle, a medium-sized one, and a python!
Accomodation in Kuta is everywhere. You can find accomodation from budget to luxury one.
Nightlife, restaurant, cafe are easy to find.
For hotel you can check on www.agoda.com. Many hotel available there. Choose country (Indonesia) and then Bali. From there you can select area (Kuta). You will see many hotels there. Another option area are : Tuban (near from Kuta), Legian (near from Kuta) or Seminyak (near from Legian).
Please see google map for the location.
Hope it helps you.
We like to take our teenage kids off the beaten track, and found a cycling tour run by a young Balinese who has started up his own business. I don't know about Sobek and other popular alternatives, but can recommend Bagiada and his company - Banyan Tree Cycling Tours - highly. We were in a group with 2 other families whose kids were younger: the littlest was on the back of his dad's bike in a child bike seat (provided by Bagiada) and the 2nd youngest was about 5 yrs. old but a feisty little boy who would not give up. The ride itself is easy, mostly down hill, with some stops in villages en route where local life, crops, typical family, etc. is explained to you. The last 10% had some hills, but the van is always there to take those who are too tired, and in addition there are extra guides who actually rode along side the kids and pushed them up the hill. The day ends with a fabulous late lunch at Bagiada's home (an honour!) so you don't get the usual resaurant foods (although those are fantastic in Bali also).
Check out his website for contact info www.banyantree.wikispaces.com or contact him by e-mail to arrange everything before getting there banyantreecyclingtours.gmail.com
If you are looking to buy some handicrafts in Kuta.Bali, there are a lot of roadside vendors but you need to bargain hard. I thought i got myself a good deal until i went to Matahari department stall near Kuta square where the price is fixed and reflected in the price tag
I'm not trying to put the vendors out of business but Matahari is an alternate choice for buying of handicrafts. The materials used may differ whereby the material used by the former might be better (as claimed by my driver but i trust him)
Yes $50-70 a day is plenty for Bali!!!!! Don't be discouraged by the previous posters. I have to disagree with both previous posters,sorry guys but not everyone spends that much.
I have just recently returned from Bali and now planning my next trip as it was sooo cheap.
You can stay in a decent hotel with Hot Water in Kuta for 140,000rp ($15) a night, try AP Inn in Poppies 1, they have a huge pool, very big rooms and breakfast is included. Then you can eat at the Warungs, for example in Poppies 1 there ie Bamboo Corner, best food - - you can get steaks for 18,000 Rp ($1.90)
Don't waste money with a driver if you are sole traveller, you need to buddy up with someone or do tours. I just posted a tip about a great Cycling tour and I know they do overnight ones with all meals and accommodation and transport for $60, that way you'd get out of Kuta and see the Kintamani area, Lake Batur etc. They are called C.Bali (www.c-bali.com)
Try Ubud, you can get a shuttle bus there for 100,000, or do a tour with the guys I mentioned above and get them to pick you up from Kuta and drop you the next day in Ubud so you save costs. If you check out the forums you can find accommodation for 150,000rp per night in Ubud. Go to the monkey forest, just walk around and take in the vibe of the place (its very arty).
Tours will be your best bet as you pay a price that includes meals. Spend other days lazing by the pool and save more money. Oh, and it is safe!
Fondest memory: Everything has fond memories, including watching a movie in a restuarant while drinking a very cheap large bottle of Bintang beer ($1.70). Watching the kids play soccer on as the sunsets on Kuta Beach. Cycling through the villages. The monkeys in Ubud. Ordering entree, main and dessert as the food is so cheap.
Hiring a scooter and trying not to get killed on the roads.
Attempting to surf
Long days where I didnt leave the pool and long chats in the pool
Live bands singing cover songs and they dont know all the words
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