Bali and Gili Part 1

                                      




I have been to Bali 4 times now so I have seen a little bit of it and I know a little bit about what to do there. First I would like to say that the first time I went to Bali in 2006 I loved Kuta. The reason why I loved it is probably because we were a group of people who met up there and we had so much fun. Now I do not love Kuta that much. It is very noisy, crowded and full of young Australian people who cause a lot of trouble. I think Kuta is the Aussie way of syden as we Norwegians know it. Charterfeber times 5 or something. However, if you are up for party Kuta is the best place. I also noticed that it has gotten a lot more expensive the last few years, well 50.000 rupia ( 30 nok) for a drink is not what most people would say is expensive, but in Bali that is not cheap. So if you want cheap drinks find happy hour, it is at all bars, everywhere. And bring your own wine from the duty free, Bali is not a good wine place. Some places have imported wine from Australia, but it is expensive everything from 350.000-550.000 rupia (about 210-330 nok). Most places have the local wine and it is okay to drink, at least when you get use to it and the price is about 170.000 rupia (about 100 nok), same price in the bars and restaurants as in the shop. Well, when it comes to party there are a lot of places to go to, and at night time it is one street where you find it all, Legian street. I have spent don't know how many hours in Bounty Ship, and have had a lot of fun with the happy hour they have there which last till 23.00. Buy one get one free! Price 35.000-50.000 for a good drink, meaning about 20 nok for two fishbowls of longdrinks( please note that this was the price in 2008, it might have changed a little bit). But as I said there is a lot of places to go to and you will always find something. What you get everywhere is; alcohol, live music, karaoke, pooltables, dansing, party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      

 

                                      

                                   

                                      

 

This last picture is Steven and The Coconut Tree, very popular Indonesion band, and they just showed up in a bar in Kuta and had a small private consert, and I was there:)

 

 

                                      

 

 

Well as I said there are a lot of places to go to if you want to party! Kuta is really all about having fun and for me eating is part of the fun too. Going to dinner in the evening with a group of friends or someone special is just a great start of a perfect night. If you are in Kuta you have so many different options for dinner. My favorites are, Tree House: can go there for everything, breakfast, lunch, dinner, you name it. They have a big menu with all different selections, all from European to Indonesian food, cheap as well. Secret Garden is also a place you should go to. Kind of the same price as Tree House. But if you want a really good mie goreng (traditional Indonesian), this is the place to get it. TJ'S and Havana Club have great food, kind of Mexican but also some other dishes, it is so good.......... But a little bit more expensive than other places. All these restaurants you can find in Poppies 1. Another restaurant you should go to is Kori, located in Poppies 2. Also one of the higher class restaurants in Kuta but definitely worth going to, they have great food. Mostly European but also a little bit Indonesian. I can be a little bit picky with my breakfast, I like soft boiled eggs. If you want that in Kuta, you have to go to Jegjeg Bulan in Poppies 2. They will make you a perfect soft boiled egg:) And a lot of other breakfast as well, of course! Pizza place, Warung 96, close to Jegjeg (don?t know if I am spelling it right). Every place along Poppies 2 is okay places to eat more or less, I just want to point out a few. Oh yeh, Hard Rock Cafe is also in Kuta, need I say more? It is just like in every other city or town. For a nice romantic dinner, go to one of the restaurants on the beach in Jimbaran, make sure you are there before 6 o'clock so you can have dinner in the beautiful sunset.

 

                                      

                                      

 

Standard room in the Hard Rock hotel. It is very nice, but when you are in Kuta you probably want to travel around a bit so this is good for a couple of nights. Expensive for Bali, but standard hard Rock prices I guess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also another eating option, for lunch that is, you can eat at the small stand at Kuta Beach. All along the beach there are small stands with different kind of food. It is actually not bad at all!

 

 

 

 

 

Kuta Beach is the place where all people come together in the day time. The beach is not really nice at all, can be a bit dirty sometimes and the water is not as clear as people might prefer, but still, this is where everybody comes to either enjoy the sun, surf, boogieboard, watch the sunset or just pamper themselfs a bit. 

 

 

 

                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other things you might like to see in Kuta is the memorial for the Bali bomb. They have made a very nice memorial plate with all the names and nationalities of the people who died from the bomb. One one side of the road you have ground zero, that is where the nightclub used to be, and on the other side you have the memorial plate. Should go and see it, it is right by the cross road from Poppies 2 to Legian street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But if you go to Kuta, make sure you get around the rest of Bali as well. Well, at least chose a few places to visit or find something to do. It can be a bit boring just spending many days in Kuta without doing anything. What I have been told is nice to do is go to Lovina to a 2-3 day trip there. Go on a boat and watch the dolphins, swim in forrest waterfalls and just enjoy the calm and easy nature. Ubud and Seminyak is also places where you can go, Seminyak is only about 10 minutes away from Kuta and many people choose to stay there as it is not so busy as Kuta and you can find some really nice hotels or holiday homes to stay in. Many good restaurants as well. Many people who stays in Kuta go to Seminyak to have dinner. However, I have done a few things when I stayed in Kuta. I have been on a day trip to Besaki, the "mother" temple in Bali. In Bali they are Hindu, but the rest of Indonesia is muslim. So in Bali you have all the nice Hindu temples and of course you will see all the people there do their Hindu rituales. It is also very important to respect their religion, so if you do go to any of the temples make sure you cover your knees and shoulders. And ladies, do not enter any temple at that certain time of month:) Anyway, taking a day trip to Besaki will also take you to one of the still active vulcanos in Bali. It is a restaurant at the foot of the vulcano where you will have your lunch and just look at the amazing view over the vulcano. Other things to do is fishing. Deep sea fishing in Bali is great. Be aware that you can get a little seasick so don't go party really hard the night before. Fishing also require you to get up really early, but it is soooooo worth it if you get a fish. We did catch one:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This giant fish is a Mahi Mahi, it is a deep sea fish in the tuna family, and it is one of the best fishes I have ever tasted. This type of fish is very common in a lot of countries, but not in Norway. Have you ever seen Mahi Mahi on the menu in Norway, or Scandinavia for that matter! Maybe not even Europe when I think of it. Well, anyway, what we did with the fish was that we took it to one of the restaurants in Kuta and got them to cook it up for us. It fed 8 people and it was loads left! A brilliant experience to do this. 

 

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