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Get To know the most important tourist information for Bali and the major cities Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Canggu, Ubud and Tanjung Benoa.Find out where to stay and what to do, also in cases of emergencies or you get in trouble with the police.


1. Important Tourist Information  – Where Should I stay in Bali

1.1 Important Tourist Information  – Where Should I stay in Bali - Characterization of Kuta - Should I stay in Kuta?

Nothing is left from original Kuta. Restaurants, Spas or Hotels and Resorts have taken over this old fishermen’s village within a decade and it is already very hard to experience the traditional Balinese charm outside the hotels in this area.

Kuta became Bali’s biggest nightlife and Party area by far as it’s very popular with younger people and Australians. Legian Street is covered with nightclubs, offering the young exactly what they are looking for. Happy Hours, Free Flow, Rooftop Pool Bars or Events make the perfect hotbed for party seeking people.

Kuta virtually offers an unlimited amount of shopping opportunities in every price category. Those who have the money spend it for a new Cartier at the Duty Free area in front of Mall Bali Galleria. Others find scarves, sunglasses, clothes or handicrafts at malls or local markets. Sellers outside regular malls can be very pushy, Why? Many market shares have been taken over by modern malls and prices have risen. This makes a seller’s life dramatically harder.

If you belong to Kuta’s target group, you will surely enjoy Kuta beach. The roughly 6 kilometers long coastline with white sandy beaches is the perfect place to relax. Also, if you are looking for somebody to party with in the evening, making contacts at Kuta Beach is very easy. Last but not least it is a perfect place to learn surfing. You can find many local professional surfers along the coastline offering to share their knowledge.

All in all, Kuta offers you a lot of opportunities including a lovely sunset and value for money. If you like it quieter

 

1.2  Important Tourist Information  – Where Should I stay in Bali - Characterization of Seminyak - Should I stay in Seminyak?

 

Seminyak, located in the north of Kuta and to the north of Legian, is Bali’s sophisticated shopping and nightlife area. Most of the nightclubs and lots of the accommodation are high-end. It is also Bali’s villa district and the home to many expatriates.

Seminyak can be described as a mix of Nusa Dua and Kuta as it has the flavor of Nusa Dua’s Exclusivity and the nightlife of Kuta.
However it looks like Seminyak might not able to keep up its glamorous outlook. The roads are not in the best shape, the traffic has become very heavy and the Party People of Kuta have declared Seminyak as their new territory.

Nevertheless, Seminyak is also very popular for its beach club area stretching along double six, Bali’s Entertainment Beach Area. Cocoon Beach Club, Ku De Ta Beach Club and Potato Head are competing for the title of “Best Beach Club on Bali”.

Canggu, located north of Seminyak, is another exclusive area but not as crowded as Seminyak and the perfect place for honeymooners. Togetherness is guaranteed.

Seminyak is still the perfect place for people who are looking for a sophisticated nightlife and want to spend money on cocktails and shopping.

 

1.3.  Important Tourist Information  – Where Should I stay in Bali - Characterization of Ubud - Should I stay in Ubud?

 

Ubud has a lot to offer and its very different to all the other areas in Bali as it tries to stay self-governing. To understand Ubud and Bali in general, you should be aware that village law general stands above the federal law.

This fact makes Bali partially ungovernable, although isn’t it this little chaotic charm which attracts us in the first place?

Have you ever seen an American fast food brand in Ubud such as KFC or MC Donald’s? No, even though this business is growing so massively in Bali. The Banjar, the leader of the local community, has only given a few the permission to build an American Fast Food Business in Ubud, and hopefully it stays like this. Also, apart from the local drivers you can’t find any big Taxi company based in Ubud.
Both facts should give the evidence that Ubud massively fights against the western influence, the power of large concerns and wants to keep the original charm of a Balinese village/region, and so far it has worked.

Ubud attracts everybody with its various places of interest such as the Monkey Forest or the Ubud Market, the large number of museums (Antonio Blanco Museum, Neka Museum or Agung Rai Museum of Art) and dance performances (Kecak Dance, Legong Dance, Barong Dance,..) or the galleries and art shops. Ubud is clearly a must see and/or must stay when you come to Bali.

In case you are looking for a unique Bar in Ubud, check out Round Bar!

 

1.4  Important Tourist Information  – Where Should I stay in Bali -  Characterization of Nusa Dua - Should I stay in Nusa Dua?

 

Nusa Dua the driest and most southern east part of Bali is developing and there is no doubt about it; In 5 – 10 years time, Nusa Dua will be an extraordinary area that is hard to compete with.

Nusa Dua is already linked with 5 star hotels, villas and resorts, offering you all of these and more. If the keywords for your perfect holiday are: unlimited, indulgence, luxury, white sandy beach, romance or exclusivity, this area is highly recommended for you, to make your holiday perfect.

In Nusa Dua you still can explore hidden treasures in the form of secret beaches. To figure out their exact location you should ask the hotel staff. Tip: Ask for the Umbrella Beach (Pantai Gunung Payung)!

Tanjung Benoa also belongs to the Nusa Dua Area, the best known area for water sports in Bali. It is worth spending a full day in Tanjung Benoa. Start the day with some activities on the ocean such as fly fishing, banana boating, jet skiing and/or parasailing. Try some Spa treatments after your lunch and later enjoy some afternoon cocktails in one of the beach clubs situated in Tanjung Benoa. Then finally complete your day with a nice dinner in one of Tanjung Benoa’s seafood restaurants.

Nusa Dua and Jimbaran, both offer great Wedding opportunities. Wedding chapels that are situated directly on the cliff make Jimbaran and Nusa Dua Weddings an unforgettable experience. The extraordinary wedding chapels, combined with stunning views and perfect organization guarantee an extraordinary Wedding in the south of Bali – For every Guest!

Hold on Nusa Dua offers more. It is the host for international conventions, such as the APEC Meeting (October 2013). Nearly every 5 Star property offers some meeting packages. From small business meetings for 3 or 4 people to an enormous convention center, situated on a 70.000m2 area.  Nusa Dua has the perfect meeting opportunity for everybody.
www.Baliconventioncenter.com

Bali’s newest achievement, the bridge from Nusa Dua to Sanur, makes your day tours to Ubud and other major hot spots in the north eastern part of Bali easier by far, as you can avoid the traffic around the Ngurah Rai Airport. Also it offers a great opportunity to explore the ever so lovely Sanur for one day on your holiday. Sanur is the perfect mix of Kuta, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Seminyak as it contains a little bit of everything. Sanur’s wonderful beach promenade invites you to take a pleasant afternoon stroll before tucking into a succulent seafood dinner.

All in, Nusa Dua is the perfect place for those vacationers looking for high end accommodation. It guarantees you all of these things and more. The new bridge project has made life easier and Sanur is now just a few minutes away. Nusa Dua is highly recommended for everybody of all ages, apart from the party people.
You will love this area!

 

1.5  Important Tourist Information  – Where Should I stay in Bali - Characterization of Sanur - Should I stay in Sanur?

 

Put some small parts of Kuta, Jimbaran, Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua into a melting pot, then stir vigorously, leave this mixture to settle and the form you will be left with is Sanur. Europeans especially feel at home and are attracted to Sanur.

Everything is within moderation in Sanur, even the traffic and the prices are reasonable. Sanur can also be described as a neat and sleepy village.

Even the ocean in Sanur is different. The scenery reminds you more of a plunge pool, which makes Sanur the perfect place for families with kids as it is very family-friendly.

Sanur has a wonderful beach promenade. It is completely relaxing to stroll along the promenade of Sanur Beach. Hire a bicycle if you would rather feel the wind in your face as you soak up the marvelous views.

Benoa Harbor, located in the south of Sanur is the primary launch point for countless day cruises.

It would not be fair to describe Sanur as boring but if you look for excitement, you shouldn’t stay here. Sanur is chosen as an alternative, mostly by honeymooners with a limited budget, families with kids, travelers aged 45+, and Kuta lovers who don’t need the excessive amount of parties anymore.

 

1.6  Important Tourist Information  – Where Should I stay in Bali - Characterization of Jimbaran and Bukit - Should I stay in Jimbaran or Bukit?

 

The Bukit and Jimbaran, which are located in the most south western part of Bali, in the neighborhood of Nusa Dua, are also developing very quickly. The property prices compared to other areas are still affordable (about 300 USD/m2).

As with Nusa Dua, this area can also be recommended to almost everybody, apart from the party people. While Nusa Dua stands for pure luxury, Jimbaran offers a nice selection of accommodation from every price category. Especially in the Bukit, there is still accommodation available for 10 USD a night which is highly appreciated by all the surfers. Along Uluwatu Street (Jalan Uluwatu), the way to Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu), two, three and four star accommodation can be found. The 5 star Hotels and Resorts are mostly located around Jimbaran Bay and the New Kuta area that was formerly known as Dreamland.

If we can believe the professional surfers, Jimbaran has the hottest Beach spots in Bali (Pecatu Area). One of the beaches is called Impossible. This area is only recommended for professional surfers. Newcomers should not even think about trying to mess with this force of nature.

As already mentioned, Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu), one of Bali’s six most important temples, is probably the biggest attraction in this area. However Jimbaran also offers a culinary highlight, which can be visited every day if you are a seafood lover. The sunset dinner in Jimbaran, is another clear highlight and a must do when you are in Bali, even if you are not staying in Jimbaran.  Around 25 -30 Warungs (local Restaurants), are located to the left and right of Intercontinental Beach Resort, offering fresh fish for a very reasonable price.  A 1.5 kilo of Red Snapper, served with rice, water spinach and outstanding sauces, also including a fruit dessert, comes up to about 15 USD. Additionally you get a great sunset view and a table directly on the beach, entirely for free. This culinary highlight is clearly value for money.
Jimbaran and Nusa Dua, both offer great Wedding opportunities. Wedding chapels that are situated directly on the cliff make Jimbaran and Nusa Dua Weddings an unforgettable experience. The extraordinary wedding chapels, combined with stunning views and perfect organization guarantee an extraordinary Wedding in the south of Bali – For every Guest!

In Jimbaran, you can still experience the Balinese charm as it is not overdeveloped yet. Accommodation in every price range is also available. Surfers and high end clients meet in Jimbaran Bay for sunset dinners. High end shopping is not available yet but Nusa Dua is not far.

In case you don’t have the Dollars for Nusa Dua and you are looking for a place away from Bali’s heavy nightlife, Jimbaran is the place to stay for you

 


 

2. Important Tourist Information  - Arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali

2.1 Important Tourist Information  - Arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali - The Visa on arrival System at Ngurah Rai Airport Bali

Before you go to the passport control, please get your Visa on Arrival First. Bali in general offers to most tourists a visa on arrival. It costs 25 USD and has to be bought at some of the counters inside the airport before passport control. It can be paid with other major currencies as well but the exchange rate is not the best. Tourists can extend this 30 days visa for another 30 days without leaving the island. Plenty of visa agents are offering their buisnes. In case you need to extend your visa for another 30 days, please speak to your hotel staff if they can recommend and agent as this buisness has plenty of bvlack sheeps.

2.2 Important Tourist Information  - Arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali - Passport Control at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali

In the airplane Bali vacationers receive an arrival and leaving card. Please make sure the tourist arrival card is filled out properly and you don't lose the departure card. Vacationers who have lost the departure card during the stay should ask the hotel staff for kind assictence.

2.3 Important Tourist Information  - Arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali - Outside Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali

If you belong to the lucky vacationers who get picked up by for free by a private driver, directly outside the building plenty of hotels have positioned the tourist pick up service. If you need to get a taxi, go to the taxi counter, located about 100 meters to the left of the exit. Due to the high stand by costs at the airport, airport taxis charge about double of the regular transportation fee. A lift to Sanur costs instead of 75.000 about 150.000. Vacationers who want to safe money can use an easy trick. Above the the arrival is located the departure. Tourists arriving here with regular cabs. Just grab one of them, ask for a meter and the transportation becomes by far cheaper.

2.4 Important Tourist Information  - Arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali - Arrival before check in is available

During peak seasons, hotel occupanies are very high and it is difficult for tourists to get an early check in. Most of the hotels offer the earliest check in from 2 pm. In case you arrive in the early morning here come some useful information how to bridge the time

2.4.1. Tip - What to do for tourists staying in Jimbaran and arriving in early morning?

Tourists arriving to early in Jimbaran store the luggage in the hotel and take a taxi to Jimbaran fish market. See fishers unloading their catch and negotaiting with hotel chefs from all over Bali. The Jimbaran fish market opens around 6 am in the morning. After this stroll along Jimbaran Bay and get to know already one of the greatest spots for tourists to enjoy a value for monsey seafood candle light dinner. Alternatively tourists can relax in one of the cafes which are located to the left and right of Jalan Uluwatu. 

2.4.2. Tip - What to do for tourists staying in Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa and arriving in early morning?

After storing the luggage in the hotel, it is highly recommend to every tourist to take a taxi to Geger Beach in Nusa Dua. As it is located on the east coast of Bali, it offers vacationers a great sunrise spot. In case you will be there around 5.30 - 6.00 am and the weather is your friend, enjoy one of Bali's popular sunrises in Nusa Dua. Some smaller restaurants are located at Geger Beach and public sun chairs are provided for vacationers. In case this opportunity is already available, tourists just should stay there and enjoy a wonderful morning. Geger Beach is located between St. Regis and The Mulia Bali Resort, which are outstanding hotels offering tourists an amazing service. Also tourists staying in a city hotel, it is highly recommended to go to Geger Beach at least once.

2.4.3. Tip - What to do for tourists staying in Kuta, Legian or Tuban and arriving in early morning?

Vacationers arriving too early in Tuban, Kuta or Legian drop the luggage in the hotel and will find easily after a café opening latest by 8 am. Before this time, the early birds can already explore Kuta’s beachfront, which is the most popular one in Bali. After breakfast you should think about a spa session as one of Bali’s best value for money spa is located in this area called ‘Everyday Spa’.

2.4.4. Tip - What to do for tourists staying in Seminyak arriving in early morning?

Seminyak is very popular for its shopping area and also for its lifestyle. Tourists arriving too early in Seminyak, drop the luggage at the hotel and stroll along Seminyak Beach. After this, it is easy to find in Jalan Oberoi the perfect place to enjoy an early breakfast with outstanding coffee. Vacationers with a bigger wallet have the opportunity to start shopping from around 9 am. All big brands such as Oakley, Quicksilver, Blue Glue, Rip Curl, Bamboo Blonde, Why Not or Billabong have stores in Seminyak and vacationers easily can spend hours in the main shopping area of Seminyak.

2.4.5. Tip - What to do for tourists staying in Canggu arriving in early morning?

The best idea for tourists who arrive too early in Canggu is to go to Tanah Lot after the luggage has been dropped at the hotel, villa or resort. Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most popular places of interest and a must see attraction. It is full of shopping opportunities and also has enough restaurants to get filled. Every vacationer should have been to Tanah Lot at least once and what is better than starting the holiday directly with the first highlight? Tanah Lot, Bali’s only offshore temple is, is a must see attraction for every vacationer!

2.4.6. Tip - What to do for tourists staying in Ubud arriving in early morning?

The trip for tourists arriving too early in Bali and staying in Ubud takes already about 1 hour. After the check in cafés should be already opened. In case of an early arrival, vacationers have the chance to see Monkey Forest, another must see attraction for every vacationer coming to Bali, but especially families travelling with kids as you can see many of wildlife monkeys.


3. Important Tourist Information  – What to do for tourists in Bali – Top 10 Things to do in Sanur, Seminyak, Kuta, Jimbaran, Legian, Nusa Dua and Ubud

3.1. Important Tourist Information  – What to do for tourists in Bali - What to do in Bali, Kuta – The Top 10 things a tourist must do in Kuta
3.1.1.What to do in Bali, Kuta – Go shopping.

Kuta is a shopping paradise that offers so many opportunities, from small family businesses with low costs at Kuta Market to High End Shopping at the luxurious Beachwalk Shopping Mall or Discovery Kartika Plaza Shopping Mall. Obviously, the products you will get on the street are fakes and bargaining is a part of the game. In shopping malls you should probably ask for a license if you are not sure about the quality of the product.

3.1.2 What to do in Bali, Kuta – Enjoy the sunset at Jalan Pantai Kuta (Kuta Beach road).

Jalan Pantai Kuta, the sunset strip of Kuta, offers plenty of nice locations to enjoy the sunset. Go to Beachwalk or The Stones (3rd floor) and enjoy sunset cocktails. Cocktails make you hungry! After the cocktails enjoy one of the dozens of restaurants on Jalan Pantai Kuta!

3.1.3 What to do in Bali, Kuta – Learn how to surf from a local.

If you take this tip seriously, don’t choose a big surfing school. Support the local businesses and you can find plenty of them at Kuta Beach. The price is cheaper, the service is probably better, the training is more personal and you can support local businesses in the process.
Disadvantage and Warning: Unfortunately there probably won’t be any locker facilities available with the small businesses. Make sure you don’t bring any credit cards to the beach, and only carry the money you want to spend!!!

3.1.4 What to do in Bali, Kuta – Play Pool or go Bowling.

At the opposite end of the Discovery Kartika Plaza you can find Paradiso Bowling. It has about 15 bowling alleys and some pool tables. It is the perfect thing to do in the event of bad weather conditions. Also it is a nice family activity and very family friendly.

3.1.5 What to do in Bali, Kuta – Kuta Theatre

See the magic Show

3.1.6 What to do in Bali, Kuta – Bali Shell Museum.

Bali Shell Museum is a must go place with a nice shell collection. In case you would like to buy some products, Caspla Sea Shell is highly recommended.

3.1.7 What to do in Bali, Kuta – Horse-Drawn Carriages.

Taxis you can find and use everywhere but what do you think about a Tour through Kuta in a horse-drawn carriage? It is obviously not as romantic as it would be in a traffic limited area, but it is something special and unique which you probably you can’t find at home.

3.1.8 What to do in Bali, Kuta – Release a Sea Turtle.

This family friendly activity is highly recommended as it helps to protect the sea turtles. To be a part of the project, please contact:

3.1.9 What to do in Bali, Kuta – Money Changers – make sure you get the full amount.

Money changing is partially a dirty business. Make sure, even when you think you have received the correct amount, you actually have the right money in your pocket. Recount the money twice. Put it directly in your pocket after you have agreed! Don’t forget to ask for the changing fee first.

3.1.10  What to do in Bali, Kuta – Legian Street (Jalan Legian).

As with everywhere else in the world, party places contain some level of crime. This is especially the case for Legian street, in particular on Jalan Legian you should follow these hints:

  • Don’t have too much money on you when you go out on Legian Street.
  • Don’t bring any credit cards if you plan to jump into the Nightlife scene.
  • Keep Bags close to your body.
  • Don’t put your wallet in the back pocket of your trousers.
  • Don’t get too drunk and lose control!!!
  • Don’t buy any drugs! Magic Mushrooms are not illegal but should be steered clear of.
  • Be aware of local gigolos. Their charm is lovely and their pilfering skills are too!
3.2 Important Tourist Information  – What to do for tourists in Bali  - What to do in Bali, Seminyak – The Top 10 things a tourist must do in Seminyak
3.2.1 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – Beach Bar Hopping

Enjoy the beach clubs in the double six area. Find out when they have their promo hours to make it cheaper.  You will not go home sober!

3.2.2 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – Go to Tanah Lot.

Tanah Lot, Bali’s one and only offshore temple should be visited at least once. The tour from Seminyak to Tanah Lot should take no longer than 45 minutes (Depending on traffic and your exact location).

3.2.3 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – Go shopping.

Seminyak is a shopping paradise and very well known for its High-End Shopping. All Big Brands have at least one store in Seminyak and bargaining is always a good idea!

3.2.4 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – Learn how to surf with a local.

If you take this tip seriously, don’t choose a big surfing school. Support the local businesses and you can find plenty of them on Seminyak Beach. The price is cheaper, the service is probably better, the training is more personal and you can support local businesses in the process.

3.2.5 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – Yoga in Seminyak?

Yes you are right; we were also a little surprised when we heard about a nice Yoga place in Seminyak.  Just as with Kuta, Seminyak is not usually associated with spiritual things. It is great to have a company such as Lyengar Yoga in Seminyak to diversify the offered attractions.

3.2.6 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – Escape to Sanur for a day trip.

Seminyak and Kuta are both very busy. Is it time to see something different?! Sanur can easily be reached by taxi and it costs about 10 USD to go there (Ask for the driver to turn on the meter!). Sanur is a sleepy town and has no traffic at all. Ask the driver to bring you to the waterside promenade.  Stroll around, have your seafood dinner and enjoy yourselves at one of the bars (some of them are also opened till 2 or 3).

3.2.7 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – Go to Cocoon, Ku De Ta or Potato Head.

Without a doubt, Bali’s Top 3 Beach Clubs are located in Seminyak. Cocoon Beach Club, Ku De Ta Beach Club and Potato Head are all known for their sophisticated Parties. Every Beach Club has its own charisma and we don’t want to recommend one or the other. It is up to you to discover which one has the most allure and can cater to all of you party needs. However when all is said and done all the Top 3 Beach Clubs have one thing in common; They are wonderful places to watch the sunset and enjoy your afternoon cocktail!

3.2.8 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – The Seminyak Market.

At the opposite end of Seminyak Square you can still find a smaller local market. If you would love to negotiate, stroll around a little and enjoy Seminyak Square afterwards.

3.2.9 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – Join cooking classes.

Bali’s dishes are unique and attract people from all over the world. Learn how to cook the Balinese way and surprise your friends back home. Prepare a Balinese dish whenever you need a break. It will help to calm you down and bring those precious Bali memories rushing back!

3.2.10 What to do in Bali, Seminyak – Enjoy a Spa.

Shopping and Partying, can both be stressful. Do you need a break from your holiday? Nearly every High-End Villa, Resort or Hotel offers great Spa opportunities and it won’t be difficult for you to find exactly what you are looking for in Seminyak.

3.3 Important Tourist Information  – What to do for tourists in Bali - What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – The Top 10 things a tourist must do in Jimbaran
3.3.1 What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Hire a scooter or motorbike.

The Traffic on Jalan Uluwatu in Jimbaran can be intense from time to time but generally spoken, it also allows beginners to hire a scooter and have a drive around. Try it once on the bike and explore Bali’s southern most area, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua with their wonderful beaches (Rent is about 5 USD a day).

3.3.2 What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Jimbaran Seafood Dinner.

Eat some seafood at Jimbaran Bay at least once! For commission reasons, the drivers on Bali will probably try to force you to go somewhere else (where prices can be three times more expensive). Refuse their offers and get them to bring you to the Warungs (local restaurants) between the Intercontinental Resort, Jimbaran and the Four Season Resort, Jimbaran. One of the most popular Warungs is called Nyoman’s Café. However if Nyoman's Café is not at the place you have been brought to, you should complain to your driver. Obviously if you feel comfortable, hiring a bike is highly recommended and you should go there on your own.

3.3.3 What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu).

Jimbaran’s Number 1 sightseeing place is Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) as it belongs to Bali’s six major temples. If you feel comfortable, don’t use a taxi or driver to go there. Use a scooter or a motorbike as it is not only a lot of fun but it can be a real adventure too. For those who don’t feel comfortable, obviously a half day tour can be booked.

3.3.4 What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Jimbaran Fish Market.

Jimbaran still has its fishermen’s village charm and obviously with a fishermen’s village comes a fish market. Go to see the fish market once but before you leave ask the hotel staff what is the best time to see the ‘new arrivals’ and the hustle bustle of the busy fish market. Warning: It can be a little smelly and the standard of hygiene is probably a little different from what you are used to. Use the bike and avoid tours or taxis.

3.3.5 What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Watch Professional Surfers.

Jimbaran has some very nice beaches offering the best surfing opportunities in Bali. One possibility is to hire a bike and follow Jalan Uluwatu to the south. You don’t even need a map and you will be naturally guided to the right spots. In case the impossible happens and you really get lost, you will sooner or later meet some surfers who will help you to find the best beaches.

3.3.6  What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Shop in local family stores.

Go shopping! Apart from Benoa Square, Jimbaran does not have any big shopping opportunities, however this is not a big problem. In the nearby neighborhood, Nusa Dua offers ‘Bali collection’, a place with plenty of shops for shopping at the higher end of the market. Jimbaran offers lots of tiny shops and family businesses that have cheap prices. Take the bike, drive along Jalan Uluwatu to the north and you will find some small shops that offer scarves, sunglasses, clothes and many other things. Don’t negotiate with the assistant if the price is already shown.

3.3.7 What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Enjoy peace and tranquility at Bali’s most hidden beaches.

Drive to Nusa Dua where you can still explore hidden treasures in the form of some secret beaches. To figure out their exact locations you should ask the hotel staff. Tip: Ask for the Umbrella Beach (Pantai Gunung Payung)! Use a bike to go there and don’t forget to bring your towel, some food and something to drink. Under regular circumstances, Umbrella Beach is associated with a deserted shoreline, but you should be aware that there are many stairs which descend the side of a cliff which need to be navigated so you can enjoy this wonderfully secret beach.

3.3.8 What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Go to the BTDC (Bali Tourism Development Cooperation).

Tip Number 4 has no value to you if you stay at Ayodya Bali Resort or other hotels located in the Bali Tourism Development Cooperation Complex. To all other vacationers it should be mentioned that BTDC is a real Tourism Enclave in Nusa Dua. The BTDC complex stands for pure luxury and plenty of 5 star properties can be found there. Only tourists, staff and visitors have access to this area. BTDC has a sophisticated shopping area including Bali collection, which is a store offering everything from clothes right up to restaurants serving western food. Plenty of shops and restaurants are situated at BTDC which guarantees that you won’t have a problem finding your preferred dish. Don’t forget to check out The Bay!
http://www.thebaybali.com/www/thebaybali/

3.3.9 What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Enjoy the water sport at Tanjung Benoa for a day.

Tanjung Benoa also belongs to the Nusa Dua Area, the best known area for water sports in Bali. It is worth spending a full day in Tanjung Benoa. Start the day with some activities on the ocean such as fly fishing, banana boating, jet skiing and/or parasailing. Try some Spa treatments after your lunch and later enjoy some afternoon cocktails in one of the beach clubs situated in Tanjung Benoa. Then finally complete your day with a nice dinner in one of Tanjung Benoa’s seafood restaurants. In case you want to go there by bike, you can avoid the main road by going through Jimbaran Hills, it is a very nice bike tour!

3.3.10 What to do in Bali, Jimbaran – Go to Klapa Beach Club or El Kabron for sundowner cocktails.

Enjoy sunset cocktails at one of these two locations as they are both situated directly on a cliff with stunning sunset views. Both are located in the Bukit and not that far from each other. The way to El Kabron is very exciting as you have drive down a very steep hill. Make sure your brakes are working well! Both, El Kabron and Klapa are classified as Beach Bars and offer you the possibility to jump in their pool. Don’t forget to bring your shorts and/or swimming suit!!!

3.4  Important Tourist Information  – What to do for tourists in Bali - What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua  – The Top 10 things a tourist must do in Nusa Dua
3.4.1 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Enjoy peace and tranquility at Bali’s most hidden beaches.

Drive to Nusa Dua where you can still explore hidden treasures in the form of some secret beaches. To figure out their exact locations you should ask the hotel staff. Tip: Ask for the Umbrella Beach (Pantai Gunung Payung)! Use a bike to go there and don’t forget to bring your towel, some food and something to drink. Under regular circumstances, Umbrella Beach is associated with a deserted shoreline, but you should be aware that there are many stairs which descend the side of a cliff which need to be navigated so you can enjoy this wonderfully secret beach.

3.4.2 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Stroll along Sanur’s ocean promenade.

As mentioned, with the New Bridge Project, Sanur is just a few minutes away. Sanur should be visited at least once as it is a mix of Kuta, Seminyak, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua. This village offers you a little bit of everything and everything in moderation. This also is applies to the prices and the traffic in the area. A highlight in Sanur is clearly the pleasant beach promenade. Stroll along it or hire a bicycle if you fancy feeling the wind in your face. Get a full hour massage, directly on the beach for about 6-8 USD (Don’t forget to bargain). Even moderate water sport opportunities are available in Sanur. After all It doesn’t matter what you are looking for, Sanur is able to offer it to you.

3.4.3 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Have a seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay.

Eat seafood at Jimbaran Bay at least once! For commission reasons, the drivers in Bali will probably want to force you to go somewhere else (where prices can be three times more expensive). Refuse their suggestions and get them to bring you to the Warungs (local restaurants) between the Intercontinental Resort Jimbaran and the Four Season Resort Jimbaran. One of the most popular Warungs is called Nyoman’s Café. In case Nyoman's Café is not available at the place you have been brought to, you should complain as you are not at the desired location. Obviously, if you feel comfortable, hiring a bike is highly recommended and you should make a voyage there on your own. It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to get there from anywhere in Nusa Dua.

3.4.4 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Go to the BTDC (Bali Tourism Development Cooperation).

Tip Number 4 has no value to you if you stay at Ayodya Bali Resort or other hotels located in the Bali Tourism Development Cooperation Complex. To all other vacationers it should be mentioned that BTDC is a real Tourism Enclave in Nusa Dua. The BTDC complex stands for pure luxury and plenty of 5 star properties can be found there. Only tourists, staff and visitors have access to this area. BTDC has a sophisticated shopping area including Bali collection, which is a store offering everything from clothes right up to restaurants serving western food. Plenty of shops and restaurants are situated at BTDC which guarantees that you won’t have a problem finding your preferred dish. Don’t forget to check out The Bay!
http://www.thebaybali.com/www/thebaybali/

3.4.5 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Go to Klapa Beach Club or El Kabron for sundowner cocktails.

Enjoy sunset cocktails at one of these two locations as they are both situated directly on a cliff with stunning sunset views. Both are located in the Bukit and not that far from each other. The way to El Kabron is very exciting as you have drive down a very steep hill. Make sure your brakes are working well! Both, El Kabron and Klapa are classified as Beach Bars and offer you the possibility to jump in their pool. Don’t forget to bring your shorts and/or swimming suit!!!

3.4.6 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu).

Easily reachable from Nusa Dua is Jimbaran’s Number 1 sightseeing place of Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) as it belongs to Bali’s six major temples. Don’t use a taxi or a driver to go there If you feel comfortable and confident driving a scooter or motorbike.  It is fun drive and can be a real adventure. For those who don’t feel comfortable, obviously a half day tour can be booked. Uluwatu Temple is at most 45 minutes away from your location! In case you like Thai Food, on the way back to Nusa Dua, after your stop at Klapa Beach Club or El Kabron for cocktails, it is highly recommended that you stop at Kats Kitchen.

3.4.7 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Watch Professional Surfers.

Nusa Dua has some very nice beaches offering some great surfing opportunities in the wet season. Additionally, you can hire a bike and follow Jalan Uluwatu to the south. You don’t even need a map and you will be guided automatically to the right spots. In case the impossible happens and you really get lost, you will sooner or later meet some surfers who will help you to find the best beaches around.

3.4.8 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Hire a scooter or a motorbike.

The Traffic on Jalan Uluwatu in Jimbaran can be very dense from time to time but generally spoken, it also allows beginners to hire a scooter and have a drive around. Do it once and explore by bike Bali’s southern most area, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua, with its wonderful beaches (Rent about 5 USD a day).

3.4.9 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Jimbaran Fish Market.

Close to Nusa Dua is Jimbaran, which still has a fishermen’s village charm. With any fishermen’s village there is obviously a fish market to with it. Go to see the fish market once and ask the hotel staff when is the best time to see all the ‘new arrivals’ as well as the hustling and bustling of the busy market. Warning: It can be a little smelly and the standard of hygiene is probably a little different to what you would expect. Use the bike and avoid tours or taxis.

3.4.10 What to do in Bali, Nusa Dua – Enjoy a full or half day at Tanjung Benoa.

Tanjung Benoa also belongs to the Nusa Dua Area, the best known area for water sports in Bali. It is worth spending a full day in Tanjung Benoa. Start the day with some activities on the ocean such as fly fishing, banana boating, jet skiing and/or parasailing. Try some Spa treatments after your lunch and later enjoy some afternoon cocktails in one of the beach clubs situated in Tanjung Benoa. Then finally complete your day with a nice dinner in one of Tanjung Benoa’s seafood restaurants.

3.5 Important Tourist Information  – What to do for tourists in Bali  - What to do in Bali, Sanur  – The Top 10 things a tourist must do in Sanur
3.5.1 What to do in Bali, Sanur - Get up early and see the sunrise.

Sanur is located in the eastern part of Bali and therefore offers a spectacular sunrise view. Indeed it is very hard to get up at 5.30 when you are on holiday, but it is well worth it.

3.5.2 What to do in Bali, Sanur – Stroll along Sanur’s Beach Promenade.

Combine Tip No. 1 with Tip No.2 and get up early to stroll along the promenade and watch the sunrise giving you a rather romantic start to a new day. In case you like sports, do some exercise at one of the gazebos.

3.5.3 What to do in Bali, Sanur – Cross the bridge and see Nusa Dua and Jimbaran.

Nusa Dua is now only a few minutes away. Take a day trip to the most southern points of Bali. Taste the luxury in Nusa Dua and explore the traditional Balinese charm in Jimbaran.

3.5.4 What to do in Bali, Sanur – Get a massage on the beach.

Sanur has some very moderate prices. A full hour massage on the beach will be no more than 8 USD. Additionally you will get the nice ocean view for free.

3.5.5 What to do in Bali, Sanur – Have seafood dinner on Sanur’s Beach Promenade.

Many Restaurants are located along the edge of Sanur’s beach promenade. Some belong to hotels, others are independent and as long as you don’t eat in a 5 star resort, a nice seafood platter shouldn’t cost more than 10 USD. On the main road (linear distance about 100 meters) several bars can be found allowing you to finish of your day with some tasty cocktails.

3.5.6 What to do in Bali, Sanur What to do in Bali (Sanur) – Go on a catamaran cruise.

As mentioned, Benoa Harbor is the primary launch point for lots of half day and full day cruises. Various Cruise packages are available with the only agony being the choice. One of the available options is the sunset cruise, a very romantic and unique activity in Bali.

3.5.7 What to do in Bali, Sanur – make a day tour to Denpasar city.

Sanur belongs to Denpasar, the capital of Bali. Believe it or not, Denpasar is even busier than Kuta and the traffic is even worse. Nevertheless, Denpasar does offer some very unique things that are worth seeing. The highest recommendation goes to the Denpasar Market (Pasar Badung) or the Bajra Sandhi Monument (Monumen Bajra Sandhi) as they are two of the highlights you shouldn’t miss.

3.5.8 What to do in Bali, Sanur – travel to Nusa Penida.

The trip to Nusa Penida, Bali’s undiscovered sister Island, takes about 45 minutes by fast boat. Hire a bike as soon as you have arrived and explore the island on your own. Nusa Penida characterizes Bali as it was about 30 years ago. It is a very poor island but the people are amazingly friendly. Don’t forget to bring some sweets or pencils for the kids!

3.5.9 What to do in Bali, Sanur – Join a cooking class.

Bali’s dishes are unique and attract people from all over the world. Learn how to cook the Balinese way and surprise your friends back home. Prepare a Balinese dish whenever you need a break. It will help to calm you down and bring those precious Bali memories rushing back!!

3.5.10 What to do in Bali, Sanur – Visit La Mayeur Museum.

To be perfectly honest, La Mayeur Museum is not in the best shape, although with this being said it is a nice place to visit as the architecture of the Le Mayeur Museum is in a traditional Balinese style. Also Find out more about the love story behind the museum!

3.6 Important Tourist Information  – What to do for tourists in Bali - What to do in Bali, Ubud  – The Top 10 things a tourist must do in Ubud
3.6.1 What to do in Bali, Ubud - See a dance performance.

Balinese Dances are mysterious and mystical. The three most popular Balinese dances are:

  • Barong (a story about Rangda, practicing black magic).
  • Kecak (the fight of Vanara and Rama against the evil King Ravana).
  • Legong (Royal Entertainment, which originated in the 19th century).

All of the dances are very different. The Barong dance bears a slight resemblance to a carnival, the Fire Kecak Dance to a boy’s night out with only men chanting together and the Legong Dance to a Ballet. It is definitely worth to see all the Balinese Dances if you can find the time. Make sure, if you have chosen the Kecak dance, that you see the Fire Kecak Dance performance. Many restaurants in Bali offer Entertainment Dinners, including a dance performance, the perfect way to make the most out of your valuable time.

3.6.2 What to do in Bali, Ubud – complete the Campuhan Hill Walk.

Enjoy the beautiful nature of Ubud. Campuhan Hill is the perfect place to stroll around and free the mind from the stresses of life. This walk can be accomplished by everybody.

3.6.3 What to do in Bali, Ubud – Visit the Museums.

Plenty of Museums can be found in Ubud and most of them are really worth a visit.

3.6.4 What to do in Bali, Ubud – Go to the Ubud Art Market (Pasar Seni).

To be totally honest with you, after the renovation, Ubud Art Market has lost a little of its charm. However it is still worth a trip as it is the perfect place for negotiating. Find paintings, handicrafts, jewelry, clothes, fruits and vegetables or ceremony items within. Don’t forget to negotiate and you can expect to see a price reduction of 50% or more, (usually up to 70%).

3.6.5 What to do in Bali, Ubud – Eat Babi Guling Bali (Suckling Pig – Balinese Style).

In case you are not Muslim and are allowed to eat pork, you should try Babi Guling once. Babi Guling is Bali’s most popular dish, as in former times it was only prepared for special occasions. If you like the taste and you’re thinking of a garden party when you get back home, offer your friends the flavor of Bali. The Recipe for Suckling Pig – Balinese Style (Babi Guling Bali) can be found below in the category 'Recipes"

3.6.6 What to do in Bali, Ubud – Join a Silver Making Class

The complete Ubud Area (village and outskirts) is very well known for its filigree artwork. Participate with the guidance and knowledge of Ubud’s silversmiths and do something which can only be found in Ubud. Join a silver class and make your own pendant, ring or necklace. It will remind you of the great time you had in Bali whenever you wear it.

3.6.7 What to do in Bali, Ubud – Visit Ubud’s Unique Bar – Round Bar Ubud.

Round Bar Ubud is a very funny place as it offers you the opportunity to do some exercise directly after you have enjoyed their delicious square pizza. See how:

3.6.8 What to do in Bali, Ubud – Enjoy Yoga and Meditation at White Lotus.

One place in Ubud that is highly recommended for Yoga and Meditation – White Lotus Ubud. Not only is this sweet and neat little guesthouse very special, but it is also cheap, informal and offers an outstanding view.  Additionally the owner, Miss Sandeh is over 70, very spiritual and speaks about 5 languages fluently! This place is highly recommended to everybody apart from party people. Even if you are staying outside of Ubud and you have paid your hotel already, think about an overnight stay at the Whitw Lotus. All bookings should be made in advance due to the White only having two rooms. In the event that you are about to plan your holiday, don’t use up all your allotted days in Kuta, Jimbaran or Seminyak and reserve two days to stay in Ubud instead. You will love it! https://www.facebook.com/WhiteLotusYogaMeditationCentre

3.6.9 What to do in Bali, Ubud – Join a cooking class.

Bali’s cuisine is unique and attracts people from all over the world. Learn how to cook the Balinese way and surprise your friends back home. Prepare a Balinese dish whenever you need a break. It will help to calm you down and bring those precious Bali memories rushing back!

3.6.10 What to do in Bali, Ubud – Watch a ceremony.

Ceremonies in Ubud are beyond the average celebration and are extremely magnificent. Obviously it is not possible to plan such a highlight. Keep your eyes open, speak to local people, and ask the hotel staff or drivers. In case you are lucky and can find one, you will feel what the magic of Bali really means!


4. Important Tourist Information  – Problems in Bali? Report to the tourist police!

4.1  Important Tourist Information  – Problems in Bali? - What tourists should do in Bali in case of problems?
4.1.1 What tourists should do in Bali in case of problems? What to do if tourists get robbed or become a victim of a crime

Bali is a very peaceful and safe island but as everywhere in the world something can happen, especially in Kuta as it has Bali’s heaviest nightlife. If vacationers get in trouble, they should not hesitate to contact the tourist police or tourist center.

Kuta Tourist Police Post
Jalan Pantai Kuta
(0361) 7845988

Sanur Tourist Police Post
BK3S Post, Jalan Danau Tamblingan
(next to Bali Hyatt Hotel, Sanur)
(0361) 8531960

Nusa Dua Tourist Police Post
Bundaran Tugu Mandala Kawasan BTDC Nusa Dua
(0361) 7442622

Ngurah Rai Airport Tourist Police
Airport Police Sector Ngurah Rai
(0361) 751 023

Tourist Assistance Center
Bali Regional Police
(0361) 224111

4.1.2 What tourists should do in Bali in case of problems? What to do if I get as tourist a heavy problem with the police or lose my passport 

If vacationers get in heavy trouble with the local police or lose the passport there is only one solution, contact the consulate directly. Especially in cases of illegal drug use, the local police does not understand any jokes as it can cause death penalty and tourists are in big trouble. The following data is an embassy overview for vacationers looking for help.

Consulate for American tourists (Consulate)
Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Tanjung Bungkak, Denpasar, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 7845988

Consulate for tourists from Australia, Canada and New Zealand (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Tantular 32 Renon-Denpasar, Bali.
T: (0361) 724118

Consulate for Brazilian tourists ( Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Legian 186, By the Sea Store, 2nd floor, Kuta, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 757775

Consulate for tourists from the Cech Republic (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Pengembak 17, Sanur, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 286465

Consulate for tourists from Chile (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Pengembak Gg. 1/3, Sanur, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 281503

Consulate for tourists from Denmark and Norway (Honorary Consulate)
Mimpi Resort, Bukit-Jimbaran, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 701070

Consulate for tourists from England (Honorary Consulate)
Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 270601

Consulate for tourists from England (Honorary Consulate)
Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 270601

Consulate for tourists from France (Consular Agency)
Jl. Mertasari, Gg. II No. 8, Sanur, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 285485

Consulate for tourists from Germany (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Pantai Karang No. 17, Sanur, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 288535

Consulate for tourists from Hungary (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 219, Sanur, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 287701

Consulate for Italian tourists (Vice Conuslato)
Lotus Enterprise Building, Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 701005

Consulate for Japanese tourists (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Raya Puputan No. 170, Renon-Denpasar, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 227628

Consulate for tourists from Malaysia (Honorary Consulate)
Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jl Pantai Kuta, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 752 520

Consulate for Mexican tourists (Honorary Consulate)
Puri Astina Bld., Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin No. 1A, Renon-Denpasar, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 223266

Consulate for Dutch tourists (Honorary Consulate) 
Jl. Raya Kuta No.127, Kuta, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 761506

Consulate for Russian tourists (Honorary Consulate)
Perumahan Bali Kencana Resort, Block Cendrawasih No. 18, Jimbaran, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 2791560

Consulate for tourists from the Slovak Republic (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Gunung Agung No. 93, Denpasar, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 426171

Consulate for Spanish tourists (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Br. Lungsiakan Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 975736

Consulate for Swedish and Finish tourists (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Segara Ayu, Sanur, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 288407

Consulate for Swiss and Austrian tourists (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Patih Jelantik, Komplek Istana Kuta, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 751735

Consulate for tourists from Thailand (Consulate)
Jl. Puputan Raya No. 81, Renon-Denpasar, Bali-Indonesia 
T: (0361) 263310

Consulate of the United Kingdom (Honorary Consulate)
Jl. Tirta Nadi No. 20, Sanur, Bali-Indonesia
T: (0361) 270601

4.1.3 What tourists should do in Bali in case of problems? What to do if tourists get stopped by the police?

The lighter the skin of a vacationer, the higher is the chance to get stopped by the police. It is one of the biggest hobbies of Bali’s policemen if they are bored to stop tourists to find something what they have done wrong. And they will find something, even your papers are ok, you have crossed a red traffic light somewhere you have never been to. Don’t argue and think about the fact that you are in a third world country. Just smile and start to negotiate, the regular police rate is 50k -100k Rupiah, about 5 -10 USD. The best idea is to keep always 5 or 10 USD in the pocket and to hide the wallet. Explain this is the only money you are carrying and you are short on petrol or you still need to eat, this really helps! See it as a funny thing or have you ever bargained with a policemen in your homeland?

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