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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur June 27th 2023

Last full day in Sanur so we decided to spend the whole day here. Woke up late, had a leisurely breakfast, face timed Krissy and Oscar, then set off on our walk of Sanur at about 10.30am. We started walking up the main road of Sanur, Jl. Danau Tamblingan and first we dropped off a 4kg bag of washing at a laundry which only cost us $10 plys they deliveted it back to our hotel for free. Suited us perfectly because we didn't plan to get back to the area until late. We continued on, looked at a few shops and bought a few things before stopping for a very good cup of coffee at The Glass House at 1.30pm. So it had taken us 3 hours to do a 35 minute walk. Guess we did ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur June 25th 2023

Relatively early start for our day at The Bali Safari and Marine Park. Got a Grab car for $11.70 and arrived there at 9.15am. Took the Jungle Safari ride which took us through open areas with animals from Indonesia, India and Africa. The whole park is very well designed and you really felt like you were in the jungle at times during the 30 minute Safari drive. After that there were a series of shows. First show was an Animal Show which was really well done. It started with Indonesian birds flying across the stage and groups of Guinea pigs, rats, cats and dogs scurrying across the stage on cue. Then presentations of other animals. We then moved to another area where they presented a show featuring tigers. They were able to demonstrate how the tigers ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur June 24th 2023

Quiet day today. Decided to visit Kuta after Daisy had a swim after breakfast. Grab car only cost $7.80 but it took over an hour because of the heavy Bali traffic. We got dropped off at the Beachwalk Shopping Centre at 1.45pm, had some lunch at a Japanese place and Daisy spent most of the afternoon in just 3 clothing shops. My left leg has been sore from nerve pain so I just found places to sit while she shopped. We decided to have a coffee before heading to the beach for sunset and found a good cafe latte at a cafe called Arabica on the outside of the shopping centre and just across the road from the beach. We crossed over at 5.40pm and it was surprisingly, a nice family atmosphere. Sunset was beautiful of ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur June 23rd 2023

Late start to the day. Decided to walk along Sanur beach, which was similar to yesterday's walk along Nusa Dua but not as 5 star. Quite a few cafes and restaurants just around the corner from us and we picked out one for lunch as we strolled along. Towards the end of our walk after passing some nice resorts, we saw some fancy privately owned properties, which were huge. We stopped at Bamboo Eatery and Bar and we both had a yummy crispy fried whole snapper. Food is so cheap here that you really never have to worry about prices. After lunch we thought we'd better get over to the GWK Cultural Park , our planned activity for the day. I'd read that you only needed 2 hours, so the plan was to head over to ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur June 22nd 2023

Today was relaxing day after 2 days of early starts. Had our lovely buffet breakfast at 8.45am and decided to visit Nusa Dua and do the Bail Underwater Walk. There are 2 companies here like Uber. Gojek is well established like Uber and Grab is a newer alternative. I did a couple of comparisons and Grab seems cheaper so ordered a Grab car to pick us up at our hotel. Another popular alternative is to hire a driver all day. Cost for that is about $55 for 10 hours, but we decided we didn't need that today. Cost to get to the activities centre was only $11.90. I was expecting an office for the Underwater Walk but instead we were directed to follow this guy who sat us down and asked us which of the activities ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur June 21st 2023

Today’s activity was a visit to see the sunrise on Mt Batur. Woke up very early this morning for our 3.00am pick-up (although they were 15 minutes late). I figured that this was the best day to do this because our bodies hopefully were still on Sydney time which meant 5.00am. Seemed to work although we didn’t get to bed as early as I had planned so we only got about 5 hours sleep. It was a 1.75 hour drive to the jeep pick-up, so we both managed a bit more shut eye before then. It was a 25 minute drive in the jeep, 5 minutes on a sealed road, then 20 on a steep, bumpy dirt road. It was actually a lot of fun. We reached the viewing area at 5.25am, along with about 200 ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur October 18th 2022

Well, we left our beloved Gili Air Sunday and are back in Sanur. The night before we left was filled with live music on the beach, our favorite beer, Bintang and much care for this place we have grown to love even more. We said goodbye to some of our new friends who are hopeful we will return. It was hard to leave this place of peace and our way of being here. We will be back soon and look forward to sharing this place with others. Once back on the Island of Bali, we were quickly reminded of the sounds of traffic and business of life. I think I have finally got the traffic rules (said with a laugh) down. There are lines on the road to separate the 2 flows of traffic, similar to ... read more
Last Bintang on Gili, large and small just because
Akaya Bali hotel.
upstairs common area. very cool place to chill

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur December 31st 2019

Today we leave for home, which is always bittersweet after a great vacation. We are both excited to be back in our own beds, watching for Charlie the seal, enjoying our awesome home and seeing our friends and family . However, leaving the sun, smiling locals, healthy/tasty food and the chill vibe is also sad. Some take-aways from our time in Bali: The people of Bali are so welcoming and gracious. They are always ready with a smile and a greeting, no matter the time of day. It never feels contrived and you do feel like a very valued guest. The food is amazing. It is fresh, flavorful and varied, with options from grilled meats/vegis to noodles to rice to smoothies. We have been careful over the past two weeks to not drink the water (even ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur December 30th 2019

The next two days are football focused, with today being the Clemson/Ohio State game and then tomorrow the Seahawk/49er game. Luckily, we found a great beach bar with TV’s and the right channels, so we aren’t missing a thing! Our first night at the Nike Villa room was quite comfy, with a big king-sized bed, blasting AC and being very quiet. I am posting some pictures of the property, which is quite serene and tropical. We enjoyed our full breakfast in the small little outside eating area and then got ready to walk the 1+ mile to the Sanur Beach House for the 9am Clemson kick-off. Even at 830a the sun is hot and by the time we arrived to the bar, we were sweating and ready for some cold refreshments. Since it was still early, ... read more
Ken Bonding with Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
Go Tigers!
Nike Villas

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur December 28th 2019

It is time to say goodbye to the Swallow House, but before we leave we get to have another wonderful breakfast on the patio served by Uly. This time it was the fruit, with black rice and little mini-rice cakes. I also realized that I hadn't really posted any pictures of the guesthouse, so most of the pics on this blog are from the Swallow House (not the Nike Villas). We had time for a last dip in the pool, before packing up, saying our good-byes to Wayan, Uly and Coco the cat. Luckily, they were able to haul our bags on the motorbike down the path to the road, where are driver was waiting to take us to Sanur. The mileage to Sanur is only 20 miles, but the traffic in the various little villages ... read more
Bathroom in the Swallow House
Hallway leading up to the 2nd floor
View from the second floor of the Swallow House

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