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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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surfguide in bali - hey. just back from bali. a friend hooked me up with a really good guide. we scored some good uncrowded waves :) yes,still possible. and that guy was much cheaper than the other offers we found. his adress is email@example.com. he can pick u up,show u the nightlife,tempels....and some good waves,hehe
Hy Alex - Hy, ich bin vom 21.07-14.09 in indonesien und lande auf Bali. Würde gern surfen lernen, da ja im sommer kein schnee zum snowboarden liegt, vielleicht kennst du paar erste anlaufstellen oder hast Lust paar wochen zusammen herum zu traveln und paar spots mitnehmen, bin offen für alles.
looking for travel buddy/s - Hi,
I´m actually staying on bali for a few months, but would like to leave the island for a couple of weeks. Thought about going east to Lombok, especially Sumbawa(more the west coast) and maybe Sumba. Or going west to Java( Pacitan, Pangandaran, Grajagan and of course exploration). Would like to go for about 3 weeks with motorbike from now on until end of August. Sharing a car is also an opportunity.
To have some company and a better time while travelling I´m looking for a/some travel buddy/s with similar ideas.
I´m 28, german and would consider myself as a intermediate surfer.
So, hope to hear from you.
Bali Surfing is the best - Im michael, I am in Bali, I am staying in an awesome villa, and am on an awesome surf tour. I just got back from my boat trip around Lombok and Sumbawa, Im going to G-Land tonight.
If you want a an awesome professional surf guide that will look after you, and have the time of your life talk to Leo Walsh of bali surfing tours at www.bali-surfing.com and he will set you up!! Keep surfing...
Bali Next Week - Hi all, visting Bali next week by my own (German) till mid of april - Maybe we meet at the spots. BR
Week with the girl - Hi peoples
I was hoping to get some feedback from some bali vets. I'm coming over in September with my girlfriend for a week. Where would be best where I can wake up and go surfing without having to mission with bemo's, etc.
Was checking out Nusa Dua since I'm regular footed. Will happily travel in the day to explore but am looking for a spot where I can hit an afternoon/morning sesh by grabbing my board and going. Not packing for a day trip and every time I wanna surf... Its pretty much a package deal with flight/hotel I was hoping to get.
Any feedback would be great.
Been in Bali for a long time - I came to Bali years ago and could not manage to leave. The waves in Bali can be crowded but they are just so fun. I now work in the property industry in Bali. If any surfers want to know about owning property in Bali. You can contact me online. Here is a link of just a few villas for sale close to all the famous Bukit waves. http://www.baliharmonyvillas.com/
By John Carden
ditto - feral's description is accurate. I had the same experience and feeling about the place. I felt like prey. But if you shrug it off, the waves are worth it.
Getting in and out of Bali. (Visum and rip offs) - You will have to pay money to get in (2010; 20 euro/25 dollar) and pay money (150000 RP) to get out of Bali. You also have to wait in line for a long time to make a payment delaying your arrival. Also the money changer will rip you off
This will give you an indication about what will happen as you enter this corrupt 3rd world country. Everybody wants your money and they will find ingenious ways to take it out of your pockets.
You are allowed to stay in this country for 2 months like most countries in Asia. In your passport they will paste a sticker instead of a stamp. This sticker says your visa is valid to stay for 1 month and nobody will tell you the difference. I stayed for 5 weeks instead of a month and as I had to leave the country I got a fine. The penalty is around 20 euro per day. Nobody told me and it made me feel like being robbed. Such a bad thing, while the island totally depends on tourism. What is wrong with a tourist, who wants to stay longer to keep surfing those epic waves. It should be promoted not discouraged!
Products are cheap, but just to get rid of the annoying hassle I advice your not to buy anything. Once you buy everyone will remember your face and you won’t be able to relax on the beach or leave your hotel without being bothered.
Let me give you a few tips.
The friendly local salesmen will stop you in the streets or on the beach and start to ask you 4 questions to determine the price of the product they want to sell.
1 Where are you from? Jupiter and you look up in to the sky.
2 What’s your name? Mister buy nothing.
3 Where do you stay? I don’t know. It’s a very bad place. Lot’s of cockroaches.
4 When are you leaving Bali? In 2 months.
They all hope you are a stupid rich American, staying at one of the very expensive resorts, leaving tomorrow and looking for presents for the family at home.
Then there will be a tremendous bonus in selling their crap. And it is crap! They all sell the same crap everywhere you go. You won’t find anything original.
Try to figure out if the salesman is a Bali Hindu or from Java Jakarta. If he is from Java he’s usually a thug, con artist or scoundrel.
It pissed me off just too many times. Once a thug said: Transport transport transport? Girls girls girls? Psst..xtc xtc xtc. Drugs and hookers is an offending and evil issue for me and my believes.
I replied with a loud voice in a busy market place: You mean you are a taxi driver, a pimp and a drug dealer ???! That’s awesome !!!
He suddenly buggered of ashamed trying not to draw attention.
If you are not buying, just don’t waist their time. Get rid of the bad vibes on land and stick with the good vibes in the ocean.
Remember this whole circus started after the first surfers discovered Bali. It’s still there and few Indo people know how to surf, nor are they able to swim. Have fun!
By Resa Jr
Photographer Surfing - Male 27/Indonesia currently living in Bandung. looking for job in Bali. 4 years experience in Canon products (Canon 7D, 70-200mm L series, Tokina 11-16mm, etc.). searching for job as photographer (freelance or fulltime). please contact: 0856 2055 788 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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