We fly to Bali several times a year. If you brush aside the throng of taxi drivers at the port of Benoa, you will find calmer drivers 50m inland who will provide an air-conditioned 8 seater mini van for about Au$40 per day. Choose where ... Read More
We fly to Bali several times a year. If you brush aside the throng of taxi drivers at the port of Benoa, you will find calmer drivers 50m inland who will provide an air-conditioned 8 seater mini van for about Au$40 per day. Choose where you want them to take you but be sure to leave time to get back. Alternatively, a taxi drop off at the tourist center of Kuta would cost about Au$6 (60,000 rupiahs) if they go by their meters. The touts demanding US$30 are delusional.
Massages in salons along the main roads in Kuta cost from about 100,000 per hour but one street back you can get them for half that. Older women usually have strong hands but the tarty girls may not give good massages and are not offering anything else.
You can get delicious food in Bali at a very reasonable price. A tasty plate of nasi goreng or mie goreng (rice or noodles) with beef,chicken, shrimp or veg costs from 25,000. Poppies 1 lane in Kuta has a lot of old favourites (try Italian at the Tree House or simple fare at Bamboo Corner). Poppies restaurant is an old classic with an exquisite lush garden setting although the foodies do not rate it highly. Seminyak is the place for cuisine - we have been to Petitenget restaurant a few times and it offers really good chef-prepared food for about $10 a dish. Ku De Ta is the latest foodie haven.
Beware money changers who have any number of ways to rip you off. It is safest to draw cash from an ATM unless you are very street smart.
Shopping is generally very cheap but you have to know what prices can be struck and be prepared to walk away a few times to get a real bargain. And you don't need to screw them down - they are generally happy, warm and reasonable folk who have very little. Read Less