I love Bali

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Blowin started the topic in Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 at 6:55pm

I love Bali.

You wouldn't think that such a thought could be controversial . But it is.
Many people don't love Bali, in fact they proclaim to hate it. Bemoan what it has become, it's lack of purity, it's lost innocence.

Sure, I can see their point. I can't imagine anywhere on Earth that has been transformed as radically as Bali over the last thirty years. From rice paddies and coconut groves to six story discotheques . It's totally unrecognisable in the most built up areas.

But that's not what this post is about. It's about why I LOVE Bali.

I love Bali because ...

- it's still the home of an intense cluster of world class waves. Roping lefts : Uluwatu, freight train right barrels : Sanur, backlit mega tubes : Padang Padang. Rip able reefs, fun beachies. Short , slabby pits and long mellow points. River mouths and bombies. It's got the lot.

- it's still possible to get uncrowded quality waves in 2015 when it seems as though the entire planet has discovered surfing. I was trading crystal clear , rolling right walls with only two other surfers just this morning.

- it's still freaking beautiful. Watching the mist reveal Mt Agung in that unique Bali morning light from a black sand beach as the sun comes up is still special.

- the food is amazing. Walking around town building up a hunger and knowing that at any given time you are within shouting distance of fresh, exotic and delicious meals with enough variety to make your head spin is priceless.

- the Balinese are legends. Friendly, happy and always keen for a joke. Unfailingly polite and welcoming. Healthy, spiritual and decent.

- the Balinese surfers rip their waves and they still own them. A visiting Brazilian would not think twice to drop in on an Aussie local at Kirra. But you won't see the same in Bali. The Balinese surfers are treated with the respect they deserve. Because as everyone knows, if they are not treated with respect there is consequences.

- the water is so warm it's like swimming in silken angels tears.

- telling people that you are going to Bali will often elicit a response along the lines of ......"why would you go to that traffic ridden, noisy shithole ?" And then as you're kicking back with a Bintang watching the sunset over Uluwatu you can imagine them sitting at lights in their car on their way home from work in Perth. Which , for those that have never been , is a noisy , traffic ridden shithole. And this makes me laugh. Which is something I enjoy doing.

- The fruit is incredible.

- despite the millions of tourists, the fast food franchises and the Aussie over familiarity with the joint it's still exotic. The smell of clove cigarettes, the ogo ogos of Nyepi, the Buddhist offerings , monkeys , food and language are all enticingly foreign.

- there is no overreaching nanny state. You want to ride your motorbike with all four of your children and the missus on the back...whilst texting. Go for it.

- you can live like a king on a regular Aussie income. Maybe not such a great benefit for the Balinese themselves though.

- it's close to Oz. Twenty hour plane ride and a shot at developing deep vein thrombosis.....ummm no thanks. It's actually faster to fly to Bali from Perth than it is to drive to Albany. You can fly from Port Hedland in less than two hours.

- you get an opportunity to regularly witness some of the most foolhardy behaviour imaginable on a daily basis. You ever seen a man being doubled on a motorbike through traffic whilst holding a large pane of glass ? What about seeing someone hold a nail between his bare fingers while his mate tries to grind the tip off it ? It's all there folks.

- you can see people making do with not much and making it work. An exhaust system held on with a T Shirt ? An outboard motor attached to a boat with no anchoring system, just held on with a man's brute force ? Why not ? It might not work forever but it'll usually get em over the line.

- the winds can blow offshore for months at a time and when they blow onshore, well , that just makes it offshore somewhere else. It's an island !

- you haven't seen glassy oceanic conditions till you've seen Indonesian sheet glass. It's like an oil slick. And if you're ever near Benoa Harbour that could well be what it is.

- old people are accorded the respect they deserve.

- it's exciting. It's a melting pot of the world. Wide eyed villages from remote Asia, jaded techno princesses from Russia, sleek surfy chicks from Canada , your next door neighbour from Ipswich....it's a party and everyone is invited.

Including YOU. I'll see you there. You can't miss me.

I'll be the sun burnt drunk in a head to toe Bintang ensemble with hair braids and a fresh tattoo of a unicorn across my back . Don't be shy. Come and say hello.

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blackers Sunday, 14 Aug 2022 at 9:03am

How was it GF?

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indo-dreaming Sunday, 14 Aug 2022 at 10:14am
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Just popping in to be a third voice of support for the quiet bogans of Bali, sitting there with a vacant stare for hours on end watching the world go by. Some of the most interesting conversations I've had en route to Indonesia has been with those types, telling me about the families that have looked after them over the decades and showing me the little presents they're bringing over for them. Hearts of gold, even if their Indonesian is truly abhorrent. I'll take them over any of the surf-entrepreneurs, drop shippers, and semi-pros of the Bukit any day.

*Very different to the kinds you find pissing on canang, berating locals, and brawling in the streets.

100% agree

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andy-mac Sunday, 14 Aug 2022 at 11:39am
indo-dreaming wrote:
dandandan wrote:

Just popping in to be a third voice of support for the quiet bogans of Bali, sitting there with a vacant stare for hours on end watching the world go by. Some of the most interesting conversations I've had en route to Indonesia has been with those types, telling me about the families that have looked after them over the decades and showing me the little presents they're bringing over for them. Hearts of gold, even if their Indonesian is truly abhorrent. I'll take them over any of the surf-entrepreneurs, drop shippers, and semi-pros of the Bukit any day.

*Very different to the kinds you find pissing on canang, berating locals, and brawling in the streets.

100% agree

Yep, got to agree with that!

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goofyfoot Sunday, 14 Aug 2022 at 12:18pm
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How was it GF?

Pretty decent blackers. A good mixed bag of big and scary with smaller relaxing days in between.
Couple of surfs at Uluwatu which were ok, bit of agro out there which put a bad vibe on it and G-land was great crowd wise. It was busy at Speedies for the two day swell but apart from that it was mellow as.
Leopard spotted crossing the track at tiger tracks by a guy at Bobby’s and I saw prints down past the boat channel.
This was almost as exciting for me as the waves. I love the thought of animals like that cruising around that jungle. Whales out the back a few days.
Plenty of surfs at kongs and top of moneytrees with no one in sight.
Amazing place.

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blackers Sunday, 14 Aug 2022 at 12:27pm

Sweet. You didn't miss much here.

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udo Sunday, 14 Aug 2022 at 12:34pm

Goofy what was the agro at Ulu - Bule to Bule or Indo to Bule ?

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goofyfoot Sunday, 14 Aug 2022 at 12:42pm

No Indos involved udo

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dandandan Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 6:11pm

Booking flights to Indo tonight and it's a bloody overwhelming experience doing it after three years of no travelling! I became a Garuda devotee years ago and so haven't had to make the choice between the Aus airlines. If you were flying with 2-3 boards - one of them being a 7'6" - would you recommend Qantas over Virgin? I can't remember ever flying Qantas to Indo and they are well and truly on the nose at the moment, but they're also about $400 cheaper than Virgin right now so I'm conflicted.

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Supafreak Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 6:27pm
dandandan wrote:

Booking flights to Indo tonight and it's a bloody overwhelming experience doing it after three years of no travelling! I became a Garuda devotee years ago and so haven't had to make the choice between the Aus airlines. If you were flying with 2-3 boards - one of them being a 7'6" - would you recommend Qantas over Virgin? I can't remember ever flying Qantas to Indo and they are well and truly on the nose at the moment, but they're also about $400 cheaper than Virgin right now so I'm conflicted.

Qantas current record for lost luggage could possibly influence you , why aren’t you flying Garuda this time ?

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dandandan Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 6:49pm

I was about to say they aren't flying yet but I can see now they're going Syd to DPS and Jakarta a couple of times a week. Must have been looking on the wrong days!

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soggydog Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 10:08pm

I flew air Asia dan with no problems, boards no dramas, 7’2” board bag with 4 boards. Paid the 30kg for sporting goods no worries.
Anyone who has planned to fly to Roti though be aware that the runway in Roti is out of service so it’s the ferry/fast boat from Kupang to Roti. I chose to can it as I found out when I arrived in Bali and the forecast looked pretty bad. Lion air have me a full refund. Went west instead, glad I did.

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soggydog Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 10:08pm

I flew air Asia dan with no problems, boards no dramas, 7’2” board bag with 4 boards. Paid the 30kg for sporting goods no worries.
Anyone who has planned to fly to Roti though be aware that the runway in Roti is out of service so it’s the ferry/fast boat from Kupang to Roti. I chose to can it as I found out when I arrived in Bali and the forecast looked pretty bad. Lion air have me a full refund. Went west instead, glad I did.

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soggydog Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 10:08pm

I flew air Asia dan with no problems, boards no dramas, 7’2” board bag with 4 boards. Paid the 30kg for sporting goods no worries.
Anyone who has planned to fly to Roti though be aware that the runway in Roti is out of service so it’s the ferry/fast boat from Kupang to Roti. I chose to can it as I found out when I arrived in Bali and the forecast looked pretty bad. Lion air have me a full refund. Went west instead, glad I did.

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soggydog Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 10:09pm

Sorry about the triple post

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Supafreak Friday, 26 Aug 2022 at 9:18am

@andy-mac , looks like you’re walking into a pumping swell, hope you have your step up or gun packed, enjoy and hope ya get shacked of ya brain .

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donweather Friday, 26 Aug 2022 at 12:43pm
Supafreak wrote:

@andy-mac , looks like you’re walking into a pumping swell, hope you have your step up or gun packed, enjoy and hope ya get shacked of ya brain .

yup some impressive swell periods in this one for sure.

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Supafreak Friday, 26 Aug 2022 at 2:04pm
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Supafreak wrote:

@andy-mac , looks like you’re walking into a pumping swell, hope you have your step up or gun packed, enjoy and hope ya get shacked of ya brain .

yup some impressive swell periods in this one for sure.

Are you there yet don ?

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andy-mac Friday, 26 Aug 2022 at 2:19pm
Supafreak wrote:

@andy-mac , looks like you’re walking into a pumping swell, hope you have your step up or gun packed, enjoy and hope ya get shacked of ya brain .

Cheers Supa.
Not getting in until 12th September... 6 weeks Hoping for good late season!!
Yep Indo about to light up!
Do have step up and proper gun left in Bali, whether I still have nerve to get the gun out could be different story.. :)

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donweather Friday, 26 Aug 2022 at 2:31pm
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Supafreak wrote:

@andy-mac , looks like you’re walking into a pumping swell, hope you have your step up or gun packed, enjoy and hope ya get shacked of ya brain .

yup some impressive swell periods in this one for sure.

Are you there yet don ?

Been already and back. It was a short 1 week trip.

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udo Saturday, 27 Aug 2022 at 7:01am

Which Airline did you fly with Don ?

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Supafreak Saturday, 27 Aug 2022 at 7:50am

@udo , another friend flew to Bali with malindo about 2 weeks ago , had no issues .

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udo Saturday, 27 Aug 2022 at 8:55am

Yeh hearing gd reports about them ..Im liking the Virgin 6pm Departure time Bris to Denpasar.
VA49

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Supafreak Saturday, 27 Aug 2022 at 9:38am
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Yeh hearing gd reports about them ..Im liking the Virgin 6pm Departure time Bris to Denpasar.
VA49

Next year is looking good from goldy with virgin, $645 return with 23 kgs no charge for boards if that’s your 23 kg in one bag . 5.40 pm gets in at 10.15 and coming back 11.15 pm in at 7.00 am Maybe air asia will start up for some competition.

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udo Saturday, 27 Aug 2022 at 9:56am

Yeh saw that..

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donweather Saturday, 27 Aug 2022 at 4:48pm
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udo wrote:

Yeh hearing gd reports about them ..Im liking the Virgin 6pm Departure time Bris to Denpasar.
VA49

Next year is looking good from goldy with virgin, $645 return with 23 kgs no charge for boards if that’s your 23 kg in one bag . 5.40 pm gets in at 10.15 and coming back 11.15 pm in at 7.00 am Maybe air asia will start up for some competition.

Thats not overly cheap given what you can get jetstar specials for. Also that’s a crap return flight time.

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Supafreak Saturday, 27 Aug 2022 at 4:59pm
donweather wrote:
Supafreak wrote:
udo wrote:

Yeh hearing gd reports about them ..Im liking the Virgin 6pm Departure time Bris to Denpasar.
VA49

Next year is looking good from goldy with virgin, $645 return with 23 kgs no charge for boards if that’s your 23 kg in one bag . 5.40 pm gets in at 10.15 and coming back 11.15 pm in at 7.00 am Maybe air asia will start up for some competition.

Thats not overly cheap given what you can get jetstar specials for. Also that’s a crap return flight time.

Its good for me though Don , no 3.00 am drive to Brisbane and $350 in parking fees , plus last day in Bali is a full one , plenty of time for shopping. I’m 6 klms from cooly airport

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udo Saturday, 27 Aug 2022 at 8:23pm

So how much is a Jetstar 'Special' all up ticket- all $Kgs and Oversize handling charges etc etc ?

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donweather Sunday, 28 Aug 2022 at 6:41am

Usually around $180 each way. $25 each way for board and $30 each way for baggage.

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mickseq Monday, 29 Aug 2022 at 8:03pm
dandandan wrote:

Booking flights to Indo tonight and it's a bloody overwhelming experience doing it after three years of no travelling! I became a Garuda devotee years ago and so haven't had to make the choice between the Aus airlines. If you were flying with 2-3 boards - one of them being a 7'6" - would you recommend Qantas over Virgin? I can't remember ever flying Qantas to Indo and they are well and truly on the nose at the moment, but they're also about $400 cheaper than Virgin right now so I'm conflicted.

I fly with Qantas and SQ frequently and never have a problem

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groundswell Thursday, 1 Sep 2022 at 4:14pm

Great post Sprout, that first wave was the wave of the day and vid for me..Kooky bodyboarder shouldn't have been there imo.But those sorts of waves are not meant for a lid i reckon even though my older brother loves or used to love massive 8 metre plus swells on a lid.I just dont think lids are good in waves like that, should be at padang padang instead.

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Sprout Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 9:20am

Yeah chops too big for the bewg. Old mate had no style and no idea, must have got a lift out. Bit random haha.

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ilikelamb Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 10:44am

Pretty cool environmental initiative in the Bali mangroves and rivers. Even goes into detailing the brand names of the most prolific items.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MnpWOYlU4D1xQSy3ocK9tvptVcITBWWt/view

https://www.instagram.com/garybencheghib/?hl=en

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thermalben Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 11:11am

Champion effort

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groundswell Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 11:14am

Oh jeez ilikelamb, what a disaster..Good to see recovery on the way by those good people.

My Canadian mate lives in Lampung and says still everywhere there people either just throw their plastic in the rivers or burn it next to their homes, with burnt toxic plastic fumes going straight into their homes.
Lampung isn't even that busy compared to Bali and Jakarta.They were used to throwing away banana leaves as packaging, not plastic that doesn't biodegrade quickly. Nightmare situation.

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Supafreak Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 12:32pm

I vaguely remember a Japanese company doing this years ago but because they could only get a yellow looking product and not clear they didn’t go ahead with it . There are other articles about this young Australian girl dating back to 2017 https://www.naturalblaze.com/2020/04/teen-invents-biodegradable-plastic-...

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Bnkref Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 1:08pm

That Impossibles clip looks sick. Hell of a lot more manageable than that Ulus clip.

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ilikelamb Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 1:14pm

Yeah hopefully the Indo government follows through with its banning of single use plastics and fining companies that have terrible waste collection standards. Indo though.
It probably dosent help that Australia was sending over our waste to Indo after China cut us off a few years back. Something about that waste being used to fuel tofu production in Java.

here it is

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groundswell Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 3:49pm

Jesus that is just horrible.Plastic is probably worse for you than leaded petrol fumes!

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 4:17pm

Plastic is all time.

The Great Pacific garbage patch should be reconsidered as a monumental human accomplishment and retrospectively added to world globes everywhere.

Humanity still strives towards the incredible moment when word comes back from an interstellar explorer probe that they’ve located a man-made Great Universal garbage patch in deep space.

Now that’s a dream worth having.

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groundswell Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 4:29pm

Here's more good work from that same guy on insta- i like lamb posted.
https://www.instagram.com/reel/Ch8fH4BMpKv/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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goofyfoot Sunday, 11 Sep 2022 at 7:33pm

The dolphin project link you posted there supa looks like a great facility. I'm surprised Bali has such a thing. Awesome

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Supafreak Sunday, 11 Sep 2022 at 7:56pm
goofyfoot wrote:

The dolphin project link you posted there supa looks like a great facility. I'm surprised Bali has such a thing. Awesome

Yes I was surprised , its also a world first and prototype according to the article . Not too many tourists in west Bali so it seems like a legitimate organisation.

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Supafreak Tuesday, 13 Sep 2022 at 9:59am

The cranes finally gone , still a bit more to chop up though . https://fb.watch/fvwg3CgUHz/

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juegasiempre Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 6:29am
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monkeyboy Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 8:05am
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RIP Bali.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-15/bali-approves-digital-nomad-visas...

Interesting. Indonesia approves not just Bali. Certainly opens up a few options, its a big country :)

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 8:12am
juegasiempre wrote:

RIP Bali.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-15/bali-approves-digital-nomad-visas...

If Bali was going to die, it happened long ago just means people will be working legally.

BTW. The eye opener to me of how many foreigners must be living in Bali was the footage of line ups during Covid, even Impossible's a wave people rarely bothered surfing even twenty years ago was crowded during Covid. (meanwhile most of Indo had crowds like early 90s)