Once you master the art of bargaining, you can really pick up some great deals.


Bargaining is fun!

Besides being well known for beaches and sunshine, Bali is also a paradise of shopping centers. For those who go on vacation in Bali, it is important to spare some of the budget for shopping or to buy some souvenirs from your holiday. So don’t forget to bargain the price that fits your pocket.

It might be strange and uncomfortable for some tourists, but bargaining is part of the shopping culture in Bali.

It’s doubtful you will ever insult someone by offering a price too low. So follow these simple preparations and you’ll be haggling like a pro!

Preparation

  1. You can haggle at other local shops
  2. You can’t just walk in there and go wild, you’ve got to understand, respect, practice and finesse the art of haggling.
  3. The first price quoted is usually the “tourist price” and it is generally two times more than what the vendor is actually willing to accept.
  4. Set a price in your mind before you start. But the first thing you need to do is have a benchmark market price. You do this by asking at around 3 different (not beside each other) shops, without any intention to buy. You’re just setting the usual ‘ask.’
  5. Even though negotiations can get heated at times, just remember to always keep your cool and never, ever be rude. Their hardball tactics are just how they do business, so keep that in the back of your mind.
  6. Laughing and smiling is always good. It’s not supposed to be a life and death battle but more an exchange to reach a satisfying price you are both happy with
  7. Remember this: the more items you buy, the better deal you will get!  – Just ask..If I buy 6 (for example) what is the price then?
  8. Make a small drama by saying that you just want to buy at the price you bid, if it can’t be done, you would move to the other outlet. If you are lucky, the seller will ask you to stay and give the price as you wanted.
  9. Just one other thing – if you really like it and then you find the same item later somewhere else for less, it doesn’t really matter!
  10. If you get fair prices, remember the shop and return again should you require more goods. They will be friendly when they see you back again, opening prices will generally be much lower for repeat customers.
  11. Besides coming early, you can also come in the last hours before the market closes. Usually at the last minute before closing their shop, the sellers usually would say yes to every bargainer.

Tips

If you get down to 80,000 Rupiah and you’re happy to pay it, just pay it. It’s around one dollar more than your target, so, what do you really care!? But, if it feels like you’re getting ripped off and they’re asking you for 150,000 IDR and you really don’t want to pay that much because the shoes aren’t worth it, then don’t pay it. Just say thanks!

Also, don’t forget to bring your own shopping bag to avoid using up a lot of plastic bags!

So are you ready to bargain? Happy haggling!

Eating should be about a healthy balance. Everything in moderation. Simply listen to your body with what it needs. Eat right and cheat right 🙂

Finding delicious, wholesome vegan food is not always easy when you’re eating out at a restaurant, but it’s totally possible! There are plenty of great places for vegans to eat in Canggu,

if you’re passionate about healthy eating as well as vegan cooking, 

1# BEACH GARDEN-IN THE RAW

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No 103 Canggu

Head to Beach Garden if you are anywhere near Canggu!

Beach Garden specialize in Vegetarian, Vegan and “real” organic food, when everyone else claims to sell organic vegetables Beach Garden does it for real! A really chill vibe and beautiful place. The atmosphere is amazing. Lots of vegan options available. All very fresh, yummy and really reasonable prices. Such a good place for healthy oriented people!

2# THE SHADY SHACK

Jl.Tanah Barak No 57

The Shady Shack in Canggu serves some of the best vegan food in Bali. Huge variety of vegan options! The quality of ingredients and combinations are put together so creatively. The place itself is very cute, and dimly lit which creates a nice atmosphere.  This place is rightfully so very popular and getting seats might be an issue at peak times. A healthy outside starts from the inside so be the best version of yourself and nourish your body with nutritious and delicious food 🙂

3# PELOTON SUPERSHOP

Jl.Pantai Berawa No 46

This little place is really great for vegans. One stop into Peloton Supershop will have you coming back for more… leaving the old saying “vegans only eat salad” in the dirt, you’ll find it hard to choose from their mouth-watering menu. Heaps of savoury and sweet healthy options to enjoy!

They have an incredible menu with a great balance between healthier stuff (salads, soups, smoothies), and comfort food (lasagne, burgers etc) although everything tastes fresh and amazing! Also they have menus for the kids which have really good and healthy options, the menu is super creative.

 

4# MATCHA CAFE

Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99

Such a cute little cafe in Canggu where the food is healthy, delicious and picturesque.  Everything has a matcha theme to it. Their menu is designed by a holistic and nutritionist chef known worldwide. There’s a very nice vibe in this cafe and plenty of vegan options to choose. Fluffy vegan matcha pancakes with self-made vegan nutella and caramelized bananas are so good!

 

5# PLANT CARTEL

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No 38a Canggu

What do you think of having a full on vegan meal fast food style? A nice vegan fast food place, perfect to grab a burger!

All-day menu including burgers, loaded fries, tacos, hotdogs, subs and desserts plus sundaes and shakes. They use fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, along with nuts, beans and grains to make everything on their menu. Real good, Fast food

6# NALU BOWLS

Jl. Batu Mejan No 88 Canggu

Nalu Bowls have a few spots around the island and are so worth stopping by to grab one! Great for vegans and people with dietary requirements. Great place, with lovely smoothie bowls and amazing interior. Extensive range of fresh fruit and produce, meals are authentically presented. If you haven’t been there, go! Paradise for the health conscious food lover.

7# GIVE CAFE

Jl. Padang Linjong No 85 Canggu

Vegan Indonesian buffet for an affordable price with authentic local flavours. Their menu features delicious traditional Indonesian cuisine with a plant-based twist.

A few good spots for pics if you’re an instagrammer!

The most important thing is their non-profit making concept of caring for the planet, people with disabilities and animals. So by eating here you’re already helping them. How cool is that!

Do a good deed & dine with them

8# NUDE

Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No 33 Canggu

Gorgeous white wooden hut cafe.  You should definitely give Nude a try. There’s ample seating both outside and in an A/C cooled space indoors, all of which is really comfy. The seating area is really cute and filled with greenery.

Nude is focused on healthy, vibrant food and definitely doesn’t disappoint!

The portions are generous and the food is super tasty, catered to the health conscious diner. They do the best brekkie and have a good mix of healthy and tasty food!

Too Amazing To Describe

Nusa Penida Island is something to be experienced

 

If you’re after something a little more adventurous, Nusa Penida will reward you in spades!

Nusa Penida is part of Nusa Islands, it is the biggest of the 3. The island is absolutely beautiful and still new to tourists, it’s such a stark contrast to a lot of what you will experience on the mainland of Bali.

Nusa Penida can only be reached by fast boat. It takes one hour to get to the island. Fast boat departs from Sanur Beach.

There are two main ways to explore this amazing land, motorbike or hiring a car with a driver.

Nusa Penida is a lot more rugged and less developed (that’s great!) and has a lot more cliff edges and steep stairways. It’s all part of the adventure!

The roads are a bit bumpy, which no one can control – be prepared for a little Rock & Roll. But you’ll have stunning views of the island.

The local people – friendliness and kindness are part of their culture, which makes for a hospitable environment for tourists and expats. Moreover, the local Nusa Penida residents have an innate laid-back and relaxed islander nature to them.

Make sure you don’t miss any of the most important landmarks in West Nusa Penida like Crystal Bay, Angel Billabong, Broken Beach, and Kelingking Beach or in East Nusa Penida like Thousand Island, Nusa Penida Tree House, Atuh Beach, Cave Temple, Teletubbies Hill, and Peguyangan Waterfall.

Crystal Bay – is popular for its crystal clear blue water. It’s a the best beach on the island to chill out. You’ll find bean bags, lounge chairs and some stalls selling local dishes, snacks and cold drinks while you relax in the white sand.

Kelingking Beach – Absolutely stunning and probably one of the most famous views of the Island. From the top you get an incredible view of this land that’s totally Insta-worthy. If you’re brave enough, you can take a hike down from the top to the beach. It will take 2 hours to get down. It’s very steep so be careful where you tread!

* this part is only recommended to fit people and those with proper shoes as it’s very tricky hiking with parts that involve almost vertical climbing up and down.

Angel Billabong – is a crystal clear natural pool. You can snorkel here or just spend some time marveling at the waters where manta rays swim

*Be cautious as when the tide is high, waves crash over the edge

Broken Beach – a cliff lookout over a hole in the rock. It’s stunning to see the erosion of the rock to create this archway that influenced the name Broken Beach because this cove is not fully enclosed.

Thousand Island – here you can get some shots of the gorgeous coastline! It’s down some stairs to get to the viewpoint, but nothing too crazy. Spend a moment appreciating exactly where you are!

Tree House – a famous place on Instagram. You can stay the night here and wake up to see incredible views.

Atuh Beach – to get to this beach you will need to descend down a long flight of stairs. You are in the tropics when you are here and see the bluest water with so many different hues. There are some bars where you can rent lounge chairs and sunshades. It is amazing!

Peguyangan Waterfalls – you can only reach the location by walking down some stairs attached to a cliff. But once you get there the spot is mind blowing!

However every corner is an Instagrammer’s dream. You’ll never run out of things to do and see in Nusa Penida. You can’t ask for more, just incredible and full of good vibes!

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Best time to visit Nusa Penida is during the dry season, but it’s possible to visit all year around. I recommend to avoid weekend traveling in the island if you want to visit the island in peace.
  • Bring enough cash as most things in Nusa Penida are paid in cash. And less ATM machines here.
  • If you’re planning to stay a few nights, there are some great hotels and hostels. So you can explore and get what you need to see in this island.
  • One day is not enough to explore around the island. So you should be able to choose between west or east areas if you only have a day to go
  • Keep in your mind : Make sure your phone and camera fully charged before you’re heading there! So you won’t be regrets as you will have the memories stay with you

IT’S TIME!

Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure! An unforgettable peaceful yet adventurous experience awaits you in Nusa Penida

It was the first time but definitely not the last

As a normal human, I was nervous to ride it for the first time. It seemed like it would be easy but when I saw a giant bike right in front of me, I wasn’t sure if I’d like to do it. But then, you won’t be wanting to stop once you ride and feel the power.

Preparation before you’re going crazy!

I was going to do quad bike riding with my friends. We chose a company based in Ubud called Kuber Bali ATV.

We booked via Krisna Tours Bali as they have a special price on it. Once we made a booking (which is so easy to get confirmed by them) and on the day they picked us up from our office in the morning  as a meeting point. We met a friendly driver to take us to the location.

When we arrived, they welcomed us with a unique drink (I think it was a traditional drink and the taste was great!). After we finished the drink it was time to gear  up and go through the pre-ride safety briefing and some practice training on a nice easy track next to the camp supervised by our guide. 

And now we were ready to enjoy the ride on the dirty and muddy areas!

What to expect

It doesn’t take long to feel comfortable with the bike.

It’s an exciting and different way to enjoy Bali’s bush. Ride and explore the wonderlands of farms, rivers, jungles and waterfalls on your choice of a 1 or a 2 hour guided tour! 

We absolutely loved the thrill of cruising through beautiful scenic off-road tracks and also going full throttle around shallow rivers, past waterfalls and across muddier sections. Our guides were very thorough in making sure we were safely getting up and down the trickier bits.

We were covered in mud after 2 hours! But the mud actually added to the experience. Then back to the camp for refreshments and enjoy yummy Nasi Goreng or Mie Goreng to fill our hungry bellies for lunch. And yeah, it was included!

After that our driver was waiting for us, smiling as always, and took us back to our office.

 

Heaps of fun experience 

The quad bikes were well maintained and rider safety was a priority.

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who would want to try something new and a little out of their comfort zone. Because it was exhilaratingly!

Yaaas! Looking for an exciting new adventure? Rafting just may be what you’re looking for. This watersport is guaranteed to get the heart pumping and everybody laughing. If you’re cool enough to try this, surely it will put your stress level down.

Ayung River, located in north Ubud – Bali with luscious tropical rainforest along the river’s edge, is the most popular water activity area you could choose for rafting. You will also enjoy the scenery of waterfalls and the stone carving on the cliffs that will amaze you!

The rapid levels at Ayung River are very easy to access and it can be considered as a family friendly white water river rafting location, so you don’t need to worry if you’re a first timer to try this! Normally the guide will provide great safety equipment, a safety talk, and give you basic paddle instructions before you start rafting.

Did you know, people who think rafting is only suited for clear sky days are SURELY MISTAKEN! Rainy days can be a memorable and worthwhile experience. The rainfall naturally causes an upsurge in the river flow, making for larger rapids that are more in line with your expectations. Which is great news, right? So rainy days are not gonna ruin the day. Also, your guide always gauges the daily forecast prior to launching a tour, then they will make a decision before anything else to ensure the safety of the rafters.

Bring your family or friends for rafting! And you will have loads of fun. Experience and enjoy the rush!!!