Re: Bali Knowledge needed for kook...
Welcome Blue, it is good you put your questions up on the forum, there are many beginner surfers coming from the cold European waters to Bali for the first time.
Hopefully I can give some answers.
Lets start with the surf.
Kuta, Legian and the stretch of black sand is a bit Jekyll and Hyde type personality, on some tides and conditions it can provide a fun beginners wave and quite a few surf schools use these time to teach.
Other times the Kuta stretch can be a full raging closeout and big beach break nightmare and it can change from one to the other with a change of tide.
It generates strong rips and is not like a lot of Australian beaches with patrols and lifeguards ( there are some and they have been Australian trained but the beach itself is very long.
Having said that, more often than not Kuta will work as a beginners beach with a thriving throng ( read masses) of beginners everywhere!
Out on the Bukit peninsular toward Uluwatu there are beginner friendly waves at Dreamland and Bingin, but you need a slightly higher level of skills in negotiating white water to get out!
Go to a local surf shop in the UK and get Indo surf and Lingo or order it online it will tell about cheap accommodation.
If you are looking for cheap then down Poppies lane and other lanes in Kuta there are home stays and Losmen for about 25,000 rupiah a night, the lingo book and online searching can find some of these.
Some provide a very basic breakfast and charge slightly more for a fan and some have a dearer stay with air Con.
Cheaper ones might only give you a cup of tea in the morning.
Don't worry around every corner there is a variety of eating places. There are also the carts for food but theyare suspect in hygiene for westerners.
Don't drink anything except bottled water use it to clean your teeth if you are staying cheap!
If you are of a friendly nature you will meet plenty of people, you will need to be aware that you will an obvious newbie and lots of scams will be directed your way, learn some basic Indonesian quickly and smile while you enjoy bartering.
If you get to know your host family well they will have a load of relatives who can offer you things and if you talk they will often tell you what is a fair price.
Some thoughts on your plans:
Normal pay as you enter visa is $25 USD for 30 days for 6 weeks you need to make different arrangements, check before you go!
Often immigration want to know your accommodation "hotel"
Know the exchange rate of £ to rupiah, and do get that book, even after many trips it still helps......+ there are vouchers for some deals there too.
your budget doesn't leave you many options outside the low end but it is workable. Hiring boards etc will cost and you have to have enough for your airport departure tax!
BTW do take out travel insurance and do consider that cholera, typhoid and other basic hygiene illnesses are there, but are preventable by good practice!
Do put a little money aside to engage in the culture of temples and ceremonies, if your experience of Bali is only surf then you will be poorer for it, .
Don't wear green boardshorts, ( research queen of the southern seas)
Definitely don't do drugs, death penalty applies and also even small amounts can set you up to be cleaned out money wise in paying bribes to get off , and that is not guaranteed !
Watch out for sweet lady boys who can fall in love with you .
different world you bet, fun yes, exciting yes, keep your brains on and your mind open!
any further questions from this, please ask.
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