My days in Bali beaches

Bali is a small island with different types of beaches. Some beaches have big, sharp rocks, created by corals or lava, others are covered with white, yellow, and gray or black sand. Some people say that Bali is a dream island for a vacation :). Maybe, depends what you are searching for and what is your vacation “habits”. Even if I live in Indonesia, I as well have trips – “vacations” sometimes :D. This time I decided to explore more of Bali beaches in the South part, to see what is so “magic” about those places that attract so many tourists.

In which Bali beaches I have been so far?

Sanur beach

Romantic dinner on the water

This beach is on the coast next to the village of Sanur, on the west side of the island. It is several kilometers long. The sand here is golden yellow and consists of small coral particles that fly on windy days. The beach is covered with thousands of small shells and snails that you can collect. Ocean current is very weak here therefore only tiny waves show on the surface. It is perfect for children and non-swimmers. This beach is really depends on the sea tides, so if you want to swim there you should ask people in the place you are staying which concrete timing of tides. You can have here romantic dinner on the water (probably in many Bali places it’s possible to have;)), a bit further go to watch Balinese kites competition, eat delicious see food, have relaxation procedures, do some sports and organize your trips to other places in Bali.

Travelers usually gives “labels” for concrete places – I heard that Sanur beach named like beach for retiree people :D. But I disagree – yeah, it’s more quite comparing with other beaches, but you can have here everything that suggest any other Bali beach and as well here is a bit cheaper;).

Kuta beach

Surfers paradise

Waves here are high, and ocean currents are strong, so if you decide to swim you need be very careful, like almost every time you will see warning “red” flag on the coast. However, it is perfect for surfers who congregate at this beach in large numbers. Unfortunately, the currents here are also strong and sand and water are not white, but rather gray, as well very trashy :(. Usually this beach quite crowd, like here comes not only tourists from abroad but Indonesians from other places. In this beach you won’t find usual bar/restaurants on the beach, just some people sells drinks, snacks. After the sunset (many people comes to see it), some street musicians come to play there but not stay too long, like there is no lightening.

Kuta as well known as parties, surfers, short love affairs place and one of the cheapest in Bali. If you want quite place, not to see many almost undressed tourists walking around – you shouldn’t choose this place :D.

In any case if you will decide to choose Kuta, check Tara’s from “Where is Tara” survivor’s guide to Kuta.

Seminyak beach

Beach bar

Only ~15 min drive from Kuta beach you will see different view. In Seminyak beach the waves here as well quite high, but the water much cleaner, the beach has already more yellow sand. As well in all coast are aplenty of beach bars where is very nice to have a drink, see the sunset and listen for live music in the evenings :). Seminyak beach is most fashionable area. There are luxurious resorts, a number of fine restaurants and boutiques. Fashion stores and top dining spots with international chefs. That’s why this place is more expensive than Kuta but I really enjoyed the evenings here and “felt in love” with beach bars atmosphere :).

If you are looking for peaceful place you should come here, like after the sunset seams that Seminyak is “dead” even if there are some luxurious dance clubs. Seminyak in general is filled with family-friendly hotels with pools, situated in parks full of flowers and trees.

Pandawa beach

Pandawa beach

Another more beautiful, less heard, hide behind large carved limestone cliffs – Pandawa beach. Often called as “the secret beach”, like officially it was opened only in 2012. Over the last few years, seeing the potential held in the beach’s majestic and pristine beauty, the Badung Regency Administration opened about 1.5 kilometers of access roads. So now it’s fast-gaining popularity among local weekenders and international visitors. If you want to see almost not touched beach – better go here now :D. Here you will be greeted by five statues carved into the cliffs: Yudhistira, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sadewa. These are the Panca Pandawa, five brothers who are characters in the shadow puppet theater, from which the beach takes its name. The sand here is golden yellow and consists of small coral particles, the sea low tide comes after the lunch, so you can enjoy time in the water till that time. It is perfect for children and non-swimmers as well for those who want some privacy.

The water at Pandawa Beach is an exotic combination of blue and green. On clear days with mild winds, it is a great place to swim, or you can hire a sea kayak,  grab a surfboard to catch a wave beyond the reef breaks. Also you can do here paragliding. You will find here only couple simple “warungs” (not fancy ones:)), so better to take some snacks with you. Also it’s not the place to see the sunset, like the cliffs covers it. But if you spend all day in Pandawa beach for sunset you can go to Uluwatu temple, which is quite near and finish the day with seeing the famous “kecak” dance (as well called “monkey dance”) there :).

Important: There are no coast guards on duty in this area, so be careful when you are swimming or canoeing as the condition of the sea can be unpredictable

Nusa Lembongan beach

Nusa Lembongan

Lembongan is a small and very pretty island, only 7 km away from the main island of Bali. It is well known for its tranquil sandy bays, which offer a great opportunity for a romantic getaway. It is dry and rocky, and there are no rice fields. Only cacti, snakes, and lizards are enjoying themselves here. The sand here is golden yellow and consists of small coral particles. The beach is covered with thousands of small shells and snails that you can collect. Ocean current is very weak here therefore only tiny waves show on the surface. It is perfect for children and non-swimmers. Even if recently here comes more people, still it’s not overcrowded.

If you come to this island you should stay here at least couple of days and explore more of this island, like the island not so big but have some interesting places to see. While you are here you can visit and another island, Nusa Ceningan, that you can reach through the hanging bridge. This island is on the southern side of the Lembongan. Nusa Ceningan is a small island only 4 km long and 2.5 km wide.


All these beaches on the map

What is your favorite Bali beach or experience in my mentioned ones?


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3 live music places in South of Bali for various taste

Yeah, in Bali you can listen for live music almost in any bar, restaurant or beach. Some of the places have live music performances every night, others on concrete days. So you have various live music “menu” to choose :).

I want to share about 3 live music places in South of Bali that I visited and recommend you to go there if you are in Bali.

UPDATE: unfortunately it’s closed already “Annapurna Sanur” in Sanur, Bali

For those who think that have “free soul”, likes jamming, different type of music, vegetarian food and meet people from all over the world.

Outside Annapurna

“Annapurna Sanur” is open a little bit more that 1 year ago and presents themselves  like a “soul food restaurant”. They share delicious food, inspiring live music for donations and “fight” against the plastic straws.

The atmosphere here is quite magic because of the people who establish this place, who are making everything to people feel like at home.

Every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm here is live music performances (musicians as well plays for donations). Here is as well open stage for everyone who wants jamming.  All visitors can just join and share what they want – sing, play, and collaborate with others.

The menu is not so various but prepared very delicious. You can come just to a bar and put everything that you see and want (dinner based on buffet type). Everything cooked at “Annapurna” is grown locally and as much as possible organic. Mostly you will find vegetarian food but for those who like meat – can choose from some dishes with chicken.

Probably it’s the first place where for food that you eat you donate money. There are some “tips” how much can cost which dish (the amount compare with restaurants prices in Bali really good) but you can leave as much as you think the food is worth (there are special donation box near the bar).

I have been in this place couple of times and each time I was enjoying the food and music. There you can often hear playing young Indonesian guitarist Renda Pangestu, other travelers from Spain, California and other countries. Every evening is like a surprise here but every time it brings very positive emotions and feeling that you are a part of the family.


“Annapurna Sanur”
Jl. Tandakan no. 7, North of the Sindhu Night Markets, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali
Working hours:
9:00 am-10:00 pm (live music 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, but you can stay there longer for chatting and etc.)

“Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant” in Seminyak, Bali

For those who likes jazz music, artistic performances and Japanese food.

Ryoshi at Seminyak
“Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant” is quite known places between musicians and those who are staying in Bali longer. People enjoy here not only fresh made sushi and other Japanese dishes but as well high quality live music performances.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 pm till 23:00 pm (or a little bit longer) they have live jazz concerts. Each of these days particular musicians are playing. If you are in South of Bali on Monday – for sure you need to see Rio Sidik quartet performance! I want tell more about this musician performances because you need to see it by yourself, what kind of feeling he brings with his trumpet and singing (he is not solo performer, other professional musicians are playing as well). Sometimes quartet gives extra surprises for visitors :).

Don’t be surprised that on Monday or other day with live music you maybe won’t find free place to sit upstairs (where are the stage). So if you want to see the performances better come earlier or just make reservation for a table. In worst case you can sit downstairs and just listen to music without seeing performers :). As well, on Mondays you can meet a lot of Russian tourists there, like Rio Sidik has couple famous Russian songs covers and Russian tourists likes it very much. Believe me, like Indonesian man his Russian language pronunciation and understanding the Russian songs is very good :). So if you understand Russian language and like songs, you will get double pleasure (even if you are not Russian songs fan, I believe you will enjoy it because of the way how they made covers). For those who likes dance – the quartet brings jazz to a dance floor also :). You have enough space to move there.  Once (like I had been there couple of times) I couldn’t just sit and listen – I just dare to start to dance.

Like menu based on Japanese cuisine don’t try to search some other food here :D. Fresh made Japanese dishes won’t leave unsatisfied (yeah, maybe portions can be a bit bigger). I enjoyed here my favorite sushi type. And the prices is quite normal, probably I couldn’t expect to find lower prices in Bali. Here is their menu.

“Ryoshi” has  as well  restaurants in Kuta, Sanur, Ubud (but I haven’t been there, so I don’t know if the standards so high like in Seminyak). From every restaurant they can deliver food straight to your hotel or other place.

Surprising but “Ryoshi” thinks not only about business, “Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant” participate quite active in social Bali life:  in charity activities and etc.


“Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant”
Jl. Raya no. 15, Seminyak, Bali
Working hours:
Monday-Wendsday-Friday (when there are music performances) 11:00 am – 00:00 am
Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am – 23:00 pm

“Warung Mertua” in Denpasar, Bali

For those who wants to be among Indonesian people in their typical gathering places and listen professional musicians jamming.


If you don’t live in Bali, just came here for holidays probably you won’t know this place and won’t find a suggestion to visit it in any typical guide books :).

“Warung Mertua” a place where gathering mostly only Indonesian people. It’s nothing fancy, very typical Indonesian “warung” but at the same time it’s special place – like here gathering and jamming many musicians from all around Bali. After finishing their works, they like to come to this place and just jamming together, share their thoughts, ideas, experiences. They enjoy playing and covering not only famous international songs, but I would say even prefer play Indonesian good song and “transfer” them to jazz, blues and etc. sounds. That’s why many locals are coming here – they know that will have good music and local prices for food.

Warung Mertua

If you are foreigner and will dare to come here, be the object of attention (like not many foreigners comes here, so when you will come – people will stare at you for a while) I believe that you will enjoy the atmosphere of the place. Just you need to know that there is no exact time of playing, no date or time. People come to play here for fun, when they have time and energy. My suggestion to go there on Saturdays (in Indonesia it’s the most active week day for going outside) and after 23:00 pm – most probably you will have chance enjoy real Indonesian music life.

Menu here is not various and as well very typical for Indonesian people – “mie goreng” (instant noodles) and similar. So if you are not fan of Indonesian cuisine, you can just order a beer and enjoy the time :) The prices here local ones ;).


“Warung Mertua”
Jl. Imam Bonjol, at the intersec-tion with Jl. Malboro, Denpasar
Working hours:
Monday to Friday, Sunday 7:00 pm till 00:00 pm (but can be closed earlier if there are no customers)
Saturdays 7:00 pm till 3:00 am (as well depends on customers)

Rumah Sanur hubAnd extra place –“Rumah Sanur” creative hub, Sanur, Bali

It’s not typical place for live music performances and it’s not the aim of this place – to organize concerts. But like the place is in good location, have space, is open for creative people and have some coffee shop – sometimes you can enjoy music performances not only from Indonesia but European musicians as well. Just check information before coming ar just come for cup of coffee :).


All places on the map:

You like other places? Share where is good place to listen for live music (no matter what type), which one is your favorite ;)


Some of the pictures are taken from internet sources.

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What can you do with 1 euro in Indonesia

Some people, when they arrive to Indonesia, feel like millionaires. Here, everything is counted by thousands and millions. In Indonesia there are only 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 thousands banknote and 100, 200, 500, 1 000 coins. Paradox but more than 57% of all Indonesian inhibits earn till 1,78 EUR per day.

Money are using not only for shopping
Indonesians cure fever with metal coins. They scratch the back with coins for wind get out from the body. Indonesians believe that wind, makes them get fever and metal coins attracts bad spirits. This “procedure” (others say it “massage”) called “kerok”.

As well, like probably in many countries, money is given like presents.

In the end of Ramadhan, during Idul-Fitri, when relatives visiting relatives, if in the family there are any kids – guests brings colorful envelopment with money inside (usually 10 000 Rp – ~0,69 EUR) for kids. Even before this celebration banks specially is changing big amount of cash to smaller. Nobody surprised when kids, during Idul-Fitri, comes to guests and showing their wallets (asking money).

In the traditional Muslim weddings you rare will see guests with flowers or presents. Almost everyone brings envelopment with money. When you come, first of all you need to “register” in guest book and beside this book is always stands the box to put the money. There are not written rules how much you need to put, but it’s good gesture if one person brings at least 50 000 Rp (~3,43 EUR).

Before Christmas, Catholics in Indonesia are used to give money for kids like a present. The amount is ~20 000 Rp (1,37 EUR). It should be new banknote in beautiful envelopment. Some street sellers, especially for Christmas sells new banknote already packed. Of course for this “service” you need to pay extra ~2 000–5 000 Rp (0,14–0,34 EUR).

Different prices in different cities and for different people
For example, in Yogyakarta prices are ~1,5 times less than in Jakarta or Bali island.
As well different prices sellers gives for local people and for foreigners. Even if you already know how to barge in Indonesian language, still usually the final sum will be a bit bigger than for locals. Some Indonesians even don’t hide, that foreigners they see like walking ATM’s, so they try to take as much as possible cash from them :).

What can you do with 1 euro in Indonesia?
So what is possible to buy for 1 EUR in Yogyakarta city? Like EUR currency all the time changing let’s take average -1 EUR=14 500 Rp.

  • Eat food in local restaurant “Rumah makan” (where is menu from which you can choose).
    1 portion simple rise (“nasi putih”), fried mushrooms (“jamur goreng”), sambal sause with guava natural juice – 13 500 Rp (0,93 EUR).
  • Have a dish in street restaurant “Warung makan” (food made and putted in the window, there are no menu, you take what is putted)
    1 portion simple rice, vegetables (“sayur”), 2 balls of smash potatoes (“perkedel”), 1 chicken thigh in sweet suce (“ayam bakar”) and natural guava juice – 14 000 Rp (0,96 EUR).
  • Eat in street restaurant (where you see how food is preparing for you)
    1 portion fried rise (“nasi goreng” – called national Indonesian dish) with chicken scrap, omelet, several vegetables and cold drink  “es jeruk” – 11 000 Rp (0,76 EUR).
  • Take away food from street vendors “kaki-lima”.
    1 portion rice cooked in coconut oil (“nasi uduk”), 2 peace “tempeh” and 2 peace of “tahu” – 7 000 Rp (0,48 EUR).

It’s really possible to find where to eat cheaper but I don’t go to places where I see that food is made and kept not in the best conditions :)

If you don’t have big requirements for food and don’t eat big portions, per day in Yogyakarta is possible to eat 3 times for 24 000 Rp (1,65 EUR): for breakfast instant coffee and 4 coffee cake; for lunch – rice, vegetables, chicken, simple drink; for dinner – rice, “tahu” and “tempeh”.

What possible to buy for 1 EUR in Surabaya city? (Thank you Abriani Ori Ratnasari for information)
1 EUR  Abriani calculate like 15 000 Rp. Here is the list what you can do with 1 EUR:

  • Buy food in KFC “goceng package”. You can choose: ice cream, soup, love float, melon float, grape float, burger and others.
  • Buy food: rice, chicken and ice tea – 5 000 Rp (0,33 EUR)
  • Buy books
  • Buy pensil case
  • Buy ticket for public transportation like “angkot” or bus – it’s only 5 000 Rp (0,33 EUR) one way, for 1 person
  • Buy 3 underwear units (for girls)

More things what can you do with 1 euro

  • Eat sandwich with cobra meat– 13 000 Rp (0,89 EUR).
  • Order 2 natural juice in local restaurant – 10 000-14 000 Rp (0,69-0,96 EUR).
  • Try Robusta coffee from Flores island in local restaurant– 10 000 Rp (0,69 EUR).
  • In small shop buy 13 packages of instant coffee – 13 000 Rp (0,89 EUR).
  • In small shop buy 10 packages of instant noodles (Indonesians just love this ”dish”)– ~14 000 Rp (0,96 EUR).
  • Buy ~ 1,2 kilo simple rice – ~14 000 Rp (0,96 EUR).
  • In big supermarket buy “Coca cola” 1,5 l – 13 000 Rp (0,89 EUR). Or in small shop buy 3 small bottles (425 ml) – 12 000 Rp (0,82 EUR).
  • Buy 4 bottles of water in not touristic are (500 ml) – 12 000 Rp (0,82 EUR).
  • Buy 1 kilo tomatoes and cucumber in local market – 14 000 Rp (0,96 EUR) (locals can buy cheaper ;)).
  • Buy 1-2 kilo of seasonal fruits (banana, mango…) – 7 000-13 000 Rp (0,48-0,96 EUR).
  • In small shop buy food „package“ – 2 packages of instat coffee, pie, jam – 13 500 Rp (0,93 EUR) or 0,5 kilo of rice, small package of sauce and 2 pieces of “tahu” and “tempeh” – 13 500 Rp (0,93 EUR).
  • Put the fuel almost 2 l in petrol station – 14 800 Rp (1,02 EUR).
  • Buy bus ticket from Yogyakarta to Magelang city – 13 000 Rp (0,89 EUR).
  • With “becak” go short distance (that takes no longer than 10 min.) – 10 000 Rp (0,69 EUR).
  • Pay for motorbike parking 7-14 times – 14 000 Rp (0,96 EUR). The price depends where you want to park – touristic places more expensive.
  • Go with taxi ~2-4 km – 12 000-14 400 Rp (0,82-0,99 EUR).
  • Buy local cigarettes 1-2 (with „kretek“) – 8 000-14 000 Rp (0,55-0,96 EUR).
  • Buy small souvenirs in Malioboro street, for example T-shirt– 13 000 Rp (0,89 EUR)
  • Visit 1 person, 1 time Sultan palace “Kraton” – 13 500 Rp (0,93 EUR) or Water castle “Taman sari” – 14 000 Rp (0,96 EUR).
  • Put to mobile “pulsa”– 11 000 Rp (0,76 EUR).
  • Buy cleaning stuff for home, for example in small shop liquid for cleaning the floor – 9 700 Rp (0,67 EUR).
  • Buy hygienic stuff (in small shop): tooth paste, soap, wet napkins – 13 700 Rp (0,94 EUR).
  • Take laundry service for ~5,5 kilos – 13 750 Rp (0,94 EUR).
  • Buy 1 pair of slippers – 12 000 Rp (0,82 EUR).

And some other things possible to do with 1 EUR ;).

Per day, if not spread out the money, possible to live for ~ 30 000 Rp (2,06 EUR). That’s why mostly people use banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 thousand. Those banknotes are mostly dirty and damage. Sometimes I see when locals get new banknote of 2 000 Rp, they are smiling while looking at them, because not many new banknotes you can see of such amount.

As well, sometimes it’s happens (especially in small shop) when they don’t have back change, they give back small candies (I really don’t like it). But when I tried once in the same shop pay with the same candies – I didn’t manage :D

What you managed to buy with 1 euro in Indonesia?

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