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South Kuta General Travel Information

The hotels in South Kuta are categorized along the same lines as the rest of Bali and you may find the same assortment of accommodation anywhere that you need to stay. The basic hotels offer budget rooms that aren’t fancy, but are always clean and neat and are extremely cheap for those on a really tight budget. Then you may find places that offer moderate accommodation with a few additional facilities like their own cafe and bar. Next are the superior types of places which will be rated by stars, often from 3-5 stars and offer you better views and more personalized service.

Deluxe hotels are 4-5 stars that as you are expecting will be of a much better standard with pretty much all that you need to chill on your holiday without venturing too far. These places will have in-house spas, massages and shopping areas. Then if you want to splash out you can go for pure luxury, these are the top Bali hotels that are all over Bali and South Kuta luxury hotels are a selection of the finest to be found on the island. Everything found in these establishments is 5 stars, the cafes, bars, coffee bars and shops, they offer everything the other hotels have plus a lot more, pampered is a good way to explain how you may feel when staying there.

The bulk of folk who visit Bali will come to go to the white sandy beaches and clear blue seas that are in and around Kuta. Being such a popular destination you will find many hotels to stay in that offer every type of services and individual packages to suite your wishes. South Kuta was not always a bustling tourist attraction, with restaurants, discotheques, shopping areas and all the conveniences that holiday makers have come to expect when visiting such a lovely island. Not such a long time ago it had been a quiet fishing town with fishing boats lining the beach and simple houses made from bamboo along the shore where now stands all the craft shops, wonderful restaurants, up market bars and clubs.

The bulk of South Kuta hotels have an internet site that you can book your stay through and make the start to your holiday a simple one. Having a hotel booked is especially important if you’re traveling a long distance to get to Bali. After arriving an Ngurah airport on one of the long haul Bali flights the very last thing the majority wish to do is go gallivanting around. It’s best to head straight from the airport, drop your bags and relax for a couple of hours and get some shut eye.

Having a holiday in Bali will leave you feeling rejuvenated and prepared to take on the real world again. To make sure that your holiday is an agreeable one and not ruined by simply avoidable mishaps, use some common sense and do not forget that you are on holiday this is when folk tend to let their guard down.

Keep your valuables, jewelry and most importantly your visa cards and passport in a secure place. Never leave them abandoned, if your hotel has safes utilize them. Each hotel will charge differently, but it is really worth the extra cost than having to cope with the problems that stem from lost passports and visa cards.

When traveling into the more rural areas you may come across some, how to put it, less than desirable toilet facilities. Always carry a roll of toilet paper with you, even some budget hotels don’t have any, and some hand cleaner. If you finish up looking round for the handle to flush the toilet and are scratching your head, look left or right next to the bowl. The bucket with the scoop in, that is what you are looking for, scoop the water and flush, all part of the experience.

The majority of the temples in Bali need you to wear a sarong when entering. You can rent one at every temple as you visit, but if you intend to go to many temples it’s a good idea to buy your own when you arrive or bring one from home.

Scuba Diving South Lombok

Hi all, as I’ve been living and diving in South Lombok for 7 years now, I’ve read numerous articles, blogs, and forum posts about our region and many people think South Lombok is only for the “rough and ready” adventure diver, so I feel the need to clear up a few misconceptions about the south coast of Lombok.

South Lombok, in general, presents itself as a relaxed place (some people compare it to Bali 20 years ago), and travelers of all interests (not only divers) can find a very tropical and enjoyable region to visit. One will find beautiful white sandy beaches, simple to more luxurious accommodations, friendly locals, and lots of nature and relaxation.

There are 3 unique regions in the south of Lombok, Sekotong, Belongas Bay, and Kuta Bay:

Sekotong is a tropical little place with not much topside activity other than maybe renting a motorbike and exploring the coastline, snorkeling, swimming, or of course scuba diving. It’s quite perfect for couples and families who just want to relax and enjoy. There isn’t much touristic infrastructure (although it’s developing fairly quickly), but most accommodations have an adjacent restaurant so no one will need to go hungry (or thirsty). The scuba diving it’s relaxed, colorful reef diving at very intact reefs and lots of macro life can be found.

Belongas Bay, the place where the misconceptions actually come from, is truly only for the more adventures traveler and diver. The region is basically in the middle of nowhere, and the locals don’t see very much tourism there. So don’t be surprised if you are approached in a quite curios manner, for some this might even feel a little disturbing. The diving around this region can prove to be very challenging (especially during the dry season from July till October), but also can be very rewarding in a sense of pelagic life. Most certainly I would only recommend diving there only to the experienced diver.

Kuta Bay is comparable to Sekotong (from the diving aspect), but offers more infrastructure and topside possibilities such as, cafes, restaurants, and accommodations. The diving there is well suited for all levels of experience, and the dive shops there also have pool facilities etc. available for all levels of courses. But it should be mentioned that Kuta is best for diving during the rainy season (November till April), as during the dry season it’s subject to wind and waves (hence the time surfers love the place).

There are 2 or 3 dive shops located in South Lombok, and I’m sure they’ll be happy to give you some more detailed info about the general conditions for the particular regions.

Hope you guys come and visit, and have a great day;)