Hi All Have travelled to Bali regularly both before and after bombings. The people are fantastic as a rule. like any country you get good and bad everywhere!!! Personally i'd give Lovina a big miss. The only time I ever had trouble was there and it was a nightmare....(it is a place that is often suggested to see...not sure why) the peolpe generally were different to those I've encountered elsewhere on the island and caution is required. Also would avoid Kuta...many westerners seem to revel in this area....personally i agree why go to bali if you want to hang out in western bars, nightclubs etc
However Legian, Seminyak,and Ubud are amazing. Legian they can be a bit pushy but love a joke and will not hassle you to death...smile and keep walking if not interested. I found saying hi or thankyou in their own language did wonders as did asking about their childre (who are beautiful...and totally distracts them from their initial purpose). Seminyak is more upmarket and trendy as is Jimbaran bay but worth a visit and Ubud is out of this world. Closer to the true Bali with less western influence than other areas. hope you enjoy the experience!!!
How is the weather there at the moment? Is it still raining lots? Is it still worth going there if it rains?
I've been to Bali twice since the second bomb (in October and December last year) and it was incredibly quiet. The main street of Jl Legian, usually bustling with life, had only a handful of tourists on it.
The Balinese are really suffering because tourists are avoiding the place. Because they're such a tourism-driven economy, they're now struggling to survive and put on the tables for their families. My friends at the surf shop can go all day without selling as much as a block of wax. But as usual, the smiles are on their faces, they're as friendly and warm as ever, and I truly respect them for their courage, optimism and immense strength.
I love Bali, and I feel as safe there as I do in my own country. Bombs can happen anywhere, so technically, no place is really "safe".
Ubud will probably be "safer" than Kuta, on the premise that there're fewer tourists there, and as such it'll be a less likely bomb target. We always stay in Kuta though, and I feel totally safe there.
I hope you'll love Bali the way so many of us do. Have a great honeymoon!
i bag bali because indonesia is so beautiful but most people only see bali and i bag australia coz a lot of australians go to bali for two weeks and think they are an indonesian culture expert. it's a nice place. nice weather. nice people - same for australia, but neither are the bees knees. not that i'm saying not to come to australia, tourism is our biggest industry (besides mining and beef) so if u stop comming we'll all loose our jobs..... so yeah australia's great, create employment - see the great barrier reef
mate, just came back from a Escape Travel work conference in bali for 5 days in March. Admittedly the tourist level was extremely low but it was my first time there and it was magnificient. Security is good and we had no problems whatsoever. A common element is the warmth of the locals and the beauty of the island. We stayed in Legian, Seminyak and Nusa Dua and would go back there again in a flash. It is by far the best value for money but it is sad to see the gorgeous hotels and restuarants with occupancy levels of less than 15%. I say go there and be spoilt.
I've just come back from Bali, generally I felt quite safe. But it is lacking in atmosphere, because, hardly any tourists are there. It's a great shame & I felt for the locals, who look like their businesses are suffering. The amount of empty shops I seen in Kuta was crazy. I really hope business picks up for them.
Unfortuately the weather was pretty dire, I thought the rainy season would have come almost to an end, I had about 5 days when it rained constantly, it didn't even stop for a while! I booked trips which had to be cancelled. I had expected it to rain still but not to that extent. The beach in Kuta was totally ruined as well.
I was in Bali last July. I would definitely go back. After all, I live in London (and went out to Indonesia almost immediately after the bombs here) - if I'm going to be blown up, I would rather it was on an idylic beach than on the rush hour tube!
Seriously though, Bali is a great place to visit, beautiful scenery and really friendly people. I stayed a couple of nights in Kuta and didn't really enjoy it, but then there is so much more to Bali than Kuta.
Lombok (the next island east) is definitely worth viisting as well.
I go to Bali now and then. The last one was last December. And I'm going there again this week and will stay there for 5 days. Lately there are not so many tourists there and hotel occupancy is low. But people from Indonesian big cities such as Jakarta still go there now and then either for business or leisure.
If you ask about terror attacks, no one can know, it could happen anywhere even in London.
i think people who say they aren't going ot bali because of terror threats are stupid. I have been to bali 6 times. The last time was in February 06. It was very quiet but we still found heaps of people at night to party and have fun with, half of them were locals. It is such a great place and people shouldn't think twice about going