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tutulau wrote:
Sep 3rd, 2019 11:12 am
Does any one book all inclusive resorts in Bali Indonesia?
I would like to book 4 nights all inclusive resort, but do not know which one is good nice and reasonable price.
Please advise.
So, I've been to Indonesia and Bali a number of times. I would strongly advise against it. The cost of AI would be way more than typical nor you would want it. You will absolutely not find any AI for reasonable price anywhere.

A lot of good resorts/hotels in Bali have very good breakfasts which are included. For example. Marriott Courtyard Seminyak resort probably has the best breakfast spread out of most hotels. Read the reviews, they all mention it. They also have reasonable (for our standards) buffet dinners too, if you don't want to go out.
Restaurant meals can be added to your room as well.

Depending on the location your hotel may also have 100s of really amazing restaurants within a short walk. Some are truly exceptional and unique. The exception are those that are located far away and catering to those who just want seclusion and being away from the culture( eg. Nusa Dua area is popular for 5 star resorts, yet it will be no different than you staying in Mexico. Those hotels are far from everything and you will have to eat there(likely, unless you have a bike, take taxi or perhaps a shuttle bus ).
Your question is also very general as Bali is not a small coastline similar to say Cancun. It's a big island with 1000s of hotels all over.
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Sep 30th, 2019 11:51 am
Thanks...how would you rank your top things to do in Indonesia? Where did you stay? and how much did it cost? Did you book tours?

So you hiked up Mount Bromo? How long did that take? Or if we take the jeep and not the horses how long is that hike? Just trying to see if its doable for us?
We flew from Toronto to Taiwan and then transferred to Bali.

We hired tours for everything we did minus the last 5 days:

- Bali island tour we did 6 days, hired a company which drove and took us all the touristy places and things you need to see, temples, UBUD and beaches etc.
- Java we took a 3 day tour from Bali where the companies took us across the ferry and also drove us to Mount Bromo and Ijen Blue Flame where we did one overnight hike each night.
- Back to Bali and down to Nusa Dua for a 5 day all inclusive 5-star resort at Samabe where we relaxed.
- This was our honeymoon trip
- AI resorts are very expensive compared to what you can get elsewhere in Bali in general. We loved Samabe (our resort) but it's very expensive like $700 CAD per night for the two of us. The Java tour included accommodations and sorry to break it to you but the Mount Bromo accommodations in general are terrible. For Bali we found our own place during the 6 day tour and it was nice and reasonable overall.

For Mount Bromo, YES it is very cold there, just like any high elevated place and you are outside for 2 hrs or so to catch the sunrise. It is crowded there too but very very beautiful. Def bring warm clothes. We went in Sept in 2017 and flew I THINK EVA Airlines.

So I don't recall but I think Mount Bromo is the mountain you climb and the mountain you watch the sunrise is different. So you take a jeep as close to the top and hang out at the viewing spot for a couple of hrs before sunrise. Certain companies will recommend different mountains to view. I personally did not know the differences to determine, I let the company decide. Afterwards you head back down by jeep (the entire time up and down in a jeep is awful due to the car exhaust fumes, crowdedness etc).

When you are down, there is a stretch of sand that you have to walk across to get to the crater base and then you have to hike up (like steps built on side of crater), it is steep and tiring and was hot. Or you can rent a horse to take you across the sand and then hike up. OR you can skip that altogether. Hike up that crater was a good 20+ min I think. The sand was about another 20+min one way. I THINK.
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hello99 wrote:
Sep 30th, 2019 10:12 am
We are not hikers (wife and 11 year son) so I was reading you can take a jeep up to Mount Bromo? Ijen Blue Flame looks pretty cool but I see people had to wear masks? How strong are the sulphur smells? How hard is the Ijen Blue Flame hike?
You have to wear a mask... The smell is strong. Some choose not to as it's different day to day, but you are inhaling sulfur gas.
It's about an hour or more hike, depending on your fitness level. Miners have strollers which they can use to take you there for a moderate fee.
You are also not guaranteed to see anything. You may come in and see nothing. It happens!
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demi2004 wrote:
Sep 30th, 2019 12:33 pm
You have to wear a mask... The smell is strong. Some choose not to as it's different day to day, but you are inhaling sulfur gas.
Most masks are for particulates and droplets. A gas like H2S will kill you.
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speedyforme wrote:
Sep 30th, 2019 12:29 pm
We flew from Toronto to Taiwan and then transferred to Bali.

We hired tours for everything we did minus the last 5 days:

- Bali island tour we did 6 days, hired a company which drove and took us all the touristy places and things you need to see, temples, UBUD and beaches etc.
- Java we took a 3 day tour from Bali where the companies took us across the ferry and also drove us to Mount Bromo and Ijen Blue Flame where we did one overnight hike each night.
- Back to Bali and down to Nusa Dua for a 5 day all inclusive 5-star resort at Samabe where we relaxed.
- This was our honeymoon trip
- AI resorts are very expensive compared to what you can get elsewhere in Bali in general. We loved Samabe (our resort) but it's very expensive like $700 CAD per night for the two of us. The Java tour included accommodations and sorry to break it to you but the Mount Bromo accommodations in general are terrible. For Bali we found our own place during the 6 day tour and it was nice and reasonable overall.

For Mount Bromo, YES it is very cold there, just like any high elevated place and you are outside for 2 hrs or so to catch the sunrise. It is crowded there too but very very beautiful. Def bring warm clothes. We went in Sept in 2017 and flew I THINK EVA Airlines.

So I don't recall but I think Mount Bromo is the mountain you climb and the mountain you watch the sunrise is different. So you take a jeep as close to the top and hang out at the viewing spot for a couple of hrs before sunrise. Certain companies will recommend different mountains to view. I personally did not know the differences to determine, I let the company decide. Afterwards you head back down by jeep (the entire time up and down in a jeep is awful due to the car exhaust fumes, crowdedness etc).

When you are down, there is a stretch of sand that you have to walk across to get to the crater base and then you have to hike up (like steps built on side of crater), it is steep and tiring and was hot. Or you can rent a horse to take you across the sand and then hike up. OR you can skip that altogether. Hike up that crater was a good 20+ min I think. The sand was about another 20+min one way. I THINK.
Did you book the tour from here? How was EVA airlines?
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Sep 30th, 2019 2:20 pm
Did you book the tour from here? How was EVA airlines?
Yeah we booked all tours from here. Online.

Eva was good. Better than Air Canada.
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speedyforme wrote:
Sep 30th, 2019 6:06 pm
Yeah we booked all tours from here. Online.

Eva was good. Better than Air Canada.
Hi,

If you don't mind where did you book your tour from?

How much time does it take to do Mount Bromo? I'm just trying to see where I can fly out from? Can you explain how long it took to get there? When you started the jeep up the mountain? See the sunrise and then climb further up on horses (as an option) during the day? Then that night you stayed in the city? I'm just thinking how many days I need to account for and how much it will be to fly out of SUB (Juanda)...It may be cheaper for me to fly out of Jakarta but then I have to do a flight from Juanda to jarkarta and make sure I have enough time to get there.
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Sep 30th, 2019 6:14 pm
Hi,

If you don't mind where did you book your tour from?

How much time does it take to do Mount Bromo? I'm just trying to see where I can fly out from? Can you explain how long it took to get there? When you started the jeep up the mountain? See the sunrise and then climb further up on horses (as an option) during the day? Then that night you stayed in the city? I'm just thinking how many days I need to account for and how much it will be to fly out of SUB (Juanda)...It may be cheaper for me to fly out of Jakarta but then I have to do a flight from Juanda to jarkarta and make sure I have enough time to get there.
Honestly I looked up reviews on Tripadvisor for the Mount Bromo/Ijen Blue Flame tours from Bali and picked one, contacted them and booked them. None of them required payment up front.

We spent all our time in Bali. The day we were to go to Mount Bromo, we were escorted to the ferry that connects Bali and Java. The tour company arranged all of this and then drove us to the area near Mount Bromo, it was about a 5 hrs drive I believe to Mount Bromo area. We then stayed for the evening and woke up early around maybe 2am or so and then they drove us to Mount Bromo (45-1hr drive) and then up the mountain. We probably made it there by 4am or so and waited for sunrise. Once it rose we then did the walk across the sand and up the crater and then back. I am pretty sure we were back to the hotel by 8:30am or so.
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Honestly I looked up reviews on Tripadvisor for the Mount Bromo/Ijen Blue Flame tours from Bali and picked one, contacted them and booked them. None of them required payment up front.

We spent all our time in Bali. The day we were to go to Mount Bromo, we were escorted to the ferry that connects Bali and Java. The tour company arranged all of this and then drove us to the area near Mount Bromo, it was about a 5 hrs drive I believe to Mount Bromo area. We then stayed for the evening and woke up early around maybe 2am or so and then they drove us to Mount Bromo (45-1hr drive) and then up the mountain. We probably made it there by 4am or so and waited for sunrise. Once it rose we then did the walk across the sand and up the crater and then back. I am pretty sure we were back to the hotel by 8:30am or so.

Oh...so you after sunrise the walk across and such is not that long...so did you stay the night in the same town? Or did you move on the very same day?
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hello99 wrote:
Oct 1st, 2019 10:19 pm
After Mount Bromo, we moved on to the next town after breakfast.

Most will move on from that morning. For us we wanted to get back to Bali as soon as possible to our resort so they brought us all the way to Nusa Dua by 4pmish.
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hello99 wrote:
Sep 30th, 2019 11:51 am
Thanks...how would you rank your top things to do in Indonesia? Where did you stay? and how much did it cost? Did you book tours?

So you hiked up Mount Bromo? How long did that take? Or if we take the jeep and not the horses how long is that hike? Just trying to see if its doable for us?
I would highly recommend you to spend few days in Nusa Penida (2 or 3). This island is simply beautiful !

It's in the south east of Bali.
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Oct 2nd, 2019 12:17 pm
I would highly recommend you to spend few days in Nusa Penida (2 or 3). This island is simply beautiful !

It's in the south east of Bali.
How did you get there from Bali? I'm trying to figure out how many days to spend in Bali, don't think I will make it to Jakarta or yogyakarta...so thinking Bali and a trip to Mount Bromo...now just trying to decide how many days to spend where and where to stay? We are also going to go to a beach (not sure which one in Thailand) so not sure if we should do a few says in Bali on a beach and a few days in Thailand also? But if we do, I was thinking of Gili Island...although I don't know how I would get there...Nusa Dua...have to find some places to shop to as my wife loves markets.
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hello99 wrote:
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How did you get there from Bali? I'm trying to figure out how many days to spend in Bali, don't think I will make it to Jakarta or yogyakarta...so thinking Bali and a trip to Mount Bromo...now just trying to decide how many days to spend where and where to stay? We are also going to go to a beach (not sure which one in Thailand) so not sure if we should do a few says in Bali on a beach and a few days in Thailand also? But if we do, I was thinking of Gili Island...although I don't know how I would get there...Nusa Dua...have to find some places to shop to as my wife loves markets.
It's a small island, but very beautiful. Not spoiled by mass hotels just yet so it's typically locally owned guest houses. For $30/n you can get a very nice bungalow with AC, breakfast, wifi, hot showers,etc.
You go to the fast boat beach area in Sanur and get one of those fast boats. Don't remember the cost, but should be +- 300-400 round trip. There you can hire a motorbike and travel around to your hotel. You can also get a ride if you don't want to hire a bike. Your hotel may also offer transportation. It's a beautiful island with a lot to see. I was there for 3 nights and wish I had 1 more day. Traveling there is tough as roads are bumpy, damaged and very narrow. At night there are giant snakes on the roads and no lights. If you are hiring a bike, get the most powerful you can find as some hills are very steep and impossible to drive on a typical scooter they may offer. I've seen many accidents due to that as the scooters would stall mid way and fall.

Same boats go to Gili islands. It will cost more.
Beaches in Bali are not as good as Thailand and of course none of them can't even be compared to Cuban beaches. Google the (real) images so you know what to expect. Some arrive to Gili islands expecting some kind of a paradise and find dirty beaches full rocks, murky water and a lot of drunken tourists :)
It's good to have realistic expectations and perhaps Tripadvisor may help if you read some reviews.
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demi2004 wrote:
Oct 13th, 2019 10:59 am
I. Traveling there is tough as roads are bumpy, damaged and very narrow. At night there are giant snakes on the roads and no lights. If you are hiring a bike, get the most powerful you can find as some hills are very steep and impossible to drive on a typical scooter they may offer. I've seen many accidents due to that as the scooters would stall mid way and fall.
I think is is best to forego motorbike rentals altogether, given some of the stats and tales I read on the internet about foreigners on motorbikes in Bali. And be very careful on pedal bike tours too, or at least pack a helmet with you. If you get hurt, people will give you plenty of sympathy and be very sorry for you, but for advanced trauma facilities you probably have to be evacuated to Singapore.

We found it very cheap just to rent a car and driver who knew all the roads and hazards and could stop anywhere we wanted to.
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Oct 13th, 2019 11:10 am
I think is is best to forego motorbike rentals altogether, given some of the stats and tales I read on the internet about foreigners on motorbikes in Bali. And be very careful on pedal bike tours too, or at least pack a helmet with you. If you get hurt, people will give you plenty of sympathy and be very sorry for you, but for advanced trauma facilities you probably have to be evacuated to Singapore.

We found it very cheap just to rent a car and driver who knew all the roads and hazards and could stop anywhere we wanted to.
For most people, I would of course recommend hiring a car! I have more than 15 years of experience riding motorcycles and even for me Nusa Penida was not easy in some places. As mentioned, I saw many accidents from stalls as well as from really bad road conditions. And if that doesn't scare you, local trucks drive very fast and in extremely dangerous manner on narrow roads.
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