The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

August 25, 2013 by David Herd

Magnificent rice terraces


Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise, but personally I prefer Thailand as the best Asian destination for a number of reasons. For me there are too many Australians holidaying in Bali and being an Australian myself I really don’t want to mix with my countrymen when I am on vacation. I first visited this lovely island 40 years ago when it was calm and peaceful, now it is so busy all year round with tourists from all over the world. However as I said initially it is a great location for surfers as opposed to Thailand and many other Asian countries which don’t have large waves crashing on the shore.

Gathering for the sunset

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On the beach in front of Ku Da Ta the crowd eagerly awaits the sunset.

Beautiful Balinese sunset

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One of the best places in the world to watch the sunset.

Ku De Ta

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A famous restaurant where people gather for the sunset.

Here I am with little Ben from London

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This was July 2008.

Ben & Michelle

Bali IndonesiaWe met online while discussing a house swap. I invited them to join me in Bali before coming to Australia to stay in my guest wing.

Traditional dancers

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Gorgeous girls in traditional Balinese dress.

Bali has a fascinating culture.

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Total concentration here.

Pura Tanah Lot Bali Indonesia

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 Tanah Lot means “Land Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

Beautiful Balinese Villa.

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A beautiful Balinese villa.

Balinese boat on Sanur beach.

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A great boat on Sanur beach.

The age old question

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DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS? Definitely not. 🙂

 Dining at Ku De Ta in Seminyak.

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One of the best places to dine and watch the fabulous sunsets is Ku De Ta on the beach at Seminyak. The photo above shows me David Herd & my friend Ken Grant, an American who now lives and works in Bali.

Ken’s Villa

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Here is where I stayed, Ken and his family came to my home in Australia for Xmas.

Beautifully decorated

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The whole villa was just beautifully decorated.

Jimbaram Bay

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The most popular beach dining location in Bali.

Samaya Hotel at Seminyak.

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There are many 5 star hotels in Bali Indonesia, the Samaya hotel is in a great location right on the beach.    

Beautiful grounds

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise A great place to relax & watch the sunsets.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

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A kite surfer at Sanur beach.

Farewell from Kuta Beach

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise Thanks for visiting my Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise photo blog.

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That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge


Click on Here is my last trip to Bali Indonesia in 1997.


Please check out my post on Angkor Wat


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