The Animals in Bali: The Tokay Gecko Bali and Other Bali Animals

The Animals in Bali: The Tokay Gecko Bali and Other Bali Animals

We spent about 18 months living in Bali, Indonesia. Even after all of our travels through Southeast Asia, nothing could have prepared us for what it was like to live on a daily basis with the animals of Bali. I already wrote a post about living with the bugs in Bali, and this post goes hand-in-hand with that one. It’s important for travelers to Bali island to know what to expect when traveling around the island. Is Bali Dangerous?  Let’s start with the question that is always on peoples’ minds, is Bali dangerous? In this post, we will only talk about the animals in Bali, not any other security issue. Bali facts are changing all the time, so here it’s only possible to talk about the Bali animals rather than any other dangers of Bali. When it comes to Bali wildlife, there are no tigers or bears or crocodiles in Bali. There are elephants in a “sanctuary” but certainly none running wild. There really aren’t a lot of dangerous animals in Bali. The Bali geography, though, because it is a tropical island, means there may be some less than savory animals. The Bali native animals mostly include tropical animals, domesticated animals, and farm animals, not necessarily in that order. Each morning, we woke to the sounds of the roosters in our neighborhood, or banjar in Balinese. The roosters would crow, mixed with the sounds of Balinese dogs, and during the rice harvest, ducks quacking. You can ride your motorbike or a bicycle down the street and have all three of these animals cross your path. For more Bali travel tips...
Living With The Bugs in Bali – What’s the Deal With the Bali Bugs

Living With The Bugs in Bali – What’s the Deal With the Bali Bugs

When we first moved to Bali, Indonesia, I was amazed at how many Bali insects and animals we came into common contact with on a regular basis. I had to quickly learn not to be all girl-like in my reaction to the bugs in Bali. Most of them, you just get used to. After living in Bali for 18 months, though, I maybe became too accustomed to the most common insects in Bali. Since that time, one of the most common questions we get from people traveling to Bali is what are some of the things to be careful of in Bali? In this post, I will answer the common question: “Is Bali safe” at least when it comes to the common bugs and insects, and some of the other animals as well. We will not really touch on Bali belly but will focus more on the mosquitoes in Bali, and the other less pesky, more fun Bali insects. And, I am coming at this Bali insect post from a traveler and resident perspective, not a scientist perspective. This is not a roundup of every type of Bali insect or Bali bug. Just the bugs travelers to Bali are most likely to come across. What are the Common Insects in Bali Everyone who travels to Bali, and to Southeast Asia, has to get used to the bugs. It’s just part of traveling to a tropical destination. When we rented our villa in Bali, we knew we would be living with bugs because the villa was the epitome of indoor-outdoor living. Although we can close the sliding glass doors to the bedroom...
How to Visit Bali: Is Bali Worth Visiting? What is Bali Like?

How to Visit Bali: Is Bali Worth Visiting? What is Bali Like?

We spent a good amount of time traveling in Bali before we moved there. We simply fell in love Bali. Eric spent a lot of time talking about how much we “f*cking loved Bali.” After living in Bali, Indonesia, though, we saw more about how the sausage is made. The seedy underbelly. We realized we knew more about how to visit Bali than the typical Bali holidays brochure will show. I wanted to start at the most basic: Is Bali worth visiting? What is Bali like? Is Bali a good place to vacation? In this post, we share some of our top Bali travel tips. This includes some information about Bali accommodations and the best places to go in Bali, including some recommended Bali beaches. But, importantly, we want to do more than share tips on the best places to see in Bali. We want to help travelers to decide whether to visit Bali at all. These are some of the dirty secrets about Bali tourism. What is Bali? What Does the Word “Bali” Mean?  I actually wrote the initial draft of this post a long time ago. Then, I published this post. We left Bali. We returned to Bali. Since that time I continue to be asked questions about this “Is Bali Worth The Trip” post? I thought it was time to update the post. After all of this time, though, we still need to start with identifying what Bali means.  You say the word Bali and it connotes images of a tropical paradise, no matter how you slice it. Verdant, green hills with terraced rice paddies, rustic villages with chickens...
The Rainy Season in Bali – What’s the Bali Rainy Season Like

The Rainy Season in Bali – What’s the Bali Rainy Season Like

We lived in Bali for 18 months, and during that time we were “fortunate” to live through the rainy season in Bali twice. Yes, I say fortunately with a little bit of sarcasm because the Bali rainy season is far from fun. Interestingly, the Bali monsoon season also includes one of Bali’s high seasons, something I could never understand. In this post, I will identify when is the Bali rainy season. I will also share some rainy season Bali tips, including how to survive the Bali wet season. This post, in particular, will end up focusing a little less on practical tips than on some of our stories about how we survived the rain season in Bali. I will note we still have a little “PTSD” from living in our Bali villa during the wet season in Bali. When I first shared this post, I felt damp. Not just because my hair never seemed to dry after my shower, but because the entire village of Ubud, Indonesia, had been clouded over and rainy for about 24 hours straight. This is our story of the raining season in Bali. When is the Rainy Season in Bali   First, around the equator, in much of the world, there are not four set seasons. Instead, Bali seasons are broken down into two seasons. The Bali wet season and the Bali dry season. The Bali weather is hot and tropical for much of the year. But, the Bali temperature drops during the Bali wet season, particularly during rainy spells. On dry days, it’s still possible to experience hot and humid Bali climate. When we...
Bali’s Keramas Beach – How to Visit the Closest Beach to Ubud

Bali’s Keramas Beach – How to Visit the Closest Beach to Ubud

Many people assume that a Bali holiday means Bali beaches, and it can. People travel to Ubud, though, for different reasons. That mostly includes culture, yoga, healing, and all similar things. As much as there is no “Ubud beach” there are some beaches near Ubud. It’s possible to have a Bali beach holiday even if staying in Ubud. During our time spent living in Bali, Indonesia, we visited all of the main Bali beach areas, either as a day trip from Ubud, or an overnight stay. When we lived in Ubud, people occasionally asked us for recommendations for hotels on the Ubud beaches. To make it clear from the start, there is no beach in Ubud. Ubud is closer to the center of the island. Ubud is definitely worth a visit and is even a great place to base yourself. There are lovely pools with amazing jungle views. But, there are no beaches in Ubud. In this post, we will provide information about Keramas, the closest beach to Ubud, as well as some information on how to get from Ubud to the beach. Keramas Beach – The Nearest Beach to Ubud When we lived in Ubud, we realized we needed to escape Ubud on a regular basis. Ubud is a little bit of a bubble. We seemed to find a little oasis in Keramas Beach. It was a place that other friends and expats living in Ubud didn’t want me to write about. They wanted Keramas to remain our little secret beach near Ubud Bali. The best part? Keramas to Ubud is only about 30 minutes on a motorbike. Yes, Keramas is...
The Best Brunch in Bali – Starfish Bloo Bali Brunch Review

The Best Brunch in Bali – Starfish Bloo Bali Brunch Review

After living in Bali for almost two years, we spent a lot of time exploring where to eat in Bali, Indonesia. But one of our favorite experiences while living there was experiencing the best brunch in Bali. When we returned to Bali, we knew we had to return to Starfish Bloo Bali. Our Starfish Bloo Sunday brunch experience was one for the record books. We had to experience it again. Sometimes you have such a great experience when traveling, that you do your very best to recreate it. I knew it was a tall order when returning for the Starfish Bloo brunch at the W Seminyak. We tried our very best to enjoy the best Champagne brunch Bali offers just one more time. In this post, we share our Starfish Bloo Sunday brunch review, including tips on how to make the most of brunch in Bali and the W brunch Bali. Our First Visit to the W Hotel Bali Sunday Brunch While living in Ubud, we had a strange message from a long lost friend. Someone we knew many moons ago when living in D.C. and in Chicago. Between his moves and our travels, we sort of lost touch with Tyler. Then, suddenly, he was visiting Bali, with his partner, Luigi. We made our way down to the beach for a night, staying our very first time at our Bali home away from home, Courtyard Seminyak. We planned our visit around Sunday brunch in Bali. What better way to break the ice after many years apart than breaking bread at the W Hotel Seminyak brunch? Where we heard they had the...