Bali Day 1: EAT: Seafood at Jimbaran Bay – SEE: Jalan Legian, Kuta – STAY: Tune Hotel

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doing some last minute planning at LCCT

Got our tickets for RM 80 from the Air Asia zero fare sales a year ago and in a blink of an eye, we were all ready for our Bali trip!
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Our driver, Mr. Bagus picked us up from the airport and sent us straight to Jimbaran Beach for dinner. I’ve got a lot of emails asking about Mr. Bagus, so I’ll share my opinions here. You can reach him at <gelo82181@yahoo.com>

The Good:
Mr. Bagus is very accommodating; just tell him where you want to go and he’s willing to bring you there. He will never persuade or push us to visit those touristy shopping places where he’ll probably get a fair share of comission. The rate that he charged (IDR 300,000/day/car) is quite reasonable because we engaged him for a full day, i.e. 10am to 10pm (depends on our itinerary).

The Bad
Mr. Bagus is not a very professional tour guide in the sense that he never walk us through the touristy destination and explain to us the historic value/the story behind it.

So I’ll leave it for you guys to judge? Another point to keep in mind – it is better to plan your own itinerary and ask for the driver’s opinion because most of the tourist spots are scattered around the island.
p/s: Don’t be surprised if you see a Mr. Bagus that looks very different from our driver.The whole Bagus family runs the tour hiring services so they might send just anyone from the family. Our driver was Gutstut Bagus. IMG_7257
Jimbaran Beach is famous for the fresh seafood kiosks that are scattered along the beach. Diners would usually have their dinner with a perfect sun set view over here.
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Patrons can enjoy the romantic dinner with some romantic tunes as well.
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The guys bought some barbecued corn-on-cob for IDR 10000/RM3.65 to cure our hunger pangs before the food came.
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I believe that most of you have heard a lot of horror stories about the cut throat price of a Jimbaran beach dinner. We did some research online and it suggested that the safest bet would be Lia’s or Sharkeys.
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We took two seafood packages, and portions were huge enough to feed 5-6 people. Most sets come with coconut drink/Bintang Beer, vegetables, soups, salads, sauces and rice.
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Paket A (IDR 180,000/ RM64) – portion for 2 pax
With 7 pcs of prawns, 6 pcs of clams, 0.5kg fish, 0.5mg squids, their different types of sauces, coconut juice, salad, rice, vegetables & fruits.
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The seafood grilled over a fire of coconut husks rather than charcoal that gave it a delicious smoky flavor.
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Paket C (IDR 290,000/ RM103) – portion for 2 pax
With 0.5kg lobsters, 0.5kg crabs, 7 pcs of prawns, 6 pcs of clams, their different types of sauces, Bintang beers, salad, rice, vegetables & fruits.
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The prawns were not very fresh and the “lobster” looked more like a crayfish. However, it was quite a decent meal with a reasonable pricing. The various dipping sauces enhanced the flavors of the seafood really well.
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Just request your driver to drive you to the end of Jalan Pemelisan Agung and Lia’s Cafe is on your right after a two minute walk.

Phone : 081 – 2390 7411
OPEN : 9:00AM – 24:00PM
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We then checked into Tune Hotel after dinner. We paid IDR 285000/RM 85 for a double room; inclusive of 12 hours air conditioning, excluding toiletries & towels.
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We love the good location (6 mins walk from Kuta Beach, within main shopping & dining area of Jalan Pantai Kuta) and the clean, no frills room. Great for the first day of our trip, since we have to rise early on the next day.

Tune Hotel @ Kuta, Bali
Jalan Kahyangan Suci (Off Jalan Pantai Kuta),
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
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We explored the town for a while before we called it a day.
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Comments

  1. TummyRumble says:

    woooo… the food looks so good.. now I’m hungry.. haha
    .-= TummyRumble´s last blog ..Seafood Paella @ Flamenco Restaurant and Bar, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur =-.

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  2. JD says:

    When we were there for our Honeymoon, I think the same band was playing as well at Jimbaran. Love the feeling of sitting by the beach and enjoying the acapella.
    .-= JD´s last blog ..Pre Mother’s Day Dinner @ Marche, Curve =-.

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  3. Hmmm… having dinner at Jimbaran is definitely romantic and relaxing.
    .-= thule aka leo´s last blog ..Pumpkin House @ Jalan PJU 5/4 Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara =-.

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  4. KY says:

    omg ze prawns looked so good, btw does the chili made ur ass hot? lol
    .-= KY´s last blog ..Kitchen Creatures at BU, no frill dining =-.

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  5. wyyv says:

    Jimbaran Beach is awesome! I can see a lot of lights and people there, it must be fun to be there :)
    .-= wyyv´s last blog ..Petaling Street Air Mata Kucing @ Mid Valley =-.

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  6. babe_kl says:

    i really missed Bali. the place is absolutely Heavenly
    .-= babe_kl´s last blog ..Review: Karl Biesl =-.

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  7. vialentino says:

    wow…very nice bali trip pics…i am going to re-visit bali again end of this month….

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  8. Huai Bin says:

    A beach dinner…now that’s nice. :)

    I shall plan to go to Bali again!
    .-= Huai Bin´s last blog ..Pizza Hut Fish King Pizza =-.

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  9. kelly says:

    Thanks for recommending which restaurant have the safest bet so that it won’t cause a lot of $$$….
    I will be going to Bali next year :)

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  10. tempo dulu says:

    Even if the food isn’t perfect, the Bintang washes it down well!
    .-= tempo dulu´s last blog ..The tourist’s guide to Bali- tempo dulu =-.

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  11. Cool Tiger says:

    Nice pics taken in Bali. I’d been there in July 2007. My blog http://nigelolh.blogspot.com/2007_07_22_archive.html

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  12. MS says:

    Hi,
    Checked from airasia website, the Tune Hotel address is Off Jalan Double Six (Jalan Arjuna)
    Legian, Bali, ID. It differs. Are the 2 hotels same location ? Pls advise. Thanks !

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi yes there r different. the one in double 6 is further

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  13. afe says:

    hihi do u happen to have Mr Bagus contact number? coz ive send email over but no reply. tks alot :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi the contact is on the post itself :)

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  14. jlyeow says:

    Hello there,

    Was your Bali driver the one shown in this website http://balivictorytour.com/?

    If YES, any comment about this driver?

    Thanks mate! :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    Hi i took another driver but my friend has taken driver from balivictorytour. the drivers are good and the rate is among the cheapest. just avoid taking their recommendation for spas, shopping etc. choose ur own n tell em where to go.

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  15. agy says:

    woww.. I’m Indonesian and I am proud of Bali too! :)

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    love bali too!

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  16. Bali Lover says:

    I love this island, I’m gone a few times on this beautiful island and I have also a blog to tell my travels

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    thanks for dropping by :)

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  17. Bali says:

    I don’t know about Bali before reading but this time I wants to know more about it. Because Bali such a great Island. And also This is nice post which I was awaiting for such an article and I have gained some useful information from this site.
    .-= Bali ´s last undefined ..CommentLuv Premium is here!The version of CommentLuv on this site is no longer supported. Please update by clicking the image below

    Go to CommentLuv.com to download Hurry! click here! =-.

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  18. Thin says:

    Going to Bali soon, pls adv which sunset beach seafood is good to recomend?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi u can refer to the one which we went too. food was OK but pricing was reasonable

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  19. Stepfanie says:

    Hi City Gal,

    Just wana check with you after the dinner u walked back to tune hotel? is it far from jimbaran bay? i used google map is 7km.. how do u travel bk to the hotel?

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    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    hi stepfanie, our driver picked us up. it’s too far to walk :)

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  20. Rem says:

    Jinbaran seafood not worth for money. 2 person eat a snapper, a stone crab, 7 pieces of medium butter prawns pakage with rice n 2 hot teh 840k rupiah at legong bumbu. I think all the places are about same price.CUT THROAT. Never never take seafood there just see sunset

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