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Traveling w/ Family in November

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Traveling w/ Family in November

We are planning a trip mid-end of November for about 12 days and we're looking to do a vacation rental since they cook for you and everything.

I know nothing about the area and I'm traveling with my wife and 2 sons (4 and 6yrs). We love uncrowded and quiet beqches and love to snorkel from the beach. Our vacations usually revolve around this. Any help about which part of Bali would fill these needs for us would be appreciated. I'm not apposed to a resort either, just vacation rentals in Bali looked pretty unique and like a good deal.

Also, if you have any experiences with vacation rentals, input would be great. Do they really cook all meals for you providing you pay for groceries of course?

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1. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

Jason, you really need to read the first pinned post on the forum which has a thread on the areas of Bali and what they offer. There are also threads on the diving/snorkelling areas too. For snorkelling from the beach, Amed will probably fit your bill, and late November on the north east coast is generally very good for water conditions. We'll be spending our 10th November diving at Tulamben, which is about 20 minutes up the road from Amed.

Amed, however, may not give you one of the villas that are seeking. Especially with in house cook etc. And just a note on that, it would be a real shame not to experience some of the amazing restaurants in Bali, from the high end, to the small local warungs.

I would suggest that you consider splitting your time into 2 areas, one for snorkelling and the other for the high end villa experience you want to have.

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2. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

How hard and how long does it take to get to Amed?

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3. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

I'm assuming that you mean airport to Amed? Depends on time of day and traffic, but allow 3 hours as a ballpark time. And it's not hard, use a driver (a few of us here use the same driver from the area) to collect you at the airport and take you to your hotel, very easy.

You can do a search for forum member Notapigsty and read some of his posts, he was in Amed last month, as he always is in May, and always transfers directly from the airport (using the driver we also use).

We always go to Ubud on arrival for a few days R & R, then transfer from there, around 2.5 hours - although we are at Tulamben, so it's a bit further along. We've been in Bali since 2 May, and in Tulamben since 9 May, sadly only a week until we have to go home.

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4. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

Didn’t someone post some HNR’s a few weeks ago about a beautiful villa in Tulamben? Right on the beach with snorkelling off the beach.

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5. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

mezperth, Tony, from Tulamben Wreck Divers has some lovely villas just north of the village, sadly, he has not re-opened them, or the dive shop, since the last evacuation due to the downturn in tourism. Also, the snorkelling from the shore is somewhat limited near the villas. Mimpi resort also remains closed here.

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6. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

mexperth - I just realised you are thinking about the reports form the lady staying at Bondalem? Right up near Singaraja. An area not known for good snorkelling.

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7. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

Hi Jason,

Amed is popular for diving/chillaxing/snorkeling.

As 'cbimages' mentioned we are there every year, sometimes twice a year (May/June and September) and generally we transfer directly on landing.

We use Moyo in Tulamben www.moyo-tulamben.com who was recommended to us by 'cb' for all our Amed related tours and transfers.

It is 3hrs drive.

Much depends on your overall itinerary. Many people move around.

e.g. this year we did DPS - AMED - PEMUTERAN (more diving/snorkeling/chillaxing) - UBUD - KUTA

Next year Mrs Pigsty wants to go to Ubud first so we'll do UBUD - AMED then something else -maybe Gili Islands then Kuta.

So if you want to have a split itinerary and are interested in Uubd at all you might consider doing Ubud - Amed - 'down south at the end to be near the Airport'

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Personally wouldn't bother having everything cooked in house but this place in Amed www.balibeachhouse.com might fit your bill. It is next door to where we stay in Amed. Just walk onto the beach, fall in and start snorkeling.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink locally.

Walking down to main Jemeluk bay Warung Celagi on the beach front does some good grilled fish. We often have lunch there.

We eat a lot at Warung Enak. Good local food as well as Salads and their Pizzas are also good.

If interest close to Amed is Tirta Gangga Water Palace and Pura Lempuyang Temples. Only 20mins from Amed. Either can actually be visited whilst transferring from "down south" or Ubud.

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8. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

Thanks cbimages that was the one I was thinking of, it looked so amazing but a bit of a journey to get that far!

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9. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

We were looking at some vacation rentals in Lovina Beach. Does anyone know how the water/snorkeling/beach is there? Or have any input about the area.

I've been looking up some of the other suggestions people have listed and they all look great. Thanks so much for the replies.

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10. Re: Traveling w/ Family in November

We spend a lot of time in Lovina and love the area, usually staying there part of May/June and October/November. That said, we only bother to get in the water and snorkel for exercise. Compared to other spots (not necessarily Bali) I'd give it a 2/10 on a good day. Sand is black on most beaches. There are a few decent corals (depending on the part of Lovina) but not much in the way of fish. There is a reef a bit off the shore, needing a boat, but never bothered with it. Lovina is really not known for great diving or snorkelling.

Last November when we were evacuated from Tulamben due to the volcano, we headed to Lovina to our regular hotel, intending to do a few dives around Pemuteran (about 1 hour 15 minutes away by car), but the water was dreadful, brown and rough. We waited 10 days without going in the water and then headed back to Ubud.

If you want to go up north, consider Pemuteran and boat trips to Menjangen Island as well as snorkelling around the bay and biorock project from the shore.

But do be aware that as you're heading into the wet season, that seas may be less than ideal.

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