8 myths about Bali with effect of disclosure from Russians.
Myth #1: Bali is a paradise
Snorks! No, surely, each of us has his own paradise but there should be some average idea. Something like a beautiful small beach with no many people around, dense jungle behind, marvelous corals and a small village not far away. And it’s the picture that most expect to see in Bali. Snorks two times. Bali is a huge island resembling an anthill full of unattractive and obtrusive natives, ugliest Australians reeking of fish and carnation. Everything outside is muddy, stinking and usually homely.
Myth #2: What a wonderful sea!
Despite the fact that Bali is an island surrounded by water from all sides, it’s quite problematic to bathe there. In Changu the waves are very heavy and are not recommended to come into. Someone may like it, but if you want to swim and not to be spread by a giant wave over the sand, you will hardly like such rest. The same sea is in Cuta plus a great plenty of crazy beginners with boards striving to land a blow on your head. Besides, the beaches are crowded with beggars and money-grubbers, so you can relax only at a swimming pool with chlorinated water. Lovina and Candidasa are renowned for turbid and dirty water and sudden stones, Nusa Dua – for tides, but probably, better beaches are there, in Nusa Dua, and in Sanur. Anyway solitude is possible only in the hotel room. Unwillingness of the islanders to make it all more comfortable is explained only by one thing – the superstition that the ocean is inhabited by evil spirits.
Myth #3: Beautiful tan
As you are virtually on the equator, more than 30 minutes in the sun is not possible, even if you apply 50SPF to your fingertips. Of course if you do not plan to dumb out with your ass red in the room. So, even don’t try to get a perfect tan, perhaps only a little at 8:00-10:00am or 4:00-6:00pm.
Myth #4: Inimitable Balinese cuisine
Even compared to the level of Moscow restaurants Balinese tom yum in most houses is rather “of a sort”. Strange as it may seem but better tom yum is in nonmarine Ubuda, and in the restaurants for the Thai in Bangkok where it is nearly heavenly tasty. Tuna, snapper, shrimps and octopus are not actually bad. And it’s hard to find oysters. Let’s say the Balinese cuisine is not so wow-wow, but just good. And as usual, the most delicious and inexpensive food is in the hash houses for the natives but the entourage and sticky tablecloths are displeasing.
Myth #5: Bali is cheap
Nothing of the kind! Undoubtedly, if you go by “bemo” – local minibuses bend double and snuffing aboriginal “aroma”, if you do not travel about the island limiting only to one district, if you live in a cheap losmen, eat hobo-food and tolerate insanitary conditions – the saving will be evident! Otherwise you have to dip into your pocket for 100-150$ a day for two. Local beer (nothing out of the common) costs 2-2,5$ for a bottle 0,6 l – that is substantially more expensive than in Moscow.
Myth #6: Durian. Stinks like hell, tastes like heaven.
Both statements are falsehood. Fresh, just picked durian nearly has no smell at all. Insipid taste, fibrous flesh. Lick, bite, spit out. It becomes fetid only after being half a day in the sun and it won’t come in on the mind of a sane person to eat it.