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Beach Tour 39
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2022: OVERVIEW: In my post (Gili Trawangan – Indonesia – Getting There), I talked about how to get to and find accommodation in Gili Trawangan (GiliT). I my previous post, I provided some General Information about GiliT. … now let’s talk about what it is like to ‘live’ here … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (or the ‘IDR’). I will refer to them as IDRs. At the time of writing, the exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate 15,319 15,063 17,204 Effective (Actual) Exchange Rate 15,037 14,786 16,888 You will […]

Gili Trawangan – Indonesia – Living on a GRANDPAcking Budget


OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2022: OVERVIEW: In my previous post (Gili Trawangan – Indonesia – Getting There) I talked about how to get to and find accommodation in Gili Trawangan (GiliT). You can check out 12Go to have a look at ‘getting there’ options: It is assumed that you plan to be here for 60 days … arriving with a standard 30 day Visa On Arrival (VOA), then extending your VOA by another 30 days. This gives you upto 60 days for your GiliT ‘experience’. … now let’s talk about what it is like to ‘live’ here … PLEASE NOTE: The […]

Gili Trawangan – Indonesia – Information



AUGUST 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start and end in Kuta, Bali and are spread over 43 nights. They include: Transport from the Airport to my Kuta Hotel 2 nights in Kuta on arrival (to sort out getting to Padang Bai) Transport to Padang Bai; 8 nights in Padang Bai Scooter rental in Padang Bai for 3 days Transport from Padang Bai to Gili Air; 23 nights in Gili Air Transport from Gili Air to Nusa Lembongan; 8 nights in Nusa Lembongan Scooter rental in Nusa Lembongan for 7 days Transport from Nusa Lembongan back to Kuta; 2 nights in Kuta Transport from […]

Bali – Indonesia – GRANDPAcking Costs


AUGUST 2015: YOU MUST READ THIS: If you are going to Kuta, Bali, Indonesia and expect to change money, BEWARE and read on… This is, most probably, NOT CONFINED TO KUTA. This could be happening all over the island – and, maybe, further field. A HISTORY LESSON: I remember back in 1989, when I first went to Bali, changing some money at a Money Changer in Candidasar. I caught the girl behind the counter ‘flicking’ some of my notes under the counter as she was counting them. When I counted what she gave me I was about 5-10% short. When challenged, she ‘discovered’ […]

Kuta – Bali – Indonesia – Money Changer SCAM



AUGUST 2015: Click here to read our Indonesia Retirement Review. OVERVIEW: It is no revelation that Bali is already a Retirement Location for many expats. I came back to Bali because I wanted to look outside of greater Kuta to discover what ‘gems’ might lie around the island. Gili Air has already made it to my Retirement Locations shortlist (albeit as a part time destination as part of a retirement location ‘suite’). GETTING THERE: I used CHEAPFLIGHTS.COM to book an Air Asia flight direct from Kota Kinabalu. The one-way ticket was NZ$145  / US$94 / €87 / £61 inclusive of 20Kg of checked in baggage. The flight was […]

Kuta – Bali – Indonesia – Information


JANUARY 2015: ACCOMMODATION: You can use online booking applications to find and book accommodation if you want but you will be paying a premium for the convenience. A premium of up to 100% (even for heavily discounted hotels). Avoid Indah Hotel – it is terrible. The standard rooms are grotty, rumour is that dogs wash in the pool at night, and it is all very run down; which makes it overpriced for what you get. You can get a Homestay ‘off the street’ for about 100k-150k per night depending on the quality of theI booked in at a Homestay down […]

Kuta Lombok – Indonesia – Information