Hey, miss! You want massage?!

Herman and his very welcoming keluarga (family)

The cat calls in Bali (Indonesia) can be a hassle. But in West Java there’s a lot less international tourism and finding a massage means keeping your eyes peeled. We are in Cimaja and the surf has been pumping non-stop. There is a lady who we’ve both got a couple of massages from – she [...]

Things to do in Bali with kids

Gross and fun, the kids'll love it!

The thing about holidays to Bali is that they can really cater for the whole family. Spa treatments, massages, surfing, diving, jungle, beaches, shopping…it’s a family holiday dream. And for kids, well, you can make it a total wonderland for them. Waterparks When I was 12 years old my dad took me to the Waterbom [...]

Making Gado Gado on the streets of Bali

chilli

You’ll need no nonsense guts, a taste for the spicy, to forget meat and three veg, and about a dollar in your pocket. What’s Gado Gado? Watch and learn….  

Kuta Bali hit list: we say YES!

Saul at Bingin, Bali

For fear of being mistaken as an Elizabeth Gilbert wannabe, author of Eat Prey Love (Groan, Sigh, Moan), we’ve opted to avoid the trendy jungle town of Ubud in Bali, where we’ve been told naval gazing woman armed with laptops and a vision to write crowd the free Wi-Fi cafes. We cast our eyes away [...]

Unravelling Indonesia’s culture

Some things we do the same all over the world, Christina, having a good scrub

Indonesia is the austral surf mecca. People flock to its wave infested coastline, often in annual pilgrimages. It’s affordable, tropical and the surf is sensational – why wouldn’t you? But surfing and a cheap holiday aside, what do you know about Indonesia? As much as people are products of their experiences and their environment, a [...]

Sucking the surf from Indonesia to the Pacific

Mario, part owner and operator at the Surfing Village, at his home break straight out the front of his bungalow, somewhere in Sumatra...wow

Teahupo has nicked Sumatra’s thunder this week. It’s sucked the swell (and the surfing world’s attention) from Indo to the South Pacific. Watching the latest hot heavy weight surfer in the belly of the Tahitian monster, or Slater surf a 5”11 has been almost worth it, almost. No worries though because in Indo, with a [...]

Surfing and talking sh!t in Sumatra

taken by surprise on the sumatran throne

I feel like Al Bundy (Married with Children) as I sit on the loo at the Surfing Village resort. On an island off west Sumatra (Indonesia) this toilet is a throne. It is a statement in and of itself: ‘sit here and relax your majesty’ it seems to say. It is a magnificent toilet and [...]

Captain Coconut Surf Tour

mawi lombok sunset

THE PLAN: Book myself on a seven day surf boat trip, score some waves, have some fun. THE ITINERARY: Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, Sumbawa – Indonesia THE PRICE: Under US $70 a day; amazing food, drinks included (although we topped up the beer allocation a couple of times). THE BOAT: Traditional Indonesian boat with bamboo outriggers, [...]

“I googled you last night!”

Kiwi woman; silly bird

I have been guilty of cyber-stalking potential beaus – seeing a good-looking guy get into a car with a website advertising his company splashed across the door is pretty much the same as him handing me his phone number, right? After a few clicks of the mouse there he is; marital status, photos, friends – [...]

Surf Lakey Peak, Sumbawa, Indonesia

Urman slotted, thanks Silas Hansen from Kiwi Surf Mag for the shot

  I listen to a young Aussie yak yak yakking away as he commandeers the peak, I listen to a swarthy group of Lakey veterans reminisce latter years’ lack of crowds and kooks, and I listen to a professional photographer/writer bemoan the fact it’s just another surf trip, who cares? (He doesn’t know what to [...]

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