Welcome to Bali Gay Guide
Welcome to Bali Gay Guide, the most accurate, up-to-date and user friendly online gay guide to hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs, shops and other gay businesses in Bali. Here you’ll find all the information you’ll ever need to know to make the most of your stay in beautiful Bali. Whether you’re looking for gay-friendly accommodation, shopping, massages or places to eat, drink or dance the night away, Bali Gay Guide has it all.
The long runnning Calego Gay beach has gone – taken over by a massive hotel development so we now have a new gay beach Called Cantina Beach which really isnt that much further north along the sand but its abit trickier to get there by bike than what Galego used to be. We will provide directions below. Although not exclusively gay it is very Gay-popular. Like Galego is is a no frills beach bar and restaurant. Good quality comfort food, snacks, drinks, beer and cocktails at local prices. Mostly gays and their friends at the tables with friendly straights and locals mixed in. Great place to view the surfers and magnificent sunsets. Inexpensive. Very Cruisy and definately a great place to meet new friends.
To get there by bike or taxi
Travel along the main seminyak oberoi road past kudeta, potato head and W hotel and continue on the road as it winds around away from the beach. Turn left towards Batu Belig beach at Jalan Batu Belig, at the bottom once you get to the sand, turn left and go down the sandy beachside road to Warung Cantina (just to the right of W Hotel as you face the ocean). You will see a small rainbow flag hanging from a tree trunk.
To get there by walking.
Enter the beach at Petitenget temple / La Luciola restaurant Seminyak and turn right on the sand and walk north along the beach approx 700 meters.
If your an international circuit queen, you wouldnt go to Bali for its amazing nightlife. It can be fun at times but could suffer in comparison to say for example, what Ibiza has on offer gay folk as far as partying is concerned. Bali is more about the nice people, the culture, the shopping, the beaches, the weather, the great food and the cheap prices for everything. It’s also all about the fun you can have in your own private villa with all the new friends you will make. The villa culture in Seminyak is huge and it’s not unusual to be invited around for drinks or a swim etc.
A typical night out in Bali for the chic and not so shy local gay community and gay tourists would consist of Sunset drinks – either in your private villa or at one of the fab beachfront bars such as Kudeta Cocoon, Potato Head or La Luciola just to name a few and then onto dinner at one of Seminyaks great restaurants like sarong, Mamasan, Warisan, Sip, Metis and of course good old Rumours which is excellent and so cheap it is amazing they survive. But competion is stiff so you can get a good meal at any of the other establishments along the restaurant strip. Seminyak is basically 2 streets – Jalan Dyana Pura known as the gay bar strip and next to that but too far to walk is Jalan Laksmana known as the restaurant strip (see gay map). A taxi from any bar to any restaurant or vice versa will never cost you more than a couple of dollars but most people have their own mopeds to scoot around on which is great fun and reasonably safe so long as you don’t go too fast. An international motorbike driving licence is needed for mopeds which if you don’t have, can be bought for $25 from the Kerobokan Police Station (the bike rentor will usually take you there and organise this for you to encourage you to rent a bike off him) but if you don’t have one and get pulled over by the police, expect to pay an on the spot fine of about $10 – less if you are good at bargaining.
Along the Bar strip (see map) you will find Mixwell which has a drag show most nights and is especially busy on Fridays and Saturdays . Right next door is Bali Joe and then after that Facebar which also both have drag shows and are both very popular from about midnight most nights and definitely worth a visit. Best parties are in August at Kudeta, Potato Head, Cocoon and the other would class venues hosting international dj’s. New years eve is always a great night with parties everywhere. Do not even think about buying, taking or talking about any type of drugs in Bali because besides the fact that they are no good, the penalty if you are arrested is DEATH!!!
Most Villas and hotels offer an airport pick-up service however if not, the airport is close to the main tourist area of Bali and there is never a shortage of taxis. The fare should be negotiated before you get in unless they have, and agree to use a meter. A transfer should cost between 50,000 and 100,000 rp (US$5 – max $10)
Getting Around: Public Buses & Bemos
Getting around Bali is easy. Public buses and bemos, chartered bemos, shuttle buses, taxis and private cars, rented cars and motorcycles: even eco-friendly bicycles! If you really want to see the sights and make the most of your time, a well organised tour is a good choice. The budget-friendly bemo is Bali’s main public transportation and every town has a bemo or bus station. The capital of Bali, Denpasar is the hub of these unique forms of transport and it’s good to know that Gilimanuk, Singaraja, Amlapura and Gianyar have major regional terminals, so you can get from one corner of Bali to another. Full-sized buses and larger minibuses travel along the longer routes from the same stations as the bemos. It is quite impossible to be exact about fares, and unfortunately all tourists and visitors are regularly overcharged. The thing to do is to observe the amount other passengers paying and do as the Balinese do. But do remember to pay the fare before getting off so as to prevent the bemo driver from driving off with your change. It is normal to be charged extra for a large bag and also for a bemos to depart only when the vehicle is full – even though this can take quite a while.
Tourist shuttle buses travel along Bali’s main tourist several times daily. These are faster, more comfortable and convenient than the public bemos, although also more expensive. It is, after all, cheaper than chartering a car or renting a jeep, unless you’re visiting Bali in groups of 3 or more. There are several operators of these shuttle busses, with Perama being the most established. Tickets are on sale at any of shops-cum-travel agencies scattered conveniently throughout Bali.
Taxi & Private Car
There are many metered taxis in Denpasar, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, and Nusa Dua. Finding a taxi is extremely easy as taxis usually crawl along the main road beeping at tourists. Try to use the meters if possible. There is an option of renting a car with driver, but there are no set rates. Negotiation is the key. It is interesting to note that these cars are not licensed to carry tourists, so don’t be surprised at the detours around police stations.
The 4-seater Suzuki jeep is very popular vehicle in Bali – with the tourists, of course. These hardy yet comfortable roadsters are known as jimmy on the island. Local rentals usually include insurance, but often exclude petrol. You will need an International Driving Licence to hire a car and drive in Bali. There is a steep fine for unlicensed driving. Also if you do not have a licence your insurance may be invalidated. Do take note that driving in Bali is hazardous and parking can be difficult, especially near a tourist attractions, with varying costs.
Remember: Wearing a seat belt is compulsory.
Prices normally include insurance and some petrol. Moving around Bali on two wheels is fun, more convenient and faster BUT, remember to check the motorcycle before use and ride safely and sensibly. Helmets are compulsory, of course. If your International license does not include bikes, try to get a local 3-month licence valid for Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa.You can expect help from the person renting out the bike, but be prepared to part with around 250,000rp (approx US$25)
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