... is still a place of magic and wonder, although you must now make more of an effort to slip free of the tourist economy.
Let Jimbaran Be Your Entry Point to Explore Bali
Bali sometimes gets an unfair review as being an overhyped and overly-touristed exotic destination. On the contrary, my husband and I enjoyed our three weeks there immensely. We divided our time between unassuming, coastal Jimbaran and Ubud (of Eat, Pray, Love fame).
Jimbaran is a convenient launching spot for exploring Bali as it's close to the airport, but far enough away from the more popular, yet tasteless, Kuta. Our simple but extremely pleasant $18 a night guesthouse (Villa Puri Royan), was located in a residential neighborhood, allowing us to mingle with the locals and even participate in their special family ceremonies. We were also within walking distance from a traditional market, countless temples and the beach. We left Jimbaran having had rich experiences and a feeling that we were truly immersed in the Balinese culture.