Beaches in Bali: Don’t mistake Crete’s Bali with its Indonesian namesake! The beaches here are very nice. Some beaches are congregated around the little port in the town centre, and the bay itself is well-protected against waves, giving the sea a calm nature, almost like being on a lake.
You can rent all kinds of water sports equipment: pedal boats, canoes, water skis and so on. Experienced swimmers can swim to the small islands just off the coast. There is a much larger beach out of town in the direction of the motorway.
Accommodation in Bali: Bali is popular with package holiday tourists and independent travellers. Anyone who arrives without a room already booked can expect to find a room from €25. In the high season (July and August), room availability is lower and prices often higher. Some hotels such as Kid’s World (right picture) specialise in catering for young families.
Eating in Bali: Around the port in the town centre there are lots of
restaurants. Many of them serve snacks in the daytime to people enjoying the
nearby beaches. Prices vary from place to place. A hamburger with chips can be
€2.50 – or €5 in a neighbouring taverna. My personal favourite in the port area
is taverna Akrogiali, which serves up cheap, simple main courses such as
spaghetti in tomato sauce or fish fingers for less than €5 in 2007. They also do
good Greek cuisine. If you walk a few hundred metres away from the port, the
prices of restaurants and snack bars drop by 10-20%. There are some supermarkets
in Bali, but they are not cheap, and some items are absurdly overpriced.