Availability of hot weather / beach necessities in Bali
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 16, 2013 5:00 PM Last Post By: GaryD
Jun 13, 2013 7:50 AM
Availability of hot weather / beach necessities in BaliWe'll be going to Bali in July and August. I'm wondering if I'd be well-advised to wait until we get there to buy things like reef shoes (adult and children's sizes) and thin, loose cotton clothing. Also snorkeling equipment (again, both adult and children's sizes). I live in a cool climate so there's not so much selection in this sort of item locally. If it's easy to buy it there I would choose to do that. We'll be starting out in Seminyak. Thank you!
Jun 13, 2013 2:54 PM
Jun 13, 2013 9:19 PM
2Equiment is available but you might not get the size you need or the style/type you prefer....especially for the children. Selection is limited...I usually order special things from the internet that I need before I go somewhere and have it delivered to my home. I don't like to spend my travel time hunting down special equipment.,
BTW, you know that "reef shoes" is a misnomer, you cannot actually walk on the reef or corals, right?
Loose cotton and rayon clothing is very available., but bring a couple of t-shirts and a pair of loose cotton or linen trousers just in case. Bring your own suncreen if you want a certain brand.
Don't bother bringing a lot of shoes.. 1 pair of tough open toed sandals is good and you can fill in the rest later.
Have a great trip
Jun 14, 2013 11:21 AM
3Don't be afraid Bali has alot to offer about that equiment
Jun 15, 2013 4:58 AM
4Thank you for the replies. My husband wears a US size 11.5 / EU size 46 shoe, so it sounds like we'd be advised to buy his "reef shoes" here. I did know that you can't walk on the reef, but I don't know exactly why you need the shoes. Our boat tour people have just said that we need reef shoes for snorkelling. Why is that?
Jun 16, 2013 12:55 AM
5You need reef shoes or closed flippers to walk off the beach. There are sharp limestone outcrops underwater in Indonesia.
Sun screen is very expensive in Indonesia compared to Australia, so I bring it from Australia. There are lots of cheap cotton clothing in all sizes in Bali. You will need to wear T shirts while snorkelling to prevent you back from being burnt. Onshore, hats should be worn.
There are cheap low quality snorkelling sets for sale in Indonesia. Large size reef shoes or closed flippers are not available.
Jun 16, 2013 1:24 AM
6Thanks, Sarah, for asking. So many people do not know that coral is a living thing and walking on it can kill or severely hurt it. In Hanauma Bay in Hawaii no one can go to the beach unless you see a film first about the reef, and people still walk on it.
Where exactly are you going snorkeling in Bali? Many places are actually snorkeling off the boat, so the shores might be just for going to the boat, and then you would switch to your flippers to swim.
Jun 16, 2013 5:57 AM
7Thanks. That all makes it more clear.
Our boat trip will be heading to Komodo and stopping all along the way, snorkelling daily. It sounds like we'd be well-advised to buy all our reef shoes here, since my husband has large feet and my children of course have small feet. Only I have a size that's likely to be available.
Jun 16, 2013 5:00 PM
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