Bali travel forum
Please visit this website - it is an absolute WEALTH of information. By the time I got to Bali (my 1st trip), I felt like I had been there before! I knew the safe places to go to change money, great places to eat etc.
Don't bother changing money here - you will get a much better rate once you're there. Change a SMALL (say $50) amount at the airport in Bali - enough for your cab fare & something to eat - the rest, just do on the street. When changing your money, ALWAYS check before leaving the counter - the $10,000 & $100,000 notes are both pink, just a different shade, so easily confused. I always changed my money at either the Kodak shop near Dynasty hotel, or at the bottom of Matahari's (department store in Kuta Square).
With your tours/trips - book them over there - too dear online. If you wish to go on elephant ride, Please make sure you visit the one in UbudBali adventure tours
There is another elephant park in Bali that all the tour operators want to take you to (coz they get the best commission) - from what I've heard, the elephants don't get treated anywhere near as well as the one in Ubud - it's owned by an Aussie, who rescued them from Sumatra & created a haven for them where they would be in as natural habitat as possible.
Anyway, visit the travel forum, ask as many questions as possible - all the board members are long time Bali travelers who are more than happy to help!
Love Bali so much, I've been 4 times in the last 3 years!! You will have a ball
ETA - you will find Nusa Dua soooooo different than Legian - a lot more upmarket, quieter but not as good shopping - do your shopping in Legian.
This post has been edited by *mumof4*: 15/05/2012, 11:49 PM