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Island Escapes: Rottnest Island versus Bali

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by Desiree Walsh (subscribe)
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Published March 29th 2016
Thinking of going overseas these holidays? Which seas?
There is a Perth urban legend that it is cheaper to go to Bali than to go to Rottnest for a stay? With the school holidays approaching you may be pondering the evidence of this urban legend. Some would say that drawing an analogy between Rottnest and Bali is akin to comparing apples with oranges. Well let's assume that when all fruit hit the bowl they become equal and all fruit in the bowl is created and go there…

Rottnest Island (colloquially known as Wadjemup) or more commonly known as Rotto is 19km square of A Class Reserve showing off amazing fauna/flora, stunning beaches, rugged coastlines with plentiful and beautiful marine life, woodlands and salt lakes, 18 km from Fremantle. Rotto past identities include has penal colony, internment camp, military outpost and now a generational holiday destination for Perthites.

Rottnest Jetty


Bali, Indonesia is 5 636 km square island, part of the coral triangle boasting bio diverse marine life, wooded and cultivated hills/mountains and stunning beaches 2, 625 km's from Fremantle. Bali is known for its tranquillity, beauty, relaxed attitude and cultural experiences. The people of Bali (4.2 million) are community minded and celebrate their different life phases with colourful, bright and richly meaningful ceremonies. Their language, dress, art, music, stories, food, religious beliefs are different from other Indonesians and that is why the locals prefer to be called Balinese. Perthites have been heading there for holidays regularly since the 1970s making Bali now a generational holiday destination.

To get to Rotto by air it will cost up to $480.00 return (however, the more people, the less the fare – two people $240) - but there is always the ferry return for around $90.00 an adult. Bali flights are getting cheaper all the time, about now they can be found for somewhere between $200 – $300 return. Once there, accommodation similar rooms & facilities - the Karma Rottnest Lodge will cost around $280 per day; in Bali, Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbor (Sanur) will cost $100 per day.

Lunch at a Rotto café, say at the Lane Café – drink, burger and coffee about $20.00. Dinner at Artistos, wine, main and coffee $60.00. Similar lunch in Bali at Warung (Sanur) around $7.00, similar dinner at The Fire Station, Sanur $19.00.

Transport – all day bike at Rotto, one person $30. All day car and driver in Bali (up to six people) $25.00.

Activities – Just for Fun Water Park Rottnest, one hour $20. Waterbom Park Bali, all day $40.

Beer – Rotto compared with Bali, well it's enough to make a grown man cry and perhaps no greater example of why the term Rotto Prices came into being.

So going overseas these school holidays? Which relaxing sandy beach will be on? Salmon Bay, The Basin, Parakeet Bay, or Thompson Bay? Then again, you may want to consider Balamgan Beach, Pemuteran, Balian Beach, Jimboran or Sanur Beach because as far as cost is concerned it no urban legend, when compared with Rotto Prices - Bali is the value for money destination.
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