My friend and I visited Bali Asli last week for the 'day in the life of a fisherman' experience and cooking course. The cooking course in the afternoon was exceptional and far exceeded my expectations. The staff were friendly, professional and knowledgeable and small touches like the welcome drink, tea, and samples of jack fruit and local desserts were all a nice additional touch. The staff bent over backwards to make the experience special offering to take pictures and looking after us all the time. The venue benefits from an outstanding view and cannot be faulted.
Unfortunately the first part of the day i.e. the morning trip out on a boat for a fishing experience was a bit of a let down. The guide spoke fairly good english and was friendly enough but was not forthcoming in sharing any local knowledge with us. We went out on the fishing boat but he did not explain anything about local fishing customs, how the fisherman live, what they catch etc so it was just a boat trip really. On the drive there and back the guide spent the whole time talking in Indonesian to the driver when it would have been nice if he had made some effort to interact with his guests.
I would definitely return to Bali Asli for lunch and would highly recommend the cooking course but would not recommend the 'day in the life of the fisherman' experience.
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