TIPS FOR GAY VISITOR

As in many big Asian capitals, there is a vibrant gay scene. Although the local Balinese gays will be in the closet in their village, in thriving and cosmopolitan Kuta, in particular Seminyak, they are all very open, easy going and cruisy. Young gays from all over Indonesia come and settle down in Kuta to live a normal gay life, with some guys operating as "money boys". It is not institutionalized commercial sex, but rather freelancers, students and unemployed young gays, who may expect anything between having a good time, a dinner, a present and why not, some cash. Gay life is tolerated all over Bali and it becomes very visible and obvious in Kuta/Seminyak.

The place to hang out during the day is the "gay beach" or Petitenget beach, on the northern end of Kuta beach, conveniently closely located to many of the gay (Laki Uma Villa) and gay-friendly villas (Putu Bali, Uma Sapna, Umah Watu) . Once a discreet nude gay beach, nudity is no longer authorized, but it has remained gay as ever and the bushed area behind the beach can be cruisy. There is a large open-air bar and restaurant, there are long chairs for rent and there is even a massage par lour on the premises. Cruisy in the late afternoons, although on weekends many local families come down to that beach.

   

All the streets and shops of Kuta can be cruisy, in particular the Matahari Department Store in Central Kuta . The "beach boys" on main Kuta beach are gorgeous guys, but not gay and looking for single lady tourists and their money.

  In the late afternoons, it is very common for men, young and old, to take a bath in the many rivers in rural areas . Not gay (although some of course are), but pleasant and friendly guys, who may invite you to join them for a fresh water bath in the buff, chatting, playing and swimming. A unique experience. But don't join them unless invited and refrain from taking pictures.
The early evenings are quiet and besides shopping and having dinner, there isn't much to do, unless you go for a well deserved and relaxing massage in one of the many spas, some Gay Spa ( Laki Uma, Gallery spa) and Gay-Friendly Spa (Antique Spa & Amoaras Spa). Or spend a whole afternoon in Laki Uma Villa and Sauna , the closest you can get to the famous Babylon in Bangkok , with its steamroom, jacuzzi, pool, massage, video room and wireless connection,  in a clothing-optional environment.  

There are five gay bars in Dhyana Pura street 'Mixwell,
Bali Joe, Chaps, Bottoms Up, and Club Cosmo , all located next or in front of each other
All are very crowded and overcrowded on the weekends, when the customers spill over on the road. Daily shows and open until early in the morning.


 
Most if not all hotels in this area are very gay-friendly, but some discretion is advised, especially in front of other guests and their kids. However, there are also a few "gay" villas, exclusively for gay men, some being clothing-optional, "Laki Uma Villa" being the most famous and popular one. These places offer a very relaxed and openly gay atmosphere, all day long, but are very discreet seen from the outside. The Laki Uma guys will be happy to take you to any of the popular gay spots.
The only other gay and str8-friendly clothing-optional place in Bali (and the rest of Indonesia ) is "Bali au Naturel", a beach resort in Northern Bali , far away from the hustle and bustle of vibrant and cosmopolitan Kuta.
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