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Jim performing in Bali

About The Bali Advisor

Jim and DottyJim Cramer, our owner, first arrived in Ubud, Bali in 1974 and built a home in the hills outside of Ubud, in Bali central highlands. Inspired by the culture of Bali, Jim studied Topeng (Balinese mask dance) with Balinese masters and eventually performed in the temples of Bali. He also welcomed visitors to Bali, leading tours around the island and giving travel advice. In 1984 he opened up a travel agency specializing in Bali tours and low airfares. He has seen many changes in Bali since those early days, but the Spirit remains the same. Balinese religion is vibrant and alive and shows up in their daily offerings of woven palm leaves and flowers, prayers, incense and temple festivals. One of the leading experts in Bali travel, Jim has since sent thousands of travelers to Bali. He and his wife Dottie travel to Bali at least three times each year.

The next Generation:

Made' Tim in BaliTim, Jim's son, is known in Bali by his Balinese name Made'. The first five years of his life were spent playing in the Ubud rice field around his house in Ubud. Little did Made' Tim know that this would affect everything he is today. Made' Tim continued to return every summer to Bali and as the years passed he noticed how Bali was changing: new buildings, more cars, banana leaf wraps changed to plastic bags etc. Made' in BaliOver the years Made' Tim had seen Bali morph from a small Island into an international known destination, however the underlying beauty remained the same. The ever present spirituality and the gentleness of the islanders is a welcome gift to every visitor to Bali. Being a generation younger and having lived in California and Colorado in his teens and 20's, Made' Tim has tapped into modern and chic Bali: the night life, fine cuisine, best surfing spots, hotels, restaurants, local hang outs and just plain chilling around the island. Made' is happy to share these dimensions of the Bali experience with our web site visitors and guests

Why Travel with Bali Advisor?


  • Expert travel advice with over 35 years experience in Bali
  • Intimate knowledge of the culture and people of Bali
  • Tried and true research into accommodations and restaurants
  • Authentic experiences that take you beyond the ordinary
  • Insightful tours that are considerate of the environment and culture


  • Uncompromising value for your dollar
  • Low airfares which compete with on line booking engines
  • Great Hotel rates throughout the island
  • Free expert advice


  • Start to finish travel arrangements: transportation, meals, accommodations, entertainment, cultural experiences; we take care of it all
  • Licensed Travel Agency and registered California Seller of Travel with travel consultants available by email or phone 24 hours a day
  • Office in Bali providing service during your stay
  • Knowledgeable Balinese tour guides and drivers
  • Custom journeys-your budget, interests, schedule - your way
  • BaliAdvisor.com is one of the leading web sites offering real time Bali travel advice


  • 90% of our business is from referral and returning clients
  • Well known in Bali for his years of experience and knowledge of the Island

Office in Bali:

Ketut, Jim and TimJalan Tukad Citarum DD No:6
Denpasar, Bali 80226
Tel/Fax: 62-361-243512

Ketut (John) Purna owns the office in Denpasar. His company, RD Tours has been working with Bali Advisor for over 10 years. Ketut's staff in Bali facilitates the hotel bookings and local transport for our guests and assists in our Spirit of Bali Tours.