Diving and island round trip
It took us only one hour to fly from Flores to Bali, it was a short and comfortable trip with Kalstar airline. After we arrived in Bali we spent two nights at the Swissbel hotel in Sanur because we wanted to go diving at the island Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida and the dive boats started from Sanur beach. We hoped to see the sun fishes and manta rays during our dives, but unfortunately there were no sun fishes at all, but at least we had luck with the manta rays. Our dive guide Suhendra, a friend of Mery from Medan, told us that this year the water temperature is higher than usual and therefore the sun fishes do not swim to the higher water level. Probably this is already the effect of the global warming. But luckily we had more luck with the manta rays, we saw some of them and they came quite close to the divers, a really fascinating feeling to be so close to the mantas.
On our third day in Bali we rented a car for six days to travel around Bali. After we received the car we drove to the airport to pick up my aunty and uncle Ulrike and Karl-Heinz from Germany. It was a lovely meeting, they planned this journey to Singapore and Bali together with us already half a year ago. In Bali we travelled around the island for six days to see the sights. On our first day with them we went to the south, to the Blue Point Beach and Uluwatu temple. For the first night we stayed in Kuta. Kuta is generally very crowded and famous for the party locations, especially during weekends. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and discos in Kuta. On our second day we went to a traditional Balinese restaurant (Tempoe Doeloe) for lunch together with my cousin and her family, it was a lovely gathering, it´s been a while when I saw her the last time. After our lunch we continued our journey to Ubud, to the inner part of the island and stayed there for two nights at the Alena Resort. We visited the rice terrace in Tegalalang and the coffee garden Bali Pulina where we tasted different types of coffee and teas, they also offer the famous coffee Luwak. On the following day the women went to the local market in Ubud to buy some batik shirts and other souvenirs. We also visited the Ubud place and had dinner at Ibu Oka for sucking pig. On our fourth day we drove further to the north to visit the temple Pura Ulun Danu at the lake Beratan. The park is really nice but we didn´t had luck with the weather…at over 1000m above the sea level it was raining. We continued our journey and drove at the crater ridge above the lake Buyan and Tamblingan to the North West of Bali. We stayed at the resort Taman Sari in Pemuteran, it was a really nice place to stay. On that day Mery and I had our 15th wedding anniversary and we celebrated it in a lovely Indonesian sea food barbeque restaurant ;-)
The next day we started to drive back to the South and made a stopover at a private breeder who keeps the seldom Bali star bird. We had luck that they have three babies there. Around afternoon we went to a restaurant where you see a wonderful view to a rice terrace and the food was really delicious and the atmosphere relaxed. On the way to our hotel Google led us through the pampas, the roads were really in a bad condition and it was very adventurous…but we finally get into our stay. On the last day of our Bali trip we made a stopover at Tanah Lot and then finally to Sanur where my aunty and uncle are going to stay at Fairmont Resort for another eleven days there. For them the trip was a small adventure, especially the traffic in Indonesia. Now they can relax and enjoy their holiday and we might see them again next year in Gevelsberg when our world trip is over.
Bali was our last stop in Indonesia and also the last destination in Asia. We will continue our journey to Australia, strictly speaking to Darwin in the Northern Territory. We will keep you updated, see you later…