Sunset over Agung volcano and Jemeluk bay, near Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Sunset over Agung volcano and Jemeluk bay, near Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)

Bali, it's over

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

Among my most beautiful memories of Bali: the sunsets on the Agung volcano in Amed and the molas-molas, gigantic moon-fishes crossed off Nusa Penida ...

Back to Brittany

Eh yes. Here I am back from this wonderful trip to Bali. Long long trip back, with endless stops in Singapore and Colombo ... The hardest were the last three hours of TGV from Charles-de-Gaulle airport, Sunday morning, to return to Rennes.

Fortunately, the weather is nice and warm when I arrive. No thermal shock to cash, I keep my flip flops on! From this one-month trip to Bali, I bring back more than 3400 photos and videos, terrestrial and underwater, stored as and when on my iPod.

Among my most beautiful memories, the sunsets on Agung volcano to Amed, and the encounter withes molas-molas, these gigantic moonfish, off Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. And then the smiles of the children, the soft green of the rice fields, the fury of the waves ...

The incredible green of the rice fields, at the entrance of Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
The rice fields, at the entrance of Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
On the beach of Pemuteran, little girls play after their traditional dance class. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008)
On the beach of Pemuteran, little girls play after their traditional dance class. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Sunset over Agung volcano and Jemeluk bay, near Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Sunset over Agung volcano and Jemeluk bay, near Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Another sunset on Agung volcano and Jemeluk bay ... I do not get tired! (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Another sunset on Agung volcano and Jemeluk bay ... I do not get tired! (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)

Dive itinerary

I have accomplished a more maritime than land-based trip, with three major stages: Pemuteran, Amed, Nusa Lembongan.

So I avoided the destinations often considered "essential" in Bali, like Ubud, Mount Batur, or the Gili Islands of Lombok, places that I had already visited during my previous stays.

I do not regret this choice, which allowed me to hang out almost ten days at each place. I like to take my time, ask me.

One-month itinerary to Bali: Kuta-Legian-Seminyak> Lovina> Pemuteran> Amed> Nusa Lembongan.

And then Pemuteran, Amed and Nusa Lembongan are still (in this year 2008) peaceful places - certainly touristy but not too much - that do not necessarily look like the exotic postcard that some have in mind when we pronounce the name of Bali ... Three seaside locations that suit my traveler's temper not frantic.

Fields and small farms in Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Fields and small farms in Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Mount Agung seen from the sea. (Amed, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Mount Agung seen from the sea. (Amed, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)

My only regret, perhaps, is not having booked at least a day or two to explore the land-side nature park around Pemuteran. A couple of Germans met there gave me a tantalizing description of their expedition in the jungle and the mountains.

Similarly, I would have stayed a few extra days in Amed to walk a little in the mountainous area. There are, from Bunutan or Jemeluk, nice treks to do ... It will be for another time!

As for diving, I had come to see the wreck of Liberty in Amed, where I had already dipped my fins in 2002. The wreck is certainly spectacular, but I am also very impressed by the profusion of life on the drop offs of the island of Menjangan (Pemuteran), as well as by the wealth and the variety of wildlife in Bunutan (Amed), despite poor visibility the day I dive.

Finally, and most importantly, I have my strongest and most beautiful emotions underwater at mantas and mola-molas encountered in Nusa Penida, off Lembongan, although the outings there are rather sporty.

Mola-mola or moon fish. (Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Mola-mola or moon fish. (Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)

The Bréquigny pool in Rennes having finally reopened after the work, I took a firm resolution: return regularly, and palmer, palmer, palmer, just to be able, next time, to approach more easily big beasts who like to swim in the current.

😉

I still have lots of things to tell you! I will continue, in the coming days, the story of my Balinese journey.

Coming soon: new underwater images, with, among other things, a nice collection of nudibranchs, those little colorful sea slugs that I love so much; but also terrestrial photos, with the work of the salt workers in Amed, and the seaweed growers in Lembongan, not to mention the kite games on the beach ... I also have lots of videos, on land and under the sea. water, to show you!

Story to continue to share, still, the happiness of this trip. And to thwart the spleen of return!

😎

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

  1. You are right to take time on vacation!
    Funny your picture of the mola face, we usually used to see them aside!

  2. @ Marie-Net:
    Yes, I run the rest of the time ... I would not miss that I do the same on vacation, no but! And then, it's nice, when we stay longer than the average somewhere, we start to be a bit of the neighborhood, we make friends, we take his little habits at the restaurants of the corner, we see molas- molas ...
    This time I wanted to show the moon fish in the face, so that we can see his "astonished" face, his round eye and his open mouth.
    🙄

    @ A World Elsewhere:
    Yes, Marie-Ange, you are the voice of wisdom ... Thank you for reminding me of this wise advice. Come on, hop! That's it, the spleen is gone!
    😀

  3. Corinne
    Do you know what has changed? You have found all the accents of France.
    And you make you want to leave ... you will tell me that it is not difficult to push me to meet the smiles of children, soft green rice fields and colorful markets and noisy. As for the water, you are perfect. No need to get wet, to train, to get tired, just read yourself, look at your pictures and that's enough for me. Congratulations and continue to put online, it's too refreshing.
    🙂

  4. Hi XMas!

    Yes, I found the keyboard Azerty and accentuation French ... Result, I'm still in rehabilitation: I sometimes type Q instead of A and vice versa.

    Many thanks for this nice comment: "make you want to leave" is precisely the goal of this blog! As far as you're concerned, I know you did not wait to read Bubbles Underwater & Beyond to discover the vast world! But I am delighted to have shared with you my wonders under water!

    Promised, I continue in the coming days to publish new articles, as "refreshing" as possible.

    Bizzz
    🙂

  5. They are beautiful your photos! ...

    At the moment, the taf, while the air-conditioning is a snoring machine liner, it relaxes, it takes, thank you (I love the palm tree that takes the tangent, leaving the big clouds on the other side) .

    Kisses.

  6. Hello Isa (but I like it too)!

    Nice to make you travel a little while you're on call ... And thank you for your nice comment!

    I am sorting the over 3000 photos and videos brought back, to propose new articles "relaxing" very quickly!
    🙄

    The palm tree in question is a coconut tree, if I'm not mistaken, who survived in the middle of the fields and small farms located at the end of a small crossroad at the entrance to Amed, which leads to the beach. A nice corner, filled with a beautiful light at the end of the day, around five o'clock. I would stay there again, I must say. Me too I'm on call this weekend ...
    8)

    Full of kisses!
    🙂

  7. A real treat to read your experiences, your dives, your walks, your emotions and make your shots.
    Diver on the late (60 years and 48 dives, the last in Mauritius at the beginning of the month), I discovered through your lines the need to better palmer in the currents so as not to waste my energy, my air and especially stay + long in these sporting circumstances.
    Thank you for your journey in Bali that I am already passionate about and I will also put on my fins as soon as possible to appreciate your sites.
    I noted to visit the place that Germans have described to you so well.
    Francilien who regularly goes down in the Gulf of Morbihan, I give up dive there to settle for sailing.
    I will go diving in September and Corsica, waiting for distant horizons.

    I will continue your other stories but I wanted to congratulate you and thank you for sharing this passion.
    Your dives will be doubly useful
    Kisses and kisses and kisses.
    Philippe

    1. Thank you for this little word very nice, Philippe! I am really happy whenever I am told that I managed to get some of my enthusiasm through this blog. That's the point !!! Good bubbles !!!
      🙄

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