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Among my most beautiful memories of Bali: the sunsets over the Agung volcano in Amed and the molas-molas, those gigantic moon-fish crossed off Nusa Penida...
Back to Brittany
That's right. I'm back from this wonderful trip to Bali. Long way back, with endless stopovers in Singapore and Colombo... The hardest part was the last three hours of the TGV from Charles-de-Gaulle airport, on Sunday morning, to get back to Rennes.
Fortunately, the weather is nice and warm when I arrive. No thermal shock to take, I keep my flip-flops on my feet! From this one month trip to Bali, I brought back more than 3400 photos and videos, on land and underwater, stored 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 ...
I made a journey more maritime than terrestrial, turned towards diving, with three major stages: Pemuteran, Amed, Nusa Lembongan.
I therefore avoided the destinations often considered "must-see" in Bali, such as Ubud, Mount Batur, or the Gili Islands of Lombok, places I had already visited during my previous stays.
I don't regret this choice, which allowed me to spend almost ten days in each place. I like to take my time, to settle down.
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.
My only small regret, perhaps, is that I did not book at least a day or two to explore the natural park on the land side around Pemuteran. A German couple I met there gave me an enticing description of their expedition into the jungle and mountains.
Similarly, I would have liked to stay a few more days in Amed to walk around a bit in the mountainous area. There are, starting from Bunutan or Jemeluk, some nice treks to do... It will be for another time!
On the diving side, I was attracted by the wreck of the 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 walls of Menjangan (Pemuteran), as well as by the richness and variety of the fauna at Bunutan (Amed), in spite of a rather poor visibility the day I dived there.
Last but not least, I owe my strongest and most beautiful emotions under water to mantas and mola-molas encountered in Nusa Penida, off Lembongan, although the outings there are rather sporty.
The Bréquigny swimming pool in Rennes having finally reopened after the works, I made a firm resolution: to go back regularly, and to swim, swim, swim, just to be able, next time, to approach more easily the big creatures that like to swim in the current.
I still have a lot of things to tell you! So I will continue, in the next few days, the story of my Balinese journey.
Coming soon: new underwater pictures, with, among others, a nice collection of nudibranchs, those little colored sea slugs I love so much; but also land pictures, with the work of the salt workers in Amed, and the seaweed farmers in Lembongan, without forgetting the kite games on the beach... I also have lots of videos, on land and underwater, to show you!
Just to continue to share, again, the joys of this journey. And to counteract the spleen of the return!