Coucher de soleil sur le volcan Agung et la baie de Jemeluk, près d'Amed. (Bali, Indonésie, juillet 2008.)
Sunset over Agung volcano and Jemeluk bay, near Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)

Bali, it's over

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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:

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 ...

Le vert incroyable des rizières, à l'entrée d'Amed. (Bali, Indonésie, juillet 2008.)
The rice fields, at the entrance of Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Sur la plage de Pemuteran, des petites filles jouent après leur cours de danse traditionnelle. (Bali, Indonésie, juillet 2008)
On the beach of Pemuteran, little girls play after their traditional dance class. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Coucher de soleil sur le volcan Agung et la baie de Jemeluk, près d'Amed. (Bali, Indonésie, juillet 2008.)
Sunset over Agung volcano and Jemeluk bay, near Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Encore un coucher de soleil sur le volcan Agung et la baie de Jemeluk... Je ne m'en lasse pas ! (Bali, Indonésie, juillet 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.

Itinéraire d'un mois à 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.

Champs et petites fermes à Amed. (Bali, Indonésie, juillet 2008.)
Fields and small farms in Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Le mont Agung vu depuis le large. (Amed, Bali, Indonésie, juillet 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 ou poisson-lune. (Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali, Indonésie, juillet 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