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

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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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 ...

The incredible green of the rice fields, at the entrance of Amed. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
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 the Agung volcano and the Jemeluk bay... I never get tired of it! (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)

Dive itinerary

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.

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 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.

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 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!


  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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  1. You are right to take time on vacation!
    Funny your picture of the mola from the front, we are more used to see them from the side!

  2. @ Marie-Net:
    Yes, I run all the rest of the time... I'd have to do the same on vacation, wouldn't I! And then, it's nice, when you stay longer than average somewhere, you start to be part of the neighborhood, you make friends, you take your habits to the local restaurants, you see molas-molas...
    This time I wanted to show the sunfish from the front, so that you can see its "surprised" face, its round eye and its 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 me want to leave... you'll tell me it's not hard to push myself to meet the smiles of children, the soft green of rice fields and the colorful and noisy markets. As for the water, you are perfect. No need to get wet, to train, to get out of breath, just read you, look at your pictures and that's enough for me. Congratulations again and keep on posting, it's so refreshing.

  4. Hi XMas!

    Yes, I found the Azerty keyboard and the French accentuation... As a result, I'm still readjusting: I sometimes type Q instead of A and vice-versa.

    Many thanks for your kind comment: "to make you want to leave" is precisely the purpose of this blog! As far as you are concerned, I know that you didn't wait to read Bubbles Underwater & Beyond to discover the wide world! But I am delighted to have shared with you my underwater wonders!

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


  5. They are beautiful your photos! ...

    At this time, at work, while the air-conditioning is humming like an ocean liner, it's relaxing, it's taking you away, thank you (I love the palm tree that goes off on a tangent, leaving the big clouds on the other side).


  6. Hi Isa (but iz I like it too)!

    Nice to take you on a little trip while you're on call... And thanks for your nice comment!

    I am currently sorting out the more than 3000 photos and videos brought back, in order to propose new "relaxing" articles very quickly!

    The palm tree in question is a coconut tree, if I'm not mistaken, which survived in the middle of fields and small farms located at the end of a small transversal road, at the entrance of Amed, which leads to the beach. A nice place, filled with a beautiful light at the end of the day, around five o'clock. I would go back there, I must say. I'm also on call this weekend...

    Full of kisses!

  7. A real treat to read your experiences, your dives, your walks, your emotions and make your shots.
    As a late diver (60 years old and 48 dives, the last ones in Mauritius at the beginning of the month), I discovered through your lines the need to improve my palming in the currents in order not to waste my energy, my air and especially to be able to stay longer in these sporting circumstances.
    Thank you for your journey in Bali which already fascinates me and I will also put on my flippers as soon as possible to enjoy your sites.
    I made a note to visit the place that Germans described you so well.
    Francilien who regularly goes down in the Gulf of Morbihan, I give up dive there to settle for sailing.
    I will introduce the son to diving in September and in Corsica, while 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.

    1. Thank you for the very nice note, Philippe!!! I'm really happy, every time someone tells me that I managed to get some of my enthusiasm across through this blog. That's the goal!!! Happy bubbles!!!