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I am reconciled with Lovina Beach ! Thanks to two very nice dives, a traditional ceremony facing the sea and a splendid sunset.
Diving with Spice Divers
The Lovina Reef is certainly not spectacular. He suffered from dynamite fishing and warming of the water. But to dip his fins after a few months without diving, it's perfect.
It is a gently sloping reef, scattered with heaps of coral and some barrel sponges, descending to a sandy bottom. In addition to the usual tropical fauna (angelfish, butterflies, parrots, etc.) and scorpion fish (lion-fishes), we still find a lot of interesting beasts. Including a turtle, who crossed our road a bit far, during the first dive!
I went out with Spice Miscellaneous, big center installed on the quiet part of the beach, close to my hotel, the Lovina Beach Hotel (not very original as a name!), west of Kalibukbuk.
My divemaster guide, a young Balinese from Lovina who calls himself Luxman, finds me two ghost-pipe fishes, these species of seahorses adorned with spikes, rather timid, and some nudibranchs. I have plenty of time to flash and adjust my buoyancy, as I am the only customer!
We will make the second outing with a Dutch instructor, Johan, who has even more eye, he will find us in the wake of a beautiful Javanese moray green and fleshy, a squille (Manta-shrimp), kind of big green shrimp with globular eyes at once scared and curious. We meet a school of razor fish swimming down the head, another of small catfish grazing the sand.
On the way back, when the boat docked, I saw from afar people gathered on the beach, in front of the dolphin monument. Some seem to move into the water. It's a ceremony, as there are so many in Bali.
Traditional ceremony on the beach
Quickly, I jump out of the boat and I head for them, with my camera still in its box, without even removing my combi, because already people go back to the big tree that borders the square with dolphins. I'm coming to the end.
I point at my device to the people sitting there, dressed in sarongs. Everyone stares at me with round eyes, then nods, smiling. I must have a funny look, in my black combi still wet. I realize that I still have my mask around my neck!
Men are wearing the traditional turban. Women wear openwork embroidered tunics. A guy all in white officiates in the middle of the group and baskets of offerings. He seems to be saying prayers, waving a bell.
A teenager explains to me in summary English that it is a ceremony for the dead, so that their souls join the gods ... At the end of the prayer, the guys pose with their sarongs and musical instruments, delighted that I draw them the portrait!
Sunset on the beach
I end this very pleasant day sipping a banana lassie on the terrace of Sea Breeze Cafe, facing a splendid sunset. In the shade, a lady eve, sarong around the waist, topless, washes in the sea, old fashioned. This is the small black silhouette that can be seen on the right in the photo.
That's to say if I'm in a good mood tonight: I even sympathized with a sarong merchant, who apologized nicely for coming so constantly with his junk to sell and promised not to come and bother me.
Three buses filled with Javanese, presumably Indonesians from Jakarta, landed for the sunset. Muslims in headscarves are not good customers, they do not buy sarongs, only to eat, complained my new friend, shaking her head with a sorry look. These tourists do very organized tours. We put them down for half an hour on the beach, and hop, once the sun is down, they leave. The girls with arms loaded with collars rushed anyway, to try their luck. "Sunset price! " launches again a seller of souvenir notebooks ... I'm tired.
Tomorrow, I go even further west, to Pemuteran, with Spice Miscellaneous, to dive around the island of Menjangan, which I was told mountains and wonders. I intend to stay a few days there. The underwater world is, it seems, among the most beautiful in Bali!