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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed June 8th 2018

After a chill day of browsing the local market for souvenirs and getting a massage, I went to bed early since my alarm was set for 1.45am: I was going to do a sunrise hike! At 2.15 we were picked up and by 4am we were hiking up Mount Batur. It was very steep and the way up consisted of a lot of loose stones that caused many people to slip very often - thank god for my hiking boots! Some steps were so high that the guides would pull us up. It was very cloudy but every now and then, the clouds faded and we could see a glimpse of the start of the sunrise. By the time we got to the top and the sun started to appear on the horizon, the clouds disappeared ... read more
Good morning sun ❤
Mount Agung
Made it!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed September 23rd 2017

Gdy pierwszy raz doświadczy się trzęsienia ziemi, a nie ma ono zbyt dużej amplitudy, wzrasta respekt przed siłą matki natury. Jest trochę jak podmuch porządnego wiatru. Tylko trochę innego, bo drżą od niego szyby w oknach i trochę wariuje błędnik. Gdy wczoraj popołudniu przyjechaliśmy do Amed, w recepcji hotelu ostrzeżono nas, że możemy odczuwać lekkie drżenia ziemi, spowodowane wzrastającą akywnością wulkanu Agung. Lecz uspokojono nas, że strefa zagrożenia to okolo 13 km a my jesteśmy ok 20 km od wulkanu :). Poza tym lawa zazwyczaj spływa (ostatnio w 1963 roku) bardziej na wschód i północ od Amed. No to już zupełnie wyluzowani poszliśmy na kolację. Tu odczuliśmy pierwszy wstrząs. Po godzinie drugi, po dwóch trzeci i już miałem problem z zaśnięciem, ponieważ podczas kolacji dostaliśmy insrukcję jak się zachowac, gdy będą mocniejsze... read more
Tritta Ganga
Tritta Ganga

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed October 22nd 2016

David here... We left Munduk on time when our taxi turned up at 11:00. We were both wanting to stay longer, but felt that we had done everything in the area and we like to leave somewhere wanting more. We appeared to have the safest driver in all of Asia driving us; not going too fast, overtaking at the right time, not on blind bends or hills. The journey to Lovina took just over an hour and took us right to the door of Villa Jaya. This was a little more expensive than previous hotels and included a pool as the standard in the area for our normal price range was not great. We had been led to believe that tourists in Lovina are literally hounded by touts and hotels to book on the tours and ... read more
Lovina - Its a hard life
Lovina - temple gate carvings
Lovina - scary dolphin arch

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed June 7th 2015

Sarah: I am writing this from our little beachside bungalow in Jemeluk Bay, in northeast Bali. After Tom and Jen left early Thursday morning, we spent Thursday deciding how to spend our days until we were due to hear from the bank about our swallowed bank card... We were both ready to leave Seminyak so on Friday morning a driver picked us up to take us on the three hour drive up the east coast. We arrived at lunchtime to our little beach bungalow and were met by an army of helpful faces. We settled down for a bite to eat at the cafe attached to our accommodation and were delighted to see that there was plenty of choice, all for less than £3 a dish. Nasi goreng and grilled calamari with rice were the orders ... read more
Snorkel face
Rice terraces near Tirtagangga
Nick at the Water Palace

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed March 5th 2015

Amed is located on the more remote east coast of Bali and is relatively new to tourism. It is renowned for its diving sites - particularly the Liberty wreck dive site to the U.S. cargo transport ship that was torpedoed by the Japanese during the Second World War - as well as for its prolific colourful fishing boats; and its black sand beaches. As were only able to spend a couple of days in Amed, we decided to dedicate one day to touring the coastline, and the other to diving. The roads, although narrow, were newly paved and not very busy, so we enjoyed a few hours of beautiful biking through rice fields and alongside those coal black sand beaches, which provided stunning backdrops for the vast collections of colourful fishing boats. These boats are tiny, ... read more
Colourful and Prolific
The Life of a Fisherman
Off to Another Day on the Ocean

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed June 16th 2014

If Ubud felt a bit centered around tourism, Amed at the east coast of Bali is even more so. While most things in Ubud seem to center around Balinese culture, in Amed it is all about beaches, snorkeling and diving. Most houses in the towns (the area consists of 7 separate towns, but as they are growing more and more into each other they are all referred to as Amed) are offering lodging, food, diving or all three of them. There are also a lot of fishers living there and many of the beaches are filled with fishing boats, but the tourists probably consume most of the days catch every evening. We had originally planned to try to find some kind of meditation and/or yoga center and spend some days snorkeling and stretching, but while googling ... read more
Amed - snorkeling at the Japanese wreck
Amed - say 'Aaa...!'
Gili Meno - Sun set

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed February 18th 2014

I was invited, by a few neighbors at my home stay, to join them and go to Badang Bai, a small village and a dive destination. You can also get the ferry to Lombok, Gilis and Nusa Penida islands from here. Our driver took the scenic route from Ubud and I enjoyed the many villages we passed through, and green rice fields, with Mt Agung very prominant. Mt Aguing is one of the highest volcanoes on Bali and adds some drama to the scenery. We each got a room at the 'Kerti Beach Bungalow'. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, overlooking the sea; had lunch at Kerti's restaurant, which was good. We walked down the road and up a hill and came upon the 'Blue Lagoon', a good size lagoon with turquoise water, white sand ... read more
'Blue Lagoon
Enjoying swim with friends
Kerti Beach swimming pool

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed February 1st 2014

Every morning Matt steps out on the verandah, coffee in hand, adopts his "man of the sea" stance and surveys the water and the wind. Winds out of the north bring big waves that stir up the black sandy sea bottom and decrease visibility to almost nil. He takes his time, weighing the clouds direction and speed, the sound and look of the waves, and then announces the activity of the day. On days when the winds and waves are high we are guaranteed no visibility so these are days spent either swimming or out of the water entirely. The other day we swam a little over an hour and found it much more pleasant than in Sri Lanka. The sun seems less harsh here, probably because of all the humidity in the air. The water ... read more
Yellow Crinoid
Heading Down
Unicornfish

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed January 30th 2014

To avoid arriving Bali during the wee hours of dawn, we broke up our flights with an overnight in Kuala Lumpur. Despite being tired from the rush of leaving Shanghai, we were completely overwhelmed to be back in Southeast Asia: the fragrance of the tropical flowers, the balmy air, the palm trees, geckos, and empty streets. Everything was just so COLORFUL. We flew into Denpasar the next day and took a taxi to Sanur, a 20-minute drive southeast of the capital city. Sanur was a nice little collection of kitsch shops and restaurants stretched along the coastline. There was a relaxed beach scattered with fishing boats where local children splashed around in the shallows. It was the low season, so not a lot of tourist business. We were frequently cornered about taxis and tours as we ... read more
On the road
Peaceful
Colorful boats

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed January 21st 2014

It's monsoon season in Bali which means every few days it rains. The downpours are short - sometimes just 5 or 10 minutes - and hard. Yesterday Matt and I went for a walk on the beach and got caught up in what they so casually call a shower here. I think it would more accurately be described as death by a thousand raindrops. The rain doesn't affect the diving but the wind does. The wind brings waves which churn up the bottom making clouds of sand impossible to see through. Luckily there is a freediving shop that has moorings and rents out buoys and lines so on low visibility days we can just follow the line down and back up, adapting our bodies to depth again, stretching, relaxing. We've talked about making some trips to ... read more
Monsoon Clouds
Soaked but still warm




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