Blogs from Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia, Asia - page 2


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kintamani June 3rd 2007

Gorgeous scenery of Mount & Lake Batur Mount Agung - unable to climb as need a guide & can't afford to pay for it : (!! Really clouded over so trouble seeing it - such a shame. hopefully will get to see it from another angle Huge temple...amazingly big ceremony going on, was lucky to be here for it - only happens every so often so big. coffe plantations & other herbs & spices. watched the coffee processing & tasted proper freshly ground coffee...yum yum!! ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kintamani August 10th 2006

After a few days we were ready to head back to Ubud. Our journey back lead us high up into the mountains close to Kintamani. We drove through slopes where there were several varieties of fruits, coffee, and cloves are grown (plantations). We enjoyed freshly cut mangos (Sanjay’s favorite), passion fruit (Kyle’s favorite), and tamarillos. Also on the way back we stopped at the Tirtha Temple close to Tamparksiring where many people come to bath in the holy water that pours forth from a natural spring. ... read more
Lake Batur
Hindu Temple in Tamparksiring
Hindu Temple in Tamparksiring 2

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kintamani July 4th 2006

Toya Bunkah Glorious morning with a fine blue mist over Danau Batur. Think I must have had nearly 12 hours sleep last night barring the interruptions from the numerous cockerals that seem to be just outside my window. Yesterday nearly went horribly wrong: I'd set my alarm for 3:30am, thinking that Nyoman was to knock at 3:45, waking me for the morning's treck, however the agreed time seemed to have shunted to 2:45am and so in the rush I missed a much needed warm shower as the night had been chilly under the thin blanket. I didn't really know what the plan was but we first stopped for water and suggary tea at a little shop in Toya Bunkah where I discovered I was supposed to catch the trecking bus to the foot of Batur. Half ... read more
Sunrise and I
Sunrise with Mars and reflections off Danau Batur

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kintamani July 2nd 2006

What an amazing place. A large rippling grey lake within a huge 300 year old blow-out caldera surrounded by several little poor vilages living on the edge in the shaddow of the active mountain: Gnung Batur. The volcano last errupted in 2002 I believe, but there was also a small 'leak' last year the bubbling lava from which I should be able to walk by when I trek up to the smaller active crater early tomorrow morning. I can't wait. A lovely man - Nyoman - (pronounced N-yeoman), accosted me when I entered the Kintermani region and took me to his losman, sorted me out with a discounted room overlooking the lake and a bargin guided tour up the mountain starting at 4am tomorrow. (The Aussie girl also staying at the home-stay has paid 50 US ... read more
Little man in a boat
Gnung Batur
Gnung Batur

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kintamani May 15th 2006

At 5:30 I heard a frantic ringing of a bell which I assumed must have meant breakfast, so I awoke and sat keenly waiting. Breakfast didn't appear until 7 so I felt pretty stupid all told! Both dives of the day were on the Liberty, a boat sitting just of the Tulamben beach and laying on her side in between 5 and 30 metres of water. Its a large and imposing bulk to dive around, and despite its heavy coral coating it is still possible to see what is what. I was buddied up with Yoshi, a Japanese diving instructor working in Australia. We also had a divemaster to guide us around the wreck. We stayed on the outside of the wreck, and saw a lot of life including a Mantis Prawn (I didnt even know ... read more
Scuba Porter
The LakeView Hotel

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