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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai July 21st 2010

Richard and I went to Kuta which is a 20 mintue moped journey if you don’t get lost. We were with two other divers with one person who was meant to know the way. Anyway after what was quite a long journey and a bit of scary driving from my friend Edwin who was driving the moped I was on. He is Malaysian and let’s just say, he ignores the red lights but so do most people. Richard was very English, waiting for it to change to green as lots of other drivers went straight past him anyway. I saw the memorial between all the clubs for all the people who died in the bombing in 2002. I was surprised actually because I thought the bombings in Bali had happened 20 years ago but apparently there ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai March 31st 2010

It was going to be a bemo (minivan) ride from Lovina to the main bus station in the next town across and then a bus ride to Tulamben but as the sole aim of public transport in Bali is to rip off tourists rather than convey people, we chartered a car and driver instead. As a typical tourists won't know the correct far from place to place, the usual trick of any bemo driver is to ask for as much as they can get away with whilst keeping a straight face. Even if you do know the correct fare that the locals would pay (say be asking a few locals), the bemo rivers will swear blind that their inflated price is what the locals pay and quickly becomes a battle of wills. As Lovina had very ... read more
Tulamben Beach
Bemo fun

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai February 28th 2010

Cruising into the Komodo National Park is visually one of the most beautiful set of tropical islands in all of Indonesia. This is one of Captain Dag’s favorite cruising areas of the world. The Indonesian Archipelago is comprised of over 17,000 islands and has the largest Muslim population of any country. Komodo and Flores Islands are right out of a picture book description of what a tropical island should look like—palm tree covered mountains descending to white sand beaches spilling into azure seas. Who would ever suspect that the largest living lizards call Komodo home. These carnivorous monsters have evolved from dinosaurs over the last 130 million years. Adult dragons weigh in at around 300 lbs and measure 12-15’ in length. They can run at speeds up to 18 mph and are pretty good swimmers also. ... read more
Komodo Dragon
Komodo Hunter
Capt Dag on the Komodo Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai February 21st 2010

After our return to the ship last night, we got ready to attend Lloyd Tinkle’s 100th birthday party. A veteran world cruiser and close friend of the Seven Seas Voyager, there was an incredible 1-hour celebration of Lloyd’s birthday in the Constellation Theater attended by a majority of the almost 700 people on the ship. Dr Tinkle, not a medical doctor, but PhD of law, was a professor at Joliet College in Illinois along with his wife of many years, also taught law. He still lives in the vintage home he was born, in Sioux City, Iowa, where he returned to after his long stint in Illinois. He plays bridge with us every afternoon during sea days, plays the piano in the atrium early each morning, and as a Mason, he reads and memorizes his book ... read more
The Happy Travelers
Singing Happy Birthday

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai February 20th 2010

We arrived in Padang Bai, Bali this morning about 7:30am where the ship anchored. Padang Bai, which is a quiet village next to Bali’s main port, has remained a charmingly offbeat center for water sports and other getaways. Based on our visit here last year, we are prepared for the onslaught of vendors that will swarm upon us as we walk off the pier. We have decided not to book any formal excursions here and let our travel angels watch over us…and they did. As our tender approached the pier, there were two separate, large properties under construction on the beach to our left that were not there last year. At least it appeared they were under construction, as we later found out that both were halted, one because of the global economy and no more ... read more
Mt Agung
Padang Bai Beach
Welcome to Bali

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai April 3rd 2009

Ah Bali! Images romantiques, douceur de vivre, doux hindouisme, parfums flottants. In your dreams or at the movies only! A la sortie du bateau à Bali nous avons été accueillis par une meute de vendeurs de “bébelles”, la meute la plus aggressive que j’aie jamais vue de ma vie. Et rappelez-vous que c’est Michel qui écrit ces lignes et le Michel en question a vu pas mal de places bizarres dans sa vie; Algérie, Tunisie, Guinée, Niger, Libéria trois semaines après un coup d’état, je vous jure que je n’ai jamais vu pareil comportement. Elaine était littéralement paralysée et s’est subitement retrouvée sous une pluie de bracelets, de textiles de toutes sortes; pour la sortir de sa torpeur et réussir à faire les 75 verges qui nous séparaient de l’autobus, j’ai du la traîner de force ... read more
Le roi de la piscine à Komodo
Vieux village de Bali
Les buffles appartiennent à tout le village

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai March 31st 2009

.March 31st, 2009 Bali, Padang Bay, A really backward island similar to those of east Africa. At sail in, we could see a volcano north of the small island: Mount Batur; this describes the island as mountainous, therefore lost of climbing and switchbacks. We were tendered to the town pier as the tide was at its lowest: very slow disembarking, those with tour tickets first. We waited for an hour and a half with our tender tickets (not tour) and made it to shore at 10 with Ron, Jean and their friends Steve and Helen from Victoria, BC. As we were discussing how much to pay for all day transportation for 6, a native’s head shot up from behind the 6 ft stone rock wall behind us and he stuck a business card in our midst ... read more
Steve and Helen from Vancouver join us with Ron and Jean
Bats on right bottom, snake top left
Besakih Temple

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai February 23rd 2009

I arrived here yesterday by motor bike. The one hour trip took over 2 hours. Time is very relative here. From Ubud to here, they said it was very close, only maybe one hour. From here to Ubud they say, "OH! Very far!" Go figure. Two ladies next to me are from Belgium. Evelyn was the first I met. She stopped through here for one day on her way to Lombok, came back and has been here for over 2 weeks enjoying the place and getting certified in diving. Later, I met her mate Fanny. They told me there is a virus in Padangbai according to some of the locals. Once you visit, you catch the virus and then you always want to stay or come back. They have the stay version at the moment. I ... read more
Gorgeous bathroom
My room
Beach in front of my hotel

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai February 23rd 2009

I'm once again realizing the relativity of expense in adventure traveling. What is a budget for one is an impossible expense for others. When I took my first trip nearly 20 years ago, I had a very tight budget. I was between jobs, didn't know what I was going to do when I returned so assumed I had to manage every dollar carefully. So, I did. I counted every little expense. Seldom did I have a beer with dinner because that would double the cost. When I met friends on the road, we shared rooms to cut expenses. When saw things I liked in Guatemala, I didn't really look at them because I knew I couldn't afford them. Unfortunately, when I returned home and longed for the missed purchases, I had no chance for obtaining them ... read more
Deluxe room other view
Outdoor bathroom
Outdoor barhroom

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai January 14th 2009

Geo: -8.5333, 115.5Salut tout le mondeNous allons bien.Nous avons ete silencieux hier puisque nous n'avions pas d'internet. Nous avons quitter Ubud pour un petit village nomme Paganbai. Nous avons decide finalement de quitte notre petite place douillet d'Ubub. Nous sommes donc arrive et pris une charmante chambre. Nous avons bien essayer de trouve internet mais ils etaient tous en panne. Desoler!!! Nous avons encore fait une belle rencontre quand nous avons croisee Barbara, une polonaise rencontre sur le bateau entre java et bali. On s'est regarder un moment et cherchions notre precedente rencontre. elle a devine avant nous.Nous avons eu droit a un cinema-bar en fin de soiree, a notre homestay. Biere mais pas de popcorn , 'the quiet americain' etait le titre.Nous etions bien fatigue et esperions une bonne nuit. Devinez quoi. . . Pas ... read more
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