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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran December 28th 2019

By ferry we arrived in Bali and set foot on the island in Gilimanuk, the very northwest of Bali. To be honest, I (Nina) was sceptical about coming back to Bali. I had visited the island 9 years ago and stayed in Ahmed, Lovina, Ubud, Padangbai and Seminyak. I remember it to be full of tourists, to be faced to constant hassle about taxi prices (and horendous prices for everything in general) and well, what to say - I did not get the Bali groove at that time. But as Bali is a Hindu Island, we wanted to give it a second try. Our first impression was really bad. I wrote about the taxi-bus-situation in Gilimanuk in the last blog. But finally we arrived in Pemuteran safely by taxi in the end. We had chosen this ... read more
Markus snorkelling on Menjangan island
not the nicest beach in Pemuteran, but at least not many people
this was not our nice bungalow - it was empty so we just used the balcony as we did not have one

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran May 11th 2018

We spent a few nights on the north coast of Bali, which was much quieter than what I remembered from other parts of the island.... read more
In our hotel

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran August 17th 2017

I woke up this morning with a little bit of a fuzzy head, and so there was only one way to cure it.... A long walk on the beach and a good old snorkel! The beach was a short walk from our hotel, and at 9am, not only was the sun beaming down, lighting up the entire landscape in glorious technicolor, but it was DESERTED. I walked away from the main stretch where two or three dive boats were loading on equipment and a couple of passengers, and walked as far as I could along to the left. Despite passing a couple of low-key beach "resorts", I was the only person out on the beach that morning. As I wandered through the dark sand, which curved in a gentle horsehoe around incredibly clear water, the sun ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran April 6th 2016

We hired a taxi for the scenic three hour drive from Ubud, over a high mountain range, to our destination of Pemuteran, on Bali's northern coast, where diving at numerous beautiful dive sites is the primary tourist activity. Pemuteran is very quiet, with a few excellent restaurants and only one live acoustic music venue every Friday night at Joe's Bar. Fortunately, we arrived on a Friday afternoon, and were informed of the Friday night action shortly after by our hotel management, Amanda Spencer, who is a devoted Friday night local live music supporter. We unpacked, rested a bit, and shortly after found ourselves at Joe's bar. Well it wasn't long after listening to the band do a soundcheck jam of classic 70's American folk rock tunes that I was could not resist joining them. I was ... read more
Our Dive Resort Diving Departure Point
Stan's Buoyancy Training Session
 Diving =  Meditation in Action  =  Yoga

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran October 20th 2015

Geo: -8.12993, 114.623North Bali was the next stop and we arrived from the Gilis to Amed. Amed looked like a nice little village but we went straight to Tulamben which is well known for a wreck dive site.Tulamben is small and there is basically one road that connects the east to the west.The roads were a lot quieter and the scenery is great with the volcanoes on one side and the sea on the other.The wreck dive is impressive, many divers visit the spot. There are plenty of places to explore amongst the wreck and were lots of fish and even a turtle.We then hired a car to the other side of the north coast which only took three hours in air con comfort. We arrived in Permeturan which is a place also well known for ... read more
Wreck Dive
Wreck Dive

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran May 9th 2015

On our sixth day we headed north-west from Benoa to Pemuteran via Pura Tanah Lot Temple on the west coast. We knew the drive would be quite hilly and take around 4 hours so we wanted to go with a driver we trusted. A friend back home had recommended Ketut to me (Facebook ‘Zoe Diex’ – because there’s a million Ketuts!). Ketut was very friendly, spoke great English and took us to heaps of hidden local gems. We would recommend him without hesitation. There was an entrance cost of $7AU (70,000IDR) at Tanah Lot, the traditional Balinese temple located on a small, rocky island. On the walk down we stopped for local gelato for $2AU (20,000IDR) but also spotted fresh coconuts and satay stalls. We enjoyed our time at Tanah Lot but felt it was fairly ... read more
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple at Lake Bratan
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple at Lake Bratan
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple at Lake Bratan

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran May 1st 2014

Right now I'm taking a time-out, in the preschool sense, where the teacher puts you in isolation for awhile after doing something bad. In my case, it was more something stupid, and I'm not really in isolation, but it feels that way because I'm staying right by the beach at the most beautiful surf break I have seen in my travels, and I can't surf at all. Stupid thing – I've been keeping up with some strength training while on the road. Regular gyms are pretty much out of the question, so that leaves bodyweight exercises. There's a great book on bodyweight exercises called Convict Conditioning, that takes you through 10-step progressions in 6 big exercises to get eventually to crazy things like one-arm handstand pushups (I seriously doubt I will ever be able to do ... read more
Medewi. . .Sigh
Bali cats are very small-boned, and often have short/deformed tails

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran June 6th 2013

I have 6349 images taken in 84 dives in Bali 2013. 2953 of them are already marked as Rejected ready to be deleted when I am in a cleaning mood. I learn to wait a a few weeks and keep them in the freezer in case I change my mind. 2599 I haven’t looked at because they are mostly boring. I have flagged only 88 to look at and only 4 that I am really happy with so far. My first night at the airport in Taiwan I was playing taking photos of my computer screen at low light and I set my ISo at 3200. Then I did about 30 dives with my camera like that. A complete Amateur mistake. Unforgettable! I was concentrated in playing with snoots and finding a hairy shrimp and doing ... read more
My first Harlequin!
 Can't skip a Tiger Shrimp
 Typical Shrimp

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran June 6th 2013

The run off rain in Tulamben had ruined the visibilitly and I made a last minute turn and decided to explore the West side of Bali. Komang my new driver arrived early and was super nice. Ricky complaint to much. But my main issue with Ricky was that he was pressuring me to decide what to do and when. I want to decide..Its my trip. He wants to force me to do what he wants and some how everytime he manages to talk me out of doing what I want ending up very convenient for him. This time Wayan helped me get another diver and encourage me to try the west side and if I didn’t like it I could always come back. We pulled a map, threw in some dive site names and made a ... read more
Beach View
Mountains + Ocean

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran March 13th 2013

These photos were taken the day before Nyepi. At about 15.30 the main road connecting numerous towns and villages on the north of Bali was blocked to give space to the carnival procession. If someone didn’t get home in time, he was stuck on the road until late in the evening =) Each community carried its ogoh-ogoh, a monster made the most ugly possible – to scare off evil spirits. The procession moved along the road, dancing, screaming, beating the drums, shaking and turning the ogoh-ogoh platforms so that they seemed alive. People looked crazy jumping and shouting. It was very hot and they spilled over themselves a lot of water, leaving behind the procession hundreds of plastic glasses and bottles. When I came closer, I found that many platforms were carried by children. And it ... read more
Ogoh-ogoh carriers
Children carrying ogoh-ogoh - like slaves on the galleys
Ogoh-ogoh 02

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