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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben December 12th 2017

Bali, the only place on earth I’ve ever been with all three of my wives. I even managed to go with the first two together, showing what a special place it must be. The island has a longstanding reputation for romance, allure and intrigue which may explain how all this came to pass, despite my only ever having been married the once. To solve the puzzle we’ll need to indulge in a spot of time-travel, skipping back a couple of decades to the days when I was still genuinely young, free and single. Youthful exuberance had seen me jack in the day-job and head off adventuring round the world, the spirit of freedom leading me to first let my hair grow unchecked, and then, in a moment of madness, to shave it off entirely. Interestingly this ... read more
Monkey Temple, Ubud
Statue, Munduk
Hotel Garden Statue, Ubud

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben May 8th 2017

I've talked about flashpacking in previous blogs, meaning that you travel around with a backpack pretending to be a proper backpacker, but you actually sneakily stay in pretty nice places, not roughing it at all. In my heart, I'm a backpacker and not a flashpacker. I really dislike big commercial hotels, instead preferring smaller locally owned places. With little kids in tow, it's sometimes easier to give in to flashpacker-dom, and other times it just happens because of a dumb (and expensive) mistake. I'm going to tell you about two back-to-back flashpacker experiences we had recently. Flashpacking in Tulamben Tulamben is a teeny town on the east coast of Bali that seems to survive mostly on the dive industry. This is mostly thanks to the USAT Liberty, a US cargo ship that was sunk by the ... read more
Puri Madha pool at Tulamben
Making friends
Making friends

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben October 16th 2015

I was very lucky to find cuttlefish eggs on my first dive here. They were undeveloped as we could still see the yolk. We were very exited and still tried to get a decent image. They are about a 15 mm in size and transparent. I just had a lot of fun watching them. If you watch close you can see them move. The current was ripping and it was hard to stay steady. We waited a few days and went back to the spot to find that there were newer eggs and the older ones were now shaping up and we could see a perfectly formed little cuttlefish. We were just settling in to take a shot of the more developed eggs...when something surprised us!!! Watch the video to see what happened next! I ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben October 9th 2015

Today, it has been 9 days since I arrived to Bali, Indonesia. And I have decided to start blogging again to continue this photo diary and my dive log that has become my memory keeper for a long time now. Last year my blogs slowed down because I was busy working as a private chef in yachts and I only made a few posts about my experiments with food photography. It was pretty fun too but a whole different dynamic…. specially when hungry guests are expecting food I only had a few seconds to take a quick shot so the food didn’t get cold… Anyway, now Steve and I felt it is time to take a long break and do what we always dreamed of. Work half of the year and move to Asia the other ... read more
My favorite nudi: Costasiella
"White" Costasiella
Nudibranch laying eggs

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben September 3rd 2012

Another short trip to Tulamben. I wanted to dive the USAT Liberty, one of the most recommended wreck dives of the world. And it really is. Besides this I met a great guy, Ketut Sukerdana and Kadek, one of his diveguides. And the meal at the restaurant was mybe the best I had on the island.... read more
the beach at Tulamben
a map of the wreck
Ketut Sukerdana

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben July 31st 2012

A few months ago leaving Sumatra I transitted through Bali and on arrival at the airport found a cancelled flight so had to stay an extra night. I found out why the airline cancelled the flight (runway curfew) and posted it here, on their facebook page and on a few Facebook travel pages - and was instantly contacted by them with vouchers for free return flights to..Bali, so Giant and I decided to zip up for a few days diving. My friend from childhood Michael runs several dive outfits on Bali and surrounding islands and I have dived with his people often so I gave him a call and asked if he could organise somewhere new for me to dive and all the pickup and transfers. Pak Mikes staff went to work doing their awesome organisational ... read more
Tulumben Sunrise
Sunrise from Villa
Doing it the Balinese way

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben June 28th 2012

After an amazing few days in Nusa Lembongan, we decided to head back to Bali! Vinny went off to book our boat back to Bali and booked us onto the vegetable boat back to the mainland!! This is a tiny little boat, that comes over from Bali early in the morning loaded with vegetables and leaves with around 4 backpackers on the way back! We left The Secret Garden and headed to the beach, a little sad to be leaving and contemplating staying on longer! We couldn't believe it when this tiny little contraption appeared along the shore!! We waded in and threw our bags on and climbed aboard! Another stop was made a little further to collect two more backpackers and off we went across the fairly rough sea between the islands! An hour and ... read more
Coming close to Bali
Rice terraces
Locals Vinny met on his trek

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben May 17th 2012

The second half of my trip was much more what I was expecting from Bali. Wednesday morning the dive bus picked me up at my hotel and we drove 2.5 hours up the coast to Tulamben. We parked at a beautiful resort on the rocky shore, and the water was pure blue with a pristine infinity pool meeting it. We geared up and made the trek over the rocky beach carrying our tanks on our backs. Once you finally fell into the water, the trick was getting your flippers on. Tulamben is the site of the US Liberty, a ship that was bombed by the Japanese during WW2. It’s just off the coast, so probably the easiest ship wreck to dive because you do not have to go very deep. The coral is beautiful and the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben April 26th 2012

Today I went diving for the first time. It was totally wierd experience. WE dived around 18 meters, x2 for 45 mins each time. It was a shipwreck so we got to explore. I'm sure I wasn't supposed to be doing all of it as a benginner but hey that's what's great about travel! I saw NEMO in an enenemamama or whatever it is. the coral stung me and we came across unicorn fish which are poisenous. Only found out afterwards though thank goodness. x... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben July 26th 2011

I arrived at Denpasar airport worrying. My parents and I had planned to meet on the 25th but their plane landed on the 24th. I knew that they had arrived early but wasn’t able to communicate with them to find out where they were going to stay. When I stepped out of customs they were there waiting. PHew...after a celebratory group hug, we looked for my name in the sea of drivers holding up signs and went to Tulamben. The Balinese are super friendly. Everyone smiles at you on the street and says hi. I love it! The people we encountered treated us like friends rather than clients. Don’t let this deceive you though, you have to bargain everything. Tulamben is a diving town set between a 9,300 foot volcano and a beautiful black sand beach. ... read more
View from the boat
Water Place
Royal Water Palace

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