Tukad Asangan

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  • Day11

    Day 11: North to Lovina Beach

    June 26, 2016 in Indonesia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Early start today as we had a lot of driving to do! Our driver from Seminyak a couple of weeks ago had agreed to drive us around for the day, ending in his birth city of Singaraja on the northern coast. He was coming at 8 so we needed to be packed and breakfasted by then, but unfortunately our hotel breakfast missed the memo and turned up at 7:55! A quick gobble and off we went.

    I was feeling much better today after finding some cold & flu Panadol tablets in a convenience store the night before, and dosed up on Gastro-Stop as well since something was causing a few "issues". I also noted pretty quickly that Putu, the driver, was suffering a cold, so he shot to the top of my suspects list!

    It had rained heavily overnight but clear skies beckoned, so we headed westwards out of Ubud, firstly arriving at the Jatiluwih rice terraces. This is a whole valley where rice is cultivated (much like the rest of Bali), but obviously with steep valley walls they need to carve out small terraces to grow. A beautiful little spot, and it looked there were some great hiking and cycling paths around. But literally 2 minutes after we got out of the car, the heavens opened and drenched us, so back in the car we go.

    This time we drove northwards to Batugul, the first of three alpine lakes in Bali. Batugul is well-known for having a Hindu temple sitting out on the lake, which is what we'd come to see. It's so distinctive it even features on the Indonesian 50,000 rupiah note ($5 AUD). Again a very beautiful sight, and thankfully not as touristed as Tanah Lot temple, but still quite crowded with mostly non-Western tourists. And again, after fine weather during the 90 minute drive in, the heavens opened and we got drenched for the second time today.

    Stopped for lunch at a buffet restaurant on the edge of town - I suspect Putu doesn't know many places to eat and only recommended this because he knew it was where the tourists went. Definitely not something we would have chosen, it was 180,000Rp each (about $18) for a frankly unimpressive buffet of mostly fried foods. Tea & coffee included, any drinks including water were extra. Most of our lunchs have been less than $18 in total for two meals and two drinks! But alas.

    Northward we drove, across the mountain pass in the centre of Bali over the shoulder of a volcano. Stopped briefly at a small monkey forest where the monkeys were much friendlier than the ones in Ubud (which are super aggressive around food). Bought a few bananas from a conveniently-located lady and fed the monkeys for a few nice photos.

    Back in the car to the next stop of Gitgit Falls, a large three-waterfall area on the northern side of the mountains. Putu told us it was 200,000Rp each with a guide, but after sticking to our guns it was actually only 20,000 each for entry, and I'm not really sure what a guide would have offered! The path was very clear, winding around through rainforest and past cocoa and clove plantations and little jungle huts selling the usual Balinese trinkets.

    As seemed to be our luck today, 5 minutes into the walk the heavens opened again, massively this time, with an enormous tropical downpour. Thankfully we'd had the foresight to bring rain jackets on the walk, but even so it was tough work. The walk itself was only about 20 minutes thankfully, but with scarce shelter from the hammering rain and booming thunder, we contented ourselves with a few pictures and a squelch back to the car.

    And so we arrived at our destination - Lovina Beach. It's not really a town but a collection of hotels on the northern coast of Bali. We'd chosen one a bit further from town than we thought, but had an excellent private villa available with our own plunge pool. And right on the beach too. So even though we'd been drenched several times today, we plunged straight in (remember that it's basically 31 degrees and 85% humidity every day here!). After cooling off and relaxing, we wandered down the beach for a bit to discover exactly how far from town we were.

    As it turns out, quite a way, so we turned back. Black sand beaches over this side of the island as they're volcanic rather than coral sands, and due to offshore reefs the water is much calmer. The beaches are pretty dirty though, with lots of plastic rubbish around. As we'd spent most of our cash on paying Putu for driving us all this way, and didn't feel like hunting around for an ATM in the dark in an unfamiliar (and frankly, not very touristy) place, settled on dinner from the hotel restaurant which we ate in the room.

    Very early start tomorrow for dolphin watching at 6am!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Us with the rice terraces

    Joel Baldwin

    About to get drenched at the rice terraces

    Joel Baldwin

    Ulun Danu temple

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  • Day27


    July 23, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Von einem Hotel zum Nächsten. Das Erste war schon schön, nur die Zimmer nicht. Das Jetzige noch schöner. Schmetterlinge fliegen durch die Anlage, es riecht nach Räucherstäbchen, die Kinder plätschern im Pool... Relaxen. Nachher soll es noch zu den heißen Schwefelquellen in Banjar gehen.Read more

    Hanna Hannarchie

    hot hot hot. es sieht paradiesisch aus. danke für die bilderreise! schöne grüße an euch alle von Hanna

  • Day29

    Wasserfall Aling-Aling

    July 25, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Nachdem wir gestern nichts unternommen hatten und einfach nur gelesen, UNO gespielt haben und im Pool baden waren, sind wir heute zu dem Wasserfall Aling-Aling gefahren. Nachdem wir einen Guide nehmen mussten, denn ohne darf man nicht ins Wasser springen, ging es los. Der Weg war nicht so lang und der Wasserfall sehr schön. Allerdings durfte man nicht in dem Becken baden. Also ging es wieder zurück zu der Stelle, wo man die Wahl hat zwischen 5m, 10m und 15m tief ins Wasser zu springen. Jacob hat sich für die 5 und 10m entschieden und Till ist auch die 15m gesprungen. Wir gefährlich das ist, hat man eine Sprung vorher gesehen. Der Mann vor ihm hatte einen Po-Rückenklatscher gemacht und geschrien vor Schmerzen. An Land konnte er kaum laufen wegen der Schmerzen. Aber bei Till war alles gut. Selbst Arthur ist von einem 1 1/2 m hohen Felsen ins Wasser gesprungen.Read more

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