Nice Weather for Ducks
Trip Start Jun 12, 2011
124Trip End Oct 22, 2012
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We took a day trip to the mountains, to Munduk, and to see the temple on the lake and the rice paddies
On our second to last day in Lovina we took a day trip to Pulau Menjengan to go snorkelling. It was a great day out and a chance to test out our new fins , masks and snorkels but frustrating as you could see the coral walls and arches below and we just wished we were diving.
Then onto Tulamben in the west, to dive a sunken World War 2 carrier ship called the U.S.A.T Liberty. The bow to the stern of the wreck goes from 5 metres to 30 metres, with loads of swim throughs so you can penetrate the wreck, as well as a turret gun at the bow on the ship. The ship was bombed by the Japanese in the war and was left beached for years until the volcano erupted in the 60s and pushed it to its current position 50 feet from the shore. In the 6am dawn dive we descended to find a ton of bumphead parrot fish (31 through the whole dive) who sleep on the wreck
Next, onto Ubud where we had a week of gastronomical delight, sampling the fine cuisine the town had to offer, including fresh organic vegetable at and chicken burritos at Sari Organik, spare ribs at Noori’s Warung, duck at the Dirty Duck Diner and suckling pig at Ibu Oka. Big thanks to Kat and Steve for providing us with a gastronomic map to follow. We also took a few strolls through the rice fields to play with the ducks and soaked up the beautiful Balanese culture, while also enjoying the luxury that staying at a guesthouse with a swimming pool brings. With Christmas around the corner some of the shops had a small tribute to Christmas which made us both feel really quite homesick for a while.
We then travelled east back to Padangbai which we seemed to be spending more and more time in, to our favourite guesthouse Bamboo Paradise where we rested up ready for the journey onto the Gili islands the next day.
We spent our last 2 weeks in Asia in the Gili Islands. The Gilis were different this time around as it was rainy season so the island was green and less dusty. We hired bikes and cycled around the island, this time exploring more of the deserted west side of the island. Christmas Eve the Zip Bar built a big fire on the beach and usually quiet as a mouse Gili Air came alive with a beach party which was more for the locals than the tourists and had an awesome vibe
We left Gili Air on the day after Boxing day, spent a night in Padangbai, a night in Sanur and then we flew to Singapore for a night. In Singapore the Elephant Parade had hit town so we took pics of around 30 of the beautifully painted elephants which had been placed around Orchard Road and did some shopping (to replace stolen and falling apart shoes).
Alas there are no photos of our trip back to the Gili’s or of the Elephant Parade as the pics were accidentally deleted from the camera when we thought they had been backed up. :-(
Then onwards to New Zealand!
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