Sanur, Indonesia: Australia Day Celebrations

Trip Start Jul 28, 2013
Trip End Feb 06, 2014

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, January 26, 2014

With our flight not due to depart until 3pm we slept in then caught a motorbike out to the airport around 1pm. Finding a restaurant next door we enjoyed a lunch of chicken sate before returning to the cool of the airport aircon and boarding our flight to Bali via Labuan Bajo. Good flights with meals provided on each legs. Garuda - we're impressed!

Landing at Bali Domestic was a different experience to that of International. No hoards of people holding name boards, no people promising affordable car services when really they were ripping you off to the hilt. It was nice, it was relaxed and before we knew it we were in a pre paid reasonably priced taxi (IDR 125,000) heading towards Sanur.

Why Sanur? Being told the boats to Lembongan departed from Sanur early morning we figured it was better to stay there than spend a night getting rip roaring drunk in Kuta in celebration of Australia Day. Turns out the location didn't matter as we still managed to do the latter.

Compared to Kuta and Seminyak we found Sanur to be a lot more chilled plus it had beaches you could actually swim at. Clear water and everything! Restaurants lined the little walkway with chairs and sun loungers in the sand under the shade of palm trees. The beachfront resorts were as the name stated - right on the beach. Not a road back. Not behind a huge stone wall but right on the beach. Not that that mattered to us as we stayed in a little homestay located on the main street back from the beach.

For all it's niceness it was perhaps a little too quiet and possibly catered for a more retiree type crowd rather than hip youngens like our good selves :-) In saying that, however, we still managed to have a great night out listening to a band, playing pool and ending with Sam speaking French to a couple of other holiday makers. God knows what he was saying but it sounded fluent to me and they seemed to nod their heads at the appropriate times. The elderly couple didn't speak a word of English - quite brave to come to Bali I thought. The other lady spoke quite good English so I chatted to her until the bar closed around 2am.

Getting back to our accommodation we had neglected to read the sign saying doors would be locked at 10pm. Doh. The thought of checking the keyring for a secondary key didn't enter our minds, we simply banged on the doors until someone woke up and opened them. Best customers ever.

With boats leaving to Lembongan between 0600 - 1030 we were surprised to see the clock showing 1400. Oop's - the price you pay for celebrating Australia Day. At least we had a good sleep and hadn't bought tickets in advance. Sam couldn't move his leg anyway as somewhere along the line he had taken a tumble and cut up all his knee. Here I thought I was the clumsy one.

With no plans made we checked into the hotel for another night (apologising profusely for the early morning wake up) and walked down to the beach for some food, a swim and then a long walk, purchasing tickets for a boat the next day along the way.


Hotel: Coco Homestay IDR 150,000 (A$15)
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