Indonesia – Bali

Trip Start Sep 25, 2012
Trip End Mar 01, 2013

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Friday, February 22, 2013

We arrived in Bali at midnight and we stayed our first 3 nights not far from the airport in Legian on the west coast. It was a bit too touristy for us and we were really disappointed in the beach. It was cleaned every morning but by each afternoon the entire length of it was strewn in a line of rubbish washed up from the sea. There was a fair bit of litter floating about in the sea too which we tried our best to ignore as we spent a couple of days surfing in the warm sea. It was by far the dirtiest beach we have seen.

V češtině: Na ostrov Bali v Indonésii jsme přiletěli až o půlnoci a jelikož se nám nechtělo nikam trmácet, tak jsme první dva dny strávili v místě zvaném Legian v hlavní turistické oblasti blízko letiště. Do Asie jsme se vraceli rádi, konečně jsme zase mohli chodit na snídaně, obědy i večeře do restaurací a nemuseli jsme si ohřívat konzervy v ešusu :) Milí domorodci nás velmi příjemně překvapili. Podle vyprávění jsme čekali „drsňárnu“ ala Vietnam, ale žádné podvádění se prakticky nekonalo a i nahánění turistů bylo hluboko pod tím, co jsme zažili v jiných zemích. V Legianu jsme chodili hlavně surfovat na místní špinavou pláž – nejhorší, co jsme kde viděli. A tak jsme byli rádi, když jsme po dvou dnech vypadli do vesničky Padang Bai na jihovýchodě ostrova. Zde jsme si v hezkém hotelu s bazénem a vlastním potápečským centrem užívali zaslouženou dovolenou a jezdili se potápět do Modré laguny a na vrak za druhé světové války potopené americké válečné lodi USS Liberty.

Continued in English: Although there was a bit of touting going on it was good humoured and friendly and nowhere near the level pushing or scamming experienced in Vietnam. All the people we met were lovely and really smiley.

We then travelled a couple of hours to a little fishing village called Padang Bai on the east coast. Being low-season we got a good deal in a small hotel with a gorgeous room and swimming pool. The hotel also had a dive centre and we made the most of our new ‘certified diver’ status and dived one day in a nearby lagoon with a fantastic reef and the next day further up the coast at the site of a shipwreck, the USS Liberty, which was torpedoed by the Japanese in WW2 and is now home to an amazing amount of reef life. We hired an underwater camera but it was crap so the photos do not reflect the sights at all. We enjoyed these dives much better than The Great Barrier Reef and they were a fraction of the cost!

The final day we just relaxed at the pool, J enjoyed the spa and we tried our best to ignore the fact that the end was imminent :)
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