Padangbai + Moped Touring

Trip Start Feb 22, 2009
Trip End Mar 06, 2009

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Friday, February 27, 2009


Our first bit of bad luck. Up at 5.45am and ready for 6am pick-up. No bus. Made a call at 6.30. Bus delayed. 7.30, no bus. Another call, bus had broken down, not possible to go today! Not all bad as we got our 'Rupiah' back and got a taxi to Padangbai, a small settlement towards the east coast. Far nicer, cheaper, and cleaner than Kuta. We arrived mid-morning, checked into a guesthouse and headed straight to white sand beach, not a bad place to spend a day. After dinner an early night for an early start.


Up at a reasonable time for breakfast and picked up a moped to play with for a couple of days. After following a coastal road we started to head inland past rice field vistas to a village called Tirta Gangga (Water of the Ganges), also known as the 'village under the volcano'. The main attraction of Tirta Gangga is the Taman Tirta Gangga, a water palace with ornamental pools filled with fish. After the palace we headed to Pura (Temple) Lempuyang but got a bit lost en route and found ourselves at a different temple filled with cheering men around a cock-fight! After this detour we finally reached our goal which was pretty cool. Today is the day of the black moon, the local Hindu's held a ceremony while we were wandering through. Outside there were monkeys, unfortunately tied up but one had made a kitten is bet friend. Next stop was the village Amed and a break for lunch. After we followed the winding coastal road back to Driving in Bali has its hazards, things to avoid on the road include dogs, cows, goats, ducks, chickens, and small children who want a 'high five' as you ride past. All good fun though, and we made it back in one piece! When back in Padangbai we picked up our snorkeling gear and headed down to Blue Lagoon, a nice beach with coral gardens and loads of fish just off-shore.


Up early for breakfast and a 1 hour ride to another Balinese temple - Pura Besakih. This is Bali's 'mother temple', comprising 35 separate, but related religious structures. It is located 1000m above sea level on the slopes of Gunung Agung, Bali's larges volcano at 3142m. Unfortunately we arrived too late and clouds we blocking the peak from view. (We got a good view from the ferry leaving Bali en route to the Gili's - see pics). We hired a guide to take us around for an hour which was interesting, we found that today was a festival and high priests from all over the island were present. There was also a government meeting held in one of the temples which we were able to view taking place. After the ride back to Padangbai we headed straight to Whitesand beach for and afternoon in the sun.

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