My final Bali post starts with my favourite place of all favourite places to visit on the island. I have no clue why it doesn’t appear in any of the “10-things-to-do-in-Bali” lists. Where else do you find the remains of a water palace with pools that you can cross hopping from concrete stele to stele? You feel a bit like in a jump and run game and if someone needs to pass by it also reminded me of the beam sport classes I had as a kid. Due to the water the place also has a quite chilly, pleasant atmosphere even if you´re not swimming (you can if you like to, but in one of the bigger pools).
Water palace in Tirtagangga:
Don’t accidentally step on a water lily leaf instead:
Philipp and me:
Fish are friends not food:
This trip was supposed to be a bit more relaxing than the other ones and thus our next stop was the bay of Padang Bai. – Quite not so relaxed: My father searching for internet connection. Hello 21st century and permanent availability. – Since we arrived around lunchtime and I have a always hungry brother we first entered a small restaurant. They had banana pancakes as a dessert, super yummy.
Restaurant in Padang Bai:
The bay of Padang Bai:
We then decided to have an afternoon at the beach and walked to the Blue Lagoon, a place that had an inexpressible atmosphere. I could feel how Bali must have been years ago, when my father first visited Indonesia. A place to calm down, lie on the beach and think about nothing than how to change position to not make your legs go dead.
The rest of the day can be described as follows: Our driver would like to make some more money. He says we definitely need to visit a silversmith. The silversmith is more a shop than anything else. But actually they have some quite nice pieces. We buy something. Win-win.
We did another trip a couple of days later. We visited Nusa Lembongan, a small island close to Bali. I should have planned that trip a little better, because there is a manta ray cleaning station close to the shore and diving with mantas is a lifetime experience I guess. Somehow I did not manage to do the planning, so we just went to the island on one of these fun boats (including a slide and other stuff), ate a lot while on the boat, went snorkelling and then rented a board to do some stand-up paddling. Afterwards we went back to Bali. It was still a very nice day.
Nusa Lembongan, low tide:
Beautiful beach view:
To end this chapter about Bali, a final statement: Everybody who doesn’t have plenty of time (we had only two weeks) but would like to visit many interesting places, people who want to have the Asia-for-beginners experience and everybody who doesn’t want to care about safety issues while travelling… go to Bali. For everybody else I would rather recommend to include it in a Southeast Asia round trip. That’s at least what I want to do somewhen in the future!