The day after Nyepi we went out to find a scooter to hire for a week or so to get round and explore the island a bit more. I love the freedom of getting around on two wheels, you get to experience and see so much more and thankfully my haggling skills in Bali haven't deserted me one bit. We managed to grab one for only £2 a day from just round the corner and with a full tank of petrol only costing another couple of pounds we were sorted with our hog. So with our transport for the next ten days paid for we sorted through our bags and threw the very bare essentials into our day packs and left our big back packs with the family at Di Kubu homestay to collect when we returned.
So where to next then? We hadn't really explored the Southern peninsular of Bali before having mainly covered the North and East last time so South it was for something new
As soon as the bags were dropped off we headed out for a look round Jimbaran. Down to the beach road and past all the crazy priced resorts. The Four Seasons, The Ayana, The Amarta....the list goes on. The kind of places where you see little golf carts zipping around ferrying over weight middle aged folk from the reception to their rooms 30 meters round the corner. The beach itself is quite nice with some lovely seafood Warungs lining the edge but other than that I wasn't massively impressed with Jimbaran
The next morning we left where we were staying. I couldn't take another night next to the bypass, I hardly slept and felt ruined. We headed further South and to a place away from the constant screaming traffic. A little closer to Uluwatu with it's famous temple and Kecak dance which we wanted to check out along with a few beaches en route. Reading further into it before we headed out for the day we decided against the temple and dance. It was expensive at around £10 each t go see the dance and as impressive as the dance looks (take a look on You Tube) it just seemed a little too much tourist driven. As many people crammed in as possible for tenner a go and the temple although perched high on the cliff tops didn't seem as impressive as I had hoped. You see a lot of temples in Asia and after a while takes something fairly special to get your juices flowing and this didn't seem like it would fit the bill. So a beach day it was then
The Warung didn't disappoint. It was very cheap and more of a pick and mix Indonesian buffet than your standard one dish affair. Curried eggs, satay, chili fish, rich bbq style chicken. Yet another awesome meal under our belt and all for less than £3 with a beer to wash it down with. With sunset fast approaching we rode back along to Jimbaran bay grabbing a Bintang from a supermarket en route and parked up on the beach with the locals to see the day out.
The South of the island is still very much Bali. Amazing food and the usual infectiously happy locals that grin from ear to ear all day long but it's not for me. It's too busy and too touristy. Tomorrow we will head back North again and see where we end up.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia