Travel & adventure
Bali Surf Tours with Webbo - part 2
Today we catch up with him to see how his adventures in the Bali surf are going and we find out what his personal highlights have been so far.
Webbo swapped the mountain for... the mountain, but added an extra 30°C. Wearing the Lamar vest.
After a long flight, a few cold beverages and Kung Fu Panda 3, we arrived at Denpasar airport. Our second flight was delayed, which meant it was pretty late by the time we got there so we just wanted to get straight to the hotel and get our heads down.
Our first (of many) haggling session of the trip happened as we stepped out of the airport and wanted to get a cab ride to our hotel. After agreeing a price the driver couldn't even get us all the way due to roadworks, so we had to navigate the streets of Bali on foot. Whilst Josh Birch wasn't much use on the phone, at least he'd been true to his word and booked us a nice room at The Gora Beach Inn in Kuta.
The first few days were spent with familiar faces (and some new friends) between Kuta (the main city) and a few of the smaller islands around Bali. We visited Nusa Lembongan for a day trip of snorkelling, a 13m cliff jump and a moped tour of the island.
Webbo's girlfriend Kirsty cruising the Balinese backcountry in the Zoe Rose racer back vest.
Gili Trawangan was the next destination for a few nights in a half-built hostel. Here is where I ticked off the first item on my "Bali Bucket List": swimming with turtles!
A week into the trip I felt like I had a better grip on the Balinese way of life, the hectic roads, the haggling and being hailed by every shop owner, masseuse and street peddler. We felt ready to rent a couple of mopeds and take on the rest of the island.
A much needed stop at the local warung to fuel up and stock up on some Mie Goreng.
Day 14 and I am now sitting on a terrace overlooking volcanos and rice paddies at a homestay in Munduk. We have ended up here having been via Ubud (an artist's Mecca and the centre of traditional dance and crafts), the foothills of the active volcano Mount Batur and then Lovina, a beach resort on the sleepy Northern coast.
Highlights so far:
- Swimming with Turtles (obviously!) on Gili T islands
- Surfing at the famous Kuta Beach, and actually riding some waves out!
- Being used as a climbing frame by Macaques at The Sacred Monkey Sanctuary in Ubud
- Watching the sunrise from the top of the active volcano Mount Batur after a 4am hike
- A very surreal trip to the Trunyan Cemetery (only accessible by canoe), where they don't bury their dead...
- Another sunrise mission, this time in Lovina to see Dolphins from a traditional fishing boat
- Driving our mopeds through some spectacular scenery and some (very) questionable roads
- The beautiful waterfalls in Munduk
- THE FOOD! Indonesian food is incredible and I'm keen to replicate it in my own kitchen so we took a Balinese cooking class
- Washing away our sins in the holy waters of the Pura Tirta Empul Temple
I feel that we've made a pretty good dent on what Bali has to offer, and with just over a week left we are going to head down South to focus a bit more on the sport and recreation side of things. Surfing, SUPing and yoga are on the to do list!
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