An August 2004 trip
to Bali by Wander Girl
Quote: Everyone of us has our own idea of what paradise is. For me, paradise will be a place like Bali. The beauty of Bali extends beyond its never-ending stretches of white sandy beach, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, and green terraced hill slopes to the smiles of its gracious people.
There is an adjoining dive shop fronting the resort, and the dive plus accommodation package is very reasonable.
What I love most about this place: jumping straight into the blue water of the swimming pool, right from diving in the sea across the road. The view of Gunung Agung (Bali's tallest mountain) from the pool is gorgeous.
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Tulamben Wreck Divers Resort
Tulamben - Kubu - Karangasem
There are accommodations in some villages around the mountain and the largest is Toya Bungkah, also known as Air Panas (literally Hot Water in Bahasa Indonesia). The village is known for its hot springs and many of the trekking guides come from there.
It was rather chilly around the lake area where I stayed. I was worried that it might be cold at the summit but Ketut, my trekking guide, assured me that it would not be colder than it was at the foot of the mountain. It is windy though so prepare a windbreaker and scarf.
The view from the top was worth every effort. As the sun rises above the ridges, the lake glistens to life and the ocean appears in the horizon. It was breathtaking to watch the clouds sail by, sometimes breaking up as they hit the silhouette of the surrounding mountains. We had a breakfast of hard-boiled egg, cooked bananas and weak milky tea at the summit. Hardly appetizing normally but it tasted really good high up in the mountain.
On the way down, we went past the other two craters. Ketut showed me the little holes where steam is coming out and I can put my hands there to warm them. If you put your ear near some of the rocks, you can hear a hissing sound as steam makes its way through the fissures. Coming down the steep slopes of the mountain was a roller coaster ride with no brakes on. All I could do was to barely stop myself from rolling down like a freewheeling tumbleweed.
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It is therefore not surprising that this is where German painter Walter Spies and Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet chose to establish their artist society in the 1930s. This period spawned the famous I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, who created the detailed style of painting that Bali is renown for today. His original works can be seen in the Puri Lukisan.
There are various dance performances in town every night, such as the Legong, Barong and Kecak. Be sure to catch the Kecak, which reminds me somewhat of acapella. Instead of the gamelan, dancers depict the Ramayana story of Rama and Sita to the accompaniment of a chorus of bare-chested men sitting in a circle.
You can browse through the galleries lining the streets but it is best to pick up the painting, woodwork, jewelry or batik from the workshops in the area. The bargaining may be stiffer but you can be assured of quality.
There are many things to do in Ubud; Cycle through terraced rice fields, visit the galleries and museums, awaken your senses at the spas, or simply be inspired by its beauty.