Off to the next stop in Bali
19.08.2009 35 °C
We decided that we’d had enough of Legian and the madness that entails living in the busy touristy part of the island (too many Aussies and Germans – apologies to all our Aussie and German friends). So we decided to move on and after a brief discussion about the pros and cons of Candi Dasa vs just heading straight out to Lombok and the Gili Islands, Candi Dasa (further more called CD) won. We grabbed ourselves a private car (with driver) to take us out there as it was only marginally dearer than taking a tourist bus. Didn’t even consider public transport. We’re so posh.
The drive out to CD was an experience that Anita attempted to sleep through. Indonesia is a ‘drive on the left’ country, but that seems more like an idea than a rule, as you drive where ever there is space, including between two other cars (or trucks or scooters) as long as you can fit there. Don’t worry about how many lanes are marked on the road, nor if the road signs are telling you you’re going the wrong way down a one way street.
Other than that, the drive was picturesque, through bush, past rice fields, every now and then hitting the coast and seeing the deep blue sea.
CD is a nice, relaxed, place. The beach isn’t big due to the super intelligent people of the past deciding to remove the reef (mined it for the lime), which left the beach open to the sea, which promptly washed it away. They have built sea walls to help protect and rebuild the beaches…
Low tide means there are lots of things to look at in the shallow, almost rock pool like, water. High tide mean waves crashing against the sea wall. It was low tide when we arrived so we spent at least three hours looking around the water at crabs, starfish and other alien like creatures. Evening here is more dramatic as we don’t get the same sunsets (beach faces south), and there were heavy clouds and wind last night. Makes for nice photos tho :o)
Our room here… is right on the beach. The view from our bed out the window is stunning. Well worth the 10 quid a night we’re paying for it (that does include breakfast brought to your room in the morning).
That’s all for now (do I always say that?. If anything dramatic like sunburn occurs, I’ll let you know.