We reached the point where we had the time to spend a whole day in the southern part of Bali or more specifically – Bukit Peninsula.
It is said that this part of the island is domineered by gigantic hotels, construction sites, and everything is with commercial purposes, so one cannot feel the “real Bali”. Gossipmongers never stop talking. Let’s see if we can refute them.
We started the day from Tanjung Benoa Bay. There, you will notice water and beach adventure-seekers. Diving, sailing, boating, flying, pinnaces, banana boats, cookies-shaped boats, and all sorts of other strange water vehicles barely passed each other into the sea. The fuss was everywhere – whether someone was noisily enjoying his successful jetting skills or other was screaming in fear while he was being pulled by ropes to the land.
We, the silly juggins, only had breakfast amid all this fuss, and continued our walk to Turtle Island.
From the shore, we got there with a small boat which had a glass bottom through which we should have seen fish. It did not happen that way, however. The boatman gave us a hint to throw pieces of bread on the side of the boat and watch the fish. The Turtle Island itself was a place almost at sea level, where not only turtles but also representatives of other animal species lived quite well. It was something like a small zoo, but with a focus on turtles. As soon as we jumped in the water, a man greeted us, took us around the turtles and other animals, and took some photos of us.
Feeling as if you are VIP guest – although that is the attitude towards every tourist.
|We are flying!|
It is always a matter of respect that people show to you. When you are traveling, even the most wonderful place can leave a bad memory in your mind if someone behaved badly towards you – whether someone served you in a poor way or he/she offended you. The opposite is also true.
Probably, there are turtle farms everywhere in the world. But when you see how well they are taken care of, how careful the caregivers are to assure that you won’t do something to them while you are enjoying the contact with them, and how each client is pampered, then that place turns into a Turtle island with a capital “T”. For example, a foot massage with Gara Rufa fish. They are not even from this part of the world, but we gladly left the small fish eat out the dead cells from our feet. We did it to promote a place with such people, working in it.
And how can you resist their proposal to bring you a drink while the fish are doing their job? They also asked if we would like them to bring a drink to our boatman, who was waiting in the boat to take us back. How simple and smart that was, and at no cost, but was it practiced often? People in Bali support each other a lot, and in this case, we can learn a lot from their support. One can learn how to be a better person almost anywhere in the world.
We slowly got to Nusa Dua with the motorbike. This is perhaps one of the most popular resorts on Bali.
In my initial research of Bali, Nusa Dua was the first thing I came across. For various reasons, the place attracts many tourists. What did we see? The truth is that there is still a plenty to see there – at least what we saw of/from the beach. Soft golden sand, the most beautiful blue color of the water, palm trees. There were also gargantuan luxury hotels – with huge gardens, golf courses, sections of the beach reserved only for guests or, in some cases, for tourists who would pay a lump sum amount.
This is not bad if you are looking for this type of tourism. However, it well answers the question why some people were not happy with their stay there. Imagine flying halfway around the globe to spend a week in a majestic hotel, and most probably the longest distance you will ever walk will be from the beach to the golf course. Why should I fly all the way there, when such beach hotels are much closer? So, for people who prefer luxury above all, Nusa Dua will offer a wide choice. For those who want to learn about the reality there (which is not bad), here’s a series of images:
Wide distance provides for a perfect relaxation, and this kind of umbrellas deliver the best shade.
|The tree of dreamers|
We did not stay long at Nusa Dua. Several luxury hotels were not that bad of a view, but seeing the construction of another one warned us that it was time to say goodbye to this area. We continued our tour of the southern part of the island on the motorbike. As we were driving, having no idea what lied ahead, we noticed a sign saying “Secret Beach” and could not resist the temptation. With this sign, we didn’t expect that it had remained secret, but it was a pretty backwater place, so we decided to drift in its direction.
|View from the motorcyle|
|Bad news. It seemed that many people had noticed the sign. After all, the statue was beautiful.|
|Even worse news. Many people had seen the sign. Construction sites in full swing.|
|Wedding ceremony is about to happen on the secret beach.|
|Making-up of the dancers.|
Being in this part of the island, we had to visit the Uluwatu Temple – another masterpiece of nature and temple architecture. The temple was built at a point where the rocks cut in the Indian Ocean and is separated from the drop behind it with a stone wall.
|Vista from the upper parts of the temple.|
We are setting while waiting for the evening program – kecak and fire dance.
It turned out that our friends from Malaysia, whom we met in Lembongan, were also there. They took photos of us and sent them to us after we got back.
After wandering around with our loyal friend – the motorcycle – it was time for a delicious dinner.
This article was brought to you in English by Svetoslav Dimitrov.
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