Of course, we turned off the alarm at 3 am as soon as it started ringing, and we continued sleeping. Our guide woke us up by assiduously knocking on the glass door of our bedroom. 🙂 It was a great thing that he came to look for us. Militarily, we were ready in five minutes.
The idea was to be at Bali’s Lovina Beach before sunrise so that we can go up to Jukung and watch the dolphins.
Just before 6 am, dozens of jukung boats starting going in the water. With the sunrise, began the hunting of views of jumping dolphins. Once somebody noticed a dolphin, he would start waving his arms and shouting to attract all the other boats that rushed there at full speed. The plan was pretty stupid because the only thing he achieved was chasing the dolphins away from where they had appeared. The chase was so spectacular that I’m sure the dolphins were laughing at the people.
We were very lucky because at least a couple of times we saw dolphins pass by our boat at a very close distance.
Even if you don’t manage to see dolphins, which is only like in 10% of all cases, at least you get to admire amazing views of the coast and the sunrise.
After the spectacular acrobatic show of the dolphins, we headed towards the mountain and Bali’s highest waterfall – Gitgit. Located in a completely dank and cool area, it was attractive for walks while the river beside it was appropriate for adventurous activities, such as rafting and rock climbing.
We continued our way on the road by a car and at one point, we crossed a real monkey forest. It was nothing like Ubud’s – here, the monkeys were living by the road and enjoyed free access to them, as well as food from the tourists. They were well-intentioned towards the people, even I dared to feed them from a respectful distance 🙂 However, the alpha male of the tribe was not only taking most of the food but it was also chasing the others who, by chance, could get their hands on a banana.
Our next stop was the temple of Lake Bratan, Bahasa – Pura Ulun Danau Bratan, and its surrounding temples. One of them was erected on an island in the lake. Again, there was a ceremony, but as always we were appropriately dressed in a sarong.
Our guide, taking care of all our wishes, took us shopping for fruit. This time, we failed to exemplify our good bargaining skills, and then we realized that we had dearly paid for the fruit. There, the fruits were very cheap and very diverse. Our most favorite were passion fruit, dragon fruit, and, most of all, snake skin fruit.
Although it was Saturday, we decided to visit a bath. The mineral baths are very popular both among tourists and locals. Ketut took us to a bath which was unknown to tourists so we could follow the locals.
There were common pools, separate for male and female, but if you wanted to share the moment with your beloved ones, there were also small private pools similar to Jacuzzi. You would enter a small building, lock yourself in, but it’s open to the river. Verdure, romance, and privacy, even though entire families visited them 🙂
Ketut dipped in order to ease the pain in his leg which was coming from his passion for cockfighting, characteristic of the religion as a sacrifice, and, of course, a paradise for gamblers. His passion was more towards illegal cockfighting, and he had his leg wounded while fleeing from the police.
We were so tired after the exhausting day that after saying bye to Ketut, my notes had come to an end. I cannot even remember what we dreamed 🙂
This article was brought to you in English by Svetoslav Dimitrov.
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