25.03.2010 28 °C
We are back in Bali (actually, not to spoil the surprise, but I am actually writing this retrospectively from the comfort of Hayling Island. But I digress...). Back in the most beautiful island in the world. Two months here last year was nothing like enough; especially as we were working like dogs at the time!
We had a lot of places that we wanted to see so we hired a car for a week and sped around the island. We drove over 600km and, impressively, no one was even injured. We made our way through the mountainous core of the island first, stopping for some stunning paddy fields at Jatiluweh, a broody lake temple near Bedugul and then stopped overnight in the drop-dead gorgeously located Munduk Mimpi Plantation hotel.
In the morning, we got up and, fortified by a tasty cup of fermented weasel poop http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak , travelled on to the northwest of the island. We'd been itching to do some diving here in a site called Secret Bay; Very Widely Talked About Bay would possibly be more apt - as we expected the place was a hothouse of funky fish & things to see.
Most strikingly, these juvenile batfish lining up for me -
Then, last but not least, we drove around to Tulamben, our previous stomping ground, and got up before dawn to be the first people diving on the wreck of the USAT Liberty. Painful getting up at 5am but entirely worth it
And to round the day off nicely we had a great 90 minute dive along the coast at Seraya, spotting a rare pair of harlequin shrimps, a baby angelfish & some very aspirational looking batfish...