When I last wrote our boys had just flown back to Australia. We spent a couple more nights at the hotel and then we went back to Thorfinn at Bali Marina. Trish, a friend from Western Australia, was holidaying in Bali so we caught up with her for a drink, a swim in the pool at her hotel and we popped in to see her while she got her tattoo.
A few days later we moved Thorfinn to a mooring at Serangan. Trish came along for a sail, and it was a good thing she did. During a routine check on the engine room, Dwayne found the bilge full of water. We had a leak somewhere… a very fast leak! A semi-controlled panic ensued as Dwayne set up the manual bilge pump. It was my job to pump and Trish steered the boat, as Dwayne searched for, found and fixed the busted hose.
Tragedy averted, we sailed on to Serangan, where we discovered the way points we were given, to guide us through the reef, which surrounded the opening to the bay, were out by a mile! Eventually, we were guided through and to our mooring. We then lazed about on Thorfinn’s deck until we took Trish ashore for some local food at Warung Pak Cong.
To see where Serangan is have a look on the position map at Map – Trippin’ Turpins
On Serangan we met other sailors and expats and spent some time at Warung Pojok having a drink and a chat with them.
We would sometimes have a meal with friends at Pojok or go for dinner at one of the other local Warungs. It was nice to have a bit of company and a chat about common interests i.e. sailing, travelling, Indonesia.
We went to the Department of Immigration to extend our visas but they told us we needed to go through our agent who is in Jakarta. We went to Ruth at Isle Marine Services and asked if she could help us. We were told we needed an explanation as to why the Indonesian Consulate in Darwin had put “Thorfinn” on the visa document. So we had to wait for that letter to arrive before we could apply for an extension… long story short, we didn’t get our application in soon enough (one week before the expiry) and it was therefore rejected. Consequently, we had to fly out of Bali and back in to renew our visa (but that’s another story!)
While in Bali we spent some time at Sanur. We like Sanur with its warungs and restaurants along the beach. Sanur has a bit of everything, shopping, restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, most water sports, surf, local food stalls and a walkway for miles along the beach. We spent a couple of afternoons lazing in the sun lounges reading and swimming. The only downfall of Sanur is that the water is not very clear. It could just be that we were there in wet season with the rain, and the run off and flow from the rivers may contribute…. it might be clearer during dry season.
We spent a lot of time on our stand-up paddle boards and I caught my first waves at a reef break off the point. Dwayne, who used to surf all the time was a natural and could enjoy the waves for hours, I on the other hand, often had my sinuses cleaned out while being flung around under the waves. It was a lot of fun and good exercise!
We have been to Bali plenty of times before and know our way around Kuta and other parts of Bali. Therefore we chose to once again ride a scooter. This is, as always, a test of skill, concentration, and my ability to grip Dwayne with my thighs!!!
Once you get accustomed to riding in Bali, and if you are an experienced motorcycle rider, then getting around Bali on a scooter is the best, most convenient way.
We often see people, locals and tourist alike, riding around without a helmet. WTF? Ok I can understand that you think that you look sexy riding around with the wind in your hair… whatever. You are mad if you don’t wear a helmet… even if you think your skills are superb, you are super intelligent, quick reacting and don’t make mistakes, remember the other road users are not always as smart as you… especially the tourist! When riding in Bali you have to be aware of, and dodge, the other cars, bikes, trucks, dogs, cows and chickens! Don’t ask me why the chicken crossed the road…. I just know she did…. often!
But I digress… we have gone around Bali before on a scooter, taking in places such as Lovina, Singaraja, Negara, Medewi, Giimanuk, and even over to Java. We would have loved to do that again but we were with our beloved Thorfinn and no girl should be left alone while on holiday. So we stayed with our girl.
The bike made it easy to visit places such as Nusa Dua, Uluwatu, Denpasar, Sanur, Kuta, Legian, Ubud, Canggu and Seminyak. We spent a day riding around Uluwatu and along the coast. At Uluwatu we took in the view and had a fresh coconut to drink before moving on.
We found a cute little beach called ‘Impossible Beach’. It was a lucky find as there was just the words ‘Impossible Beach’ written on a stone wall and an arrow pointing to a path. It was a bit of a walk along the path and lots of stairs before we arrived. The view is beautiful but the beach, although gorgeous was not very good to swim at. There was a strong undertow and although we had a dip, the water kept trying to pull me out and so I gave up the fight and got out.
We would often go to Kuta for a massage at Bali Beauty Salon on Jl. Benesari, Kuta. Agung and Ari, there are fantastic. Both have strong hands and we would get a great massage from the tips of our toes to the tips of our fingers. We would then usually go across the road to The Rooster Bar to say hello to Nick, have a couple of drinks and play pool.
Food in Bali
We love eating and love Asian food! Indonesian is one of our favourites and when in Bali we eat with the locals when ever we can. We ate ayam goreng, ikan bakar and soto ayam at some small warungs on Serangan and enjoyed Bakso from the carts. I had a birthday lunch of grilled fish, kangkung, seaweed and rice at one of the warungs… it was really good.
At Sanur, (away from the touristy area) we found the best sate babi (pork sates) served with Lontong (rice cake). Through the streets of denpasar and Kuta we would often pull over at a little warung for a freshly blended fruit juice and found the best babi guling place in Denpasar. They use every part of the pig!
On Jl. Raya Kuta there are a huge number of warungs that sold cheap, delicious meals. If you are interested to know more about the food we ate, price and location, read more at HERE.
Sampai Jumpa Lagi
Travel Notes (Jan 2015)
IDR – Indonesian Rupiah written as Rp
Mooring – cost about Rp100000 / night, that’s about AUD $10 compared to the $35 per night at the marina.
Contact – Ruth at Isle Marine Services
Telephone – +628123847850
Email – [email protected]
Scooter hire – Rp 50000 / day
Massage – Bali Beauty Salon on Jl. Benesari, Kuta. Agung and Ari are fantastic and cheap only Rp50000 (AUD $5).
While in Bali 2014- 2015 we stayed at –
Jimbaran/Nusa Dua – Jimbaran Cliffs Private Hotel & Spa
Kuta – Hotel Ratna
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