Simply right back from: Bali

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Alex and his wife explore the beautiful blue waters of Bali © Alex Howard

Alexander Howard, Destination Editor at Lonely Planet, recently returned from the scuba diving journey in Bali, Indonesia.

Inform us more… we recently became certified scuba divers, so now every potential trip is accompanied by the query, ‘can we plunge here?’ Bali was a simple option: coral-rich, hot waters; great underwater places; and a lot of things you can do between dives.

The bottom line is… Bali is a superb mixture of tropical and Southeast Asian personalities: all of the visions of utopia usually linked to the island are real (crescent beaches, hidden waterfalls and emerald hills), but with the added options that come with a rich culture and a good amount of activities to fulfill all types of people.

Fav activity? On our second day of diving, we took a watercraft out towards waters around Nusa Penida, a little landmass east associated with peninsula that provides Bali its inverted-teardrop form. The location is known for the numerous reefs, manta rays and clear waters. Right here we carried out a ‘drift dive’ where boat deposits united states at one end of reef, we let the present carry us until we finish the plunge, ascend together with ship picks united states up downcurrent. It’s a really relaxing option to plunge.

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It’s obvious why tourists flood to see Pura Tanah Lot © Alex Howard

Defining minute? Watching sunlight set over Pura Tanah Lot, an iconic sea temple perched atop a rock formation. Yes, it absolutely was crowded and commercialized. No, I wasn’t the initial person (nor the final) to have a picture of this sunlight simply hardly within the sea’s horizon next to the famous temple. But after having a long day’s checking out the area with my wife, i really couldn’t have thought a better way to get rid of the day.

Good grub? Fusing the cuisines and cultures that populated the hawaiian islands across Southeast Asia and beyond, Indonesia serves up food laden with many different flavors and components. My personal favorite had been the Indonesian basic nasi goreng, which literally equals ‘fried rice’, which sounds lame, I know. But this might ben’t the sort of fried rice that comes in a cardboard takeout package. Cooked with shallots, garlic and sweet soy sauce, it is often offered with shrimp, egg or chicken. Add a small sambal (chili sauce) on the side for an extra kick, and I’m in heaven.

Strange encounter? On a single of our dives, a colorful seafood popped out from behind a bank of stones. Silas, our plunge guide, pointed within fish, making use of his thumb such as the hammer of a gun – reef triggerfish. It absolutely was how big is a skateboard, so not alarmingly big, but big sufficient to attract our attention. Initially, the fish maintained a safe distance, and I also guessed he was as enthusiastic about watching united states as we were him. Then, with a few flicks of their blue tail, he was darting right for us. Luckily Silas was there, waving a steel pole he accustomed mention things regarding the reef. The fish, uncertain about Silas’ frantic waving, paused its torpedo-like course through water. There adopted a strange, underwater dance: Silas waving his pointer-stick such as a lion tamer; the fish flashing left and appropriate. Ultimately, the triggerfish threw in the towel and disappeared behind a yard of fan coral.

Topside, Silas explained it was a titan triggerfish, one of the most aggressive reef fish, specially when guarding their eggs. We most likely occurred upon women who picked us being a band of egg-eating intruders.

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