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A Heartfelt Journey to East Bali

Bali is Blessed with a captivating range of stunning vistas to all points of the compass. The Island’s eastern side is well known for its pristine dive spots of underwater wonders, some of them remnants of the past. On land here in the east, green pastures meet the blue of the oceam while mountaints take […]

amed-beach

amed-beach

Bali is Blessed with a captivating range of stunning vistas to all points of the compass. The Island’s eastern side is well known for its pristine dive spots of underwater wonders, some of them remnants of the past. On land here in the east, green pastures meet the blue of the oceam while mountaints take the horizon to make memorable sunsets.

There is a lot of very pleasant island here that will please those wanting to escape the crowded tourist destinations on the island’s southern side. I had decided to take a really good look at this quieter aspect of Bali’s eastern edges. It was time to take some time out from my busy schedule.

 

My first stop of the trip was Jembrana, the vast regency covering most of the eastern side of Bali as it stretches down from its northern boundaries. One of the most notable spots here is Medewi, a remote beach that draws surfers of limited experience. The waves are not that challenging; even novice wave riders like myself can test skills here. Most of the beaches on this side of the island are deposits of black volcanic sand that has a soft texture and glitters under sunlight. After taking the breeze here at Medewi I moved on to Pura Prancak; this is a temple located beside a river that converges on to an inlet of tidal seawater. As this is normally a clear sign of good fishing grounds further out to sea the site has become the landing site of many colourful fishing boats.

taman-ujung

taman-ujung

 

I made Karangasem my next destination. Along the road I was treated to the eye-catching splendour of mountains meeting beach on both sides of the choose to call into Tulamben, a place that is considered synonymous with Amed itself. Snorkelling here was great fun in the clear water over the reef with a colourful splash of fish around and below me. I got the chance to visit the Liberty ship that made its graveyard here at the end of the Dutch colonial era. This shipwreck has become part of the ecosystem forming a marvellous habitat for both coral and fish.

There are still a lot to do or see in eastern Bali, and this one journey obviously couldn’t cover it all So while I had a good time of it I still have more to do and see in this part of Bali – one of the island’s understated tourist destinations.

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    olaf purvis

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