Bali- The Finale!
Before going into the detail of our last day of fun in
We are currently on passage from Kumai, Kalimantan, Borneo,
During this long passage, some 600+Nm we had two significant milestones. Firstly the boat has now done over 30,000nm. 25,000nm of which it has done since we bought her four years ago. The second event was our crossing the line, (aka Equator) back into the Northern Hemisphere. The northern hemisphere had a welcome awaiting for us. A tropical thunderstorm. Lightning, lashing rain and winds of up to 45 knots. What a welcome! No dressing up this time, but the inside of the boat had a good wash. Sadly in salt water……………….
Meanwhile back in
Our objective was a 14 km ride down a river in the mountains….in other words…White Water
When we got there it seems that we had to be spread over two rafts, each one of which had an instructor cum safety officer. So after some discussion it was decided that the girls would go into one raft and the other raft (inflatable) was to be taken by “The Boys”. After a safety briefing we set off. Wendy and Robert had done this before, but the rest of us were novices, and both Jennie and Anne Marie were a little anxious (to say the least) about this new adventure……………
But as you can see from the grins on the faces of all three girls, they soon relaxed and were having loads of fun………………
Even when they had to do a 4 metre drop down a weir……………….
Putting aside all the excitement, this is a wonderful way to
experience the beautiful scenery in
Water fall…before we got stuck under it!
Half way down, we stopped to have a break and to have a refreshment. The rafting company had organised a “pit Stop” where we could have a cold drink. Very welcome too, because by this time my arms were aching from all the paddling, and bouncing the raft up and down to get it released when it jammed on top of a rock……..
BWR White Water Rafting Team
At the end of the ride, we stepped out of the rafts and headed for a small restaurant for lunch. Some 500 steps later….we arrived in the restaurant, cold, sticky, exhausted and wet! But they had showers available and we donned dry clean clothes, after a good wash and rub down. Followed by a few more Bintang beers and local fare.
We then returned to the marina, to change and then head on
out for the show at the
The Kecak show and Fire Dance was enthralling and a joy to watch. Sadly no pics this time, as I had a disaster with my camera. Wiped out all the pics before saving them to the computer. Not one of my better moves!
Finally we had a starlit diner on the beach in Kuta. We were serenaded by a very good band. There were fireworks displays…all very dramatic, but a bit artificial. Rather Disney like. But the food was disappointing and expensive. Still it was a nice evening with good company.
We spent another couple of days with workmen on the boat,
then it was time to leave
We finally departed for the
We had taken lots of advice and listened to the experiences
of other BWR boats about how to deal with the rampant foul currents in Selat
Lombok, the strait of water between Bali and
The other hazard on this coat is the local fishing skiffs. The beaches are lined with literally hundreds of them, and I mean hundreds.
It must be an utter nightmare attempting to navigate around these flimsy unlit fishing boats at night.
There were enough of them in the day time to be a pest!
Once around the Eastern tip of
So it was we arrived in the anchorage in the
We were very excited about our upcoming trip to the Tanjung Putting National Park, and Camp Leakey……………….We were not disappointed!! In fact it was one of the high lights of the BWR so far.