Uluwatu, the sea temple followed by the kecak dance
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This morning we went into Nusa Dua for the first time. Our hotel is on the southern end of Nusa Dua, all by itself about a 15 minute drive to the town. Nusa Dua is actually Bali's gated compound of resorthotels, gone are the street vendors and the hustle and bustle of the rest of the island.
We took the taxi to bali collection, a group of shops that were extrremely quiet. Bali Collection hasn't been as successful as other malls in Bali, mainly due to its isolation. We looked around grabbed a coffee from Starbucks. I have never been to a Starbucks with 2 other customers before everyone in Japan is packed. My son bought a kite,like the ones he had seen at Kuta and then we went down to the beach at Nusa Dua.
The beach was a nice place to relax, with shade from the palm and cocoanut trees. We sat under one on a couple of crates and ordered a couple of Bintangs from the vendor. She was a sweet , friendly lady who taught my son how to fly his kite. the Bali weather in the dry seasonis perfect not too hot and dry around 30 degrees everyday I never once said I was hot on the whole trip.
The bintangs gone there was one thing to try a cocoanut, the vendor picked up her knife and chopped off the top and plomped two straws into its milk.It was my first time to have a cocoanut I was expecting it to be milkier, sweeterbut therre was not much taste, did I like it no, did I hate it no, would I have another one, only if I was really thirsty and didn't have else to drink.
Walked back through bali collection and stopped at an Italian restraunt, with an Italian chef and had some pizza and spaghetti which was quite nice.
3pm came and we went down to the lobby to go on our first cultural experience of Bali to Uluwatu, and to see the kecak dance followed by seafood BBQ at Jimbalan beach. We had organized with a taxi 250,000 rupiah($25) for his services for the evening. Ulu watu was about a 30-40 minute drive and cost 3000 (30 cents) rupiah to enter.
In the 11th century, the Javanese priest Empu Kuturan first established a temple here. The temple was added to by Niratha, another Javanese priestwho is known for his seafront temples. Niratha retreated to Uluwatu for his final days when he attained moksa (freedom from early desires)
Walking along the path it comes to a stunning clearing to the left Uluwatu'S temple is perched precipitously on top of a sheer cliff that drops straight into the pounding surf, to the right another cliff with perfect views of ul;uwatu and further away from the crowds.Around the temple is where you will see your first minkey, the long tailed, grey monkeys. These monkeys will snatch anything that is attached to your head, sunglasses, hair clips, ribbons etc .
In the temple grounds for 40,000 rupiah($4) you can have the pleasure of watching the amazing kecak dance, the kecak is a unique dance which is not accompanied by any gamelan(orchestra). 100 men sit in a circle, crying out the rythmic chant chak-a chak, chak-a-chak imitating a tropue of monkeys. The dance re encacts the Hindu epic Ramayana, the love story about Prince Rama and his Princess Sita. The kecak is an absolute must see in Bali if you see a dance make sure its this one.
The taxi was waiting for us and drove us to Jimbalan, earlier in the year there was a TB Meet up here. Jimbalan is famous for its gorgeous sunset and great BBQ seafood but unfortunately for us it was already dark when we arrived. Here you choose your food and then they weigh on a scale. 5 large shrimp, a kilo of red snapper and 500 grams of squid were BBQ'd in lime, garlic and spices. The food was devine