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Our Resort in Tulamben.

We arrived late at night into Denpasar, and since we picked a resort on the other side of the island, we still had a 3 hour shuttle ride to get there. It really is not that far in distance, but there are no highways or even roads bigger than two lanes. It was basically driving 100 kilometers of narrow city streets. And the streets are quite crowded, filled with unimaginable numbers of small scooter type motorbikes carrying huge loads of cargo, or two, three and even four flip-flop clad people on one bike, darting in and out of traffic. Not something I would want to attempt. It seemed like total chaos and a lot of people with a death wish. But after watching this for some time, it becomes apparent that there is a method to the madness. Unlike back home, everyone works together in sort of a motorized dance. When someone directly cuts in front of another driver, this is expected and the driver slows and lets them in.

A view of the rice fields.
Everyone uses their horn extensively, but not offensively, rather in sort of a language. Whether it is to announce to the vehicle in front that they are about to pass, alerting their presence or simply a friendly greeting which usually promotes a friendly reply back. Our driver used his horn no less than 50-60 times during each trip we took.

 

The resort was quite a nice peaceful place. It is located in Tulamben, far away from the crowded fast pace of the west side. Being the low season there was only a few other guests and once again we had the place to ourselves. It was a prime location for diving which is why I picked it. A few of the top dive spots on Bali are located off shore dead center in front of the resort.

Motorbikers waiting to fuel up.
The resort is right on the beach so it was just a matter of walking down the beach to start a dive. Once back from the dive you could walk back to the room, shower, and head back out for the next dive. Although our beach was black volcanic stone, some of the Bali beaches on the opposite (west side) of the island are large beautiful white sand beaches bustling with activity.

 

The Balinese people are very nice and polite. The whole place exudes and warmness and really makes you feel relaxed to be there. It was difficult to leave; we could have easily stayed the rest of the week there.

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Our Resort in Tulamben.
Our Resort in Tulamben.
A view of the rice fields.
A view of the rice fields.
Motorbikers waiting to fuel up.
Motorbikers waiting to fuel up.
Rod, just before decending to chec…
Rod, just before decending to che…
The local taxi boats.
The local taxi boats.
Heading out to Drop Off, a great…
Heading out to "Drop Off", a grea…
Large school of Jack fish. We had …
Large school of Jack fish. We had…
Eagle ray on the Liberty wreck.
Eagle ray on the Liberty wreck.
A traditional Bali outrigger takin…
A traditional Bali outrigger taki…
Dennis after a dive.
Dennis after a dive.
Rod and our dive guide Meddi on th…
Rod and our dive guide Meddi on t…
Karon beach at sunset. This is a v…
Karon beach at sunset. This is a …
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