It’s 6pm in Bali, the sun is going down, the waves crashing a few meters away and I’ve just ordered a large ‘Bintang’ to settle in to some blog writing. The rumors are true.. Life really is good in Indo!
A perk of the job has to be coming and checking out where the Errant customer is keen to travel. And lucky for me, Bali seems to be the top of the list right now.
A return flight to Bali goes for around £700 mid-season (now until July, then after mid-September). The flight is around 13hours to Singapore, then another 2.5hours. It’s not on the doorstep but it’s worth the terrible plane food – I promise..
If you’re not like me and don’t head straight to the beach, Kuta is definitely worth an explore. Watch out for mopeds, and play Russian roulette with some street food. And for nights out, the famous ‘Poppies Lane 1 & 2’ is the place to head for some Balinesse debauchery.
My first stop was actually away from Bali.. a short boat trip from Sanur on the East Coast will take you to the idyllic ‘Nusa Lembongan’. The ‘Ocean Star Express’ will get you there and back (including taxi to your hotel the other side) for 600,000rp (about £30). Or half this price if a well traveled Finnish woman tells you bartering is the way forward! The boat is pretty quick, sit on the roof for the best views.
I am staying at the ‘Main Ski Inn’ on the West Coast. I am lucky enough to be joining the last leg of the 2014 ‘Ticket to Ride’ 4-weeks Indo adventure. On our doorstep there is a number of awesome breaks to check out, from the fun ‘Playgrounds’ left and right, to the heavy shallow reef break at ‘Lacerations’. You can paddle out, or do what most do and hire a boat. They get you right in to the line up with plenty of paddle strength remaining for hours of tropical sets. Leave the wetsuit at home, bring the sun cream.
Today we had a big swell and some of us less brave surfers watched from the boat as barrel after barrel rolled in to a small crowd of frothing surfers. There was some bloody shallow wipe outs, and some epic rides for us to shoot. I have one strangely burnt leg, but other wise it was an awesome afternoon and privilege to see such perfect waves.
I’d recommend bringing your own board. There is very few places where you can hire, and those place have about 5 pretty ‘well loved’ boards available. There isn’t a surf school in sight, so it’s not an ideal beginner location. And with breaks like ‘Lacerations’, ‘Razors’ and ‘Shipwrecks’ it’s not too inviting for a novice!
When you have some downtime, go and check out the many temples, underground house, Mangrove Forest or ‘Sunset beach’. Or just crack open a Bintang and enjoy the view! Food is cheep n cheerful. Mostly rice or noodle based dishes, all with an egg on top – perfect fill up after a session. Avoid the Spring Rolls… You can get around pretty easily on foot, but most of us give in and rent a moped for £3 a day. Pretty fun, pretty dangerous. Petrol is poured from plastic bottles on the side of the road. You won’t need your nectar card here.
Tomorrow we are up for another dawny, then a final afternoon session before heading back to Bali in the morning. Check in then to see the latest from the Seminyak and Canggu Surf Camps. I’m also checking out some pretty fancy Luxury accommodation for our surfers looking to splash out. Have a good one!