Bali is really impressive. After a couple of days in Gili Air we travelled more inside the island – to Ubud. The main strip around the monkey forest is quite touristic and also expensive. Sneak through the small streets and you find food and beverages for half the price. All the images are copyrighted by dive-hive.com. If you want to use them please contact us.
Well this accomodation is not the cheapest but offers very nice rooms. It’s also very close to the centre and you can reach a lot of things walking.
Matahari also offers a small library with really old material in it. For example there is a big collection of National Geographics issues from 1960’s and 1970’s. Also the rooms have all different themes. It’s a really nice setup with a lot of green garden and view to the small river underneath. In the afternoon you get tea, chocolate cake and a sandwich – awesome.
The amount of temples is incredible. It’s nearly impossible to talk about or see them all. But a few impressions should give you a good overview about what to expect.
Apparently mad people are not allowed to go inside a temple. Can’t be that serious if they have let us in ;-)
This tree was absolutey impressive. All the roots you can see on the picture belong to this one tree. That the tree is holy you can see because a sarong is wrapped around.
The market is an absolute mess. If you have been in South East Asia before you know what I’m talking about. And every third stall sells the same bits. So it’s unfortunately a bit of a tourist trap. Again: it’s better to sneak through the small streets where you also can find a lot of nice things.
Tip: If you go to the market – go to the middle. On the outside the prices are simple higher as tourists hit them first. Haggling is mandatory. Whatever price you will be told in first place – offer a quarter of it. Never pay more then half of the price you were offered in the beginning. Sometimes you just need a really long breath to get a good price.
There are so many restaurants – it’s just a matter of the price. On the main roads are the more expensive places. In the side streets you will find good value for your money. It might sound strange but have a look at the beer prices. If a large Bintang is more then 30000 Rupia – it’s an expensive restaurant. The price range for large Bintang is in between 25000 and 50000 Rupia. Also in the most restaurants add 15% to what you see on the menu. 10% service charge and 5% government tax.
If you have the change go to the Monkey Dance. There is no music but people make “tschack tschack” noises with their voices. Even if they handed out what the story was all about – I quite didn’t get it. Some evil giant was killed by some monkey general and was sent to heaven or so. But the story didn’t matter to me that much. The show was really worth watching it. It took about 90 minutes and cost 80000 Rupia (6.40 Euro). After the Monkey Dance there was a man with a “horse” in trance who kicked fire and burning wood around. Really hard to describe – just watch it if you are there …
September 23, 2012
Type- Twin hold general cargo vessel Built- Kuryshima Dock Company of Imabari, Japan. Launched- 1969 as the Shoyo Maru Weight- 2932 ton Dimensions- Length, 99.5m; Width, 16m; Draught, 6.53m Engine- 6 cylinder diesel, Max speed 12 knots. Wrecked- 20th April 1983 Location- 27° 34’ 42″ N, … Continue reading
August 16, 2012
The diving last week with diving.de and Marlies Lang was not only because of the sharks very impressive. On certain divespots you also can see massive sea turtles. On one dive we were very lucky and saw Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. If you … Continue reading
August 15, 2012
Sometimes you just hang around in the water and have to wait. I was diving with an instructor and his student and they asked me if I could take a few nice shots for the family album. I jumped into … Continue reading
August 14, 2012
The best dive in El Quseir with diving.de and Marlies Lang was of course with the sharks. But that does not mean everything else is boring down there. The dive sites are beautiful – like the rest of the Red Sea. As an … Continue reading
August 13, 2012
Certain dives you never ever forget in your live. We knew that we have a good chance to see sharks in El Quseir with diving.de. A good friend of mine, Course Director Marlies Lang, works there and we decided to visit … Continue reading
May 1, 2012
I really don’t know what to say?! Most people related to underwater sports know that it is important to protect the fragile underwater ecosystem and especially the corals. Freediver Fred Sessa or his student has nothing better to do then sitting … Continue reading
April 25, 2012
This happened on a beach in Brazil. This episode was filmed right from the start and shows the instant reaction by the people on the beach.
April 21, 2012
Well I could not fit more into the headline – but the whole last day of the Dahab Festival was packed with events. First there was the second raft race. This time Team Sinai Divers was unbeatable. Around 5pm suddenly a Flash … Continue reading
April 20, 2012
Yesterday on the second last day of the Dahab Festival there was a very nice potpourri of bands playing. From Fun Rock to Blues via Reggae we spent a really nice evening at the main festival area by the bridge. So here … Continue reading
April 15, 2012
Just a few impressions from the first day of the Dahab Festival 2012. The Raft Race was starting at Lighthouse an ending at the bridge. Desert Divers came first – congratulations! The snake charming show was held in Mirage Village. … Continue reading