During our trip through Bali we thought let’s go to the North as well. So we phoned the accommodation Pondok Sari if they have any free rooms available. Even being in holiday we need to do little bits of work that normally does not take longer then 2 hours in the evening. So we asked if the resort does have free Wi-Fi and on the telephone the given answer was yes. So far so good.
When we arrived there we were told that the Internet usage is not free but you can buy tickets for 40.000 Rupia (3,20 Euro) per hour. Also surprising was that the tax and service charge in the hotel is 21%. All the other places we have been so far was 15 (10 + 5)%. The hotel and the bungalows are actually quite nice. But there are so many hidden costs. You have to pay for every little thing extra. But the place is the perfect spot for seeing big German guys in Speedos.
Btw: The resort next door was even worse. They wanted to have 50.000 Rupia for one hour Internet usage. In Sanur for example every little bar has free Wi-Fi.
Late afternoon we went to find a place where we can watch the Rugby semifinal New Zealand against Australia. Luckily the Bar, Restaurant and Bungalow Badini was about 150 metres away from the resort. So we went there and were able to watch the Rugby. In theory there is nothing wrong with the place but we were totally ripped off. The owner claimed that we had about twice as much beer that we drunk and got really angry and shouted at us.
So the next day we decided not to hit the dive centre that is in the resort. We booked a car instead and went back to Sanur to do some more dives down there. If you want a holiday in a resort and are prepared to pay a lot of extra money – Permuteran is the place to go on Bali. If you hate being ripped off – stay as far away as possible. There is not even an ATM here. The next cash machine is 35 kilometres away.
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