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Backpacking tour & day trips

Some of the pictures below were taken on a daytrip to Ubud, a city right in the middle of Bali that is always worth a trip. You can visit the monkey forrest, a lot of small shops and the rice terraces around the city are beautiful, too.

The rest of the pictures are from our second week on Bali. We did a backpacking trip starting from Padang Bai to the Bratan temple - Lovina (no, we didn`t swim with the world famous and mentally disordered dolphins but we enjoyed watching the rats running around on the roof of our restaurant) - Gilimanuk (we took the ferry to Java and bought some Java coffee over there) – Kuta.

Kuta is perfect for shopping and surfing – if you`re talented! I watched a few dozend of those guys for almost an hour and only one of them was able to stand on his board for more than 5 seconds. But hey, isn`t it cool to walk around with your board on the beach? Probably I am just jealous because they are so much cooler than me ;-)

Be careful when you change money in Kuta on the street, most of the guys are cheaters. After the third try we finally found one guy who would not work with faked numbers, a manipulated calculator or something like that. If you want to buy something fancy, look for Balibong clothes (sometimes it`s BaLLibong) – the style is very close to Billabong but the name will remind you of your Bali vacation every time you wear it!

- Bernd -

Pura Ulun Danu, temple at lake Bratan (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Ulun Danu, temple at lake Bratan (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
The Monkey Forest south of Ubud (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
The Monkey Forest south of Ubud (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
This little thief tried to steal Isabells bracelet (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
This little thief tried to steal Isabells bracelet (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
At first he seemed to be interested in the camera... (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
At first he seemed to be interested in the camera… (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
...but then he felt asleep during our photo session ;-) (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
…but then he felt asleep during our photo session ;-) (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Bernds personal vacation experiment: A bald head (© 2009 Isabell Gernert)
Bernds personal vacation experiment: A bald head (© 2009 Isabell Gernert)
Rice terraces around Ubud (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Rice terraces around Ubud (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Goa Lawah, the "bat temple" (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Goa Lawah, the "bat temple" (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Portrait of a god, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Portrait of a god, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Statue of god, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Statue of god, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Waterfall in the jungle with a happy Isabell (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Waterfall in the jungle with a happy Isabell (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Coffee we brought from Java island (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Coffee we brought from Java island (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
White Sand Beach nearby Padang Bai (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
White Sand Beach nearby Padang Bai (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
White Sand Beach (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
White Sand Beach (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell playing with Sina (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell playing with Sina (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell at Padang Bai beach (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell at Padang Bai beach (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)


Scuba diving at Nusa Penida, Tulamben and around Padang Bai

So here are the scuba diving pictures from our trip to Bali in 2009. Fortunately, our dive guide and friend Christian likes underwater photography as much as I do so it was fun shooting together with him and watch each others pictures after diving.

We spent our first week in Padang Bai and did most of the dives right there. In the Ferry channel (just a few meteres off shore) we had the sea turtle and the spiny lobster you can see on the pictures below and we also had whitetip reef sharks several times. There are a few good spots for macro diving as well where I took the picture of the frogfish.

We also went to Tulamben (which is just a short car ride away) and Nusa Penida island on two daytrips. Tulamben turned out to be awesome: At just one dive we saw the wreck of WWII transport ship USAT Liberty, our first real clown fish and a big and scary barracuda which didn’t move even when I came very close with the camera. Nusa Penida island was perfect to see the big stuff: At the Manta Point we had – guess what – several MANTA RAYS and on the second dive a big sunfish! I`m sorry for the bad quality of the two sunfish pictures, they were taken without a flash so I had to brighten them up a lot. However, I didn`t want to hold them back – enjoy!

- Bernd -

Manta ray (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Manta ray (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Our first real clown fish - they look much prettier than the anemone fish in the Red Sea (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Our first real clown fish – they look much prettier than the anemone fish in the Red Sea (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of fish (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of fish (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Relaxing sea turtle (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Relaxing sea turtle (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
We found the Mola-Mola! (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
We found the Mola-Mola! (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Spiny lobster (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Spiny lobster (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Portrait of a Barracuda - although I had to come very close to this 5 - 6 feet tall guy, it didn`t move (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Portrait of a Barracuda – although I had to come very close to this 5 – 6 feet tall guy, it didn`t move (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Mola-Mola (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Mola-Mola (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Nurse shark (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Nurse shark (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Flying Manta (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Flying Manta (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Frogfish - find the eye! (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Frogfish – find the eye! (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
The Barracuda again (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
The Barracuda again (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)