Break From the Law travel blog

Front end of fisherman's boat with a lot of character.

Front end of fisherman's boat with a lot of character.

A cool fishing boat!

The local fishing boats were colorfully painted & many have custom touches...

Fisherman mending his nets at his house next door to our hotel.

Sunrise as viewed from the balcony of our hotel room at the...

Sunrise as viewed from the balcony of our hotel room at the...

Sunrise as viewed from our balcony at the Sunrise Cafe in Jemeluk.

Sunrise as viewed from our balcony at the Sunrise Cafe in Jemeluk.

A view of the shore of Jemeluk & our hotel in Jemeluk.

Here we are en route to our first dive site at Bunaten.

Eel garden at the dive site Bunaten.

Eel garden at the dive site Bunaten.

Eel garden at the dive site Bunaten.

Eel garden at dive site Bunaten.

Eel garden at dive site Bunaten.

Underwater at Bunaten.

Moray eel at Bunaten.

Moray eel at Bunaten.

Moray eel at Bunaten.

Morey eel at Bunaten.

Underwater at Bunaten.

Underwater at Bunaten.

Underwater in Bunaten.

Underwater in Bunaten.

White-tipped reef shark at Bunaten. We saw a few of them cruising...

Underwater in Bunaten.

Underwater in Bunaten.

Me underwater at Bunaten.

Underwater in Bunaten.

Underwater in Bunaten.

Underwater in Bunaten.

Vikki & our boat man en route back to shore after diving...

Our boat man en route back to shore after our dive at...

View of Jemeluk with Mount Agung in the background near our second...

View of our hotel the Sunrise Cafe from near our 2nd dive...

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Underwater at Jemeluk Drop-Off.

Vikki & I enjoying our last dinner on the beach in Indonesia.

For dinner, we had a Balinese specialty: chicken tutu. Absolutely delicious!




It is only around 20 after 8 this evening, yet it feels much later. I am sitting out on the balcony of our room at the Sunrise Café in Jemeluk. Although we face the water and are only about 10 or 15 meters from the water’s edge, there is not the slightest breeze here tonight. It is hot, humid and sticky out here, and as our room does not have air-conditioning or a ceiling fan - rather, only a small local fan - , we have little reprieve from the still and thick air. Quite the contrast from last night, where a nice breeze swept off the ocean and kept us comfortable. Given the ever increasing humidity levels we have experienced since the beginning of November here in Bali, I am glad to be heading tomorrow night to a destination with a much drier climate. Hard to get much more different than here, I’m betting…and hoping.

As we are flying late tomorrow night, we will be unable to dive tomorrow morning. Total bummer! Therefore, our two dives today while staying here in Jemeluk were our first and final ones. At least for this trip, anyway…

We did two dives today with the Stingray Dive Center, a highly professional and very reasonably priced Jemeluk-based dive outfit. Stingray had excellent diving equipment as well as a highly competent dive master to boot. Based on today alone, I would recommend that anyone coming to Jemeluk dive with Stingray.

We dove our first dive at a site called Bunaten, named for the small village in front of which the dive site is located. Owing to the very strong current we had to fight throughout much of the dive, I depleted my oxygen tank fairly. Much quicker than Vikki or our dive master, in fact. We spent only 39 minutes under the surface, a short dive by nearly any measure. But what a great dive for those 39 minutes!

At the beginning of our dive at Bunaten, we swam through a colony of garden eels nesting on the ocean floor. What must have been hundreds of eels, their bodies partly submerged in their underwater dens, looked almost like plants at the bottom of the ocean floor. As we approached the eels, almost in unison the eels would retreat into their respective holes. I had never seen this spectacle, which I found absolutely fascinating to observe firsthand. Moments after we had traversed the ocean floor above the eel colony, the eels came back out of their dens, almost simultaneously had given a signal that it was once again safe. The way the eels seemed to move in concert reminded me of some sort of underwater opera. How do they do that, I wondered to myself. Amazing to witness!

After traversing the eel garden, we came to a coral reef that seemed packed with marine life. Here we saw barracuda, white-tipped fin sharks, spotted moray eels, blue spotted rays and a multitude of other fish. A fantastic dive spot at which we were the only divers. We had to fight a current here, which shortened significantly our total time underwater. I have no complaints, however, as this was a small price to pay for such a quality dive.

We did our second dive at a sight known as the Jemeluk Drop-Off several hundred meters offshore of Jemeluk, almost directly in front of our hotel here. While we again had to contend with a strong current, this was a very good reef. Lots of fish, and plenty of hard and soft coral. Given how good the diving is right off the beach here in Jemeluk, it makes it hard not to want to spend a couple of more days diving here, but our time here on Bali is up. I expect we’ll have a few more days of diving to come on the next leg of our trip, though.

I’ve really grown attached to Bali during our time here, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit sad to leave. Tomorrow afternoon we are going to be seeing a few sights and do a little last minute souvenir shopping en route to Bali’s airport for our evening flight, so at least we‘re not done here quite yet.



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